Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:1-14 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Icicle Project

We have many many icicles that have grown from the roof but one is GYNORMOUS!!!! Paul swiped the others off to take some weight off the eaves but we had to keep this science project growing. Here is the progress as of last night. It is longer today.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

My House

My house is small.
No mansion for a millionaire,
but there is room for love, and room for friends
that's all I care...

Here is an icicle that Paul took off the front eave. This wasn't even the longest! It looks like we will be snowed in for a few more days. Depending on the streets Paul is going to attempt to drop me off at the shop tomorrow. We'll see...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's Official

We have made the 6 inch mark! Oh and it is still snowing. I know people who get snow all the time are like "come on that is nothing" but we are northwesterners for crying out loud! I don't even own a pair of snow boots and we don't own chains for our tires.

Really... 0-2 inches

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tickle Me

This is one of my most favorite sounds ever. You must watch the whole video.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Ok so I lost another pound and a half! Paul and I have now been running in our workouts. My first run I could only do a half mile but then the next day I ran a whole mile! Amazing! I guess all of those years of playing soccer can still make a big girl run. I used to HATE running, running around a track that is. There is something so perfect about running on the treadmill at the gym with my headphones plugged into the TV, you get in the groove and then you have ran a mile!

Winter Wonderland

Yes it has snowed in Seattle people! AND.... it didn't go away within a days time! AND... we are expecting more on Wednesday! Holy Moley how did this happen?

We had some fun Sunday afternoon playing in our front yard for a short stint. It is soooo cold out. I know some of you who are used to snow think us Northwesterners are sissies but man it is cold! I can do rain for two weeks but cold come on! I can't believe I braved two winters in Eastern Washington when I went to WSU.

Enjoy the video! Also if you feel like viewing there are more pictures below.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

When the Power Goes Out

For some reason a good chunk of Burien lost power yesterday. We were out from about 1:30pm to after 7pm or so. During the day the kids and I were ok playing with toys and I took out the Nintendo DS (a rare occasion for them).

After a while children get bored of course and I remember "Hey I have a lap top! It can play movies!"

And my sweet girl says "Mom I want to knit" awwwww too bad it only lasts a row. Oh well each row is progress.

Oh and breaking news Winter Blast 2008!!!! Gotta love the Northwest. There is about an inch on the ground and the news is all over it! The snow plow has already been down the street which barely had snow on it. Oh well at least we are prepared and it is pretty.

Monday, December 08, 2008

All the Knitting

I was knitting. Feverishly for bazaars. Stupid economy of course no one wants to spend money. I still did well enough to justify buying a table though so I shouldn't complain. Following are projects I have finished that I don't believe have been posted here.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


I gained 5 pounds! I guess the fact that Thanksgiving, my brother's engagement party and water weight gain don't help. I usually gain about 5 pounds once a month.... sorry being real here. The kids have been sick the past few weeks and now I am feeling very flu like which doesn't make for a lot of gym trips. I am hoping by this time next week the 5 pounds will be gone which usually happens. Still it is a let down. Although I don't "feel" like I gained 5 pounds. You know how you would normally "feel" that weight in your pants, shirts, etc. My pants actually feel looser. What I really need to do is some measurements.

Monday, December 01, 2008

A real blog post...the floor

Ok camera and cord a post full of pictures!

Here is what we had to start with. NASTY!

After a day of sanding. There were stains all over the floor so we could not go with a light stain.

After staining. We don't have a picture of the clear coat and our furniture all moved in. I just finished painting the hallway last night (FINALLY!) so now I need to put all the tools and paint away and then decorate for Christmas and you will get a picture of the finished beauty!

My baby lost her first tooth!

NOTE: I hate posting pictures of myself on here. Paul and I went to my brother's engagement party. Oh yes he proposed after 7 years!. My husband had a bit too much to drink but thankfully he is a very happy drunk and was quite the entertainment. We were very safe and stayed the night at my mom's house. It was a lot of fun and all of us are very happy for my brother and his now fiance.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Reality Check

Still looking for that camera I promise. Riley doesn't have school this week and I am taking this whole week before Thanksgiving to go room by room and completely clean and get rid of the clutter.

So Riley had a birthday party that she was invited to today. It was at The Bouncy Place. Basically it is a big warehouse full of party rooms and air filled bouncy toys. Parents were encouraged to play too so Paul and I were bouncing around with Riley and the other kids and parents. Great fun.

Getting to my reality check. I am not so overweight that it hinders me from activities. I think that because I was once athletic and in shape and thin that my heart and lungs are for the most party healthy because of this. I have not been overweight my whole life. I am not near diabetic. Other than having extra weight every time I take a physical I am in excellent health.

I think because I have not been overweight my whole life I don't feel like this "fat" person that I am on the outside. I feel "thin". Until I get a glimpse of myself in the mirror or go shopping for new clothes.

However, "that moment" happened today. I was expecting it to happen and it did. One of Riley's classmates said "You have a big tummy" and I said "yes I do" and then she said "is there a baby in there". It was completely innocent and something that a 5 year old would be curious about. There were a few other mothers there that were pregnant. I just politely said "no I don't" with a smile and she said "oh" and ran off to play.

I knew some day it would come but I didn't realize what an emotional impact it would have. I had to leave the party room and go cry in a bathroom stall for a bit. When I came back to the party my husband didn't really understand why I was upset because the questions were so innocent. Later after talking to him he said that he loves me no matter what so what does it matter. How easy it must be to be a man!

Tomorrow to the gym again in this long journey. I have said it before. As long as I don't gain weight then I am happy. I don't want to put serious pressure on myself to loose and immense amount by a certain time. I understand this will take time. I just need to make this experience a motivator I guess. Ok signing off for now. I have a TON of knitting to do before my next bazaar and Christmas!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Go Cougs!

For all of you Washingtonians you probably know that this weekend is Apple Cup. Obviously we are Wazzu fans over here. The following are a few thoughts for the weekend.

How do you get a UW alumni off of your porch? ...... Pay them for the pizza!

What is the difference between a Husky dog and a Husky fan? ...... You swerve to miss the husky dog

What is the difference between a UW Husky and a cockroach? "Cockroaches make that cool popping sound when you stomp on them".

What do they call a good looking girl on the UW campus?..... A Visitor

What is the best selling toilet paper at UW? .... The brand that has the instructions printed on every sheet

How do you keep a husky football player out of your yard? ..... Put up goal posts

What is the difference between the huskies and cheerios? ..... Cheerios belong in a bowl

Why do you see so many cars with UW plates on the side of the road just outside Pullman? Because the Huskies always stall in the red zone.

Seriously though we have two of the worst teams in history playing in the apple cup. The huskies and cougs are the two worst teams in the Pac-10. But hey the cougs have at least won a game and this is bragging rights for who sucks worst. GO COUGS!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

One Pound gone

I lost just over a pound this past week. I didn't hit the gym too hard this week but I will take a pound. Weight just under 265 EDIT: I realize that the initial weight post said 264 which isn't right it was 266 so I really didn't gain a pound!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Accountability To Be Tested

Weird! So my last post.... where I am posting weight loss here to hold myself more accountable. Very weird...same day MY BROTHER PROPOSES TO HIS GIRLFRIEND!

So in addition to being open about my weight and loss of it I have a HUGE motivator (in addition to being healthier for my family).

Oh Paul found the camera I can't find the camera!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Coming Clean

I have been on a weight loss journey for a very long time. Last fall I lost 10 pounds before the holidays and kept it off and I was so proud of myself. Since then I have lost a pound here and there. It had been way too long since I had been to our amazing gym which we pay a pretty penny (in our area) for so I went last night. I have been feeling overly fat lately. So last night I decided to weigh myself after my workout because if I did it before and I didn't like what the scale said I would just be depressed and it would affect my workout.

The workout was ok for just getting back after a while. I mostly worked on my lower body. Then I did 20 good minutes of cardio on the bike. Let me tell you bringing some sort of knitting for this helps because it kept me on the bike the whole 20 minutes. So after my workout my husband and I always meet in the sauna. On my way I weighed myself and I found that I had lost some weight.

I feel like I need to be accountable for my weight, not only to my husband who loves me no matter how big or thin I am. I don't have any girlfriends here where I live to work out with. I have friends...just none to hook up with to exercise and none of them belong to my gym.

So inspired by another blogger I read. I am going to be accountable here.

Readers last night my weight was 264 pounds. Yes that is a lot. Too much. I have not been heavy my whole life. I used to be very thin and very active and very athletic. I used to be a size 9. Now that I am older my body is telling me I need to loose this weight. My knees ache, my hips ache and my back and neck ache from my weight. When I am disciplined and I do work out regularly I drop weight very fast and my muscle tissue bounces back. It is just the getting there that is hard.

Paul says "Honey you had 2 kids. Don't worry about it." I love that man. He really does not care at all. I am so lucky. My youngest is 3! I should have lost this weight and then some by now. I wasn't a size 9 when I had my children I was heavier. I was going to college in an intensive program with only time for school, eating, studying, and school projects. Actually Paul has never seen me at a size 9 which is nice. I was a plus size when we met and got married. Just not this much of a plus size.

So there I weigh 264 pounds. I want to weigh 180 pounds. I think that is a reasonable weight for someone who has had two children and lives my lifestyle. If I ever lost more than that then I will be elated.

This is what I am going to do. Once a week I am going to post my weight. I am going to be accountable to more people. My first goal is to just loose 10 percent of my body weight and so on and so on. So my first goal from today is to loose basically 26 and a half pounds. I don't care how long it takes to do that I am not going to pressure myself with that. However, I am not going to be gaining weight any more. That time in my live is over.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

YES! Time for a change!

I try to not get very political on my blog but I am too excited about THIS to keep quiet. I cannot wait until January.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Can't Post Improving my House!

I cannot find my camera cord in the dissarray that my house is in right now. Over the weekend we sanded the wood floors and I started the staining process. This is definitely going in stages due to our lives and the fact that we can't just leave the house for a weekend yet. It looks like next weekend we will be staying in our camper to finish staining the floors. Then we need to add clear coat. Pictures soon I promise! I just need to find that darn cord!

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Gem is Now Tarnished

So there was more carpet ripping this weekend and we found this.....

There is paint splatter ALL OVER the living room area. I have no clue why. We have run into a few things with our house where we are really baffled as to why people did certain things. I guess a previous owner figured they were putting carpet in and they would just not put a drop cloth down when they painted.....but come on! How sloppy is this?

Sooooo..... we weren't going to rent the industrial sander which is about $150 a day because we have one that would have worked perfectly if all the floor was like the dining room. It will work in this room but take a ton of sandpaper and a TON of time. So we figure that renting the large sander is the better option at this point.

My job for this week is to paint the computer nook and then we pull up the rest of the carpet then next week....sanding.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pumpkins in a Row

I am hosting bunco next week and thought it would be cute for all of the women to take home a cute fall themed gift for the month of October. I found this pattern for mini felted pumpkins and could not turn back! The knit up very very quickly. I have used some Cascade 220 that was left over in my stash from some other project.

I think the girls will like them. Now I just need to come up with some food ideas. Usually the host has snacks out and then a dessert. hmmmmmm.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

I Love Fall

This has to be my favorite time of year. I love when the leaves change, the occasional fog in the morning, the slight chill in the air on a sunny day. Fall here in Seattle for me gears me up for all of the holidays to come. Don't get me wrong I also love when Spring warms up and changes to a hot Summer. There is nothing like fall though. Of course in Seattle we do have more rainy fall days than most other cities, however, I use this as an opportunity to stay cozy inside and cook yummy comfort food and work on projects!

Paul had requested another hat for the winter. I picked up some Malabrigo Worsted at Little Knits last Saturday and knit him up a Seahawks colored hat. I used Azul Profondo and the Apple Green. Paul loves photo shoots!

Baby hats are also a quick and satisfying project for a rainy day.

I finished this hat the day before yesterday. I stopped in my local LYS and they had a cute hat knit up like this on display but using another similar style yarn. This is King Cole Splash DK. Very cute.

This hat I started and worked on and almost finished last week while at Children's Hospital getting some tests done on Riley's kidneys. She aced by the way! Her surgery in January was a complete success. Her left kidney is functioning so well and has lost just about all of the extra fluid it was retaining from the uriter blockage. The result...we won't need another check up for a year and then it will only be an ultrasound!

Just another hat. Knit during my rainy days.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mission: Carpet Removal

FINALLY!!!!! Phase 1 complete.

I have been wanting to do this since we moved in over 4 years ago. These carpets are so disgusting and dingy and nasty. You can spill water on the carpet and it will stain because the pad underneath is so dirty and disgusting.
Example 1: See the dark stain in the lower right corner of the picture....yeah that was water. Clean pure water.

Our fireplace bricks were also pretty beat so I painted those. I know some people hate paint on bricks but it was cheaper, faster, and easier than restoring or whatever I would have had to do to make the bricks look like nice bricks again.

Here are the painted bricks. I have a bit of touch up in the right corner to do.

Here's Paul vacuuming up some extra crap after we painted and pulled the carpet up in the dining room.

Here is the wood floor. It needs sanding and finishing. I am so excited though. I am excited that this gem was in our house and we are saving so much money on what will be great floors. So far we just did the dining area yesterday. Today I am going to start on part of the living room.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I'm A Princess!

You Are Ariel!
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Headstrong and fiesty. You have a mind of your own that's full of romantic dreams about the world around you. Exploring exotic places is your ultimate dream, and although you can be a little naive you'll realize that there is something to be gained from your family's wisdom.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I'm Here!

I was in Bellevue a little while back and of course had to get to Hilltop East. They have a display of Louet yarns which I love so I picked up some fingering sport weight in the purple color with the February Baby Sweater in mind. I knew I wanted to do a contrasting garter stitch with it and found some sock yarn that I had bought a while back on Etsy. I doubled up the sock yarn to match the weight of the Louet yarn.

We are getting used to the school thing. Riley adores school and it is nice to have something that motivates me to not stay in my pajamas all day since I work at home. Jake is still trying to find out who he is without his sister around. I see his own personality come out more and more each day while she is gone the few short hours for school.

And of course any blog post just isn't proper without pictures of the children!

Paul also built us a greenhouse. This picture was the beginnings of the greenhouse. I will have to take more of the finished product.