November 2, 2008

Momma got a new pair of shoes!

Halloween 2008

We had a very mild weathered Halloween this year. It rained all day but dried up for the evening festivities. Anthony went as a nerd. Parker went as Boba Fett from Star Wars. Tyler went as Commander Fox from Star Wars as well. We joined some friends from church who live on our street and their son went as a Clone Trooper. We had Star Wars covered! The evening was fruitful. We now have candy to last us all school year. The boys had fun. That is the most important thing! Anthony got wise this year and just brought me his bag of candy and asked me to take now what I was going to take while he was sleeping! Smarty!

October 18, 2008

Brian's Birthday

Today is Brian's birthday. He turned a big 41! The boys made him breakfast in bed to mark the occasion. Anthony made him pancakes, Parker made him eggs, and Tyler made him cinnamon toast. They took great pride in their culinary skills! The rest of the day we just hung out at home. The boys gave Brian his presents. Tyler got him a new watch. (The dog ate part of the strap on his old one) Anthony gave him a new case for his laptop. (The dog chewed the handles off his other one.) Do you sense a theme in our house!! Parker got an ice cream cake for him. We then ordered a pizza and Brian watched game 6 (baseball!).

I gave Brian his gift yesterday while the kids were in school. I took him to a spa! We did it last year and he liked it so much we did it again. We had a massage, a facial, and a pedicure. His favorite part was the facial! Men need to be pampered too!! I took him out to dinner in downtown Portland. We went to The Melting Pot. It is a fondue restaurant. Brian loves fondue. It was really good! We especially enjoyed the dessert. We had a white chocolate and raspberry fondue. They gave us so much to dip and it was all delicious!

Brian is the love of my life and my very best friend. I feel blessed to have him in my life and I am so thankful for the day he was born!

T Tv

Tyler is so creative. He is always drawing or writing stories. He takes the things that he likes and makes them his. For example, he made his own version of Star Wars by creating Tyler Wars. There is T Bionicles and Tyler Zoos as well. This morning he made T Tv. He cut a hole in the middle of a box. On the side he wrote channel numbers. He then made a "remote" out of cardboard and put the channel numbers on it. When you select a channel he pops his head into the hole and either acts out a show or gives you information about the subject that channel is about.

Tyler never ceases to amaze me and I am so thankful God gave him such a creative mind!

September 30, 2008

September 22, 2008

Safari Sam's fun

In addition to being the pastor at Rock Harbor, Brian works part time at Safari Sam's as the Sales Manager. (Our church meets in the Safari Sam's gym. I also work in accounting and group sales at Safari Sam's. It's a family thing!) On Friday night, Brian went to check up on a big group that was coming in for an all nighter. He took Anthony with him and Anthony got to try out the Sumo suits, velcro wall, and joust that they were setting up. He had a great time! Sorry, it is blurry!

I am so proud to announce...

My sister has opened her very own photography studio! Anyone who has been to my house and seen the awesome black and white photos of my kids know what a great photographer my sister is. This is a huge step out in faith and I am so proud of her. Photography has been a longtime passion of hers and she is so good at it.

I think I got the best part of the deal when she was in photography school. She would get her assignments and then come down to Portland (she was at the Art Institute in Seattle) and do them with my boys. I have so many fantastic pictures of my boys from that time period. (Anthony was around 4 and the twins were around 2) They are treasures to me. She has a gift of capturing the boys' personalities and feelings at the time. You can look at a picture of one of the twins and know instantly which twin it is because she captures who they are. A true talent! I even got to get in on some of the action. One of her stranger assignments was having me run through the woods while she chased me and took pictures. It was hard to stop laughing during that one! My favorite one was when she had to pick a career and capture the essence of that career in three photos. I was so honored when she chose my career, a stay at home mom. She followed me around the house for the day taking pictures. I had a hard time understanding how she was going to capture my job in a picture. She got an A on the assignment and sent me the pictures. There was one where I was on the floor on my knees putting on Anthony's shoes and I had one twin hanging on my back and there were toys scattered around. I sat in awe of the photo. She had captured it perfectly. The busyness, the craziness, the fun, the love. It was all there. It was amazing! She is amazing!

If you are ever in the Seattle area there is no better photographer to capture your family! Call her up. She does studio work and will go on location. She also does weddings. Check out her website at She is awesome and you will be so pleased with the results!

Love you Melanie! Knock 'em dead!

September 16, 2008


We taught pup dog a new trick. He knows how to "shake". He so enjoys the attention and treats that you don't even have to ask him to shake now. He will just come up to you and try to shake your hand. Whenever you ask him to sit, up goes the paw! Crazy puppy dog!! So proper and polite.

Times have changed

When Anthony graduated from elementary school we, along with Brian's parents and my Dad, got Anthony a lap top computer. We all thought it would be a useful tool for middle school and beyond. Anthony has been working on a paper for his science class. I watched as he was typing out the paper while switching screens to the internet where his research was. This will make me sound very old but, I remember when I had to write a paper and it had to be written in your very best handwriting in pen and you would have to start all over when you messed up. Your research had to be done at the library, or when I got older, at home with the encyclopedias! (And we had to walk in the snow, uphill, both ways!)

Times have certainly changed! It is faster and easier to write a paper now but do you think it is for the better? I am sure this is a question all generations have asked themselves. What do you think?

(Anthony working, looking studious! And Rolo checking up on Anthony to see if he can play yet!)

School Starts

Well, school has started. I always go into the new school year with mixed emotions. I am excited for the boys but at the same time I miss them! We have been busy with getting into the school routine and attending all the back to school nights and such. This year looks like it will be a great one. The twins are in 3rd grade now. (this is hard for me to imgaine!) They both love their teachers and are making new friends. I am very excited about that. Anthony has started his first year of middle school. After a nervous first week, he has settled into a nice routine and is enjoying the new freedoms that come with middle school.

So, we're off and running!

August 28, 2008

New Shoes!

Yeah! I have enough money for a new pair of shoes! Pretty, pretty shoes, how I love thee!

August 26, 2008


Our dog, Rolo, is not allowed up on the couches, but there is one exception. There is a couch in front of our front window and Rolo loves to watch the neighborhood. On this couch we allow two paws only. This gives him a nice view of the front yard. However, he has found a loophole in the rule. I walked in the room and he had his hind legs and body on the couch and his front two paws were on the floor. How could I get upset? He only had two paws on the couch!

August 19, 2008


Yesterday Parker and Tyler were playing Star Wars Battlefront on the X-box. (Yes, again with the Star Wars!) I could hear some arguing going on and sure enough the boys came downstairs to get the other one in trouble. Tyler was upset because every time he got the flag on the game Parker would shoot him. (It is a capture the flag type of thing.) Every single time. I started to explain that it was the object of the game and if he is going to play this type of game he couldn't get upset when he got shot. I told him that next time they play maybe they should be on the same team so that doesn't happen anymore. To which Tyler replied, "but I was on his team!" I looked over at Parker and he was quietly laughing. Parker Bailey!!!

August 18, 2008

The Bible

We recently gathered in Seattle with my sister, who lives in Lake Stevens, and my Dad, who lives in California and flies up for the weekend. It has become an annual gathering to celebrate Anthony's birthday. When Anthony was in 1st grade he wanted to go to a Mariner's game for his gift and we have been going up ever since. My sister has 3 kids and they are our boys' only cousins so it is really enjoyable for the boys.

Anyway, while we were up there my Dad gave me a Bible that belonged to my great-grandfather. It is small, only the gospels, and has a beautiful white quilted cover. It is small enough to fit in a pocket and that is what it did. It went everywhere with him while he fought in WWI. On the front page it has the date and place of his baptism. The next page has his rank and serial number from the U.S. Army.

I can only image what this Bible has been through and seen. I can only imagine the comfort and strength God's Word brought to a soldier. It was of such importance that it was carried at all times. This Bible is not only a precious family heirloom but it is also a reminder for me. Do I carry God's Word with me at all times through all circumstances? If not physically, do I have it "hidden in my heart"? It is a challenge to me to memorize His Word so I can have it close at hand.

August 17, 2008


If you ever meet my Parker, you will find him quiet and shy. That is how he is around most people. At home however, he is the one who keeps us all laughing and is just an all around goofball! Anthony and I were playing a game of Jenga. It was getting tense and the twins came over to watch. Parker was doing everything he could to make Anthony laugh to try and mess him up. (He wanted his mom to win! Smart boy!) He was yelling out funny phrases and my favorite one was "I'm being robbed!"

Then today, Parker was asking me how much I loved him. I told him I loved him to infinity. He then said he loved me, Brian (dad), Tyler and Anthony to infinity. And he loves Rolo, our dog, to half of infinity!

The Clone Wars part 2

We are on a pretty strict budget. We have an envelope system that we use to pay cash for most things. Each month we have an entertainment envelope and we had spent almost all of it after taking all five of us out to see The Clone Wars and getting popcorn and candy at the theater. We had just enough to take me, Parker and Tyler to see the movie again but not enough to get food there. We scoured the house for change and found enough to get some food.

The boys each got a Freeze Frame and we had enough left over to get a small popcorn. We even had a free drink coupon! We all shared the popcorn and the drink was mine. The thing about spending $4 on a bag of popcorn is that you feel compelled to eat the entire thing. The thing about a free drink is you feel compelled to drink the whole thing. I was not feeling well after the movie or for many hours after the movie. Lesson learned! I'll stick to the Milk Duds the next time! Buttered popcorn and root beer aren't friends of mine. However, chocolate and caramel are my body's best friends!!

Parker and Tyler enjoyed the movie again. On the way home I asked them if they had seen anything that they had missed the first time around. They both had things that were new to them. They connected more of the story and some new facts were revealed to them that they hadn't noticed before. They went into the movie looking for new things. It reminded me of my Bible reading sometimes. I grew up in a Christian home and went to a Christian school. The Bible was a text book in a class I had every day. I know most Bible stories so as an adult I can sometimes gloss right over a story because I know it already. I need to go into my reading with the attitude of learning and wanting to be shown something new, not with the attitude of "I know this already". That is one of the things I love about Brian's teachings. He challenges you to have your heart and eyes open to the stories you have heard a zillion times and to be open to how it relates to your life right now. It can be different things at different stages in your life. The Bible never gets old! That is exciting.

August 16, 2008

The Clone Wars

The twins are Star Wars freaks!!! We have all 6 movies. They know all the characters. I mean ALL the characters! You want to know the name of some Jedi that was in a scene for 2 seconds? My twins know it! You want to know the names of all battle ships or fighters and which side they belong to? My twins know it! You want to know the names of the planets and the space ports at each? My twins know it! You want to know every Star Wars Lego that is out there and how much each is? My twins know it! Search your feelings, you know it to be true!

So, that said, waiting around for the new Star Wars movie to come out was very difficult. The trailers were watched over and over and over again. So much so, that I thought I had already seen the entire movie. Old movies were watched and rewatched. The days were counted down. Finally, that day has arrived! We took the whole family to see The Clone Wars. They loved it!!!! In fact, Parker, Tyler and I are going back to see it again tomorrow. It is not the best movie ever made, but it is Star Wars baby and the twins loved it! Watch it again, we will! Watch it again, we must!

July 29, 2008

July 27, 2008

Hat In Hand

Anthony recently finished his season of baseball. It is a very long season! (His team made it to the playoffs.) Anthony loves baseball. He just loves baseball! Brian loves baseball and my Dad loves baseball. They love to sit around talking about baseball! Brian and Anthony even have a fantasy baseball team together. Baseball names get thrown around in my house like they are a part of the family! All that to say, Anthony takes baseball seriously.

Anthony plays the position of catcher. He is very good at his job. On occasion though, they have him play pitcher. He was doing pretty well. He struck a few guys out but he had a wild pitch that hit the batter. The batter got hit on the helmet but proceeded to cry for 2 minutes. For the love of Pete, the helmets are padded! After helmet boy calmed down he went to first base. Anthony made is way over to first base. When he got there he took off his hat and offered the boy his hand along with an apology.

This scene reminded me of all those old movies where the poor guy goes to the rich guy with his hat in hand. An act of humility.

Later, as I was replaying the scene, I got to wondering if I approach people like Anthony did. Do I take my proverbial hat off and go to them in humility when I have wronged them? Or do I offer a quick sorry and be on my way. When I fight with my husband do I just want to be right or do I go him in humility and acknowledge that I have hurt him? (Even if his helmet is padded!)

i'm back!

As many of you know, I took a break from blogging. I worked very, very part time at Safari Sam's doing paper work for my husband. In January, one of the ladies in the accounting office was going south for 3 months and they asked if I would fill in while she was gone. I did, and that brought me to actual part time. It was hard to fit work into my already busy schedule but I thought I could handle it for 3 months.

Three months came and went and I was asked to stay on permanently. I love my job so I decided to stay on. It has taken me awhile to get used to juggling everything. Brian and the boys have been so supportive of me and they started pitching in and helping me out around the house.

So, I am back! I missed sharing stories about my family. The kids missed it too because they like to read stories about themselves! Thanks for reading!