Monday, March 31, 2008

i'm conducting a serious scientific survey:

i'm trying to decide if i should let cody's hair grow out longer again for summertime.

yeah or neah?

please respond. this is very important. :)

Monday, March 24, 2008

photo favorites

creative tag about favorites....

the rules are to answer the question using only pictures.
(this was a little trickey for me, but entertaining.)

my favorite



vacation place:

worst habit:





the end.

i tag: arah, kami, darla, cori, rocia, marisa, marnie (and anybody else who does these darn things....

Friday, March 21, 2008

but wait! theres MORE!!

after we dyed eggs, all of the kids wanted to come spend the night at my house. kami came too and brought this super fun game called carcassonne. all though i was REALLY tired, she talked me into joining a game that she was playing with isabel. i LOVED it!! i think we all ended up staying awake until about 1am. (pretty late for a school night i'd say...but completly worth it. some times you just have to sleep in and & skip school for the greater good, like family activities) i'm a huge nerdy fan of board games, like risk and it totally reminded me of risk but easier and more mellow. i'm always trying to round up enough people to play a board game during the holidays and long weekends. usually with no luck. :( anyway, this game was a blast. merv was out of town that night but i told him he has to have kami teach him to play this weekend. (i'm still a little unsure of the rules...)thanks marnie for introducing carcassonne to kami!!

"mama, can i PLEEEEEEASE play too?" poor cody REALLY wanted to play. watching the enchanted movie with makaela & brinley wasn't cutting it for him. (he's not really into princesses... ) so he helped me instead and we let him pretend play with the extras pieces. i felt bad. i think next time i'll let him play for real, even if he doesn't understand all of the rules.
kami just ended up staying the night during for our sleepover. so she got some cuddle time in with the extra cuddley cody, during cartoons. he has always been such a sweet cozy bug. i have to take advantage of it while he's small cause i don't know if he will feel the same way in a few years. :(

awww, aunt kami practicing her domestification/nurturing skillz...

fun with eggs & frostings.

what kind of nut job boils 6 dozen eggs & bakes 2 dozen cookies? i do. arah and i were going to have the kids dye eggs. after finding out becca and the girls would be in town, i ran to the store at about 9:30 pm to buy more eggs & decided on a whim to bake sugar cookies to frost as well.

(the olive-looking egg wins my vote.)
cody likes plenty of green sprinkles for added crunch....
mmmmm. yummy.

thanks arah, for playing host. and cleaning up the mess.
can't wait for that mysterious easter bunny to hide them saturday morning. :)

frog rocks rock.

cody made merv a painted bee rock paper weight for fathers day a couple of years ago. he told me he wanted to paint some more rocks. we painted frogs. brinley:this one here's mine.

hey,umm, you got something under your eye...

Thursday, March 20, 2008


nothing like waking up to snow on the first day of spring...

i thought all of the snowing was done. thankfully it only stayed for a few hours until the sun came out.

Monday, March 17, 2008

alpha moms

here's to moms who don't apologize for bringing store bought treats to a playgroup, who let their kids watch t.v and play wii, who accept their inability to be a gourmet cook and who don't sweat it if they're little squirt isn't the worlds greatest athlete.

in other news: the tulips are starting to sprout their sweet little heads and my dads yard is full of purple crocuses. we should be dying our annual festive easter eggs some time this week in preperation for a big back yard easter egg hunt saturday. and that is something to look forward too. :)

update: i apologize. this sounds incredibly judgemental so i deleted it.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


cody's school has this huge carnival fundraiser every year. arah's husband matt also went to hutton and said when he was there, they had actual carnival rides outside. mrs. courchaine told me the rides became too much of a liability and had to be taken away. (sounds like everything else fun in life...) so now they do bouncy blow-up rooms and games, raffles, etc. and it is still a huge event. anyway, the carnival was friday night. i had volunteered to run a game booth & merv had school stuff so grandma lana, aunt arah & brinley were gracious enough to bring cody until i could meet up with them.
my booth was the monster bowling booth.

at the face painting booth: cody after much consideration, "hmmm, with all of these options i think i'll go with.... the rainbow please!"
one rainbow coming up.
gee mom! i really love it!!

Friday, March 14, 2008


A-Attached or single: Attached

B- Best Friend(s):merv and my sisters and mama.

C-Cake or Pie: my dads chocolate cake is pretty incredible. he makes this really,really good chocolate sauce that goes over it. arah makes really good chocolate cake too!

D-Day of Choice: Friday. especially in the spring when the yard sales start. cody and i wake up early-ish drive down to the grocery store for a bagel or donut and get some cash, head out & try to meet up with whoever's available to come along.

E- Essential Item: something to write on (& with.)

F- Favorite Color: i like turquoisey-blue & red also.

G- Gummi Bears or Worms: worms. codys vita-worms are pretty great.

H- Hometown: i was born in arizona and have lived all over, but consider spokane my home and the place i think i will raise my family and grow old. i love that so many of my siblings live near by.

I- Indulgence(s): cable tv(definitiely not neccessary and have considered getting rid of it so many times because its such a time eater). buying tons of tulip bulbs & bird seed galore & yard stuff. (we have to have lots of bird feeders to keep filled with so many brids around here to entertain.)

J- January or July: july. we have a lot to celebrate in july. cody's birthday is the 2nd, grandpa jim's is the 8th, mom and dad's anniversary is the 11th, little brian's is the 24th and mines the 22nd. plus the 4th of july is my favorite holiday. :)

K-Kids: just cody who will be 6 in july.

L-Life is incomplete without: mi familia & plenty of vacations and the occasional late night trip to sonic burger with cody & merv.

M- Marriage Date: August 4, 2001

N- Number of Siblings:3 sisters 2 brothers.

O- Oranges or Apples: oh, tough one. i love them both. i love granny smith apples sliced super super thin with peanut butter. we go through tons of produce around here. every year it's a tradition for merv to put an orange in only my stocking at christmas time. i think he knows i love them so.

P- Phobias or Fears: zombies & rest stop bathrooms at night. also, all of those roller wheels dudes on return to oz. i've always hated the that movie and all of those creepy heads.

Q- Quote: "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
-ralph waldo emerson

R- Reason To Smile: cody and his silly antics.

S- Season: summer for sure. so much to do! camping, canoeing, hiking, biking, traveling to the lakes, rivers and the ocean, bbqs, feeding the neighborhood quails & other critters. we live out side in the summer.

T- Tag Six: arah, kami, deanne, marnie, alison & hope

U- Unknown Fact About Me: i have a tattoo and wish i didn't. an impuse one summer when i was 19.

V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animal: definitetly like meat in moderation. we LOVE to bbq.

W- Worst Habit: i'm a mojor worry wart. i worry about everything and everyone. my grandma mcbroom always told me i'd have an ulcer one day from worrying too much.

X- X-Rays or Ultrasounds: thats an odd one. x-rays i guess. i've had many due to plenty of broken bones. the last time i had one (other than my teeth) was for my tail bone last summer when i fell rollerskating. cody was able to come with me and watch, he loved it and talks about it all of the time.

Y- Your Favorite Food: i love most all foods. i love to eat. it is my just about my favorite hobby. i especially like spicy foods and jalapeno's.

Z- Zippers or Zebras:umm, zebras are pretty awesome.

hat tip to cori . :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

i couldn't resist.

i came across this sorting out some stuff. just a great unexpected shot of cody gandering at a naked mermaid.

cody boy thinking, "what in the heavens is this..."

Monday, March 10, 2008


cody is all about body parts lately and asks questions non stop. i've bought every body part books i can find. last night flipping through the channels we found this show on the discovery channel and it is AMAZING! cody loved it!!! he especially like the muscle guy with no skin that runs around. :)

super hero

i saw an ad for these really cute my "dad is my hero shirt" but i didn't want to pay $50 bucks for a kids t shirt (or any shirt....) so we made a variation of our own.

shirt: old navy $6

letters: walmart $1.99

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

high rollers

so cody got a birthday invitation yesterday from a friend at school. it read:

*chris is 6!
*come to his bithday party
*limo will pick kids up from school
and take them to wonderland. (a local kid fun center)

good grief! he's in kindergarten!! what happened to pinatas and birthday cake? those kids are sure going to be dissapointed when cody had his birthday. i'm not one of those moms who is big on chucky cheese style birthdays.

update: so cody went ot the birthday party. i showed up early because i intended on driving him myself, but then i saw the whole class lined up to go and decided he would be fine. when the limo showed up it was like the super deluxe hummer-style-extenda-version. it made me laugh.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

vintage cereal

arah & i were browsing around target the other day and came across a cereal box display. general mills has a special going on where they are reintroducing the old school vintage style boxes- lucky charms, kix, honey nut cheerios, etc. i couldn't help myself with the nostalgic appeal so i bought a box. when i got home i discovered on the side of the box they have an ad for promotional $5 t shirts for kids and grownups to. really cool ones with the old cereal logos. you just go to this site and type in "luckytee" when it asks for the code. cody loves them. i bought one for each of us cause we're into that kind of stuff.

update: these came extremly quick, however i was a little dissapointed with the shirts themselves...bummer.