Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Precious was an amazing, furry friend. Sadly, she ended her battle with cancer today. Her only symptom began a week ago when we found her sagging her rear end, and eventually dragging her legs. She was not in pain. We tried antibiotics for a possible infection found on an x-ray and blood work, and then tried Prednisone for swelling. Unfortunately, her quality of life did not improve and we had to face the inevitable. I'm really going to miss her and no other kitten will compare to how amazing and beautiful she was.

Her favorite food was tuna (cheap, white trash tuna, that is).
She loved laying in the sun.
She was the cleanest being and kept at it til the end.
She embarrassed easily, especially when you witnessed her falling off window ledges or into ponds.
She could punch better than Sugar Ray and took out a duck and a few birds with that mean right hook.
Her favorite spot to sleep was on Matt's clean clothes or school papers.
She had a love hate relationship with Regan, Juliet, and Matt.
She loved to play "chase".
She loved to dress up.
She loved to play "string" and hated fake mice.
She hid under our bed for a month when she was accidentally shaved at the groomers.
She hid under the bed for another month when we got Regan.
She would slowly walk into the middle of the road and sit there while cars would (thankfully) drive around her.
She was very territorial and chased cats out of our yard, then their yard, then their neighbor's yard.
She found the best hiding places in our house, including balancing on hangers in the closet.

I'm so thankful I was blessed with 16 wonderful years of Precious' presence. May she rest peacefully in kitty heaven.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

I Heart Microfiber

Juliet's nickname should be "Dash". In the time it took for me to put on earrings, Juliet ran from my bedroom to the office, grabbed a Sharpie, and scribbled on the couch.

At first glance, I saw the first cushion. I gasped.

Then I looked up.

I must have sat, shocked, for a few minutes. This couldn't have happened. I was putting on earrings! She was just with me!  I'm hallucinating! Why me?! After quickly going through the five stages of grief, I consulted the internet. The consensus seemed to be rubbing alcohol.

After 5 hours of scrubbing, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and sore fingers, the couch looks pretty good. I figured our butts can take care of the rest.
Update: It looks even better than this now. I don't even notice it anymore.

This was actually a proud parent moment for me. I didn't yell at Juliet. I didn't even punish her. In fact, I calmly showed her her coloring books and explained that we color on paper. If anyone should have been punished, it was me for leaving the office door open (ok, and not watching her). Believe me, the punishment fit the crime.

"Every child is an artist." ~ Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Halloween!

October in means apple cider and donuts, hay rides to the pumpkin patch, lots o leaves, and of course, trick or treating. Juliet was a cupcake this year for Halloween. I think I'm the only one who knew this because her costume looked more like a cupcake on the hanger than it did on my daughter. I don't think she minded, and I was just happy that she kept her hat on-it made the outfit, and it only took a little bribing with a binkie on my part. We showcased her cute as a cupcake costume at the library, then met Matt downtown for trick or treating on Main Street. Juliet was a little unsure of everything at first, but by the end she was happily picking out the worst candy known to man (think laffy taffy and hard candies) and placing it in her pumpkin bucket. Overall, it was a successful Halloween, and next year we might even venture out after nap and go door to door. I just hope it will be in a costume that people recognize. My favorite comment, "I thought she was a box of Mike and Ike's."-classic.

                                                                   Three Cedars Farm

                                                          Trick or Treating on Main Street
                                                  They only had chocolate covered candy...
                 I didn't even have to show her how to eat the candy. I did have to show her how to unwrap it.
                                                             HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Tale of Three Cities

I know, I know....It's November and I'm blogging about my summer. I just found my camera, that has been MIA since September. Plus, I'm a Procrastinator with a capital "P". Besides, Matt made fun of my so-called "blog", so I felt that it was high time I get around to updating it.Without further ado, here's the recap of our summer spent between Seattle, Portland, and Eugene.

Mother's Day: Matt was stuck somewhere between boring and boring (probably Nebraska), driving heavily medicated Regan and our Yaris to Oregon. I was stuffing my face with a scrumptious buffet at the Oregon Zoo with Juliet and Grandma and Grandpa Collier.

July: Our Anniversary of 5 whole years! Juliet and I stayed with Matt in Seattle and Uncle Colby and Aunt Meredith came up to visit. We did all the touristy stuff and had a blast.

                              Uncle Colby missed his kids so much that he just had to push Juliet in her stroller.
                                                                 Pike Street Market

 August: After much needed friend and family time, it was time to say good-bye (FYI-Matt drove home but this pic was too cute to leave out).

May, August, and sometime in between:
                                                          My nephew Carter's 1st Birthday!
                                            Juliet loved spending time at the Oregon Coast
                          We spent a lot of time on Sauvie Island with Aunt Sara and Aunt Melissa
 Juliet at Bounce, where the world's greatest home video was created. Thank you Bounce and iPhone!
                                                            Juliet loves water parks
                                                      My nephew, Caden's 4th Birthday!
                                        Mariner's Baseball with The Berg's and Juliet's 1st MLB game.
                                                   Juliet with Grandma Cheryl in Salem
Discovery Village in Salem with Grandma and Grandpa Work, Uncle Colby, Aunt Meredith, Caden, and Carter. She enjoyed hitting everyone with her cart. She's practicing for Black Friday.

Although this isn't everything we did all summer, these were the only times my camera came out. :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday, Juliet!

Happy 1st Birthday Baby Girl! I can't believe you are already a year old! It seems just like yesterday that my water broke at work and 10.5hrs later you popped out. Today was the first time you had your first sugar. You started out slow and a little uncertain but before we knew it you were shoving fistfuls of cake and frosting into your mouth. You also liked to share with Mama and Dada. We are so happy that Grandmas and Grandpas Collier and Gregory (and Work, in spirit) were here to share this special time with us. We love you so much and can't wait to see what this next year has in store for us.

Singing "Happy Birthday"

What a mess!

Sharing with Dada

Your very first cake

You loved the bows


You thought this was a real bottle

Mama had a messy face too

A bath was in order after this. As a side note, you liked to rub the cake on your legs

Friday, February 3, 2012

Dear Juliet

Dear Juliet,

I cannot believe that at the end of the month you will be A FULL YEAR OLD!! This year has been incredibly fulfilling in so many ways. You have taught me patience, kindness, carpe diem, love, and how to enjoy the little things in life. You have made me a stronger and better person just by becoming a mother and watching you grow into a little girl. It wasn't the easiest year, but I survived (better yet, so did you).

I would like to share what you've been up to lately.

You love to laugh. Sometimes you sound like a crazy person laughing at nothing. You love to cry when you don't get your way. You love to go to library time and clap to the songs. You love music. You love to bear crawl. You love your Dada. You LOVE cats. You love to laugh at Regan and take her for walks. You love to beat everything like a drum. You love bath time. You love people. You love to play with empty soda bottles and clean diapers. You love to be read to and look at books.

You love meal time

You love to taunt Regan with her toys

You love to rest your feet on things

Puzzles are your form of crack


You love mirrors

No animal was hurt in the making of this photo

a BOOK about CATS-winning

Who knew a washing machine is a great babysitter?

Keep growing into a wonderful little person. I love you to the moon and back, Mama

Saturday, January 21, 2012

decoupage gone wrong

Hello internet. It's been awhile since I've visited my sad excuse for a blog. Today I actually have something to blog about. My facebook status update is just not long enough to type out my excitement about Pinterest. I LOVE PINTEREST! I tend to post things that I like to think I'll make, cook, explore, or look at again in any way, but usually my imagination is greater than my ability to start or finish a project. Well not today. Not only did I start 3 (read it! 3!) projects, I even finished them! And that isn't even all I did today either!

So, let me start with the project that went well. I made my daughter leg warmers out of knee socks. That's right-I sewed. They were so easy; I'll just let the pictures below speak for themselves.

Leg warmers

Project #1 done and beautiful. Project #2 and #3 were combined into one long WRONG WRONG WRONG. Let me begin by informing you that I have never used mod podge or decoupaged anything in my life (that I remember, anyway). Nothing. Not even an ornament for my mom. Honestly, it didn't look that hard. I came across a DIY decoupage on Pinterest that fancied itself to mod podge. Since mod podge is $10 at the store, and Elmer's glue is practically free, the "make your own" idea sounded perfect. I rinsed out a pizza sauce jar, added glue, added water, and presto-decoupage. I think. I had no idea what it was supposed to look like. It was white and liquidy so I figured I was golden. Next, I cut out little pictures of classic children's books and arranged them on my letters "R E A D" that I was planning on putting in my daughter's room. So, here is where my wonderful idea began to spoil. I printed the pics on regular paper, in colored ink. When I applied the top coat of my water/glue concoction, the ink spread like butter on toast. I'm not sure what went wrong. I'm still going to put them up-more out of pride than anything, but they sure are ugly.

Really, that's it?
This one isn't even that bad-you should see the "D"

before decoupage

Well that's it. My exciting Saturday night doing crafts.
Here is a link to the decoupage: 
Here is a link to the leg warmers: