Thursday, April 30, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

1. The first rule of working in an office and getting along is _____staying neutral.

2. Yucky _____ clams.

3. When I think of carnivals I think of _____ music, popcorn, games and prizes.

4. Bright and Beautiful Tulips are_____ my favorite spring flower.

5. Things on my desk include _____a pile of papers, cords to gadgets , a few small toy parts, a flashlight and at the moment, orange peels .

6. A never ending debate_____ makes me wanna _____go crazy!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____getting out of work at 9 pm after working 11 hours , tomorrow my plans include _____spending time with the kids, cleaning then work and Sunday, I want to _____relax but what's really going to happen is I'm going to do some spring organizing !

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Friday!

Friday Fill Ins

1. Apparently there's some sort of _____issue with saying it the way it is.

2. I LOVE a _____ sunny day.

3. 2009 _____ is good so far.

4. I confronted and _____ that was it, no response!

5. For too long I've been _____uptight, can't seem to let go.

6. I am not obsessed with _____trying to keep my house clean; I am not!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____our weekend with my brother and his family, tomorrow my plans include _____ fun at the beach on a beautiful day and Sunday, I want to _____ have more fun with the family and a safe trip home!

How to wash Fruits and Veggies

I just discovered on Life as a Mom Blog that you can wash your fruits and veggies with VINEGAR. Who knew that a common household item sitting in our cupboards would be the thing to use ?!?!??!?! I always buy the expensive fruit and veggie wash, but not anymore! I just had to share this great discovery.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A visit with Jackson

On Friday the kids had no school (it's the start of Spring break) so we headed down to Portland to visit Jackson for the day. He has been in the hospital since April 8th. From 1 - 6 pm Jackson gets a break from his treatments and gets to get unhooked form his IV. Today the Doctor gave him the ok to leave the hospital for a few hours so we headed to a nearby beach. It was a beautiful day and the kids had so much fun playing together.

Jackson gets to go home on Monday!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Please send your prayers

Please send your prayers to my little nephew Jackson, his Mom and Dad and twin sister Jenna. Jack is spending some time in the hospital due to his Cystic Fibrosis. We love you Jack!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Baskets and Bunnies

5:45 AM
yes, this is when our Easter morning began.
Ethan came into our room to tell us that he had to go to the bathroom, this is coming from a kid who hasn't got up to go to the bathroom since he was 3 except for Christmas morning and now Easter.

I had decided to hide Audrey's Easter Basket in the bathtub with the shower curtain up just a little, well when Ethan went to the bathroom he saw it and had to go tell her. I heard them discussing the basket and then into the bathroom the two of them went. They didn't touch it but thought they better come tell me about it at 5:45am. I told them they could take it out and Ethan could start to look for his. It took him awhile since it was hid in a closet. Audrey of course was trying to help him. It was so cute to listen to them discussing and working together on where the basket could be. Treasured memories for sure. Once they both found their baskets, I decided I should roll out of bed to share the excitement and take a few snapshots. Did I mention that I went to bed at 1:ooam and it was 6:00am?

Audrey's basket had a Littlest Pet Shop stuffed Cat, a scuba diving Barbie, a jump rope and bubbles and of course a chocolate bunny, Peeps and jelly beans.
Ethan's basket had a Star Wars Lego Set, Squirt guns, Pokemon and Star Wars cards, a chocolate bunny, Peeps and jelly beans.
After a few pictures and showing me all the fun stuff they got, I got back in bed. I was hoping to get a few more hours of sleep but then they noticed the eggs outside and started bugging Eric and I to go out for the easter egg hunt. We told them it was too cold and they would have to wait until it warmed up. That lasted about an hour , I then told them not to bother us until 9:00am. Right at 9:00am Ethan woke us up.
They Egg Hunt started at 10:00am ,after Eric had his coffee. It was so windy out which made it quite chilly but the kids didn't mind. Ethan was running around as if his pants were on fire. Audrey likes to enjoy the moment and takes her time. Since Ethan was so fast he was good about leaving some for Audrey, he would tell her "Audrey here's a pink one for you over here". I just love how they come together and work together during these times.

After our house we headed over to Nannie Wizza's house for more eggs. Then into her house to
open all the eggs. They got lots of mini chocolates, 50cent pieces, 1.00 coins and other change.

Later, Nannie Bev and PaPa Dale came and we went to eat with Nannie Wizza, PaPa Marv and Aunt Heather. The kids got to see the Easter Bunny. Ethan kept telling me "that's not a Easter Bunny custome that's Thumper from Bambi" . Audrey was a little shy.

We had a fun filled day and were all pretty tired at the end of the day.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Egg-citement

Our family tradition is to color eggs the Saturday morning before Easter Sunday. We always do around 3 - 4 dozen eggs, this year it was 4 dozen eggs. I was a little worried Ethan might tell me he didn't want to do it, he is now 8 and you never know what he's too BIG for. I was happy that he was ready to dip and color those eggs.
I love all of the bright CoLors.
Ethan with his Eggs!
Audrey with her Eggs!
I guess we will be eating lots of beautiful eggs over the next few days.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Friday Fill-In

1. Anonymous..._____is to give without wanting anything in return.

2. The book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" _____ is a _____must read.

3. Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, _____ to make me a better person.

4. The fresh air and the newness of nature_____ is what I look forward to most about Spring.

5. Who needs therapy when _____ you have good family and friends.

6. A Chocolate Easter Bunny_____ MUST go into the Easter Basket!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Spending time with my step sister Kim from Colorado_____, tomorrow my plans include Coloring Easter Eggs with the kids_____ and Sunday, I want to have____ lots of fun celebrating Easter with my family.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Easter Decorating

Decorating for the Holidays is something I always love doing. I love the excitement it brings to the kids and how it makes our home feel festive. I know that every year that I pull out our decorations as my children grow it will bring back many memories of our celebrating together.

Audrey just loves looking and playing with our small Easter village. Actually ,both Ethan and her like to bring small toys and play around the village. I've found lego men, littlest pets, polly pockets, transformers and other things that don't have a name visiting the bunny village.
These two bunnies where a new editon to our Easter decorations. Aren't they cute? Now they just need names!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

What I'm Reading

I've decide to join the Simple Mom Book Club and this is what I'm reading. I joined a little late so I have a little catching up to do but I think that should be pretty easy since the book is so interesting. It's a must read if you want to know more about the food we eat and where it comes from . Eric and I always try to make better choices but it's not always easy. These days it's always GO, GO, GO, which = convenience, which = pour food choices usually. Americans eat so much High Fructose Corn Syrup and Hydrogenated oil. It's very seldom that we eat anything with hydrogenated oil put we need to work on the Corn Syrup. I'm looking forward to the motivation this book will give us to make better choices in how we eat. Check out the Simple Mom Book Club for more information on this book.

P.S. A few little changes can go along way to eating better. Remember to read labels. Something as simple as a pretzel bag....Rold Gold Pretzels are made with corn syrup why not get Snyder's. Regular Peanut Butter to Natural Peanut Butter. Chez-it's to Gold Fish for the kids. Again, take the time to read those labels.

Friday, April 3, 2009


1. Angel or not, I will _____ALWAYS TRY TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE.
3. As my mother used to say, you're full of _____ _ _IT! (my mother was never easy on the choice of words she used and still isn't , but you gotta love her for her straight forwardness)
4. I FEEL GOOD_____ after I'm done working out or doing something strenuous.
5. Even in the most crowded of rooms _____I FIND A WAY TO KEEP MY SPACE.
6. GETTING ETHAN TO EAT GOOD FOOD_____ is a day fraught with peril.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____GETTING OUT OF WORK, tomorrow my plans include _____SPENDING TIME WITH THE KIDS AND OUTSIDE CLEAN-UP and Sunday, I want to _____ GET SOME SPRING CLEANING DONE!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Goodbye Canon PowerShot

Well, it's PowerShot Camera has gone to Camera Heaven. I dropped it for the last time! I've had this camera for over 6 years and I have to admit life with me hasn't been easy. In fact my first PowerShot was given to me as a Birthday Gift in May of 2003 by my Mother. That lasted until September 23, 2003. It was the day after Audrey was born, I was in the hospital and decided to pull my camera out when all of a sudden it slid out of the camera case and fell on the hard floor. I ended up sending a back to Canon for a refurbished one for 200.00 instead of the price of a new one for 500.00 (at that time). I use my camera soooooooooooooooo much. I'm always sticking it in my pocket, Often I will bend to do something and out it slides and hits the floor. I think I need a camera that's not so small. I do have a back up camera until I can get a new one. I have been wanting a new one with more options and power, I guess I have an excuse now to get one.