Thursday, December 20, 2007

Overheard

Erika: "Ethan hop out of the car"

Billy: "Ethan whatareya doing picking your nose? Are you picking a winner?"

Ethan: *Blank look*

Erika: "Come on Ethan, come on! Get out of the car!"

Ethan: "Wait mom, I'm picking a winner!"

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Evil Twin


I don't think we really look that much alike. Yesterday I received yet another comment about my seeming to look just like Lindsay Lohan. Maybe there might be something if she didn't wear so much makeup. I have been told I look like several other Hollywood ladies as well, such as Miranda Otto or Juliana Moore or even Schuyler Fisk (for whom I was once mistaken for in the mall; a girl started getting all excited when I walked up until she realized that I wasn't her - buuummer). I don't think I look like that Schuyler girl at all, Juliana Moore? - maybe in like 15 years and Miranda Otto, uhhh, maybe kinda if you squint your eyes while standing on your head.

The funniest part about being asked if I thought I looked like Lindsay Lohan in that store yesterday was when the clerk said just as I was about to leave "Well, I hope you are a better person than she is." All I could think to mumble was "Er, uh, I hope so too." What do you say to a comment like that? Lindsay, I know you will never read this, but I just wanted to say I think the media makes you look worse than you probably are and, well, I really don't think you and I look that much alike. But if you ever need a double, I would be happy to collect.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Family Portraits

Tuesday was my parents 25th wedding anniversary. To honor the silver occasion Big Dino came up with a brilliant idea for us all to wear matching outfits and take pictures to frame since our two brothers Cole and Coby were going to be in town for Thanksgiving. Don't you think the picture looks fantastic? I hope our parents really enjoyed opening their gift.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Digging Out The Chirstmas Tunes

Turkey Day is over - we ate, we sipped, we retreated to the sofa. This years Thanksgiving was a wonderful day, filled with peppermint mochas and turkeys and family and wine and three glorious pies. My mom and dad make three pies this year and, well, there was no way around it, I had to sample each one. My yams and cranberries turned out amazing, and I am glad because I lost the cranberry recipe that I had from last year and was just going off of memory. Probably got lost in the move. In case you are in need of a wonderful cranberry sauce recipe, just follow these simple directions:

Cranberry Sauce
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Ingredients:

{1} bag of fresh cranberries (about 4 cups)
{1} cup of white granulated sugar
{1} cup of water
The zest of 1 orange
Cinnamon powder
A couple cinnamon sticks

Directions:
In a short wide sauce pan, boil the water and then slowly stir in the sugar until dissolved. Then add in the fresh cranberries and return to a boil. Simmer the cranberries in the sugar water for 15 minutes or so (I usually do like 20 minutes so the cranberries not only burst, but also turn pretty soft). During that time you can add the zest of one orange, about 5 or 6 good shakes of cinnamon powder and just throw in couple cinnamon sticks. I leave the cinnamon sticks in the pot, and then even when I transfer it all into the serving bowl for extra great taste.

After you transfer it into a serving bowl, stick it in the fridge to chill and it will really firm up as it chills. It is soo good! The orange zest is what really makes the difference in the taste.

It's getting to look a lot like Christmas...


So now that Thanksgiving is over I am starting on a new Christmas craft, however I am not making this on up as I go like the Halloween ones. These paper ornament kit crafts from Basic Grey came out with last year, and I had been pining ever since I saw them and finally picked up a couple packs on eBay.

Some are stars and some are balls and I plan to hang them from same arches that I hung the Halloween paper ornaments. I will post how they turn out. I started on the stars so far - it took me forever to figure out how the pieces fit together. Hopefully they will turn out like the picture!

Welcome Mary Jane!


Welcome Mary Jane Woodson! The newest addition to our family. She is quite the gal, and my goodness she is 100% kitten. We got her from the Country Feed Store. Billy named her, I told him to pick one because I named Jonah and Jesse. I think it's sweet he came up with such a dainty name for her.


Playing is her favorite thing to do of course, and we have a zillion cat toys from having two cats already and she loves every one of them.


She is quite the climber and has no fear of anything. Jonah and Jesse are warming up to her, I even spied them playing together today. She has been sleeping cuddled up to my neck every night, which is a nice treat because the cold nights are knocking at our door again and slipping through our window panes.


Welcome Mary Jane! We hope you like living here with us as much as we love you.

Halloween Project Part Deux


So I never posted how my Halloween Craft turned out. It went well, but it took me forever! I guess just making things up as you go sometimes leaves a lot of options of how things could look, which can make a project a long drawn out one if you're not careful. These little hanging beauties took me about a month of a couple evening hours here and a couple Saturday hours there, which was longer than I thought, but I think they turned out awesome and I can't wait to hang them back up next year. They came down today, as well as all of the other Halloween decorations. Now everything looks slightly bare, so darn, I guess I will just have to put Christmas up now! We never really decorated too much last year because we went to Texas for Christmas and thought it was slightly pointless to get a bunch of stuff and a tree, since we weren't going to be around anyway. I cant wait!


Hanging from the arches between the kitchen and the dining room.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Great Patch

Recently we took a trip over to Bates Nut Farm, where we attend annually to search for pumpkins. The place was packed with kids and parents, and after we finally weaseled our way over to where the great pumpkin patch lies, I was ready for a nap. The last few years we have gone it has been quite chilly, but this year the sun was blazing and I was regretting wearing my jeans. We picked out some wonderful pumpkins though. and they are sitting happy in our living room, just waiting for faces!


Every year that we have gone to Bates Nut Farm for pumpkins Billy and I take a picture together. Its funny to look back on the older ones and see how we've changed. Mmm I love him.


Not like it is any surprise but going with the Bonhams is one of my favorite things about going out to the patch, and I am always excited to watch Ethan do funny things like kiss pumpkins and eat messy ice cream cones. This year he was very serious about the whole trip, rarely smiling for any of our pleas for a smilie picture. He is such a special little boy to me, and has and always will be:)


Thank you great pumpkin patch, it has been a pleasure to visit you again this year.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Long Live Mr. Beaver

This week my dear Erika gave me a shopping bag full of raffia. The next day it was found by these two little guys and they have had an adrenalin rush ever since. Jesse likes to burrow, I think he could have been a good beaver. Blankets, pillows, cupboards, papers - doesn't matter to him. He is a burrowin' cat. So naturally he took to burrowing in this really big pile of raffia. He naps in there multiple time a day. Jonah just wraps a piece around his body and runs at the speed of light through the house, leaping and rolling making this little happy growling sound. He is nuts. They are both nuts.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Umm, Can You Repeat That?

Working at Starbucks is a ton of fun! And challenging. There are so many combinations and formulas to remember, and I have only learned teas and Frappuccinos so far. Everyone is super nice and helpful and happy. Weird how they are all so happy. Guess its all the sugar we get to consume for free. They sent me home early tonight which I wasn't too happy about, it kinda defeats the purpose of working a second job with the sole purpose of earning more money. I found out that Billy can get benefits through me too, which is a huge blessing. We pay for our own medical coverage which isn't too bad, but we don't have vision and dental - it is just too expensive. So I am very very thankful that we can get awesome benefits from Starbucks, and just for working 20 hours a week. The first night I worked, at the end of my shift, they tried to load me up with all kinds of pastries and treats that they were going to throw out. I said no to everything (some of that stuff is sooo fattening). except the low-fat blueberry coffee cakes. One for me one for Billy and one for Megan. Megan has been gracious enough to allow me to come over to her house before Starbucks so I can change and do my hair. I am sooo thankful. I am not the super primpy type, but I do like to feel together and neat when I go somewhere and going home is not an option because it is just too far away. Getting ready at my other job would have been tough, there isn't even as much as an outlet for a curling iron in the bathroom. Besides, I am keeping it kind of a secret right now from everyone except Megan of course. I am eager to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can so that I can go there feeling confident that I can be helpful to them. I am excited to be in a fun job environment. Haven't done that in a looonng time.

Vintage Friends

Last week these happy little friends showed up at my door! I welcomed them in and offered them a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin, compliments of Erika. They soon found themselves a nice little spot next to the green pumpkin container and white hobnail vase on the bar. So cute! These Frozen Charlottes "Wendell & Hattie" are creations of Jennifer Murphy- she is amazing. I love all of her decorations and her bears are super cute too, but very expensive! I've had my eye on these little guys for a while and I can't stop looking at them!

The Halloween decorations are now out of the box. These little guys are new too, and perfect in every way. I have such a crush on vintage Halloween images and characters and these faces were impossible to resist. It may be kinda hard to notice in the picture but they have very delicate crepe paper neck ruffles. These came along with the Frozen Charlottes in my order from Bayberry Cove. I will definitely be back to that site before Christmas! I love old fashioned and unique Halloween decorations and I am excited to visit one of my favorite stores, Plain Jane's, in San Francisco this fall when I visit Chelsea to see what other little treasures I might find to add to my collection. Plain Jane's has the most beautiful window displays I have ever seen. Now I just need to get on with the baking. I am craving some pumpkin something. Happy Fall!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Starbucks


Yay!!! I got the job! I am soo excited! I get to start Monday at 5pm. Man, after all that waiting it was nice to get that phone call. Hooray for Starbucks!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Halloween Project


Fall is almost here! I am soo excited. Fall is my second favorite season {next to summer} and whenever it gets close I start thinking about leaves and pumpkins and pie and spices. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I think most of that has to do with how fun my parents made Halloween for me and my brothers and sister. We loved trick-or-treating and my dad even sewed {yes my dad can sew!} these pumpkinny-orange colored heavy-duty trick-or-treat tote bags for all our candy collecting. My dad had quite a repertoire of costumes that he sewed for me over the years; Tinker Bell, a Mousketeer, a bunny and the the black cat costume I wore like 6 years in a row. Funny how my dad sewed everything, and my mom never did.

Above is a picture of some yummy papers and ribbons I got from the scrapbook store. I was there entirely too long, as usual. I am kind of making the decorations up as I go, but these papers and ribbons will turn into some lovely hanging decorations. We'll see how it goes!

Steeple

I looked out my bedroom window the other day and laughed to myself, 'how long has that steeple been outside my window?' Forever of course! It's funny when you look at something a million times and all of a sudden you see something that you never ever noticed - like a church steeple right outside your bedroom window. Charming little architectural details like this seem rare to see anymore, living here in San Diego. Everything seems so plain and straight and boring. To me this view is a little treasure, and satisfies a tiny portion of that void in me that wishes a million wishes to move away to some other town that is filled with architectural history and detail.