Monday, November 22, 2010


being that it is thanksgiving week, i was contemplating the things i am grateful for... i came up with a small list in no particular order.

old photo from last fall: i haven't been great at taking photos of my own family lately.
.merv cody and lola
.and i'm thankful when none of them have to go  school/work! i love eating dinner together, and watching movies on the couch, playing go fish and just being together
.all of my brothers sister and in laws
...and i am thankful to my brothers and sisters for having children and for being good aunts and uncles to my own children
( really is true that my family contains my very favorite people. for real. i love these people.)
.good honest friends/people
.the military
.being american
.the mailman. he visits several times a week just to haul away mounds of packages from my doorstep. i the only one who thinks its absurd that we still receive mail? i am so thankful or that.
.surprise hand written notes. so rare.  i keep everyone and always have.
.the garbage man
.the grand canyon
.the ocean
.the innocence of children
.my moms homemade pizza. mmmm.
.my legs that can walk and run!
.my hands too
.my health
.a sunday afternoon drive with the family
.homemade bread and jam
.dishwashers & microwaves ( i haven't had either for months...)
.when i am actually able to see a movie in the theater
.road trips
.pikabu bistro
.good conversation
.my eyelash curler
.the y
.the sun
.the moon
.food. especially spicy food
.campfire chats & smores
.having a decent memory
.mix CD’s as gifts

Saturday, November 13, 2010

friday night.

what do you do on a friday night, when your husbands been out of town all week? ( ...and won't be back until
make lemon poppy seed muffins with cody and joonbug, chat with sisters on phone, watch lola play house and put her baby to pretend bed (so cute!), watch tom and jerry with kids, edit photos from mound of sessions, catch up on ebay shipping, drink tea, listen to christmas music on pandora and browse the internet for christmas gifts. all while doing loads of laundry that hasn't been touched all week. i've discovered i really love buying christmas gifts in bed, shopping at midnight  in your pajamas. perfect.  etsy is great for homemade cuteness and amazon is awesome for books, music, video game junk, urban outfitters is good for weird white-elephanty-type things and ebay is pretty great for anything else. sometimes.

i love this stuff:
lola surely needs one of these. or 5:
lola would also love these cute nesting dolls i think:
merv gets this tiger on a bike shirt:

and my brother jared would like this biking zombie t shirt:
this coffee table book for merv also. the best.
...and cody has decided he just wants a kitten ever since we came home from seattle last weekend. brian and becca have cats to keep the mice off of their property and cody fell in love with their new kitten. we're just not pet people.
especially not kittens that grow up and turn into cats.
but i think he'll maybe take one of these instead ( if i can find one that's not 5 million dollars....bummed i missed the skiswap. great place to buy boards for growing kids who outgrow them so quick.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

olivia kamille.

today would be the 3rd birthday of my sweet niece olivia kamille. i remember getting the call the night that my sister was in labor. i raced over to pick up brinley... i think it was around midnight or so. my dad said, "come quick!!" she lived just short of 2 hours and i'm so thankful i was able to meet her and hold her at sacred heart hospital. that hospital holds a special place in my heart. i met my future husband there at the birth of my niece in 2000, saw 3 of my other nieces born there over the next several years, delivered my own 2 children there in 2002 and 2009 and watched my grandma take her last breath there in 2005. it was kind of neat that grandma was on the same floor (9th floor) as the old maternity ward before they remodeled and turned it into hospice.

olivia's short life made a huge impact on a lot of people. her sister sarah turned 2 on monday. their birthdays are so close together. just over a year apart.  cody, lola and i were honored to go plant flower bulbs up at kamilles gravesite to celebrate both of the birthdays.  we did our best to buy the ones that claimed to be deer-proof.  i'm curious to see which ones the deer don't eat.   i've never been good at helping people deal with grief, i mostly try to help with other things in their life that need tending to- helping with kids, cooking a meal, cleaning, laundry. but as far as talking to them i feel like i don't know the right words to say. i express emotion far better in writing than when i talk. and that's still not very well.  hopefully they understand that they are loved and thought of often.

Monday, November 8, 2010

timer shots.

we took a super spontaneous trip over to seattle this weekend. it was fun and much needed little break. i cracked out the camera for these 2 lousy timer photos and a few of my brother and sister in laws house that was recently painted to show the parents. the dogs obviously wanted to be included. this is what we look like when we roll out of bed, throw on some clothes to drive home. (also, please remind me that my forehead is much too huge for those elastic headbands and they should only be worn for running.)

also, read this awesome article this morning about photography. good perspective.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

six feet under and horses.

cody loves to go out to visit aunt kami's house. she has neat things: horses & chickens (the foxes keep getting into her chickens!), 4 wheelers, dune buggies and a jeep, video games, dirt, bonfires....  when he was little, i couldn't get him to touch a horse but now he loves riding them. lola loves horsies too! she's practically a pro rider now. we just throw her on and she gallops around the field. haha. can you imagine? but she does love riding with kami. she freaks when its time to get off. ill have to post some photos of them soon. in the meantime here are some from when we went to yellowstone ages ago when kami was working at a dude ranch ( i think?). it was the first time cody really got to hang out with a horse. he wanted nothing to do with it and would rather watch brinley ride.  he turned 4 on that trip.

i can't get over the series finale of six feet under. especially the last 5 or 10 minutes of it. amazing. i can't get it off my mind. i know this series is old news: i think the 5 seasons ran from like 2000-2005 or something but having netflix sure makes it convenient to que up a series that grabs your interest and watch it straight through in a just a few weeks or days or whatever your schedule allows.  six feet under has been our late night ritual for a couple of months now. but mervs been out of town this week and i couldn't cant wait to finish off the last few episodes. now i can hardly wait for him to get back so i can watch them again with him. so full of great one liners too.

i'm almost sad its done and over. isnt that pathetic? but, everyone says dexter is great too. the main character from six feet under is in it so i'm interested already but i don't know how it could possibly compete. i already said that i'm not responsible for the grossness of this show but the fact is: most of the junk on regular non-hbo tv is way grosser, just a different kind of gross.  i can't stand most tv. that's one of the big reasons we canceled it. i would way rather watch a series like this than most of the reality crap, desperate housewives, dancing with the stars on mars, the view, oprah, etc. that stuff is shallow, nasty and ridiculous, just in my opinion of course. no offense if you like it. obviously most people do or it wouldn't be so popular, right? man, i sound like a hag these days. in other news...

i'm practicing for a longer race and learning to pace myself. sometimes mellow music is good for that. along with some breathing tricks merv taught me. i'm digging these songs right now.
radiohead: reckoner (LOVE! how can you go wrong with radio head?)
florence + the machine: lungs ( the drums...)
sia: breathe me (the series finale of 6ft under reminded me why this is one of my fav songs of all times.)
bat for lashes: daniel (super pretty... reminds me of that movie labyrinth)