Okay, so Jacki hasn’t written anything on here since February 2009.  (Maybe she hasn’t looked at it since February 2009?)  So, I’m taking over.  We’ll see if she even notices.

I might even get rid of the cute wordpress theme she’s got installed.  In the meanwhile, it looks like over the past two years I have 209 comments to moderate.




I’ve been working real hard on my newest website, itscheese.com.  Unlike 90% of the websites I build, this one is for me and not for a client.  Pretty much the website is an experiment to see if I can make money from online advertising with google ads.

I started by making a list of 100 things I’m interested in.  I only got about 62 things on the list before I ran out of things.  It’s a lot harder making a list of 100 things that your interested in than I thought it would be.  Of those 62 things, I narrowed it down to 3: vermiculture, cheese, and learning languages.   I started building a vermiculture website, but didn’t get too far.  (I haven’t given up, though.  I’ll probably buy some worms for my worm bin this fall.)  Not sure why I picked cheese over languages.  I think it was because I thought there were too many language learning websites out there already.

I started work on the site June 30th.  I had the site up on the internet on July 11th.

Then it happened.  On the evening of July 29th, my site made its first 18 cents.  I was so excited, I called up Jacki, who was scrapbooking at a friends house.  She was very kind and pretended to be excited with me.

So, I’m not rich yet.  The site was live for 19 days before it made its first 18 cents.  That’s about 3 and a half bucks a year I’m going to make at this rate, but maybe if I’m lucky the site will earn money more quickly.  We’ll see.  My initial goal is to work real hard at it until the end of October.  At that point I will re-evaluate the site to see if it’s worth continuing to work real hard at.

It has been fun reading about cheese.  I now know about 10 times more about cheese from what I’ve learned in the last month or so.  Right now I have 32 different cheeses in my cheese guide, and I’m adding a few more cheeses every week.   And I have one cheese review.  Jacki and I had some friends over and we tried the imported Afuega’l Pitu that I ordered online.  It was good stuff.  It was also the most expensive cheese I have ever bought, but I bought it with my business checking account so I can write it off at the end of the year.  It was good stuff.  I wrote a review about it on my website.



Feb

8


Many of you have told me I need to update.  I know, I know I do.

Be warned though that this is four months of updates.

Here we go!

 

 

October was a new experience.  We still had lives, but had to shuffle everything around for Bishop duties.  It wasn’t too hard, but a little difficult.  We managed to have fun though by going to the pumpkin patch a couple of times and all the Halloween fun.  Joseph was a storm trooper, Kyle was Indiana Jones and Jacob was a Ninja Turtle.  Kent and I also had fun going to a 70’s Murder Mystery Party.  We had a blast at the party and enjoyed dressing up!

 
 
 

 
 

November and December went by way too quickly.  And of course, I didn’t have enough time for anything.

 

For Thanksgiving, my sister Jessica and her family came to California.  We had fun playing games and watching all the cousins play. The Thanksgiving dinner was awesome too!   Thanks Jess for coming out.  Grandma Buchanan was also here for Thanksgiving.  The Saturday after Thanksgiving, all of the adults went to a Dinner Theater together.  The girls had the most fun, but it was nice to get away.  Jacki also turned 31 this month.  yeah for me!

 

December was a mess.  Kent was gone almost every night for tithing settlement, which meant I was home with the kids all the time.  Christmas shopping was difficult this year with Kent being gone so much, so I was glad I got most of the presents on Black Friday.  yeah me!  The Christmas tree didn’t even get put up until a week before Christmas and of course, no letters went out either.  I hope I will be better prepared next year!  Atleast, I will know what to expect.  We did have a good Christmas though.  The boys asked for pretty inexpensive thing this year and Santa was happy with that.  The Friday after Christmas we caravaned with Kent’s sister, Teri, up to Washington to visit Kent’s other sisters, Dawn and Cami.  Most of the siblings were there and we had a good time playing games and hanging out.  The cousins even played school!  We were worried about the drive up there, but we didn’t have really bad weather until Vancouver.  They had been dumped on  and our rental van didn’t like it too much.  Next time we will get a 4X4.  We came home that next Monday.  Such a short trip, but we enjoyed seeing family!

 

 

January started off good.  We spent New Year’s Eve celebrating my dad’s birthday and then just hanging out with my sister, Juli, and her kids.  They all got along so well and all five kids were up past midnight.  Fun times!  I found out the first week of January that by the end of the month I would have no daycare kids.  It was crazy to even think about.  I have had daycare kids in my house for seven years straight.  I have had vacations and breaks, but always knew I would have daycare kids coming back.  So this was a little weird.  We also had to think about finances.    We were happy to see that we had saved some of the daycare money from previous months.  This made the loss of income a lot easier to handle.

 

The boys were off track for the month of January and a little of February.  This was good and bad.  They had a total of 7 weeks off.  Crazy huh?!  I thought I would go crazy, but it wasn’t too bad.  They had their Christmas toys to occupy their time.  We also went to the bounce house on the last day I would have Maddy and Bella.  They had a blast and were exhausted by lunch time.  Kent also turned 32 in January, so he can no longer be called a 31 year old Bishop. Last Monday we spent the day in Redding, CA. We went to The Turtle Bay Exploration Park and saw lots of geckos. It wasn’t busy at all, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We were a little sad that their water center was turned off, that was the boys favorite part last time we came. We were glad to spend the day together as a family.

 
Okay, We are updated. It’s not as in depth as I would like, but now you know what has been happening at the Roper house. Check back after Valentine’s Day though. Kent’s Band is playing at our Valentine’s Dance and I will HAVE to post about that. Thanks all of you who check back so often. I promise to post more often, not as often as Heather, but often! Luv you all and hope you have an enjoyable New Year!



Feb

7


Here are the rules:
1. go to your my document/my pictures
2. go to your sixth file
3. go to your sixth picture
4. blog about it
5. tag six people

So this is from August 2006.  Long time ago!  We took the boys to Fairytale Town.  We all had a lot of fun.  I can’t believe how the boys have grown.  Jacob was a year and a half in this picture.  He will turn four next month.  Crazy!



Oct

13


The Roper house has been a little stressful the past three weeks because of a “secret”. Yesterday it was announced so it’s okay for me to tell. Kent was called as the Bishop of the Florin Ward. Crazy, I know. It doesn’t seem possible, he’s only 31! I have thought and thought about this for the past three weeks and found out yesterday that it wasn’t a dream. It still hasn’t sunk in yet, but I’m sure it will with Kent being gone a lot. Yesterday was the beginning. I only saw him for a couple of hours. I am thankful for family and friends who support us in all we do. For those who are willing to help out whenever needed. You guys are awesome. Thank you for those of you who came from near and far, to support us. I don’t know how life will be from now on, but I know that Kent was called by the Lord. We are so blessed! Hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather. I’m loving it.



Sep

24


Rules: Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours and then tag 6 fellow bloggers

Quirk #1 I am the Q-tip queen. I have to use Q-Tips to clean out my ears after every shower and sometimes a couple times a day. I can not stand to have water in my ears or to have my ears ichy. I also hate it when my kids have stuff in their ears. Hopefully I don’t pass my obsession down to them.

Quirk #2 I am anal about the dishes in the dishwasher. First, they have to be rinsed off. No chunks of food on them. Second, there is a certain place where I put the dishes. Thirdly, I organize so well that I can fit tons of dishes in with room to spare. This I pride myself on. Retarded huh?! It is so hard for me to let anyone else do the dishes, but I am getting better.
Quirk #3 Any house work, has to be done right if its done at all. Vacuuming: Everything needs to be picked up, not vacuumed around. If you clean your room: Everything must be cleaned, not just your bed.

Quirk #4 When I sleep at night, I have to have one foot out of the covers or I get overheated. I hear I get this from my grandpa.

Quirk #5 In the shower, I have a certain order in way of cleaning. If I get distracted or just zone out, I usually miss something.

Quirk #6 I am not a big fan of phones. I don’t mind talking, but I don’t do well at calling people. And it is not because I don’t care. I think of people all the time, but have this problem with the phone. Sorry to all my friends that don’t get called enough.

There you have it & now I tag……Juli, Jessica, JaNae, Cami, Kristi,Kendall and anyone else who want to do it.



Sep

22


So I haven’t posted in a while and it’s not because I’m lazy! Life has gotten a little bit busier. At the beginning of September I only had two little girls to watch and I was fine with that. Now I have five little darlings. I thought it would be okay and I am managing fine, but six little kids all under the age of 4 is a little crazy. I am happy though that all the kids are getting along really well. The girls are excited to have more girls to play with. This month though my boys are off track from school so if we add them, I have eight children. Crazy huh?! I will make it and my patience is doing pretty good. That doesn’t mean that I don’t look forward to the weekends though. Serenity Now!

This is my favorite time of day!

QUIET TIME!



Sep

22


On Saturday the 6th we went with friends to Folsom Lake.  Of course, it was SUPER hot, so we were excited to get to the lake.  The last time I went to the lake was probably five years ago or maybe longer.  I remember parking and being right at the water edge pretty much.  Well, to my surprise the lake had shrunk.  We had to walk a good 15 minutes to get to the actual lake.  Crazy.  I didn’t have a problem with the walk, it just surprised me.  Just shows you how much California needs rain.  Here are just a few pictures.  I really wanted to get in the water.

We had a lot of fun together and with our friends.  It was nice to do something we usually don’t do.  I just hope we get enough water this winter!




Friday we had the fun opportunity to go on my dad and step mom’s boat. It was just the boys, G & G and myself. We went down to Walnut Grove to get the boat and then went up the river. My dad found a little section of the Delta that branched off. The river was really dead so my dad just stopped right in the middle. Riet jumped in first and the boys just looked at each other with eyes of amazement. The whole way up they were talking about not wanting to swim in the river because there were sharks (I corrected that myth) and fish that would nibble their toes. They thought for a little bit and it was Jacob who wanted to go in first and then the other two followed. They had a fabulous time and didn’t have a problem getting back into the boat and jumping out again. It was crazy to be out in the middle of the river, but it was fun. It was also a very hot day, so the cold water felt nice. Jacob liked the river, but hated his life jacket that made him lay on his back. Joseph and Kyle loved everything about the river and were mad that they couldn’t jump back in and swim some more. Grandpa even let all three of them drive the boat. It was definitely a fun day with Grandma and Grandpa. Thanks for letting us have fun in your boat!

P.S. And for your info, we did not get bit by a shark and didn’t even see any fish. Grandma was right!

P.S.S Kyle lost his front tooth on the way home from the river. So funny. Maybe I will post a picture of that later




On Thursday, we were able to go to the California State Fair. We went with our friends, The Phelps. Of course, we picked the hottest day of the week to go. It was suppose to be 106 degrees. We were glad that they inside exhibits to look at. We spent the first couple of hours inside and then went outside when it wasn’t so hot. I still sweat like a pig, but it was bearable. We had fun though as a family. My boys love picking up all the freebies from the different county exhibits and love riding the rides. By the end of the day (we only went from about 4-9), we were all tuckered out. We love going to the State Fair.



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