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Saturday, July 26, 2014

I've been nominated. :)

So many times while reading other's blogs I've seen that they've been nominated for such-and-such, or been awarded for _____. I never thought I would be one of those blogs. 
But that has been changed. Thanks to Kyle B. :)   
Call me weird, or crazy, or ridiculous, (probably the most suitable word), but when I saw my name in his list of nominee's, my heart rate quickened, and I just about jumped up and down in my chair, (even although I know it was probably because he couldn't think of anyone else ;)).
What can I say? I'm very easy to please. :) I enjoy the simple things in life, so this made me happy.
Be sure to check out his blog, and say "Hi".

So... here are the Liebster Award Rules... 

- Acknowledge the blog that nominated you.
- Answer the 11 questions the nominating blog created. (Continue reading!)
- List 11 bloggers with less then 200 followers that deserve some recognition.
- Write 11 questions for them to answer.
- Notify them that they have been nominated.

So, the questions from Kyle:

1. What is your favorite memory you have of yourself when you were less than ten years old?
Oh, boy. That was a looong time ago. ;) It would probably be the time we went to Cedar Point when I was around six or seven. Sadly though, I was too short for most of the rides, (I remember crying because I couldn't go on one of the roller coasters), so I had to go to 'Snoopy Land' -_- It was rather humiliating for a thrill seeker like me, but I laugh every time I think about it. The things we did to try to sneak me on the rides were crazy... 

2. If someone had to describe you in one single word, what do you think that word would be?
Well, I'd like to think it would be 'Awesome', but in reality I think it would be more like 'Insane'. Lol. Someone used the word  'Neat', recently. I'll take that.

3. It's perfectly sunny outside and you have the whole day to yourself. What will you be doing?
KAYAKING!!! After I steal a Kayak from a friend that is... 

4. If you could meet one person from the Bible--other than the Big Man Himself of course--who would that someone be?
Hmmmm...I think it would be pretty cool to meet either Daniel, or Paul. They're both my biblical heroes.

5. What is your favorite season of the year?
If I have air-conditioning, and access to a pool, then definitely summer! If not, then probably fall.

6. You are in Wal-Mart with ten bucks of spending money in your pocket. What will you buy?
Wow. That's deep. Lol.
  A pocket knife and sour gummy worms. If you can even buy a decent knife for ten dollars that is...

7. What is your favorite pastime?
Do I have to choose just one? :)  Photography, volleyball, air-softing,  running, and  working out are a few of my favorite things. :)

8. If you could be transported to some time in history, what time would that be?
Uhhhh... The 40's maybe? I'd have to give that one some more thought.

9. Care to share something you have done that was really embarrassing/awkward?
I'm kind of an awkward person all around, and if given enough time I could probably fill a book with embarrassing situations, but right now most of them are escaping me...
One time I was at the recycling center helping with the dreaded job of unloading our recycling cans, (I was pretty tired), and was throwing stuff into the cardboard slot. After a while I noticed an older gentleman watching me. He smiled at me and said, "You know you're putting milk jugs where the cardboard goes." o_o He very kindly gave me -his cane so I could fish all the jugs out...

I'm also really good at saying things that come out sounding completely different than what I intended.
Cait and I were watching an action movie one time, and there was this one scene where all these Military guys, (can't remember what branch they were), where piling out of their vehicles. I, (being me), said, "I gotta get me some of those!"   I was referring to their cami's,  but of course it didn't sound that way. Cait will never let me forget that one...
Yeah, I can't think of anything REALLY embarrassing right now...I'll have to consult my sisters. They have a good memory when it comes to things like this. Unfortunately...

10. What goals do you have for the future?
I was just discussing this with my mom the other day. :)
First off, graduate High School and get my licence,  so I can get a job and buy a car. Maybe do a photography internship and see if it's something I would like to pursue as a career, volunteer at the Fire Dept., or join up with C.A.P. (Civil Air Patrol). Honestly, I'm not too sure at this point. Which bugs me, because I like to have a plan. I may not always stick with my plan, but I like having one. :)
Maybe I should just go after my childhood dream, and become a NASCAR racer...
"Haven't any of you ever had a dream?!?!?"    ~Tangled

                    11. What is the best decision you think you have ever made at this point in your life?                    to accept Christ! Duh! ;)  After that, probably the choice to buy my orange AF shirt. It works wonderfully for night runs. It GLOWS when headlights shine one it, and is almost kind of blinding. :)

Thanks for the fun list of questions Kyle! So, apparently I don't follow many small -ish blogs, because I can't come up with eleven. Oh, well...
I nominate:

Katie at Menne Meals

So now, the fun part... Muahahaha...

1. You've been told you only have 48 hours left to live. How will you spend your time?
2. What was you Childhood dream? 
3. Someone is trying to break into your home. What will you do?
4. Pet Peeves?
5. Favorite movie?
6. What are you craving right now?
7. Anything in particular you think you're good at? And don't worry. It ain't bragging if it's true. ;)
8. I KNOW you have embarrassing moments. Spill. Please?
9. Who would you consider you closest friend, and why?
10. If you could do ANYTHING you wanted for the day, what would it be?
11. What is your favorite scripture, and why?

There's my list of random questions. :) 

If you don't have a blog, but would like to answer these, feel free to leave a comment!!! I would love to hear your thoughts! :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hi :)

Oh, wait....what's this? Could it be a blog post? {Gasp!} ;)

Sometimes we all need little breaks in life from some things, which, in my case, would be blogging. Or maybe I should say big break? I did kinda leave y'all hanging for about six weeks. Sorry about that. :)

But yes, I did come back from MO, and I had a fantabulous time. :) I actually have a blog post from that which has been sitting unfinished in my post files for weeks now. {inserts sheepish grin}   
 Today, however, you get pictures from our CA trip!
Oh, did I not mention we were going on a family vacation? Wow, now you're probably really feeling out of the loop. :)

We left Saturday, June 14, at the crack of dawn, (or maybe it was more like 6:45. Which in my book is still early), to begin our 11 hour drive.  
11 people, 1 dog, pillows and blankets for everyone, suitcases, pack & play, strollers, and an insane amount of food. We do like our food. :) Basically, if we even thought we might need it, we took it.

The first couple hours of our drive went pretty smoothly. Aaron slept, and the kiddos were all content to watch out their windows, waiting for their first glimpse of California. They didn't quite understand how far we were actually driving to get there. Poor unsuspecting little souls. We stopped briefly at a rest-stop to change toddlers out of pj's, and get breakfast passed around, then we hit the road again.

After eating, the kids decided it was time to break out some of the toys/activities we had brought. The only problem with this was that they would play with it for about two minutes, then decide they wanted something new. Imagine this for about seven hours. -_-  
You can tell we don't often travel as we stopped every two hours to get out and stretch, and let someone go to the bathroom. :) I think I can say I've seen every rest-stop from here to CA. ;)
By the time 11:30 rolled around we had some pretty cranky kids on our hands since they were up early, and they obviously do not like to sleep in the car. Unlike me. :) Put me in a car, and I'm often out like a light. It's great.
12:30 had them asking the question of the ages: "Are we there yet?" You can imagine the groans that went around when we told them we only had 4 more hours to go. Lol.
We drove, and drove, and drove. Until finally, we heard the wonderful words, "We're in CA!" But we still had a couple hours to go...

Now, the day before we left, we had the car seats on the second bench of our van arranged so that Connor, Audrey, and Noah were all next to each other. Being the *wise* sister that I am, (no comment Katie), I thought to myself, "They'll probably fight the entire time we're driving if they're next to each other, so let's move Audrey up front, and I'll sit between Connor and Noah. Genius!"  Let's just say that was not a good idea. -_- I spent the whole drive trying to find a position that didn't have cars seats jabbing into my shoulder blades. Not fun. Not fun at all.

Man, it felt like we were NEVER going to get there! By the time we were an hour away, I wanted to get out of that van SO BAD! Noah had one of those Leap Pad toy things, where you press the button and it tells you what letter it is, and his favorite button was the letter 'W'. He pressed that button over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over....until I thought I was going to go insane. Lol.  I felt like Shi-Fu out of Kung-Fu Panda. "Inner peace...inner peace....in-in-inner peace..."
Thankfully that toy is no longer in the house. It has been accidentally maliciously destroyed. ;)
And he kept kicking my knee too. That got old really fast. 

We did FINALLY make it to Chris and Katie's house though, and everyone was in one piece!!!
HALLELUJAH! After unloading all of our stuff, (of which there was much), we crashed on the couches, and floor, and waited impatiently for our pizza to cook. :) Papa Murphy's stuffed crust pizza... doesn't get much better than that.
Chris had to work that day, so we also had to wait impatiently for him to get home. But get home he did, and we got to see him looking spiffy in his ABU's. :)

The first night was pretty rough. We put all four toddlers in one bed at the same time, which was a BAD IDEA. Many spankings, and much frustration later, we separated some of them, and moved them back after they fell asleep.
I don't know about anyone else, but I slept like a brick that night. :) Although it was a little squishy trying to sleep on a love seat, despite the fact that I'm short.

Sunday was pretty low key. We went to church, and just kind of chilled, before BBQ-ing for Father's Day. Man, I ate so much yummy food on that trip, it's crazy. :)

Here we have Katie trying to chop her finger off    cut watermelon. 

And here's a one-eyed me waiting for her to chop her fingers off. It was a very tense moment.

Monday we decided to tour the base, but there was a slight hitch. Someone, (don't worry Meg, I won't tell them who it was), forgot their I.D... as in, left it in OR. And if you're over 18 you have  to show I.D. to get on base. Yeah. Just a slight dilemma.
We debated what to do for a while. Should we lie and say she's under 18? Just hope they didn't notice her in the crowd of faces in the van?
In the end we decided to just go and see what happened, and not lie. So we pull up to the little building where they check your I.D., and I guess give you guest passes or something? (I didn't go in so I'm not entirely sure). Mom, Dad, Chris, Katie, and I were all standing outside the van, hoping to just show I.D. and go, but the security guard poked his head in the van and asked how old Meg was.
We all stood silent looking at each other, not wanting to be the one to answer, when finally mom says, "She's 18."
I think we were all mentally giong, "Aaaaaaaand there goes our chance of sneaking her in..."
But God honored our honesty, and even though two people had been turned away for not providing I.D. one of the guys managed to get her in, after getting her Social Security number, and a few other things. to prove she was who she said she was. Praise the Lord!

We got a quick tour of the base, went to the Exchange so we could load up on Air Force souvenirs which consisted mostly of t-shirts, (I now own a neon orange AF shirt. It's beautiful. :) ), then went BOWLING!!!
I'm not entirely sure why I find it so enjoyably to roll a ball down a lane to knock down pins, but it's one of my favorite things to do. :)

Tuesday we toured the Jelly Belly Factory which was fun. :) 

A family picture with all of us looking amazing in our Jelly Belly hats. ;) 

Afterwards we headed to Old Town Sacramento, where all the boys went to the train museum, and we girls wandered around the shops and had fun. :)

This place has quite the thing going on. They've got every kind of sock imaginable. From military socks, to clown fish socks, to Super Hero socks that have little capes attached to the back. You name it, they've got it. Made me wish I liked wearing socks. :)

 Megan found the cure for internet addiction!!! I would probably never get on the computer if using this was my only choice. Gives me the shivers.....

 Some of my family members seemed to think I needed this shirt. I can't imagine why. ;) I'll admit, I was very tempted to buy it. :)

 Ah, yes. The doughnuts. This was quite the experience. The young guy making the doughnuts was very outgoing, and made sure to include everyone in the pastry-making process.
Pictured below you have me dancing, while shaking up the powder sugar doughnuts.  My dancing skills are so impressive, I got hired on the spot. ;) We may or may not have video footage of this event...

Wednesday was our last day, and we decided to head to a nearby park so the kids, (big and little), could get some energy out. After that we went home, ate ice cream sandwiches, (best thing since sliced bread!), and started the fun job of packing everything back up.

We said our goodbyes early the next morning and got back in the van to begin the looooooong drive home. Whoopdy doo...
the way home seemed even longer than the drive there, even though I didn't think that was possible. We did however stop at Crater Lake when we reached Oregon. We've lived here almost my entire life, and we'd never seen it before.
The drive up was pretty scary though. Driving a fifteen passenger van up a mountain that has nothing to keep you from going over the edge? Quite terrifying if you ask me, especially since I'm afraid of heights.
But it was worth it. :)

After getting stuck on the mountain due to rocks falling on the road we did finally get down, and began the last leg of our journey.
We were all so eager to get home, but of course, you can't travel on an empty stomach, so we made a pit-stop for pizza at  the Eugene Costco. It felt weird to be so close to home, yet so far.
Just two more hours... We could do this...
Unfortunately Aaron decided to cry most of the way home. -_- I was able to sing him to sleep with my fabulous voice for a little while, but I couldn't seem to remember any of the songs I know.  Funny how that always happens.

Oh the joy, the indescribable joy when we pulled into our own driveway!!!! We left CA somewhere around 6:30 a.m. and got home at 8:30 p.m., so it had kinda been a long day. ;)

We had kids in bed, the van, and coolers, and several suitcases unpacked, Meg and I went for a run, and had the house tidied all before 9:15, that's how eager we were to get life back to normal. :)

Bub and Katie, thanks for having us over! It was good to see you guys, and I enjoyed our time. :)
Although, there really is no place like home. :)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

See ya

Well folks, I leave tomorrow for MO. :)

My suitcase, (which is HUGE), is almost packed, I just have to finish up a bit of laundry, then I'll be done. I told Cait I'd bring her the bowed psaltery, and I'm kinda regretting that. ;) I prefer to just have my camera bag to hold my snacks, iPod, etc., with a small carry-on, but this time we decided to ditch the carry-on in favor of a checked bag. Oh, the things I'll do for family...

Anyway,  just thought I'd say bye, and if I don't come back, it was nice knowing y'all. ;)

Just kidding. I'll be back.

I know y'all would miss me. :)

Friday, April 11, 2014


Many of you are probably wondering if I've given up on this little cyber corner I call my own, but the truth is, I've just been too busy. I always miss posting, (not because my posts are anything wonderful), but because I love getting to hear from y'all. It always makes me so happy when I see that I have a new comment from someone. :)  So please, leave a comment! It doesn't have to be much, just a little smiley face, with your name signed at the bottom. Yes, even if you have no idea who I am, or were I live, you can comment. :)
Maybe I should go on strike....no posts unless you introduce yourselves.... ;)

Aaanyyyywaaay...I'll stop my sales pitch now.

So, some of the happenings around here...

  • I've probably mentioned it already, but when Cait left she passed her Micro Green business off to me, and so far, considering the fact I have a brown, (or maybe I should say black?) thumb, it's going pretty well. :) 

  • Speaking of Cait, she came for a quick visit in February so we could meet "her guy", Richmond. ;)
  •  The day before dad's surgery we went on a tour of our local Fire Dept.


  • Dad had the nerve to have a tumor growing on his spinal cord. Sheesh. some people have no consideration for lives of others... Seriously though, he's doing great! He put up our new canopy a few days ago which required a lot of ladder climbing, (though he kinda regretted it later), and went back to work a few days ago.

  •  March 28th I was able to attend a Parakaleo day, (think all day bible study), with some friends, and it was such a wonderful time of encouragement! Although it did start entirely too early, and I don't do so well with early mornings. I was so tired that during lunch, while everyone was quietly eating, I started laughing hysterically for pretty much no reason. And once I start laughing I don't stop. The girls probably now think I'm insane. But, one of the times when I started laughing was because something funny did happen. After we cleaned lunch up, we decided to take some of the food upstairs so we could munch while we studied. (Can't think on an empty stomach!). So, forgetting about the dog at the house we were at, C.J. carried up the rest of the muffins I made, (which were quite yummy I must say). A few minutes later she came out of the room we had taken over for our study with an absolutely horrified face and an empty plate. The dog had eaten the rest of the muffins. -_-
I laughed, and laughed and laughed. Then I sat down and laughed some more, until I had tears streaming down my face. Just thinking about it makes me chuckle. :) Good memories...

  • The day after that was a crazy day. We had some friends over for lunch in honor of 'Peanut Month', and shortly after they left we had to leave to clean our Church. I was also attending a ball that evening, which started at 6:30, and we didn't finish cleaning until 4-ish. There wasn't enough time to go home, get changed, then turn back around for town, so our friends who had come for lunch let me go to their house to get ready, and even dropped me off! Usually it takes me like five minutes to put my hair up, but you know what they say: If it can go wrong it will. It took me almost an hour to get my mop of hair put up in a "decent" do.
For this ball the theme was "Kings and Queens". Or if you didn't want to dress up, just come formal. So, I did it. I bought a formal dress. I'd never worn anything like it in my life before, so it was a new experience. A very enjoyable one though. :)
I found my dress at New To You, and it was originally strapless, and a bit too big in the top. There was noooo way I was going to wear a strapless dress. So, with a bit of help from a friend, I was able to take in the sides of the top, add thin straps from some satin ribbon, and then I made a bolero.
I'm very pleased with the end results. :) And my dress has sequins on it. :)

Here's a very blurry picture of myself and some friends from that night.
In case you were wondering, I'm the short one. ;)

  • I'm leaving for Missouri in two weeks. :) I'm going to visit Cait, (Gotta check up on her and Richmond ;) ) and will be gone for almost six days. :) If you think about it, please pray that I won't miss any of my flights! This is only my second time flying, and the first time doing it by myself. Yikes!  
It should be a fun trip. :) We're going to have an air soft war, (and these wars aren't small affairs. Everyone is in camo, with big guns, and it lasts almost all day. I'm very excited. :) ), go cosmic bowling, (which happens to be on my bucket list), possibly canoeing,  and just hang out together. Yes, there will be pictures when I come back. :)

  • My dad shaved his head to help cancer research. :) You can go here ---> St. Baldrick's to donate.

  • While waiting for our shavee, I had my picture taken with Iron Man. :)

  • Meg and I saw 'God's Not Dead' with some friends. :) I personally thought it was very good.

I don't know about you, but I am soooooo glad spring is here!!! I'm definitely a warm weather kind of girl. :)

I've been so busy lately, that's it's taken me three days to do this post. And actually, I have a few other things I have to get accomplished today, so i'll sign off now. :)
Toodle pip and cheerio!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Giveaway

Hey guys. :)

Actually I guess I really should say gals, unless there are guys who would enter this as a surprise for their girl/sister. ;)

Anywho... Eden over at Eden's Evaluations is doing a party/giveaway for EcoGlow products, so head over there to check out her blog, and EcoGlow's website. :)

Have a great day!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

For Auntie M. :)

A picture for you. :)

with everyone in it. 

Photo credit goes to Iarmila  Mckinley.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Friend Frank.

Or was it Fred? Sorry Hannah, I can't remember. ;)    (Sorry guys, inside joke).

Actually, this is my lovely friend Hannah, whose senior pictures I had the honor of taking. :)
Since this was my first "real" senior I was kind of nervous about the whole ordeal, but Hannah was super duper easy to work with. Beforehand I actually Googled, "how to make seniors feel comfortable for photo sessions."
So professional. ;)

Not only did I get to spend the day with Hannah, I got a total body workout in too! Moving the grand piano, (it hasn't been moved really in years, so we had to get it out of the indentations in the carpet. That was loads of fun), climbing on stacked chairs, (the joys of being short!), standing on banister/railing things, squats, stair climbs... you name.  But it was fun. :)

We started at the Church, and then headed to 3rd. street, despite the freezing weather. It was SO COLD! It took me two whole days to finally warm up, and I was wearing a coat! I guess Hannah's tougher than me.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you, the beautiful Hannah. :)

Sorry this post is so late in coming. I actually took these in the beginning of January!

I guess you could blame it all on my dad... he just had to have surgery on his spinal cord didn't he? Kind of goofed our lives up for a bit.... ;)

Anyway, hopefully I'll have a post up soon of pictures from what's been going on around here. :)