Friday, January 30, 2009

What a Day!

I really wish I would have taken my camera to the beach today. This morning we went to Costco and I told the kids if they were really good we would stop at the park on the way home. Well, I stopped at the park and they had all fallen asleep and weren't interested in waking up, so we came home and had lunch. After lunch we headed over to where Erik is working (right on the beach, next to a beach access path) and went down and played. The weather was gorgeous. The sand was warm enough (not just "not cold" but slightly warm) to walk barefoot! There was no wind. The kids stayed near and played nicely with each other and by themselves. Quincy played fetch and actually listened to me when I called him. It was an amazing day at the beach, almost a day that should belong to April or May and here it is at the end of January. I loved it.
We got home, the kiddos took a bath and Clayton didn't cry at all. Clayton and Quincy are now taking naps. Hannah and Ivan are playing nicely with each other (even though they are suppose to be cleaning the living room, I'm not complaining). And I know what I'm making for dinner. It's been a really good day today!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I've done it, I've joined the league of Facebookers. All my fears that it would be addicting are justified though it is fun to talk to people I haven't talked to in years. I didn't realize I had so many "friends" out there. Makes you feel loved at least. Oh, and here's our family picture though I think most of you have seen it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Only a Mother would post this...

"What did you say?" This has been Hannah's most common question lately, so we decided to look in her ears. Somewhat as a joke and somewhat to see if there was anything blocking her hearing. Turns out there was. A humongous ball of ear wax. I know it sounds gross but it was almost amazing how much came out of her ear. We softened it up with some hydrogen peroxide and (only because we could see it) we gently coaxed it out with the curved end of a bobby pin. Wow. No wonder she couldn't hear!
The things that come out of kids when they have so many huge boogers you're not sure how they breathe...and now ear wax...
Is it weird that I find these things fascinating, or just that I admit it and blog about it?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Littlest Explorer

Yesterday Erik only worked a half day at work so he worked on our shed a little in the afternoon. I sent all the kiddos outside to "help" and Hannah and Ivan lasted about 10 -15 minutes. Clayton spent about 40 minutes wandering around the backyard, every corner he could get too. This picture is him trying to get back in the house (after falling down the stairs once). He's been doing really well playing during the day without his arm-bands on. Praise the Lord for miracles.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's Done!

My chair is done. It's definitely an "Emily" chair....meaning I had to fudge a couple places cause I didn't allow myself enough fabric but I really like the way it turned out and it's way comfortable. I'm particularly proud of the seat cushion. It has a zipper and everything. I've always been afraid of zippers in upholstery, it was fear of the unknown; I always thought it would be really difficult. Turns out it's not and it saves you from any hand-stitching on a really overstuffed cushion. I forgot to get a "before" or "during" picture but I did get a picture of the fabric that was on it. I also attached the back cushion instead of having it loose. Good thing too, I only have a few scraps of fabric left.
In other news, it's been so warm the last few days that I have daffodils starting to push up through the soil... craziness.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Overstuffed Chair & 1/2

I've started re-covering the overstuffed arm chair I found for my living room. I did find one. It's like a chair and a half, it's quite large. I found it on craigslist. It isn't the one I blogged about earlier...the people selling that one didn't e-mail me back for about 4 days, I'm sorry, if you want to sell something make sure you check your e-mail regularly or post a phone number so people can get a hold of you!
So... after our basic handgun safety class on Sunday Erik and I drove out to this house outside of McMinnville to look at (and pick up) this chair. This house was crazy! It was in a housing development where all the lots are about 5 acres and I had to call when I was on the road leading to the house so the guy could open the gate. This house looked like a was completely encased in stone, had a tower and the front door was a huge rustic wood door that arched at the top and had iron work on the front resembling huge hinges etc. The yard (what we could see in the headlights) was landscaped with enormous boulders creating a huge rock wall and then the grass looked as if it had never seen a weed or rock. Erik being the carpenter that he is now, wryly stated that he'd like to see the finish work and I happened to notice that for all the show, the laundry "room" was still in the garage. But about the chair. I got it for $25 less than advertised and it fit in the suburban. It is now naked and waiting to be re-clothed in the gorgeous fabric from Jessie. I started trying to figure it out last night and eventually went to bed because my brain wasn't working anymore. I'm not putting it back together the way it was, I'm altering it so that I like it better and so that I have enough fabric. This is difficult being that I am a very visual person and need to see how it goes together to actually get it, trying to work it out in my head is a little more difficult. I didn't get a before picture but I'll try to get a during and after to share with you.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

American Idol part 2

I found this morning that I could watch last night's episode (minus the commercials) in parts on youtube. Well, I could watch most of it... I watched most of it and had two parts left (about 15 minutes total) when I was told the video I wanted was no longer available. Apparently Fox found it and had it deleted because of copyright laws. I wasn't quite fast enough watching it. Maybe I'll go check and see if it got re-posted. Some people will do anything for American Idol : )

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

American Idol

As I logged out of hotmail this morning I noticed one of the big "news" stories is that American Idol premieres tonight. How did I miss this? I've been a fan for the last few years and have even in the past marked it on my calendar so I wouldn't miss it...but this year it has snuck-up on me. I don't think I'm the die-hard-can't-miss-a-show fan that I've been in the past (who knows, maybe I'm growing up) but if I can find someone who's watching I may just invite myself over. Any body watching?...I'd love to get out of the house and join you...I'll even bring snacks if you give me warning (and I can make them healthy too...) Anyone...?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Jessie, it's all your fault!

So my wonderful friend Jessie gave me upholstery fabric for my birthday and now I'm searching craigslist like an addict looking for the perfect overstuffed arm chair to re-cover for my living room. And for those that know my living room and ask, "Where the heck are you going to put it?!" I will say that I have listed one of my own chairs on craigslist. The four-legged one that rocks...any takers?
Today I am now waiting in anticipation for an e-mail from someone listing the perfect chair for $30. I have to convince Erik that it is the perfect chair, but I think maybe I can even if I have to use feminine wiles that may seem unfair :). Just kidding. He knows that we never sit in the rocking chair and so it would be nice to replace it with something that we might actually sit in.
So it's all Jessie's fault. I love the upholstery fabric and even though I'm not sure I need another project right now, I'm actually excited to start this one...I have the motivation and the fabric, just no chair...yet.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

oh...update! yeah...

I may be getting my own gun after all! Erik found the gun I want on sale with like 150 rounds of ammo and it's in Tigard. Oh, I hope so!

Hand Gun Safety

This weekend Erik and I are leaving the kiddos with his parents and are going to Salem to take our handgun safety course. I'm very excited, well mostly...I still don't have my own gun so I'm using BJ's. I hope Erik and I can go out shooting sometime before the class, maybe Saturday. Our class is all day Sunday. The other day we took a load of junk to the dump in Tillamook, got all the project scraps out of our yard so we look less like white trash. Then my sister mentioned that it might be hard to get around the title of white trash 'cause even though my yard is clean I'm attending a gun class while very pregnant...

Mystery Solved!

Well, I think the mystery is solved. We have been wondering where Hannah came up with the name Quincy and I think I know now. Last night the kiddos pulled out a DVD of old cartoons to watch (that we got at Walmart for $1) and about three or four cartoons in there is a "Little Lulu" cartoon where Lulu has a pet frog named Quincy. You only hear the name once or twice but that's usually enough with Hannah. So there you go, I could be wrong but this is my best guess.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year

I haven't made any new year's resolutions yet this year, only because I have an ongoing list of things that I would like to get done in the near future. I just don't think they would get done any faster if I put a time limit on them. I will share the main ones on my list though. Mostly they are projects, though maybe you could call some of them personal goals also.
I would like to:
re-paint the kiddos room (they've already chosen a color)
re-paint my room (I think I've chosen a color...)
move the rest of my rock from the driveway to it's permanent resting place
stay on top of my dishes and laundry for the most part (this might go under personal goals because it requires me to be a little more organized and motivated to do this)
spend more time playing with my kiddos and less time with them in front of a movie ( I've been trying to limit the number of movies we watch each week but that rest time is really nice when Hannah won't take a nap and Ivan doesn't take them regularly anymore. )

Those are the ones on my mind right now even though I have a million unfinished projects and a million more dying to be on the list. Sometimes I add projects that are almost done to my list just so I can have something on my list crossed off.
It's a new year but somehow it still feels just the same, just another day in another week, that's part of a month, etc. etc. I look forward more to the changing of the seasons and the weather and momentous occasions (like a baby being born...only 10 or so weeks to go!) than I do the changing of one year to the next.
I will say though that I enjoyed hanging up a new calendar and actually looked forward to it wondering what will be written in all the tiny squares. So Happy New Year after all.