Monday, December 10, 2007
This time of year is splendid! I love the white lights, the smell of cinnamon and pine, candles, candles and more candles! Advent calendars, spending time with family, Christmas music and holiday decorations...it makes me happy :) If you're around, stop on by for a cup of tea or coffee anytime...we have the lights on, the candles burning, the music playing and a chair waiting for you!
This time of year is about spending time with family and friends. About taking care of those less fortunate. About reveling in the birth of our Creator and celebrating it with great joy. It is all about the thought, and not the mighty dollar. This is why we've taken a huge step to make and bake most of our gifts this year and boy has it been a fun decision! Fun in the sense that we are putting our hearts and our time into our gifts and not getting frustrated with traffic and malls and not being able to find the right color or size. Fun, in figuring out what to make and then doing it with our own two hands. Fun in spending more time with each other since we have less running around to do. FUN, FUN, FUN!
Identity Crisis solved. I think I was just overwhelmed with STUFF. So you can take the stuff, just leave me my family and my God, and I'll have a VERY, MERRY Christmas...how about you?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
So on that note...here's a little eye candy for you...something a bit lighter for you whilst you ponder YOUR "WHY"...I took Jonah with me to the Sr. Center Thrift Store yesterday to volunteer - we not only volunteered, but we found some great deals on kids' games - whoohoo! Jonah was an amazing volunteer - great manners, fun, and social not to mention he got A LOT done! He's a good little worker bee! So anyhooooooo, I found this apple bank...it just MADE MY DAY! You put a coin on the front and this little pink worm comes zooming out and eats up the coin! He's super-fast...it was hard to photograph so I used my finger to hold him a bit...boy oh boy does this make me SMILE! Oh...and a few more pictures of my "why's" below :) Our funny fish (in their SPARKLY tank - thanks Honey!) My goofy boys, my new spectacles (don't I look smart?!?!) and my Honey - and for the boys being old enough to go out in public to eat once in a while without melting down!!! whooo hooo!!!!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Soooooooooooooo today I need to work my magic so I don't have a nervous breakdown...I'll post later if I was able to make it work...that is, if I'm not out shaking a tin cup...
Meanwhile, look at my pretty counter!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
No I was not dead, nor was I lying in a ditch. NO, my sons did not tie me up in the backyard and try to use me as a human sacrifice (shhhh, don't give them any ideas!) I merely forgot the time and it slipped right by! WHOOSHED by is more like it! Here is a smattering of what I was up to....celebrating Jonah's 10th birthday with a bowling party at Strawberry Lanes in Marysville, celebrating my 30th birthday with a camping trip to Pacific Beach, WA and drinks with the girls at Red Robin plus a belated Murder Mystery Luau party at our house. We hosted three different guys from the U.K. for a total of three weeks this summer - all of them great guys, Oli, Rich and Stephen (in alphabetical order Stephen, nothing else!) - they were over here coaching soccer for the kids here in Arlington...HI GUYS IF YOU'RE READING THIS! MISS YOU ALL! Hanging out with my brother Adam from AZ and my niece Sara, doing the Evergreen State Fair with the extended Family...meeting new babies galore...getting ready for the M.O.P.S. year (Mothers of PreSchoolers), trying to teach our new puppy Super Jake some new tricks :) HA! Stamping in my "spare" time - not! LOL! Getting the boys ready for their new school this year at Highland Christian Academy - yes, they are both in school full-time now - and YES it is WEIRD! Let's just sum it up to say, they are adjusting to the long 7 hour days...both boys had soccer camp this summer and Jonah is continuing to rock the field with his mad skills and Seth is trying to learn some discipline in Tae Kwon Do...he's actually pretty good, if he'd just LISTEN! Ah...the thorn in my parental side! That "listening" thing! Let's see, we went to an Aquasox game, Jonah and Lar made to a SeaHawks game...yes, all in all we managed to pack a whole lot in those last 4-5 weeks...so here are some photos to prove it...and boy am I shattered from it all!
1st Day of School Check out Jake's ears! Luau Time! Nice Muscles!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
I've signed up for several swaps (just mailed one off today and am now working on two more - whew!) and finished the layout below last night...this is more creativity than I've had in the last two months combined! AND I'M LOVIN' IT! (not getting much sleep, but hey...)
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Well it's about time to start rockin' this BLOG! I think I'll start with my "38 things to do before 39" layout challenge from Elsie Flannigan. Thanks Elsie!
Oh yeah, thanks a lot!!! NOT! I JUST realized I've now POSTED my age (gasp!!!) I ALWAYS LIE!!! It literally took me some mathematics to figure out the age I'd have to use to do this challenge! No joke! That's how NOT OLD I think I am! Yikes! Anyhooooooo....
This is the list on my page, that you probably cannot read (not in any order):
- Take more photos
- listen more (I have 2 boys!)
- write more letters "just because"
- submit my work
- Breakfast daily
- maintain weight (well, don't gain!)
- hiking w/my men
- visit Nancy in OR
- Make and All About Me A.B. (altered book)
- Buy more cds (instead of just intending to)
- Make ATC's with Seth (my 5 y/o)
- Redo my address book
- Try tofu
- Teach Super Jake basic obedience & agility??
- $1,200 mo/CTMH
- Start using eye cream! LOL!
- Pay off debt
- Visit Holli
- 2008 CTMH convention WDW FL
- Our wedding album
- Gratitude Journal
- Paint bathrooms
- Live green/Eat Organic
- Pursue holistic health
- Can peaches 4 1st time
- Coffee w/dad monthly
- Yoga practice 4x week
- Daily Vitamins
- Make "life" soundtrack
- Monthly Dates with Big Lar
- Scrap more - freestyle!
- 365 days of self-portraits
- go to AZ to see Sara & family
- prayer journal
I've seen some really cool blogs out there and I want to start playing around with MINE and this is the year! Both boys are going to be in school full-time so I should have plenty of time to create AND cook dinner (thank goodness for the crockpot! LOL!) Now, does anyone know where I can learn the basics? LIke how to incorporate music and cool personalized banners, etc. for my blog?
Speaking of color (which leads me to personal style), I asked my dh Lar, if he thought I had a "Style" while I was creating my list of 38 things and this was his reply, verbatim,
"Thankfully no! You're a chameleon...ebb and flow with the weather, emotions, compulsiveness. You aren't a desperate housewife. You aren't overweight and frumpy. You aren't a new millenium teenager. Some people's styles are dictated by who they want to be, and others because they've just given up. You're you. And that's all I've got to say about that."
Sometimes, that man can say JUST the right thing ;)
(no, this isn't Lar's style...he's dressed up as Chief something or other Wiki Wiki for a murder mystery party we went to - WAAAAY cool fun! We're copying the idea and doing the same thing for my bday this month - yay fun!)
So that's it for tonight...maybe I'll figure out something else cool "to do" on my blog for tomorrow since BLOG IS on my list and I am PINKY SWEARING with Elsie to do these things! I mean really!