Sunday, November 15, 2009

Well, you know how I like 'em!

So, yes, it's me, and we know how I do weekends! I like to pack 'em chock full as many things as possible. It could be argued that I like all of my days that way, but it's true. There are two things that make me very happy: being very busy and reading. So, pretty much I'm either busy running here and there, or I'm reading. It's a very good life!

Well, enough beating around the bush. I'll get to the meat! So, my wonderful weekend began with a baptism of two of our good friends we've made here in Cincinnati: Anayancy and Luis. They have beautiful full names, so I'm going to share those with you: Anayancy Flores Torres and Luis Armando Arellano Coronado. They started out as investigators and have since become our good friends and fellow brother and sister in Christ, and we're so happy to have meet them!

Jeff was one of the witnesses, and I had the opportunity to sing Tan sólo con pensar en Ti, which is the hymn Jesus, the very thought of Thee translated into Spanish. I had a new friend, Sara, play the oboe for me, and another friend, Victoria, play the piano, and I think it went very well. I'm not sure how understandable my Spanish was, and I messed up the rhythm once, but the Spirit was definitely felt, and that was the purpose, so success.

And just because every post needs to have a ridiculously happy or cute picture (or both!),
here you go!

 The baptism was Saturday morning, and that afternoon found Jeff, Jill, and I driving to Indianapolis to surprise my brother for his 30th birthday party. We had told him that we couldn't make it with the other weekend events, but . . . *drum roll* we lied! Hahaha. Liars. Seriously though, it was a lot of fun to surprise him, and I loved getting to see my family!

I will share some of my favorite pictures here on the blog, and you can find the rest on facebook. This first picture is of my sister, myself, and my sister-in-law, Rachel. I didn't get one of the wife of my other brother with me, but I got some cute ones of her and my brother. :) Like . . .

this one! Smoochie time! It looks like Peter got a nice birthday kiss. :)

If you click right here, you can view the scrapbook that I made for Peter. It was my first attempt at digital scrapbooking, and I had fun with it. The family is going to print it off into a hardcover scrapbook for him, but I already showed him the digital version at his party, so the surprise is gone.

And of course, we can't have the whole family together and not take cute pictures of the four granddaughters. This time they're in matching outfits, courtesy of my mother-in-law, Laurie. Thanks, Laurie! :) They're not all smiling, but they're at least not all crying, and that is a feat in and of itself.

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is the most delicious looking chocolate cake you have ever seen. I told Mindee it was almost an insult to call it a cake, because it is so above and beyond what other cakes are like. We decided "heaven on a plate" would be a good name for it. It has four layers of incredibly moist chocolate cake with mousse and frosting in between and then delectable chocolate frosting drizzled on top. Mindee made it, and it was amazing. She's amazing!

The birthday party for Peter at times felt a little bit like preschool or nursery. Let's see . . . there were three babies (under the age of 1) and then five toddlers. There were also two pregnant women. I think I am counting all the little ones. So, that's quite a lot to squeeze into one house. That's not including all of the parents of those tots, too. We were bursting at the seams, but that is how Bolings like their parties to be. (Thank you, by the way, Rachel and Danny for allowing us to party at your house!)

The Boling ended in true Boling style (at least that's what was going on when Jeff, Jill, and I had to leave) with some karaoke action. Amy and I sang a song together for old time's sake. Peter . . . haha. Well, Peter sang a song to make sure that everyone could be comfortable singing and not have anything to use as an excuse. Jami and Jacob Jackson did a heartfelt rendition of My Girl that they dedicated to Peter and almost always said "Peter" instead of "My Girl." It was pretty awesome. :)

I'm not sure what else went down after we left, but it was an awesome party. Lots of cousins, lots of friends, lots of love. Happy birthday, Peachie!

We drove back to Cincinnati that evening and made it in before midnight, so that was good! Sunday brought Jeff participating in the confirmation circle for Anayancy and Luis and then blessing their beautiful baby boy: Luis Santiago Arellano Flores

Arellano/Flores Family

Another reason we needed to be back today is that I substitute taught in Primary today for the Valiant 13 class. (I think that is what it was called. When I was in Primary, it was the Merrie Misses and Blazers, I believe.) They are the kids who have or will turn 12 in 2009. They were a great class. I did not know all of them before, but I knew all of their parents. They got (I hope!) a tickle out of me calling them brother or sister and their last names rather than by their first names.

The evening rounded out tonight in a fantastic manner by attending a fireside at our church building. We had a wonderful speaker: Richard Paul Evans! If you're not sure who he is, then go check out one of his books from the library or watch The Christmas Box. I think some of his other books have been turned into movies, but that's a personal favorite. He's a beautiful author and a great speaker. I believe he said that when his wife is asked what her husband does, she responds, "makes people cry." It's true. He definitely made me cry. He made me laugh a lot as well. And, as I'm sure he would find the greatest compliment, he made me think as well. It was wonderful! I'm so glad we decided to go. I just went to his website, because I assumed that if he is here, he must have a book signing, and he has one tomorrow night at 7:00 at Joseph-Beth Bookstore on Madison. It's in the center of Cincinnati, so it's about half an hour away, but maybe I can convince my mother-in-law to go with me.

That leads me to another exciting thing. Why do you ask would I try to convince my mother-in-law and not my husband? Well, thank you for asking! It's because my husband is starting his big-boy, graduated-from-college, found-a-job-in-my-desired-field job tomorrow! *woot woot* Part of his job is to manage the night managers, so for the first three days, he'll go in from 3:00 pm to midnight or so. Then the rest of the days are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Oh! life life life

It has been a nice week. It has been busy. I realize that I saw one of my good friends almost every single day this week. I got to work out three times. We went visiting teaching three times. I went out with the sisters three times. Hm. Did I do anything else by threes? I don't think so. I did babysit once, and Jeff babysat twice, so does that work for my nice little three system? :)

My lesson on Sunday went well. I think I mentioned it before, but I'm a Relief Society instructor. I do lessons from the Joseph Smith manual every second Sunday. I really enjoy it. I wouldn't mind teaching more often, because I get so much out of it every time. I love studying the lessons and trying to figure out how to present it—how to encourage conversation, get the vital information across, and make it a safe place for the sisters to share their inspiration and experiences. Last Sunday, I really felt like I was successful. The Spirit was very strong, and I was at least touched. I think others were as well. Hopefully! Ha.

This was my last week with Jeff at home, because he starts his job on Monday. I am very excited for that to happen, but I will miss him. It has been an idyllic, almost summer-vacation feeling these past months. Jeff did work for some of it, handyman/construction and photography, and I did some freelance, but for the most part, it was like middle school again where you had the summer full of empty hours that you got to choose to your liking. We have been blessed to live off of Jeff's parents' generosity and our savings, so it hasn't been too painful, and we have been able to enjoy it. I haven't been able to spend this much time with Jeff since . . . ever maybe. And I doubt Jeff will ever be able to spend as much time with any of our future babies as he has with Jill her first six months of life.

I have been reading my friends' blogs, and I found this post by Lauren interesting. Click me!

My oldest brother turned 30 today, and I think it has the whole family feeling a bit older. At least thinking about growing up and being adults. In honor of how quickly time flies, here are some pictures.

The family at Dan and Rachel's Wedding

Michelle, Phil, Dan, Vickie, Peter, Amy

I'm assuming this picture is from 1985 or perhaps early 1986, because I'm pretty small still.

Mom and Dad are pretty obvious. Then it's Amy, Pete, Dan, and Mimi.

We've grown up a bit. I don't know what year this picture is from. Possibly 1988? 1989?

Again, Mom and Dad are pretty clear (who they are). The order of the kiddos is Dan the Man, Meems, Ames, and Peachy.

Here is one of our favorite family pictures. Well, at least it's one of my favorites. I realize I jumped over a decade in these pictures, but come on. Middle school was awkward for most of us, so let's just avoid that whole time period. :) The order here is Mom, Mimi, Amy, Pete, Dan, and Dad.

Most likely you remember this one from a few months ago at Jill's blessing. It's the most recent one I have with all of the generations. Soon with the entrance of Hanna into the world, it will be outdated, but for now it has us all!

Daniel, Rachel, and Emily Boling; Jeffrey, Michelle, and Jill Collett; Benjamin Homer; Phil and Vickie Boling; Peter, Mindee, and Annibelle Boling; Devin, Amy, and Hallie Rose

Due to my many activities this week, Jeff has been left alone with Jill quite a bit. She no longer needs to eat every two hours, so I have a little bit more freedom. There have been some interesting consequences. Either Jill is now willing to nap alone in her crib, or I am just inept. Because Jeff has been very successful at getting her to fall asleep and stay asleep in her crib. Also, she (I'm pretty sure) misses me. I have had my doubts, previously, as to whether or not she knew that I was her mom, or that I should at least be special to her. She's so friendly with everyone and lets everyone hold her. However, Jeff has said that one multiple occasions she would cry and look at the door (he assumes hoping that I would walk through it if she cried) and then she always seems very happy to see me when I get home. Does she really miss me? Who knows, but I'll take what I can get at this point. ;)

Monday, November 9, 2009

My Bad

I dropped the "job bomb," and then I gave you basically no details about it! Haha. Sorry about that!

So, he will be working for City Wide Maintenance of Cincinnati. It is a franchise company, and (if you're curious) you can go to its website by clicking right here.

He will be a manager of quite a few different facilities. I don't know how many, but he gets $400 a month for gas, so I can only assume the company believes he'll be driving a lot, so there must be a lot of buildings to look over. He's in charge of managing all of the facility needs and keeping the clients happy. He is required to take a client out to lunch at least once a week and make sure they have everything they need and want for their facilities: well maintained grounds, clean buildings, enough paper towels, etc. He manages the people who take care of all of that, and he makes sure they are lined up with the suppliers who offer them the best deals, etc. etc.

They gave us the offer on Friday (on his birthday!), and he accepted it today. We're pretty excited about that, because his offer included no vacation days until after the first year, which I told him was normal and to deal with it, and he said "it never hurts to ask . . . " So, he did, and he got a week of vacation this first year, so that's pretty great! (He, of course, already had a week of personal and sick days, but now he has vacation days, too!)

It is located in Fort Wright, Kentucky. It is about half an hour away from where Jeff's parents live. So, we are going to look first in the ward at places to live, and we would really like to find a place here, because we love our ward, already have callings, and don't want to go through the "being new" process all over again. Jeff, haha, of course, never had to go through that process, since he's not really new to the ward. But I did, and I have a lot of trouble remembering names, so I'd like to keep the ones that I've already learned!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

What we've been up to

So, I haven't written in a while, but a lot has been going on. For instance, Jill has had her first experience with leaves. The photo above documents her second experience. Neither time she played with the leaves. We were pretty surprised. We thought she would play with them. Nope. She just sits in them. Hmm. She does surprise us every now and then. :) Regardless, she looks pretty cute in them.

She has gotten very into sticking her tongue out. I'm not sure why, but one day last week she just started doing it and she's been continuing doing it since then. I think it's awfully cute. Here she is with Lilly. We got to spend time with the Hoslers last week and had a lot of fun, babysitting while their parents were out doing various things and then enjoying dinner with them later. Yay for friends!

Speaking of friends, we've also been able to do things with the Arellano/Flores family. Here is Luis holding Jill. We've started trying to teach them English. They're doing great! English sure is a hard language to learn as a second language. I honestly think there are more exceptions to rules than there are rules.

It's really interesting (frustrating) to me how English spelling has stayed the same for so many years even though the pronunciation has changed so much. On the other hand, it is nice (convenient) that spelling has stayed the same. It makes it so I can read things written in the 1600s without the problems I have when asked to read The Canterbury Tales in its original.

Once again, I state that I think English should have switched to a phonetic alphabet long ago. I think it's probably too late now—way too expensive at this point. But sigh. We could have at least kept up modernizing our spelling and language like Spanish and French. Then we wouldn't be in this mess we are today. I mean, really, come on. "Ghoti?!" Sigh. Fish. Goodness.

Speaking of fish . . . Jeff turned 27! His parents took the family out to dinner, and Jeff got to pick the restaurant, so we were able to enjoy a tasty Thai meal at Ban Thai. That's the same one Jeff and I tried out a few months ago. Kyle chose O'Charleys for his birthday, and Kevin chose Longhorn Steakhouse.

Back to Ban Thai: Jeff got the same thing again—Duck Szechuan. I wanted to get the same thing again, but I accidentally got it with sticky/white rice and a brown sauce instead of fried rice. It was still good, but not what I wanted. I like the fried rice better. I'll have to remember that next time. :)

Jeff and I at the restaurant

Kevin wanted to branch out and try sushi for the first time. He hasn't been as lucky as Jeff and I were to live near our sister-in-law Amy (who is Japanese American), so he has never had her sushi before. (No worries. I'm still not a fish fan. She was cool enough to make cucumber sushi as well.) ;) So, he decided to try his luck with a tuna roll. Haha. Classic. He should have just gone with tuna. He did not like seaweed. Go figure. That's one of my favorite parts. He did like the tuna though, so he just unwrapped his rolls. The sushi came with green stuff (that I've been told was wasabi), soy sauce, and then a pile of pink shavings of something. We assumed it was more tuna. Until Kevin ate some. It was not. Does anyone know what that was? I am not totally experienced with sushi.

Jeff and Jill on his birthday

It was very nice of Kevin to come home for Jeff's birthday. But, poor guy, to his dismay, Jill didn't seem to remember him. She cried both times that he held her. I think it was hard on him to see how much Jill loved her Uncle Kyle. She'll remember him when she gets older. I guess Uncle Kevin should just come to visit more often . . . :) Otherwise Jill just might break his heart!!

I had to include it. Santiago is ridiculously cute!!

Other events of the week have been that . . . JEFF GOT A JOB!!  He had a second and third interview last week. Then they called him on Thursday to say he was their man and to come in on Friday. He ate lunch with them on Friday and received their offer and other information. We've looked it over, prayed about it, and thought about it, and he's going to call them tomorrow to accept the offer. The start date is November 16. Best birthday present ever, eh? :)

We're so excited! Our 6 month taste of unemployment has been an interesting journey of hope, faith, and discouragement. We have been so blessed by the generosity of Jeff's parents in providing us with food, love, and a home. It has been wonderful for me to spend time getting to know Laurie better, and Jeff has really enjoyed the hours of playing ping pong with Kyle (and other activities too, of course).

Thursday, November 5, 2009


My friend, Nate Keplinger, and his wife, DeLisa, are trying to win a free stroller. If you'd like to help them, please click here and vote for them! :) They're about 200 votes behind right now, so any help is appreciated. You just go to the website and click "vote" next to Nate Keplinger.

Yay for babies! Yay for strollers! Yay for free baby strollers! :)

So, the link didn't work for some of you. Maybe the link is a bad one, and it's pulling the old page. Because he has over 100 votes now. So, click on this link: and click on the contest standings page. See if it will let you vote now.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Never put cheesecake in the toilet.

It won't "loosen up," and just because something fits in the toilet hole doesn't mean it will fit through the pipes.

And you might have to put your hand in and pull it back out.

. . . after someone has pooped in it.


I'm sure you're not disappointed that there are no pictures to accompany this post.

Lesson of the weekend: Toilets are not to be used as garbage disposals.

On a different note, I've been thinking about my fears. Jerry Seinfeld said that a study showed the number one fear of Americans was speaking in front of a crowd and the second was death. His funny joke is then that at the average funeral, the people there would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy. I'm not sure how to credit that source, but know that it was Jerry Seinfeld, not me. Anyway, I'm not really afraid of speaking in public or death, so I've been trying to think what mine are.

These are not in order of importance, merely the order I thought of them.

1. Clogging the toilet at someone else's house
2. Choking, coughing, or burping while singing in front of a crowd (like a performance)
3. Noticeably peeing my pants in public
4. Not getting to live long enough to raise my children
5. Doing a "bad job" raising my children
6. Intense physical pain
7. Spiders that are fast and large and can jump

So . . . do any of you have any fears you've thought of recently and would like to share?