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Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Few Drinks In....

It's funny, after a few drinks in, thoughts and words come streaming into my head and I love it! I haven't been feeling very creative in the linguistic department lately. However, after a few cocktails, the words seem to flow out of me like a waterfall on the brink of a flood. Anyway, I've been fantastic for quite sometime. Work is great and it sucks at the same time. Parents, kids, other staff never change and it's a constant balance between them. My love life, however, is unbelievable! I am so happy. So free. So unafraid of being myself. I'm ready for adventure and will be going on my first deer hunts in September with my dad and in Montana for a week with my boyfriend. I am so excited to go with my father on my first hunt AND I will be the first female to ever hunt at Buck Camp in September! Thanksgiving break I will be headed to Montana for a week with my boyfriend for Mule Deer. This is beyond exciting! I know it's going to be an epic adventure and I just cannot wait! I made chicken friend venison tonight and it was just incredible!!! Who knew that as a venison hating child, I'd love it today?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Vacation

It's here!!!! Now what do I do?! So far I've been keeping busy with dishes, laundry, cooking, and with the help of my fantastic family, had a FANTASTIC yard sale!!!! Plus, they cleaned up my entire back and FRONT yard...this includes mowing and weed whacking! And after my brother added some fresh fuel (and showed me where the primer button is) I can start the fracking mower myself! Score! They made THREE trips to the dump and now I could park my car in the garage!...but I may have other plans...hehehe. It is so unbelievable how amazing my yard is now and how much of a stress reliever it is. THANK YOU GUYS!!! About 17 days ago I started a plank challenge. Apparently after 28 days, I will be able to hold a plank for 4 freaking minutes! Ha! I just hit 2 minutes and I think I'm going to die!!! Tomorrow I have to do 2 1/2...FMR. Because the end of school had been so hectic, I hadn't been able to hit the gym...at all. So finally this week I've been able to get back in there. Sucks that it feels like I'm starting all over again, but hell, I'm there!!! In chicken news: I've recently adopted 3 new chickens...one has gone MIA. I also built a brand new gate to keep them confined to the side yard ALL BY MYSELF!!! Oh yeah!!! I rocked that drill!!! The new girls seem a bit cliquey and chatty, but hopefully after some time they'll warm up to the other girls. Alright, I must go deliver some cupcakes!!!

Monday, May 2, 2016


It only took about 2 days to find myself again. Where you ask? I have no freaking clue! But my old self came waltzing back....I think it missed my sarcastic self. Routine and good friends helped out too I think. Since my "episode," I've been able to visit home with the kids for family photos. The kids had a fantastic time with their Popeye hunting in the mornings. We were also able to see my new nephew, Finn....and adorable he is!!! Saturday night was spent celebrating my friend Jamie's birthday!!!! It started out harmlessly with dinner, but given us, we ended up at the Jolly's....for 5 hours!!!! And thanks to my great dancing, LMAO, I was fortunate to get some free drinks!!! There was no dancing on the bar if you're wondering (that only happens in NYC!), but I did dance for a solid 3 hours...at least! I could barely walk for the next 2 days! I had to ice my legs and put Icy Hot on them....I felt like an old lady!!! Thankfully, my gym determination helped relieved some of my aches and pains. In fact, I got in 5 days last week! Woo hoo!!! This week doesn't look too optimistic because I have so many damn meetings!!! I have something after school every day except Friday! Maybe I'll need to consider morning gym time this week (insert eye roll here). The problem with gym in the morning is that I get so damn hot that it throws off my temperature all damn day! That one is going to need some thinking on. Meanwhile, I'm drinking a Mojito while my furnace gets cleaned....I almost made it to 5 o'clock!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Where did I go?

I have lost myself....and I don't know how to get me back. I don't know exactly where I've gone or how/why it happened, but I found myself waking up feeling completely blah. I'd hoped work would help, however, I felt nothing all day. This is so not like me and I really hate every moment of it. :(

Monday, March 14, 2016

Future Organizers

This week is conference week and I'm slammed from right after school until 5pm almost every day! I'm not conferencing on Friday so that's why they're all crammed in like sardines! Anyway, during one of my conferences today a parent was discussing their child's problem with organizing and putting away their laundry. Upon hearing this I became VERY excited! I felt this was my opportunity to share a little of my OCDness with a fellow student! So I explained the sorting of clothing by color and then hanging them up in rainbow order. To this, the mother was shocked, surprised, and delighted at the suggestion and seemed that it was plausible for her daughter to accomplish this task. Now, if this child does color code her laundry, it will be so exciting!!!! There's nothing like a beautifully color coded closet!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Honey and Jack

Sometimes you just need to end your evening with this lovely couple. They put a nice sweetness to the end of your day with just enough kick in your arse. This couple was preceded by a lovely visit to Sushi country, where no fish was harmed in the making of my dinner. I know you were all sweating bullets there! Sushi was preceded by an impromptu cleaning of my shower, which was only accomplished because I had worked my arse off at the gym of all places, prior to that. And really, the gym happened because I was still pretty caffeinated and needed something to do!!! LOL! I'd say, my day was a pretty good freaking success!

Monday, February 29, 2016


Cupcakeathon had me busy all weekend long! Quarter Craze was Friday and left me exhausted! It was a great event and Swirls did well. I'm hoping to participate in another one as soon as my schedule allows. Saturday had me restocking my supplies to prep for Redwood Acres on Sunday. Another event, but this time I just sit on my arse and people watch in between the purchases of cupcakes. This event went well too, but both left me starving because there simply isn't time to eat!....let alone pee!!!! Thus, this leads me to broccoli. I'd picked up the large bag of florets at Costco because that is what one does when they have a love affair with broccoli. And after a whole week plus without broccoli and being starved for want of cupcake money, I was so giddy to come home today and steam it up!!! I actually got butterflies in my stomach! That is when I knew, what normal person gets THAT excited over broccoli. Then I realized, I'm NOT a normal person! I kick ass and take names while saying FU, with a whiskey on the rocks in my hand! So when tomorrow comes, I will seize the day again and continue my love affair with broccoli.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wine and Tears

Don't they go hand and hand anyway? It's like asking which came first, the chicken or the egg? We could go round and round about both arguments all night long. Both help you get to the center of what's going on and the tears are just plain cathartic! Yes, this is a little pep talk I am giving myself. I only half agree now. I will fully agree when this moment passes. Some of you may fall into the same category that I do, the ones who hate crying. We put it off for as long as possible until when need some sort of trigger or push (wine) to help us pass that thresh hold to let it all out into the open. This week has been a bit bumpy. First, some of you may or may not know that I've been officially diagnosed with OCD for the last 4 years. I have been on meds for it and for anxiety and such. Well, I am happy to say, I am off all meds for the first time in 4 years! Shocking what reducing the stress in one's life can do!!!! Anyway, because of this, I'm learning to handle my non-medicated self. This has left me with the "crying feelings" more frequently. It could also have to do with letting my Uniform go as well (still a good decision I hope, he's a wonderful man). Moving along, the "crying feelings" have been coming up more frequently this week with the loss of control...i.e.-having to do PE (outside...scares the living daylights out of me!, but I'm switching with another teacher so I get to stay inside), general misgivings about work from others, REPORT CARDS, and today was the zinger when I had to leave a meeting because it was too hostile....after just a few minutes! Thus, this leads me to the wine....which leads to the tears. They are really just best friends that can't stay apart ya know! Tomorrow will be better. Starting the day off with a workout and then prepping for a Swirls event for Friday. Going to kick ass as usual...tomorrow. Tonight, I'll stick with wine and tears for now.

Sunday, February 21, 2016


I got my arse to the gym today nice and early people!!! I actually saw someone I knew who was just finishing and while I was saying hello, I realized I'm probably WAY to chipper for most people to handle...in a gym...at that time of day. It wasn't the crack of dawn or anything, but I think it was even to early for people to have their usual fake smile on, when they really just want to revert back to their sour face most likely because they haven't had enough coffee yet. Anyway, I worked out for an HOUR!!! Yes, I thought I was going to die many times, but I found a new show on Amazon Prime called Catastrophe. It is freaking hilarious! And I had to stifle my laughter several times...I mean really, I don't want to be the crazy lady laughing out loud (by herself) while she's working out! The show helps the time go by and it is not until afterward that I feel how much my butt and legs are mad at me for the work I put them through. So tomorrow morning, at the crack of dawn, I will be heading back to the gym to work out and then prepare for the first day back from vacation!!!! I checked out the showers today and they were t that bad and I didn't feel I was going to be attacked or anything, so that was a bonus! LMAO!!! Plus, I don't have to use my electricity or water! Always thinking I am! Now I'm super tired, but really thinking I should pop that bottle of sparkling peach wine that's calling my name!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

When life gives you limes....

My life gives me limes. When it does, I just make mojitos!!!! Tonight, I decided I needed to turn those limes into some mojitos....and dang, they are just so good! Part of me thinks I should have become a bartender at some point in my life. Hey, I still have a lot of life left...I can always combine it with something I love already!!!! Anyway, so what's better than freshly made mojitos? Awesome (loud) music!!!!!! Yes, so this means a (solo) dance party in my living room with the surround sound blasting!!!! You may be thinking, "Ah, how sad!", but on the contrary. This means this counts as a cardio workout! Although, Pandora was not being cooperative for awhile because she was playing some very awful (slow and sad) music...that I couldn't fast forward through! Don't worry, we're friends again. You may be asking, "What is the moral of this post?" Well, everyone always thinks life gives you lemons, but that's not true. Sometimes, it gives you limes....and you can make a very tasty alcoholic drink from them that helps your life seem just a little more palatable.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dude Really?!?!

Yesterday I was at Verizon and the guy was trying to explain to me how I was getting a better deal by paying $122 a month (minus tax) with a new iPhone 6s and 6Gs as opposed to what I am currently paying at US Cellular for TWO lines for $126 a month (with tax) which also includes 6Gs. Odd, don't you see? Yes, I still have an iPhone 5s with USC, but STILL!!!! So, I asked the guy (or rather told him) I've NEVER had to pay for a phone for USC....EVER, and your plan is way more expensive! He said, well, your paying for roaming and being off network all the time with USC. In which I replied, no I'm not. My bill never changes. He then repeated that I would still be getting a better deal with them. Uuuuuuhhhh, DUDE!!!!! I know you work for a phone company and you have to promote them, but sometimes, just SOMETIMES, numbers DON'T LIE. Face facts man so you don't look like a complete moron! Think about the numbers!!!! Therefore, I just had to leave.....shaking my head. No Verizon for me!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

One step at a time...

I've been coming to terms with my decision about the Uniform, however slow a process that may be. But today, I really miss the way he smells. I miss his presence, his smile, and I really just want to give him a hug....and not let go for a really long time. It's just been one of those days and today made me miss him more than usual. Tomorrow I hope to return to my normal sad self that can cover anything up with my sassy self and blonde hair to boot!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Gluten Free!

As I was driving back from my hometown today, I stopped by Ashland and picked up some gluten free flours (white rice and coconut) determined to create a delicious gluten free cupcake by the end of the day. And...I think I have! I had hours really to think about it and how it should be done. What I was NOT prepared for was the actual event. Holy crap! Those flours can soak up liquid like they're living in a desert or something! Without panicking too much, I quickly added in another 1/2 cup milk, saving the first trial from a complete disaster and making vanilla cement. Trial one ended with a nicely flavored cake, but was more destined for muffin type work than cupcake. So, my brain was thinking lighter. At this point you maybe asking....Aren't you just using a gluten free recipe? Uh, no.... Like the saying goes...."Keep things simple stupid." The recipes I've come across call for adding in cornstarch and lots of different flours, not to mention gluten free versions of things. Well, (my brain said), why can't you just keep to naturally gluten free stuff, don't add weird things, and keep it simple. Not wanting to upset my brain, I agreed. Anyway, wanting to "fluffify" my cake was going to take some doing and what's fluffier than whipped egg whites??? That led to trial two cupcake that was much lighter and still tasted great. So here I'm thinking I've got it and now I'm onto trying chocolate, until my mother tells me a little secret exchange I can make in my batter that may make it EVEN FLUFFIER!!! Immediately, I knew this was it when it was in the oven! The Trial 3 cupcake using the secret ingredient in combination of the fluffed whites, had created a gluten free cake that could stand toe to toe with any regular cupcake! And now Swirls can proudly offer these amazing GF cupcakes at their next event!!!! It was really quite an evening to say the least. Time to relax and have something salty!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Cherry Tree

So was it Lincoln or Washington that chopped down the cherry tree? This was the bet of this evening and I had JUST read a book to Caitlin and Colton about Abe Lincoln, so there was some pretty strong willed tones coming from me on the subject. However, others in the room were convinced it was Washington that chopped down the cherry tree. Therefore, bets were made and internet could not be reached soon enough....and we were ALL wrong, so to speak. The phrase "honest Abe" has always been around, so apparently when I read the book I just made up that part up in my head about Lincoln and a cherry tree. I know it doesn't exist because I had to get the book and reread it to prove (or rather, disprove) my sassy self. Furthermore, researching Washington's side of thing also threw a wrench into the whole argument because the original author of George Washington's biography MADE IT UP!!!! But he didn't put it in until several editions later! So who get's the money you wonder? It's a wash. The whole event never happened! But dang! I guess I need to start using some of my SFA comprehension strategies!!!! Not to mention reading some more biographies!

Saturday, February 13, 2016


And I am NOT talking sports! I finally came to the realization that I needed a more powerful (and bigger) Kitchen Aid mixer for Swirls since I have three upcoming events in the next few weeks. However, as some of you know, they don't just give these beauties away. The one I had a crush one ranged in the $450 price range. So, how can I think about spending that much on a piece of equipment? I can't....really....and I didn't. I realized I needed to sell my current mixer to help off set the cost of a new one....posted on FB and sold it in 2 hours for $100! Bing! Next, and this is the biggest SCORE.....I ended up buying the exact model I wanted from Kohls for $350 PLUS I got $70 in Kohls cash!!!!! So my cost in the end...$250!!!!! This is LESS than the Standard Kitchen Aid people!!!!! Hahahahaha! Such a freaking score!!! This is how you buy sh**!!!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine's Celebrations

Every year I am faced with this beast at school. It is far worse than Halloween. Maybe it's because I have an aversion to Valentine' Day in the first place, or the fact that when you mix love cards and sugar with 20+ students, on a day close to vacation, you end up with an explosion of students that need to be put in a looney bin! So, call me a policy abiding teacher or just plain mean, but there has been, now and for as long as I can foresee, a Valentine's Day card exchange ONLY! ...with a few exceptions. I, the teacher, for loving you all these 100+ days and being ever so patient with you, will be the only one who gets candy on this day. HAHAHAHAHA!!!! This worked out a little too well this year. My students got me good! And now I am left with so much chocolate I for one can't eat it all, two, I'm NOT giving it to my own children (I am not that crazy), and three, don't have the heart to throw it away (I discovered last year's stash in the Valentine's Day decorations box!). So, I suppose I will hit the gym a bit more in the next few weeks so I can enjoy that full size Butterfinger or that GIANT box of caramel filled chocolates.....Maybe next year I should ask for pencils?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lock this sh** down

A phrase that I thought would never come out of my mouth. And yet I'm finding more and more phrases and conversations these last few months coming out that have both shocked, delighted, and saddened me. I guess this comes with me "coming back to life." Finding new avenues to travel....dating being one. I have never, before my ex, dated. So post-ex, I don't know WTF I am doing. However, I did meet a very nice man (I will refer to him as the Uniform...some will get it, other's, just go with it). It is with the Uniform that I blurted the earlier phrase, thus, embarrassing myself for ages to come. Ironically, I would never take back those words. It is usually always your gut instinct that is correct, such as when you take a test, trying to remember where you parked, etc. And even though, that is a phrase/feeling that has never come across my mind before...it erupted like a volcano, and I could not contain it no matter the repercussions. Well, that gut feeling I was talking about earlier? It hit awhile after I said that immortal phrase. This time, I didn't like what it was saying. It was leading me to say another, more unthinkable, phrase...."I have to let you go." This led me to have one of the worst hangovers I have ever had. I was so sad to say this to the Uniform. We'd had so many great conversations. He inspired me to begin Swirls now, instead of after I retire and helped me see how strong of a person I am. He does so many things I like and am interested in learning about. He was going to teach me how to shoot! Anyway, it was with great sadness that I had to let him go. Our timing for each other is not right, I guess you could say... Let a bird go, fly away....

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hello Again

Yes, that is a really funny movie, and like that movie I have come back to life....in a way. A new life that I'm still trying to figure out these days. Many things have happened since my post BACK IN 2012!!!! Ridiculous, I know, to stay away for so long. However, I hope to be back more frequently these days. One major life change is the fact that I am going through a divorce. Long story short: there is someone who suits my ex better than me. Now, don't go getting all teary-eyed on me! I was born to kick ass and take names! Yes, it was heartbreaking, but shockingly, I am happy. I am learning to find my independence and I am traveling when ever I damn well please!!!! I went to Garth Brooks again!!!! And, I will be going to a 3 DAY country music fest in July. I am also going to VEGAS BABY, VEGAS!!! The kids are seeming to handle everything smoothly and I do miss their snuggles when I don't have them. Now, prepare yourself....I have joined Planet Fitness. I know, I know, I absolutely HATE exercising. I figured though, it's a better thing to do with my time when I don't have the children than sit at home with my thoughts....scary I know. Plus, I need to work off the extra whiskey calories anyway! Last thing before I leave you for the evening, and this is the most wonderful and exciting, I have started my own cupcake business called Swirls!!!!! As of now, I do events and orders. I hope to eventually have a cupcake truck!!! I launched last weekend and discovered I made WAY too many cupcakes. My next event is February 28 and I'm drastically scaling back. Also, my amazing and wonderfully amazing friend, Jenai May, decided to create my website!!!!! Thank you Jenai!!!!! It is a must see!!!! And this is where I leave you for tonight, as I will be back.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Yes, it's really me

I haven't blogged in so long that the computer almost froze while trying to create a new post! All I really have to say is, Caitlin, please go to sleep so that I can apply for my own job. Hehehe. It's 9:13pm on a Tuesday and I think most children are in bed at this time of night dear. Thank you, Your Mother

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Vacation

Wow, it's finally here (it actually began June 15th at 3:16pm). We have been so BUSY! I don't know where to even start. So rather than back track, I'll stick to the here and now. Today I swept, mopped, did a load of laundry, folded (and put away) clothes, and vacuumed. Oooo, and I properly cleaned my kitchen table! I also got a call today for an interview in Y town on Monday for a teaching job. So the kids and I will be headed over there Sunday afternoon. Dennis' whole family will be headed over here on Friday for his dad's birthday. I'll be making a white birthday cake with white frosting. I may also be making some sort of mimosa type cupcakes for a house warming thing on Thursday. I'm thinking champagne cake with a champagne citrus buttercream....and maybe some sort of fruit filling. I haven't worked out the details yet though. But if I do, I'll try to let you know :) I hope to keep y'all updated more often now that summer is here!

Friday, April 20, 2012


Well, I finally did it! Dennis has been getting a few new tattoos during the past few years, and they have been amazing! So, I finally decided to bite the bullet!  And here it is!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

No ICEE for you!

Caitlin LOVES to get a blue ICEE when we go to Target. I don't get her one all the time, but after dinner on Monday we headed to Target and I got it for her treat. Well, Colton likes them too and took advantage of Caitlin wanting to walk around with Dennis by drinking almost the whole thing! That night Colton was running around the house like a wild man!!! He was so wound up! Then on Tuesday night, Dennis brought home another ICEE for Caitlin and Colton to share. And you guessed it! He was literally running around in circles in the livingroom when he was supposed to be snuggling in for bed! My theory about the ICEE was confirmed last night. It was a non-ICEE day and when it was time for bed, Colton sat on the couch with me and fell asleep while watching basketball. Therefore, there will be no more ICEE's for Colton after noon. They seem to have no affect on Caitlin. She was able to fall asleep both nights without any problems. And this weekend we will be trading our crib for a bunkbed for Colton's room!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Not ready!

I was not ready for Colton to learn how to crawl out of his crib. Caitlin most likely helped speed up this process. The new thing to do around here is to take all the stuffed animals and put them in Colton's crib. Then both Caitlin and Colton pile in there are pretend to take a nap. Not long after they started this new game, Colton mastered getting OUT of the crib. This has made nap and bedtime interesting. So, since I have this week off for Spring Break, I will be putting Colton in Caitlin's bed for his nap. Oh, but it gets more complicated than that. I have to wait until Colton falls asleep first before I can put him in the bed. Otherwise, he thinks its a game we are playing. I believe this weekend we will be taking down the crib and putting the lower bed in his room! It should be very interesting during the next several months for sleeping around here.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Yes, it's me blogging!

It has been so busy these last few months! I can't even remember the last time I blogged! I could look it up I guess, but that would require some more effort on my part and I really don't think I can spare any at this time. I am now teaching 1st grade at Pine Hill school. It's the same district as the 6th grade class I was in, it's just at a different site. I started in this class January 17, while my last day in 6th grade was the 13th. I love my little class of 15 students! We just started conferences this week and I had 6 of them back to back! They are going well and I'm sure it will continue that way. Thankfully, I will be able to finish the school year in this class since the teacher I'm subbing for only just had her surgery this week. One of the other great things about this school is that I'm able to teacher with my wonderful friend Nancy again!!!!! Yes, I've probably blogged this once or twice before, but she is so great, has wonderful ideas, and she shares everything with me!!!!! Caitlin and Colton are doing very well. They play together REALLY well and Colton is beginning to talk up a storm! Caitlin never talked as much or as clearly as Colton is now. He is definitely still a mommy's boy and Caitlin will always be her father's daughter! I know it's not much, but at least it's something. I can't say when I'll post again, but I'll try not to let another month or two go by before I do. :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ahhh! New format!

So, I just clicked the "try the new blogger format" and I can't get back to the old one! I'm all all discombobulated...it's like when Facebook keeps changing their postings! I knew I shouldn't have pushed that button! We ended up staying home for Christmas this year because of Colton's night terrors. They are worse than Caitlin's were and that makes traveling (or rather staying the night) anywhere really challenging. Caitlin loved waking up on Christmas morning and couldn't get out of her bed fast enough. She was shocked and delighted that Santa actually ate the cookies and informs those that pass in public of her discovery. Colton got a LOT of pacifiers for Christmas and he couldn't have been happier. I will post more as soon as I upload the pictures. For now, I must go get Colton up from his nap!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Trudging through errands...

It seemed like my errands were against me today. No matter which one I did, I was hit with some problem or another that wouldn't quite let me fully complete my errand. For instance, at the post office, I thought I had Colton's carrier in the car but was horribly bewildered that it wasn't there. Luckily, Caitlin has been loving piggy back rides, so that is where she was the entire time in line while Colton was snug in the stroller. At Joann Fabrics, they were neglecting to use the number system and I was lined jumped by someone who decided to buy half the store of fabric. Then I forgot to go to the bank. So, finally at home, I decided to work on a WAY over due project, only to find out my pictures are not the right resolution.

Let's just say this, there will be no errands for me tomorrow.

On the other hand, Caitlin is doing really well. She loves everything Christmas and no matter what type of decorations she sees, she just yells "Christmas!" The first thing Colton does in the morning is ask (or rather demand) us to plug in the Christmas lights strung up around the house and on the tree. Although, Colton has begun to have night terrors like Caitlin did at that age. We're trying to wake him up 30 minutes before they usually happen in order to reset his sleep cycle. We did the same thing with Caitlin and it worked pretty well. It's so bizarre that they both got them.

I hope you had a wonderful Monday, and an even better Tuesday!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

November Post

Apparently, this will be my only post in November since I haven't been able to get it together to have posted anything earlier.

We have been doing well. I have been really busy with work and Caitlin has been telling EVERYONE in public that she was Spiderman and Colton was Darth Vader for Halloween. We celebrated her 3rd birthday at a local pizza parlor with lots of balloons, cake, and of course, pizza. I made Thanksgiving dinner again this year for just the four of us. It was really nice and Colton loved the sweet potatoes and turkey. I did get a little taste of Black Friday. Our Michaels craft store opened at 4pm on Thanksgiving day, so I headed down there to pick up a wreath I'd been eyeing. Dennis had to work on Friday, so the kids and I stayed home and put up all our inside Christmas decorations, including the Christmas tree! This year I decided to put the lights up in our living room as well as the kitchen. Yesterday, after Caitlin's impromptu hour and a half nap, we all headed outside to put up those Christmas lights too. We have a few new lights this year and I will have to post those and all the other ones I have too.

Friday, October 28, 2011

First Surgery

Today Colton is having is first ( and hopefully last) surgery.   They are going to remove a cyst in his right eyelid that has been growing since he was born.  He's such a trooper!  He's just been sitting in my lap calmly this whole time!  His nurse is really nice too.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

It was a great day to go to the pumpkin patch! We had a bright blue sky and the sun was REALLY warm when the breeze wasn't blowing. The kids had so much fun and Dennis and I loved watching them walk and run all over the patch. Caitlin put about 6-8 pumpkins in the cart before she chose the one to take home. Colton was able to get one teeny tiny pumpkin in the cart. I think he rather enjoyed pushing and trying to pull the cart along the path. The pumpkin patch also had pony rides. We'd seen them a few weeks ago at the medieval festival, but I'm a little leery about having her do that yet. We finished the day by having pizza and BBQ wings for lunch. Colton and Dennis are napping while I blog and Caitlin watches TV (and hopefully doesn't fall asleep!).

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Thursday, October 6, 2011


I have 5 new posts with pictures! I FINALLY uploaded all my photos to our now working computer. Too bad our printer just died. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

More Photos

Here are some of the only photos I have from Colton and Will's joint b-day party. Sometimes I kick myself for not taking more!

Happy again.

First Tonka truck!... courtesy of Aunt Brenda and family.

So much yogurt! Colton actually developed a rash all over his face from the yogurt....not sure what that was all about.

Playing dress-up at Uncle Buck and Aunt Kelly's house.

Helping Daddy clean up.

Popeye and the kids!

My dad and Chi-Sai came over for my birthday for a visit. They took Dennis and I out to a REALLY nice dinner at Looking Glass House, while Nancy watched the little ones. I had a wonderful dinner and was super happy I got to share it with family and friends.

Grandma Chi-Sai walking with Caitlin at the zoo.

Super Caitlin!

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Cousin Wedding Photos

For Labor Day weekend we went to my cousin's wedding.....we also had another birthday party, but that's another post. It had been a long time since Caitlin and cousin Kate got to play around, and they had a blast rolling down the nice green grass!

Poor, stuck baby!

Playing peek a boo while driving to the wedding.

And here they are!

These girls were meant for dance lessons!

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Colton's First Camping Trip

We went on a camping trip the day after Colton's birthday with some friends and their two boys. We went about an hour south of here and it was really warm. We were able to play in the dirt and the river. The kids (and adults) LOVED the river. It was a perfect temperature and the perfect depth.

Caitlin's first time in a river!

You can see how much Colton likes the water.


So sleepy the next morning!

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