Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day...

Hope you had a nice weekend.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

I'm in love.

The non-married days of my love life were always the running joke among my family and friends. Every boy I dated I was "in love with." Not the "I love you" type of love, but I just loved so many things about them. You see, I wear my heart on my sleeve. I fall in love with people and places so easily. I have a lot of love in my heart and I give of it freely!

When D and I decided to settle in Idaho I cried the entire way there. I was so sad to move there. I really was. Then when we moved from Idaho I cried all the way here. I loved everything about living in Idaho and was so attached to so many things there. Now, I think if you pulled me from this place I would leave kicking and screaming, longing to come back. Unless I was moving next door to my mom or sister of course.

Do I sound ridiculous? Well, the way I look at it is, I can be happy anywhere! Because wherever we are I love it. Even if it is missing a few components that I love (family, etc...)

But really, look at this place. Isn't it amazing?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


You probably know that the Oprah show finale was today. Like the real finale - not just the season finale.

It was a profound heartfelt, feel-good, sincere, and classy goodbye from Oprah.

She said some great things, but one thing in particular stuck out to me and I have been thinking about it ever since (so for the last hour, really.)

She quoted a viewer/contributer to her show who made her a sign that states, "Take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space."

Wow. So profound, yet so simple.

It made me think--what kind of energy do I bring into my home, to my blog, to my conversations with my husband, to disciplining my children, to a conversation with a friend, to a phone call, to dealing with a stranger, into a friends home, really anywhere and any situation?

That quote may have changed my life.

It will be going up some where in my home for the duration of my life.
As a reminder that I am in control of the energy I let into my heart, out of my mouth, into my thoughts.

The energy I let into me is surely a direct cause of the energy I let out. Do I let in energy that is envious, jealous, or angry? Or do I let in energy that is positive, uplifting, and love?
Do I exude energy that is loving, nonjudgemental, understanding, or do I release negative, down-putting and judgemental vibes?

Something to think about. Something to implement.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Our man.

The man of our house is gone this week on business.
We dreaded him leaving.
I don't like when he is gone.
Especially since lately both kids think it is okay to start their day anywhere between 4:30 and 5:00 AM.
Besides, his company picked the wrong week for this week long training out of town.
Biggest loser finale.
Oprah finale.
American Idol finale.
All events will be DVRd and D will be busy with me on the couch catching up on the excitement.
Yes, Oprah finale might be wishful thinking--however, he did enjoy the Royal Wedding.
I have hope.
Who doesn't like a feel-good-tear-jerker like the Oprah finale is bound to be.
All three of us are crazy about D.
We almost worship him, he is just that cool.

One of my favorite things about D is that he loves that I love being a woman and he loves what that means to be a woman.
He loves the woman-ness in me.
I believe women have the greatest power to change the world.
Not only because we can be mothers.
But because of traits that are synonymous with being a woman.
Traits that empower and heal.
Traits that make us sensitive to a higher power.
The ability to lift others around us.
Somewhere in us is a drive to nurture and love.
My gender is a huge defining component of who I am.
When I think about being a woman it makes me so happy.
I have no doubt that God made women for a special purpose.
D believes that.
(cue Beyonce "Women rule the world.")

Monday, May 23, 2011



has greenish-brownish-hazelish eyes but everyone comments on her "dark brown eyes."
loves Milk/Milky/Monkey (those are her names for Milk)
loves "munch" (lunch - but she says that for every meal) and "nacks" (snacks)
loves apples and oranges
squeaks (a mix between a bird chirp and a little puppy dog) when she wakes up in the morning or from a nap. That is how she lets us know she is up! She never calls for us. She has done this since she was about 10 months old.
wants to see Dock first thing in the morning.
is a little mini-me. In more ways than one.
starts out shy in social settings, stays right close to me, but warms up slowly.
loves to tell Dock what to do.
just yesterday swiped her finger in Docks mouth and said, "out." just like I would have done. He puts everything in his mouth.
loves to pull Dock on top of her so he is laying on top of her. They both laugh so much when she does this.
Says, "kank yew." If I ask her to do something. Because after she obeys me I will say, "thank you." Now she says it before I get to it.
also says, "kank yew" when she gives me things. Mostly things she know she shouldn't have. She usually tattles on herself.
loves to color.
loves playdough and bubbles.
loves to read.
loves her Nemo bath toys.
loves "monkey George."
loves to clean up.
loves to sing, "pider," "tinkle, tinkle," and "popcorn."
LOVES nursery.
loves the color green (if I ask what color something is, most often it is "geen")
loves hats.
loves purses and bags.
loves jewelry.
loves shoes (her latest fetish)
loves pointing out buses and trucks and cars and trees and water and airplanes as we drive.
loves airplanes (which we see frequently.)
takes a little time to wake up (whereas Dock opens his eyes with a big smile on his face, ready to play!)
loves to run out to get daddy when he gets home.
throws her head back when she laughs.
loves daddy and reminds me that he is at "vork" throughout the day.
loves pointing out the letter V.
refers to herself as "Vevie."
has a major crush on her uncle Jason.
loves to chat on Skype with Granny and Grandad so she can see their dog.
loves to talk to Grandma and Grandpa on Skype, but is most concerned about where Grandpa is.
loves her baby dolls and wraps them up in blankets, feeds them sippys, wipes their noses, rocks them, kisses them, has mommy rock them, and does not like when Dock touches them.
likes to have "ponies" in her hair.
loves "cake-up" (makeup)
says "cake-up" when Dock wakes up. One word - two meanings.
loves to pull silly faces to make us laugh.  She will pull them out at random times and then keep going because she loves the laughs she gets.
sometimes talks in her room for a while before falling asleep.  One time I went in on her talking to the butterflies hanging above her bed.
is an easy child.  She is predictable.  If she starts acting up, it is almost always because she hasn't been given enough love and attention throughout the day.  Dock demands more of my attention, and sometimes Veva has to remind me that she needs personal attention too.  So I feed her need and usually all is well.
loves to get into everything.
has a special hiding spot in an empty cupboard (just for her) and hides EVERYTHING in there.
loves to pretend talk on the phone, but wont say a thing if someone is on there.
is happy.
loves her best friends "peo" and "cawnie" (Pierce and Kennedy)
loves to point out Jesus (she is just so righteous ;)
has developed her own little language as of late, I call it "vevish."  She talks a mile and minute saying a bunch of jibberish.  Even though she can say most words.
loves to be "side" (outside)
always points out "sunshine."  I make a big deal about the sun when it is out! She caught on to this.
is 22 months old today.

oh, and she thinks ketchup is the greatest thing that ever happened to food.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sweet baby C.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Just us.

We really love being with just ourselves.
We enjoy each others company.
We aren't social bugs.
We are content hanging out just as Mr., Mrs., and babies.
But we do love some good company to mix things up.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Not a cloud in the sky.

Are you wondering if you read that correctly?  I am not kidding you.  NOT A CLOUD IN THE SKY!

I pretty much left the park kicking and screaming along with my children because I didn't want to waste anytime inside.  But naps are a must.  Don't worry we will be back out as soon as they wake up!

When I first moved here the bishopric (consisting of the bishop and two others that assist him) from our church came over to meet us.  One of the councilors (or assistants to the bishop) said in a very jovial tone, "Sometimes we have an ENTIRE month of sun in the summer."  My mind went, "Huh?"  in disbelief.  I thought, "One WHOLE month.  That is exciting? How sad."

Well, let me tell you what.  We are on day three of no rain, and I am ecstatic.

If you grow up in Idaho and you believe in God then you pray for rain.  That is just a fact of life.  Well, I now know where all the rain went. The rain we prayed for everyday was getting dumped on western Washington.

I was grateful to see that this Spring goes down as one of, if not thee, wettest EVER. That means when everyone around me says, "it usually doesn't rain this much," they aren't just trying to make me feel better.

Days like these help gear us up for when skies are grey.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My blondie-blonde twins??

When I am out and about I often have the kids in a dualie stroller.  I frequently get the question, "Are they twins?"


But they are only separated by one year and one pound.

Veva weighs a whopping 22 lbs. Murdock is pulling a strong 21 lbs.

The other question I often get is, "where does the blonde hair come from?"

As you can see, D has almost-black hair and mine is dark brown.

THIS is where it comes from.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

1st day thoughts revisited

Remember when I moved here a few months ago and I wrote this post?

Well, today I am revisiting those thoughts.  Clarifying a few things.  
You will see my edits in red. 
No hard feelings toward Canadians.  I am simply stating the facts. 

Day 1 observations of Washington and Washingtonians
- it rains...a lot Still true.
- Canadians love Costco! Still true.
- lots of Orientals, Indians, and Middle Easterners. Majority of them are Canadians.
- everyone is in a hurry! We just came from slow city USA. Here, if you are not moving fast enough people will scurry around you. It's quite amusing to watch people push their carts so speedy! They look so stressed and late! We just stroll, probably bothering everyone. They are all Canadians
- people will wait in a line of 10 cars or more for the cheapest gas in town....saving $0.10 per gallon. Seriously?!? Maybe that is why they are always in a hurry, they waste all their time waiting for gas. They are all Canadians
- people actually drive the speed limit here. If it says 60, people drive 60! Wow, so obedient. I thought 60 meant 65. They are all Canadians
- although they drive the speed limit they are fast drivers. Pedal to the medal. Don't pause or take your time to speed up and slow down. Slam on your brakes at the very last second. No time to waste of course they need to get in line for gas! They are all Canadians
- it is so simple to recycle here. Where I'm from you have to search for recycle bins. There is a bin for every material right outside your door. It's great! Still True
- I feel like they built the city right in the middle of a forest. It's a funny thing. It's a big city (by my standard) but it is integrated into a forest. Kind of weird. I've never seen so many trees.  I love this about Bellingham.  I will be in the middle of town and turn a corner and I am in the middle of a park that has miles of trails into the forest.  Love it. 

Did you know I live 15 min. from the Canadian border?


My sis-in-law just set up shop.
Go check her out!!
(Click on the word "shop" to go to her site.)

Monday, May 16, 2011

"Kimmy? (Kimmy) Kimmy? (Kimmy)"

Can you name the movie? _____ ______ _______ _______

if we look tired, it is because we were. Two babies will do that to you most nights.

One of my best friends from high school made a last minute trip to Seattle. She wanted to ride a ferry. So we met up with them in Seattle and took the ferry over to Bainbridge. We had a really great time chatting, eating fish and chips and clam chowder, and exploring.
The ferry ride was great. That was a first for me. D used to take a ferry from Scotland to Ireland, so it was old hat to him. But he still enjoyed the ride.

It was such a great day, we are planning to take D's parents back in a couple of weeks when they are here.

I was so happy to see Kimmy. Who is next?!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tulips are my 2nd favorite flower.

D informed me that I am way behind on posting these pictures.
By the time I get around to posting pics from our royal wedding party (which consisted of the four of us) nobody will even remember what the royal wedding was.
I will keep it brief, I promise.
Besides, it isn't my fault. Blogger pushed me back a day.

Enjoy - the Tulip Festival

I knew I had to make it to the Tulip Festival. When we all got sick and lost a week of our lives I thought maybe it wouldn't happen. But we made it happen.

We left Seattle early enough so that we could hit up the Festival before the sun went down.

It was the last day.
We were there after hours.
Technically the festival was over.
Which explains why some of the fields had tulips that were already decapitated. These people meant business. When the festival was over, it was over.

We weren't able to enjoy any of the "Cassia County Fair" type hype of the festival. But we enjoyed the scenic route.

***Speaking of the Cassia fair, ask me sometime about the hilarious sad story when the newly crowned queen went skidding to the ground, about two feet in front of where I was sitting. Don't worry she was okay. My sister and I still cry from laughing so hard about that moment.***

I kept having to tell D to drive a little slower. I was shooting pictures like a mad-woman.

sooooooo pretty.

(I have to apologize for my "Tiffany Marie Photography" plastered on the photos. It kind of takes the prettiness away from these, but helps keep them safe...and mine. Squint and it might disappear ;)  While you are at it, have you ever tried to "right click" on my photos?  I leave you a nice message. Safety first!)

Here is a shot of the decapitated ones. makes for a nice green hue. I wonder what color they were?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Veva Looooooves milk.

Vev: "Mommy, need drink."
Me: "Would you like juice or water?"
Vev: "Milk."
Me: "Juice or water?"
Vev: "Milk."
Me: "But that wasn't an option."
Vev: "Milk, peeeeeese."
Me: "You want milk?"
Vev: "Okay!"

Sneaky girl.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011



I attended Time Out for Women.
I felt inspired and rejuvenated.
I spent my first night, since V was born, kid-less.
It wasn't as glamourous as I thought it might be.
D brought the kids and met up with me in Seattle.
We didn't have a lot of time, but we ventured to Pike's Place.
Next up, Tulip Festival.