Just sayin’

I am so proud. I ran 9 minutes today out of the 35 I spent on the treadmill! And I feel great! I honestly think the Isagenix stuff that I drank (Want More Energy) really helped with that!

I went to the welding place and the awesome manager tested my propane regulator saving me at least $65! And I can torch again, hopefully this weekend. 😀

I texted with my brother this morning, that always makes my day!

I got to have lunch ALONE with my hubby! I always feel so grown up when I get to do things like that.

And lastly, keep me in your thoughts and prayers while I go in for some medical stuff tomorrow.

It’s all science…

or at least it has been around here lately!

The 3 kids in upper elementary had their science fair today. Their projects were judged. It is optional for 3rd and 4th graders to do this and they may do it as a group or class or by themselves. 5th graders were requitred to do it. For them, it was a huge part of their grade for the quarter.

Ben’s project was a class project. Kate did her’s on her own and Megan did her’s on her own too!

The results are in!

their class made it to district!!!!!!

She got a participation award and an A for the class!!!!! Awesome!!! (though as the picture shows she was a bit bummed about not making district)

She made it to district!!!!!!!!!!!!!

District judging is next week! We are very excited!!!!

Two Words

Chicken Pox….


the baby has it too….though not nearly as bad as big sissy does. She is beyond miserable. Poor thing has them in her throat and mouth and nose and on her eyelids….my only consolation is this has got to be it. The rest have either had it or have been immunized. (though we thought Rachie had the shot too…)

So, um….yeah….been M.I.A. again. Besides I am out of propane and can’t torch until I actually remember to throw the darn tank into the back of the van and go exchange it.

Snow, Basketball and all that jazz…

Ok, so maybe I don’t have any jazz for you but I do have the others!

Yep, it does snow in my neck of the desert about once a year, twice if we are lucky. And this past time it stuck around until…are you ready for this????? NOON!!! LOL It is gorgeous. All the way to school the kids kept saying, “Aw, look at ________! It’s so pretty!” Fill that blank in with everything from the school, a car, a house, a mailbox, literally everything! But I didn’t stop them, because they were right. It was a stunning 5 minute drive.

From our house in Cottonwood:



The drive to work, took my breath away! I actually played a tourist and took pictures from the van.

Snow in Sedona:


For those of you who know the rock formations, Bell Rock is in this picture:


On to basketball. Yes, I know, compltetly out of context and has nothing to do with snow but it does have to do with my life so you are subjected to it as well! hehe

We pulled up to the elementary school last night for Ben’s basketball practice and a fire truck was there. Ben was a little concerned that something may have happened. But all was fine, except for the fact that they had to practice with the Cottonwood Fire Department! He was so excited and talked about it all night! Our coach is a fireman and his buddies came over to help the team out! How cool is that???



Can you find my kiddo in the bunch?

The chicken pox, pneumonia, broncialitis and ear infections are gone….though Noah is cutting another tooth, but I should be able to get updates done a bit more consistent with healthy kids and actual sleep!

I am tired

The baby is cutting his first tooth and fighting his first ear infection. I am getting no sleep!

I did manage over the weekend to snap some pics. Today, I was able to find time to edit them while holding a fussy baby.

For your entertainment:
Floral pendant


pink bicone


peach floral pendant



pink floral pendant

stormy beach


It’s a weird feeling knowing that my family is in frigid Northern MN grieving together while I am down here with my own family doing our daily activities. It’s an odd feeling, almost like guilt.

As they prepared food for the memorial, I was at my son’s basketball game (they won btw). While they were at the church paying their respects, we were at our store trying to salvage our computer (the harddrive 😦 ). While they cleaned up and drove home tearfully, I was making lasagna. While they dropped into bed from exhaustion, we were outside roasting marshmellows.

It’s just weird….and I am sorry I wasn’t there for them….


When someone chooses the wrong paths in life, then removes themselves from you and your family, how does one go about remembering the good?

My brother passed away yesterday. He had a rough go of things, made some big mistakes and some bad decisions and he was paying his dues when he time came. But right now I really don’t want to dwell on that. I want to remember the good stuff. Sadly, there is not much that I can remember so my simple little pieces will have to do.

I want to remember that big dopey grin he had. Gosh, he was a dork when wearing that grin, but that was him. It fit him!

Or how much he loved music. I can remember when he got Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” on cassette! Man, that tape got played a TON! Remember that Mom?

He loved riding his bike. I think he loved “fixing” them even more. LOL

He loved spending time with our cousins on my dad’s side of the family. They often brought up their 3-wheelers and took us mud bogging. He lived for those weekends.

Or how about when he came back from some time in Oklahoma and he had the thickest accent. LOL And it had only been maybe a year or so that he lived there.

He is gone. But with him went his demons, his cancer and his pain.

Goodbye, Mike! I hope you finally are at peace!

I am resolute!

So another year has passed and a new one is blooming.

Boy, it’s been a bit since I have posted. What have I been up to? Well, we own our own business and between October thru December, life is chaos. Trying to juggle raising our crew, school scedules, therapies, appointments, then adding long lines of people waiting to ship their items to loved onces across the country adds a whole new aspect to life. I don’t think I have ever been so exhausted in my life. I went from working part time (2 days a week) to more than full time, then coming home making supper and checking homework and running baths and…and…and…the kids were off for 2 weeks for winter break.

During this time, my family lost a loved one. It was shocking and tragic. It has been very hard to overcome. It is hard to have closure but I do feel at peace knowing my dear uncle has no more pain. My sister and I did fly up to be with our family during that time. While the weather was absolutely FREEZING the warmth from family was a great comfort. I do miss them all dearly, especially my uncle who passed away, I miss him soooo terribly!

Yeah, uh, that is where I have been!

Amid the chaos, I have managed to get a bit of torching in! Managed to get a few sales from the co-op! Somehow managed to read a book or two. but never did get those Christmas cards out! Shhhhh….they still may come…ok, maybe I’ll just pack them away for next year! They were really great cards too! We had a nice mellow Christmas with wonderful food and pleasant company. 🙂 Life felt all warm and cozy!

In our crazy, adventerous days, hubby and I managed to get ourselves on track with healthy eating. And yes we made in through the holidays fairly unscathed! And with the new year starting we are kicking it up a notch and digging our heels in. Since we didn’t get much time to workout in December, we plan to take full advantage of its use now. We set “winter hours” at work so that we can have supper earlier and get up to the gym and still have time with the munchkins before dropping into bed only to start it all over again.

I am feeling good and down over 23 pounds now! I have already had to buy some new jeans and will need to do so very soon again because I can pull these ones up and down without unbuttoning them!!! *dances* I feel so good! Did I already say that? And you know what I find the neatest thing? We are eating wonderfully yummy meals! We are pinching pennies like everyone else (moreso with our large family) but by shopping the sales and eating before we head to the store has helped immensely.

So what if we are only 5 days into 2009? We had some good “practice” leading up to it and it’s only going to get better!!

2009 is going to be a life changing year. And I looking forward to embracing every minute of it!

Ans a few photos:

and finally a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my family to yours!


Ok, so the teens aren’t in the pic but here are the rest!


puppy-Joey, superman-sam, pirate-megan, motocross-ben, puppy-noah, bunny-kate, tiger-auggie, princess-rach

and a few close-ups:


Another preview!

I haven’t even added these to Flickr yet! I had them soaking in water for 3 days and finally cleaned them up late last night and grabbed pics this morning! I am really sad that I broke my favorite leaf, but I will make more! Also, made some beads into earrings! I plan on selling those not only on etsy but also in our store and the other 2 places you can find my jewelry and beads IRL! 😉

So here they are!





And some closer pics of the leaves that are sellable:





So that is all for me today! The kids have a half day of school and I have two home sick with sinus infections and ear infections. I am clorox-ing EVERYTHING today! Gotta get the germies out of here!!!