Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lesson 67: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed!

(I am not super into cats, it just happens that the cute animal slogan pictures tend to have cats in them.... ok Ruby and Max?)

Last night Tyler was in charge of FHE. We learned about disaster preparedness. We started by watching a youtube video with Raven Samone talking about putting together a 72-hour kit and creating a plan for when emergencies happen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNmgAIYPT4U

Then we talked about what we need to do when something happens. We decided that for a fire my job is to grab the dogs and the phone and Tyler's job is to grab the fire extinguisher outside our apt, in case of a flood Tyler suggested we hang out since we are on the second floor, and in case Mt Rainier erupts we decided to read our scriptures and pray.... We may have a part two to our preparation night.

My favorite part of the evening was holding a run through of what we would do in case of fire. We got into bed in our pajamas and Tyler started beeping loudly to signify the smoke alarm. Since my job was to grab the dogs I scooped up Ruby and missed Max as he took off down the hall following Tyler. After yelling for his help Tyler tossed Max into my arms and I ran down the stairs outside. (Max is about 23lbs so "toss" was more like "heaved"). The only thing we left out was how you are supposed to crawl under the smoke. I forgot about that.

Here are some fire facts from the American Red Cross:

~80% of Americans don't realize that home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation

~Only 26% of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan

~In 2006, a home fire was reported every 80 seconds, and someone dies from a home fire every 204 minutes

~Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire by 82%in relation to having neither.

So it is important to be prepared!

Later this week we are going to get our 72-hour kit together

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lesson 65: Harry Pugger and Friends

Tyler let me straighten his hair this weekend. After a while we decided he was starting to look like an older scruffier Harry Potter.
Ruby baby and her daddy

Max loves Tyler too.... I think we all know who the dogs love best :(

Ruby cowering in the corner at the very idea of having to go outside to potty

"Please noooooooooooooooo"

And another picture of the back of Max because I could not get him to turn around for me.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lesson 64: Exposure of a Cookie Monster

My name is Whitney and I have a cookie problem. My next step will be to go on the show "My Strange Addiction" to tell the world my saga. For the past month I have been baking cookies just about every other day. I stumbled upon an awesome recipe and I tried it out first with white choc chips, then butterscotch chips, then regular choc chips, and after that I tried every combination or the three you can think of. Tyler introduced toffee bits which were then combined with every one of the three chips individually. After this I moved on to choc choc cookies with the different combinations of the chips.... I have a problem. I have to eat cookies everyday. I eat the cookie dough everyday and then bake the cookies and eat them mmmmm. I missed dinner and lunch for about a week due to the fact that I just ate cookies....

My friend Jenae, who has a parallel life to mine, has the same problem with Taco Bell. She has been on a "Taco Bell fast" for the past 25 days and suggested maybe I should take a break from cookies. I think so too. As much as I am consuming the cookies THEY ARE CONSUMING ME! So 30 days of NO COOKIES! I told Jenae, I told Tyler and now I am telling you. I may have to have Tyler take away the Kitchenaid... or at least the attachments for the month. Cookie, Cookie, Cookie starts with C !!!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lesson 63: Visitors are NOT welcome!

(the crackling sound is from my camera)

Lesson 62: How to stay warm

Pictures from the week of snow in western WA
Ruby loved to try and catch the snow when you kick it up

She wasn't so much a fan of being cold though

Chillin on the couch

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lesson 61: A Shout Out to All the Homemakers! ( I am not a homemaker but I thought this article is awesome)

How Much Is A Homemaker Worth?

By Porcshe Moran Investopedia – Mon, Jan 16, 2012 1:23 PM EST

The life of a homemaker is one that includes an endless amount of demands and to-dos. Depending on the size of the home and family, the position of homemaker can go well beyond the usual nine to five. We examined some of the tasks that a homemaker might do to find out how much his or her services would net as individual professional careers. We only take into consideration tasks which have monetary values and use the lowest value for each calculation.

Private Chef
Meal preparation is one of the major tasks of most homemakers. From breakfast to dinner, there is plenty of meal planning and cooking to be done. The American Personal Chef Association reports that its personal chefs make $200 to $500 a day. Grocery shopping is another chore that needs to be factored in. A homemaker must drive to the supermarket, purchase the food and deliver it to the home. Grocery delivery services charge a delivery fee of $5 to $10.

Total cost for services: $1,005 per five day work week x 52 weeks = $52,260 per year.

House Cleaner
A clean and tidy home is the foundation of an efficient household. Typical cleaning duties include vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, scrubbing sinks as well as loading the dishwasher and making beds. Professional maids or house cleaning service providers will charge by the hour, number of rooms or square footage of the home. For example, bi-weekly cleaning of a 900-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment with five rooms, costs $59-$124 . A 1,300 square-foot, single-story home with seven rooms runs $79-$150 . A 2,200 two-story, three-bedroom home with nine rooms averages $104-$180 . Additional tasks such as oven or refrigerator cleaning and dusting mini blinds can run an extra $20-$25.

Total cost for services: $118 per week X 52 Weeks = $6,136 per year.
Child Care
Homemakers provide full-time, live-in child care. This type of service from a professional provider would usually come with a host of perks including health insurance, paid vacation and sick days, federal holidays off, dental and vision coverage, and bonuses. The International Nanny Association's 2011 survey found that nannies make $600 to $950 per week in gross wages, on average.

Total cost for services: $600 a week plus perks/benefits x 52 Weeks = $31,200 per year.
A private car service might seem like a high-end luxury to most, but the beneficiaries of a homemaker get this service on a daily basis. Companies like Red Cap, which provides personal drivers that use the client's own car as the means of transportation, offer a glimpse into the cost of this homemaker task. An elite membership which includes 365 days of unlimited, round-trip service is $1,000 a year plus 33 cents - $2.03 per minute.

Total cost for services: $1,000 per year + [(estimated miles driven 8000 miles / 50 MPH) x 60 min/hr x $0.33 per minute] = $4,168 total per year.

Laundry Service
Clean clothes come at a cost when you have to pay for the service that most homemakers do for free. Professional laundry services charge by the pound. For instance, Susie's Suds Home Laundry Service, Inc. in Texas charges 90 cents to $1.00 a pound to wash, dry, fold, hang and steam your clothes. Items that take longer to dry such as comforters, blankets, rugs and winter clothes are assessed at a price of $12-$15 each.

Total cost for services: $0.90 per pound x 4 pounds of clothes per day x 5 days per weeks x 52 weeks = $936 total per year.

Lawn Maintenance
Basic maintenance of the exterior property is a less common, but possible duty of a homemaker. This could include things such as mowing, debris removal, edging and trimming the lawn. These services cost about $30 a week on average.

Total cost for services: $30 per week x 52 weeks = $1,560 total per year.

The Bottom Line
Total for a year of all services is: $52,260 + $6,137 + $31,200 + $4,168 + $936 + $1,560 = $96,261 per year.

The daily work of a homemaker can sometimes be taken for granted by his or her family members. However, these services could earn a homemaker a considerable wage if he or she took those skills to the marketplace. Homemakers in general contribute a lot more to the home in addition to these tasks, and no amount of money can fill those needs.

Lesson 60: How to boost your self-esteem (and by "your" I mean "my")

This post is 100% bragging..... last night I hemmed Tyler's pants! Wahoo! He had some pants that were way too long and I have been avoiding hemming them, because I did not want to mess them up and end with some awesomely uneven high waters (I had never before hemmed pants). Anyway bottom line, I used a blind hem stitch on my sewing machine and it turned out great and they are the same length and a good length AND they are perfection :D

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

Lesson 58: Max and Ruby's First Trip to the Beach

My family went to the coast and Max and Ruby got their first taste of the ocean. (Quite literally in fact, I think they never could get past the fact that ALL the water had salt in it). We visited a light house and explored some old army buildings. This one was pretty creepy. We decided it was probably a tomb that when activated would bring forth the spirits.

Here is the lighthouse.

Max and me on the boardwalk.

Ruby loved running on the beach but after a while she was was chilly and got a free ride home.

Mom and Dad and Benny the pug.

Tyler, Whitney, Ruby and Max
Ruby did not mind sitting in the wet sand on the beach for a break.

When I went to take this picture Benny was staring at the distant seagull. Ruby was more interested than Max and Benny in chasing the birds.
Max checking out a crab and Cooper running in the background.

I love this picture. Cooper in his puppy hat chasing the birds. :)

Tyler and Ruby out running the water.

From a distance this log looked like a backpack and we all stood around guessing why someone would leave a backpack on the ground. Tyler was the first to walk over and check it out. When he came back he would not say what it was so my dad checked it out. He too would not say anything about it. Finally my mom, sister, and her kids went to check it out. Trust a 4 year old to end the mystery by blurting out it is a log :) That is when I finally walked over and checked out the "backpack".

Quinn, Miranda and Cooper at the beach

Me and my handsome husband

Tyler had to pick up Cooper and run when they underestimated the speed of the incoming water.