This last week has been filled with lots of fun and new adventures. The most exciting was the grand opening of Costco. When we moved here, I was very disappointed that Costco was over an hour’s drive away. But still worth the drive to me. So one or two times a month we would make a “Costco Run”. Buying whatever food and household items that we needed from Costco. Eric always had his office list too. But it made for long tiring days since we always squeezed the shopping into a day with visiting friends or family. The rumors were already buzzing when we moved here that we were getting a Costco. And then one day I drove past the “chosen” spot, and there were dozens of dump trucks hauling away dirt and bulldozers flatting out the ground. That’s when I got excited. So then every time I was out, and just “happened” to be in the area of the construction, I would just drive by. Soon there was a huge  sign that said, “Costco coming this fall”  The newspapers said before Christmas.  The children and I were amazed at how fast the store went up. It only took a few months for them to build the massive warehouse. Soon the sign announced the opening date. So I put it on my calendar and circled it with a big fat red pen. It was a day I did not want to miss. Eric laughed at me, but the chldren were all as exicted as I was. They love all the samples. 

A few weeks before they opened, Michael asked me if I was going to stake out a place a few days before they opened and camp there so I could be first in line. “No!” I quickly answered. Ok, maybe I was a little too excited about the store opening. And then the day before grand opening, my car ended up needing to go to the shop. Thus creating a problem for me. No car to go to Costco. As I desperately ran different scenarios though my mind, I realized that if I drove Eric to work  (40 min) and dropped him off, (on the morning that he has to leave the house at 6:00), and then drove back here, I could still go. So that’s what I did. I got to Costco around 7:30, and though they weren’t suppose to open until 8, they were already letting everyone in. 

There was samples galore. Every isle had a few tables set up. The exictment was high, you could feel the energy being generated by all the shoppers and employees. One lady handing out chips and salsa even did a little dance while singing “Costco’s here!! Costco’s here!!” I laughed! 

Other than Costco opening, we have been working on painting one of the rooms. It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do to a room. I am going to do a faux brushed leather texture over the base coats. It is a dark color, but the room is plenty big enough to absorb the darker color and not feel small. The children have all helped paint. I’m glad the floors will be eventually changed. Because it made it so much easier to let a 3 year old paint when you are not worrying about drips. I still have to finish the top part of the wall near the ceiling. Then the faux painting begins. It is taking me so much longer than I had planned because life keeps happening. 

Like Eric climbing a mountain with a friend for the weekend. A cougar being seen on our property two mornings in a row. A bunch of baby chicks in the garage. And the weather being so hot that we just want to find water to play in. So we go to the river to swim and play. Oh, and buying a puppy. Who I think is the best little puppy we could have found for our children. They love her and she loves them. She is a border collie/McNab mix. We are all in love with her!




Being a girl is so much fun!!! And having them is even better!!

I love the bracelets and skinned knee in this picture.



6 Weeks




The Cousins.





Towel Art


Eric and Luke putting together a desk.


Peeling wallpaper off.


Steaming wallpaper off after the top layer was peeled off.


More peeling. 


Josh was the Shop Vac Man.



Staying up late to paint


Snuggling while everybody else works on wallpaper


The boys find at the river. Oh, how boys will be boys!!!


Too much fun at the river





Josh and Toffee


BEn and Toffee




The first honey of the season



New baby chicks


About dazzlingingrace

Hmm.. I love Jesus. I love my husband, Eric. I love my 8 beautiful children. I loved living in California. I love sunshine and the beach. Shopping at farmers market and the little stores downtown where I can bargin for the best deal. I love to sew and make things. I love spending time with girlfriends encouraging each other. Date nights with Eric are fabulous. I love ballroom dancing with him. The smell of my new little baby and the miracle of their existance. I love italian food- or just about all of Italy for that matter. I love art- paintings on my wall that I know personally who painted them.
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2 Responses to

  1. Christina says:

    thank you so much for putting pic’s of Toffee on she is SO cute.

  2. bloggerpaul says:

    I thought we were the only family that gets that excited about going to costco! Such a glorious place. Ya gotta love bulk.I can’t wait to get my own house! Looking at the pictures of stripping wall paper and painting. I love the feeling of looking at it once you’re done and thinking back to what it used to look like, and how much improved it is now. *sighhhh*. Just a few more years yet.I really like the picture of Julia yawning. She has such a beautiful face, and her expression looks like she’s thinking “yep, it’s bed time”.Poor frog.Such a cute Puppy!Ohhh that honey looks just scrumptious! Where did you get it? Honey gum, I think we used to call it, chewing on the waxy comb after it’s been drained of the honey to get the last little bit out of it.Could you post some more photos of the outside of your new house and property? I’d love to see it!Sir Paul

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