Friday, May 30, 2014


My computer is in the shop.  Okay that sounds more official than it actually is, Jeremy traded work.  He looked at someone's car, they are looking at my chronic blue screen problem.  So that leaves the iPad or Jeremy's computer for me to blog on, neither have Lightroom installed.  So I have a problem, since I shoot in raw, I can't access and edit my pictures until my computer is up and running.  I will either have to suck it up and do pictureless posts or it will be straight camera phone pictures for a while. 

I also killed my phone this week. Not my finest moment. My goal for this phone was to not break it. Yeah, I made it a year. I really only think it broke because my cute case was cracked. And instead of sucking it up and putting the old case back on, I left the cracked one on it. Don't worry, I repaired it with tape. The only reason I am thinking about getting it replaced is so it wont hurt one of the kids.

"On the road again"  Seriously, it should be our theme song, but I am not really complaining.  Living in the middle of no where is merely hard on me.  Something I have realized since moving to Ridgecrest is that I am a big city person or more of a suburbs person. I like to be able to drive 10 minutes to Target, Costco, a beautiful well kept park, a zoo, or anything. Here, 10 minutes gets me to a wide expanse of desert, and because  I am deathly afraid of snakes, there is no way I am exploring it.  Jeremy is gone a lot of June, we are taking every advantaged to get out of town before he leaves.  I think my need to be close to stuff comes from having grown up 45 minutes from anything but that is a whole lot closer than the hour and thirty minutes it takes up to get places, or do things these days.  Who are we kidding, I am complaining.

Everything at Grandma's house is better.  As Bristol informed me on the car ride there when I was offering her cheerios for a snack "I will wait for Grandma's house, Grandma has beautiful snacks" by this she means Grandma stocks up on cherry tomatoes, bananas, grapes, teddy grahams, and their current favorite grandma snack; jelly beans.  

Jeremy and our newest nephew, Troy.   This man likes babies, but don't tell anyone it would ruin his tough guy Marine image.
Normally I feel guilty when I go a little crazy at the craft stores.  I know Jeremy doesn't mind and he likes the fact that crafting makes me super happy.  He really hates it when I get restless and have to come up with a craft (enter chalk board).  But this time I didn't even feel a hint of guilt about my purchases.  Maybe because I got 6 craft projects for $50 total. Thank you Memorial day sales.  

I worried about 2 things when I was pregnant.  Well that is not true, I worried about a lot of things but there were 2 things that really bugged me.  I was scared for Eldon. He was a huge mommy's boy and I had no clue how he would adjust and I also worried about the age gap.  Bristol and Eldon are only 16 month's apart and sometimes I swear they share a bond that is more like twins than siblings.  This is another perfect example of God having it all worked out.  I didn't need to worry about Eldon anymore than I needed to worry about the big kid's relationship with Brighton.  They spoil her rotten. They are always sharing with her and they get really mad at me when I say she can't do something they are doing or eat something they are eating.  They love this little girl and she loves them.  She loves following them around, she claps for them, and squeals, and is the perfect recipient of all their adoration.

Mommy couldn't be out done by Grandma.  Not really but their old pool was getting to small so I had to do something.  I am so not brave enough to attempt the public pool with out Jeremy this summer.  

We handed the old pool down to the little one.

Another kimono.  I am about 90% done with it.  All that is left is finishing the seams and I just didn't have the patience for that last night.
In the last few weeks Bristol's drawings have changed so much.  The hands, nose, and clothes are all new elements.  I suspect she writes her named mirrored because she is left handed and I am not.  So when I am trying to teach her something she gets all confused by the different hand thing.

Doesn't everyone store their fabric flowers where their mannequins head goes?   Eventually those flowers will end up on that B, if I could only find a deep blue flower.   I am trying to recreate this.

Well that is all I have.  Does anyone have exciting plans for the weekend?  We got invited to the beach but Jeremy is doing worship this weekend so we decided not to go, instead I am going to mow the yard.  Fun, right!?  We should have gone to the beach instead.

Happy Friday.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Instafriday--flying solo

I am never sure why I start a post triumphantly saying "we survived daddy being gone" because seriously, that is begging for trouble.   I have pretty much been flying solo since last Friday.  Jeremy was at drill Friday-Sunday night.  Thankfully he took Monday off and gave me a nice little break and then he left again Thursday to climb Mt. Whitney.   Hopefully he will be back before bedtime tonight, but I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't walk through the door around 2 or 3 am.  Nothing has gone horribly wrong but little things add up and I am feeling the need to start ripping my hair out or drink lots and lots of wine.  Since the latter isn't an option while the children are awake I guess I will be rocking the bald patches.  Yesterday for whatever reason, Eldon felt the need to throw his sandal into the neighbors yard... which is a good 4 feet lower than ours.   So after going over there and trying to get them to retrieve the sandal (they ignored their door even though there were 4 cars in the drive way) I went fishing with the rake while standing on the kitchen step stool.    Today the kids decided to take the screen door off its track, but instead of just making it fall off, they had to get it complete stuck with only a 5 inch opening for me to squeeze through so I could fix it.  Yep.   Oh, and then there is the oldest one who thinks since we are lacking a parental unit, she needs to fill that void and starts bossing everyone around more so than usual.  So like I said, nothing catastrophic but I am done saying "we have survived" until Jeremy actually walks in the door.

 I have been dreaming about turning this ugly, boring end cabinet into a chalkboard for forever.  Okay, more like 3 years.  So I finally did it.  Now I am looking to chalkboard anything and everything.

 This is what happens when I tell her we are going to send a picture to daddy. I get scowls, screaming, and growling when I want a picture.

 That long hour between dinner and bedtime seems like an eternity when Jeremy isn't here to tag team with me.  So we made cookies to pass the time without daddy.

 My manicure this week totally reminded me of the days when I used to paint my nails with white out.

 I got one smiling picture before all see wanted to do was get kisses.  Not that I minded at all.

 This week my sweet friend Julie took the kids so Jeremy and I could have a few hours to ourselves.   We had talked about going out to eat but when I started getting a migraine around lunch time, I asked Jeremy if it would be okay if we stayed in and had a quiet date.  He was all for it.  He was going to make me salmon and asparagus, but unfortunately because of said migraine I had no desire to eat, so we ended up with asparagus and leftovers.  But I really enjoyed my quiet time with the husband.

We keep the sweet potato farmers in business.  We eat at least 10-15 of these babies a week.

Since I couldn't eat the night before, Jeremy made me salmon for lunch before he headed out again.

The guys left yesterday for their Mt Whitney hiking adventure.  They set up camp and planned to head out at 2:30 am this morning, hoping to make the 22 mile hike in one day.  Should I mention the fact that there was a snow storm predicted?  Hopefully Jeremy remembers to take pictures along the way.

Now I am ready for a relaxing weekend and enjoying some much needed hubby time.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014


Does it seem like this week went crazy fast to any one else?  I remember last week, I kept waking up thinking it was Thursday every day of the week and then I would get disappointed because it was only Tuesday, but this week is the complete opposite, it only feels like Tuesday.     Hopefully this weekend goes by just as fast.   

 I love books.  I read all the time.  Never do I read anything that is of importance but I do enjoy getting lost in a good book.   But because I read so much I am trying to save us money by using the library.    It is so hard on my when I have to wait 2 weeks for the person in front of the line to read the book first. Public service announcement... When you are done with the ebook, return it right away.  Someone else is not so patiently waiting their turn.

I decided to get brave and take the kids to the home depot workshop sans Jeremy.  He was taking a test.   I survived.  They survived.  I might even be crazy enough to say that we all enjoyed the experience.  

 I saw her live a few months before I got pregnant with Brighton.  It was a wonderful experience and I would love to do it again.
 I love when she needs me.

 We should just offically call these instagram post, instabrighton.
 3 kids can totally rock the car car at home depot
 I got a beautiful pedicure for mothers day.  Then I decided I wanted to try my hand at the chalk board thing.   So in order to protect my beautiful toes I pulled a page out of my parents book.  At least I don't go out in public like this.  The same can't be said for them.

I almost fell out of my chair today when Brighton climbed off the blanket onto the grass and then onto the patio.  Normally she pretends she is going to put her hand down on it and then screams bloody murder.   

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

10 months old

My sweet stinky girl,

You are 10 months old.   I just don't know how this has happened!   I have discovered that you didn't like being a newborn anymore than mommy likes being a newborn's mommy.  Now that you can crawl, stand on your own, and creep all over the place you personality has completely changed.  You no longer are that little girl who all she did was scream.  Now you smile, clap, make all kinds of noises, and generally you are a happy go lucky kid.  FINALLY!  The other night when I came back from getting my pedicure you completely warmed me heart, you started screeching, bouncing, and clapping the minute you saw me.  I wish I could have caught it on video.

This month you learned to clap, say baba and mama, and you are starting to get up on one foot unassisted.   I have told you repeatedly that you have to either learn to walk this month or wait until July because daddy can't miss it.   Which, honestly, I am okay with you waiting.  You are already fast enough with crawling.  

We love you stink!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Our massive dining room table

When we were first married, Jeremy and I were living in this dinky little house.  It was pretty pitiful looking.   That whole house would probably fit in out kitchen/dinning/living room area of our house now.  And that isn't all that big of an area.  It was just such a small space.   We bought a teeny tiny little 4 seater table from Walmart and it lasted us through our first 8 years of marriage.  When we moved back to California to be closer to family it was painfully obvious that entertaining wasn't going to be easy with that little table.  So I had a dream.  I started a pinning DIY tables.  I knew I wanted something that could easily fit our immediate families because there is not a big enough table in the world to fit my extended family.   Jeremy was pretty set on a narrow rectangle but I didn't want everyone to be so spread out that we couldn't all carry on a conversation.  So I got this brilliant idea for a 5 foot  by 6 foot table.  We actually marked it out on the floor to see if it would work.  And while it now takes up a good part of the common area of our house, I love it.  All the bruises I earn from walking into it on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis are totally worth it.  So here you have it, my anniversary present.  The table was finished in November but we didn't get the benches done until right before Hilary and Daphne came to visit in March.   And it only took me 2 more months to photograph it and post it here on the blog.  Which is quick since I still haven't shared pictures of Brighton's nursery and we are celebrating her 10 month birthday today!   

My table runner is another favorite of mine.  I had pinned this one a long time ago because I loved the prettiness of it.  And then I don't know if it was here on the blog or if I posted it on facebook about trying to find doilies to make it, but the next time I showed up at my Mother In Law's house, she handed me a stack of hand crocheted doilies that her mother had made.   They are so beautiful, I didn't think I could use them for this project but my mother in law insisted and now they sit in the middle of our table.  I love seeing a little piece of Jeremy's heritage on our table everyday.  

Ignore our very ugly chairs from the previous table. Eventually we would like to get four of these but our couches need to be replaced first. So the chairs are a long ways away. We have contemplated using the Rustoleum refinishing kit and changing the color to a red or blue but we haven't gotten that far yet.

Total cost for the table was just under $100 and just under $40 for the benches.  So for a twelve seating table we spent roughly $140.  Craziness!

If you have any questions ask away! 
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