Thursday, November 16, 2017


i just got finished reading a book called "My (not so) Perfect Life" by Sophie Kinsella 
I really enjoyed it. i loved this quote that was close to the end of the book......
 "but there's other stuff in her life too. Stuff that balances out the bright and shiny on the one side; the crappy truth on the other. I think I've finally worked out how to feel good about life. Every time you see someone's bright and shiny, remember: they have their own crappy truths too. Of course they do. And every time you see their crappy truth and feel despair and think; Is this my life, remember: it's not. Everyone's got a bright and shiny, even if it's hard to find sometimes."  
there is so much striving to have this perfect life......i have learned to not really care about the look of how perfect things are.
take this picture for ironic that my son had to have a tooth pulled, me a dental assistant.
here's to #MyNotSoPerfectLife #embraceIT

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Speech therapy

We have been going to speech therapy for 7 years now. It is hit or miss on how enjoyable it is. The misses have nothing to do with our speech therapist. We love her and think that she is just what Golden boy needs for this time in his life.
So we have our fair share of discouragement and frustration while at speech but he almost always pushes through even through gritted teeth and tears. 

When he was smaller I used to sit beside him and attempt to help keep him going.

Another time in life we decided for me to wait in the waiting room while he went in and had therapy by himself.

It's been a while since then. Now I am back in there with him but I drag a chair back behind them. I don't say much. He clearly knows I am there but if he really gets going and isn't distracted it's like he forgets I'm there but if he is struggling and not focusing I can help get him back on track and be there for a hug during the times he looses it and the tears start. 

It is truly amazing to think of where he was in speech and language and where he is now.  There are still things that need to be worked on but the leaps and bounds that he has made have been incredible. 

Recently she is working on these pages where they give statements like:
The sun____________
A lion_______________

There isn't really a wrong answer unless you said the sun is not real or something like that but today these were his answers to those two and our Speech therapist said how much she liked his answers and I just had to jot then down because they were great:

The sun.......lights the world
A lion........hunts

I think the more common answers may be is bright and roars. Golden boy is not common or ordinary. He is unique and creative and head strong and energetic and strong and brave. I know speech therapy can be a struggle and frustrating (the great thing is that his sleech therapist gets that too. She understands how much energy it takes for him to listen all day long and sometimes by the time he gets to her he is just done.) She is patient and kind and pushes when she needs too and steps back when she needs too. We are so very thankful for her.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Halloween 2017

halloween 2017 was pretty easy for costumes. 
Golden boy never really knows. i think at one point he said he wanted to be Baymax. he also mentioned Director Krennick but ultimately he went with Baymax. and i am so glad he did. 
The costume had a little fan inside that blew up the suit. he wore the costume to the school fall festival and got so many comments on the costume. everyone loved it. if there was a costume contest i bet he would have won.

 after seeing Descendants and then Descendants 2 Little Girls was set on being Evie. We thought she was going to choose to be Moana but it was Evie, all the way.

when they were little i was all about making their costume. now if they want something i have to buy it is all about finding the best deal on them. those costumes can be pretty expensive.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


SnapShop HALF OFF sale
till 11:59pm tonight

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

TOMORROW...... the day to sign up for SnapShop
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I have been a student for over a year now and have really enjoyed the content and the access to it when i have a question about something with my camera.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017


i am reading a book right now called Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist (you can download a sample chapter of the book at her website here.)

I have really enjoyed it, even though i am still early on in the book. 
these last few years i have been devouring non-fiction books, which are usually not my favorite kind of books.

the chapter that i am currently on in the book is called twenty-five. i was't sure what to expect when i started this chapter. what did twenty-five mean. Age, was not what i was thinking when diving into twenty-five.

i started thinking back to twenty-five.
i was married
no kids yet
living thousands of miles away from anything familiar
becoming familiar with new places
meeting new people
having adventures i could have never imagined
it my have been the poorest time in our life
but a time that changed and shaped and grew us the most

her chapter about what twenty-five is different and somewhat the same from my twenty-fifth chapter in life.
i was married young so there was no decision to be made about a relationship that my be good or bad for me.
i worked to pay the bills
i didn't have a season of space from going to church, in fact we jumped into finding a new church when we moved to WA state and we fell in love with the church and the people who attended that church. There was much community there.

Twenty-five was great. But over ten years is the now. There is lots we have learned from twenty-five. Lots that is better  because of twenty-five. Equally lots that we miss from being twenty-five. Surprisingly the no kids is not one of them. They have made life interesting and added to an adventure like no other.

Monday, October 09, 2017


When we left for Honey and Bears lake house Golden boy had one thing in mind, "i wanna go fishing," he said.
Saturday was supposed to be for fishing but after driving the boat to the beach area and and finding mounds of sand to play on with cousins, fishing got forgotten about.  

Sunday morning came around and he wanted to go and fish.  It was raining sons but that didn't keep him from going out and trying.  Bear even took him to a special fishing spot. 

Them came back with nothing but golden boy continued to fish from the dock. 

Soon he was calling us out as he reeled in this 3 pounder, thinking it was the biggest fish he caught at the lake so far. 

Not long after that he caught a small perch and threw it in the ice chest.

But it was a little bit later that he was yelling and calling for us. 

He wrestled this 11 pound fish in and was thrilled.

His laughter was contagious and his joy infectious.  
We loved standing and cheering for him. E encouraged him, making a fisherman out of him. 

I am so proud of the patience and determination he had. It pays off my dear boy, it surely does. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Our runner

He has always been fast.
He doesn't get it from me or his daddy, and that's ok.
One day, We will probably be parents in the stands cheering at every one of his track meets. Maybe. If he wants. But whatever he chooses, We will be there.

Watching when they start

Getting near the finish line

6 minuets and 35 seconds

Last year he came in sixth. He did again this year too. But he beat his last year time.

I'm so proud of this kid.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Bike Rider

it has been a long time coming for Little girl to ride a bike.
she gets it honest though. I think i was way older than she was when i finally learned.
i am so proud of her and as you can see in the second picture, she is pretty proud of herself too.

she has some determination and grit.
when daddy came home with a bike for her and told her he would help she was ready.

she told us that now she just has to learn how to turn with out having to stop and start all over.
she will get there, i know it.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Written words

they have always been important to me.
i wrote letters growing up, too two friends that i saw on a weekly basis.
There was just something special about written words and it was great to get mail when you were younger.
i made friends at the summer camp i went to and we occasionally wrote letters to one another, until we saw each other again at camp the next summer.
I'm sure there were notes passed in jr. high but i remember it way more in high school.
Email happened around then and while it was no where near as wonderful as a hand written letter/note it worked too.
Now i am teaching my daughter about handwritten letters and how special they are. 
my mom brought me a wooden box, from my childhood home, a few months ago. it is a box that held all kinds of treasures over the years and came from my best friend growing up.

we have written numerous letters over the last 28 years.
We've lived in the same state for 13 of those years.
now she has a daughter and we have our girls writing to one another.
they have only met each another once.
i gave that little box to my daughter and put some of her letters from "D" in there.
i asked her where her current letter from "D" was and she said, "I put it in the box mom."

i dream of the day when we are once again living in the same state.
until then......
we have written words and occasional phone calls.