Monday, August 8, 2011

New Blog....

Blogger disappoints. Actually the saying "the grass is always greener" is totally true.
Blogger, I love you for your many ways to personalize my blog. But you disappoint me by having a very pathetic range of "space" to be used for photos.
Hello!? I am doing a photo blog..... and I'm a photographer... and a Mom... I've got pictures coming out the WAZOO! And sadly you're 1500Mb storage limit... is pathetic.
So I will be disappointed over on Wordpress with their lack of customization options, but be happy to show off my 3G of FREE storage with pictures.

If you want a link to the new place, comment here... there are some creepers I would rather not follow me over....

:) OK! Okay.
                    See you there!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Aug 6

I got my computer back!! New circuit board, hard drive, & keyboard. Whoop whoop..... now I have to replace everything else on it.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

End of July- Beginning of August

Computer still gone.... but the repair place said it's fixed and ready to be shipped back. Can't wait to get back into the swing of my daily blog.

It's been a very trying few days.... personally, emotionally, physically. But we all have to keep on keeping on.

Sorry for the vague. Just letting you "all" know that I am still here and haven't forgotten you. ;)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July 27

Computer still down..... getting sent to a service center for repair this week.
(for freeeee! Thank goodness for warranties!)

25th- We had another Family Night Dinner at out house. I made a ham for the first time ever, and it turned out great!! I also made some green bean casserole & rolls, and I nearly FORGOT to make the potatoes!! But I did remember.

26th- Both boys got haircuts and Bekah got a bang cut.

27th- This morning we went to the park with the Cantu clan to play some and kick around a soccer ball. It was fun.... but while walking to the park sounded like a good idea... walking home from the park with 2 over-tired, cranky, and screaming kids was not a .... walk in the park... ha ha. .... seriously. It was unpleasant. But after a good 2+ hour nap for each of them, the rest of the day went smoothly. Now it is time for me to get dinner started. I was just hoping to get caught up and get my blog posted before Ben gets home and I lose all computer "rights". :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

July 24

My computer is still down!!! :(
But now it is to the point where I can't even turn it on.... GREAT. Even more so because I had a photo shoot this past weekend and I can't finalize my photos. :'(

I need to get some time this week to call Toshiba (thank goodness for warranties!!!) and see what they can do to hook my up with a working computer. Luckily I backed up everything last month when it started acting up. Unfortunately, there is a "July" folder of pictures that I might end up loosing. :'( :'(

This past weekend was pretty awesome as it was. In addition to the photo shoot... we had Ben's sister and Ben's uncle come to visit. Both of them even spent the night. And both of them (and a friend of Liss') confirmed that my fajitas are indeed, pretty awesome. :) We all spent time playing (with kids), chatting, laughing, eating, and we even watched some Jeff Dunham! Then Sunday (yesterday) morning, Liss headed home while we + Uncle B went to church then went out to Ray's for lunch. I gotta say... pretty tasty and excellent priced!! I will definitely go back there. After dinner we came home chilaxed some more.... and Uncle B took his leave late-r afternoon. It was great to see the 2 of them! :)

Ok, I'm caught up for now... ish. Let's see if I can commandeer the husband's computer this evening to keep on top of my blogger-ing. :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

july 22 & 23

Yesterday I got to have a date night... with my sister!! We went and saw Harry Potter. Good times. That's one reason I didn't blog last night.

Today I got new glasses!! I like them quite a bit! :)

Sad news my computer seems to be dead... gotta get that sent in. Also had a photo shoot today.yay. that's all for my Saturday.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

201/365: July 20

Happy 1st Birthday to my most awesomest nephew that lives in Las Vegas!!! :)

And it rained today!!! Not that it's that bigga deal, after all, this is monsoon season.... but we are nearing 3 hours and the rain is still coming. Besides that... we played in it today!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19

We painted today!!! It was fun. It was a mess!
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Monday, July 18, 2011

199/365: July 18

Good Monday!!
Did the exercise thing with Jene' this morning. Then did some running around.
Registered and paid for our next 5k race (come on October!!) I really hope I can keep with running more to be able to run the whole race.... And maybe even push myself to race against other people. But for the most part, I want to run the whole thing, and get a better time than the last one. :)
Came home and got dinner started. Missy and Nathan came over to hang out and chat, and they ended up taking us out to lunch at the pizza buffet. (I'm quite proud of myself that I only ate a salad, 1 piece of pizza, & a bread stick. ;) Then came home to chat some more...
After they left, we did some last minute cleaning to have Family Night Dinner at our house... since Mom and Pops are out of town. We had some yummy spaghetti!! And Jene' made this pretty freekin tasty Mountain Dew cake!
Now it's time to wind down for the evening and get ready for a bust day of.... LAUNDRY.... tomorrow.
YAY! ;) Oh yeah, and I gotta get primed for RUNNING in the AM! :)

MMMmmmmm Spaghetti!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

198/365: July 17

Mostly Good Sunday.
Went to church. Washed some vehicles. Got some rain. Visited with a beloved cousin. Hung out with our Ne'. And a fair good amount of relaxing.

The huge down side of the day was mom getting a call right after church.... I guess our great grandma is not doing well at all..... so poorly in fact, they (mom, Bri, & Aunt Tish) don't know if they will make it "home" -- Minnesota-- in time. And while Grandma Mable just celebrated her 99th Birthday, I still thought I would get to see her again. We were going to make a family vacation to go out there next year for her 100th birthday... looks like it's not going to happen. And I don't want to be on the side wishing she could just hold on for one more year. Grandma is old. And she (obviously) is having a lot of health issues. And I, for one, wouldn't want her to struggle and suffer through another whole year just for me.... But I am fairly devastated that I haven't been able get back to Minnesota to visit since 2004. Even more sad that she has not been able to meet 2 of her great grandchildren.

So for now.... my thoughts and prayers are with my family who are out there. My Great-grandma. Her daughters (my grandma and her sister). My Mom and her sister. And the rest that will be aching with the loss (soon) of an amazing woman.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

197/365: July 16

Today = AWESOME!

"Martha Stewart"ed it up this morning. Now I have a place to hang my bras after they get washed.

Played in the trucks

Hung out at home.

And Ben completed a renovation of his swing. --> Keep in mind that he made this swing himself in college. His "renovations" included taking off and sanding all the boards, painting the frame and all the bolts, and re staining and polyurethane-d the wood. I must say... it looks amazing!

Now, off to sit on the porch and drink a Mike's Hard Black Cherry Lemonade. YUM.

196/365: July 15

Ok.... so I had an EXCELLENT day yesterday... no idea why I didn't blog it... so here I am to play catch up! :)

Went on the morning run solo. Seems I've been getting ditched a lot... and you know what?! That's ok. Because I can go my own pace. I can push myself without having to worry about someone else. Not saying that I only want to go out alone... just that I'm okay with it when it happens.

After slogging (slow jogging) my way through 3.1 miles, I put the T-man down for a nap and let Rebekah watch a movie while I got some stuff done. Then lo-and-behold, my friend visiting from Kansas asked if we could get together. HECK YEAH! So off I went. I got some pizza and Capri-suns and me and the kids had a truck-nic (that would be a picnic in the bed of my truck) ((have I mentioned that I L♥VE having a truck!?!)) Good times. I decided we definitely need to get a tailgate blanket or something though because the bed liner got HOOOOOOT!.... Anyways, Tab showed up and we let the kids go play while we had some good chattin-catch up time. It was awesome! And I think the kids really liked the fact that they got to play for 2 hours instead of the normal 1/2-1 hour.

So yeah.... after playing, came home put the kids down for naps... had a lil relaxation & reading time. Ben got home. Had to go save the day (not really) for my Ne' after her pants split.... *EEK* Sorry to say the only pants I have that would fit her are purple scrub bottoms. Didn't match so well with her maroon shirt... or the Doc Martins she was wearing.... but you know what?! Whatever. It saved her from her jiblets (haha) being shown to the public at large.... ok it wasn't that bad, but it definitely cut down on the "draft".

Ok. I'm being silly. I need to go. heheheheheeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Just wow.............

W. T. F. is wrong with people!?!!?..... I just can't comprehend it!!

(this is brought on my my BS meter being overloaded this past week)

that is all.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

195/365: July 14

Happy Anniversary to my little brother & wife. :)

Had a good day. Slept in past "walking time" but got a little workout in using weights instead. Took kids to the park. Went to Wally World to get photo prints and a few more things to make another memo board. Went to the mall to get new glasses and have lunch with Momma. Came home. Kids took naps. I made the memo board. We had dinner (I didn't have to cook!). We played outside for awhile. Now it's just about time for bed.
Like I said.... Good Day!

And to make it even better, I even got a good pic of the kids! ;)
Memo board I made today.

Blog Vent.... because I can.

What's the deal with some people?
Are they dense? Or just too self involved? Or maybe they just really don't give a thought to people outside of their visual spectrum?!.....
I don't know... but in this awesome world of technology I can't understand why it is so hard for some people to stay in touch..... especially since we all use the same mediums of communication. That is all.

I will have a blog running on a happier theme this evening.
and I guess this catches me up from forgetting last night.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

193/365: July 12

Yesterday was a good day. So good I forgot to blog :)

Hmmm.... Let's see.....
Started the day with a walk-run-workout with my Ne'. It was great. And my muscles (especially the abs) are singing to me today. Then I spent the rest of the day at home. Cleaning up, cooking, and taking care of the kids. Everything that a stay at home mom loves and despairs of. But it was a good day anyway. The kids were in great moods, so that helped a LOT. Then Jene' came back over for dinner. Made some spaghetti. It was delicious! Hung out some more, ate some Blue Bell Rocky Road ice cream for dessert. {And I've gotta say.... Breyer's Rocky Road is still the best in my opinion!! Can't beat the chocolate covered almonds ;) }

While hanging out for a little longer after the kids were in bed, I got to tattoo dreaming again. And I REALLY wish I could make Ben understand the need and want for me to get one. Heck... I wish I knew why I have such a need/want....... but I can't do either of those... so for me I just dream.

And let me also clarify that I don't want to be the cliche "tattooed" person. With sleeves and legs and just tacky tattoos all over.... I currently want 2 tattoos. And I will show you...
I would want this on in between my shoulder blades on my back
This is a tree of life tattoo. It represents a lot to me.. too much to go into depth in this blog. But I especially like how it has the 2 "stars" which would represent my children.... and could be added to if and when we have more. :) I've wanted this for a long time now.

And about my dreaming.... I have ALWAYS wanted to get a heart tattoo. But hearts are so cliche and I was never able to find one that was very "me".... More recently I have been wishing I had some kind of memorial for my dad. A heart is super fitting for that because his middle name was Hart. So this is the tattoo I found last night.... I added the TS (his initials) with a photo editing program.         I wish with all my being that I was able to get it.
I would want this little guy on my right ankle.

But I'm not able to get it. And I'm not "allowed" to get it. So I will just dream of the one day I might get told "yes".....

Monday, July 11, 2011

192/365: July 11

Tommy had his 18 month check up today.
He is 24.4 lbs (25th percentile for age) and 32 3/4" long (70th percentile). So basically he's a tall skinny boy. Just like his Daddy. :)
That and it seems like he may have a milk (or lactose) sensitivity, so he is for now put on Lactaid milk. Yeesh. But if that's the worst of our worries, we have nothing to worry about!

Other than that. It was a rainy kind of day today. And Rebekah got to go play in it.... kinda!
Mommy played some too....
Rebekah also got to go for her very first Jeep ride with Ne'ne' :)
Fun day! :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

191/365: July 10

Today was a good day. A relaxing day for the most part. We went to the Cantu''s house for Mya's 8th birthday party. The kids had fun trying to break the pinata :) Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of it because I left my camera at home.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

190/365: July 9

Went to the Lake w/ the Cantu''s!! It was great fun. But instead of being (un)official photog of the day, I decided to just forget the camera and have some fun! :)

But here are a few of the kids from the past couple days. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

189/365: July 8

Happy Birthday to my brother'n'law Jer!!!

Another not so great day. But oh well.
Hopefully tomorrow kicks arse. We are going to the lake.
Here's to hoping.

Congrats to my sis. Her Jeep Dreamer days are over. Now she can Jeep LIVE!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

186-188/365: July...

bad couple days = a not pleasant week.... hope it gets better because I am so done with it.

generally I try to keep the "grrrrrrrr" stuff on the DL... it just ain't working for me. So instead of spewing, I bid thee farewell and hope things turn around soon.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

185/365: July 4

My computer is acting up... so no post yesterday. It seems to be faring better this morning.
We spent a relaxing day mostly at home. But also included a trip to the park.
And we did patriotic nails (we = girls. Jene', Bekah, & myself.)

And to finish off the day, we went to K&C's abode to dully celebrate my big bro's 27th birthday!! Good food. Good times. :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

184/365: July 3

We went swimming at GG's today. It was great fun. And very exciting to this momma... Rebekah wore floaties and swam by herself!!!!! :)

Also went Jeep Dreaming with Jene'.
Now looking forward to an evening with my Love and a celebratory day manana. :)

183/365: July 2

Long day. Good day. Late day. Missing post. Here it is! Even complete with a couple picture from last night! :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

182/365: July 1

Already into July. Wowie!
Today was a good day. Spent most of it with Jene'ner. Loved it!!
We went "shopping" for a Independence Day esque shirt for the Ne'ner... only to be disappointed. WTH is up with "Peace Love and America" crap.... sure they are all good things to have, but do they HAVE to be one EVERY woman's shirt?! Anyway... besides that we both (still talking about the twinkies here) got our hairs cut. Well, trimmed really. Looks goot. :) And whilst we were doing that... let me just add that we are the classy sort who get our hair fixin's at the salon in Wally World. But let me also say that both times I have gone there, Bethany has done a wonderful job with my hair. Who says you have to spend a fortune for someone to snip 1/4-1" off your hair!?!................... ok... back to the point. While we were getting out haircuts, Walmart got put in lock down. Nobody could leave the building, and the cops were swarming and searching for a "woman wearing a black and red shirt". Intense. A little scary. A whole lot weird.
So... that's my story for today. And now it is time for bed!

Oh, I also want to add that the sunset was BEAUtiful this evening. Unfortunately, I was driving and could not get a picture of it. This is me --> :( (sad face)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

180 & 181/365: June 29-30

Yesterday was good. Ended with cutting Tyler's hair and having him over for supper. Meaning late night and no blog.

Today was good as well... Took the kids to the park first thing this morning. Met a nice lady and her 2 kids... became "facebook friends"... we'll see if anything comes of it. :)

With playing so hard in the morning, both kids took a late morning nap. So I got to be lazy and read for awhile. Then cleaned up the house before our infamous and hit or miss Family Dinner Night with the Cantu''s. But before they got here, Jene' came over because she wanted a ride in the new truck. After we were all loaded up and backed into the driveway, it started to hail. And -hello.. new truck- since I didn't want any dings or dents I pulled her back into the garage. The storm lasted a good 20 minutes. And I'm thankful for it!

nasty little hail...
After the rain slowed back down and all sign of hail was gone we headed out to Huachuca City and back. Let's just say (and I can say because she told me so) Jene''s a mite jealous of our new purchase. And it got the wheels turning in her head that maybe... just maybe she can afford to make payments on a vehicle which means she can get her Jeep (sooner) rather than saving and waiting for the "someday" that might never happen.
I for one hope that she's able to find a Jeep with all the bells and whistles that she wants for a good bargain so she can become a Jeep owner rather than a Jeep Dreamer. ♥

Back to dinner. Fun, fellowship, friends. Three wonderful things that encompassed our evening. Erin made yumm-o enchiladas for my belated birthday dinner. And we made tentative plans for both our families to hit up the lake next weekend. I can't wait!! :)

So..... because I want to... here's a few (better) pictures of the truck.
{come on... this is the most exciting thing to happen for us in awhile... we have NEVER financed a vehicle.... and all the ones we have bought have been over a decade old!! So bear with me until my excitement wears down. ;) Which may be awhile because, honestly, I'm still a little stunned when I see my "sexy little truck" sitting in the garage.}

the tail lights are going to be the 1st things to go.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

179/365: June 28

Monsoons started today!! Got a good rainstorm this afternoon. And it was super lovely.
Except for the fact we have a swamp cooler.... and the recent fires created a lot of soot/ash.
Now the whole house smells like dingy smokers... BLEH!

But still.... I will be THANKFUL for the rain!! And praying we don't get too many dry lightning strike fires!

oh and I got a blister on the bottom of my foot... it HURTSSSSSSSSSS!

that's all. good night.

Monday, June 27, 2011

178/365: June 27

So.... a little bit of excitement today.
Okay, a WHOLE LOT of excitement.

We bought a new truck!!! Well... "new".

It's a 2006 1/2 ton Chevy Silverado. And it's PRETTY!! :)

Let's hope that we don't regret it in the morning!!..... or within the next 5 years!