Archive for August, 2010

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Just to clear things up…

Max’s sleeping through the night was a one time thing. I’ve talked to a number of people now who thought that because he slept through once, we were in the clear.

Nuh-uh. Last week was miserable.

So, things are busy around here. The kids go back to school on Wednesday. Abby’s freaking out about junior high. We did some clothes shopping on Saturday, but haven’t picked up school supplies yet. I have a bunch or errands to run today.

I don’t know why I can’t think of anything interesting to say. It didn’t used to be so difficult. But with all the kids home all day every day, there’s really not much time to do anything interesting. I’m always attending to someone, or multiple someones at any given time. And I’m tired as heck.

Except, I’ve been trying really hard to exercise when I put Max down for a nap in the late morning. I’ve been at it most of the month. 45 minutes on the elliptical everyday, and weight lifting every other day. It feels good. And at some point, I’m going to shed some pounds, right?

In other news, Pretzel went bye-bye. I had to keep nagging Abby to feed him, which I’m not ok with. I didn’t even like the dumb bird, so I certainly didn’t want to be responsible for it. But it bothered Abby when every time she’d put her hand in the cage to feed him, he’d freak out so bad he’d bash into the walls of the cage and screech like she was trying to kill him. He never calmed down the tiniest little bit. The pet store very graciously took him back and gave us a refund. But not without lecturing me on unrealistic expectations.


I’ve had birds. This one was a freak.

She still wants a bird. So, we’re going to spend some time researching and finding the right bird for Abby. And since it’ll most likely be more expensive than a lovebird, we’re starting a fund.

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Hey, guess what?

Max just slept through the night for the first time in his life of nearly 11 months. Which means, I just slept through the night for the first time in nearly 11 months!

I’m so happy!

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Man, the time flies!

Summer is almost over. I can’t believe it! There are so many things I’d thought we’d do this summer! And we didn’t. Of course, having an infant really cuts down on the “get up and go” types of things we can do. But still.

It’s ridiculously hot here right now. It has been for a few days. Everyone’s sweaty and a little short tempered.

Max has cut his first tooth. It’s not in all the way, it’s still just “cut,” but it’s there.

I’m still playing and writing music with my minimal free time. Trying to record. It’s nearly impossible to get away to my brother’s house sans kids to record. But we try.

I found out over the weekend that one of my sisters-in-law has a brother that works at a custom guitar shop that’s an hour or so south of us. It’s pretty cool. I’d never heard of them before, but spent some time yesterday poking around the website and learning about a bunch of crazy things you can do to an electric guitar. They have this split Jazzmaster that looks totally fun.

I tried a few weeks ago to spin more yarn for that shawl I was working on, and it’s just too blasted hot, so that’s on hold.

I’m going to order some wool this week so we can sample dye and test braid for my m-i-l’s rug we’re planning to make starting in the fall when Clark is in preschool. (Clark in preschool? How can he possibly be old enough for that already)?

I think that’s about it. Perhaps when the kids are back in school, I’ll be a little more interesting on the blog again.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010


Last Wednesday, mom’s boyfriend Marvin taught us all how to do a landscape painting. (Happy trees)!

Here we are with our final works of art.


They all match, so we’re going to frame them all together.

It was a lot of work. It took most of the day, but it was very fun.

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Well, we’re back from Oregon

but we’re still scrambling, getting Abby ready for Girls’ Camp this week. She leaves in a little over an hour.

Here’s a neat picture from our drive home on Saturday.


We’re in south Washington, right by the Columbia River. These wind turbines look like they’re about 20 stories tall. They’re enormous. Some of them are right by the highway, and it’s amazing to drive by the sheer mass of them. There are seemingly hundreds of them along the river bordering Oregon and Washington.

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

On vacation

So, yeah. I haven’t had much time for posting. The kids and I are in Central Oregon visiting my mom, (yes, where the fires are), miraculously not getting smoked out. There’s a lot of smoke but it’s mostly being blown south. Once darkness fell last night, we could see flames around the edges and billows of red smoke. It was eerie.

We’re having fun. I’m tired. I’m not sure I’m ever going to be not tired again.

I have loads of pictures I’ll post at some future date. Yesterday, mom’s boyfriend taught us how to paint landscapes with oils. We all painted some mountains in front of a lake with pretty trees. It took much of the day. It was really cool.