Friday, September 30, 2011

from the beach.

ETA: i had great plans to write a post about how awesome my husband is, it being his birthday and all. and then i decided to bake birthday cookies instead (time well spent.) so i'll just say this: husband, you're amazing and i love you - thanks for being born.

amanka and i took a little day trip to the coast last weekend.
the weather was perfect (albeit, a little windy) and cash INSISTED on getting in the water.
[[for those of you who don't live in oregon, the water is COLD. like, melted from the ice caps cold. but the ocean is actually at its warmest in september (no, i don't know how or why i know that) so it wasn't too bad. we'll call it mildly refreshing.]]

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

the tantrums.

this boy can throw a tantrum with the best of them.
and he's been doing it ALOT lately.
toddlers are fickle little creatures.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

this week.

-- it's cash's last week of daycare, which we're both pretty excited about (although it means i really need to start busting my ass to get mom's attics cleaned out.) it also means i've got cupcakes to bake.

-- october is quickly approaching, which means i need to get my costume put together and DECORATE.

-- nate's birthday is on friday and i've got NOTHING planned. because i suck. (also, he has to work. mer.)

-- speaking of mom's attics, i'm actually pretty close to being done. i'm really losing my motivation. i kind of hate going to the house now. nothing is the same and i wish it would just be completely empty - the in-between is terrible. i completely understand why my grandpa bob said of his mom's house (the house we now live in) that, "he didn't care if he never saw that house again." i want to remember it for what it was, not the falling apart mess it is now.

so there's my pity party.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

an update.

just in case you were wondering, we're freaking miserable around here.
cash can barely eat because of the blisters on his tongue and the fever is making him alternately loopy and cranky as hell.
which just makes me...cranky as hell too.

it certainly doesn't hurt when he does super cute things like this:


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

i'll take infectious diseases for 200, alex.

so cash has hand, foot and mouth disease.
it's apparently making the rounds through the kids at daycare.
and (OF COURSE) cash got it.
keeping him in daycare for the month because we already paid for it was a terrible idea, obviously.
he spent a miserable evening lying on the couch trying to eat an apple without disturbing the sores on his tongue.
it was so sad.
guess who is likely going to be watching ice age on an endless loop tomorrow?
this girl.

Monday, September 19, 2011

skeletons in my attic.part 1

i've spent the last couple of days going through mom's attic to unload it of all its...crap. and i've found some amazing things.

the good:
e.t. tea party anyone?

play kitchen tupperware! i'm ready for a pretend tea party my friends.

this was a letter from my bestie/cousin nicole. it's WAY embarrassing.

remember when i regretted not buying this at goodwill? well i found one in the attic! sweet valley high for the win!

and this was my highchair from when i was a baby. why it was still in the attic 24 years later is a fantastic question.

the bad:
intense reading.

i don't even know.

80s charm necklace!!! man, its ugly.

umm i was the owner of that ugly sweater. eesh.

and behold my sisters glasses from eighth grade. sexy.

and the terrifying:
this right here is why i hate dolls. look at its misshapen claw!

and this is why i hate clowns.

and this is about the time i made a goodwill employee want to cry.
mind you, this is car load one of what will probably be at least 3 loads.
i, of course, didn't tell HIM that.
no need to get black listed from the goodwill drop off.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


cash loves to wear my sunglasses.
which is funny, since until very recently he refused to wear his own.
so most days i have a little elton as my co-pilot. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

the torture session.

cash used to love brushing his teeth. LOVE.
then something clicked.
and he started HATING IT. just like that.
at first i thought it was just because he hated the taste of the toothpaste (he doesn't like the fruity toothpaste, which is a problem since all the fluoride free stuff for kids is flavored that way.)
so i got him new toothpaste.
still hated it.
so i bought him a super cool 'spinbrush' toothbrush (he picked out the cars one even though i was heavily influencing him to pick captain america. whatever, kid.)
still hated it. even more so, i think.
which makes our bedtime routine real fun.
most nights about 8 o'clock you'll find me pinning him down with my legs so i have both arms free to torture him.
last night he screamed so hard and loud that he popped blood vessels in his face.
his commitment to being stubborn is inspiring.
to whom, i'm not sure.
because i'm sure beginning to not appreciate it.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

the little helper.

cash is all about helping these days.
helping put away dishes, helping sweep (even taking it upon himself to sneak the broom outside and 'sweep' the front porch.)
and his helper mentality has extended to making bread.
it was...interesting.

he looked awfully cute doing it too.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

first things first.

I'M NOT WORKING ANYMORE!! (cue the music, because this shit is exciting.)
with nate's new job we don't need two incomes, especially not having to pay for daycare anymore.
its pretty much amazing.
cash is still in daycare through the end of the month (we had already paid up) but its giving me time to help mom clean out the old house. (and have i found some AWESOMELY BAD stuff up in that attic. stay tuned for more.)

moving an ode to my bestie amanda.
she made me realize the other day that this year marks us being friends for 10 YEARS.
holy crap, she's put up with me for a long time.
i'm so lucky to have her in my life.
i love her.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011


10 years ago on the morning of september 11th i was getting ready for school.
my mom always had the news on in the morning and i remember her sitting in front of, jaw dropped, unbelieving.
she woke my dad and told him, 'you have to see this - a plane just hit the world trade center.'
being an ignorant teenager, i couldn't even remember what the two towers were.
the only thing i even knew about them was that years ago my dad slept on a park bench in front of the trade center, after driving cross country to deliver a car for a friend. (i'll never forget that story - he said the one thing he took away from new york was that the whole city smelled like rat urine.)

i remember the long bus ride to school, our driver listening to the news on the radio.
i'm not much of a morning person and i was having a hard time understanding what the heck they were talking about.

first period i had p.e. and our teacher made us dress down and then said, "we're going to sit in the common room and watch the news - its important that you guys see this."
i remember sitting in my gross gym clothes, amanda right next to me (the same amanda that is still my closest friend today) as we watched the second tower fall.
the rest of the day was a mixture of teachers trying to get us to focus and teachers putting on cnn and trying to comprehend this mess themselves.
i'll never forget the moment in my sixth period health class when someone asked if the rest of the country was safe. our teacher just said, "i don't know."

the events that unfolded 10 years ago changed this country and our lives forever.
its a day that i'll never forget.

this podcast is amazing - grab some tissue and take a couple of minutes to listen.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

never forget.

[picture found here]

we plan on taking cash to the waterfront today to see the field of flags. more on that later.
for now i just want to say, to all the men and women who lost their lives on this day 10 years ago - i'll never forget.