Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lincoln City

A little over a week ago, I decided that we all needed a break from our life even if it was for a few days.  It's been around 7 years since we've had a family vacation...even a mini vacation and we were way over due.  So we headed to Lincoln City for a few days.  Now normally, I'm not a huge fan of the Oregon Coast because it's usually rainy, over cast and windy...so all things I don't care for.  But the sky gods were kind and gave me exactly what I needed.  It was a great few days and worth every penny.  We stayed in a great house just a block away from the beach, it was comfy, beautiful and had  a hot tub.  The day we got there, the sun was shining (though you can't tell, that's just the normal NW sky look), hardly any wind and so clear that you could see forever.  I don't remember ever being there and having the sun shine. 

Day 2 the day started rainy but cleared by late afternoon so after a day of lounging, reading, watching movies we headed back to the beach.  It was coooooooold but that did not stop the kids from going back in, at first they thought they would just play in the sand but one by one they went back to the house to change into swimsuits...crazies.  My feet got wet, that was about it.  I'm not into cold water beaches but did enjoy the scenery, fresh air and watching the kids freeze their bunzies off.

Half the weekend, I was on the verge of tears from happiness.  I can't even begin to explain how I was feeling.  I'm so thankful for my family and the break from reality.  Not once did I worry about what is going to happen in the next few months, money, work...nothing.  I enjoyed it and felt content for the first time in a very long time. Can't wait till next time.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Uncle Brent

My Uncle Brent passed away this week, my parents warned us that is was getting closer.  Then my cousin Michelle posted that he had passed.

Words can not describe how sad I am for his family, our family and for all the people who got to know him.  He is an amazing man who changed a lot of lives including mine. He was my Uncle Brent that lived 2 lives, before his strokes and after his strokes.  I barely remember pre-stroke Brent.  He was tall, confident and had a big Cooper smile.  Post stroke Brent had a body that no longer looked confident, it didn't work right, his vocabulary was very small, and had a big Cooper smile, it's also the Brent that I love and am thankful for.

As a young teen I had an experience with him that I call a Heavenly moment.  It's those moments, or those people you meet or an experience that you have where you feel the true Love of our Heavenly Father.  I was a self loathing angsty teen at the time, when he innocently said something to me. I shushed him away in my awkwardness when he grabbed my hand, looked me in the eye and repeated what he said then he gave me the most beautiful hug and that's when it happened.  I broke down and opened myself up to the warmth of his love and the meaning of his words.  It changed my life and it's the memory that keeps coming to mind when I think of him.  I won't say what he said, the words would take away from the feeling I had but I know that I am not the only one who had these moments with him. 

I love you Uncle Brent. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Chaperoning is F-U-N

In April I finally had a chance to go on field trips with the kids. LOVE it!

I went with Emily's class to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It was awesome!  The girls were cute and fun and easy-peasy.

Chaperoning girls at OMSI

No comfy way to wear these with glasses...just sayin'
Making goop...glad it's not my kitchen.

Then I went to the Zoo with Bub's class. It was so fun a lot less easy-peasy but entertaining to say the least.  These guys were heeeeelarious.
Chaperoning boys at the Zoo!
They ARE as entertaining as they look.
good times...good times.

It sure beat the time that I chaperoned Saras class at Western Oregon Waste ...seriously.  Not as bad as it sounds but it wasn't the Zoo or OMSI

Sunday, June 10, 2012

You've got to be kidding me!

It's only the second day of summer break and I heard  "I'm bored"....now I have a clean main bathroom and I'm pretty sure that Sara will not find herself bored again because I have plenty of cleaning to do...enough to make anyone un bored.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Another quick ...ok not so quick catch up

I know stuff has happened but it feels like nothing ever happens....but some how I stay busy so I don't know how that works.

Got new glasses. They are so cute...if I say so myself. I should take more pictures of myself...I'm surprised I don't since I look so cute in them...Ok, maybe not so much in this picture but trust me, I look super cute in them.  I don't want to name names but a "friend" of mine is going to need bifocals in the near future...when did I get older? And why does the print have to look so blurry when I read with my glasses on? 

Um I'm pretty sure stuff happened but nothing note worthy.

Bub turned 7!!! I still see him as this crazy 3 year old...now he's a crazy 7 year old with friends (that aren't dogs). He's growing up and getting funnier.

Larry got into a motorcycle accident. He's still in pain, he fractured his leg and hurt his right shoulder, but it hasn't stopped him from getting back on his bike.

Sara turned 12! So close to having 2 teenagers. I can't believe I'm old enough to have a teen and tween...I mean ::nervous laugh:: I'm not old enough to have almost 2 teenagers.

I had been working as a nanny on call for 1 family, which I love. Then at the beginning of March, I was hired to work part time for another family, with a brand new baby so I pretty much get paid to read and hold a sweet newborn for 10 hours a day. I feel like I'm finally catching up with my  book reading. Woohoo! And isn't if funny how like reading one books motivates you to read another and another?? LOOOOVE IT!

HUNGER GAMES!!! Can I get an Amen? I was seriously sick to my stomach days before because I was so afraid that it was going to be awful! Jackson, Sara and I (and a whole theater of teenagers) agree that it was awesome!

Nikita Banana turned 8!
She doesn't look a day over 5 years.

Larry turned 42. No pictures to show...but we did have fun when we went to dinner and happened upon one of  his sisters, brother in law and our nephew. It ended up being a great evening talking and reconnecting.

Easter with the Z's of course. The kids had fun even though it's hard to tell by the look on Bub's face. Have I mentioned Beth's carrot souffle??  it's now an Easter staple...thank heaven!

Jackson shaved for the first time. I'm sooooooooooo not old enough for this.


I bought myself a Nook for an early birthday present and I wish I did it earlier. LOOOOOOOVE it!!!  I really rebelled against it..I love books, I love holding books, smelling new books, turning pages, seeing how far I've read and how much farther I have to read...the whole thing. But in our attempt to reduce our stuff, I realized that all our bookshelves of books isn't helping our cause and I knew that it would just get larger since we already don't have enough shelf space for our books...and even though I'm really scared that when the Zombie Apocalypse happens,we won't have power to recharge our electronic readers,  I made myself shove the (completely rational) fear aside, was brave and just did it.  I'm so glad I did... only downside, my kids keep bugging me to borrow it.  I guess I know what everyone is getting for Christmas...

Larry and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.  I can't believe it either...

Jackson turned 15!!!!!  GAH!!!  When did he get so old????  Sadly, all the other kids were sick so it was a quiet birthday but he didn't complain...he rarely does...that's why he's my favorite oldest child.

I turned 38.  That's right, I'm putting my real age.  I was actually feeling really good about getting older, thinking about how much smarter I am, how happy I am that the kids are older and much more interesting...then a few days later while I was at work, one of the cleaners asked me if I was the grandmother of the little baby I nanny....Grandmother...that would mean that I look old enough to be a mother of the couple that I work for who are around my age...or at least old enough to be a doctor with a successful practice....I'm rethinking this positive attitude about age...

Aaaaaaaaand we're caught up.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


 I was really excited about blogging again...still am, I even started a couple of posts but didn't get back to finishing them and now here I am going WHAT?!  How do I use blogger again and what in the heck happened to my saved unposted blog posts?  Argh.  It's like being pooped on,wasn't the worst part of my day. Me...being a teensy bit dramatic??? maybe but I'm allowed to (at least 3-5 days a month). Anyway, I am coming back for realsies.  In fact when I'm done with this post I might actually start the next post.  I have like 1 1/2 days till the kids are hounding me all day about being hungry and the "can I...?" starts and 12 days till I'm scheduled to work again, so I have some time on my hands.

 p.s. I graduated from High School blahblahblah20yearsagoblahblahblah. Oh lord, it really happened...I got older.

20 years ago!!!!!