May 30, 2009

Smile on Saturday

May 28, 2009


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May 27, 2009


Scene: Musicle Chairs. Three chairs, two children.

singing, singing singing, abruptly stops singing

"No Kael! No! You didn't win. This is my (imaginary) friend Gongalinda. She's sitting here.
NO!! Don't step on my friend! How would you like it if I stepped on your friend?! That's not nice!!!"

" No!!!!" profuse crying. Kael weeps because Rae threatens to step on his friend. To teach him a lesson. He is distraught.

"Well MY friend EATS your friend so you can't step on him".

and that settles the argument

May 26, 2009

2000 Dodge Durango for Sale

Yep, we're selling my ride. Gah. LOVE this car, but honestly, it's the only "extra" thing of value that we own and we're getting down to the wire for our home buying goals. So! Locals! I know there is one or two of you....... put the word out, will ya? I'm offering a HUNDRED DOLLAR referral fee for a completed purchase! We need to get these funds, and fast.. so hit up your buddies and ask around!
Here's my listing:

Standard Equipment
SLT, Tilt Wheel ,Third Seat, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Roof Rack, Power Steering, AM/FM Stereo, Alloy Wheels , Power Windows ,Cassette, Power Door Locks, Dual Front Air Bags ,

Rear Air, Power Seat , Leather, Towing Pkg.

Just under 140k miles. Runs beautifully, never an issue. Reliable and fun, it turns on a dime and hauls like no body's business. An awesome vehicle, it was my dream ride. However, the new dream is to buy a home and to do that we need to come up with some cash, fast. So I'm selling my "baby"! Three rows of seats, 3rd row folds flat, second row the seats fold up behind the drivers row so there is HUGE cargo space. PLENTY of room for up to 5 kids' booster seats ( or 8 people total) , the sitting room in this thing is just immense. Competitively priced at hundreds below ( low ball) KBB value and thousands below the competition!

Goofy video of the interior. Sorry, was a last minute idea!

May 19, 2009

Some Wake up to "Good Morning"

I woke up to

Mama! Muppet peed all over the steps!

It's going to be a great day.

May 18, 2009

Spot the Error

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Summer a'la Kael

The hot has hit! Finally! Summer has arrived fast and furious, just a short 13 days ago we had hail all over the place. I hope it sticks around for a while! The kids are loving the warm and it shows. Playing outside has become fun again rather then a fight. Our little yard got frostbitten ( or maybe over fertilized last fall?) and most of the grass is dead. Dead dead, no coming back. So our yard looks aweful. We're fighting to get it back to some version of green with overseeding, careful feeding, and prompt watering down of pup pee... but I sincerely hope we're able to pull off a home purchase late this summer. We need a bigger yard!!!!! The plan is wherever we end up, we're installing a door in the garage that leads off to part of the yard that we can fence off just for Muppet, so that the kids can have a nice large green place to play. I'm eager to take this next step even as I'm terrified we won't be able to get our ducks in a row to make it work. Fingers crossed that we can pull this off!
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May 17, 2009


When Kael was a month old, I took my wedding ring off of my necklace where I'd been saving it through my "fat pregnancy" phase and slipped it back on to my finger. A month later, I looked at it and saw that one of the diamonds had fallen out. GAH. It is a pressure mounted ring, so you lose one diamond and the integrity of the remaining stones is compromised. Those of you that knew me then know that while I loved that ring, I had noted and frowned upon a row of three brownish stones in a row. My ring had been special ordered because of my small size, and had arrived for pickup just days before we left to get married, so there was no time to dicker over quality. It was one of the brown ones that had fallen out. So, I took it off and put it in my jewelry box, where it remained for the next two years. We had purchased an insurance policy for the ring when we bought it from Fred Meyer, but we'd just purchased the 5 year policy, and that time had come and gone, so fixing it wasn't something we could budget out. A few months ago I took my ring out of storage and brought it in to our local Fred Meyer jeweler to get a quote on fixing it. I figured that would make a great birthday/mothers day/anniversary / Christmas gift, so maybe this fall we could get it repaired so I could wear it again. My ring was sent off to several different repair shops.. and no one could fix it. Each diamond is cut to fit the one next to it, so when one fails they all fail, which means they all need to be resurfaced/cut to fit in the new ring. The manufacturer of this ring was one of the many to call it quits because of our current recession, so everyone else was just working off of their work. We finally got our quote, $600, and were resigned to shuffling the ring back into the jewelry box indefinitely.
I'm not sure how it happened, and I'm not sure why, but it took a long time for the ring to be mailed back to our local Fred Meyer jewelers store. When I went to pick it up I happened to be there on a day when the store manager was working the desk. She asked that I wait to get it, she may have an alternative option ( for repair?). Three weeks later we got a call. I had a ring waiting for me. A perfect, beautiful NEW whole ring waiting for me. No charge.
I have no idea how this happened and I'm still sitting here, bling on my finger, worrying about a phone call for repossession. Apparently during shipping another of my stones had come lose?( it had to be another of the browns) And in the course of researching my ring and it's maker, the ladies at my local jeweler store had located one other ring, identical to mine, in storage at a Fred Meyer Jewelry store on the east coast. The ring was sent over, shipped to a repair shop that was willing to re-size a tension set ring to my tiny 4.25, and a phone call was made to me telling me to come get my brand new shiny ring. Free. No charge. Also? No brown anywhere!

This photo just isn't accurate. Doesn't capture the sparkle and magic of the ring that I love, at all.

A much better view of my new/old bling, with additional sparkle to show how special it really is.

I love this ring. LOVE. When Matt had originally picked it out for me I was skeptical. It looked too big, and I have tiny tiny fingers. But when I first put it on, I fell. It is just perfect for me. Shiny and sparkly, but FLAT and simple, nothing poking up to get caught on things, nothing hanging off to snag. It's just the right ring for me, and for the first time in almost three years I'm finally wearing it again. My naked plain fingers are happy!

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May 12, 2009


Oh my good golly, do I want one of these!!
"Load up the kids and head to the market. The kg271/BUCKET model will carry your precious cargo and help you complete all your errands in style. The BUCKET comes equipped with a removable seat and two seatbelts."

Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes

Loving the blue, would totally pick that. Turns out they're giving two of these beauties away, so go on over and follow the directions! Who knows, maybe one of US will win it!!

MADSEN Cargo Bikes

May 11, 2009

Mothers Day, Every Day

For Mothers Day this year Matt spent the day at work and I spent the day with my kids. We went to Petersons Rock Garden on Saturday and the kids had a blast, so we went back on Sunday with the fab Kari and her son Riland. All the kids had a great time and the peacocks were out in their finest, calling back and forth and showing off for the ladies the whole time. Rae and Kael got a real kick out of them! After some short down time at home we went out to Davinies and played outside for a while as she prepped a home for her new kittens! It was a fun day for the kids and they went right to sleep come bedtime, which was the ultimate Mothers Day gift to me!
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