Saturday, February 24, 2007

February 24, 2007
Drew and I had a very fun week! We went to the park and played with some friends from our old church in Euless --Charles and Mark. We also took Kitty on a walk to the pond many times this week, the weather warmed up in to the 70's, so Kitty was hot enough to chase her ball in the pond. Now every time we drive by she gets excited thinking we are going swimming!

This week was Spring Cleaning! I opened all the windows and let all the dust out of the house. My allergies have been going crazy, but I think the house is as dust free as it will get! The house was given a window washing, dust treatment, three vacuum treatments, and the fans were dusted (they were gross!), the drapes were washed and all the rooms have been dusted. The place was a horrible mess, closets have been cleaned, boxes were taken to the attic & goodwill, and John even caught the Spring Cleaning bug and cleaned the entire garage. Our rental car will even fit! I am exhausted. Every evening this week was taken with dusting and laundry and cleaning. Now, comes all the fun! I can prepare for Spring planting - my onions and strawberry's went out this week, the lawn is being aerated and then I will be fertilizing. All the flower beds were weeded and a fresh layer of soil conditioner has been layed. John even managed to change out the sprinkler system in two of my three front beds. I now have an underground drip watering system! The third bed will be completed once Home Depot gets in more tubing.

We bought Kitty some special shampoo this week, John said and I quote "I think our house in starting to smell like we have a dog" --- that was it. The house was fabreezed, Kitty's dog bed washed, and a good bathing took place. The whole house smells much better and Kitty isn't itching herself so much. The vet said labs are known for having dry smelly skin, so she gave us some oatmeal shampoo which seems to have worked well. We will see how smelly she is after going in the pond tomorrow!

Drew just had another tooth come through, it is one of his 2 year old molars. He was crabby the first part of the week, but once the tooth came through he was back to his normal happy self. Drew has a doctors appointment this Tuesday for a checkup and shots! Drew graduated from his highchair to a booster seat this week. He really likes sitting at the table with the adults. Kitty likes it too because she can sneak under the table and beg food off Drew.

John had a great week cleaning his garage, working on projects around the house, and working at Home Depot! He is also officially graduating March 30, 2007 ! He was done in December, but the next graduation wasn't until March. I wanted to go to Arizona for the occasion, but John is quite certain he doesn't need to walk down an isle to fulfill his college ambitions. He promised me a graduation when he completes his Masters someday.

John and I just started a Crown Financial Bible Study at our church. We are very familiar with the principals from the radio broadcast we listen to each evening, and an engagement class we took before marriage, but thought it was time to take the full blown Financial Freedom study . ( www.crown.org) We had our first meeting last Wednesday and really enjoyed ourselves. John is, surprisingly, diving into the world of our finances and learning financial software and paying our bills online! He has also been having a lot of fun finding ways to pay off the new car he just bought me. He has already paid for 1,000 off the car in the last 5 weeks by doing handy man jobs for a few clients in Southlake. We are very excited to have all credit card paid off (finally, it only took 4 years!), our savings is working its way up to 3 months living expenses, and our retirement is slowly being funded -- Roth IRA's are the best! Our biggest challenge is tacking those student loans! Wow they sure add up over the course of 2 years! Oh well, with a better job looming in John's future it shouldn't take us too long to get them paid off.

Our car is still in the shop, but our prayers were answered this week when we received a letter stating that the fault was solely the driver of the truck that hit John. We are free and clear of all responsibility, even to the car the John was pushed into. Our car should get out of the shop next week, hopefully back to new again!
I will write more next week!

Melissa

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