About Me

Texas, United States
I am a stay at home Mom from Oregon who has landed in Texas.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm back...I think!

I have been wracking my brain as to a reason why I have stopped blogging. I think life has just gotten busier, I find less and less time to sneak away long enough to post something worthy to share with anyone. As the kids get older they need me more and more, plus I am soaking up the last bits of summer before Natalie starts Kindergarten on the 24th (WHAAAT??!? That is SO CRAZY!!), and then it will be just me and my little man. I am honestly looking forward to it. Brady has become quite the lovey dove lately, and he has just stolen my heart. I can't get enough of him!

I guess I should update a bit about the kiddoes. Natalie. Natalie Natalie Natalie. That girl is all over the place with me. Her teen years will be veeeery interesting. Of course, I love Natalie with all my heart, but she is a sassy/bossy/whiny girl, and 5 going on 15, and drama drama drama with her. All the time! Though she is the sweetest pudding pop I could ever ask for, sometimes she drives me crazy with the whining, but then she turns around and makes me a picture or gives me a snuggle and it melts my heart into a pool of butter. It's funny, because I have heard so many stories of me at five, so when I look at her I see a taste of what I must have been like. A little spitfire that is for sure! She is into all things girly. Every day we have what I refer to as "quiet time" where the kids go in their rooms with the doors closed, and can nap and play as they choose for an hour or two while Mommy has some alone time to nap and play as she chooses (mainly nap...haha!). I am so blessed that they will actually do this for me. Anywho, Natalie always fills her time by playing all sorts of girly things (Barbies, house, shopping, singing, etc.), I just love it! She is a princess through and through.

Brady on the other hand is all boy, all the time. He is a Mama's boy too, and I loooove that! Keith calls Brady hot and cold, and it couldn't be more true. Really he is just 3. We don't have terrible 2's, in this house it's the threes, but it seems that Brady is slowly growing out of them. It is quite a site to behold though, when they surface. He will go from being perfectly normal and sane to a screaming mess in a matter of milliseconds. For some reason he hasn't grasped yet that if he wants some milk (or anything else for that matter) all he has to do is ASK for it in a normal voice. Screaming is completely unnecessary! To be fair, those crazy outbursts are few and far between, only amplified when we are around other people (obviously. Why be on our best behaviour around others? Of course not!). The other 85% of the time he is literally an angel child. He will play for hours at a time on his own. He loves Transformers of all shapes and sizes, and anything related to them. During quiet time he will play for a bit and then about half the time he will crawl into bed and put himself down for a nap. No joke. I am still amazed at it as well. It surprises me every time. I am constantly loving on this boy, and he is constantly having to remind me to back off! Haha, it's too hard though, because I look at him and know he won't be my little baby boy for much longer. He is growing at the speed of light it seems, and I wish I could make it stop.

As far as Keith and I go? Keith is very busy with work, still working around 50+ hours a week, and I am pretty sure he loves it! Then he comes home and helps me with the kids. He has 2 full time jobs and he handles it like a champ. I couldn't do what I do without him backing me up. My job is still going strong, we have finally (after 2 years, can you believe it??) settled into a nice routine of work nights and non work nights. We love living in a house, and are having fun (maybe too much fun) making it a place we love to be. I have a lot of little things to catch up on with the blog, expect a full on essay about our vacation. Complete with lots of pictures!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Yes, there is a reason I haven't posted lately. It's because I knew I couldn't post the "fun" stuff until I posted the crappy stuff.

Friday night Keith got a call that was a devastating blow to our family. Keith's Dad, Wayne, has been diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, specifically bulbar onset (which means it affects his speech first).

Life expectancy with this disease is short, there is no cure, but of course we are praying for a slow progression. I don't really know what to say, I knew I needed to let everyone know. And I won't lie, it has been hard. Sadness for us comes in waves. The treatment is expensive, the medication is expensive, the heartache is expensive.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Vacation pics!!

...just kidding! No, I really will blog about it soon, I promise. It's just I have a horrible way with words, and I know I won't do my memories justice. So I am being selfish and keeping them all to myself.

Let's just say the trip was amazing. Family was amazing. Ocean was amazing. Kids were (mostly) amazing. And I really didn't want to come back. But pictures, soon, I promise.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Baby Sitter

Today I left the kids with a honest to goodness babysitter for the first time. I was a bit hesitant, but I have heard only wonderful things about the girl that came over so I wasn't scared at all about that. It was more a fear of how my kids would be for her. I shouldn't have worried at all, because they had a blast. They did playdoh, played duck duck goose and Mother May I, and made me some cute cards.

When I got home and was making a snack for the monkeys I made a discovery. The following text-versation (in exact form) came quickly after.

S: Ha! That girl did our dishes!

K: What?????!!!!! I will commence the adoption proceedings.

S: She washed the dirty ones...BY HAND!!!

K: Ok kidnapping is much faster

Seriously, where has she been all my life? I hope she doesn't have any big summer plans, haha, because she just made one more satisfied customer.

Oh, and on the way home from dropping her off the kids asked if we could do that again tomorrow.

Friday, July 3, 2009


Ok, I never wanted to do it, and I still don't get the point, seeing as how no one will read them, BUT I think it might be much easier on myself to twitter my trip, so I can keep up to the minute memories of what we do (since my memory really is horrible), that way I can go back and recall the little things I might have overlooked. ANYWHO, follow my updates there on the sidebar. Since I highly doubt I will blog much while we are gone!

And we're off!

(Mostly) packed and ready to go! I am surprised I got any sleep last night. I am just so excited (possibly, I mentioned that already??). I haven't been back since we moved to Texas, and it has been far too long. I highly doubt I will post much when we are gone, but stay tuned for lots of pictures!

All of our bags, complete with the travel pillows I made for the kids, found here, too cute of an idea to pass up!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Makeup brushes

I have quite a collection of makeup brushes, and this is how they are stored. It has been frustrating me to no end. I don't like jamming them in the cup, and it's also irritating because for some reason the brushes must scream "play with me!!" when they are like this, because it's so hard for the kids to leave them alone.
I have been searching high and low for a makeup brush bag that would hold what I needed and was the right price. I wasn't satisfied with anything I saw. More frustration.
I finally have the perfect bag! It has the exact number of spaces for the brushes I use most, and it's in a perfectly perfect material.
The best part? I made it myself! And it didn't even take me very long. I am so pleased with how it turned out. Proof that if you put your mind to it, you can make or do anything you want to do!