Thankful + Blessed

As I have been up since 4:30 this morning unable to sleep, it has given me a lot of time to think (since it's never this quiet in the house usually!).

Today is Thanksgiving. Happy Thankgiving to everyone, I hope it's a day to reflect, love, laugh and make wonderful memories.

2008 has been a tricky year, but definitely an improvement from 2007. I don't expect life to always be easy, and the past few years have taught me a lot about priorities, true friends, family, my faith and life in general. I won't turn this into a 'woe is me' blog post, no way. My life is continually blessed, sometimes with little blessings that you don't notice right away, and then other times huge blessings that come in the nick of time. It wouldn't feel right grumbling about all the blips and crazy days of the past couple years, or 26 years, when I have so much more than those less fortunate than myself.

I am grateful for a roof over my head and blankets to keep me warm. I am grateful for an amazing husband who also happens to be my best friend. I am thankful we created a wonderful son that continues to amaze us everyday. He is going to make the world a better place - you just wait! I am grateful for the election results and hold promise for the direction this country will be taken. I am grateful for the troops that have served our country and don't get a chance to enjoy their families and friends as much as they'd like to. I am thankful that even in this economy, while things are still very tight financially, I am still able to stay at home with my son. I am thankful that lemon drop studio is doing well and gaining the attention of others. I am thankful for my friends and their love, whether I get to see them once a year or once a week, I would be lost without them, even my blogging friends whom I have never met but always have kind words that make me smile. How can I feel bad for myself when I have this much to be grateful for, and that's not even the whole list!?

I know that 2009 is going to be a wonderful year. I plan on volunteering even more than I do now, cooking more meals at home, trying to be a little more patient and will continue to focus on the simple things that make this life worth living.

Happy Thanksgiving Friends! I love you all.


I don't care, I love it!

I am on the third book of the Twilight series, Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer and I am loving it! (I don't care if the books are for teenagers, I am hip!! Uh, is that the right word to use!?) I have a movie date on Saturday to go see Twilight, and I can't wait for friends, buttered popcorn and my Sweet Edward Cullen. Yum-o!

I never thought a book would come along and cure my PPD (Post-Potter Depression). I was so sad after the last Harry Potter, but alas, Vampires are the new Wizards.

I need help.

Who else likes them? Fess up.


VIDs - Very Important Dudes

Total understatement of the century, but... I LOVE MY GUYS!

Trask and Taylor make my life so wonderful and fun, bright and cheery, and they are both just so sweet. They are both equally as messy as the other, but I don't mind (usually), because it's totally worth it. I am blessed more than I can believe, and I am not sure how or why I got so lucky, but I am thankful.

Trask, thank you for teaching Taylor to be one of the good guys. His future wife will thank you for it, too.


thank you, Trask + Tay

I have the greatest husband and son in the world. They made my 26th birthday so very relaxing and special. I will come and add details to this post in the next day or so, but wanted to highlight some pictures from my surprise birthday weekend.

Trask, thank you for being the most amazing person I have ever met. I feel so lucky and blessed to have the love we have and the family that we made. You are everything. (Don't get a big head about it, though!)

And Taylor, you are the sweetest 2-1/2 year old boy. Your heart is so warm and kind, and the hugs and kisses you showered me with this weekend will stay with me always.



To celebrate turning 26 this Friday, I am going to share 26 fun (or not so fun), random facts about moi (fancy french way to say 'me') with everyone.

(My gift to you is this sweet picture of me rockin' the 'Becky from Roseann' haircut in 3rd grade!! Really soak it in and love it. Cherish it, too. You are welcome. Very welcome. I love awkward stages!!)

1. I was born in Eugene, Oregon. I lived in Eugene until July of 2005, when I moved to my current home in Hillsboro, Oregon. I love it up here.

2. I can't choose a favorite color, ever. Top favorites? Oranges, blues, greens, pinks, grays. I love 'em all.

3. I have grown a quarter of an inch taller since I had Taylor, 27-1/2 months ago. My feet also got a 1/2 size bigger, too. Enough of a difference that I needed all new shoes and gave all my old ones to my Ma-in-Law.

4. I used to be deathly afraid of needles, even had to lay down when I got shots so I wouldn't pass out. Pregnancy cured me of that fear, among many others, I am sure.

5. I am a highly anxious person about some things, like trying a new restaurant, not knowing which lane to be in while driving, scared of getting a flat tire, fear of leaving my zipper down on my jeans, when my house is disorganized, etc.

6. I am way hotter if someone else puts my make up on for me. I just can't put it on right. This saddens me that I don't have my own hair and make up team, yet.

7. I have known my husband for almost 8 years in December. We met on-line when I was a senior and he was a freshman in college. I never tell this story. We have been inseparable ever since our first date. We have been married since May 14, 2005. We were married in Kauai, just me and him, and our officiant and photographer. I wouldn't change a thing.

8. Jobs I have had (in order for the most part): babysitting, Hutch's Bicycle Shop in Springfield Oregon on 21st and Main, High Street Bicycles (near 5th St Public Market in Eugene), Sunglass Hut, Church Nursery Teacher in Eugene, Fred Meyer Pharmacy clerk, The Healthy Weigh weight loss counselor (fave job), LDC Design Group/Parati marketing specialist, MOTHER TO TAYLOR (the very best!), Gymboree sales associate, and now a self-employed business owner to lemon drop studio | fresh-squeezed gifts, oh, and still a mom.

9. I can't plan a meal to save my life. That's what I don't like about cooking. Give me a plan and a specific grocery list and I am fine, happy, even. But just tell me to make a dinner and I am cranky.

10. I turn into dizzy, hungry hulk when I get hungry. I am not a nice person. I say things I shouldn't, and tend to have toddler-like tantrums until I am fed. This can get really horrible for all involved. (Dizzy, Hungry Hulk is a term taken from an episode of My Name is Earl).

11. I have dreams that could potentially get me locked up. They are detailed, seem to last forever, are are so so so strange. Sometimes people I tell my dreams to just look sad for me, or start backing away slowly.

12. I love making lists. I love it so much that I can't remember a single thing unless I write it down. And I am so OCD about being tidy and organized (although you couldn't tell by seeing me) that I re-write my lists if they get too sloppy. I used to re-write my math homework out, too. And all my class notes.

13. I adore stationery. I love sending people cards and letters, hand written! And I love pens and pencils, or any writing utensil. Oh they make me happy. Office supplies in general, I suppose.

14. I make my bed every single day. Even if I am sick. I also will not take a nap with the blinds down or curtains closed. I like to nap in the daylight.

15. I love jeans. I love skirts and dresses in theory, but once I have one on me, all I can think about is being in jeans.

16. Pets I have had since birth: Tonka a tailless cat, Sarge a chocolate lab, Turbo a norfolk terrier, Em a norfolk terrier, Teaser a norfolk terrier, Rocky a norfolk terrier, Rowdy a hedgehog, countless beta fish (Nelly being my fave), goldfishes Spike and Pretzel, 2 white rats Kissy and Lucy, Buddy the bird, Zoe the cat, Maddie the dog.

17. Amos Lee is my favorite singer. A close second is Jack Johnson.

18. I talk in my sleep. A lot. I used to walk in my sleep as a child, and once woke up and couldn't find any of my sheets or blankets on my bed. I woke up my mom and we searched the whole house. I had stuck them in the bathtub in my sleep. Totally normal.

19. Favorite toys growing up: Popples, Barbies, My Little Ponies.

20. I have never broken a bone in my body, and have never had surgery. I like to pick scabs. I know that is gross, but that's just how it is.

21. I love breakfast foods!!

22. Smells I love: new car smell, new shoes, shoebox smell, newborns, puppy breath, coconut, citrus smells, cinnamon, fresh cut grass, rain on the sidewalk (can't remember Karlie's fancy term for this), gasoline at the gas station (don't judge me), clean smell. Nothing over the top or fancy.

23. I am super simple. I like simple things, simple decorating, simple art, simple cards, simple clothes. I like things relaxed and fun and laid back. I like honesty and genuineness and kindness. I strive to be all of that each day. Some days I do better than others.

24. I am terrified of small spaces. I blame this on the time my friend Jenny and I got stuck in a refrigerator box together. I hate elevators. I really hate being too hot, and since I have been pregnant and had Taylor, I am always too hot now.

25. I love The Office. That TV show is the only one I am hooked on. I have 'a thing' for Jim (John Krasinksi), and I can relate with Dwight on many levels, including appearance (kidding). The only other show I have ever loved this much is Mama's Family, with Vicki Lawrence. I wish I could still get reruns on some of my channels. Someone tape them all for me and send them to me and you can have $199 worth of etsy things from my shop, I am SERIOUS!! I really am.

26. I love the University of Oregon, I love the DUCKS! I graduated in 2005 with my bachelor's degree in Family and Human Services from the College of Education. I graduated with honors, on the Deans list, with an accumulative 3.9 GPA in my major. I will use my degree when Taylor and future baby are in school.

Well, thanks for listening to me. If you made it all the way through the list and want to know something else, leave a comment or email me and ask, and I'll post more facts as I get them.


a favorite blog

Do you guys know how much I adore The Children's Nest?! Well, I do. And you should, too. Go check it out. She just had her first giveaway. I think I am too late to enter, but still wanted to spread the good word...


little sis

Today my one and only little sister, Karlie Jaye, turns 21. I remember going to the hospital with my mom and dad when it was time to have Karlie, and waiting patiently for my little sister to arrive. And then she came. And from that moment on, life was different. It was better. Funnier. Harder. Complicated. Simple. Amazing.

So many things could sum Karlie up, but the word that does it for me, is kindness. Karlie is a kind soul, a fun girl, a walking contradiction at times, shy, wild, perverted, disturbed, intelligent, passive-aggressive, and just so kind, gentle and insightful. The world is much better because she is here, and I truly mean that. I am better because she is here.

Karlie, I love you more than words could say. I love being your older sister. You couldn't make me more proud of the amazing lady you have become. (I use the word 'lady' loosely, you can burp like a lumberjack.) Enjoy your 21st birthday and know how deeply cared about, admired and loved you are, by your big sister, your only sister, therefore your favorite sister.

Happy Birthday Karlie!

Sho Sho


trailering + birthday week

Hi Sweet Friends,

Well, I am back from Girls Weekend with the Ma-in-Law and my Aunt Michelle and I had so much fun. I feel well rested, happy and ready for my birthday week. (Yes, I don't like to limit a birthday to just a DAY, I feel a week is much more appropriate, and well-deserved).

We got to Cape Lookout on Friday night, got all set up and had a great dinner. Saturday we watched two movies, classics, if you ask me: The Holiday and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Love them. We ate lots, drank wine, played games, had beer, played games and talked the entire time. Sunday was a bit more of the same and then a short little drive home. We did try to take a walk on the beach but we all got sandblasted by a big gust of wind and since I never stop talking, my molars were full of sand. Ick. It was stormy all weekend, but fun to hear the rain on the top of the trailer. Ahhhh.

When I got home Sunday Trask and Taylor were still in one piece. Taylor was in his car seat asleep while Trask helped get my bags from the trailer to our car to head home. I think perhaps Taylor had a sugar-crash. I am just guessing based on the things I saw in the garbage can. The boys ate like kings. Sugar kings. And NO, that is not really my sink in Trask's blog, by the way. I was horrified to see that picture up there, thinking you guys would judge me. That is not my kitchen, no way! I really felt like I had to clear that up. Thanks. I hope you believe me.

So, today is Day 2 of Birthday Week. My real birthday falls on Friday, the 14th. (Gather your gifts, banners, cupcakes, statues of me and have them ready!!) I have always been a birthday lover, so this one is no exception. And last year I had an awful birthday, so I hope this one makes up for 2007.

My drama last year included a stomach flu like no other for about a week, going to Oceanside to try to stay in a fun hotel with said flu while the winds blew over 95 mph, a cranky kid, still the flu, and when I thought it was gone a week later, going out for drinks with Trask while Nana watched Taylor, but finding out I was still sick and barfing up my drink and dessert. Oh, and Trask was unemployed.

This will be a better birthday - I can already tell. Trask is taking Thursday and Friday off to spend with Taylor and I - that's enough of a gift in itself. I love family time.

Okay, so what's on the agenda for today? It's Veteran's Day. Taylor and I are going to go see Madagascar II with Summer and McKenna. Taylor hasn't been to a theater since we saw Meet the Robinsons over a year ago. (Bad mom, I know!!) We'll see if he sits down to watch it. He did sit down with Trask for the Blazers game, so we'll see.

That's it for now. Stay tuned, I'll be listing soon 26 random things about me in celebration of turning 26.



so fun!

Last night's Wining Women event at Vino100 was awesome! Here I will post a picture of my table, but to see more details, just go to lemon drop studio's blog right here.

Now today is going to consist of packing for the weekend, and filling and shipping a few etsy orders. Yahoo!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and I'll talk to y'all on Monday!


girl time

Ah, I have been so busy I have neglected my poor blogs. Ugh, I hate it when that happens. Do you forgive me? I hope so. Don't make me beg, it's not as pretty as you would hope and expect.

I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get ready for Vino100's Wining Women tonight, where I am their partner this month and will have a table there tonight with my cards, crayons, hair ties, hair clips and more. I feel ready. And Summer is going to be with me, so it'll be just perfect. Isn't she rad for running the table with me. It must be for the free wine. :) If you are local, come on down and visit us, it's from 5pm to 8pm at Vino100, near the Streets of Tanasbourne. You'll be so glad you did.

Tomorrow marks a big adventure. I will be spending two nights away from Trask and Taylor. I am sad to be without them, but happy for a chance to get away with some special gals and have some down-time. I am so happy I won't have to change a diaper or tell them to stop climbing up the cabinets and counters. I hope I won't have to tell them that, at least. I am going away to Cape Lookout with my Ma-in-Law Gail and my Aunt Michelle, and we're going to be 'roughing it' in Michelle's honkin' huge, nice trailer. Oh I can't wait! Glory, glory! We're going to watch lots of movies, read our books, walk on the beach, eat and drink, and I am more than ready. I will still miss my guys, but I am sure they'll have tons of fun things planned and will be hanging out at home all day in their undies. Ewwww. I will definitely document our weekend on camera and share pictures when I return.

Okay friends, creeps, stalkers, family and the like... I'll give a little update tomorrow to let y'all know how Wining Women goes. Wish me luck, Lord knows I will need it!!




...that all November long the EtsyMom Team is doing a giveaway - 2 goodies every day in November. Go enter daily and win, win, win some great goodies! Go here and good luck.

And guess what, my etsy shop had it's 100th sale today. I couldn't be happier. Well, I suppose my 101st sale will really make me smile, too.


How do you guys feel about this, Baconnaise? Can I just tell you that this scares me to death and gives me chills up and down my spine.

Baconnaise. Yes or No? For more info, click here. WendiWinn, I can't wait to see what you think. You, too, Summer!!

do it

I am not going to get all political on anyone, I am sure we're all a bit sick of the ads, phone calls and the mail and everything else that is screaming politics in our faces right now, so all I will say is: Please go and VOTE. I don't care how you vote, I just care that you vote. And when you are turning in your ballot, think about how awesome I am. Or about how awesome you are for voting.

That is all.