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Monday, June 18, 2018

Love where you live

Sometimes I think I will always look for someplace better.  There are so many things that I would change about the place we live.  Someday we will say goodbye to Idaho and it’s 10 year behind mindset and confederate flag nonsense.

Someday I will live in a place that has my best interests in mind. 

  Until then, I will choose to love the things I have and the beauty I find around me.  

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Best present ever

This year for Christmas my beautiful husband bought me literally the best present I have ever received.  Apple air pods are amazing.  I have them with me all the time.  

Restrictive lifestyle

I love this dog with my whole soul.... however she is on a diet and is driving me crazy.  

She loves to run and play at the dog park and is an active animal.  She is also just as happy sleeping all night with Avery and then sleeping all day with me.  She loves when I work nights.  This last year she had gotten quite fat and was having a difficult time with mobility in her back hip.  She has since lost most of the excess weight but thinks about food non-stop.   As I write this she is delicately sniffing the ambiance of the kitchen trash.  The kids call her trashhound.  

Saturday, November 11, 2017

All of them

This child right here:

 she just told me that she doesn’t get embarrassed ever. 

She also said that her middle name is Jean because she has all the genes.  

Alright then. 

Friday, November 10, 2017


My work has lost its mind and so this week I work 1 day shift and 2 night shifts.  I am a zombie walking.  Avery is doing homework and yelling random facts about house cats and the control of invasive species.  He is specifically upset about a group of islands off the coast of Australia where rabbit populations, cat population and a virus have wreaked havoc on a fragile ecosystem.  The more people try to fix what they broke, the more messed up it gets.  Its both tragic.... and well frankly dumb.  

Olivia has built a nest on the couch with blankets, pillows and her coveted phone which she has been restricted from all week.  I won’t hear from her until I go to work.  

Kayla is doing the dishes and very interested in the topic of invasive species and the destruction of habitat.  

Ava is hiding in her room on her phone and pretending she doesn’t find Ruby interesting.  

Ruby is wandering between me and Ava discussing five nights at Freddie’s and whether or not she can create a stress ball from an old glove she has been carrying around for a week and some flour.  I do not think this is a good idea.  

The chameleons still hate me and I have three chihuahuas on my lap.  The pug is not currently coughing but has alarming emissions from the other end.  Still I am sad that I need to go shower and get dressed for work.  It is nicer to be home on a rainy day.  

Monday, November 6, 2017


Every year we take a trip back to the Oregon coast.  I can't live without making this trip at least once since the last time we moved from our coastal home.  I dream of being back every day, the ocean feels like home to me and I truly felt like I belonged there.  Most of the early years when the children were babies we got a hotel for the stay (usually 3-5 days) and it was the most expensive trip of the year.  The last 4 years of trips our family has gotten camping down to a science and we have stayed at a beautiful place called Beverly Beach.  Ideally we rent yurts but when those are unavailable we all fit nicely in our 8 person tent.  It is never warm on the Oregon coast, even in the dead of summer but with six people, our tent is always comfortable.  

This year we played on the beach as always, went crabbing and had a huge seafood boil at the campsite with two great friends.  We also made fish magnets and went to some of the programs put on by the campsite.  We even went whale watching hosted in Depot Bay with our camp hosts.  

We visited Hatfield Marine Research center, and Rouge brewery.  We even got to see our friend Herman the Sturgeon on our way home.   This year’s trip was also a commemoration of our wedding in June.  We decided that our honeymoon wasn’t really so fun without kids, dogs and friends and I don’t regret a second of it.  

Oregon slideshow

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Halloween is for reptiles too

This year after trick or treat day was over we dropped off our pumpkins with the reptile rescue. There were already quite a few there. Happy Halloween tortoises and iguanas 🦎 🎃 

All my babies

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