Friday, July 31, 2009

Still Waiting

No good news to report.

The banker people that are handling our offer are liars...I should have known that they wouldn't get back to me when they said they would. I'm bummed...maybe Monday.

Since I need cheering up I'll just look at this picture for a good laugh!

Ryan had a big hole in his shirt, so I ripped it off his body (I know...pretty hot, huh?). Anyway, this was the result.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Friday's the day...hopefully.

Apparently we'll finally hear something from the bank this Friday about the house we put an offer's only been FOREVER!! Okay, it's been a little over two weeks, but it feels like forever! This is such a grueling process. A friend said that she knew someone who bought a house in a short sell and it took them 6 months before they got it. SIX MONTHS people...I will definitely go insane if I have to wait that long!!!! My pettily two weeks is nothing compared to that! But I'm definitely still going to complain about it. Have I mentioned how much I hate this process?!

Okay...moving on.

On a completely different note: A neighbor just stopped by (it's 7:30 AM) and I answered the door in my robe. When I'm wearing my robe around the house when it's just my family I feel very normal. But when someone else sees me in it, all of a sudden I feel very "Brady Bunch". It's a cute robe, a pretty lime green and knee length. But do people wear robes anymore? I was just wondering.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Grandparent's Visit and Birthday Pictures

We had a really nice weekend with Ryan's mom and her husband, Ken. They came for a visit from Sedona, AZ...I think they enjoyed the cool 90 degree temps we had compared to the low 100's they're used to! We celebrated Morgan's Birthday on Saturday and let me tell ya, I'm so glad I gave her a separate birthday party instead of the combined Haley/Morgan party like last year! I think she really felt special! When she saw the presents she started passing some to Haley. I explained that they were ALL for HER...whoo, was she thrilled!
Blowing out the candles. You can see Haley in the background getting ready to help out!

Some pictures from Bridal Veil Falls.

Another reason why I live where I Beautiful!

The girls with Grandma and Grandpa!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to our little Morga Muffin!!!
Today she turns three!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Taking a Break

Since Saturday I have been painting up a storm in this house. My focus was the hallway (I've been meaning to do for two years now), but I've moved into the dining area and slowly working my way into the living room. Once I painted the baseboards in the hallway, I needed to keep going...I didn't realize how dirty they really were! I'm pretty much a fan of painting...let me rephrase that...I'm pretty much a fan of painting without children running amok around me. When they're home I'm constantly shouting, "Don't touch the walls!!!!" or "Don't touch the door frame!!!!". And of course they can never just walk normal. First of all, they have to wear big poofy princess dresses that double their width, and when they walk they have to swing their stuffed animals (Una) at their sides....aahhhhh! And when I ask them not to swing their animals around when walking down the hallway, they always answer with something like, "It's not me! It's Una, she can't help it!". Well, Una is going to find a comfy spot in my closet if she doesn't stop!! Anyway, Ryan's been taking the girls out in the evenings giving me a chance to work in peace this's been a big help!

So, I've decided to take a break from painting for a while. I've been wearing the exact same outfit since Saturday (my painting shorts and T-shirt) complete with paint splatter on my arms and legs, hair pulled back everyday (but still managed to get paint in it), and very little make-up. Yep...sounds pretty sexy, huh?

Today my in-laws are driving in! Time to get in party baby is turning three this weekend!! Where does the time go?!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Happy Birthday

I have been so obsessed with this house stuff that I've been letting other things pass me by. Ryan had a good post this morning about enjoying the moments...I need to do that more.

Happy Birthday to my little brother, Andrew. His birthday was Sunday. I love you!
And Happy Birthday to my mom who celebrates today! I love you!

And Morgan's Birthday is this Saturday...yikes...I'd better get in the mindset because I don't have a thing done for it! And right after that is Haley's!!! Oh my, so much to do!
Note to self: DO NOT have another baby in July or August!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A teapot?

Today while the girls and I were cleaning up their room I felt a little tickle on my leg, I look down and see a little ugly bug crawling up it. Of course I scream and bat it off. It was a really unusual looking bug so I had to track it down to make sure it was dead. Anyway, we finally found it, it was much smaller than I thought (it looked much much bigger on my leg). We were all trying to get a look at it when Haley ran off saying she had to get her teapot.

Hmmm...I think she may be ready for a magnifying glass.

The girls looking at the bug through their "magnifying glass".

Friday, July 17, 2009


Had a meeting with our Lender last night. Crunched some numbers. Definitely an eye opener, or more like a punch in the stomach for me.

This is the way I thought it would be when I started this process: Look for a house, find the perfect house, buy the house and and rent out this happily ever after!

Reality: Look for a house (waaay too much running around, having to drop what you're doing and leave at the drop of hat when the realtor calls). After four months of HARD looking find something we finally love and live with fear everyday that we may not get it. Come to terms that we'll most likely have to sell this house to get what we want (really, I haven't come to terms with that yet). Now a whole new set of worries. Will the house sell? Will we get what we want for it? Stress, Stress and more Stress...that's what this process is! And all the while I'm still trying to be a mom and a wife.

To my neighbors: When you see me going nuts, such as yesterday when my dog got out and I was chasing her up and down the street screaming, making a complete spectacle of myself, and yes, it may looked as if I was going to kill her as soon as I caught her, don't worry she is fine...please remind yourself, "Oh, she's in the process of buying a new house right now." That's a good enough excuse for losing it and making a fool of myself, right?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

This was a hard one for me.

These questions were hard for me...but I never say no to a tag (well, almost never).

1. What is your current obsession?
House hunting,, and one house in particular that I want really, really badly!

2. What do you hate that everyone else seems to love? American Idol (I'm over it).

3. What are you wearing today? Oooh...this question sounds a little dirty, I feel like I need to answer with something like "I'm wearing nothing." But no, that's really not true...I'm still sitting in my PJ''s only 7:00 am, give me a break.

4. What’s for dinner? I have no idea yet...maybe salmon.

5. What would you eat for your last meal? Steak and potatoes, with a big slice of cheesecake for dessert. A burger and fires would also satisfy.

6. What is the last thing you bought? Hmmm...I think it was sheets at Ross. That's right, nice sheets for each of the girls bed and ours for under $50! And I'll add that this was the first set of cotton sheets I've bought for our bed since we've been married! (That's almost ten years)

7. What are you listening to right now? Bob the Builder on TV and the sound of Haley munching on dry cereal (Morgan isn't up yet).

8. What do you think of the person that tagged you? Megan tagged me, and I think she is wonderful!

9. If you could have a house- fully paid for and totally furnished where would it be? Seal Beach in CA.

10. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would it be? An hour isn't that long! But if I had to choose, I would go visit my sister-in-law in Boston.

11. What is one of your hobbies? I like to scrapbook pictures, and cooking/baking.

12. What is your favorite quote? I'm not one of those people who can remember quotes...I'm skipping this one.

13. What is your favorite color? I like bright colors, yellows and reminds me of summer.

14. What is your favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe? I love all my pajamas, I could wear them all day, everyday!

15. What is your dream job? Hmmm, let's see. A food critic or maybe a personal shopper.

16. Describe your personal style? Mostly casual and simple. I wish I was more glamorous, but I could never keep up with that style, I'm too lazy.

17. What is your favorite tree? California Redwoods/Giant Sequoia, I think they're amazing!

18. What are you going to do after this? Eat some breakfast.

19. What is your favorite fruit? Cantaloupe. I love it, but everyone in my family hates it.

20. What inspires you? My Ryan.

21. Who was the last person that you kissed? I gave Haley a kiss when she woke up.

22. What are you currently reading? Nothing...I need a new book and haven't gotten one yet.

23. Go to your bookshelf, take down the first book that you see with a red binding, turn to page 26 and type out the first line. "The requirements for Seeing Eye Dogs are rigid." Gun Dog by Richard A. Wolters This book was my first attempt to train my dogs to hunt...I'm failing.

24. What delighted you the most today? Haley's cheerful self when she wakes up. She's always been that way...always smiling first thing in the morning!

25. If your life had a theme song, what would it be? Not sure...skip.

26. If you bought a wiener dog today, what would you name it? I don't...Bleo. That was the name Haley gave herself when she acted like a dog. It was the first name that popped in my head.

27.What is a character trait or habit of yours that you inherited from one of your parents? I'm always interested in what the neighbors are doing, if I see anything out of the ordinary I want to know what's up...some people say nosey. My dad is the same way.

I'm not tagging anyone in particular...If you are reading this, you should do it!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Morgan the Meltdown Champ!

The weather is so nice today the girls and I decided to take a nice leisurely walk on the path this afternoon (they rode their bikes, I walked). We took the long way through the neighborhood to the river path. Well, it didn't quite go the way I had hoped.

I had to get sunscreen on them first, which is ALWAYS a battle with Morgan. I manage to get some on her by pinning her to the floor all the while she is screaming and kicking. When I'm done she says "BAD MOMMY...NO!!" over and over. I put her on a chair to scream it out while I get Haley ready. Meltdown #1.

Finally, Morgan is still furious with me, but she calms down and decides she's ready to get on her bike...we're off. We come up to some gardeners doing some lawn work. Morgan points to some of the equipment and asks what it is. I say, "A big mower." "NOOOO, what's THAT?!" as she points even harder this time. I say, "It's a leaf blower". "NOOOOO, THAT?!" "That's gas can." "NOOOOOOO! THAT!!!" Okay, I'm sure you're getting the idea. I said the name of every single lawn tool I saw...but none of it was what she was apparently pointing to. I keep walking...she's screaming. Meltdown #2

We eventually make it to path where she finally stopped screaming. We see the chickens, the horses in the pasture, and a few cows and then start heading back. Morgan starts to get a little tired so she got off her bike and started walking while dragging her bike. I knew she would get back on after she realized that it's easier to peddle the bike than to drag it. Well, all of a sudden this fast past walker was coming up to us. He saw that Morgan was dragging the bike and decided he was going to "help" her out. He says, "Here let me get that for a little ways." He picks up the bike and continues walking (in a very fast past) down the path carrying her bike. It happened so fast I didn't even have time to say anything! He was already down the path, with her bike! He finally put it down a long ways away from us. Now, I know he was just trying to help so Morgan didn't have to drag her bike that far, but he doesn't know my Morgie!! Meltdown #3. Needless to say, I'm the one who had to retrieve her bike and bring it back to her. Thanks for nothing Mr. Fast Past Walker Guy!

Off we go again. We get to the part of the path that goes back out to the neighborhood. There is a little hill that the girls love to coast down (they go really fast). They do it about three times then we continue on again. Well, Morgan starts yelling that she wants to do again (now keep in mind I already gave them another chance, if I continued saying "just one more time" we would be there all day). So I keep walking and say "no". Meltdown #4 This meltdown continued on for some time and consisted of me walking carrying her shoes and bike while she chased me screaming the entire time. Ahhh...good times.

Every meltdown Morgan had, Haley kept giggling to herself saying, "Where's the movie camera when you need it."

Monday, July 13, 2009

Kids are like men.

I made some Gooey Butter Cake a couple of days ago (it's a recipe from Paula Dean...go GOOD). And yes, since it's a recipe from Paula Dean we all know it's has a ton butter in it...hence the name, but we won't go there. Anyway, after lunch the girls and I had some for dessert. As we were all sitting at the table eating, it occurred to me how similar little kids and men are when it comes to eating. I'm not saying that men are slobs or anything...if Ryan ate spaghetti like my kids we would have to have a serious discussion! No, I'm referring to the speed at which they eat. They eat as if someone is about to take their plate! I think Haley ate that cake in one bite! And Morgan wasn't far behind! Are they even enjoying that cake?! Men seem to have that same approach...a lot of the time anyway. Put a Teuscher's truffle in front of a man and a woman. The woman will most likely make sure she is sitting down and preferably in a peaceful spot (no kids, distractions etc.) before taking a bite. She would also take small bites letting the chocolate melt in her mouth, chewing very slowly and most likely making "mmmmm's" and "ooooooohhhhh's" as she's eating it. A man on the other hand would pick it up and pop the whole thing into his mouth and eat it, most likely while he's doing something else at the same time. Now how can they savor that truffle when they eat like that?! What a waste!

Growing up us kids always made fun of my mom when it came to eating sweets. She would never eat it immediately, she would save it and eat it when the moment was perfect (no distractions, kids, you know). We could never understand why she did that. Now I know...I get it. I find that first thing in the morning, before the kids are up, and the house is calm is the best time to eat dessert...and you can bet, even if I'm alone I'm still making the "mmmmmm's" and "oooohhh's" and savoring every bite!

Saturday, July 11, 2009


...we found a house that we both LOVE! It's in a perfect location...PERFECT! It has the yard that we want, and it's tucked away in an area that feels very private. It has the space we need and then some, and I love the kitchen! Sounds great right?! But it seems that no matter what, the houses we find always, always have something wrong with them...I have just have to figure out when to compromise and when to hold my ground on what we want. Problem: It's an older home, which is fine, I can live with the outdated bathrooms. However, it has a evaporated cooler for AC and a hot water/boiler system for heat. I have been reading and talking to heating/cooling companies trying to learn as much as I can about these systems. The boiler system definitely has some advantages: no dust flying around, no dry air, more uniform heat distribution, more cost efficient. But that only if it's an upgraded system, which I'm not sure if it is. Also, with the evap cooler, if it's a good upgraded one they can do the job pretty well. So anyway, that's where we're at. We've already put an offer on it, but because it's a short sell, who knows when we'll hear back. But I LOVE this house!! And I might add, that this is the first house that even Ryan is super excited about! And he rarely shows any emotion when looking at houses.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Long Beach Visit

I should probably update about our trip...I meant to do it yesterday, happens. Anyway, we had a wonderful time! We left early Thursday and the girls did super for the drive! They each have a backpack that they keep all their "stuff" to entertain them for the 9-10 hour drive (books, toys, magnadoodle, magazines etc.). But the thing that really did the trick were the Color Wonder markers and book. They are FABULOUS! The book and markers came in a convenient travel case that doubles as a clipboard and a little caddy for the markers. It entertained them for a long while! I just love it when I find something that really works.

So anyway, back to the trip. We got in Thursday afternoon...just chilled that day. We were all on cloud nine after hearing my mom's good news...great day! Friday, hit up the beach. Haley definitely takes after Ryan when it comes to the beach...she LOVES it! Me...hmmm, not so much. Funny, because I grew up there, and honestly, I didn't go to the beach that much. In my defense, when we took the girls it was cold, cold, cold. I basically stayed huddled in my beach towel the whole time (Morgan eventually joined me, taking a nap on my lap). I did venture out to build a sand castle with Haley at one point. But anyway, the cold doesn't phase Haley at all, she didn't want to leave.

For the 4th we watched the fireworks at my grandparent's house. They live right next to a stadium that does a huge firework show. So we get front row seats, for free! We all sit on their roof and no kidding those fireworks explode right in front of can't beat it! Very exciting!

I got to go on a ride with my dad, shopping with my mom (kid free!), got to catch up with an old friend, even squeeze in a bike ride to breakfast with Ryan. All wonderful!
The girls playing in the massive olive tree in the front yard.

On Monday, my mom planned an afternoon tea party for all us ladies. It was a celebration for her being cancer free...a kick off to a fresh start! What a great idea!! I loved it!! We dressed pretty, and got to eat dainty food while sipping iced tea! In the picture: my two grandparents on either side of my mom and Jennifer, Jeff's girlfriend, and of course the girls and me.

To decorate the table my mom made little albums for everyone. She also made the little caddy for the album to sit in, and she made little paper bags that held a truffle. I know...she is truly the queen of paper's amazing the things she creates! And the food...oh, so yummy! We had scones, tarts, lemon squares, muffins, and little cute sandwiches. What a fun afternoon!

It was sad to leave. Picture of the girls, my parents and my brother Andrew. Jeff didn't make it into the picture, he was working. He has a pretty sweet gig as a lifeguard for the summer.
The drive home was a little tougher. Morgan didn't nap once and had several meltdowns in the car. Lots of potty stops. And the last hour or so we were scared the girls were going to fall asleep, which any parent knows that can be bad. A nap at 7:30 in the evening will result in them being up all night. So Ryan and I kept them awake by singing to kid songs on CD and rolling down the windows every so often to perk them up. It worked, they stayed awake...but to no avail, we couldn't get them to go to sleep until close to eleven that night. Oh well...that's roadtrippin'!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Day!

We arrived in LB yesterday afternoon to some very good news!

My mom is cancer free!!!!

What a wonderful time to be with my family and celebrate!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

No Luck Yet

We had found a house in the most perfect location this week. It wasn't the most attractive house on the street, but it had a lot of potential. Also, a great yard! So last night we met with the realtor to see the inside. I kept reminding myself to keep an open mind since I knew it was probably going to be a bit dated inside (the home was built in the 50's). But nothing could prepare me to the time warp I experienced when I walked in! It felt like we were walking on the set for Leave It To Beaver! I kid you not, not one thing had been updated since the house was built...not one thing! Every bathroom had different color porcelain and tile: pink, lime green and an really bad cream color. And the kitchen appliances...oh my, I wasn't even sure they worked they looked so ancient! But I could live with bad porcelain and paneling for a while, that stuff didn't bother me that much. The problem was the layout of the kitchen/dining/family room. It would have to be remodeled, but no matter how I reconfigured it in my head, it just didn't work. I tried...I tried hard to MAKE it work! In fact, I'm still trying to reconfigure it! I want it to work so badly! Oh well...I guess I'll accept defeat on this one. As my dad always says, "There's always another house."

In other news, we're off to the LBC early tomorrow...and when I say early, I mean early! It's going to be hot one through the desert, so hopefully we can get out of here at a reasonable time...beat the heat!
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