Sunday, March 30, 2008

as much as I like to complain....



As much as I like to complain about the flat, pinkish brownness that surrounds me, there really is some beauty to the land that I now call home.








Last weekend my baby brother whom I call "Ren" drove down from Utah with his entire family to spend a couple days with us. I can't tell you how over the top excited we were to have family come to visit.

In preparation for this long awaited event we decided to paint during Greg's Spring Break...the problem was...I couldn't make a decision on color. We went shopping at Target and found 3 pillows that caught my eye and so we decided to use that color scheme. We went to Home Depot and grabbed every swatch that was even close and headed back to Target to match the pillows. With the 3 swatches decided on...we headed back to Home Depot and bought all of the paint. BIG mistake. We decided to start on the entry way, living room and hall way since this was to be the main neutral color that would tie this whole color scheme together. A few hours later after all the prep was well under way...Greg got on his ladder and began the long awaited transformation. It was a little too bold at first, but he forged on. As the day light hours turned in to dark...the color went from a..."wow this is bold, but I'll get used to it"...to," I'll never get used to this it reminds me of a color that we only see when we're sick". I tried to hold back my disappointment (after all...I had bought all that paint and Greg was working so hard), but Greg knew what I was thinking. He assured me that it was going to be okay. So we cleaned up and planned to pick right back up the next morning.

Well...the morning came to me only a couple hours later. It was yet another one of those times when I wake up in a panic and can't get back to sleep. This stupid paint was really bugging me. Greg awoke a few hours later, came in to comfort me and sat down...took a look back at the job he'd done and turned to me and said...I think you're right...let's start over. So we got ourselves dressed and headed back to Home Depot to pick another color. So we went with something that was several shades lighter and a little bit of a different shade...something that we were sure would not remind us of that unmentionable sickness.

As we began painting...we were so refreshed with this lighter, calmer color. We frantically worked as we were behind a whole day now with this change of plans. As we continued to paint, my heart started to slowly sink. We went from color that we only see when we're sick, to silly puddy...do yo remember that color? It's kind of a light brown, but kind of pink. We were painting our walls PINK!

We finished painting the entry way, living room and down the hallway in "silly puddy". Learning from our mistake, we bought 3 quarts of different colors for our kitchen and just painted big swatches to test them out. NONE of them were going to work...not with this "silly puddy". So...I called the project off. We cleaned up all the drop clothes, cleaned up the brushes and packed it all way...I didn't want to proceed forward until I had gotten used to the color and decided how to proceed with the rest of the house.

So...instead of impressing Ren and family with our nice inviting home, we only reiterated how indecisive I can be (we left the different swatches in the kitchen). But we didn't let this "silly puddy" and patchwork kitchen affect our time together with family. We had a GREAT time...well at least I did. I was in heaven with them here.

The first day Gabe took us all up to the lake to ride quads. This is where the pictures of Jessica and Mia were taken. Yes...there was enough rain in the desert this year to bring out all these beautiful desert flowers. It was actually a breath taking sight to see. Even though there are only two quads...I think there was a good time had by all.

The next two days we went to 2 different Spring Training games. We first saw the Angels vs Padres in Tempe and although it's a cool park and were amazingly close to the players, the park was too crowded and it was just too dang hot. The next day we saw the Dodgers vs. the Brewers in Phoenix and this park was bigger and there was shade...we had a great time.



Each evening, Greg bbq'd and we all ate and talked and ate and talked and just enjoyed each others company. I had such a good time...I didn't want to see them go. I sure wish we all lived closer. But since we don't, I think it would be a nice to try to get together a couple times a year...maybe they can come down to get a break from the cold and snow during Spring Training season and we can head up there during the summer to get out of the heat.

We sure love our family and we were so happy to enjoy the beauty of the desert flowers and the fun of Spring Training with them!

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The Steele's said...

I totally understand how it feels to be completely indecisive. Must be an "Alder" thing.
Mand

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Aunt Janet said...

HI, I am finally taking time to do my blog kind of. I can't remember how to add the pics so I will call manda later to get the right keys to hit. But I logged on yours and I miss you so much. Yes, chosing paint colors sucks at best. Manda has a great eye and so does Marci. Manda, Raelyn, and I will be at Marci's the weekend of the 10 of May. She had her new baby and we are celebrating mothers day there. Keep your fingers crossed we can visit Keep writing.

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Aaron & Jill said...

Love you, Lis. Can't wait to get together again. Maybe I'll send one or more of the kids down for a week this summer and they can just hang. What do you think?