Saturday, July 2, 2011

Summer time

Yay! Bill got my blog working again. I was unable to publish my posts for awhile, so I'm putting them up now. We have been a busy family this last one week alone Bill and I celebrated our nine yr wedding anniversary, his grad party and Father's day. For Bill's graduation celebration we had it at the park down the street and guess what?!?! It was chilly and rainy on that day...grrr but it all worked out and we had a great time. It's hard to believe he's done with school! We're thankful to God for helping us survive these last four years and were grateful to our Families who have been supportive through this journey. Bill was hired on full time at the clinic in Portland where he had his internship. What a blessing and answer to prayer for us! God is good...

As for me, I'm currently working at Evergreen doing inventory in their helicopter warehouse. So far It's been good and I've liked it, although the other day I felt like screaming half way through. Counting all those little washers,rivets,nuts,bolts etc can make me feel like I'm going crazy. Overall, I like it and am thankful I have it.

The boys have been enjoying the Summer. So far we haven't had much Summer weather but this next week is supposed to be hot and beautiful. Boy, am I ready for that!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Stuff and things....

A first and a last is happening today. Max is ending Kindergarten for the first and last time. How do I feel about this? Mixed emotions really...I'm happy he's moving on, yet my heart hurts just a bit because he's moving on. Oh being a Mom can be so emotionally draining!! I'll have to remember to wear water proof mascara the day my boys leave for college. oh my...speaking of that, yesterday they were outside playing "house" with the neighbor kids. Max said he was in college and than a bit later he had graduated. Than Dane taking Max's cue was in college. It's funny what kids play. But someday my boys will (Lord willing) be off at school. Speaking more on school, Bill is almost done!!!! Has four yrs gone by already?!? This sat. is his graduation party that I'm throwing him. I wanted to do more but because of money and all it'll be small. That's OK though as long as our families are there that's all that matters. We've really appreciated everyone's support and encouragement these last four years. I just might tear up at the party...Life sure changes a lot!

On another note, I made super yummy homemade chicken dumpling soup last night! I had always wanted to make it and I finally did. And you know what? It's so stinkin easy...I think I'll add more veggies next time I make it and cut the chicken pieces a bit smaller. All in all it was good and I can't wait to have some for lunch today.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Yesterday we met up with John and the girls for the Hot Rod event in Sherwood. It was a lot of fun! We took the shuttle over to the event area and I left my camera on the bus. Luckily I figured it out kind of quickly when I went to take a pic and didn't have my camera. I panicked a little because this is my brand new camera that Bill bought me for Mother's day! I was hoping and praying someone didn't make off with it...As Bill was walking back to the shuttle area, the driver drove past him and stopped and gave Bill my camera! Oh, I was so happy when Bill came back and had "precious" with him. Thus the day continued without anymore drama, just lots of smiles from the kiddos. Max enjoyed looking inside the cars and seeing how fast they go...he would then relay this information to Chloe who would squeal with delight. We stopped and got the kids snow cones and than went for some shade. While in the shade, we watched kids in big,plastic balls filled with air bouncing on water. That looked like so much fun. Maybe next year the kids can go....Max wanted to go this year. After we walked around for a bit longer, we rode back on the shuttle and went to J&J's for a short, nice visit.

I love doing things that are free and without expectations. Often times those are the things that are the coolest. We really enjoyed our day and it was nice that Bill could hang out with us for most of the day! Usually he's working, so it was really nice to have his company with us. Today is Sunday and the boys and I went to church. It was a really good message and made me think about prayer. Dewy's such a good teacher! I'm so thankful I found a church that teaches me and has helped to grow me. I just wish Bill could come with us. Someday! That's all for now...
I have this big, fat white cat that insists on laying on my clothes!!! grrrr I push him off, he gets back on. I push him off, he gets back on. what happened just a 30 sec. ago? yep...big fat white cat...on my clothes. GRRR

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

We all have those moments when we look at our kids ant think "when did they get so big?" I've been having a lot of those moments lately. I was looking through some pics last night and came across one of Dad and Max. Max looked like he was three and as much as I smiled at the picture, I also wanted to cry. He's growing up so fast...just today while eating lunch, I had a rather nice grown up conversation with him and it really blew me away. Than there's Dane, my baby...only he's not a baby anymore. He's so stinkin cute and wise for his age. He likes to pretend play with me and the other day we were playing "Heaven". God made us some cookies and we did all sorts of fun things. :) I love how Dane's face lights up when we play and I can almost see the wheels turning in his head.

On another note, Bill's getting close to his internship being over. At times, I feel like we never see each other...but I can't tell u how proud I am of him! He's really blown me away with his go get em attitude. It'll be so nice when he gets a job doing what he went to school for. I'm hoping and praying that will be soon. As for me, I'm doing what I do...being a wife and mother. It's a good thing and I like it. Watching my boys grow into who they are has been the best thing in my life so far.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My first born is almost done with his first year in school! School is out on the
15Th and it's hard to believe I'll than have a first-grader. Max had a great year, he enjoyed his teacher, meeting new kids and learning new stuff. He did really well with the Spanish part of it and I'm so thankful he's able to learn another lang! Bill and I were curious to see how it'd go and he did great with it. I love hearing him talk and sing in Spanish!

The school had some fun activities such as a hop-along fundraiser and the end of school carnival. I won an awesome gift basket at that one and it was on my birthday. :) I was able to go on a field trip to Portland for Cinco de Mayo with his class and that was really cool. Than that night, we all went and heard the different bilingual classes sing in Spanish. Not that I'm partial but Max's kindergarten class sang better than the older kids. They really knew their songs and sang out and it was a proud moment for Bill and I.

So, on to Summer and I'm hoping for some more sunshine! Gotta go make breakfast for my hungry dudes...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Yada Yada

It's late. I should be in bed. I should've been in bed hours ago. So? Why am I still up? This is me time! I'm really needing some better habits though. Why is it SO hard to change?!??! Max and I went for a nice long bike ride yesterday and it felt so good. made me think we should that more often....we have trails throughout our neighborhood and we need to take advantage of them more often. I guess that's one impovement to an otherwise lazy week! This weather I swear is making me more lazy than I usually am! I have heard that the weekend is going to be nice and I can't wait! I've been wanting to take the boys out to the Alpaca farm not far from here. So...if anyone want's to go with us, let me know. Oh, and bring a camera...good shots I'm sure! What a random post, but just how I'm feeling at one in the morning. to bed for me. xx

Friday, May 27, 2011


Up until a week ago, the lack of continual sunshine didn't bother me much. Now it does....guess what it's right now?!?! yep, raining. I think it's time for me to go on a country drive to remind myself why it rains all the time here. It sure is beautiful and thus all the wetness. I just have no motivation and not seeing a blue sky is making me feel claustrophobic. I really have nothing to complain about being that the Mid-West is having a horrible time with Tornado's! I think that the lack of sunshine can really mess with a persons moods, and motivation. I know it has with me. So, I'll take a deep breath and pray for some sun. P.s WHOEVER'S DOING THE RAIN DANCE, CAN STOP NOW!! I don't miss Colorado, but I miss Colorado sunshine...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


WHY ARE YOU ALL NOT LEAVING COMMENTS?!?!? JUST KIDDING!!! I think I fixed the problem, so if anyone feels a kick in the pants and decides that they without a doubt MUST leave a comment....I think it'll work now. :) peace out...

Friday, May 20, 2011


I've had the best Birthday's ever in the last two years! They've been lowkey, simple and just perfect! Today my guys took me to lunch...they blindfolded me and surprised me! We went to Izzys and had a great meal. Than I took the boys to the park which I might add it was a LOVELY 72 degrees!!! Oh SUNSHINE BABY. Can u tell we haven't had good sun for the last six months lol. Dane and I both got sunburned, while Mr. Max took on a nice bronze tan...grrr. Anyway, this evening Max's school had their carnival. It was a lot of fun! They had a lot of games...including face painting and balloon art in the gym. Max is just crazy about the five rings he got as prizes!

So, before the games started, I put six raffle tickets for the gift bags and my were they awesome gift bags. I ended up winning one!! woot woot and it's from one of my fav. stores here in town! It had a big candle, a music CD, three kid books, a decratice plate and best of all a Willow tree figurine! I love those. I got all of this for a one dollar ticket, not to mention I never win at these things. So all in all it was a great great day and I was and still am a very happy birthday girl (even if I'm one yr older :P

Tomorrow were going up to the Weiss girls gymnastic meet!! I can't wait and I can't forget to take my camera. Will somebocy PLEASE remind me to take it...peace out.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Well, life can have its disapointments. Found out today that Bill won't be getting the job at the clinic where he has his internship. Everyone likes him there, but I guess the reginol director made the desicion to hire on another counselor that she liked. So....I am reminded that God works in wonderful and myserious ways. His ways are not our ways. Sometimes I wish he could just tell us outfront where and what to do! But that is where the mysterious part comes in :) I'm doing my best to be patient about some things and just go with the flow. So much easier said than done.

Even though I know God has a plan for Bill and all of us, It still doesn't keep me from wanting to cry. It's just that Bill has worked so hard and deserves the best...but that is still in the coming and my patience is running low.

ahhh life.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Ahhhhh a nice warm day here in the Pacific Northwest! Have I told you how much I love Oregon?? Will I do. Sometimes the dark days of winter/spring can get to be a bit much, but all I have to do is go for a drive and my love for this place once again swells!
Yesterday, I visited Vicki who lives in the country(I'm jealous) and let me tell ya, the drive there is beyond amazing. Vineyards upon vineyards...rolling hills, fruit and veggie stands, old farms, snow capped mountains in the distance. It was a clear enough day that I could see Mt. Saint Helen's in all her glory! This Fall I'm going to take the same drive and get photo's of the fields when they are blanketed in red clover...oh the beauty!

Have I sold you on Oregon yet?? :) Can you tell I'm thankful I moved here almost 15 yrs ago. Speaking of 15 years, where and when did it run away so quickly? I have and will always have fond memories of Colorado and of Gunnison..but those times seem like a lifetime ago. I love my life and all who are in my life. I love my nieces and nephew(still in another country) very much and am thankful we live close by. The boys spent yesterday at their cousins house and had a blast! When I went to pick them up, Savannah kept saying "I don't want you guys to leave" oh and Miss Charlotte was saying bye cute.

I know this post is random but so is my life! :) I'm very excited because I got some decor for Bill's graduation party. I can't wait to throw him a big shindig! He so deserves it. Right now I don't see him much being that he's in Portland three days a week and than comes home and goes to his other job until about midnight. My man is super duper and I'm very proud of him. He does so much for his family...he loves his boys and it shows. After June, he may take a break and than start up Graduate school, or he may go right into grad. school.

I took the boys to a friends b-day party tonight and a bounce house nearby. It's a cool place with big bouncy things for the kiddos to jump on and slides to come down. Dane...who is the family ham, had people cracking up over what he was doing and saying. He really is funny! Well...I should go now and stop my blah blahing.

Till next time...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Holiday weekend

I went with Max and his class up to Portland for Cinco de Mayo. They had a large tent and several smaller ones set up on the seemed like it's own village. We watched the show of dancers with the Mariochi band and it was a cool show. The dresses the ladies wore were very colorful and the smiles the dancers had the entire show were very nice. It's great watching a show were the participants really enjoy what they are doing! After the show, we walked around and I bought Max a little flute.

For Mother's day and Mom's birthday celebration we went to the Spagetti factory with the fam. Always yummy food and good times are had there! The balloon guy came around and made Max a sabor, Dane a lion, Savy a horse and Chloe a heart. He does such a good job and the kids love it. These pictures I'm posting aren't the best being that I'm still getting the hang of my new camera that Bill got me for being a Mother to his sons :) After the factory, we went over to John and Jillian's and had pie that Colleen made for Mom's b-day. It was fun watching the kids dress up....Dane was a dino and Savy was Buzz lightyear. It was nice getting together with everyone! Sometimes too much time goes by before we get together, I guess that's part of life and everyone being busy. Hope you enjoyed the pictures...later.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My hubby

I was thinking today at how much I love my husband. In fact, my love for him has grown over the years. Isn't that how it should be? I believe a good marriage is something special and to be treasured. I treasure hubby and my boys. I've done a lot of growing up over the years, and I'm so thankful that Bill has been so supportive as sometimes growing pains can be just that, painful! I've been doing some reflecting because our nine year wedding anniversary is coming up in June. I'm very proud of Bill in fact I heard myself talking about him a lot at my new temp job. I bet the people I was working with felt as though they knew him. :) Sometimes we just need to stop and give thanks for the people that God has brought to us. I give thanks daily but what I mean by that is really think about who you're giving thanks for and than tell them you are thankful for them. It never hurts to share a kind fact, we should share them a lot more than we do.

I don't want to look back and realize I took my family for granted. Appreciate them everyday! xxx

p.s. I'm headed to Portland tomorow with Max and his class for Cinco de mayo. I'll take pic's with my new camera and share them here. :0)

Monday, May 2, 2011


Well my boys, some history happened tonight. While you two where in bed fast asleep, Daddy and I were watching CNN and finding out that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Almost ten years ago, on Sept. 11th a terrorist group headed by Osama Bin Laden flew two airplanes into the Twin Towers in New York City and they flew a plane into the Pentagon and one crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. This day was HORRIFIC as thousands of people died. Terrorism had come to our shores before this time but not in such a big and mighty way. American soldiers and soldiers from other Countries went into the Middle East to find this man. Nearly ten years later, this man was found and killed. As I watched the news tonight, I did not feel joy nor relief at this occurrence. I simply thought "He is one of many" Unfortunately in our world, we have a lot of angry, hateful people who want nothing more than to hurt others. This I believe will never end. Another evil man will rise up and take this mans place. This man's legacy will go on and his "army" will continue. I don't like to sound so bleak, but it's the truth.

I wish you had a perfect world to live in...but you don't. None of us do...that is what Heaven is and someday we will be there. But until than, always do what's right. Live in justice and for justice, live a full life and always be thankful to God for all that happens in your life, good and bad. Gods plan is the only plan that matters. History was made tonight, but I wish it never had to be done. I wish 9/11 never happened...but it did. That is reality and so is the fact that I'm not joyful over this mans demise.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


We must consistently check with ourselves: “am I committed to feeling good, or am I committed to growing?” Growth does not always feel good, and feeling good does not always provide growth. - Guru Singh

"Growing" is something my family has done A LOT of. Within the time Bill and I have been married, going on nine years we have seen and lived within many growing experiences. Some have been great and others have been more on the not so great side. All in all we are more than blessed and thankful for each and every step we've had to take along the way. There will always be ups and down in life, that's why we wear a seatbelt and hold on for the ride!

Max and Dane are now six and four. Max is in kindergarten and loves it. He's in the dual lang. class so he's learning Spanish and he's pretty darn good at it. I love hearing him talk and sing in a different lang. He's a good student and a great learner. On the home front, he loves to ride his scooter and his bike and of course the Wii plays a part in his life too.

Dane is and has always been the ham in the family. He cracks us all up with his different silly faces and the things he says. He's a big time gamer who's favorite game is the Mario Brothers. He loves animals and HAS to pet every dog that comes within a ten foot radiace of him!

Bill is almost done with his Bachlors degree! He'll be graduating this June and than it's on to Graduate school. Two weeks ago, he started an internship at a Methadone clinic in Portland. He likes it and the other Councelors like him and it looks like it may trun into a job. Not sure yet, but it's headed that way. I'm very proud of Bill! He's worked very hard and deserves only the best. He's going to be great at what he does! He has a huge heart for it.

Me...I'm working temp jobs right now. I'm at a winery or you could call me a cellar rat! I like's something new for me and I'm thankful to be out of retail! That place sucked me dry and so having a two month break with my dudes and now getting back into work temporarily has been refreashing. Will, I'll close for now. Not all my post's will be this long, I wanted though to do a quick update on my fam and where we're at.


Sunday, February 20, 2011


Times are a changin in my life. Oh how change gives me mixed emotions. I love the excitment and the what's gonna happen thing, yet at the same time, those are the very two things that cause me stress! Make sense?!?!? Looking for a new job is never fun or easy. It's something I don't look forward to doing, yet I wonder what it is I'll end up doing. Part of me thinks...maybe now is the time to return to school...but yet I think "am I crazy"?!?!? Bill's in school full time and right now or should I say for the last four years, I've been supprting him on his journey. Should I join him in that journey or would that be just too much? I know that whatever I end of doing, I want it to count. I want to make a difference in a good and important way. I know that I can make a difference anywhere and I know I made one at my old job, but I guess what I'm saying is I would love to feel that what I'm doing matters. I would love to do volunteer jobs! Unfortunatly, I have bills that must get paid and so full time volunteer work just can not be. I could do some on the side however! I always feel my best when I'm helping others. In my reality, that's what it's all about. :) I have written here for sometime and see what happens? Things change! lol I know it's part of life and one in which I'll do my best at handling. x