At times it may not be the life we planned, but here it is, the life we love

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Nothing sweeter

It has been a long tiring day filled with a bit of everything... Yelling, laughing, screaming, crying, playing, swimming, bathing, crafting, schooling, pianoing, and finally resting. 

As I snuggled Autumn to sleep I said, "you're my super star and I love you". Her little sleepy voice said back, "you're my mom and I love you". 

And then it was a good day. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Football, cousins, yummy food, and a CRAZY win for the Seattle Seahawks made for a fabulous Sunday.  

As we were transplants up to Washington, we haven't always been a fan of our beloved Seahawks, but never fear... WE ARE FANS now!!  I may even feel myself turning into a SuperFan.  Actually, I am a SuperFan of this whole state.  I LOVE living here and as part of loving living here, I love the team too.  Originally this day had been set aside to head to Leavenworth for the Bavarian Ice Fest to kick off the 2015 monthly adventures but upon learning it was the day for the NFC Championship Game and as pending SuperFans, it had to be cancelled.  Later, after a near loss that turned around for a crazy win in overtime, we screamed with laughter at the thought that we could have missed it all for the Ice Fest.  

So to sum up the day:, the kids ate too little, the adults ate too much, we gave up hope and had it restored, we laughed a lot, we played a lot and can't wait to do it all again in 2 weeks.... 



Saturday, January 17, 2015

I hate computers

Half the reason that I haven't blogged much is that my computer was full and terribly slow.  In an effort to save my sanity, I used Angie's old computer, which worked until it didn't.  My dad got me a new little computer recently and it has a very small hard drive but he installed a very large supplemental drive to go with it.  I thought this would work fine and yet I find myself sitting here tonight with my programs being confused between the C drive and the D drive.  The C drive is full and slowing things down and the programs that are trying to download are getting mixed up and missing files necessary to make them work.  Sigh.  

Computers suck so here are some pictures to lighten the mood.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I made it to Thursday

Each week that is the goal. After Wednesday is done we have 2 days of gymnastics done, 2 days of karate done, 1 day of scouts done, 1 piano lesson done, 1 day of swimming done, 1 day of volunteering in classrooms done, 1 day of watching Wesley done, and 3 days of lunches done.... I made it to the homestretch! 

We still have a lot to go before Sunday, our day of rest....3 more karate days, 1 more gymnastics day, 1 more piano lesson, 1 day of dance, 1 more day of swimming, and 2 more lunches. But, it is the homestretch!!! 

Tomorrow will be fancy as I: figure out how to get Owen and Ivy to their lessons in opposite directions at the same time immediately after school, get some much needed work done, decide where our new bank account will be, finish Ivy's new homework packet that is due Friday, fight and argue with Owen to get his homework done, think about the school yearbook I am doing (notice I just said think about it.... Doing is another day), and wonder if I will get the karate newsletter done (wondering not doing), and maybe for good measure, clean a room. 

And then I sleep and rejoice that I have one more lunch to make before I get two lunch days off!! 

Thursday.... Here we come!

Sunday, January 11, 2015


My girls think the word grab is pronounced grav. I told Ivy the other day that it is grab not grav. She looked at me with the most curious look and then said "grav sounds so much better". 

I am lying on the floor while the girls take a bath and I hear over and over, "Grav that!" "Auttie, you grav it first and then I will." "Hurry Ivy, grav it."

Knowing Ivy, she probably doesn't believe me and is sure grav is right, but knowing Ivy, she would hate that she is saying the wrong word. Lose lose for me I guess. 

We will try to introduce grab again later, they are too cute to care.....

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New Year's Resolution Time

First item of business: No more excuses. Time to blog.

Autumn is a firecracker. She makes us laugh. She teases the kids endlessly. She  is wise beyond her years. She is bigger than life and yet teeny tiny. She runs the house and gets her way and it isn't always nice. 

The other night she was being mean to Ivy on purpose. She was pulling her hair and hitting her, all the while smirking about it. She must have felt like being extra mean and told Ivy that she didn't love her anymore and she was no longer part of the family. 

Ivy was devastated. Both big kids came running to find me and through her tears told me what happened. I asked Autumn why she would do that and asked her how she would feel if I said she wasn't part of the family. She looked at me, smiled, nodded her head and said, "that would make me really really ..... Happy". 

This is our life. Everyday. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Apple Picking!

The problem I have with blogging, and more specifically being behind on blogging, is that I have so much to say and then I never know if I should write about the past or the current.  How can I write about what we did today when I still have to write about last week and last month?  That ends up leaving me with nothing.   Maybe if I start current, something will get on my blog.  I feel terribly guilty about never posting. 

So, apple picking.  We will start here.

Last year for one of our monthly adventures, we found an apple farm in Bellingham that has Honeycrisp apples, one of my most favorite apples of all times.  These apples are terribly expensive at somewhere around 3.99 per pound and sometimes more.  If we are willing to make the drive and pick them ourselves, 3.99 per pound turns into an amazing 1.85 per pound and not only are the apples cheaper, but they are so very delicious straight from the tree.  There is something that makes anything straight from how it grew, wonderfully delicious.  After apples for days last year at a fraction of the price, we knew we would definitely be heading back. 

With summer winding down and Honeycrisp apples in full swing, today was the day.  My sisters and I loaded up the kids, the lunch bags, and the husbands and it was off to Bellingham for Sunday afternoon apple picking. 

The only problem with going up there to get apples is that I am always afraid that I won’t get enough.  Of course, I have no where to put them and  there are fruit flies galore roaming through my house, but seriously… $1.85 per pound!  

It didn’t take long to fill up our bags and boxes and mostly because we were sweating to death, we were ready to go back.  Most of the group cruised away on a train while Owen, Angie, Greg, Wesley, myself, and all of my apples missed it.  We had a choice, we could either stand in the sweltering sun and wait or walk back.  Some of us chose to walk (Angie, me, and my apples) and some of us were forced to walk back (Owen, Greg, and Wesley).  More than a mile walk, carrying what we later learned to be 85 pounds of apples, was NOT easy.  With little complaints from all and a lot of laughing by Angie and me, we joined the others.  I have never been so happy to see that big red barn and not only the barn, but the fact that the train passed us going to the orchard about the time we got back.  It would have been more than hideous to make the trek and then have the train beat us back. 

I spent $155.00 on apples, we melted in the sun, we bought pumpkins we didn’t need, we got in a little exercise, we relaxed, we laughed, we ate and we played.  And with that, we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall!! 

Bellewood Acres…. until 2015!























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