Alright, I know it has been a little while since last I posted, but a lot has happened.
Makeup update: Apparently most makeup does have a shelf life of 3 years. Apparently foundation is very liable to getting gross due to being in a bottle (the light and temperature change that can occur as a result) and my cleanser was pretty old, too. I threw them both away and am glad to say my face is clear again. Yay! My new foundation is on it’s way, and I can get back to my blissfully relaxed skin care routine soon. Not that I will wear it all of the time, but I will know it is there for when I do.
Guinea Pig update: We are not sure of the reasons why but Mr. Belvedere (our guinea pig) got sick and died the day of my last post. We have mourned him and flowers have been laid on his grave during tearfilled visits. I have even spied a sweet little letter which stated that in rememberence of him one of my children would do better at….I wish I knew but I felt that I had peaked over shoulders enough and needed to let it be a private thing. My sweet SIL has promised us another guinea pig from her new set of babies (she learned a little late that guinea pigs are fertile within 15 hours of giving birth…rofl).
My husband had to leave to go out of town for a few days the morning after Mr. Belvedere’s unexpected parting from this life. I ended up going to church with my 6 children hoping that they would be alright since I needed to take care of my calling. The older ones did really well. T-Bone is used to going to nursery with his dad, and when no dad was there for nursery he decided that mom couldn’t just go for 10 minutes and leave him there like dad is able to do. No, mom needs to stay the whole time if she wants to take over for dad. So I ended up with Losahina in my sling while Tevita stacked the little sunbeam chairs while I taught a song to the primary children. I am so grateful for my husband and his help on Sundays. Hmmmmmmmm I wonder if he really needed to leave that early on Sunday….LOL
House update: Monday while Sione was away I went to the home improvement store and purchased paint and a garage door opener! WOOHOO! Sione has been joking about waiting to get a garage door opener until we can afford for it to be a “garage door man” who would stand outside our garage and open and close said door as needed. I asked him if we could deal with a mechanical version until then. 😉 He agreed. This last Saturday he spent 5 hours installing it (3 hours longer than he had thought it would take). It works, and it is soooo nice!
I painted my guest bathroom a slightly dark dusky blue color Tuesday. I have paint to do the front room, the kitchen, the stairs, hallway and library, and one wall of Collin’s bedroom. I am very excited. I have never painted rooms in my homes before. If I do say so myself my bathroom looks very nice indeed. It was nice to have it completely done when my husband came home.
Tuesday morning Tevita was sick and threw up twice. After that he was fine and no one else has manifested signs of being sick. Thankfully. I really don’t like it when Sione is out of town when the children get sick. Not that he would have been home when Tevita was sick, but knowing that he is only a half hour drive away and that he will be home that evening before dinner is normal and comforting. When he’s gone it just seems more stressful. I am glad he’s home again. I always have my thoughts go to the families of military whose mom or dad is gone for such long periods of time. Or to single parents who do it on their own all of the time. My heart and prayers go out to them.
We participated in an organic crop share farm this year. As part of that we were able to go as a family to their pumpkin patch and everyone picked a pumpkin. It is the first time I have ever gone to a pumpkin patch and picked one. Sione and I thought it would be really cold and miserable (like our experience looking for a live Christmas tree). But it was actually mild weather and a fun experience. Since everyone got to pick their own pumpkin there was no worry over one person wanting one thing and someone else wanting another. And now we have 9 (including my FIL’s) organic pumpkins festively sitting on my front porch. LOL.
I have started going to a new book club. My friend Velvet wanted to start one up and we had our first meeting this last Wednesday. Our book for November will be Take Two Chocolates And Call Me In The Morning by Emily Watts. We are taking December off. January’s book is The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. February’s book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. March is The Chosen by Chaim Potok, and April will be A Train to Potevka by Mike Ramsdell (I hope…I am doing this from memory because I lost my paper with the list on it). I am excited to start going to a book club again. And the ladies who are part of it are wonderful women I really enjoy being around. We are definitely open to more coming, so if you are reading this, live near me, and are interested in a book club just ask and I can let you know more information.
There are some highlights for you. I know there is more but right now I am drawing a bit of a blank, and I really need to get working on my To Do List.