We started out our day by having a phone call from Oscar while he was sitting on the plane heading back to the States!! We are so excited to see him tomorrow! The boys all want to make a banner and brownies to celebrate. I told him we could after church.
What a HOT HOT day!! We got home from church ready to make our banner and brownies, when I noticed the house didn't feel as cool as it should. When I went out to the garage I noticed the furnace making a weird whistling noise. I checked the thermastat and it was reading high where it shouldn't be. So I went outside and took the filter out, sure enough it was filthy! I knew I should have bought new filters last time I was at the store. I called Kip Dribnak (our great home teacher and awesome friend) to see if he could help and he brought Neil Adams (another great friend) over to have a look see. They turned off the breaker to the furnace and then back on, but the airflow in the house was still very little. They finally found where the whistling was coming from and one of the copper pipes had ice on it and the other one was hot. So they called Todd Deason (I couldn't believe I forgot about Todd being an HVAC guy) but he wasn't available so Neil told me he would have Todd call me when he got back with him.
After Kip and Neil left I broke out the icy machine, the boys all cheered. We started to decorate the banner and soon had to stop because everyone was arguing about everything. I knew they were hungry and hot and miserable. Soon after Todd called and told me I was going to have to turn off the airconditioner and turn on the fan and leave it that way for a couple of hours. So I did as he said and then called April Dittrich (one of my great friends and 5am workout buddy) who had invited us earlier over for hotdogs. She said she hadn't put the hotdogs on yet and to come over. I'm so glad we did. The boys got to play and run which helped take away the hostility we were having towards each other. I got to visit with April and Shane and Amy (another great friend and 5am workout buddy) and Rodney Ashby. We laughed a lot and enjoyed watching the kids have fun. Even some of the adults joined in. The best part was watching April brace herself inside this big black tube and then roll down the hill. (I'll have pictures of this soon). The sun decided to go behind some clouds and the wind picked up a little. Thanks April for the invite it was definetly a life saver today.
When we got home the house was muggy and hot. I quickly checked the air flow which seemed to be improving. I went out to find the box fans and put one in each of the boys rooms. They are loud but it helps the room feel cooler and they were able to calm down to go to sleep. I put the airconditioner on and it seems okay so far. I can feel cold air and my anger is slipping away. I am so thankful and blessed to be in a ward with so many caring friends and neighbors who are willing to help, better yet to serve each other. Thanks Shane for a great lesson today in church, I was able to witness service in action today.
Only 17 more hours and we'll get to hug and kiss and scream hurray when daddy gets home!!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Posted by Oscar / Vicki Williamson at 10:01 PM
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Posted by Oscar / Vicki Williamson at 7:20 PM
Zachary preparing (he is the third from the left):
This evening we had a picnic in the living room with Pizza and watched a movie "The Pink Panther". I have not laughed so hard in a long time. All the boys were in tears. We were continually laughing for the first 45 minutes of the movie. For those of you who don't know its the movie with Steve Martin as a french police inspector. He is so clumsy and silly, it was hillarious to watch. Good family movie.
Posted by Oscar / Vicki Williamson at 7:07 PM
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Today was our second day of swimming lessons, and by the end Parker was shaking with cold again. He said he was not coming back because he didn't like being cold. I reassured him tomorrow would be warmer. Oscar and Zachary are loving their classes and seem to be doing very well.
After swimming lessons I went to help clean a friends home with some other ladies. She was out of town with her family, they just lost a loved one in their family. We wanted to help her in some way so we decided to help her tidy up her house so maybe she wouldn't feel overwhelmed when she got back. I had left during Mason's nap time and had to get back before he woke up. I'm glad I did because as I was walking in the door Oscar was calling from Africa!! WooooHoooo!!! I was so happy to have my 2 minute rushed conversation with him to know that he was alright. He said he got a spring buck, a blaze buck, and a heartabeast. He also said he was having fun, staying safe, but was having a hard time sleeping longer than 4 in the morning. He hopes to be able to post some pictures by Thursday when they get to a camp that has internet access. Boy do we miss him.
Later this same evening I was going with a bunch of girlfriends to celebrate one of my good friends Judie Sedrick's 40th Birthday. She doesn't look a day over 30! We all went to the Idaho Shakespeare Theatre, had a picnic on the grass, and watched 'The Crucible'. I had never heard of the play, but that's not surprising since I have come to realize I wasn't that cultured growing up. I read a brief summary of the play before we got there so I knew a little of what to expect. The actors were brillant, although I don't think I cared much for the ending. I found myself talking to the actors just like I talk to the movie screen during movies. If Oscar was with me he would have been shussing me all night. As it was I was talking in whispers to my other good friend Jessica about the play. I was so glad she felt the same way I did. I did however fall in love with the atomsphere and decided that is where I want to go to celebrate my 14th wedding aniversary this July, Oscar doesn't know yet. *wink* It was a fun night visiting, eating, watching the play, eating, and visiting some more! Happy birthday Judie and thanks Leonie (my dear sweet mother-in-law) for watching my boys for so long, you're the best.
Today was more swimming lessons and then home to hang out and read. Parker threatened again that he wasn't coming back because he was cold. I sure hope tomorrow is warmer!!! I was feeling lazy today and didn't do much. I read a lot of the day and finished "The Thirteenth Tale", by Diane Sutterfield. Good book that kept me wondering and guessing til the very end.
The boys split their time between playing the computer, reading, playing more computer, getting 'fresh air' outside, playing more computer, and oh watching TV. Some days you just have to let them have fun!
We love you daddy and miss you. 5 days left! We're halfway there. :)
Posted by Oscar / Vicki Williamson at 10:23 PM
Monday, June 23, 2008
Today we started swimming lessons! It looks like the boys are off to a good start, and they all have the same teachers as last year, how fun. Mason did great with Mommy watching his brothers. I was nervous he would be mad that he couldn't get in the water, but he was a trooper and stayed by my side and helped me take some pictures.
At home after naptime we filled up the pool and put in under the slide. Vola, we made our own waterslide. I even got in my suit and slid down with Parker on my lap or Mason. We were all laughing and having lots of fun. Here is one of Zachary clowning around as usual.
Posted by Oscar / Vicki Williamson at 10:06 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
We heard from Oscar today! He left a message while we were at church to let us know he landed safely in Africa and they were headed to the outfitter place. He also made a brief statement about just enduring the longest flight of his life, I had to smile!
Today we went to church and at least I had some great uplifting moments. Jody Sedrick gave a talk today and it was exactly what I needed to hear, he has a way with teaching that I love. I was thrilled to find out that Mason was having a good time in nursery without Alyce and Kelby there, he was a little sad at first but warmed up to Justin Bledsoe, Thanks Justin! During Sunday school and Relief society I felt the spirit and was so happy I was there. At home we relaxed watched a couple of videos and went for a walk to get the wiggles out. It did the trick we came home had popcicles and watched Americas Funniest Home Videos. Mason didn't have a nap today so we read a couple of stories and he and Parker were asleep by 8:30!
Tomorrow we start swimming lessons! The boys are very excited.
Posted by Oscar / Vicki Williamson at 9:23 PM
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Oscar is off to Africa today. He started at 3:30 this morning and is 6 hours into his 15 hour flight that takes him to Africa. He was so excited to go this morning, but I know he'll be tired when they arrive. Oscar heard he might have access to the internet while down there so I will try to update our blog each day with some of our activities. Hope you're having fun daddy!
Posted by Oscar / Vicki Williamson at 9:26 PM
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Good thing too because we were out of water and half of us were very grumpy, me included.
Posted by Oscar / Vicki Williamson at 6:44 PM
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Happy Fathers Day!!! Hope your day was great sharing it with your fathers!!
This morning we let Daddy sleep in as long as he wanted, but he was rudely awakened more than once. The first time was Mason climbing into bed, while mommy was in the shower, saying very loudly "Daddy time to wake up"! Thankfully Lil O heard him and rescued dad! Thanks Lil O. Then I came out of the bathroom and then all of a sudden started screaming!! While I was getting ready I had opened our bathroom door to cool off our bathroom, it gets very hot in the summer. While the door was open a wasp flew in (I really don't like these things, read on about Mason). I thought I was being very cool about it and tried to go out of the room to get the fly swatter. When I came out and shut the door I heard the buzzing, I hurried to shut the door but the wasp came out with me. This is when I screamed. I went running to the kitchen to get the fly swater and realized it had fallen behind the fridge. I now feel helpless and Oscar has shot out of bed. The wasp was crawling on the door, so he opens the door to make it go back in the bathroom, it falls for it. Meanwhile Lil O hears my scream and I send him to the garage to get a rolled up newspaper. Oscar goes into the bathroom and doesn't find it so it must have flown back outside. Thank goodness!!
So now that Daddy is awake we fix him some breakfast, fruit and breakfast burritos! After breakfast I glance at the clock and realize it is 10:30 and nobody is ready for church. I told the boys to hurry so we could give dad his presents before we left for church. Well we didn't make it so we all gave him kisses and told him we would give him his presents after church. We came home and gave him a lei of candy the ward had made for all the dads, and Mason gave him the neckalace he made in nursery that says "#1 Dad". We then give daddy his cards, one from the kids and one from me. The boys loved the card they picked out for him, it was all about farting! Good grief. It was a poem card and they wanted me to put the poem here for all to read so here we go:
"A Father's Day Poem for You All About Farts
A fart can be quiet,
a fart can be loud,
Some leave a powerful.
A fart can be short,
or a fart can be long,
some farts have been known
to sound just like a song.
A fart might not smell,
while others are vile,
a fart may pass quickly,
or linger awhile.
A fart can create
a most-curious medley,
A fart can be harmless,
or silent, but deadly.
A fart can occur
in a number of places,
And leave everyone
with strange looks
on their faces.
With all this in mind,
here's a card just to say....
Sure hope that you're having a great Farter's Day!"
Ooops...make that FATHERS's Day."
Everyone was in tears by the time the card had been read. All I can say is that it made Daddy happy and that the card didn't make the sound effects in the store. The card was the only one left and was suppose to make noise when you open it, however it was broken. But Oscar didn't leave that alone and opened up the card to fix it. Yes it now works and is opened ALL the time!!
We also gave daddy his all time favorite movie "Nacho Libre" This movie is always quoted in some form at the dinner table and they would always have to borrow it to watch it, so I thought it was the perfect fit! We love you daddy and hope you had a great day!
My dad in Pocatello, Rodney Bullock, celebrated with most of his children surrounding him and one of them (me) celebrating over the phone. I hope you had a great time with the ribs mom made for you.
We were fortunate enough to have Oscar's dad Oscar Sr. here on vacation from the Marshall Islands to celebrate with him. We invited Oscar Sr. and Leonie over for a BBQ. Oscar Sr. taught Oscar about some more features his camera can do, and we were entertained with jokes from the boys while we ate. Afterwards Zachary challenged Moose Grandpa (Oscar Sr.) to a race. I'm sure I heard Zachary say "You're gonna stink old man" Honestly where do they come up with these things?!
Posted by Oscar / Vicki Williamson at 10:32 PM