Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Some baby-gifting love

Mr. Wiedz's cousin and his girlfriend had a baby this past September. After the baby was born and it was known it was a girl I went right out bought this fabric for a baby quilt. I was so happy to get soft colors, PINK! PALE GREEN! GIRL COLORS!

When I bought it I didn't really have a plan, which is unusual for me but I did come up with a project that was mostly handwork so I could work on it while I was flying to Argentina. Even though I didn't fly to Argentina I was happy with having a handwork project.

I made "yo-yo's", which I had never done before. It took some trial and error with getting the gathers right since I was doing such big yo-yo's. Then I appliqued them on the background so everything looked like flowers in a meadow.
I had to ask a friend at church her opinion on the quilting and was thrilled with how it turned out.
I gave it to the sweet baby girl for Christmas. Her parents were happy and thought that she would love it.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Catching up: Letters to Santa

December 7th

We wrote letters to Santa...the kids love the tradition of this. Complete with sugar cookies to decorate while they contemplate their list.

This year #2 was preoccupied with the DS so he ate his cookie, wrote about 3 items on his list and was done.

#1 was very into her list. It was long and full of good ideas for Santa.

Of course we have to end the tradition with a walk down to the mailbox to send them off.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Still snowing

It is still snowing. And still quiet and calm outside.

Quiet and calm is not how I'd describe inside but we are enjoying our time in for the most part. A lot of games and puzzles. A lot of running around...#4 loves to chase his big siblings. A lot of reading and snuggling. A lot of DS playing. Some crafting. Some school work. A little laundry. Very little cleaning. A couple of red envelopes with fun movies have arrived.

I am ready to leave the house. I have big plans for this weekend. They are calling for more snow so my plans may be interrupted. I'll keep you posted.

What a proud mama I am!

#2 has started asking about words. He'll call from his seat in the back of the car and ask how to spell something. I'll ask him what sounds he hears and he can tell me. He'll sound out words on his own. So I asked the kindergarten teacher at school where I should start with him. I think I pushed #1 a little, picking books a little too hard too soon. I got the answer every parent shudders when they hear.
When I read this book, I skip 4 or 5 pages with every page turn.
But there is something magical about hearing your son read it to you!
A red dog on a blue tree.
A blue dog on a red tree.
A green dog on a yellow tree.
Some big dogs and some little dogs going around in cars.
A dog out of a car.
The sun is up.
The sun is yellow.
The yellow sun is over the house.
It is hot out here in the sun.
It is not hot here under the house.
Now it is night.
Night is not a time for play.
It is time for sleep.
The dogs go to sleep.
They will sleep all night.
Now it is day.
The sun is up.
Now is the time for all dogs to get up.
Get up!
It is day.
Time to get going.
Go, dogs. Go!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Snow Day

We've been hit by the "Arctic Blast", that's what the media is calling our 7 to 8 inches of snow. Everything is closed down, my mid-west neighbors roll their eyes but us Oregonians don't know what to do with the white powdery stuff...we're used to liquid sunshine!

Here's a little glimpse of what we've seen and done on this day shut away!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Catching up: Getting Our Tree

On the 6th we got our tree. We went to the wilderness and cut our own. Something we've talked about doing most years. This year we decided it would be a fun family day and started out. Mr. Wiedz knew where to go. I packed a lunch and some snacks. Once we bribed, I mean talked to the kids about a fun day spent in the car and a meal out we were off.

Everyone did fabulous on the way to the Detroit Lake area. We went up Brietenbush Road and took some forest service road off of that. Mr. Wiedz needed to find a truly wilderness area and to put the car into 4 wheel drive before he was satisfied that we'd experienced all we could for "getting there".

It wasn't enough to find a suitable tree from near the side of the road. After lunch and getting more layers on, although it was a clear day it was cold out in the wilderness, we headed up the side of a mountain to find our tree. Up and up we went! #1 at one point said, "this is not what I expected". I have to admit I was growing impatient with the climbing myself but figured since I was carrying #3 and Mr. Wiedz had #4 in the backpack #1 had nothing to complain about and I changed my attitude. Mr. Wiedz and #2 were having so much fun.

#2 kept falling but he was enjoying himself so much he'd let out a "SWEET" each time. Sometimes we'd even get a "SWEETER!" He was totally into the forging a path in the forest. The tree was of no consequence to him!

We did find a tree. Mr. Wiedz cut it down (I love that he used a cordless saws-all to do it) and we took a group picture. That was entertaining itself since I had to cross periless terrain to get into the picture after I'd set the timer. At this point we have to now carry the tree down the mountain back to the car. Mr. Wiedz carried both boys and I carried the tree. It felt really good to get back to the car! We took another picture of the kids with our tree on top of the car and we headed back home.

We did stop at Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner. We even went in. The kids had a great time. It was a great family day!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It took me awhile...

****December 17th****Edited to add links.****

...but here I am!

Well, it took me almost 2 weeks to get my to-do list I'd posted on the 2nd done!

Laundry was so caught up the other day I couldn't even do full loads. I got an email the other day about making laundry soap and at the grocery store I got the ingredients and tried it. K was wondering what the heck I was doing but I really like the soap, it is SO much cheaper and so easy to make.

Here's my new header...cute, I think!

The cleaning lists are up and in practice...although I haven't "felt" like it the last couple of days. But when I do, the house looks like someone cares to take care of it!

The boys are so fun most days. I'm slowly reading an online book, Raising Godly Tomatoes and slowly implementing some of the ideas I'm getting. I'm enjoying them more and the screaming is decreasing...everything is more enjoyable with less screaming!

Thanksgiving never got posted about. Needless to say it was a wonderful time. It was a quiet week at Grammie and Grandpa N's. Grammie N recently had broken her arm so I got to cook the dinner and all the munchies to go along with the days of eating to lead up to Thanksgiving. We were especially blessed that Mr. Wiedz returned from work early that week. There is much that goes into that but it is a whole other post that may or may not be written. We are just ecstatic to have him home!

In my opinion it is not a holiday without Chex Mix...Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Laziness, pure laziness...

...that is why you haven't heard from me!

Today's to-do list:
  • Laundry
  • Room lists that tell a person (big or little) what needs to be done in that room to have it clean. We let the cleaning lady we're back on our own and need all the help we can get.
  • Make a new blog header
  • Post about Thanksgiving and the other stuff that's been going on
  • Keep up with the boys I have at home today
  • Cook, clean, discipline, play, change know, the usual

You'll hear from me again soon...I promise.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

So clean he squeaks (or should I say screams)!

In the bath today I gave #3 his squirt of soap and told him to go ahead and wash his body. He stood, rubbed the soap in all the right places, then put his foot up on the side of the tub and proceeded to wash his leg and foot. Even between his toes!
So cute, I just had to share!

I've been busy

You, my faithful blog audience, don't hear from me much because I spend the evening hours working on crafting projects.
  • There's the unfinished quilt I gave my mother for Christmas which still needs quilting.
  • The baby quilt for a family member for Christmas this year.
  • And a new advent calendar for our family which needs to be done by December 1st.
To that long list I also need to make 2 stockings for the little boys that match the fabric/look of the rest of the family's, I'm hoping to get the box of fabric that my mom used to make the originals this week when I'm helping her move/celebrating Thanksgiving with them.

That's why I'm too busy to post.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

While I was on the phone the other day I put #4 in his highchair for a little snack so I wouldn't have to hold him anymore. I came in the other room to check my email and heard him fuss a little. A moment later I went back to the dining room to find this! So cute. So tired. Sadly I had to wake him up to put him in the car for a trip to town. Luckily for both of us he took a good nap later that afternoon.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Argentina Lifestyle

Polo Director &"Russo"


Where is one to begin. As most of you know, I am not a big fan of blogging, furthermore, took a little criticism from my last post, so I remain a little gun shy. With that said, I am currently residing in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 30 days, and have very few outlets to discuss what I am going through both personally and professionally. Therefore, I write this as much for me, as for you.

To begin, what an amazing place! They say BA is the Paris of South America and I have no reason to believe anything different. I will be in Paris in January, therefore should be able to establish a fair assessment. The food is amazing, approximately 1/2 Italian, the other native. Art, wine, friendliness, infrastructure, is really amazing. I encourage all to put BA on a list of global places to visit.

I am here to attend the Palermo season, or "Polo Season". We have a team playing in the Argentine Open, which is the greatest polo venue on the earth today. The best players, horses, and of course tournament is held annually in Argentina on the historical fields where the game has been played for centuries. It is somewhat of a gladiator atmosphere, as the fans are passionate both about the sport and it's players. I will say that the more I am around the game, it is truly the sport of kings. Dangerous as people die every yearAdd Image in games. The only way to adequately describe the game is hitting a golf ball while riding a horse 30 MPH, with somebody else trying to knock you off. The ball is the size of a softball, except it is harder than a hockey puck. I have gained a new found appreciation for the men and women that play the game. An additional note, EVERY man that rides is a master horseman. They do things on the back of the sAdd Imageteeds I have ever seen before. Leaning, reaching, standing, pulling, nothing short of greatness. One of the greatest Polo Players in the world plays for us, his nickname is "Russo", a 10 goaler, that plays the globe. His 4 brothers, also some of the worlds best are the sons of the greatest player the game has ever seen. The father played in 28 straight Argentine Opens, a feet that will never be broken.

I played polo for the first time a couple of days ago. Reflecting back, it was one of those experiences that one can only appreciate looking back. A once in a lifetime experience. It had been many years since my last ride, nearly ten, and it showed. I was very uneasy. The pony's, as they are called here, are special breeds. Bred of a hybrid Thoroughbred and quarter horse, they are athletes themselves. They are so highly trained, yet want to run and play the game as they are bred to do. To put the value in perspective of the horse, the horse pictured above earned $1,000,000 US Dollars for playing in the open. Anyhow, I was able to eventually walk the horse, carry a mallet, swing and hit the ball all at the same time. I was embarrassed to say the least for such poor performance, although, our polo pro said I had a natural gift for the game due to my time spent on the golf course. He told me I had the best backhand motion of any new player he had seen. I think he was full of s*** (edited by stacy later, this is a family-friendly site), but he maintains honesty. None the less, I am falling in love with the game, and plan on playing more. Good thing that life insurance policy is up to date:)

Business is being effected by the global crunch although we keep pushing through. I can not get into any details due to proprietary information, although I will say I enjoy the work, have huge responsibility, and live daily with pressure. I closed a deal at the end of last week which is a feat in todays market.

Our team plays La Dolfina, the #1 team in the world today. It has a 40 goal handi-cap, which essentially means they have 4 Tiger Woods playing on the same team. We are 38 goals, and anything can happen. We will see how it unfolds.

I miss the family terribly. This will be the first Thanksgiving away in 31 years. I have been trying to compartmentalize this, and hope for the best this week. Thursday will bring many memories, definitely a couple of bottles if wine, and maybe a few tears. As you all know, when you take something away for a while, your realize just how important it is to you.

I better wrap this up as I don't want to bore you all. My best to everyone, and thanks for all of the support. I will make an effort to post at least once more on the trip.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

"I love being part of a big family"

Always a lot of food at a family gathering. This was breaky the first your own omelets, cooked by Uncle K.

The N family got together last weekend to celebrate Christmas. Every time I've told someone that I've gotten a surprised look but it is a tradition we have had for about 11 years. This year we all met in Sunriver, OR for a wonderful weekend together. Grammie and Grandpa rented a house that would hold all 27 of us including 16 kids, 14 under the age of 9! Let's just say it was LOUD and a little crazy at times. I took K with me. Not only is K a great help as a nanny but she is also my niece (step-daughter to my half-brother). It worked out perfectly that I got someone to ride with me and a little extra help holding #4 at the end of the trip while I was trying to pack and she got to go early and didn't have to scrunch into her parent's car.

I spent the ENTIRE day Thursday doing laundry, packing, organizing, and working at getting the house tidy. When #1 got home from the bus we loaded up and headed to Corvallis to pick up K. We got a little later start then I was hoping for with a stop at the school and the store to pick up forgotten work and a snack. But we made good time, getting dinner in Lebanon and getting over the mountain without much traffic. It was dark of course and I am a pretty slow driver in the dark but I was happy with our time over to Sunriver. And the kids did AWESOME!

Friday was just a great relaxing, playing, being together kind of day. M and I went on a nice walk and I got a haircut from my sis. The kids played and played! I was worried about #3, he doesn't quite fit in with the older set of boys in the family. We're not game players much so he doesn't have a lot of skill with video games so his turns are short and he spent a lot of the day trying to play with the older boys. He was exhausted by the of the day and slept until 9AM the next morning.
Saturday was our Christmas. After breakfast was done and cleaned up and everyone ready (which actually takes awhile for such a group) we gathered the kids and let them open presents. Everyone was thrilled with their gifts from Grammie and Grandpa.

#1 and #2 got Nintendo DS game systems which were top on their Christmas lists. The looks on their faces were priceless! #3 got the great "clipo" sets of bristle blocks that interlock. He thought they were great and #4 got a really fun toddler basketball hoop. He loves putting the ball in and watching what the toy's a hit! Each kid also draws a kid for the cousins exchange. The kids were all excited about their new toys and we let them loose to go play so the adults could open gifts. Grammie got all of us girls a fun cookbook, beautiful bracelet and a reusable shopping bag all supporting breast cancer in remembrance of Great Grandma H's passing this year. And we watch Grammie and Grandpa open gifts from all of us kids.

Saturday afternoon the men took the kids to the park while us girls had a baby shower for Cousin S who is due in March. We had such a nice quiet time giving her some adorable cloths and visiting.

and Grandpa had bought matching outfits for all the kids 16 and under so we got them all dressed and had a little photo shoot. All the kids by themselves, all the boys/all the girls, and all the kids with Grandpa. Afterward we spent the rest of the afternoon getting Christmas dinner ready and having a great evening visiting and being together.

Sunday was pack up and get back home day. We had to be out of the house by 10:30 and everyone had more to pack than they had brought. A couple more pictures and we were done.

K and I had a relatively quiet ride home. We stopped in Bend for another DS game for each of the kids and in Sisters for gas and McDonald's. I really wanted to stop at the quilt store but I was too tired to enjoy myself so I skipped it.

When I got home the house was tidy and clean but COLD. #3, my constant helper, carried kindling in for me and we got a fire going and a simple breaky for dinner. Everyone was in bed early, including me. #4 had slept horribly on the trip. My normal response to waking in the middle of the night is to let him figure it out on his own (I check him to make sure nothing is actually wrong), if he's up in the middle of the night to play it won't be with me. But on a trip like this there was another family on the other side of the wall (and down the hall, and everywhere really) so I couldn't just let him fuss. So we were up A LOT and up for the day SO EARLY. By the time we got home Sunday evening I was so tired I went to bed by 9!

#1 spent the next 2 days home from school with a cold that she'd narrowly missed getting from her brothers but must have hit her after a couple of days with the cousins. Hopefully we've missed everything else the cousins far 2 of them have the chicken pox and one has strep throat. We'll see how lucky I can get.

But I do know that we are blessed to be part of a large, loving family. It was a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Just as the kids and I were settling down for a relaxing evening and K had left for the night, the power flickered, went out, flickered again and went out completely. #1 had been sent to her room for her poor attitude, but once she found herself in the dark she was allowed back out. I made my way, with #4 on my hip, to the laundry room where I'd plugged in my new flashlight. The kids and I found candles and lit them on the mantle. I also filled my oil lamp and sat that in the kitchen. With as many candles I could safely put out I tried to figure out what we could do to fill the time before bedtime. I decided that a nest in my room would be the best place to sleep. That way when anyone woke in the night they wouldn't call for me, we'd be together with the flashlight. Gathering blankets, pillows and pjs took up all the time we needed it to. (Plus, a trouble I'm having with my mama cat is that she's using my bed as her litter box...and did so right as we started our nest building I had to change my own bed in the process. In case you're wondering I've talked to the vet about it and working on fixing the problem.) #4 got his bottle and went down. After that everyone else got a couple of chapters of our book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by flashlight and tucked into their nests.

Luckily the power came back as I was working on a scrapbook gift. I'm grateful for the quiet moments and a little adventure for the kids but I'm especially grateful that the power came back for the freezer full of meat and an alarm in the morning so we can get to the bus on time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

3 Little Loaves

With no Mr. Wiedz at home this week and no K today I was worried the kids and I would go crazy. I started out the morning with a baking project.

Each of #1, #2, and #3 got their own bowl and own ingredients (I measured everything out for them, of course) and they mixed and floured and kneaded. #1 even helped #3 get his dough kneaded so it wasn't all sticky...a great helping sissy, she is!

They drizzled a little oil in their bowls, sat the dough in and turned it over so it was coated, covered the bowl with a towel and sat them on the stove to raise.

Then they played...well...and together! I can't even keep up with everything they did. There was dress up and blocks and a nest or two. I was able to get laundry going, relax a little and take care of some items on my LONG and never ending to-do list.

Back to the bread.

The kids punched down their dough and shaped the dough for their pans. They were really into the punching. Each of them commented on how perfect their bread would be because they were doing the best job ever making it!

Of course the bread had to raise again. And the kids played again. And we had lunch. Then the bread could go into the oven.

During quiet time the bread was finished and smelled great! #1 came out of her room and asked what was smelling so good!

Good job, kids!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Saturday: Duck Game

The announcer at the Duck's stadium has a saying every game..."IT NEVER RAINS AT AUTZEN STADIUM!" Well, I decided he's never rains up there in the box at the top of the stadium where he sits!

The rest of us...we got WET!

Mr. Wiedz and I got to go to the game, the last one before Mr. Wiedz leaves for Argentina. We were lucky that K was willing to rearrange her schedule and not sleep in that day and could come watch the kids! It was fun to spend the day together.

We left home and drove straight to Eugene and walked the LONG walk to the stadium. We sat in the pre-game area and had some lunch and took in the pre-game energy. JUST before game time we put all our layers back on and headed out to the stadium. The above picture was taken during the first quarter when the sun actually came out and a beautiful full rainbow arched above the stadium. The sun was short-lived though and it started raining during half time. By the start of the 3rd quarter it was pouring! We stayed a little bit longer then went back to the pre-game area which was turned into a dry place to watch the game. We stood in there for awhile then left and went to the Steelhead Brewery for dinner. After dinner we headed back home.

Glad I got to go the game...even wet!

A little creativity...

#1 and I went to a paint-your-own-pottery-place and made some birthday presents. I took this picture of her hard at work!

Actually, she painted it fast and furious. But she did have a lot of fun!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Back on the treadmill

I took this picture on September 30th. The treadmill had been sitting, ignored in the middle of our living room/hallway area. I was tired of it so I moved around some furniture in the dining room and set the treadmill up in there. I have my memory verses, my prayer list and my walk/run program.

The intention was to get right on and work out everyday. The walk/run program I am using (more below on that) goes by took me the entire month of October to progress 3 weeks into the program. So I haven't been as committed as I wanted to be.

The picture would be a little different if I took another one today. The treadmill is quite dusty but not from lack of use. I have now completed 4 days into week 4 on my walk/run plan and have worked out everyday except Sunday in the past 3 weeks!

My friend, Stacy, blogged about her use of the American Running Associations 12 Week Walk/Run Program while she was living in England. At the end of training with this program had she not only lost some pounds she was working to lose she was also able to complete a 5K run! Never having been a runner myself I tried running a few months ago when we inherited the treadmill. Although I was able to do a little running back then I wasn't ever able to get to the enjoyment part. At this stage of the walk/run program I actually enjoy the running and try to bargain with myself to keep running instead of doing the walking part of each days workout.

I'll report back in another couple of weeks to let you know how its going but right now it feels great to be on the treadmill again!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A new look for November...can you believe it is November already...

...and the 5th of November to boot!

I want to say we haven't done much lately. It sure feels like we've just been hanging out. But I guess there is also always something going on...why else would I be so tired (I'm NOT pregnant)!

Mr. Wiedz returned from his New York trip in the middle of the night before Halloween. On Halloween #1 and #2 went to school like normal while #3 and #4 had their normal day. Mr. Wiedz and I went out to lunch and grocery shopping (thank you, K). After school we quickly got all the kids dressed in their outfits and headed to town. #1 was Gabriella from High School Musical. #2 was a ninja. #3 was Superman. And #4 was a lion, although he wouldn't keep his hood on and looked like a baby in a brown suit. One of the small towns we frequent does a trick or treat thing hosted by the chamber of commerce in a school gym. You follow the line past a row of trunks organized by a local church; play a game, get a piece of candy. Then the line goes into the school and into the gym. Walk through the decorated gym passing tables decorated and manned by the different businesses and get candy along with business cards and offers for the parents. About 1/2 hour later we were picking up a pizza for dinner and driving home. Thank you to Grandma and Grandpa D for meeting us and K for going with us.

We trick or treated to our neighbors while the pizza was cooking then spent a quiet evening watching Halloween cartoons on TV and going to bed.

#2 had a wrestling tournament on Saturday morning. The whole family packed in to the gym at the high school that hosts the wrestling camp and mat club #2 attends. He was SO cute and went out and wrestled 6 or 7 times. He started to get a little tired and he wrestled some pretty good kids (one was about 6 inches bigger) so he was ready to be done before the actual tournament but I thought he'd done a GREAT job and we left. We had McDonald's for lunch and headed home to watch the college football game. A very relaxing family day.

Sunday after church we headed up North to attend a family get together of Mr. Wiedz's family. We had a great time with them. Grandma Great had just returned from a cruise so we got some nice stories and pictures to look at. Cousin P and his girlfriend had a baby in September so we got to see and hold her.

After our family time there we headed to Grammie and Grandpa N and had dinner with them.

Monday was normal...I had a doctor's appointment in the morning but had to be back in time to take #2 to school. When I took him to school I picked up #1 and took her back to town with me to run a couple of errands. We had to go to the post office and get my passport stuff taken care of. Then we went to a paint-your-own-pottery place. #1 painted a couple of birthday presents for birthdays she has coming up and I painted a bowl. I'm wanting someday to paint myself a complete set of dishes...we're in a bowl shortage around here so I thought I'd start there. We got done in town in time to pick up #2 then headed home for a evening of dinner and getting people to get along. Mr. Wiedz took #2 and #3 to wrestling practice while K and I got #1 and #4 cuddled, bathed, read to and in bed.

Tuesday, Mr. Wiedz spent another day in town while I worked on laundry and kept the boys entertained. #2 wasn't feeling well and mostly spend the day resting on the couch and watching TV. The nice thing about a day like that means he wasn't running around torturing his brother. I watched the election results only long enough to find out who they declared the winner then I fell asleep.

Today, although #2 still wasn't feeling well, I was still the helper in his classroom. I spent the morning in #1's class and the afternoon helping in #2's class since I couldn't find any other parent to do it and couldn't leave the teacher out to dry...K was able to handle it all, #2 just laid around again today. He should be full of spit and vinegar tomorrow.

Well, you're updated!

Thanks to #2 for being my model for my new banner!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A fast post...

Some of you will be sad there is not more to this post. But, with no Mr. Wiedz here, I'm tired. I want to sit and watch mindless TV instead of sitting in front of the computer.

Here's a collage of what's been going on with us.

I'll write more later!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Doesn't my room look so pretty?

We got a lot done in our room this weekend.

Mr. Wiedz and I stayed up late Friday night, Mr. Wiedz worked most of the day on Saturday and another late night for both of us on Saturday night but we have our room painted and some of our furniture moved. We also have our light fixtures up!

The wall our bed is on is painted "cup of cocoa" and every other wall and ceiling in the master suite is "antique white". The room looks big, clean, warm and calming. It is perfect!

And the light fixtures are fabulous! When we were wiring the new parts of this project I asked if we could have sconces on each side of the bed. Mr. Wiedz made that happen and we found perfect sconces at Home Depot. And Mr. Wiedz installed them on a dimmer switch!

Mr. Wiedz installed the closet system to the new walk-in closet...his and hers sides. Shelves for tubs of out season clothes, belt racks, shelves for sweaters, tons of hanging space. A dream closet!

Some paint and a door!

We're getting down to the nitty-gritty in some areas of our remodel project. Mr. Wiedz hung the door on the boy's room. I've been wanting a door...everyone sleeps better and I'm not as worried about noise in the evening, nap times or morning. #2 helped attach the hardware. Mr. Wiedz has tried hard with this project to let the kids be involved. It is easy to get a one-track mind but he's done a good job and the kids have enjoyed the project.

With that in mind during nap time for the younger boys on Saturday we got out the paint rollers and set up #1 and #2 to paint some walls. They thought it was great fun. They used a lot of paint. Most of it went on the walls...

#1 was so cute...she sticks her tongue out when she paints...consentrating so hard.
But #2 was covered as well!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Still constructing...

Our remodel project is nearing some steps of completion but it still feels like we'll be trapped in remodel land FOREVER!We have old light fixtures partly down so we can paint under them but still have light. Once the paint dries Mr. Wiedz will install the new fixtures.And we're now living with paint fumes. Mr. Wiedz and I stayed up late getting the rolling done on our room where the new texture was dry. And we repainted our bathroom so the rooms have the same color palette. The painting continues today, getting all the corners we neglected last night as well as finding all the spots we missed.The balance of course is keeping the project moving forward but without the kids or family time suffering. Mr. Wiedz tends to get pretty single-minded when he's working on a project so I'm trying to keep him to manageable pieces today. He's finishing the light paint in our room this morning. This afternoon he'll install light fixtures and we'll move all the furniture from our new closet and our new hall into our room, tonight we can paint the closet and hall. Hopefully we can finish all the details on Sunday. Then we'll be able to work on the boy's room Monday.

Isn't remodeling FUN!

LAST weekend...and a full week!

Last weekend Mr. Wiedz had to leave for Philadelphia, read about that here. In order to get to the airport on time and to have as much family time as possible we stayed the night at Grammie and Grandpa N's. Mr. Wiedz and Grandpa N left at 3:30am, we did not get up to see him off.

#1 and I drove to Grandma D's to attend a baby shower for a cousin who had an adorable baby girl in September. We had a fun time and got lots of squeezes on the new little one. I hadn't had the appropriate time to make a quilt so I stopped at Target on my way...there are other holidays coming up, I plan on catching her later...she won't mind she's only a month old.

Grammie N watched the boys and had had a great time with them. When #1 and I got back we went out to the front porch to help Grammie with a little pumpkin project she'd wanted done. The kids each carved out the top and all the gooey guts so we could "plant" a fall plant in the pumpkin for a nice porch look for Grammie.It was a fun project. The finished product looked great, Grammie was happy and the kids had fun!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mr Wiedz:Travel to Philly

It seems that the two most recent questions in my life are:

1. Mr. Wiedz, what exactly do you do?
2. Would you please blog about your experiences and travel?

I fully admit I have been hesitant to post any blogs, as it is not really my thing, I am concerned about security, and I really don’t think my professional life is all that exciting. With that said, others seem to think global travel and a billion dollar business is worth discussing. With that said, and a basic frame work established, I will try and examine my experiences while traveling globally and discuss non proprietary information on the Wonderful World of Wiedz.

Mrs. Wiedz sent me off to Philadelphia, a city in which I have never visited. Reason, a real estate conference. Now, I had very little interest traveling to Philadelphia, not because I dislike to city, Primarily due to future travel obligations and time management. I went so far to check in with “The Boss” to ensure he wanted me to visit. His response was simple, “Mr.Wiedz, wherever you go, good things happen”. Although flattering, this did not seem like the best reason to go. Non the less, I flew via Salt lake, to Philadelphia, arriving on a Saturday afternoon. From the minute we hit the ground, the whole trip was a little off kilter. To begin, we arrived at the gate 35 minutes early due to an emergency on our airplane It seems as if an older lady had a mild stroke. Although she walked off the airplane, we were all taken to the baggage off load and bussed in to the terminal. This took nearly 40 minutes. Once in the terminal, it took another 35 to get my single suitcase off the carousel. After finally getting my bag, I departed the wrong side of the airport, and therefore had a difficult time finding a cab. In the end, I made it back to the other side of the airport, and found a taxi. By this point, I am slightly aggravated as all I want to do is put my feet up, and rest. I departed for PDX at 3:30am the night before.

I made it to my hotel, the Courtyard Marriot, which was a far cry from the original Ritz Carlton in which I would have stayed if adequate time would have allowed. Upon check in, my credit card declined, and locked down due to a “Security Breach”. Lesson one, if you are traveling outside of your daily living area, call your credit card company and let them know. After a few phone calls, clearing up the mess, I made it to my room, which was pleasant, and put my feet up for the evening. I ended up eating at a local pub with a couple of beers, 5 pounders to be exact. Just what the doctor ordered after a start like that.

Sunday, I awoke early, got dressed and pulled up the computer. Now touching briefly on what I do. Simply put, I am the Director of Global Sales for a project in South America, operated by one of the strongest luxury hotel brand in the world. Primary responsibilities include global management of 90 real estate brokerage houses from every quadrant of the world, managing my sales staff in South America, and playing golf and selling to the worlds wealthiest. No exaggeration.

With these tasks comes a little pressure to ensure our global brokerages perform and stay motivated. My casual morning turned into chaos, as urgent business commands my every move. I made it through the morning, stabilized the boat, an called down stairs to order a shoe shine and steam for a shirt. Upon my amazement, the shoe shine guy in the lobby did not work Sunday, and the laundry service was also closed. Just what I needed. For those that know me, it is the simple things that get messed up that set me off. I got dressed in a navy suit, button down, tie, and walked to the hotel next door where the gentleman kindly shined my shoes, shared with me about Philadelphia, and showed me he cared. I rewarded his $6.00 fee, with a $14.00 tip, smiled, and told him to have a great day. This helped change my attitude.

I walked about two miles to the Philadelphia Art Museum, and enjoyed the afternoon noon. What a place. Original work by Van Gogh, Renoia, Picasso, to name a few. I could have easily spent an entire day appreciating the gallery and museum.

Any down time at the hotel is filled with e-mail, phone calls, a quick shower, a couple more e-mails, and out the door. The evening presented a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner at the Ritz Carlton. Hate to say it, but any steak I cook at home with a couple of beers was better than than $150 a plate dinner. The evening wrapped up with cocktails and networking post dinner, then to the local pub, and yes, we shut it down. I face the challenge of pacing myself during the evening gala. Trust me, your body wears down quickly. I finally hit the pillow around 2:00am.

Breakfast was at 7:30 am. Why so early, I don’t know, but I was tired. I made it through a couple of morning sessions, constantly answering the same question, “What is Jumeirah again”, my response “you know the Burg Hotel, yes the worlds only 7 star hotel, the one with 15 white Rolls Royce. Our project is there first latin America project”. I find it amazing, out of nearly 150 participants in the conference, maybe 2 new the Burg. With that said, take the time to view, and

I skipped out on the late morning session, had a big pastrami from the local market, and sat through the afternoon motivational speaker. I then went back to the hotel, did 40 e-mails, showered, a couple of calls and out the door to the black tie dinner. Again, dinner stunk, sea bass and some potato dish nobody could identify. Made it back to the room by 9:00 with the intention of getting to bed early, made it to bed by 1:30 am, left the room at 3:30 am for the airport, via Atlanta, and I made it home.

It was great to see everybody right up to the point when #4 projectile puked in the car 3 times. Welcome home dad!

This trip was rough, my first rough trip where I could have gone without. I am off to NY shortly to host an event in the city. I will post during the visit. hopefully I did not bore you all with my first post. Until next time:


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Coming Soon: Guest Poster!

Mr. Wiedz has agreed to post while he's on his trips. I know some people have told him before that they would love to know more about what his trips are like. Now we'll get a first hand account of what his trips are really like. Watch for him!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A little home project

***Friday's edit: I'm linking this post for my "Company Girls" Coffee.


Mr. Wiedz and I bought our home over 6 years ago. Prior to moving in Mr. Wiedz did a major renovation. Left out of the remodel at the time was a long narrow hallway that was original to the house and was weird. But it was something no one knew how to get rid of so it stayed. Last weekend Mr. Wiedz and I were talking about reorganizing our closet/purging old clothes that haven't seen the front of the closet in some time. This discussion led to dreaming how nice it would be to have a bigger closet...well lets knock out the wall and make a bigger closet right here... That train of thought led us through that entire side of the house, making changes and talking about what we could do.

Mr. Wiedz caught the vision! At this point were were just making bigger closets and a bigger room for all the boys to share. But at a point when he realized the wall next in line to come down was most likely a bearing wall and was made of lath and plaster a new vision came to him. A vision he could really get excited about!...He could get rid of the narrow hallway that had plagued him for 6 years.
Once Mr. Wiedz "catches the vision" he is ready to act. I asked him when we might take on this project...crowbar in hand he said, "right now!" That was on Saturday. Keep in mind Mr. Wiedz will be off for another business trip shortly, but he promised walls and doors before he leaves.

Starting Saturday he tore down and Tuesday his dad J came to help wire. Wednesday he hung drywall and today started the hot mud/taping process. I'm so tired of how dirty everything is. There is dust everywhere! And piles of stuff moved from space to space to make room for the next phase.The boys have really gotten into the remodeling project. Helping, chewing on nails, crawling through drywall dust, hammering, fetching tools, cleaning up (#2's favorite thing is vacuuming) and trying to do whatever they see Mr. Wiedz or (as below) they see Grandpa D doing (course we discourage playing with outlets...they just get extra pieces of wire to crimp and use the pliers on).Well, were done for this stage...Mr. Wiedz will be away for a couple of days and I have my promised walls, though there is no door on the boys' room...that's ok.


I am tired of the mess and the work but I am excited for my new storage closet that used to be that horrible narrow hallway. And I got wall sconces on either side of my bed...I've always wanted those! And what girl doesn't dream of a walk-in closet? We really will enjoy our new layout and we think it is a more appealing floor plan if we ever decide to sell.