Monday, August 11, 2014

Tuba is 18!

I've been a Mama for 18 years. Our sweet Tuba had his birthday recently. 

He's now an adult and Cam and I have loads of official paperwork to do. We have to apply to the court for guardianship. This means that we will have decision making power over finances and medical decisions. It's A LOT. We are trying to save the $2,000.00 an attorney costs and do the process ourselves. We also applied for SSI for Tuba. This was also a ton of work but will be really nice when he is approved. 

Well, that's all the boring stuff that happened around his birthday. We did also have loads of fun.

The kids and I started the day with his favorite breakfast of eggs and bacon. 


After Cam got off work we took the family out for dinner....burgers and fries! Tuba's favorite!



Then we went swimming. Tuba's favorite thing EVER!! We tried a local outdoor pool but it was in the shade and really windy out. Instead we went to an indoor pool. It was tons of fun! The kids LOVED it....and it cost a total of $13 for our family. Bargain!

After the pool we had dessert at home. Raspberry shortcake with whip cream. 


Happy Birthday to my precious boy! Tuba, you see the light shining in the world. That light shines from you and your innocent soul. You delight in the little things in life. You notice the sunset every night and alert us to look too. You are fine tuned to the emotions of other. That is a beautiful gift. You love campfires, pools, chips, beads and babies! We love you Tuba!


Friday, August 8, 2014

The Slice


Outside My Window - Every night....a beautiful sunset.

Right now it's daytime so....It's summertime and I'm outside the window sitting on our new deck! The kids are playing in the yard on their new slip-n-slide. I tell ya...that is some good entertainment. It's hilarious watching them.

From The Kitchen - Fresh popcorn and iced coffee. I cook popcorn in a bit of olive oil and then sprinkle on some coarse sea salt. Delicious! The ice coffee is so good too. I don't drink coffee in the a.m. but I occasionally enjoy one in the afternoon. Today's drink is coffee, a bit of chocolate syrup and milk stirred together and poured over ice.

I Am Wearing - Teal shorts, a white embroidered t-shirt and black flip flops. I love flip flops! Hair in a ponytail.

I Am Creating - Order out of chaos....getting closets sorted and back to school clothes ready. Getting school supplies bought and sorted for each kid. That doesn't seem very creative...but it's all I got. 

I Am Going - To the salon tomorrow! Woot! Hair day and relaxation time. Love! 

I Am Reading - For book club we are going to read The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World. I haven't started it yet. For now I'm catching up on all my magazines. I get Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, and Real Simple. 

I'm also reading an issue of Christian Parenting (issue from 1996) and Thriving Family, A Focus on the Family magazine. My new neighbor left them in my mailbox yesterday. 

Hmmm.....I wasn't sure what to think about this..... 

A. She thinks I could use some parenting help.
B. She is trying to evangelize me.
C. Both A & C. 

Ha!! I got a good laugh out of it. I'm choosing to believe that D. She just wanted to give me some magazines she thought I'd like. :) And actually the Thriving Family issue has some good info in it. 

I Am Planning - A few more trips to the beach before school is back in session. And a few more S'more roasts in the backyard. Mmmmmm.

Around The House - We have a new deck.....almost complete!!! It's amazing and I'll be posting pics soon.

One Of My Favorite Things - My flower pots. These are my Mother's Day pots the kids and I planted. I love how lush they get by mid-summer. I have five of them and now with my new HUGE deck I could use a few more.





A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week - Sit on the deck, go to the beach, get school supplies for last two kids, ride bikes, soak up the sun....

A Picture Thought I'm Sharing -


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Monday Monday

Oh Monday.....lovely Monday. I have a sitter for the kids on Mondays this summer. Four glorious hours to myself. A much needed respite.

The first week I eagerly awaited (faced pressed up against the window) for the sitter to arrive. I hadn't been out alone in a solid month. Not pretty. 

I had errands to run so I quickly got them out of the way. Then off to my favorite coffee shop with a new book. I found a cozy chair and settled in with a cup of black tea and a almond croissant. 

It may have been the book...the melancholy music playing....or PMS....or the fact that I was bone tired but I burst into tears sitting there reading. 

I really need to get out of the house more....which is why this Monday date with myself gig is so great!

After my cry and finishing my treats I went off to a pedicure. So relaxing! A good hour in the massage chair while getting my feet scrubbed and rubbed. Bliss. 

I returned home a much calmer and happier mommy....and eagerly awaiting the next Monday. 


The next Monday I had a dental cleaning first thing on my list. I decided to wear my exercise clothes and get a good power walk in after the cleaning. I walked to the same coffee shop...ordered my fav and plopped into my cozy seat.

No tears this time. I spent some time reading and then walked back to my car. The rest of my time I spent running errands. That doesn't sound very exciting but driving in a car alone is really relaxing. 


My 3rd week of Monday Time I took Mr. P with me. We ran errands to the bank, and then the courthouse and another office in town. He then sat patiently (playing the iPad) while I got a pedicure. Then we went out to lunch. 

It was really nice to get some one-on-one time with Mr. P. He is the perfect age to run errands with....and a nice lunch date too. 

My 4th week was spent at physical therapy and then at the hospital. My MIL just had surgery and I was so happy to have a sitter so I could be at the hospital with Cam. Everything went great with her surgery too! 

I'm looking forward to next Monday. Sis and I are going shopping! Some back to school clothes for her! Fun!

Oh...and the book....Tell The Wolves I'm Home. Very, very good!! I highly recommend it.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cousin Fun

We had Cam's sis Cinn her husband Jamie and their two kids with us for a couple weeks. The kids had SO much fun...oh, we adults did too. Crazy busy fun!

I got to have baby snuggles. Baby Juniper!


The boys read Aspen tons of books...possibly hundreds of books. It was hilarious when Moses was finally worn down and he suggested that maybe Mr. P would like to read one. Then Mr. P vetoed her choice of book because it was too long. Ha! 


I can't say enough how much the kids LOVED having the girls here to play. 


Uncle Cam got in on the snuggles too.


These two had an especially good time! They played all day long! Non-stop fun. I think Sis really enjoyed having another girl to play with. The played dolls a lot....and dress-up too!



Tuba of course loved the baby too. 


Don't ya just love baby feet?!


As I looked through the photos I realized there wasn't any of George with the girls. Hmmmmm. He actually had some jealousy during the visit. I'll chalk it up to his age and him being the baby of our family. 

Oh and Sis had jealousy over me holding Juniper. She actually got really mad one day and told me not to hold "that stinky baby!". Ha....it was hilarious.....and we all laughed a lot once she left the room. 

The kids cannot wait for Christmas so they can all play again. And we hoping and praying for Cinn and Jamie to land jobs near us....at least a day's drive would be great. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Paddle Boarding

I got to cross one thing off of my Summer Bucket List!

I have wanted to try Paddle-boarding since last summer when I saw two moms at the beach taking turns paddling around in the water. It looked so peaceful.

I was excited to meet another mom at George's preschool that just opened a paddle board business! AND....it turns out that she used to play Select Soccer with my awesome SIL Cinn.

Sooooooo.....Cinn and I booked a lesson together during their visit. It was really fun!!


We took our lesson at the marina. We wore wetsuits even though the weather was warm. I thought for sure I would fall into the water.

We launched from the dock and learned how to paddle on our knees....and then learned to stand up. Then we learned how to hold the paddle, to move and to turn.

1. It's WAY harder than it looks. Have you ever worked out on a Bosu Ball? Standing on the board is just like that. You use all your leg muscles and core strength to balance. Then you use your upper body to paddle yourself around.




It was a nice peaceful place to practice paddling. There were boats all around us but they were parked. We were protected from too many waves too by the marina docking. 

We got to see fish swimming below us AND we had a little visit from a curious sea lion. 

We toured around for about an hour. We DIDN'T fall in either!! Next time I'll skip the wetsuit since I was really hot and sweaty. 

I can't wait to try it again. I'm hoping to rent a board when we go to Lake Chelan. The kids all want to try it too. You can even put a kid on the board sitting down and then the adult paddles them around. So fun. 


So what else is on my bucket list for summer? 

I want to take a family hike to a local waterfall. 
I want to explore a local island that I've never been to. 
I want to have a family bike ride and picnic on my favorite trail. 
I want to have drinks on my new deck (the deck is currently being built).....oh I can't wait!
I want to have a date night with Cam and pack a picnic for the park or beach. 

How about your summer bucket list? What's on it?

Monday, July 21, 2014

George turns 6!

Our sweet baby boy turned 6 this month. On the weekend we celebrated by going to the zoo. Unfortunately it was the hottest day of the year. We didn't realize all of the animals would be sooooo sleepy in the heat. Oh well, we still had fun.

George requested hamburgers WITH buns, watermelon, and corn on the cob for his bday dinner. For dessert he said he wanted ice cream cones. But, the morning of his bday he woke up and announced that he wanted a cherry cake....the kind of cherries that come in a jar. 

I searched the Internet for a recipe and came up with a good one. We made a Maraschino Cherry Cake. We used whipping cream instead of icing. It was very good!




After dinner we took the kids for a neighborhood stroll. The scootered and Cam, Tuba and I walked...or chased them.

My guys are so handsome.







....and one beautiful girl too.


Happy Birthday my baby boy. You are such a smart and inquisitive child. You ask us hard questions. You also tell me really deep things about God and the world. You are a big thinker. You are doing great at TKD....you rock the push-ups. You love to play Legos and to run around the yard and wrestle with your siblings. Although you are way bigger than your Sis you like it when she is Little Mommy for you. Happy Birthday to my super awesome boy!

Friday, July 18, 2014

That tooth business

Teeth have been flying out of our kids' mouths at lightening speed. Most have given up on counting on the Tooth Fairy.

Mr. P did give me an extra big hug when I "found" $3 on the windowsill where he had left his tooth.

This girl still believes. She lost the top two recently. She was thrilled to receive her cash reward and head to the  Dollar Store.

It is my favorite "look" when kids have the top two teeth missing at the same time. I wish it took longer for the big adult teeth to come in. Once those new teeth are in my baby's face will change. She will look older and more grown up. Not a baby anymore.

I also enjoy the lisp that comes with no teeth on top. Adorable.

Oh, and look at those beautiful brown eyes. What a cutie!




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