Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 Review

Oh my gosh it's been so long I forgot how to blog! I really have no excuse, well I kind of do we haven't had internet at our house until a couple of weeks ago. Really not an excuse though since I haven't posted since March! I mean I have always been horrible about remembering to blog but that's even terrible for me. Ok since I feel off the face of the earth in 2014 I figured I would do a short and sweet picture review of 2014. You know in case anyone is still reading and would like to know where we have been.
Hayes and I went as many walks as possible to try and combat the cabin fever when we were stuck inside there were lots of messes that turned into all toys in straight lines.

February we had every weather from snow to flip flop weather. We braved the park in the pouring down rain and I made my first homemade Valentines gifts. We also added a new member to our family, Baby Blue

The boys played outside every chance they got. We all had such bad cabin fever by then that the sunny weather was a very welcome change. Hayes climbed a tree for the first time and never wanted to come down. Shawn was only going to school for 3 hours a day because Sumas did not a a program for his needs.

I started putting the boys to work. Hayes was more than happy to stack firewood, Shawn not so much. Looking at the pictures you would think we had a heat wave but it wasn't even 50 degrees and the boys were running around shirtless.

May started Chris's busy season back at work. Hayes loves being outside and it was a fight everyday to get him to come back in. The sprinkler was a favorite even fully clothed. The end of the month we celebrated my 32nd birthday and went to the Ski to Sea parade

We celebrated father's day at Chris's brothers new restaurant (Zorba's in Oak Harbor). I went back blonde yay! Yes that is Chris's rear end, we were out baling hay and the bale wrap was tangled. Chris bought a side by side which we kept for a week before he resold it.

4th of July we spent with cousins at Birch Bay. The middle of July we moved to Lynden so Shawn could be in a different school district with a better special education program. The boys and I went to Pioneer days with my parents and we somehow forgot Hayes's shoes so my dad had to carry him the whole time.

The kids and I tried to make the most out of the last month of summer while Chris worked 7 days a week. We had Ariana for half the month. We went to Deception Pass and Birch Bay a couple of times. Hayes and Blue were inseparable on adventures around the property.

September was a gorgeous month weather wise. Shawn started school in Lynden and it was such an awesome move for him! Hayes, Jessica and I went on many walks during her vacation. The choppers came and cut down our corn which made for an excellent dirt track for Hayes to ride his balance bike. September ended on a sad note when we lost Baby Blue. He was hit by a truck in front of our house and we weren't able to save him.

Hayes and I started going to Monday Morning Moms at church and I was able to make some cute decorations for our mantel. The boys enjoyed spending time with great grandma before she left for Arizona for the winter. Declan came over for a couple of play dates with Hayes. Jessica and I took Hayes to a indoor playground slide place where he showed off his rock climbing skills, silly boy was 6 feet up the wall before I even realized it. We ended the month trick or treating around Lynden where Hayes refused to wear his costume so he went in jammies.

Apparently we didn't do much in the month of November or if the few pictures I took say anything, we slept all the time. haha Shawn did decide to go out in the muddy corn field when it was 20 degrees and the Northeaster was blowing with shorts and a t shirt. Of course he got stuck and there was no way Chris or I could reach him. He was freezing by the time he finally dug himself out of the mud.
December started out with Hayes's birthday then Chris and I got out of the house for a Masonic holiday dinner. Hayes perfected his cheese face. Christmas was a whirl wind with 5 different celebrations. New Years eve Ariana and I got our hair done. She had hers highlighted for the first time and I had my roots done. Later that day we went out to Birch Bay and froze at the ring of fire.
 So how was your year friends? Sorry we lost touch I would love to get back in contact with all of you!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Chhha chha changes

***Totally just found this post in my drafts, haha I didn't really read it just skimmed it, I guess I was waiting for pictures to post it? Oh well look at the pictures from my other post, and when the weather gets a little nicer, I will get out and take some house and property pictures***

So for those of you I have not told. November 8th was my last day of work. Well out of the house work! haha Yep after 4 1/2 years with Krause I turned in my 2 weeks and started my new life as a stay at home mama. We also moved 45 minutes Northeast, so we are really right on the Canadian border now. Like 1 mile away. We now live on a farm out in the middle of nowhere, well not nowhere, we are 5 miles outside of town but the town is pretty much just a border crossing. There is a couple of gas stations, 3 restaurants and a little grocery store. We are nestled up against the foothills and we have some pretty amazing views.

All of us are still trying to get adjusted to me staying home. Before Hayes and Shawn were at grandma care(my parents house) Hayes has been staying home with them during the days since he was 2 months old. Shawn has been there before and after school since he started living with us a year ago. We did live 3 houses down from my parents, so anything I needed they were right there, now...;( This is really the first time in my adult life that I have been on my own, well with Chris, but not at my parents all the time, for food and childcare, and everything else under the sun. It has been for the best but it is hard. I know my mom is just a phone call away but she can't just come over and help me on a moments notice. I think I am doing well though, we all have clean clothes and food, so I must be doing ok.

Oh and the first month we were here, I had no clue where my camera was, so I am just now getting around to showing you pictures of our house, and a few of life in general.

Hopefully I can get better at blogging. I did buy myself a laptop because I will be doing some work from home for a couple farmers. I really thought I would have more time to get things done staying home, but so far that has not been the case. Hopefully soon we can get into a routine and I will have some time to do things to I enjoy like blogging, sewing and baking.

Oh Hey!

Sorry for the almost 3 month blogging hiatus! I have been just trying to survive since I became a stay at home mom. This has been a long cold winter and cabin fever has set in. I am lucky if I leave the house once a week and that is to go to the little grocery store in town. So why you may ask have I not had time to blog? One word, Hayes! The terrible twos or whatever you want to call it have it hard at our house. He is a very needy toddler. He is attached to my hip and throwing tantrums every minute that he is awake. Then if I am lucky enough to actually get him to take a nap, I am tip toeing around the house like crazy trying to get some house work done, or if the stars have aligned, actually taking a shower! Seriously you guys it is crazy!!
My baby who was such an awesome sleeper has become a non sleeping terror! Hayes used to sleep a solid 12 hours at night and then take a 2-3 hour nap. Now I am lucky if he sleeps 9 hours at night and he takes a nap twice a week. It is possible that I am a horrible mom, and I have no clue what I am doing, but I am hoping that it is just a phase and he will soon go back to my loving son. Fingers crossed please!!
So in the 3 months I have been gone, a lot has happened but really nothing at all. Living way out in the boonies really cuts down on my adult interactions. I have gotten to spend time with Chris more, at our house after the boys are in bed, of course! So Christmas and New Years happened of course, then was Chris's birthday. We actually convinced my parents to watch all 3 kids and Chris and I went and stayed at a casino for his birthday. It was so nice we had dinner, a few drinks, swam in the pool, and did a little gambling. I totally lucked out and hit a jackpot. Of course I was bidding the least amount but I still made $300 which was enough to pay for our whole night including gas, score!!
The beginning of February our dog Diesel went missing. Chris was pretty upset to lose his buddy.
We had all 3 kids for Valentine's day, so we just had a fun movie night at home. That Sunday Chris decided that it was time to get a new dog. So blue the Blue Heeler came to live with use. Since it is still winter and Blue weighs less than 5 pounds right now, he is inside. If you know me you know I am not an inside animal person! Luckily heelers don't really shed! He will probably stay inside until the weather warms up, and then I am kicking his cute little butt outside. Having a puppy, a crazy 2 year old and a trying 9 year old, has proved to be more than I can handle quite often. I feel like all I do is clean up someone's poop, pee, or something of mine that they have destroyed. On a positive note, when they all grow up a little I will get to redecorate my house! haha

My blog reading has been almost as lousy as my blog writing. When I logged into Bloglovin' one day and had over 1000 unread posts, I just clicked marked all as read. Sorry if you had something important in there and I missed it! Please feel free to share, I would love to hear how you all are doing and what you have been up to.
I can't promise that I will blog all the time or with any sort of consistency, but really even I know 3 months is ridiculous! Hopefully with the nice weather I won't feel like such a caged bird, and it won't be pitch dark at 6 causing me to just want to crawl in bed for the night. So please stick around, because who knows I might actually get you that house tour I have been promising for 5 months! Love ya guys!
Oh and here's a few pictures if you are interested...

And if you don't follow me on Instagram, you really should, I am a lot better at posting at least every once in a while on there.
Do not let the smile fool you, I am pretty sure Hayes rolled over and attacked Blue right after this.
I try to only capture the sweet moments, because really they are what I want to remember
Hayes looks cute up there, but to make himself room, he literally throws everything on the self on the floor, and then has a screaming fit if I try to take him down before he is ready.
That's Blue the first day we got him, trying to hide from all the crazies
I got all Pinteresty and made Shawn Valentine's for his class this year
We braved the rain and the cold and went to the park, these two were enjoying themselves
This one, not so much. If there is a way to hurt yourself, Shawn will find it
Oh and our state's football team played and rocked the Super Bowl, Hayes loved watching them play, but this is how he felt about Bruno Mars and the half time show! haha
We try to get out and take a walk whenever the weather allows it. It helps cabin fever at least for a couple of hours

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Live and Learn Thursday on Tuesday

Life As Always

Oh hey! Haha so I kind of promised Sarah last week that I would link up with this. Well here I am better late than never right? 
Actually that is the topic of my live and learn. Did you know that being a stay at home mom is crazy! I mean I knew I wouldn't be sitting around watching TV all day, but wow! Seriously, I have no clue where the days go. It is like I have fallen into some black hole that is sucking all my time. To tell you the truth I am not even sure what I do all day. I do know that I constantly have a load of laundry going and I am always either feeding someone or cleaning up after them. I am hoping that I will live and learn and be able to get into some sort of schedule, but right now...Wow!

I can't even get the laptop out while Hayes is awake, because he goes straight for the power button. So that limits my computer time to his nap and after he goes to bed for the night. Well nap time is usually spent picking up after the mess that my little tornado has created all morning. Then usually I get dinner started. In the evenings, Chris is usually home, so I try not be zoned out on the computer.

I must say though I am absolutely loving this time in my life! I am so happy I seriously feel like this is my purpose in life. I thank God multiple times a day that I am able to do this. So right now I have 500+ blog posts to read in my Bloglovin' feed, and you know what, I am totally ok with that. My kids, my husband, my house, those are my top priority right now. 

Don't get me wrong I LOVE you guys and soon I will be back to reading and commenting and just keeping in touch with you, but right now, I am just enjoying the heck out of life! So I'm sorry I have been MIA and I know I promised to be better, and I will, I'm just not sure when that will be.

Oh and Hayes's birthday was yesterday, we didn't have a big family or friend birthday, just the 4 of us enjoying each others company. We have been keeping life simple, and it is wonderful. Here are a couple of pictures from lately.

We butchered our first cow and Hayes let us know that he is a meat man

After we get Shawn on the bus in the mornings we have been trying to go for walks when it's not to bitterly cold

Hayes is constantly putting on someones boots. Please pay attention to the cute kid, and not all the junk in the backgound

Hayes has a nest in the living room that both of the boys enjoy

Almost every night they play dress up this night they were boxers

It has been so cold we had to let our outside dog Diesel in the house, Hayes doesn't mind one bit

We tried going to the lighted parade it was 18 degrees and we froze!

I tried decorating for Christmas but Hayes thinks they are all toys, oh well maybe next year

This is what Hayes did when I tried to sing him happy birthday, he was also yelling nooooo. Ah 2 year olds

Hayes was much happier cuddled in bed with dad

We finally got some snow to go with our freezing temps

I told you we have been simplifying

Hayes and Shawn playing in Hayes's new Thomas the train tent

How is it possible that my baby, can sit and smile for a picture and then blow out the candles when I tell him to?

I feel so blessed that I am able to be with Hayes all the time and not miss a thing.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Old School Blogging: Marriage and Babies

So I have had this little gem sitting in my drafts for over a year, haha I am so behind! 

1. How did your husband pop the big question?
I was the end of October. We had talked about getting married, but we had only been dating for 6 months so I kind of thought it was a ways off. We went out to dinner at Olive Garden, which is fancy for us. As soon as we were seated Chris got back up to use the bathroom, actually he was giving the waiter my ring. Then we went about our dinner. After dinner the waiter came by and asked what we would like for dessert, I passed and said I was way too full. Chris's face dropped. I knew something was up then. I spent a couple of minutes informing both Chris and the waiter that I did not want dessert!. The waiter left and came back with coffee cups turned over on the little plates and said well since you are not getting dessert, maybe you wold like some coffee, on the house? He walked away to get the coffee and Chris turned over the cup and there was a cowboy hat ring box under it. He was too embarrassed to get down on one knee and draw too much attention to himself. So he sat in the chair across from me and asked me to marry him! haha. Looking back it is crazy how little we knew of each other and how we were still awkward around each other. Chris has told he would do it way differently now! haha

2. What are the three most surprising things about marriage? 
That I never get tired of spending time with Chris. We could literally spend all day everyday together and I would not get tired of him. I can not guarantee he would feel the same way! haha

Love and marriage are constantly changing. Our love 7 years later is a more calm deep love than the crazy whirlwind we shared in the beginning.

Kids really do change everything. The whole dynamics of marriage and life for that matter completely change when you have kids. I do think it is important to make your marriage a priority, or it can just get pushed on the back burner so easily.

3. How did you find out you were pregnant for the first time?
We were not trying in the slightest! haha. I had really been sick or anything, but food didn't really sound good. I had only thrown up once and I had been riding in the back seat of the truck heading over the pass, so I figured it was just motion sickness. Then I was over at my parents house after work one day, and my mom was cooking dinner and she was asking me what sounded good. I told her nothing did, and that I hadn't really had an appetite for the past couple of weeks. She jokingly asked me if I was pregnant, I laughed and told her no, but she had planted a seed of doubt. So on the way home I stopped an bought a test, sure enough I was pregnant! haha I was so clueless. Especially when I found out I was 10 or 11 weeks pregnant. How is that possible you ask? Well apparently the first couple months of your period you can still get spotting during the time of your regular period! Who knew! Why did no one ever tell me that. I just figured I had, had 2 light periods, wrong!!

4. How did you choose your baby's name? 
I really don't know where I first heard the name Hayes. It was years ago, someone's last name I think and I just really liked it. Luckily for Chris he liked it too! haha. We figured Hayes Olson sounded like a good country boy/football player/country singer name! His middle name was a little more tricky. I wanted a family name but Chris didn't like the way any of them sounded together, so we just went through every masculine name we could think of and wrote it and said it, and until we found one that sounded good with Hayes. Oh and Chris liked it because he had a dog growing up named Luke. So Hayes Lucas it is.

 5. Describe where you see yourself in 10 years?
     I hope I am still a stay at home mom. Wow Hayes will be almost 12, Shawn will be 19 and      hopefully in college, Ariana will be almost 23, done with college and just starting her adult life. Maybe there will be one more, but more than likely not. Hopefully by then Chris and I will be doing well with the beef and most of our income will come from that. I don't really have an image of the exact details but I know where ever we are and whatever we are doing we will be going through life together.

What about you guys do you plan out your life way in advance, or do you just let it happen. I used to be more of a planner, but Chris has shown me how nice it is to just go with the flow, and let life happen.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hooked Up!

So a couple months ago I did a review for through Influenster for Fysiko eye lash grow serum. Well apparently I was one of the top badge holders, so I got a gift set in the mail. I love getting free stuff!

There is the mascara, it is 2 pieces, on is like regular mascara the other is fibers that you put on your lashes to make them longer and fuller. It would be fun to wear for date night or something but I definitely would not want to wear it everyday, the fibers get in your eyes after awhile.

Yeah those are the instructions for the mascara! haha Good thing Amazon sells it too, because I had no clue why there were 2 tubes.

I also got some more of the eye lash growth serum.

An Elf eyelash curler

An awesome set of MAC make-up brushes
I was so excited for this! An 88 piece eye shadow set. I always see awesome make-up ideas on Pinterest but I never have the right colors to make it work. 

Let me know if you want an invite to join Influenster, you can really get some fun stuff! I have 2 more posts coming about other products I have gotten for free from them.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blogger Road Trip

So I was thinking the other day how awesome it would be to be able to go on a road trip and visit all my bloggy friends. Seriously I think that is my dream vacation right now. Getting to meet all you guys hang out in your home town. Awesome!!
The first leg of my trip wouldn't be too long. I would head South on I-5  and hit up all my Seattle area buds. Actually most of them would tell you that they are not in Seattle, but eh to me if you live within 50 miles of Seattle, you live in Seattle. haha sorry guys. Anyway in no particular order

Jessica @ The Odell Yodel We just found each other recently in blog land. The crazy thing is that we actually used to work together like 10 years ago! It took us awhile to figure this out, but what a coincident! 

Sarah @ Life as Always is another new blog friend. She could show me around all the neat places in downtown Seattle that I have never been.
Kristine @ Living Barefoot and Crazy Oh geeze Kristine and I might get a little rowdy! Oh but it would be fun! Oh and Kristine would take me to a Seahawks game, and we would go tailgating!
changeAriel @ Dreams to Do I would go and meet her and her beautiful family. Hayes and Landon could play while we drank coffee and watched.

Kenzie @ Life and Lemons Kenzie would take me out horseback riding and then we would come back so Chris and John would take us for a night out wheelin.

The next leg of my trip, I would head South into Oregon and visit with Susannah @ Simple Moments Stick We could check out the cute shops that Portland has to offer.

Then I would make my way over to Wyoming to visit Vandy @ The Testosterone Three and Me we would go for a drive up in the hills and take in the beauty of Wyoming.

Next stop would be New Mexico to visit Jennifer @ Cow Camp Tales. We would sit on her front porch and take in the ranch life. Hayes and her little ones would run wild and get into all sorts of trouble. Sorry no picture, but her blog is private.

From there I would pop on over to Texas and visit my girls.

Amanda @ Princess of the Panhandle would have to work me into her busy schedule. She is a full time nurse who just got a promotion and is kicking ass! If she had time we could hit up the junk shops and have some girl time.

Crystal @ Next to Heaven While Mason and Hayes played in their awesome backyard, Chris and Nate could get to know each other, because I am sure they would hit it off. Oh don't worry Crystal and I would find plenty to talk about to. Like how we are both going to stay home! High five!

Tammy Jo @ You Wouldn't Call It a Drinking Problem My newest blog and Instagram buddy. You can bet we would kick back a couple of cold ones. We wold just hang out, because I have a feeling we have a LOT in common!
Then I would hop on over to Louisiana and hang out on the ranch with Kelli @ Kelli's Krazyness we would go our to eat some yummy Mexican and then she would take me shopping, since we have nothing like what she wears around here.

Then I would take a trip to Missouri and spend a lots of time with my bloggy BFF Nicole @ Life's a Beach. I would have to find something to occupy my time while she is doing the school thing. That's ok though, I have some family that lives a couple towns over.

On my way East I would stop in at Angie @ Newsome Family Diary. We would kick back out in her holler and enjoy good ole West Virginia. Sorry guys her blog is private too!

Next I would make my way to the East to Maryland to visit Jenn @ A Country Girl's World. She would take me are around and show me all the beauty of the buildings of our country's history.

Tub Rave 2013Next stop would be up North to Canada. Jill @ Jill's World. I have a special project for Jill, she is going to kick my butt! Seriously I am so proud of this girl and how she has transformed her body this year. She is going to jump start me on my way. haha I think!

 MeOn my way back West I would dip back down into the US and visit Nicole @ Prairie Princess. I would just hang out with the cute preggo and enjoy the laid back life of Montana.

So I am thinking I need to branch out. How cool would it be to have a bloggy buddy in every state?          

I don't think I have ever read a blog from Idaho. How about you guys, do you have a diverse demographic of friends or do most of the blogs you follow come from the same area?