Friday, July 31, 2015

Twelve Years Ago...

I remember this day so well 12 years ago. I was working at Merrick and I got the call on my lunch break Linda was about to deliver. I hurried across the street to Swedish Hospital and made my way to her birthing suite. I stood at her door/curtain hesitant to go in. Part of me didn't want to see this business of life. Her nurse saw me and told her someone was here and Linda said, "Oh that's Sandy come on in."
Linda wanted pictures, but Donnie was by her head helping her to breathe, so Donnie gave me the camera. Funny how the things you don't really want to do, you end up doing! Linda was so pleased to have those pics.
Twelve years later, Skylar is a social butterfly, who loves to play lacrosse, rough house with his siblings, loves to play video games, knows all the latest and greatest things to do on his cell phone and is pure awesomeness to me. He Makes Life Awesome!
Happy Birthday Skylar! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fire in the backyard

A fire pit to be exact! Woot woot! My goal since moving into this house has been to reduce my mow time and since Christopher brought all these free bricks home I was so down on making a fire pit in this area.

I still need to figure out the seating area, but other than that it is done. We also added two large tree stumps we got for free off of Craigslist as little side tables. The only cost was the sand and gravel. I love a low budget DIY.

Here's what we had before -
(that's my dad with the bobcat)

I showed Christopher a pattern I liked and he started me off above here and I finished it off. Always a good feeling to accomplish a goal in mind.

I think we are done with the DIY this year. Ok, I know we are done with the DIY this year, lol! I've asked Christopher to draw up a rough estimate for the cost of wood for a new deck to replace the heavily cracked patio for next year. The last eye sore in the backyard.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Super Jump

Last week, my sister went on vacation so I jumped in to help my mom with Seth and Autumn. And I literally mean I jumped. Off we went to Super Jump for 90 minutes of bouncing and sliding. When Seth and I got to the top of the bouncy slide, I didn't hesitate and with him in my lap down we went. It was a rush for sure and Seth immediately said, "Again!" Let me tell you it was hard work getting Autumn up the ladder. The first time when she got almost to the top she wanted to turn around, but I talked her out of it and put her in my lap and had Seth sit close next to me with my arm around him. I counted down to 3 and off we went. It was pure laughter all the way down. Even my mom was laughing as we made it to the bottom.
  After the bouncy slide, Seth got to do the bungee jump and he was perma grin!

They can't wait to go again! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

For My Love

Christopher planted Dahlias in the spring and here are the fresh cuts. So lovely and the colors make me smile!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Trip to Cargo

One of my favorite stores to visit in Portland is Cargo. They recently moved across the river and while I was down there I was determined to make a visit in the 94 degree heat. Must give a shout out to Google Maps. Love it! Made life so much easier! Anyway I found the new store and once again they have no A/C, but the new spot had just as much character as the last.

I saw this causal shirt in my favorite colors and wanted it so bad until I saw the price....uh $98 no thank you. a photo to remember you will do just fine.

I left Cargo feeling inspired and made my way to Artemesia - my all time favorite terrarium shop.
Happy Tax Free Shopping!