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Dude! You gotta get a Dell!


I've been hemming and hawing over buying one for a very long time. My wife always seems to come up with a reason why I should wait. This time when I brought it up she didn't fight back so I jumped on the opportunity. It took me a couple of days to research what I really wanted but I finally decided on the Dell 600m. I'm pleased.

They had a good deal on it but my final payment was still $200 more than the deal started at. After adding a warranty program, a snapcover and a surge protector. Then the darn tax and handling feel really made it shoot up! The shipping was free (saved myself $30)!

Anyway, I'm ecstatic and I'm going to be dying to see the UPS man in my new driveway next week. It doesn't even ship until the 11th (my anniversary) so I have a while to wait.

I hate waiting!!!

Anyway, here's some pics:

I got the Venice Blue snapcover. I've always liked that one!


In honor of my new Venice Blue Dell laptop, all of my posts will be written in blue until it shows up. Sorry if you hate it!

A few more pictures of the house

I just got these pictures from the realtor yesterday. I asked her to go back out to the house and measure the space for the fridge for me and while she was there to take some pics of the inside of the house. The pics are good but the info about the fridge space is not.

I guess the opening is 36" x 68". The fridge I was planning to buy is 35 5/8 " x 39 1/4". It is obviously too tall for my opening and I've been told that it will also be too tight on the width as well. Apparently you need an opening that is approximately one inch higher and wider than your fridge. I'm really bumbed now because I don't know what fridge to buy. My wife and I really wanted a side by side with a water and ice dispenser in the door. We found a really good one at Home Depot for only $699 but it's not going to fit. Every other fridge I've looked at that we like is the same size or larger. I don't know what to do. We could make some alterations to the opening but I'd feel more comfortable having a carpenter do that and I'm sure that would cost more money than I really have to spend on this whole fridge thing.

Oh well, here are the pics:

This is a really nice one of the outside. I like the blue skies better than the twilight skies in the pics I took of the outside.

This is a really nice one of the kitchen. It's a U-shaped kitchen with the dining space sitting in the opening of the U.

Here is the other side of the kitchen with the pantry and the opening for the fridge. It is plumbed for an ice maker - I just really hope we'll be able to find a fridge that will fit that has one!

This is part of the master bedroom. We are so excited to have a much bigger closet than we had in the last house. Our last closet was so small I had to keep some of my clother in the kids' closet. (and yes I said "I" not "she")

Here is the master bathroom. We are ecstatic to have our own bathroom! We are also very excited about the amout of storage and space in this bathroom compared to our last one - it was severely lacking both!

Here is the bathroom we will be using for the children. It is situated right between their two rooms. It only has the one vanity but it is plenty for them.

This is the family room/office. We will be using it for an office. It is the only room in the house with hardwood floors. We will be putting one or two table in it for my scrapbooking, the computer desk, some bookcases, a filing cabinet and either the futon or day bed so it can be used for a guest room as well. I'm quite sure it will be quickly cramped!

Unfortunately she didn't send me any pictures of the living room or the kids' rooms. I really wanted a picture of the living room but oh well huh?

So what do you think?

A dang treasure trove or something!

Today I would like to talk about a few cool things I have found recently.

Many of you know that Vanessa and I were headed to the Boise area on Monday and Tuesday to start looking for houses. I will spare you all the details about realtor problems, our other appointments in the middle of the search, and other things from the search that just aren't worth wasting your time with.

But here's a rough breakdown: Finally get out of here a little after 8:30, arrive at Boise about 11:15, phone calls forever, finally meet entirely new and different realtor at 1:00, search listings for an hour, see 2 houses (both definite NO!), have an appointment 1/2 hour away, realtor says "See you tomorrow", we think "Tomorrow's our last day and we've only seen 2 houses so far", decide later to call realtor back and see if she'll meet with us again, meet realtor again at 7:00, look at a few more houses (most of them not good), find one we really like but by now it's too late to contact the listing realtor, have to wait 'til tomorrow (think to myself, "It probably is already in the works for someone else), go to my brother-in-laws small apartment and sleep.

Next morning: wake up, get ready, leave apt., go to the absolute SLOWEST McDonald's I've ever been to for breakfast, finally decide to leave before I've even paid because it's taking so long and Vanessa has an appointment soon, drop Vanessa off at appointment, go to TOTALLY AWESOME scrapbook store, pick Vanessa up again and we're off to meet with the realtor again at 1:00, find out the one we liked the previous night is being sold already, only have a few hours to look but not pleased with what we're finding so far we decided to search again but increase our price range, have many more promising prospects, look at a few in town and find one that is a definite possibility, keep looking at the rest on our list, run out of houses in town so we start workin toward the next town outside of where we are, look at one that is VERY cute but a little high for us and still occupied (that would really slow down our quick move we need to make), look at the next house on the list, walk in and immediately feel like this is the one we want, finish looking at it and look at one more in the same subdivision just down the road, didn't like it as much so we decide to ditch the rest of our search and make an offer, offer finished at about 8:30 p.m., drive back to house for some pics and another walk around (couldn't go inside though), finally on the road at about 10:30 p.m., arrive back home at about 12:30 a.m., CRASH!

So that's the hunt and here's the house.

It's a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house with living and family rooms, a 2 car garage, and a dishwasher! We're very excited about the dishwasher. It was on the lower end of our new price range so it was closer to where we wanted it. It was one of the only ones we'd seen with the extra family room or something we could use for an office and other stuff. You don't know how many times I almost had to give up my own scrapbook space! This house will save me though! It's a newer home built in 2001. The only problems for us is that it's only one level and very minimal storage. So the 2 car garage will have one car parked in it and the other half will be storage. I still don't know how we'll fit it all!

It has a cute bay window and little covered front porch area. Hopefully soon the realtor will be sending me some pics of the inside - I was so excited about the house I forgot to get the camera and take some pics - dang it!

So that's that. We feel it was very productive for a very short and very busy 2 days. We are set to close on Friday, August 5. I start work the following Monday so it will be a VERY busy weekend!

There were some other pretty cool things I found during the trip as well. Granted, they were much more minor things but still pretty cool. During Vanessa's first appointment on Monday I went over to Michael's to try and buy a Coluzzle template that I need. They didn't have it but I found some other cool things. Many of you know that I am a foam stamp junkie! (By the way have you seen the new Heidi Swapp foam stamps? I LOVE THEM!) Anyway, I found some cute ones - not Heidi's by any means but cute. The alphies were $4.99, the words were $2.99, the large flower was 99 cents and the small one was 49 cents. If you like them too they are not located with scrapbook stuff or stamps. They are over with the stencils. Here they are.

On the second day while Vanessa was at her appt. I went to a scrapbook store to find some things I needed for a project I'm doing for her. They had some new lines of Chatterbox paper that I'd never seen before. I absolutely loved them! The ones I bought aren't exactly new but the one here is not one I've seen before and it's part of the "room" I'm already using on the project.

Yesterday morning when I went upstairs for breakfast I found two more cool things in the mail. I got this totally cool journal that I won from Donna Downey's blog.

It's even autographed!

I also found my very first tag from my tag of the month swap. This beautiful one is from Colleen. I think she did a great job with it. I'm trying to figure out where I'll use it though because we are nowhere near a beach and don't often get to one. I'll have to a little creative in how I use it.

So many cool things I found in the past couple of days it felt like a dang scavenger or treasure hunt or something!

Well my wife has been very cool while I update my blog here but my time limit is way up now! Gotta go!

p.s. Sorry it's not a very entertaining read but I'm not a very entertaining person.

Moving On...

Well, it has finally happened. My wife and I have both been offered jobs in the area we are looking to move to. Unfortunately, neither of the jobs are exactly what we'd hoped for but they are enough to get us up to the area and try to get settled.

Now the stress of finding and buying a house in a limited time is what we'll face next. I start my position on August 8 and she starts hers on August 16. That gives us 3 weeks from Monday to find, offer, buy and move into a house - crazy! But then again why should I expect any different lately? Isn't that about the exact same way things worked out when selling our house?

So we're going up to the area on Monday and Tuesday with our realtors to find us a place. It should prove to be a long, busy and probably emotion packed couple of days. I just really hope we'll be able to find something that will at least be suitable and comfortable for us. I'm so scared we're going to end up in something much smaller than the one we sold and be unhappy with it.

We have good realtors though and they are coming with us and then hooking us up with a friend of theirs in the area to also help - I'm confident in their abilities to find us something that will work for us.

I'm very scared that our financial situation will also prove stressful. In order for us to find something decent in this larger area we have to look in a higher price range than our last house which will make for a larger house payment. Unfortunately the jobs aren't paying much higher than the ones we had in Pocatello. I'm also quite nervous about childcare and how much that will run but I can't foresee being able to keep my wife home and not have to work on my income alone.

All the unknowns and variable just drive me nuts! I am very much the kind of guy who likes to have control of the situation and be able to make plans ahead of time. There's so much in this situation that we just can't figure out until we get there and I absolutely HATE that!

Oh well, such is life huh?

A Pretty Cool Find

I love it when I find a good deal!

My wife and I were recently shopping at JC Penny trying to find her a swimming suit. The search for that was unfruitful but I found a nice little deal as we were gettting ready to leave.

This nice little photocube was stacked with about 30 other identical nice little photocubes. I decided to stop and take a peak.

I liked the brown leather look and I liked that it had places for five photos. What I really liked though was that it was a multi-tasking decorative piece. It opens up!

I love things that function as more than meets the eye! I started thinking to myself, "This not only looks cool, has a place to display photos but its functional too! I think I could use one or two of these in my scrapbook space - I'm sure I could find somewhere to put it."

I thought yeah, that's great but at $4.99 - I'm not quite sure. So the absolute best part of the whole cube was discovered when I turned it over.

Not only does it look cool, not only does it display photos, not only is it functional, not only would it be great for my scrapbook space but it was reduced to 77 cents!!!!! That was the deal closer right there!

I started thinking "At this price they could possibly be good gifts for grandma's or something - I'll have to have more than 1 or 2 and I'm sure I'll find something to do with them." My dear wife sportingly agreed so we left with five of these little babies.

I tell you it took control not to buy more of them. So if you have a JC Penny anywhere near you go see if you can find these things.

I love a good deal!

The Weather Dude

Go ahead and criticize me or roll your eyes - I don't really care.

Yesterday the temp. in our area was hovering VERY near that 100 mark. When I checked my blog yesterday the very first thing I saw was the Weather Pixie. In my opinion she was not wearing enough to keep me comfortable. Knowing some of the people who check my blog to keep updated on what goes on in our lives - I knew they wouldn't be comfortable seeing such a thing and more importantly I wasn't really comfortable seeing her there like that either.

So the Weather Pixie is now the Weather Dude. Some may think it is a little wonky for a guy to have a guy over there who will change his clothes with the weather. But I submit that there are plenty of my blogger sisters who have a female on their blog and it isn't given a second thought. I don't yet know how much of his clothes he will shed either - I may have to change it later.

I even looked for some other kind of weather icon or something I could put there but had no luck. So if anyone knows of something else - please let me know.

So regardless of what anyone thinks, feels or says - no more weather pixie who looks a bit too much like a prostitute for my comfort!

Besides, it's my blog and I'll do whatever I want!

This makes me so happy!


For anyone who doesn't look at "the dashboard" or blogger home - they have finally made it so you can upload pictures to your blog without having to do it through another stinkin' site. Can I just say how happy that makes me??!!

I would get so ticked off at having to upload my pic to a site, then send it to my blog, then open the pic then write about it then upload another pic then send it to my blog then copy it and then paste it, yada.. yada.. yada...

I love it when things happen that make life easier for me!

And now I'm going to add a pic just because I darn well can!

Me and my kids on Father's Day.

Oh! And for anyone who hasn't read Colleen's blog entry on "the puppy saga" - you don't want to miss it! PMS or no PMS I have to say AMEN SISTER!

The rundown of our 4th

Old Glory
Originally uploaded by Scrappindad.

I figured I would post some pics of the 4th and a little of what we did.

Life really doesn't get too exciting in the podunk town of Rupert, Idaho - even for the 4th of July. Their fireworks show was on June 30th (don't ask me why). We watched from my in-laws' front yard. They have a good view but I couldn't get any pics of it.

We slept in way too late on the morning of the 4th and then made a big breakfast for the family. After getting ready we headed down to "Rupert Square" to watch a parade with the kids. It was nothing but fire trucks, horses, trucks, cars, motorcycles and a few cheerleaders. In my opinion it was about the most boring thing I ever sat through. I don't think Auryn liked it much either.

Auryn at parade
Originally uploaded by Scrappindad.

After the parade we came back home and Auryn played around on his bike for a while. He enjoys nothing more about being at grandma and grandpa's than to have much more space to ride his bike around.

Auryn's bike ride
Originally uploaded by Scrappindad.

After lunch Auryn had a nap (and so did daddy) while mommy and grandpa went to the store. Auryn must have had a little too much to drink before nap because he wet through his pullup. Thus the reason for different clothes halfway through the day. For dinner grandpa barbecued some burgers and we ate outside.

Auryn at BBQ
Originally uploaded by Scrappindad.

After dinner I set up a favorite family game. We call it ladder golf, or snake golf or horseshoe golf but there are literally hundreds of names I've heard it called. Auryn loves to play along and through his own set of balls. It makes a standard game go much slower but I have much less of a headache when its all said and done. (I don't know how well you can see this pic but I am scratching my eye - not picking my nose!)

Golf game
Originally uploaded by Scrappindad.

We played the game well into the night while we waited for the night to get dark enough to light off fireworks. Auryn was patient but anxious. He was so excited when we finally got started. There were some neighbors behind us that had what were obviously illegal fireworks but it made for a nice show for us to watch while we let off our own piddly little fountains and sparklers. Auryn absolutely loves sparklers!

Auryns Sparkler
Originally uploaded by Scrappindad.

Although they are only fountains and sparklers I think I was able to get some pretty decent and usable pics of fireworks.

Originally uploaded by Scrappindad.

Through most of the day the little one just hung around and slept and played. She really was not very happy with most of the noisy fireworks and she had no trouble making it known. She had lots of fun earlier in the evening playing on a blanket with her mom and Aunt Shandra.

Originally uploaded by Scrappindad.

All in all we had a pretty good day. It was a little more boring than I'm used to but it was nice to spend it with family. My little American Kid certainly enjoyed himself though!

American Kid
Originally uploaded by Scrappindad.

Thanks for reading about our day. I sure hope everyone else had a good and safe day as well.