Saturday, May 31, 2008


We have this room, it's the room that for many years was used as the "just throw it in THAT room" room, then it was turned into a playroom, then changed into my craft room then turned back into the "just throw it in THAT room" room then this past year I changed it into the playroom/ schoolroom/ tv room so that all of us could be in the same room during school time.
BUT lately, every time I walk down the hall towards THE ROOM, I hear the tune from Jaws, and if your too young to know that tune then get yourself to the nearest blockbuster or do what I do and get Netflix and rent it's a classic. Anyway, the sound starts right when I take a step past the kids bathroom door....da na da na da na, the closer I get to the room the faster and louder it gets...till I get to the door.... and I scream...but only in my head. This room scares the first time I watch M. Night Shyamalan movies, it's intense but I know that when I see the whole thing, it will no longer be as scary. I walk in with my hands over my face with just enough space to sort of peak through. I originally spent a few weeks getting it organized and have kept it that way until a few weeks back, when I was sick, that's when this guy had a whole lot of fun!!!!!
....and it hasn't been the same since.
It now looks like this

And this....

Yes I'm crying.

I tried to ignore it, pretend that it doesn't exist. I'd run in, grab the stuff we needed for school then run out, shutting the door behind me. I pretended I was a 2 year old with his eyes closed because EVERYONE knows that if you can't see then nobody can see you right???

It's finally time to face it! School is coming to an end along with our final year of homeschooling. Next year the kids will be going back to school and I'm going back to having a quieter, cleaner house and hopefully time for ME to go back to school. It's time to organize, clear out and clean out and to put things high enough so Bub can't get to them so easily.

My goal is to have it finished by tomorrow afternoon, since I started yesterday it's doable as long as I keep Bub from getting into he's doing right now. Wish me luck and I'll happily show the new and improved room once I'm done.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I'm sooooooooo in LOVE

With Tryon Creek State Park I'm not kidding, I think this is the real thing!!!! TRUE LOVE!

I took the kids last week, this is the first time that I've ever been and could kick myself for never going before. It is GORGEOUS and amazing and cool and totally green and awesome and the best park EVER. You drive into the park and instantly become amazed that your in the city. They have trails of all types, easy walking/ wheelchair, hiking, biking and even horse trails. We didn't pass a whole lot of people on the trails but those we did were all runners which TOTALLY makes me want to be a runner but only if we lived near this park and I could run here everyday...wait no... twice a day. I would be totally fit...but alas, we don't live near it, I tried talking LM into selling and moving close to it but he made some kind of scoffing noise which I think means I guess I won't be getting totally fit and becoming some great runner...too bad, it sounded cool.

The only bummer was I came to the realization that it's not always a good idea to take Bubby with us, his 'tude is what caused me to write my previous post, which by the way, thanks for the offers but I changed my mind....ugh...him and his addictive laugh...I decided I can't live without it, it would be like taking my oxygen away and that wouldn't be good.

Unfortunately most of my pictures were blurry, it wasn't until right before we left did I finally figure out why they were coming out bad...I'm retarded.
This is one of many bridges.
Sara caught fighting with Jackson...again.
The best park EVER!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Free to a good home...

3 year old with a bad attitude! Wait..I meant, the sweetest little boy in the world. He of course NEVER has tantrums, Never runs screaming in the opposite direction of where you want him to go, Never drops to the ground and won't get up at the very bottom of a VERY large hill and wants you to carry him all the way up even though you may pass out on the way up, Never kicks or wakes up screaming in the middle of the night then gets mad because your taking to much room in your own bed....NEVER. He comes with at least 1,000,000 matchbox cars, thomas the tank engine accessories.

Anyone interested?



Pretty Please????

Fine! Be that way!

Back in the olden days he would be a good commodity, he would be like plowin' the fields, milkin' cows and other hard labor by now...if only we were in the olden days....if only....

Monday, May 19, 2008

To Jackson:

My 11 favorite things about my 11 year old boy
11. Friendly
10. creative
9. helpful
8. hard worker
7. biggest helper EVER
6. funny
5. big smile
4. honest
3. writes and draws awesome comics
2. good big brother
1. All around awesome kid!!!!!

I know I say this to you EVERY year but you are still the BEST present I ever had!

We also like to wish Grandma and Grandpa Clubb a Happy Anniversary!!!! We love you!!!!!!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Hot as Hades

It was freakishly hot here today, ok so freakishly hot for us, so we got the heck out of Dodge... I mean Dayton and went to the coast. We stopped at Spirit Mountain Casino to eat lunch at their buffet which was yumalicious but made me never want to take Hyrum any where near old people again. We drove through Lincoln City and past my favorite place to eat, Mo's that makes awesome clam chowder and I don't like clam chowder...that's how good it is. I was hoping that we would be able to eat there on our way home but...well our plans were squashed by my unpreparedness...(hangs head down in shame).

We ended up going to Yaquina Head Lighthouse which is just north of Newport. We first stopped at the interpretive center where Hyrum disturbed MORE old people...they don't seem to like him....
Jackson is standing next to HALF of the lower jaw of a Grey Whale. YIKES!
It was pretty cool and the kids had fun checkin the place out.

Afterward we drove to the lighthouse where Love Machine had to stay with the two youngest because they are to short to climb the lighthouse stairs. Jackson and Sara and I got to take the tour of the lighthouse which is AMAZING and beautiful and it was a perfect clear day, and the view was gorgeous.
Don't ask me why Sara keeps posing like that...I don't know...I just don't know...

Afterward, we FINALLY (according to the kids) stopped at a beach between Newport and Lincoln City to play. It was the perfect spot, not to many people out on it and the kids had a blast. I think it was the first time on the beach for Emily, I know it was for Hyrum. Actually the last time I went to the beach I was 6 months pregnant with Emily and it was not a good experience but today was beautiful, the water is butt freezing cold as usual but was balanced out by the warm temperature. All the kids fell in the water at some point which blew my plan to stop at Mo's out of the water but it was worth it, they had so much fun and it was good for us to be out as a family enjoying the sun.
My view of the kids RUNNING to the beach...they couldn't get to it fast enough. haha
Yup, those are my feet and yup I really am that white. I blame Dad.
Thankfully, no old people to get annoyed by Hyrum, just a sweet dog that showed up with it's owners. :)
One of two shells that Sara was able to find.
Besides the face plant in the ocean, Princess spent most of her time in the sand.

All in all it was a good day scattered with Bub's screaming and crying. I think next time we go to the coast we'll stay the night, even though we're only just a little over an hour away from Lincoln City, driving home after a long day is tough.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

yard work

Yesterday, I decided that I should work outside in the sunshine in hopes that it would help take my mind off of my caffeine free headache and to keep me from selling my children for a sip of caffeinated Diet Pepsi.

Since LM was working from home and wanted to avoid doing his work he joined me in the great backyard battle...we won! We're TOTALLY!

I mowed and an fyi, mowing uphill is hard work even for a self propelled lawnmower...I'm just saying. LM used the weed eater to cut down those blasted blackberry bushes that laugh and even mock the lawn mower.


Like I said...We're awesome! I even mowed the side yard and our neighbors yard. Yeah, I totally like to pat myself on the back...I can't help it if I'm awesome.

Sadly, this did not help distract me enough and I ended up sending Jackson to go get me a DP and I don't regret it.

Today's project is to clear out the dandelions out of my flower garden, it's that or I glue pretty flower peddles on them.

I'm no quiter

I've decided to quit quitting!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

ugh I don't feel so good...

Sunday evening I had the bright idea that Monday would be the perfect day to quit Diet Pepsi...AGAIN... of course I was already highly caffeinated and feeling GREAT, so of course this idea would sound good. By Monday afternoon, Jackson was asking me if I wanted him to go get me a Diet Pepsi...actually it was more of a plea. I don't think my kids like me caffeinated free. I finally broke down and drank 2 of the 3 Vanilla Cokes we had left over from LM birthday party. It did the trick but ewwwwww Vanilla coke is yucky... of course it didn't stop me from drinking 2 of them. Tuesday I finished the last one and today....caffeine free and don't feel so good. Why again is this a good idea???? I forget. Sunday it seem so not so much...

Friday, May 9, 2008


I finished it this morning and happy to report that I liked it! My only complaint is that my kids decided that I was the ONLY parent that could help them. I was constantly screaming through my locked door to go have Dad help but they wouldn't listen. There's something about me being behind a locked door that brings out the worst and most annoying qualities out of my children...or maybe it's my lack of patience when I'm reading a good book. I like to believe it's them...

My friend called me a couple hours into my reading to see if I wanted to play Bunco with her and a bunch of other friends that I haven't seen in a REALLY long time and I had to confess to her that I preferred reading my book over playing with them. I didn't feel bad until today when I realized that I chose a book over them...but they'll get over..right???

I will say, that once I was done reading it, I wasn't sure if I liked it. It was actually kind of weird how i was feeling. I mean I liked it but I was still having mixed feelings about.

The story is really good, she keeps YOU and her characters conflicted which I like, she writes AWESOME kissing scenes...AWESOME, I like how she gives you so much information about the other worlds and back story for her characters. But I really had to think about it more before I was like "yeah, I like it!". In fact I hope she turns this into a series which I think she has mentioned that she might. AND I will read it again...maybe not like 4 times in one month like her other 3 books but I will read it again. I can't help myself.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Willamette Mission State Park

I should start out by saying this adventure did not go as smoothly as the last one but it was alright and I learned about what to do and not to do.

Things to do:
1. Make sure Sara eats breakfast.
2. In the words of Sara "I'm not built for cold weather". It wasn't that cold but it's Sara and she is worse than me when it comes to the cold, she's also skeletal. She plans on moving to the desert when she gets older. I need to make sure she has several warm layers.
3. Make sure to bring my handy dandy Ergo because Bub is heavy. He got a little tired on the walk back and I had to carry him on my back.
4. Don't let the kids look at the sign that tells you how long the trail is....sigh. For some reason when the kids saw the sign that said the trial was 2.5 miles they freaked and kept saying it's too far...even though, they ran that when we went to Champoeg.....sigh.

WMSP is a short trip from our house and to get there we had to cross the Wheatland Ferry. It's the same crossing that brought the first wagon trains over the Willamette River. Jackson was the only one that wasn't excited about traveling on the ferry even though it takes less than a minute to cross. He was nervous the whole time... Crazy kid.
They post these signs all over the park to make sure EVERYONE is aware of the dangers of being in Cougar country. ( If you can't read it, it says that a cougar was sighted May 1st) It freaked the kids out a little and they barely left my side. Jackson kept banging sticks together to scare off any he needed to that, the kids themselves are loud enough to scare off any animals. The whole trail, every little sound freaked them out and they KNEW for sure that it was a cougar.
The kids at the beginning of the trail. Those smiles didn't last long. We only made it part way around the trail before everyone was complaining so we had to turn around and come back the way we came instead of making the loop. The park is pretty but it's surrounded by grape vines and farm land, so we heard tractors the WHOLE time, which isn't a big deal, we're used to that and the trail was alright but it wasn't that interesting. The biggest draw was to see this really old tree but the kids wanted to quit before we could get to it on the trail so we ended up going back to the van and driving to a place where
we could view it from afar.
See the tall tree in the distance...fascinating isn't it???? haha

The day isn't waisted though, on our return, I stopped at the mailbox and what was in it????
MY BOOK! WOOT! WAHOO! YAHOO! YIPPY! BUT, for some reason the mail person SHOVED the box into the mailbox even though it doesn't fit so it was REALLY difficult to get it out, I had to have Jackson get his skinny arms in the mailbox and pull out the box. It was not easy and I thought I would have to cry or tear out the mail box. OBVIOUSLY, my mail person doesn't realize the seriousness of me not being able to get to my book. Luckily for my mail person, we're friends. haha Believe you me, she will hear from me!
Soooo I'm going to slip into my favorite drawstring flannel lounge pants and my favorite heathered t-shirt and enjoy my book. I'll see you guys on the other side!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Obsessive FREAK

Yes, I am!!!! So, you guys know I love the Twilight series, freakishly a lot! So, it made me kind of nervous to find out it was being made into a movie and I was feeling sort of freakishly obsessively protective of the books but today I saw a teaser trailer and now I have something else to be freakishly obsessive about. I CAN'T wait to see the movie and of course it's not coming out until December....sigh. Don't they know that I'm freakishly inpatient when it comes to my freakish obsessions????? UGH I'm such a freak!

Monday, May 5, 2008

I'm totally glad...

that you guys can't hear me right now because I'm squealing with joy, and the sound is a little embarrassing. I just got my notice from Amazon that Stephanie Meyers new book THE HOST is being shipped tomorrow. I'm so happy and excited!!!!! I Can't wait for it to get here, everyday is going to be torture till I hold it in my hands. I'm a freak...I know...but I can't wait...I just can't! I read the excerpt which is like torture, I don't know why I do that to myself but I think I'm gonna like this one. Soooo, guess what I'll be doing in a couple of days??? That's right! Nothin' but reading! WOOHOO!


Our first adventure was to Champoeg (pronounced Sham-poo-ey) State Park. It's a park with great history, the first provisional government on the west coast was established there. It has a 3 mile loop that takes you through some beautiful greenery and goes along the Willamette (pronounced Wil-lam-it) River. It was a great first adventure for us. Not too far from home and the kids were able to learn which is great for me and always makes me feel less guilty when we aren't doing "regular" school work. haha

I had planned this whole week to go, but when we woke up on Friday, the sky looked stormy and I thought that maybe we would have to put it off but the kids kept pushing to go even going as far as telling me that we could take umbrellas, which of course makes me laugh and slightly embarrassed. We obviously have taught them NOTHING because true Oregonians don't use umbrellas.

Anyway, I decided that we might as well go, we shouldn't let rain stop us from having fun today and I'm so glad we did because it ended up be a gorgeous day, perfect for our first outing!
We started out with a picnic.

Then I had to take pictures of my kids, to the annoyance of Bubby. He didn't want to sit still long enough for me to take a picture. He was finally FREE to run around and let lose, he would give me the evil eye every time I called his name.

My view of the kids on the trail.
We ended with a tour through the small museum and getting to see a short film. It was tons of fun and I can hardly wait to get out again.

Thursday, May 1, 2008


So this week is the first time in 3 months that no one is sick! Can you say hallelujah?! I can, I can even spell it! I've spent the last 3 months couped up in this house and I'm ready to get out. Normally, I LOVE being home, I'm the most homebody you will EVER meet. I like being home, I like the comfort, I like my bed, I like my computer, I like my heater, I like spending time with my kids at home because it easier then spending time with them away from home. BUT I think I'm ready to venture out into the world again. The weather is getting to be nice and now that I've aired out my disease filled house I'm ready to see the world...or at least more of Oregon. I've lived in Oregon for almost 12 years and I've hardly seen it, in fact I've hardly left it, I haven't done much traveling since I've been here. It's actually very sad because I use to travel a lot. I loved to travel, I loved taking weekend trips, going hiking on the weekends or riding my mountain bike and now I feel like a sloth, a sloth that loves being home.

I need to find adventure-Cristin again and share that part of me with my kids. They're adventurers I can see it in them and I need to help bring it out so I'm making a plan. I'm going to slooooowly start bringing the old me back by going out and doing something once a week. We homeschool so we can go any day and stay as long as we like. I'm thinking about just starting with weekly hikes around here and venture out to the coast and southern and eastern Oregon. I hope to even be up to camping again...or at least cabining or low cost moteling. We'll see. Wish me luck!