Friday, August 23, 2013

life lessons in Texas

I have learned some valuable lessons since moving:

When something seems to be good to be true...IT IS!!

We had some minor scrapes on our fender from a slight "incident" 
when I rammed my car into Ben's car.  oops.  A guy on craigslist 
with *great* reviews quoted us an amazing price to fix it.
He did way more damage than he did good to the car...
we realized that after we paid him cash.  Doh.

 The circus really is the greatest show on earth!  

Looking at the photo taken during the roller coaster 
is way more fun than actually going on the roller coaster.

The best way to cool down in this crazy heat is to strip down 
to the bare minimums (some have more leeway than others).

Homeowners policies tend to drop you when cute lil pit bulls live
on the premises.  Annoying.

Happy Friday!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

she lives...

Is there a clever way to start a blog post when I haven't blogged in say, 9 months?  Just for the sake of updating the (very) few friends I have that might (possibly) still have my on the thread of blogs to read...

We moved to Texas (again).  The biggest lesson I've learned the past year or so is to never assume you are in charge of your life.  Isn't there an old adage about that?
on the foreva drive out to Texas

My kids keep growing up, Makenna went to Young Women's today at church.  Wha?!  Luke is 8 and has been baptized, Jared starts Kindergarten in 2 weeks, and Isaac is a bonefied nursery member at church.


I miss my family and friends a ton in Oregon.
Ike and cousins, a small representation of missing our family


On the plus side...we've made great friends in Texas.


Friday, November 16, 2012

What keeps me busy

House projects:
 Taking a super vanilla bathroom
 and making it...well...less vanilla.
 learning how to use power tools.  (and loving it!)
chasing this monkey
...and this
and seriously.  what a stud.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Things that make me smile:











Disclaimer:  This may or may not count as my lame attempt to do a little blog catch-up. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

constant change

It seems the only consistent in our lives this past year is change.

It all started a year ago with a cross country move to Texas.  It took a few months, and 3 different living environments, but we have loved it here.

But, as it turns out, we are heading back to Medford.

This is where all sorts of mixed emotions come.  The love of Texas winters, where instead of umbrellas, there are flip flops and shorts.  The amazing friends myself and my kids have made.  The kind ward, which has become family since being so far from our own.

Despite the almost comically crazy year we've had, with pregnancy induced bed rest for me, new baby, heart surgery, hives, double ear aches, and the flu that just wouldn't end, one would think the past year would send us packing in defeat.  Instead the opposite has occurred.  Our family is thriving and happy.  More so than ever.

Texas will surely be missed.  But Oregon is greatly anticipated!  Here's to hoping the next chapter of our life is just as great as this past one.

A snap shot of the last year...



Luke in front of the ginormous Christmas tree at Market Street.  See.  Shorts. 

Picking out our Christmas Tree.  Not all trees are created equal.  
The Christmas Tree lots basically just hedge a bush into the shape of a tree. 

The kids on the street. 

 Moving van.  I've seen too many of these in the last year.

Thank you Charity for introducing us to our favorite hot sauce!
We will miss Tex-Mex so much!  Good bye, Chuy's.  

Luke graduated from Kindergarten. 

One of Makenna's best friends, Makena. Coincidence?  I think not. 

The pond where we fed ducks and turtles.   

And becoming a family of six.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

a change of heart

To say the least, Makenna was not thrilled when we told her 6 months ago that we were having a baby boy.  She wanted a girl.  Bad.  She has wanted a baby girl for the last 3 babies.

Bitter disappointment.

I think it safe to say that approximately 2 seconds after meeting her new brother, she changed her mind.


Friday, February 24, 2012

and then there were six...

Our family grew to 6 over a month ago, when Isaac was born.  He made his debut at 12:35 am, officially sharing his birthday with Ben.  We are all head over heals in love with him!

For the sake of my failing memory, I wanted to record his birth story, even as uneventful as it was...

Jared came so flippin fast that I didn't have time to receive any pain medication, I was determined not to let that happen again .  So, Monday morning when contractions were a steady 5 minutes apart, we headed on into the hospital.  After being monitored there for a couple hours (and having contractions that spaced back out to 8 minutes apart, go figure) I asked to go home and keep an eye on things there.  Not to mention I had a date with a friend for lunch and pedicures.  I do have priorities.

We decided to celebrate Ben's birthday early that night because a friend brought over an apple pie, and it's always best fresh, right?  We did a little breakfast for dinner, a little pie and presents, all the while I was cursing under my breath in pain from contractions.  Sorry Mom.

After tucking the kids in bed and calling a friend over to sit with the quiet house, we headed to the hospital and 3 hours later, the little man was born.  And it's been a cake walk ever since :)