Friday, May 30, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Question: what will the tooth fairy do when she comes to take my tooth but it's not there?
Answer: she will go find it.
isla lost her tooth while swimming at the Fircrest Golf Club...but don't worry, i'm sure it found its' way into the hands of the tooth fairy...since we wrote her a letter telling her where to get the tooth. we just weren't sure if it was the big pool or the kiddie pool. no matter, she still left isla some "treasure" so i'm sure she found it. (since isla was disappointed with ONLY getting money last time, this time the tooth fairy left jewelry--i guess 3-year-olds don't understand that you can buy anything you want with money)
here is isla with her cousins on the way home from losing her tooth in the pool...she doesn't look too worried about the toothfairy's prize, now does she?
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
now, we recently visited the olympia children's museum. and yes, it is about 10 minutes further away from my house than the local museum. HOWEVER, it is sooooo cool! immediately, isla and her friend, victoria, were entertained in a very elaborate store with choosing foods, shopping, and using a cash register. and that was just the beginning. not to mention, they let me take macrae in the stroller. THANK YOU! and it's a good thing, too because we spent 3 hours in that place! i won't go into all of the museums' offerings, because i don't want to bore you. but, if you are ever in town, it's a sweet place to take the kids. and here's a few snaps for evidence.
here's the stage...budding actresses here....look out General Hospital, these girls are dramatic!
that's me in the sound booth. i was so good, i should be in movie production. not. i was a little obsessed with the thunder sound.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
she says "look at me mom, i'm a rocking star" (i think that's what get when you cross a rocking horse with a rock star)
(and yes, isla did have a wardrobe change half-way through the day) behind is the construction on our new rock wall...it's now finished so i guess i should take pictures of that, too.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
yes, i mentioned i am the older sister. sure, she was the first to get married and have children. and while i was off galivanting in salt lake city she was spending precious moments with her husband and daughter in monterey....and growing up. actually, she started taking care of me when we went to russia in 1997. while there, she was always better with her time and her money. sure, i spent more time with pete (her husband) hanging out in the metro, walking the streets of moscow, and (even) visiting a club. she was studying to get college credit, preparing her lessons for the next day and just being more responsible. AND she managed to actually lose weight in the country of sunflower oil and potatoes while i gained 35 pounds!
it's all too funny, since in high school i was the one who played sports, got really good grades, did all that crap that got me into a really good college...only to go to russia, decide that i hated my college and just wanted to relax and take life (A LOT) less seriously. kjrsten spent high school having fun and not worrying about taking life seriously... now kjrst...she's the one who got serious in college. and obviously, had it figured out THE WHOLE TIME. because when is it more important to take life seriously? exactly.
why do i bring this up? well, i find it noteworthy that she takes such good care of me? she is always the one taking care of me these days.
let me count the ways:
1. she makes sure i'm still cool by making me new cd's. without her i might still be listening to babyface. just today she sent me an email with a good new song to add to my itunes. she took me to a highly touted concert in PDX a few weeks ago. maybe you have heard of the band? THE RACONTEURS. oh, you have? hmmm...it was so awesome i couldn't even see straight the next day. thanks sis!
2. she is "journalling" my life for me. whenever we are together takes the most amazing pictures! i often forget my camera...and it's a good thing, because my pictures never compare to hers. check out this pic she snapped of my boy.
oh, and this one she just "snapped" of her girls at the Columbia
3. she loves my babies...soooo much! she is sure to pick up a really cute "find" for the boy whenever she's out because she knows how hard it is to find the really great boy stuff. and let's be honest, she loves my chubby boy!
4. she comes to see me. okay, sure, i live .4 miles from my mom's house. but i firmly believe part of the reason she visits 1-2 times a month is to see ME, mostly. partly. she took this picture a couple of weeks ago at Stella's birthday party at Old McDebbies Farm. Now, she could have had Stell's birthday party in Gresham, but instead, she chose to have it up here with all of us. 5. she calls me. a lot. for little reasons.
6. she inspired me to start running. she ran a half marathon in 2003. she talked me into training for one in 2006. and she even joined me at the race without training. oh, and she beat me...without training. ha!
7. she tells people i'm the prettier sister. even though i know SHE is. it's sweet for her to say it.
see what i mean?
and by the way, i stole all of these picture from her blog ...so check it out and you'll see what i mean.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
it's hard to believe that I AM A MOTHER. i know, it seems silly. i should be able to grasp the idea that I HAVE CHILDREN since i do have two of them. um, you'd think it would have set in by now. yes, i spend my days caring for and catering to my two munchkins. and some days it seems that's all i do with not a spare moment for myself (unless you count my shower). anyway, i wouldn't have it any other way. i love being a mom. and each day there are little rewards. like, when i peek in on isla in primary and she's sitting there with her arms folded looking ever-so reverent and giving the naughty girl behind her the stink-eye for being disruptive. seriously, that's my daughter? oh yes, it is. and then i have this 26 pound slugger for an 8 month old son...i have to put him in a stroller to take him anywhere because i feel my back is a precious commodity, oh and i don't like the arm cramps after holding him for 3 minutes. so, there you have it...my two precious gems.
And Happy Mother's Day to all the rest of the mothers out there...to my mom, mother-in-law who take care of me and my family as if i am still their child. and to so many other women in my life who mother and take care of me. to my sisters, kjrsten and keirra, who are the best examples of motherhood and love i could ever hope to be. and to my dearest friends who mother me and take care of my children when i am too casual and laid back to notice that they need something. i love you!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
yesterday i ran with my aunt, margaret, and she freaking kills me. why? oh...she's at least 5 inches shorter than me (picture her stride) and yet, she is at least a minute or two faster per mile...let that sink in for a minute...she kills me. she ROCKS! oh, and today i ran with erika and we ran this or i should say, she ran this and challenged me to sprint the last hill. which caused me to get dizzy and think i might die on the hill (at least a 10% grade, here people, i'm no wussy. i only think i'm going to die for really really good reasons). so, she killed me too. um, thanks Erika for meeting me this morning! i sooo needed it! my goal is to keep up with you.
Monday, May 5, 2008
"what are you up to? why haven't you updated your blog?"
"i have been busy."
"okay, then let us in on what you have been busy doing."
and well, sometimes you are just busy doing...nothing. blah blah blah. boring. um, cleaning my house, running errands, having kids over to play, weeding the yard, making lunches, changing poopy diapers...etc...the list goes on people. i know! i am sooo exciting these days. whoo hoo.
okay, so my family recently visited OLD MCDEBBIE'S FARM in graham, enumscratch or some other place way out there. we are talkin' full-on-barn,-petting-all-the-farm-animals, fishing, pony rides, and lots of dirt and grass to roam. this place might SOUND like good old fashioned fun...but my family is no ordinary family. oh no. check out the pics of my mom, husband, and brother, each taking their turn making out with a camel. and isla loved the pony rides and they even let her assist in brushing and putting the horse away!