Monday, May 30, 2011

it's the little things in life....lucky day?

I don't understand my lack of eagerness to blog. It's really terrible. But here I am again, on a Monday morning not having blogged in.....a while. Maybe it's the incredible boring-ness of my life this summer (thus far) but I really just don't get it. Oh well, hopefully today marks the day where I start to blog every day again.

Yesterday, the weatherman predicted showers and the sun was shining brightly. I spread a blanket out in the yard next to the dog and laid out in the sun for a while. I played around with my camera (my dog became a little camera-shy and I had to resort to all sorts of trickery to get her to look at the camera) and discovered a setting for close up shots on my camera, which I was excited about.

 there were a few passing clouds
 she was trying to eat the camera..
 she's the cutest dog ever.
 Enable: Close up shooting.


 Mom came outside and played with the dog
 hahaha
I found a four leaf clover !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I then proceeded to lose it again when I picked up my stuff. but at least I have photographic evidence)

It was my lucky day for a few short hours until my mom opened the screen door and yelled, "Russell is coming over." (Russell is our neighbors HUGE labradoodle. I hate that dog.) I jumped up, grabbed all my stuff (dropping my 4 leaf clover) and ran inside. Then I went back out and grabbed my dog and the blanket. I really don't like Russell.

And now, today, I finally get to move in to my room. There's still a few things that need to be finished, but the majority of it is done! It looks gorgeous and I love it. Once it all finished and perfect, I'll take some pictures and put them up. I think I have some pictures of what it looked like before too. 

So now, I'm going to look a few things up online (for my room) and then I'm going to go move ALL my stuff in. It's going to be an exciting day. And it's Memorial Day! A great many thanks go out to all the war veterans and soldiers still fighting for their part in protecting our country. 


from Bonners Ferry with love (and patriotism), 


Chelsea.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

who wants a bride?

This morning in church, my father (the pastor) was speaking on Joshua 14:6-15. It's one of three passages that describes Caleb's demand and acquiring of his inheritance.

Dad was saying that while it sounded like Caleb was going to charge the city of the Anakim giants himself, in reality Caleb asked for help from the congregation. He did this by offering his daughter, Achsah, as a bride to whoever conquered the city. Dad illustrated his point by saying: "It'd be like if I said, 'Alright, whoever helps me build the church...I'll give him Chelsea as a wife.'" There were a few laughs amongst the congregation and I shook my head.

Dad likes to use me as a sermon illustration, so I'm used to it by now. I get teased by the rest of the congregation about whatever he says. It's all good fun and it's to make a point so I don't really mind...except when he offers me as a bride. We laughed about it over lunch and Dad told me that he made a point to avoid eye contact with any specific guy in the church...for which I thanked him. (I told him it wasn't going to work out anyways because I already have a boyfriend.)

Speaking of which...my boyfriend and I have decided (it was his idea) to do a devotional/Bible study together this summer over Skype. We're going to be going through the book "Bite-Sized Theology" by Peter Jefferey. I'm excited about it :)

I really need to get back into the swing of blogging every day. I'm still looking for a job, so as of right now I don't have a lot to do all day. Although, for the next couple of week or so, I'll be finishing up my room. I finished painting it yesterday and Dad and I put in my closet organizer. This week, one of the guys from the church is going to be coming over to finish my floor and put the trim on. THEN I get to move all my stuff back in. The only thing that is in my room right now is my bed.

After I finish my room and get all settled in, my next project is the cabin in the backyard. It's a tiny little thing, but it's just big enough for me to have a nice little office out there. My parents said I could use it while I'm home (so it's kind of my cabin) and I want to fix it up.

We have some company coming tomorrow for a couple nights, so tomorrow morning is rush, rush, rush to get the house cleaned and presentable. Also, my mom comes home tomorrow (from St. Louis), so that's exciting :).

Hmmm, I'm trying to think of any other important news or tidbits that I need to share with you. I can't really think of anything. Oh! There's only 29 more days until the best friend comes up to visit!! (I'm pretty excited if you couldn't tell). I hope you're all having a wonderful Lord's Day, wherever you're reading from.

from Bonners Ferry with love, 


Chelsea.

Friday, May 20, 2011

it's the little things in life....painting, laundry, job hunting, painting....

Oh.my.goodness. I can't believe it's been 5 days since I last blogged. I'm a terrible person. I've actually been kind of busy though, so I have a semi-good excuse. It works out perfectly that today is Friday and it's usually a summary of my week...so yeah. (ps. these aren't specifically things that made me smile....it's just what I did.)

Monday:
<3 running errands with Dad <3 laundry <3 dinner with old friends <3 skyping Charlie <3

Tuesday:
<3 laundry <3 cooking a ham <3 more laundry <3 job hunting online <3

Wednesday:
<3 errands with Dad <3 lunch in Sandpoint with Dad and the brother <3 Bible study <3 talking with all the guys <3 playing my new game on my iPad :) <3

Crystal Portal 2! I already finished the first one a while ago.

Thursday:
<3 painting the primer <3 watching the NBA playoff game with the guys <3 Bones <3

 I'm probably one of the messiest painters you'll ever see...

Friday:
<3 painting the color (finished the room!) <3 relaxing outside in the sun with the dogs <3 eating mint moose tracks ice cream <3 dinner out with one of my grandmothers <3

I was practically covered in blue paint after today.

It looks like I didn't do all that much this week. I guess it's because I slept in and didn't start my day until 9:45-10:00ish, and then the things that I did were big projects. Oh well, at least the crazy week is over. Next week I have to put the finishing touches on my room and move all my stuff back in. Fun fun! I'll try to be better about blogging too...

from Bonners Ferry with love, 

Chelsea.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

san fran and kettle corn

Okay, hey y'all. Blogger has been down for maintenance, so I can blame part of my lack of blogging on that fact, but mostly it's because I've been on the road and unable to have a constant use of the internet. I'm home now, though, so I should be able to get back into the swing of things finally.

To backtrack and finish off the trip home.....

Wednesday morning the fam and I headed up north to San Francisco to visit my cousin who works at Google. She does the voice on the phone; so when you call Google to get information you hear her voice. She gave us a lightning tour and treated us to lunch in one of the many cafeterias. It was pretty nice.


After Google, we drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and into downtown San Francisco: complete with hills.


While we were in San Fran, we drove down to Ghirardelli Square and looked around all the shops. We found a cute little cupcake shop that sells gourmet gluten free cupcakes. If you're ever in Ghirardelli Square, you should definitely check out Kara's Cupcakes. 

 my aviators have been everywhere with me.
 which one is gluten free?
 it's such a cute little place

After cupcakes, we got more sugar at the little Ghirardelli shop. Then we walked down along the streets and ended up at Fisherman's Wharf for dinner. We went to the Franciscan which has a beautiful view and lovely food. My cousin and her boyfriend met us for dinner so it was a wonderful time with family. 

 again, my aviators!
 I ate half a crab. it was very delicious.
the staircase leading up to the restaurant was lined with pictures of celebrities and other famous people that had eaten there. it was pretty cool.

Thursday we drove up to Redbluff, California to visit some old friends. On the way up there, we stopped by the Golden Gate Park and beach. It was really pretty, and also very windy.

 me and the brother
 the beach was very pretty
some of the flowers in the park

Our longest day of driving was Friday. Without stops, the trip from Redbluff to the Tri-cities area is about 10 hours. We drove up by Crater Lake and stopped for a while so it made for about a 13 hour day. The drive was really pretty though and I took a bunch of random pictures. 

 Mount Shasta.....I think.
 Dad insisted on taking a picture of me driving, I don't know why though.
 on the way up to Crater Lake...they still had a good bit of snow on the ground.
the snow next to my 6'4" dad and our car...
 I found this in the gift shop and had to take a picture of it :)
 Wizard Island in Crater Lake
 yep, I climbed a snowbank in flip flops.
 mi familia <3
on the way to the Tri-Cities, I forget where this was, but it was pretty.

Saturday morning we got in the car again and drove home. It was a shorter drive and I mostly slept during it. It's nice to not be in the car anymore, but it's not quite home yet. I still have to finish my room which involved priming and painting it before moving all my furniture back in and unpacking all my boxes and bags. I'm hoping to be all moved in by the end of next week, but we shall see. 

Oh, story time: after we got home yesterday, we unloaded the car and I started cleaning out the cabin in the backyard so I can live in it until I finish my room. I got about halfway through it when the power went out. This was at 4:30 p.m. It remained off all afternoon. Around 9 p.m., my grandmother and I really wanted some hot food so we set out (joined by my mother) in search of someplace that was open. We finally found a little Mexican place that was open and we had a nice dinner. The power came on last night around 1 a.m. It made for an exciting first day back in Idaho. 

Alright, this post is long enough. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and a great week :)


from Bonners Ferry with love, 


Chelsea.