Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Little OCD?

The house was quiet...too quiet. So I went to check on Hunter and he had fallen asleep while playing with his cars. Notice how he lines them up all nice and straight? He does that a lot. With EVERYTHING. We think he may be a little obsessive compulsive. Hmmm...where would he get that? Maybe from his mother who is obsessed with dressing her kids alike. But who knows?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tag- My 10 Favorite Pictures

Becca tagged me to show my 10 favorite pictures and these are the best ones I have easy access to. (Some of them are linked to great memories rather than great photography.) They are in no particular order: This one was at Craig and Angie's wedding. Hunter looked very cute in his little suit.
This one needs no introduction...I posted it awhile ago and we can all agree it was a hit!
This is my dad holding me--he wasn't sure he wanted a girl, in fact I think he's still not sure!
Anjuli found this pictures of us and gave it to me--it's just plain awesome.
Jason really swept me off my feet!
This is Hunter and his cousin Samantha Jo walking together at the family reunion campout. We didn't even tell them to hold hands.
My sweet McKay...
We made a holiday card out of this and sent it to all our family around Halloween. It was the first time Hunter would hold McKay for a pose.
Hunter's first boat ride on the Columbia River. The boat belongs to our good friends the Whites who let us use them for it!
I like the family ones. This was at Omars house for Christmas the first year that Hunter was old enough to open his own presents. I remember how excited I was for him to actually enjoy Christmas and we had a great time with my family.

I am going to tag Lisa because I know how much you love pictures and I know you have some great ones.

Saturday, May 17, 2008


Some of you have called and asked how it went-- thanks for all the love--so here's what happened in Spokane. Wednesday I competed in my class and it turned out I was actually the only one entered in that particular class. So basically the pressure was off and I sang really well. The adjudicator worked with me, gave me some great suggestions and then gave me a superior on my certificate and a gold medal. She must have noticed the look on my face because she looked at me very seriously and said that she wasn't giving me the gold medal just because I was the only one in the class. The man helping her then told me she had given a few people silver medals or no medals when they were alone in a class. That made me feel a bit more validated. Then as I was walking out another lady stopped me and told me that they were asking a few of the winners to come back Friday to sing live on KPBX public radio and if I was available to come back. I told her I wasn't sure if my husband would be too happy about me driving back (gas prices and all) but I gave her my phone number to give to the radio station anyway.
When they called Thursday evening I still wasn't sure but then the lady on the phone sort of talked me into it. The thought of Jason coming with me and us having a day in Spokane by ourselves was too good to resist, so we packed the kids up and took them to grandmas house before we headed to Spokane. I'm glad we went--it was really fun singing on the radio and then Jason and I had a nice day together.
So now I've got the rest of the summer to relax before I start worrying about what I'm going to sing in Spokane NEXT year! Thanks for all your good wishes and support!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Lovely Mothers Day

It was a nice day. Beautiful weather. Beautiful kids. Beautiful husband. Life is pretty good.
Best of all my parents came to visit that evening. I had picked some lilacs for my mom and then she walked in with a huge vase of pink roses for me!
Hunter wanted a picture with grandma and her present. (We still can't get him to smile for pictures though!)
We had such a great night with my parents. The kids just thrive on their grandparents attention. McKay wouldn't leave Grandpa's lap the whole night! The only thing that would have made the day better is if Hunter had gotten up with the primary to sing to me...he got too shy at the last minute and wouldn't go up. BUT, he said the prayer in primary for the first time, so that made me proud. Maybe the singing bug will hit him next year...or at least he'll stand up there and pretend.
Speaking of singing, I better go practice for MusicFest tomorrow! I gotta go to Spokane and sing in a competition at Gonzaga (MusicFest Northwest) ...I'm nervous so wish me luck!

Friday, May 9, 2008

My Moms

My camera is missing--I mean, I'm sure it's here in my messy house somewhere--but I can't find it. So these are older pictures, but they'll have to do. In honor of mothers day I just wanted to thank my mom and Jasons mom for being such great examples to me. I love them both so much and am so grateful that I am able to see them so often. My kids benefit so much from having so many loving people in their lives. I also benefit from all the help, advice, and recipes! Thanks for being such good grandmas! I love you both!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Spring Cleaning

I love this blogging network thing because I learn so much from all of you. Lately I have gotten a lot of advice about spring cleaing and so I've decided to tackle some. (Or regular cleaning for that matter.) These are some of the cleaners that have gotten me excited about cleaning again.

When I complained about my blackened saucepan my friend Emilee recommended Bar Keepers Friend and it worked! The stuff came off almost instantly and then I scrubbed my stainless steel sink with it and it has never been so shiny! Then I moved on to my glass cooktop which I feel is NEVER clean enough and it worked a miracle on that too. I didn't even have to scrub that hard either. I'm excited to see what else it works on...

I also love cleaners that don't have harsh fumes. When I was pregnant I couldn't clean because the cleaners made me sick. That's when I found Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface Spray. It smells great, removes 99% of bacteria and is safe to use around food and kids. I never use lysol anymore. I also love Clorox's Green Works, especially the bathroom cleaner. I can clean the shower without feeling like I'm inhaling tons of toxic fumes.

My friend Megan told me to use a pumice stone to remove stains from bathroom fixtures. I scrubbed at my shower, sinks and toilet with it and they've never been so white!

I couldn't live without swiffer wet/dry cloths and swiffer dusters. The dusters are esp great on blinds. Plus Hunter loves to use them to dust and mop for me, so that's great too.

If anyone else has a cleaner they couldn't live without I'd love to know about it!