7.30.2010

{Etsy Love} StephieMc Designs


Just got my 2 Tiny Tags necklace in the mail from StephieMc and I'm in Heaven!

What I love most about this necklace is that it's not super frilly or fancy. It's simple, it's fun, and it has Carsten and Taylor on the tags. I love the hammered edges on the tags and just the cleanliness of the design. I opened up the envelope, took note of the cute packaging, and then put the necklace on my neck right away. So far Carsten hasn't yanked at it at all - he saves his yanking for my hair and my neck skin!

I'm not a new customer to StephieMc Designs, and this won't be my last order. Each and every time I am more than delighted by my purchase - and Stephanie is so super sweet, too! Make sure you go and check out her Etsy shop when you can. (Like right now!).

Thanks Steph!!!

Have a happy weekend!

7.28.2010

hump day


So happy that it's hump day. Which kind of hump day, you ask? I'll let you decide.

7.26.2010

running diaries


Last week I jogged. I jogged with Trask. I jogged while pushing my two sons in our BOB double stroller. I jogged with brand new Nike Shox running shoes (that are grape purple). I jogged despite the fact that my big toe and my pointer toe (2nd toe) are feuding over space in my shoes. I jogged and walked for about 2.5 miles. I jogged with only a nursing tank top on under my Oregon Ducks t-shirt. I jogged, and when I stopped, my boobs were still going. I learned that I need at least two sports bras on to contain the girls. I will go pick those up this week so I can run some more. Because maybe I'll like running more if the fun-bags don't ache the entire time. After that, I'll have to do something about my thighs battling one another for space.

This is the tales of me, trying to love running.

7.25.2010

we love our balls!


...not THOSE balls, sicko, but THESE balls!

Amber of Confessions of a Crochet Addict made these balls for my boys to play with - and boy have they been a HIT! Carsten and Taylor both love them, and I love seeing them on the floor. They don't hurt if I step on them, unlike trains or legos, and they aren't loud and obnoxious, either! I think they are cute and colorful and I already want more!!

Thanks, Amber, for being the crafty, crocheting genius that you are!

You are loved!

too cool for words.


Apparently all of a sudden, when you turn 4, you start looking and acting too cool for school! Or at least this is the case for Taylor.

Taylor had a super fun cowboy party yesterday to celebrate turning four - and I just had to share this picture that our dear friend Julie took. I will come back and share more pictures from the big day later.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

Smooches!

7.23.2010

good bye, fro

Carsten got his first haircut today (he is 21 weeks tomorrow!) - I was told by many it was time to lose the crazy Cosmo Kramer hair.


He was a great boy and sat still almost the whole time. He liked being sprayed with the water bottle (there goes my future punishments), and he wanted to grab at the scissors the whole time.



I love his new 'do, but miss his curls. I'm surprised to see how super blond he is now - looks all grown up and studly, if I do say so myself, which I just did.



Thanks Shawn, for the excellent first hair cut! We'll see you soon and we adore you and everyone at Ritual Hair Design!!


7.22.2010

easy living


I wish my biggest predicament in life was deciding which fringed cowboy pants to wear.



* note, Carsten is not a cowboy and these are not pants he'd normally wear, he's just getting psyched for his brother Taylor's cowboy party this weekend.

happy 4th birthday, Taylor


4 years ago today, Trask and I got to meet Taylor, and life hasn't been the same since. It's been so much better!

Random Loves About Taylor:
  • his infectious laugh, especially when he throws his head back to laugh, and even will slap his knee if it's funny enough,
  • his negotiating skills - this kid could sell paper to a tree,
  • his sweet glasses - although hard to get used to my baby wearing glasses at 8 months old, I can't imagine him without them now!
  • he gets so mad when he finds litter, exclaiming it's so naughty to make our earth dirty - wise beyond his years,
  • he is an amazing big brother - so caring, and wants to include Carsten in everything he does,
  • his love of fruit cannot be matched,
  • his love of trains also cannot be matched,
  • he loves the water so much, he probably should have been born with gills and fins,
  • his hugs still make my heart happy,
  • his snuggles when we read books - and his love for books,
  • how he says 'nean' instead of 'mean', and 'cool' instead of 'pool',
  • his love of art and creating things,







Happy Birthday, Sweet Taylor, Tay Man, Taylor Tot, Tay Tay, Cookie, Sugar Buns, Big Boy! We love you so, so, so very much! You are truly a gift to everyone who knows and loves you!

hugs and kisses,
mama

7.17.2010

mama.


When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren

7.13.2010

summer days

Happiness is summer days and fresh strawberry milkshakes after picking raspberries with the family!


Happiness is also your first baby turning 4 in 9 short days!

This post was brought to you in response to Leigh vs. Laundry and The Happiness Project. Go share what makes you happy!



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7.11.2010

sunny weekend


This pretty much sums up our Sunday so far - raspberry picking at Smith Berry Barn and lots of pictures in the sunshine. Seems like the perfect day to me!

7.10.2010

Taylor's art


Turns out that Taylor's art looks AWESOME framed and on my wall!! This is my most favorite of all his paintings ever. We went to the art store yesterday, and I let him pick out 5 colors (and they were dang good choices!), and then I let me attack two canvases with the paint and I just adore what he did. Trask and I just got them both framed- one for our living room and the other for Trask's office at work. I am so lucky my kidlet loves projects as much as I do! And I appreciate the affordable, good-looking art, too!

7.09.2010

It's Factual Friday, Y'all

Factual Friday: random facts, brought to you each and every Friday... starting NOW!

This week's facts are all about giraffes. I love giraffes
!! Maybe that's why I married the tallest guy I could find!!

Enjoy your GIRAFFE facts:
Giraffes eat up to 75 pounds of food a day- typically Acacia leaves.

Tongue is 18 inches long. (I'm just going to leave this fact alone).

Although rarely heard, Giraffes can moo, hiss, roar and whistle to communicate with one another.

Giraffes at the San Diego zoo enjoy raw onions as a special treat (funny and gross, but this is Taylor's favorite snack lately! Odd + silly boy!).

Their heart is 2 feet long and weighs about 25 pounds.

Can gallop 31-37 miles per hour (so what, so can I).

They spend between 16 and 20 hours a day feeding (again, so can I).

The riveting and life-changing information you just read was found here.

7.08.2010

keyboard confessions: volume 4

Keyboard Confessions is not my idea, but I'm going to use it anyway, because I think the best way to compliment someone is by stealing their idea. Or just borrowing it and giving them a shout-out and some credit. You may also find awesome Keyboard Confessions from Kearsie of Sounds Like Tomatoes and from Amber of What The French, Toast.

I like lists and I am very random, so this is right up my alley. Let's begin. This is Keyboard Confessions: Volume 4.

1. It's really hot here in Portland today, and so I've been hiding in the house all day. This leaves me very scatter-brained and feeling extremely antsy.

2. I used to re-write my math homework once I finished the assignment, because I wanted it to look neat and tidy. I did the same with all my lecture notes from high school and college.

3. I am trying to get better about going with the flow and not having an agenda, even on just some days, but surprises kind of scare me. I get anxious over the simplest things.

4. I've walked out of a restaurant because I didn't recognize anything on the menu and it didn't have a single picture. My husband can't stand this, I'm sure, but doesn't mock me too much.

5. I get to go to the Nike employee store in a few weeks and I can't wait to buy my running shoes for 50% off, and to start running. Or maybe I'm just excited to get shoes... we'll see.

6. I don't like eating blueberries because of their texture, and that weird b-hole type thing on the blueberry - ick.

7. I can't wait to have a home and build the boys a tree house. I wonder if I'll be allowed in.

8. I hope that when my boys are older, I'll be the hot mom. I better start working on it now if I have a chance. Either that or only let the boys make friends with kids that have ugly moms.

9. Was that last comment mean?

10. I'm working on silhouettes of me and Trask. I'm having a hard time working on mine... feels very strange to be that zoomed in on a picture of myself, and I don't like seeing inside my ears.

11. And back to the other moms... if I can't be the hottest, I hope that I can at least be the funniest. And not the funny where they are just laughing AT me.

12. Are taper legged Lee mom-jeans ever going to be in fashion? I'm worried it may- and that keeps me up at night.

13. It's time to step away from the computer screen and go tell my family how lucky they are to have me.

Have a good one!
Shauna

7.06.2010

happiness is...

Happiness is making progress on my never-ending projects-to-do list!

Yesterday I got to check off a big one - I finally opened up my new Etsy shop: Lemon Kissed and made my first handful of earrings. I love finding new things to enjoy, and making earrings definitely makes me happy - almost as happy as scratching something off my list!!


This post was brought to you in response to Leigh vs. Laundry and The Happiness Project. Go share what makes you happy!



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7.05.2010

happy fourth!


I hope everyone had a fun, safe and happy 4th of July!

We spent some time in Eugene this weekend, but not for as long as we had planned. Both of my boys are sick and I'm trying to get them feeling better, or at least not so full of snot.

Hooray for short work weeks!!

7.02.2010

It's Factual Friday, Y'all

Factual Friday: random facts, brought to you each and every Friday... starting NOW!

This week's facts are all about the lovely state of Oregon - my sweet state, with some facts focusing on my wonderful hometown, Eugene, which I will be visiting this weekend!


Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets. (and they're so damn confusing!).

Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.

There are nine lighthouses standing along the coastline of Oregon. Five are still being used, and the others are designated historic monuments.

Eugene is rated by "Bicycling Magazine" as one of the top ten cycling communities in the United States. (A little Shauna tid-bit, I worked at a bike shop for about 6 years!).

In 1876 the University of Oregon opened in Eugene. Deady Hall was the first building on campus and still exists. (I swear it's haunted! I had a math class in that building and always had an eerie feeling, but it may have just been from having to do math!).

The riveting and life-changing information you just read was found here.

7.01.2010

future in advertising + marketing

Taylor's love for marketing and advertising is very much like his dad's, already!! I see him following in his daddy's footsteps...

Yesterday Taylor and hubs were running errands. Tay asked his daddy if they could stop by Subway real fast and eat fresh.

While driving in the car the other day, Taylor told me if my car breaks down, we should definitely take it to Pep Boys.

Taylor after finding out his battery operated train wasn't working: "Mom, we better get to Batteries Plus, and quick! We need more batteries UP IN HERE."

keyboard confessions: volume 3

Keyboard Confessions is not my idea, but I'm going to use it anyway, because I think the best way to compliment someone is by stealing their idea. Or just borrowing it and giving them a shout-out and some credit. You may also find awesome Keyboard Confessions from Kearsie of Sounds Like Tomatoes and from Amber of What The French, Toast.

I like lists and I am very random, so this is right up my alley. Let's begin. This is Keyboard Confessions: Volume 3.

1. I just read Amber's Keyboard Confessions and got all excited because like Amber, I used to feed my boogers to Maddie, our rat terrier, as well. And don't judge me, she loved them! Taylor would feed his boogs to her, as well. We miss having her around here, and not just because we have to use more tissues.

2. I wash my hands a lot, so don't be scared of giving me high fives or anything.

3. It seems like I can't stop talking about boogers, but I'll try.

4. Taylor keeps asking for another little brother or little sister. I'm sure he thinks I'll soon move my family out to the country, wear long jean skirts and jumpers and start wearing socks with sandals, with my hair in a long braid. NO MORE BABIES, Taylor.

5. I think it's time that my hubs and I have 'the talk.' The talk about seeing Dr. Snippity Snip. Because I can handle 2 kids and still be an awesome mom, but I'm afraid what a third child would cause me to become.

6. Since I'm done making babies, I'm now going to be the creepy lady who stares and coos at other babies in public. This is fair, because I can't tell you all the weird things people do and say to my children when we're out, especially Carsten.

7. Threw away all my cotton grandma undies. There's no need for them anymore. I'm replacing all of them with expensive undies that don't have a lot of material involved. Finally maybe Allison won't make fun of my Granny Panties.

8. The word 'panties' makes me want to gag. It makes my skin crawl. So do the words: moist, pulp, ointment, uvula and discharge.

9. Now that the sun is out, the ugly people can trick everyone. This happens like this: sometimes someone can look very attractive with sunglasses on, but once they're off, you want to jump back and scream in shock. This happened to me once on a vacation in high school. After a few hours of flirting with the guy leading the boat tour in Kauai, he takes his glasses off at the end of the tour... and I realized I wasted a good portion of my afternoon. Hate that!

10. If I'm having an 'ugly day', I like to trick people and wear my sunglasses. I like to make them feel like fools.

11. This weekend I'm walking the 4.5 mile Mayor's Walk at the Butte to Butte in Eugene, my hometown. Wonder at what mile I'll die of blisters.

12. I'm strangely attracted to Greg Giraldo on Last Comic Standing. I know we'd 'get along' nicely. I just know these things. Something about that face hair, those arm tattoos and that he's so sarcastic - delicious.

13. Anyone have any requests for what you want me to confess?

14. Did I really just ask you all that?

15. I'm out. Time to tend to the sick big boy - juice and movies and cuddles from mama, as I think about killing every chipmunk on Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeekquel.