Thursday, August 28, 2008


I may have listed my blue scrubs on this list before, but they require mentioning again. They are as comfortable as sweats, wash up even better and can be layered to be warm or worn as is for cool. Just the right mix between heavy and light weight, a variety of colors, prints and styles.

Although we all wear them at daycare, you won't ever see us wearing the same piece as anyone else. Then, they work out great for me because I can work at my desk job in the morning, but head on over to the spa to finish out my day without changing. And go to the grocery after, feeling totally comfortable.

I sure hope that none of my places decide to switch to company logo shirts, unless they put our logos on a scrub top. Even tees aren't as comfortable.

Yep, it's about Poop

I was making pancakes this morning and I pulled two brown (always brown) eggs out of the carton. One of the eggs had chicken poop on the shell.

That may gross some people out, but I think it's neat. It reminds me of when I was little, and my Grandpa had chickens, and every morning he would make me sunny side up eggs for breakfast, and all the eggs ALWAYS had poop on them because he would gather them FRESH every morning.

I'd like to have my own chicken coop someday, poopy eggs and all.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

3 on 3 Tournaments

especially local ones!
This past weekend in town I got to spend both days outside watching short little basketball games to my heart's content. And besides the almost perfect weather, the best part was watching my nephew, my little brother and my little sister all play on their teams right on courts within a city block of each other.

In focusing on the happy part with my kids, they hung out for a total of maybe 4 games over 2 days. I was so disappointed that they didn't want to stay longer. But, I realized that last year, I barely even attempted to see 2 games. Improvement!

And although I despise popcorn, there were tons of popcorn machines along the food area. Thank goodness the smell was drowned out by grilling chicken and frying tortillas.

What a great weekend.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I'm feeling fall

And how, do I know that fall is just around the corner? Is it the weather? Nope. The smell in the air? Nope.

It's the arrival of all of my fave fall fashion mags! That barely leave anything room for any other type of mail in the mailbox. And every year, I heft in the wonderfully wrapped blocks of ads. And then, I wait. I will not open them until September is actually here. And then, I just kick back and enjoy.

I have past years of the September Vogue saved under my dresser. I can't part with them. The rest of the year's issues about add up to that one volume, they are so precious. Now, I wish that they would offer some promotional products so I could get a taste of the Vogue life that I read about.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Lettuce and Flowers

This weekend I spent most of my time in the Seattle area at a workshop. It was so hot, but nothing like it was here which I guess was sweltering at around 106. Yesterday coming home it began to cool off. Today the clouds have been rolling in all afternoon with that wonderful smell that Ivy calls "lettuce and flowers".

It's about 530 and the cloudy sky has made it almost dark. I can hear thunder far off. This is the kind of weather that makes me want to be outside. Once it cools off for good, I won't be needing any weight loss pills as I'll be outside walking again!

Friday, August 15, 2008


Another cut to bring a smile. Love you guys!

I've really been on an ABC (Another Bad Creation) fix. The last time most of us heard these songs, we were needing Proactiv acne cream, if it would have been available back then. Enjoy! After I posted this originally, Chris called me a day or so later and said that it was on the radio. Yep, I'm a trend setter in the old school manner!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

From the workshop brochure

Here is what I will be doing this weekend. i cannot wait to show you guys what I learn!

The first one is all about journaling. Both [of us] will guide you in first making a 16 page (8x10) journal out of our favorite fabriano paper and then practicing the techniques you learn in class in your new journal during the 2-day event. Topics will include journal writing, collage, stamp carving, lomography, color, lettering, copic airbrush, doodling and more. We will also discuss how to open yourself to the universal creative flow so the art and writing bubbles up from deep inside. We will focus on the playful aspect of journaling through guided excercises that will allow your creativity to come spilling out. This workshop starts on a friday night at our studio when you can wander around and see what goodies we have collected over the past 25 years. We will also paint the pages of our journal firday evening so they have a chance to dry. Then saturday and sunday will be devoted to journaling up a storm as we teach you fun things that will make journaling seem like playing in a sandbox.

Chris' idea of a fun weekend would involve Titleist golf in some form, but this art stuff is the fun for me!

They are home!

Whenever my mom, sis and brother all leave at the same time I am a bundle of nerves and miss them like crazy. Forget that they are all at the top of the "rescue me from my own kids" list, I talk and or see each one of them every single day. And then to top it off, they usually take their kids with them, so I miss all of them too. (they went to a huge waterpark many hours away for a few days. My kids are too little to enjoy it this year)

This year, Ivy really missed my mom. Each day it was harder and harder for her to be herself without getting her Mema fix. When she ran into my mom's arms I could see her physically relax. Like, all is ok. My life is now back to normal. I felt so good for Ivy to have so many true loves in her life.

This weekend I'm gone for 3 days. I'm doing a journaling workshop with one of my favorite artists. It's the first time I have ever left the kids with their dad for the weekend. It's about time, don't ya think? And boy, do I need it! You know, I am taking the intra uterine one with me, so he is getting a better deal than I normally do. Could you imagine if I could leave Hendrix in his belly for a few days? Now that would be very interesting.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Morning Cuteness.

At this moment, Jonathan and Kate are sitting on a chair together listening to classical music hahhaa, ok, seriously, they're watching Spectacular Spiderman (rolling eyes).. but being so darn cute together I had to journal it.

He is playing with her hair. So sweetly. She just turned to him and sweetly (oh so sweetly! I wish I'd been videoing this moment to share with them later!)

K:"Oh Guy I love you! That stickles a little but that's OK" yes she said stickles

J: "I love you too Katie

Be still my heart. These are the moments that reward us soooo very much aren't they?

PS: that moment is over, but together they've moved to coloring together at the table. This is the start of a good day! Here's to hoping!!! *thumbs up*

Friday, August 8, 2008


I came across this quote on a blog from a woman that has cancer.

Emotions are facts too. ~Jerry White

It made me happy.

Surprise Summer Storm

This morning Ivy and I were laying in Becken's bed. I said, "Ivy, listen, I think that is an airplane." Then seconds later, a huge rainstorm began.
We have a covered patio that amplifies the sound of rain so much you feel like you are right inside a rain cloud. And, I really do think that we were right in the center of the storm for a good 15 minutes. The word that kept coming to my mind was glorious. Even the lightening was visible, happening right alongside the thunder. If only they could get some natural skin care products that smelled like a thunderstorm in August.
It was a beautiful morning.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Photos from the week

Laramee, Dallas, Kari, Landi, Chase and Jarod in the back

Jaiya, Milo, Jack, Bec, Ivy in the front
Jaiden, Julius, Jaice in the back.

If you want more info on both pictures head over to the pc blog for their corresponding posts.

Every single person in the above photos makes me happy. More happy than books, money, art or any jewel you could imagine. I'm so lucky to have so many people to love in my life. 5 siblings, 2 kids, 5 nephews and 1 niece. I'm a lucky woman.