Friday, July 25, 2014

Captain's Log, Week 222

Hi everyone! I'm having a hard time writing this blog post today - my brain is just kind of scattered for some reason. So I'll try to just do my best and get down what we did this week.

First off, in case you didn't see them - I posted about our little bathroom redo and also all the pictures of our house this week.

Last Saturday we went to the beach. Some people from our ward invited us, and we were like, sure! So we did the drive down to Surf City (it's about a 2 or 2 1/2 hour drive) and hung out with them at the beach. It was really fun - it was both me and Jason's first times at an east coast beach. It was overcast all day, but it was still nice and warm and the water was warm, too. Ellie had a really fun time collecting sea shells (there were a ton) and digging in the sand with all of the other little kids. Jason and I had a fun time socializing with everyone from our ward. Zelda had fun trying to eat sand.

Something else cool about going to the beach: We have now officially driven from coast to coast. Whew!

One of my big projects this week has been cooking. I got the book "Don't Panic - Dinner's in the Freezer," and it's great! And I made seven of the recipes - Buttermilk Chicken, Colorado White Chili, Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Enchiladas, Lemon Glazed Chicken, Cranberry Chicken, and Cheesy Chicken Bundles - and divided them up and froze them, so we have about a month's worth of dinners made right now. I'm been super excited to get more into cooking and dinner planning once we got to North Carolina, and it feels great to get started on that! I did all these recipes on two different days, and I'm excited to do even more.

Zelda does this hand thing all the time, especially to point at people.
Other than that, our week's been pretty uneventful. We went to church on Sunday, did the grocery shopping/cooking on some other days, went to one of the libraries and got library cards, and just hung out at home.

Ellie running around the church lawn
We got a big box in the mail, and the girls have been playing with it for days. On the first day, Ellie filled it with all the books from her room and climbed inside on top of them.

We have had a problem with our dryer this week. It's stopped heating up. I've been looking up a bunch of stuff online and watched some youtube videos, and have learned the problem is probably one of three things: the thermal fuse, the thermostat/thermal cutoff, or the heating element. We ordered a new thermal fuse this week (it was only $4) and I put that in yesterday, but still no heat. So now we've ordered a new thermostat & thermal cutoff kit ($5), and hopefully that fixes the problem. If it doesn't, the problem is with the heating element, and that's a bigger deal. So fingers crossed!

We finally had enough dry weather to stain & seal the main part of our deck this week. Then yesterday we had thunderstorms, and got to see our sealant totally working! It was so cool!

Some Ellie quotes from today and yesterday: Ellie was watching Snow White for the first time. When she saw all the dwarves for the first time, she said, "Lots of Santas!"

Ellie woke up in the middle of the night one night this week. We're not sure why - we're thinking maybe her molars are coming in? - but she was really funny until she went back to sleep. First she asked for a piece of bread, which I went to the kitchen and got her. When I got back to her room and gave it to her, she said sleepily, "Thanks. Bye, guys." and rolled over. A couple minutes later she woke up more, and eventually we brought her into our bed because she was talking pretty loud, we wanted to go to sleep, and we didn't want her to wake up Zelda. And then she had a super long, funny, sleepy conversation with us.

And, lastly, here's a video of Ellie drinking the rainwater off of our deck today:

Annnnnd that was our week!

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