Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New teal wall.

We began another painting project. When we finish one wall will be teal, one yellow and one green. Yes, I know it sounds horribly ugly but I guarantee you that it will look amazing when we are finished! Here is the first phase although the pictures are not yet in the frames:

Attack of the baby!

In 1.2 seconds Bella goes from being Claire's best friend to wanting to wrestle her down.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Chris!

Chris is now 29 and wow, it's crazy how time flies! We got married when he was a youthful 23. Not that he's not youthful now but next year he will be 30! Not that 30 isn't youthful but just another 5-10 years after that and he will be almost middle-aged. But then again Chris plans on living until he's 120 so if you do the math, in his mind he is still -5 years.

Bella's first pool experience!

We were among the thousands of Oregonians that came out of winter hybernation to enjoy the hot weekend. Saturday afternoon when I saw the temperature in my car reach 103 degrees I decided that we must go directly to visit Kyle and enjoy an afternoon in her pool. Bella loved the water and is definitely a little go-getter even when the water is freezing cold! I think swimming lessons will be coming soon. There is a place down the street called "Children of the Sea" where we plan to enroll her. Of course I always mistakenly call it "Chicken of the Sea".

A small accident.

I succeeded at keeping my child safe for exactly 9 months and 1 day. The dreaded first accident could of been a lot worse but the scratch on her eye still makes me nauseous. I always put the step stool behind the ironing board between two shelves so it is out of harms way. This time I left it out, turned away for two seconds and it ended up on top of Isabella. My mother always told me, "don't look away for one second". Well, I did and poor little Bella's face is the proof.

A little slice of goodness.

You may wonder why I take pictures of random things such as artichokes. My friends think I am a little crazy because objects or scenes that most people may not consider to be kodak moments tend to catch my eye.

Artichokes are wonderful. They are wonderful for so many reasons. They are slightly overpriced, take a crapload of work to eat, each bite is only midly satisfying and they leave you always wanting more.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Good or bad?

Today I am wearing pants that I purchased when I was 16 years old. This means two things:
1. It's stupendous that I still fit into them.
2. I really need some fashion help.

I'm already slightly afraid that in 2065 I will be the woman in which everyone is giving the side eye because she is stuck in a previous era. I have recently vowed that I will not be an 80-year-old woman wearing Puma's and super short hair in a time when super short hair is NOT in style. This will take some hard work because I am very aware that I spend absolutely nothing on keeping up my wardrobe. In fact, today I am wearing a shirt that I fished out of my best friend's goodwill bag. Hey, it must not look that bad because I even got a compliment on it! My pajamas are even hand-me-downs and even my finest clothing comes from Marshalls (don't laugh). Most of the time I blame my lack of style on having a tight budget but reality is if I wanted to change this situation, I could take control. I am slowly starting to realize that possibly this lack of style is just me and for some reason I must like looking a little worn.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Has bicycling always been called spinning?

My first spinning class was a few weeks ago. I went only because my friend Kyle invited me. I won't go into the grim details but I learned one thing from this experience: I will stick with running for now.

It seems that with all the technology in the world there would be a kind soul who would invent a softer seat. Did this poor excuse for an inventor enjoy inflicting pain on unsuspecting individuals that just wanted nice legs?

I know, I know, you're about to tell me that they have shorts with padding in the rear end. Well, the LAST thing on Earth I need is padding in the back of my shorts. I would much prefer a nice cushion gracing the horrendous seat on my bike.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bella's bathroom is finished.

Chris painted last night and here is the final product, (or close to it anyway). I feel a little guilty that my last few posts have consisted of pictures of my decorating and projects when 18,000 people are still burried in rubble in China. My heart goes out to all the people dealing with such great loss. I feel lucky that I have not experienced any major tragedies but it makes for quite an uneventful blog. I guess I hope that my blog stays this uneventful forever, it's an indication that things are going well.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Once a runner, always a runner.

I am a runner even though I've only run once in 4 weeks and only a handful of times this entire year. The reason I still consider myself a runner is because ten thousand times per day I think about running. Well, I don't necessarily think about the actual act of running but I constantly tell myself how idiotic it is of me to not be running. If I added up the hours that I mentally beat myself up for not running, and spent that time actually moving my legs I would of completed at least a few marathons by now.

I am planning to run the Portland marathon in October but my scheduled training is still only scheduled because I haven’t chosen to make it reality. The last thing I want to do after having being away from Isabella all day is put her in the gym kids club for another hour after I get off work. But then if I leave her at home with Chris, they have so much fun that I want to stay home with them. It’s just this vicious cycle that ends up with me not running. Maybe someday I’ll figure out how to balance everything. If you have any miraculous tips please let me know!

All Smiles

These are a couple recent photos that make my heart happy so I wanted to share them!

Quite Crafty

(You can click on this photo to make it larger)

I was feeling artsy after work today so I put some things together and miraculously made this collage. I must admit that I am quite impressed with this picture considering I am that person that still draws stick people. I also found some really cool paper and used it as a background to frame the cute card belle gave me for mother's day. Isn't my kid a genius? She's only 8 months old and she can write!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Wish Chris Luck!

Today is a good day. At this moment Chris is taking the physical test for the Portland Police Dept. After passing this he will be that much closer to being hired. We are keeping our fingers (and toes) crossed!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Life, Love and the Pursuit of XBox.

By day many strong sexy men hide their inner dorkiness, their inner love for gaming systems. My husband is one such man.

Chris has been wanting an XBox since I met him in 2003. I was less than happy about getting one because I assumed that I would become one of the millions of wives that curse the little black XBox because they suddenly have super tough competition. The nights of sweet "I love you's" and movies turn into sounds of gunfire and discussion of tactics. The women of gamers or "undercover gamers" lose attention to a box that doesn't even have a voluptuous butt, a piece of plastic that costs more than a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes and a trendy handbag.

Last month I put all of these thoughts aside because I wanted to be a cool wife. You know, one of those women that guys brag to their friends about. When Chris arrived home from work I wrapped my arms around him, kissed him and said those words every man dreams about, "Let's go to Best Buy". His face lit up like he had just won the lottery and he quickly packed Isabella's diaper bag. An amazing feat considering just a few days prior he asked where we kept the diapers. That meant that he hadn't changed, let alone seen the diapers in the 3 1/2 weeks since we moved. Bless his little heart. So anyway, he packed the bag and we were on our way!

As we walked through the automatic doors at Best Buy Chris rushed over to the the carts....hmmm. I cart? And it wasn't just one of the regular carts, it was a platform cart with a lower tier and a higher tier. At this point I realized that I was in pure trouble. Not only would my attention be disappearing but our credit card bill was going to make the mailbox explode.

Upon checkout I realized not only did we have an XBox but we had every imaginable component. The only one chosen by me was the pink controller and the arcade games. As most of you probably already know, I am a sucker for Bejewelled and Tetris. But take my word for it, the headset was DEFINITELY for Chris. I haven't yet dared to put that thing on my head and enter into the world of serious gamers.

As we exited the world of Best Buy I realized exactly where I stood. Chris took off running towards the car with the overflowing cart and yelled back to Isabella and me......"I now have everything I neeeeed" as if he was leaving us behind. Now the girls in the family, along with the poor dog know exactly where we stand.....right alongside (or slightly under) the XBox.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I admit it.

I really need to expand my music horizons and listen to new things. With that being said, here are some songs that I have been listening to recently. And yes, I am one of the few 24 year old females that will actually admit to rocking out to Miley Cyrus when nobody is around.

I quit.

Starbucks was meant to be a meeting place for friends but I took that vision to the next level. At 5am, Starbucks WAS my best friend. I cursed the day that our nearby Starbucks opened a drive-thru. The previous five minutes that it took me to get coffee in the mornings was decreased to two minutes, and who can’t spare two little minutes in the morning?

Recently I did what every consumer fears and what every financial planner loves to throw in your face…..I added how much I spend every year on my sugary sweet Grande Soy 2 Splenda Lattes. The damage added up to $988 per year if I get one 5 days a week. After learning this little tidbit of information I decided to quickly quit my habit. Since that dreaded day I have only been to Starbucks once in six weeks. Kicking this habit makes me feel like I can do anything, I can conquer the world! I am no longer bound by Starbucks.

Well, at least not by the Starbucks store itself. I have been brewing a cup of Starbucks coffee at home before I leave in the morning. I guess they fooled me. Darn, I really didn't win this battle.