Monday, January 24, 2011

5k get together.

dear cousins,
jordan and i are planning a cousin get together. we're thinking a long weekend with a 5k erickson race included. maybe end of july or early august? or late spring???

we will be getting together either way, but think it would be fun to turn it into a yearly event of some kind.

\\ thoughts?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


i do my best thinking on a drive, by myself. the other night i went out and watched the planes land and take off. there is a great place to park not too far from my house and this rock is a good lookout perch. i usually don't have my good camera but just so happened to this day... after looking at these, i maybe shouldn't even be sharing them. it might ruin the coolness of this spot for me. probably not.

we've been doing some serious life reviewing lately... like plans for the next 5 year: if we want to stay in our house or buy a more functional one, work goals etc. you see, our house has a crazy, totally nonfunctional for a family of 4 set up. our main living is done upstairs, with the extra rooms downstairs. cody finally decided that he wanted to have a room downstairs after we convinced him that it would mean lola could no longer terrorize his living space and demolish his precious lego creation. lola gets his old room and we get to stay put.

settled then. the other night i went nuts and cleaned out my entire office downstairs which will be codys room. it was really funny going through that old office stuff. some of it had been packed away since it was moved in there almost 6 years ago. a lot of it went directly into the goodwill pile. it feels really nice to do some serious purging. if anyone needs some junk, i've got a garage full of it. also, how long do you save taxes? i have 10 years of it in a tote. i'm thinking that's sufficient.

our plans are to start some remodeling down there pronto and to get rid of the remaining swingers club setup that once existed...seriously, our house came with a swingers bar in the downstairs when we bought it. complete with an indoor hot tub, 11 foot lava rock backdrop (including moss), full bar with mirrored wall...ya. i really wish we would have taken pictures of it before we ripped it all out. it was pretty sweet all trimmed out in poo brown trim and cork liner. i know most people must be wondering why we would ever get rid of it. we could've thrown some pretty great parties if we wanted to.

also, i've been having the weirdest dreams lately. the kind of vivid dreaming you do when pregnant (at least i do). but i'm not pregnant. this morning i woke up thinking, " where the heck did that come from??" and then i called merv at work and told him to be extra safe today and kissed my kids. i need to get a what-does-it-mean-dream-interpretation book i suppose.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

family photos.

Cody and i have been working on a genealogy project so we've been sifting through hoards of photos trying to collect our family portraits from his lifetime. it's been pretty fun really.... and a little scary looking back at some of the outfits i choose to wear which will not be posted at this time.. yikes! who ever decided those really, really wide legged denim capri things were ever flattering or attractive? and would someone please remind me for the love that its not a great idea to chop my hair short while pregnant or just after having a baby?

aww love birds circa 2001... actually, at this phase i don't even think we really knew each other...

 then baby #1 cody in 2002. i'm kind of amazed that the only brand-new-member-to-the-family shots taken in the hospital were both so lousy. i'm happy i have them though.

 and our first family posed photo in 2003. thats some nice hair.
 and in 2004..."quick...just act serious."
 and a creepy winter time shot in 2005? i realized after examining this photo on my wall that had already been mailed out in xmas cards, that one of the buttons on my top was undone
... fall time in 2006.  i bet you can't tell how thrilled merv was this day. he always love a family photo days. it might have something to do with the fact that i'm probably pretty lame and demanding when we're trying to take them.
 summer photos in 2007. cody hadn't even started kindergarten yet. this was a fun day and we were all so darn happy.

 late fall of 2008 and 5 months preggo with lola joon....
along came baby number 2 in feb 2009 . i swear merv didn't have a beer belly.
i had to post this... look at cute funny bald lola and her furrowed bald brows

summer photos in 2009.... people in 2009. this pictures reminds me of standing on the moon or something. we love it the best. after another rough time at trying to get the fam to cooperate for some photos on a super duper windy day, we had just about given up when my sister snapped this one. we love it. lola was in the bag because there was no place to put her while arah was taking a few of just merv and i.
and finally the most recent in summer 2010. i'm not sure what possessed me to dress like betty crocker..? maybe its just the flower I'm not in love with.
my mom has his fun wall in her basement of all of my 70's-80's and 90's family photos growing up. We love to go down all look at them and make fun of each other and laugh and see how much we've changed.
this one is a fav. i like how my dad set the shoot up in the back yard but left the extension cord hanging on the fence. ;)

Monday, January 3, 2011

plans & goals.

we rang in the new year ( and moms birthday) in high style with bbq steaks and our own private negative degree weather fireworks show. thanks to my sister for letting us use her house and my other sister for all of the fun goodies and photos. the new years baby even came once again and filled our shoe with treats... (long time erickson family tradition...) but forgot until the last minute so mine only had a cliff bar and a half empty bottle of water.


i am believer that you are more productive if you write down your goals and make lists. it works for me. i love crossing things off and looking back on them.  must be some overfloww form all of those family nights when dad would crack out steven covey and the brand new notebooks for each of us to use to write our goals down in: long term and short term. i'm sure he's glad it stuck.

i looked over last years resolutions. i'm happy to say that i accomplished at least a few( ... taking cody and lola grand canyon...) and here are a few that i'm aiming to accomplish in the year twenty-leven(that sounds a little strange.):

*find a better balance in my life between time spent between family/ business/me/social life. i over fill my days & over schedule leaving me feeling stressed and anxious too often.

*turn off the computer and phone more often...(inspiration found here. )

*spend more time with my husband. take a much needed trip alone. finally. please? ummm... i do belive a 10 year anniversary is on the horizon.

*take kids to olympic rainforest. it was a toss up last year for spring break and grand canyon won.

*quit being judgmental. humility goes a long way.

*have more faith/less cynicism. be more grateful.

*cry less, laugh more, speak calm  & meditate. (corny but big goal for me.)

*continue learning to hula hoop and playing guitar better.

*read books. the paper back kind.

*plant an above ground garden.  any great tips?

*play more guitar.

*go to bed earlier.

*photog. business overhaul. excited about business getting a long over due revamp...more details soon.

*close down my ebay shop forever.

*run run run run!
*run a marathon. 1/2 would be good. (whidbey island in april...)

*do the seattle ragner relay in july!! with becca!! on my very own birthday!!

speaking of, a few ipod running songs lately:
katie melua :just like heaven
killers: smile like you mean it
lady tron: ghosts
aya peard:  rain song (led zeppelin cover)
its hard to believe that most people don't mention the original rain song when talking about zeppelin's best songs. this is definitely in my top led zeppelin songs of all time...brings me to another place and time. ;)

"we're all busy. whether you're a student, a business owner, a full time employee or a mom we're ALL busy. we all have only 24 hours in each day and options for time management. stop making excuses and set an amount of time (no matter how small) each day to work on your goal." i truly wish i could remember where i read this. it was recently and i saved a bad link.... :(

good luck to me.