Tuesday, March 31, 2009


"The Toddler Busy Book", by Trish Kuffner page 356

Homemade Modeling Clay

2 cups salt
2/3 cups water
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water

Stir salt and water in a saucepan over heat 4-5 minutes.
Remove from heat; add cornstarch and cold water. Stir until smooth; return to heat and cook until thick. Allow the clay to cool, then shape as desired. When dry, decorate with paint, markers, glitter, and so on. If you like, finish with clear acrylic spray or clear nail polish. Store unused clay in a Ziploc bag.

I used kosher salt and I think I should have used table salt, but oh well. I'm waiting for it to cool but so far its super sticky, I'm hoping for it to be a little more smooth, I think the kosher salt is the problem.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Dinner, Refi, Washing Machine....again!

Tonight I made Fettuccine Alfredo with prosciutto, sauteed mushrooms & shrimp with fresh basil.

So far it tastes yummy!!!

Didn't realize that when we closed on the refi that we had to have our property taxes paid, so I have to bring them a check on Friday to seal the deal.

I'm loosing my voice, and I sound like Kathleen Turner or like I could have smoked a pack a day my whole life and was 60 years old woman....that still fits the criteria of Kathleen Turner. With this voice I could go into radio too.

And of course the washing machine broke again. They come out tomorrow to get on the phone with Maytag technician and try to trouble shoot the problem, but mark my words......I bet they will have to replace the control board and the console. But nobody listens to me because I'm just a stay at home mom. Little do they know that I can fix my own oven and that I take apart the dryer to clean it out every other month.


We are headed out to sign the papers to close on our refinance this morning and I couldn't be happier! We started this process around January 14th and now two and a half months later we are finally closing. We are locked in at 4.8% or 4.78& I don't remember but will find out this morning, no closing costs and it will lower our mortgage payment by about 15-18% not sure how to figure that out so I'm guessing.

Sorry for the boring post. More excitement later.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


I struggle with how much to share on here. I know some of my friends read my blog and I'm fine with that, as well with my Mom and again I am fine with that too, its just that this is technically a Mommy blog. And part of me thinks that if I share a struggle I'm having then its like I'm not trusting God. And if I'm not happy & positive then I'm not sharing God's love. But truthfully, I am mostly a happy & positive person, I'm that person that will always try to find the positive, the silver lining, and I have child like faith. But there are times, like in this past year I have known 3 mothers to die all in there thirties and all leaving behind precious children. Then I think, if I was to die tomorrow, have I given Reagan the tools she will need, would Lincoln even remember me? Now I know these are horrible thoughts and that most likely I will not die tomorrow and that is when I turn to God and am filled with his overflowing love for me and my family. But then I think of practical things like, would Tim know how often to vacuum the upstairs, and that I hide the peanut butter or that I wouldn't want him to get remarried (I think he knows that).

Right now we are trying to have another baby, its taking longer than we thought and part of me thinks oh, now that I've written something about it then I'm going to get pregnant and then it would be silly of me to mention. Last month they check my progesterone level and its was .4 and I was taking clomid (what a joke I could have been taking M&M's and had the same results), it should have been around 6 or 8. I have another blood test this weekend to check my progesterone level and I'm praying it was higher. I think it will be since I've been way more emotional, and I have been having hot flashes so that makes me think that maybe my hormones have kicked in. Since we already have two beautiful and wonderful children, we won't be doing anything that our insurance won't cover, so no IUI or IVF. I'm 32 and the clock is ticking but I also know that it will all happen in His timing and that His timing is so much better than my timing.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Going to the lodge....do.. do...

We are going to Great Wolf tomorrow!!!

If you have seen there commercials then you would get my title, its part of a song they sing during the commercial. We are meeting my brother Del and his family there tomorrow and coming back Wednesday. Del and his gang won't be there until dinner time so we are heading up early to swim most of the day and then check into our room. My parents were suppose to be going but since Grandma is still in the hospital and will most likely be going home Tuesday or Wednesday to my parents house they are staying with her and we completely understand. My parents booked the Grizzly Bear Suite with balcony because we were going to share and now they won't be going so we get a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom suite.....sweet!! I called my brother and asked if Alex or Meghan wanted to stay with us and we offered them the room with the king....I'm such a nice little sister. The kids will be delighted with either cousin....they love them both so much!!

My brother and his family are here for a week looking at College's for Alex, I can't believe he is going to be a Senior next year. If he doesn't get into one of his top school's then he will most likely go to a University in the NW, and I can't tell you how happy that would make us.....(unless its UofO....just kidding)!! But, I do want Alex to get into one of his top school's because that boy is smart, talented, gifted, and one of the most caring teenagers I know....I might be partial but I'm allowed...I'm his Auntie!

Ditka is headed to a new boarding place because our favorite one has a 3 day minimum during spring break. The new place is 4 dollars more a night, but he gets walked twice a day and has a dog playroom where he can be on the couch.....he's gonna flip his lid.

We are off bright and early in the morning, the kids are having a hard time sleeping they are so excited.....we are too!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Grandma's Cards

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Grandma's cards from all her Sunday school kids & great-grandkids.

They found another broken bone, her left femur is broken above her knee. It took over 12 hours for her to finally receive blood the Doctor said she needed. Our hospital is building a brand new hospital that is going to be super nice....but seriously I don't know how they are going to staff it? They can hardly staff the one they have, but I guess we will have all brand new things to look at so that is suppose to make it all better.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Grandma is resting in the hospital, she had a cat scan this morning but I haven't heard the results yet. I haven't heard if they are going to do surgery on her hip, they say the doctor's are talking to each other, but I don't see how they can because they are all so busy. She has three 4 different doctor's and I'm not sure if she has seen any of them today.......very frustrating!!

Hopefully we are going to go visit her in a couple of hours and will find out more info then.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

You can pinch me?

I'm an orangeman, or at least that is part of my family history. So today I will be wearing orange instead of green.

I intended for this post to be longer and more informative but my Grandma has been in a car accident and has broken her collar bone, cracked her pelvis and has a small bleed on the brain.

I will update when I know more.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Lazy Day Skirt

Today I found this blog. I'm in love..... and I made the Lazy Day Skirt under free patterns. It took me about 20 minutes, and the best part....Reagan loves it!! Here is Reagan modeling her new favorite skirt.

I didn't have any elastic, so I took some from a pair of my old pajama pants. Next time I want to add a lining.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


That is Tim kissing the Sturgeon he caught on the snake river right before he released it back into the river.

Today was Tim's birthday, I forgot to take a picture of his breakfast that the kids and I made for him and then served him in bed. Two cinnamon rolls, a cup of strawberries, orange juice, and water. We put two candles in the cinnamon rolls and the kids thought it was the best thing ever, and Reagan now wants breakfast in bed on her 6th birthday.....will have to see about that one.

Here is a picture of what Tim's tray looked like after it was all consumed.

We had a nice relaxing day at home, went to Chipotle's for lunch and Tim's Mom's house for dinner with his step-dad, Nana B, and family friend Nicki. We had a really nice Italian dinner with a strawberry shortcake cake for dessert.

Happy Birthday my love!! You still make my heart skip a beat, I feel like the luckiest woman in the whole world, and you are all mine!! Thank you for asking me to marry you, thank you for all that you do for our family, and thank you for being the best daddy to our 2 crazy kids!! When we got married I couldn't imagine loving you more than at that moment, but with each passing day, month and year..... the love I have for you has only grown stronger and bigger and I'm so giddy to spend all my days with the love of my life. I love you!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

--updated with pics --Spring is really trying

Spring is trying so hard to make an appearance. The sun has shined all day and from inside the house, you would think that it should be at least 60 degrees, but don't be fooled. Its chilly out there and I'm so sick and tired of it being cold. I feel cold all the time and its like I can't get warm enough...unless I crank the heat.

We had a great weekend away and got plenty of sleep which is always nice. We were apart of a murder mystery. The setting was Murder High 20 year class reunion. I was the murderer and it was really fun.....I love murder mysteries.

Things that have been spoken this past week:

Lincoln; "I made this poop just for you Mom." What do you say to that?

Reagan; "Mama, I can't wait to be a Mom...just like you and then I can be the boss."

Ditka didn't eat anything too bad this week, just the fish crackers that were left on the couch.

I made a bag, just a little something to hold my keys, cell phone and some of my cards. I will post picture's soon. I found the pattern here.

This is a bag I made for my sister in law Danielle, I bought her some pregnancy belly lotion and thought I would make a bag for it instead of wrapping it. It didn't take me long at all and was kinda fun. Plus, not wasting paper, its still pretty, and it can be used again for what ever she likes.

Reagan had to have one as well, we changed the strap around that would better suit Miss Reagan and she loves it, and its even lined.....I know I know so crafty.....did you notice the ponytail holder that secures to the button to close the bag.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The worst kind of cold

Today we went Steelhead fishing, from about 7am to about 2:30pm. We had a great guide named Jim and we were ready to fish. As I am typing this I still feel like I am on the boat and I'm still rocking and a little dizzy.....and I haven't had anything to drink. The picture below is of a juvenile Eagle and it was breath taking. Then we saw its Mom or Dad, the next picture and that was even more spectacular!

We went around the bend and saw the other parent, very neat, I have never seen a wild Eagle in Oregon and I have lived here since I was 2 years old. The picture below was taken at the location where we saw the Eagles. (side note, you can't see it but I had my hair in cute braids, you can hardly see me, I had 5 layers on and I'm wearing my Dad's Chief's Waterproof Air Force Jacket that worked awesome...thanks Dad!!)

We didn't catch anything....well that's not entirely true. Tim caught more low lying tree branches than he would like to admit and it kinda became a joke but that was only during the first part of the trip. He was more aggressive with his casts than I was, I just got snagged on rocks under the water and little roots and branches, oh and I also was good at getting tangled with Tim and Jim......we did a lot of laughing.

Tim has fond memories fishing with his Dad for Steelhead when he was 8 years old where many fish were caught in record time. Jim told us it doesn't happen like that anymore. I did this for Tim, he loves to Steelhead fish, but I'm not sure I will ever do it again!

I have never been more cold in my entire life and I use to down hill ski race in high school, and I lived in Montana for 9 months....I know cold. But being cold and wet was mind altering. My waterproof pants were not waterproof in my hind section and therefor I had a breach in my dryness that no amount of hot chocolate was going to fix. Jim had a little propane heater that he got started and that helped tremendously. It sprinkled, rained, poured, hailed and misted, and even some sun, we experienced it all expect for snow. I'm still cold, my right arm hurts, every part of me hurts, our clothes are going through the wash again because we can't get the fish egg smell out, did I say I'm still cold and my computer screen is rocking along with the rest of the room.

Tim says that I will forget about how cold it...you know kinda like childbirth he says and I say....No I think I'm gonna remember being the coldest I have ever been and not even getting a fish. I told him I would love to go fishing again in August for Salmon, but not steelhead at the end of winter. He thinks he will change my mind and maybe he is right, but not for a while that is for sure.

I'm looking forward to a nice weekend away in a nice hotel at the beach, spending time with Tim and some of our closest friends. Thank you to Tim's Mom....aka Nana Sue for taking the kiddo's.

Monday, March 2, 2009


Lincoln had his 3 year old check up today. He is healthy despite his picky appetite. He is 25% for both height and weight....which is actually an improvement from last year. The tube in his right ear is falling out....way cool. Only a matter of days and its gone. If I find it I wonder if there is a tube fairy? I think Reagan would protest this since she doesn't have tubes.

Tim and I are going Steelhead fishing on Thursday and then we are going away for the weekend to Newport without the kids. We are going with our church group for a marriage retreat, complete with door prizes, crazy games, and a murder mystery....oh and we are going to grow closer to God and strengthen our marriage. I'm counting down the days!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009


I found this fun fabric at a thrift store and couldn't turn it down...only $1.50 for 1.5 yards.

Not sure what I will use it for, probably a quilt. Can you see the little house tucked in below the mushrooms...I just love it and the bright orange, red, and green mushrooms....what's not to love.

I went to an estate sale and bought a box of white and cream fabric for $5 bucks and below is the fabric after its been washed.....smelled a little funky. There is a ton of large pieces that are perfect for the backing on quilts and also some other fun and interesting fabric...like...a light canvas, waterproof fabric, a lacy number, none wrinkly fabric, flannel, and an almost burlap type fabric. Not sure what I'm going to do with the odd stuff, but I'm sure I will figure something out. Now I just need to iron it all, and that is going to take me some time, especially the larger piece that are about 3 yards each.

I also bought an old hard Samsonite suitcase for $1, perfect for something, not sure yet, but I do love it.