Checking in from Up North


I'm up in Nevada hanging with my people (10 year HS reunion. Eeeeeek!) and enjoying temps below three digits.

No worries, I promise to be back soon.


Camping The Rim

atop the rim

This weekend we escaped the heat that has decided to make our lives a hot living hell again. We brought some friends up to the Mongollon Rim (mo-gee-on) where G-Dizzle endured her first camping trip.


Too bad we forgot her port-a-crib.
Too bad she had to sleep on my chest all night.
And too bad that every time I tried to move she would scream out in absolute protest threatening to get us kicked out of the campgrounds.

It was a long night.
And I was very stiff the next morning.
Oh, but she is soooo cute and I still try to eat those little cheeks off her daily.


The rest of her gang.

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Other than that she was an absolute delight.
And we always love a good camping trip.
Even with a screaming baby.
And especially one that involves beans!


Do you know who else loves camping???
Blondes does.
She finally gets it now.
The excitement is starting to soak in.
She is a girl after my own heart.


Her sister on the other hand, with her dirty little face and tired eyes, cried and told me she wanted to go home.

You know what that means though?
We only have up to go from here!



Dear Dads,

Happy Father's Day!


all of us


done and done

lab practice 6/3/10

Yesterday was brutal.
I don't know how many times I hit the refresh button on the grades web page for school.
I think I checked it at:

7 am

...and on and on until finally at like 6:45 pm when there was a change in the numbers.

And my heart jumped once or twice as I did the calculations.


I passed.

Which is soooo great!

Then the realization sinks in that I'm almost done. That I'll hopefully graduate in 6 more months. That I'll be a nurse. That this all will have paid off. Agh!

Then I get the messages from friends who barely missed the grade. Like, ba-r-el-y. I want to cry for them, hit something for them, it's heartbreaking. Heartbreaking because I know how good they are and how a grade - a stupid grade - determines our futures after 18 months of working our tails off. Not that it's the end of the road - because there are certainly options and opportunities to retake classes and get into other programs, but setbacks are the worst!


At least for the next six weeks it's over. I get to be here with my sweet family. I get to go on vacation, see my parents, sleep in a tent, and lay by the pool all guilt free. That's the best part - not feeling guilty for just enjoying myself - not feeling like I should be studying.

That and getting to read a good book.



ode to Easy


Easy has been the primary caregiver the last week as I have been studying for my final.
You can see that we've needed someone to take charge around here.

Not only had he taken off work two days to be the stay-at-home-dad, but he has also been making strides on the house.


Ordering our carpet!
No more random obscene smells!
I can't wait. 


Fixing sprinklers.
Which I had no idea he knew how to do. 


Patching tiles on the roof (MJ style).


Hanging ceiling fans so we can sleep peacefully again.


And getting the grass to grow.
Well, kind-of grow.

Not to mention carting the girls around to swimming lessons and play dates.
And also bringing home CArolina's the night of my final.

Thanks Babe!
I'm back.
And now you can rest for the next 6 weeks.



aka: Intracranial Pressure


my final is in a week.
hoping my head won't explode.
trying to stay motivated.

wish me luck on all.


all grown up


well, we have done it.

after writing my signature more than minnie mouse ever has - easy and i have officially purchased our first home.

what a crazy feeling!

i have never painted my own walls - and now i can.
i have never planted perennials - and now i can.
i have never bought carpet - and now we are.

(so glad i worked at Home Depot for 3 years!)

and guess what else?

we have a guest room - so there are no more excuses for our friends and family not coming to stay - well except that it's so hot here you want to rip your eyes out.

see you next month mom and dad!


mine birthday


Thanks to all who made my birthday special.
I really felt the love with all the text messages, phone calls, writings on my wall, comments, gifts, and especially the affections of my sweet little family.

28 is great!


White Cake

1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 cup white sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch. recipe
Butter Cream Frosting

1/4 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla
little milk
lotta powdered sugar

cream until creamy adding more/less of the sugar and milk as needed


in the air and on the beach

Zuma Beach, Malibu 2010

We were itching to get out of town over the weekend. We could either stay and work on the house or bolt to LA.

We chose to bolt.

I'm so glad we did. Easy's parents take such good care of us. When we visit parental worries are minimal, the sun is always shining, and our girls are in play kitchen-dressup-dollhouse-barbie-heaven.


The beach in LA has always been a little hit-or-miss for us. I was nervous since inland a ways it was pretty chilly.

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You know what though? It ended up being fantastic. Especially since Aunt Ashley was there with us too.

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My girls are funny. We couldn't keep Blondes out of the water while MaeMae prefered sitting with Grandma and Papa under the shade. We enjoyed jets spelling out "Love is in the Air" over and over, ATV's with Sheriffs kindly waving to the girls, airplane advertisements, coast guard boats, diving pelicans, and the usual beach people-watching.


I was really just glad to get a little of a break and actually have some well deserved time with my husband.


Plus more time with this girl, because really, you can never get enough.


june first. 1982.


blondes came in to easy this morning at the expected 7am.

"i want you to help me get mom some cereal." she whispered. "it's her birthday."

so they went in together where she hand picked the coveted pink bowl and the princess spoon for me.

she colored me a traditional gardiner birthday sign and easy wrote me the perfect note.

i think it's going to be a great day.

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