Saturday, October 30, 2010


Clop, Clop, Clop, plip, plip...... the sounds of waking up to the rain.....

There is something about the rain that is a little depressing.......

Friday, October 29, 2010

brother and sister...unexpected FRIENDS....

I know I have wrote about how they fight, and oh the jealousy... but then there are many days where you can see the friendship.....

Lollipop, lollipop...oooooh lollipop

Have you ever thought of how much kids L...O...V...E lollipops? Check this out!!

halloween and harvest decor and colors

I abosolutely love this time of year, FALL.  It is colorful, brisk and always changing!

Here are just a few shots of things I have made for the season and colors around our home this year!

Dreaming of a vacation..........

I am so in need of a tropical vacation!  I want to have some of those little drinks with the umbrellas in them and wear shorts all day without shivering!! Oh and the relaxing sounds of the ocean and or island music, I can hear it calling to me........ come here.....come here!!

Right now at this age my kids will be a lot of fun on a vacation to the beach, they love to explore the sand, in some cases eating it (Sawyer would be a must), the water would be an interesting event, I think Ashlee would love it, and Sawyer would get used to it!

Wow I sure hope Santa is listening :)!!!

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Selfish!! I want C...A.....N.....D.....Y

Have you ever had those days when it seems like poeple are SO selfish!? 
Well today was like that for me!  I try to do things for everyone and sometimes it seems like it just comes back in my face TENFOLD!! why? 

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Carving... what a HARVEST!

My favorite part about the fall and Halloween is the fun get togethers that we have to go to pumpkin patches and pumkin carving parties with family and friends.

Last year was spent at home carving our own pumpkins alone.  That did not go to well with my kids.  As soon as they saw they needed to touch the goowy insides and clean them out, NO way they were done.  So I had to clean and gut all the pumpkins, BLAH!

As I was shopping through Michaels one day I saw they had the hallow carvable pumpkins half off!  Now that is something that Ashlee would carve. So when the invite came from my good friend Patti that she was planning to have a pumpkin carving party this year, it was PERFECT!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My mom cave dream

So I saw this contest to share how you would decorate your own MOM cave area!!!
I would love to win this contest!
My mom cave area is my bedroom... I would love to get all new bedding for my bedroom and also get the farm house bed frame !!

I found the best plan for a bed on she has the cutest bed I want!!!!

So once I have this bed (distressed black)I will then add in some side tables (* I plan to paint the wicker wood combo ones that I own to black distressed also)on each side of the bed and the new bed linens in blues and red!!! some of my most favorite colors.

I have my computer and desk in our bedroom also ... so I new seating area would be great!  I could really use some chairs ... a comfortable desk chair and a sitting chair for reading.
Although I do have all these ideas to upgrade my area... it is my favorite area.

I am able to go here and gettaway, maybe just for a few minutes, but I can go here to read my blog updates or check my emails,  or start a new book ... start a new craft or just write down the craft idea and or scrapbook item or page idea.
I feel like this area helps me create and creating is relaxing for me....this way I am able to get my imagination going and feel like I am getting something done.
Then it is that much easier for me to be able to come back to REALITY... my family, and kids. 

After time here to get my few minutes of much needed ME time! Then  I am able to keep going on to the constant cleaning, laundry, diapers changing and picking up after my kids,dog and husband... :)

Thank you for letting me enter this conteset and I sure hope I get a chance at winning!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My little peacock and dragon!

This year's Halloween costumes are SO cute I had to get the kids to put them on for a photo run and a practice run to see how they were going to fit.

The fit is great and they are SO cute...

but Sawyer was upset because his costume did not come with a WAND!!

So he had to throw a fit and cry all the while chasing after the WAND....

A Fall day in Oregon

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Flower Farm in Canby

Today was a field trip to the "Flower Farm in Canby" with my daughter's preschool class.
We got to ride a train and pet the animals; rabbits, goats, mule, and chickens, we got to pick out pumpkins and play in a big straw pyramid. 

Ashlee said her favorite part was the pryamid of straw and all the tunnels through the inside.  They played on that for hours.  After all the fun we rode the train back to the shop and had snack out on the pinic tables.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous, 70!  It was a lot of fun.  Glad that I could go!

It was a lot of fun to watch Ashlee interact with her class mates and also how polite she is!

Away from her brother that is. !!!
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Class pictures to follow soon!
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Eating Healthy, getting enough exercise bla bla bla

Why does that sentence..."eating healthy and getting enough exercise weigh so MUCH?"

This time of year I really start worrying about my weight.  It the the holidays approaching and all good treats and comfort foods that are with that and the cold wet weather that also comes.  I am horrible at eating right and exercising through the fall and winter!

I have taken a few steps to try to help ensure that I am doing both of these things, I started going back to my WW meetings and also I found another run buddy.  She is dedicated to going running for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week!

So this week has been a little bit of a hickup for me because I have found that I snack too much in the evening watching tv with my hubby... he gains nothing and I put on 5 pounds! ugg..ok maybe not all in one week but you know what I mean.

So I thought if I started talking about my issues then it would help me correct them.  So far it has helped alittle.  The other thing that I have to say is my daughter told me that I was FAT!  Yikes... I am hoping she said that because she heard me talking liking that but still it really really really hurt my feelings. :( I cried over that one....

Ok now that is off my chest... just keep swimming, just keep swimming!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jealousy......sibling rivalry...does it end?

The older Sawyer gets the more I see the jealousy show through!!!! How do you stop it? What do you do?

The older one sees that the younger one MIGHT be getting some attention from me or Dad and Boom she interrupts, the younger one sees HER getting one on one attention and he is pulling hair and shoving!

I try to do things one on one with each child and I try to make it equal time.. but it just seems to be getting worse.  And within the last week, my daughter is SO emotional and SO defiant I am not sure what to do?!!

I know just keep going, just keep going and it will get better.. keep letting them know that they are loved.  That is getting pretty hard!

Sibling rivalry!! tiring! 

What do you suggest?

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Baby sitting for other people is kind of hard, in my opinion.  Everyone has a different way of watching or entertaing their children. 

Today we got to watch my nephew.  He is really into cars and likes to play with any kind of car.  I am not used to what little boys like to do, I have a girl and a boy but my boy is jusst now getting to the point where he is starting to show his own likes and really playing with things.  He also has a big sister that is into dolls and cooking and girl stuff... so today was different.

Today Ashlee is at Gma's house entertaining the family there so we are here with the boys....I love to see my son playing with another little boy, they both get into cooking and cars and running around chasing each other.  Too bad my son does not run as fast yet. HA HA..

Hope we get to do some more babysitting and trading of kids soon!  I think it is good for all of them and us too!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sleep Over

Today is the day!  Ashlee gets to go stay with Grandma and Lisa and Aunt Tami! Yeah! How excited she is.

Ashlee had to earn her night stars to be able to go on this visit.  She barely made it... ten in a row is a lot for her right now...(for those that are not up on the the night star ... Ashlee earns good noodle stars for going to bed and sleeping all night, no waking up and screaming for Dad or mom in the middle of the night).

It has been a long week, but we are now to the day when company is coming to pick up Ashlee.  We have lots to do, breakfast, pack and get ready for their visit.  She gets to go this morning about 10 and not come home until Sunday. 

Lets hope she keeps up the good noodle stars at grandma's house too!  Way to go Ashlee!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Have you ever had a lucky night at bingo, lotto, raffles or anything?  I have not, until last night!

I had my weekly meeting for Marykay last night and each week I take a little extra money to buy some raffles tickets.  One time I one a little gift but last night I won the WHOLE lot!!!
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Sure does feel great to be L...U...C...K...Y sometimes!  Now I just need to get that going into my business!

Thank You MaryKay!
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Attitude Adjustment

This was a VERY long weekend for all of us here in the Porteous house. 

Sawyer has a cold, runny nose, little bit of wheezing and there for is not sleeping that well. 

Ashlee, well......she is 4!  Need I say more?  OK I will, she has an attitude that will not STOP!  She has a chance to go stay with Grandma Porteous this weekend and wow!!! She cannot stay in bed to save her soul! 

I hope she changes her mind soon, because Grandma and Lisa will be sad otherwise.  I am sure she will at the last possible minute.  There has been a lot of arguing and "I can't do it" all weekend!!

The other project that was a trying one... our master bedroom bead board (wainscoting) install.  These seem like it is a solo jobs anymore.  We used to be able to tackle home improvement projects together, now a days it is one corrals the kids and the other works on the project.  

My husband does his best and yes that is a great job, but I feel as though I do not get the input like I used to when I was actually there helping. 
The end product looks great and I am happy that we did it.  But the communication between beginning and end was HORRIBLE and frustrating.  I am still not sure if we are over it. 

Thank goodness we are now into the work week and can hopefully calm things down and start a new next weekend!
Oh and if the cards a played right, Ashlee will be gone and I can get a sitter and we will have a date night!  Yeah!
Here is to hoping!! ;)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hotel California

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air

Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
On a dark desert highway...Image by from the field via Flickr
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell

And I was thinking to myself,

’this could be heaven or this could be hell’

Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way

There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say..
Welcome to the hotel california

Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the hotel california
Any time of year, you can find it here

Her mind is tiffany-twisted, she got the mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget
So I called up the captain,
’please bring me my wine’
He said, ’we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine’
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say...
Welcome to the hotel californiaMirrors on the ceiling,

Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face

Plenty of room at the hotel california
Any time of year, you can find it here

The pink champagne on ice
And she said ’we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
The stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast
Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
’relax,’ said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave!
Welcome to the hotel california
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the hotel california
Any time of year, you can find it here

(by The Eagles)
This song has a special meaning to me.  When I was in highschool one of my closest friends had this tape in her pickup, and eveytime we went on a road trip, to the river, a barrel race, a trail ride, o-mok-see, or any kind of outing we had to play this song.  It was like our anthem.  Everytime I hear this song I think of the times we had, riding horses, talking about what we wanted to be and do when we grew up. 
Oh such great memories.  Thank you , thank you....Did we grow up and do all the things that we set out too?  No not yet!

But someday I hope :)

He did it!!! bedroom wall is DONE!

My husband in very talented and I think I am lucky to have him.  There are many projects that I set out to do, but end up short of doing, they would not get done or even started if it was not for his talent.

This weekend, he started the install of the beadboard on the back wall of our master bedroom!  I picked out some white primed panels and informed him of the look that I was going for and then I was dismissed to watch the kids and let him work.

A couple of hours later, it was my turn to go and assess the situation and look.  ABSOLUTLEY wonderful!  It gives a nice clean bright feeling to my calming master room.  I wanted one wall with a little kick, Yes I got it.

Now for some finishing touches, I am going to paint my brown wood/wicker night stands black and get my hubby working on my new farm bed frame.  A distressed black, yes this is starting to come together!


We are shopping for a Recliner, I have looked all over craigslist but I think we want a NEW chair.  We tried to go to a couple furninture stores today and of course the one is closed, although they had sunday hours on the internet and the other was LazyBoy, wow those are nice and SPENDY!!

We checked out a couple of stores here in Oregon City and wow ... not a lot of options.  Plus now that we tried the Lazyboy, I compare to it only!  Ha.. could be buying a lazyboy soon!
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

My little DRAGON... well at least the look

HEHEHE... So cute!!

And I cannot wait to show you Ashlee's costume!!

Starting a NEW...

I did it... I went back tonight, back to meeting.  This is telling myself I need to keep on trucking...I need to stop the roller coaster and get back on track!

Here is to my life long fight and dieting!! I know, I know it is not a diet.... I am making a lifestyle change! Yeah I have to talk my supposed tummy into that one!

Ok I can do it!! This is a great time to start back at it too... less holiday weight gain to worry about... just me losing that is what I need! 

Here is to will power!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Some days I could just pull out my HAIR.....

Some days I get SO frustrated!!! Count to ten, no ONE hundred and ten!!
I Despise whining.. and my little girl is ALL about drama, whining and throwing fits if she does not get her way.  I know I know, she is 4 give her a break, but wow ... really?... really? really?

I have also learned that I have a D personality and that is a direct "get it done now" attitude... so needless to say those persanlity types CLASH!!!

Thank goodness my husband is one that can rally the troops and get everyone to start thinking rationally again.  I tell you what, sometimes I could LOOSE it.

Ok time to sit back and be calm, new day, new day, new attitude! ....... Auuh I feel so much better.

Thank you!

Monday, October 4, 2010

15 months check up! Look how far he has come?!! :)

Today was Sawyer's 15 month check up. 

He grew a whole inch since his last appointment and gained 2 pounds! That put him in the 90 percent for his weight and 80 percent for his height! Yeah!

He had to get three shots today, that kills me.  He had to get poked in both legs and his little fae turned red with screams of OUCH when the shots went in. 

Thank goodness for fast recoveries!  He was over it by the time we opened the door to leave the back room! Lolipops make everything better too!

At the last appointment I was worried about Sawyer's development, he was not babbling, talking, walking or eating solid foods. 

The Dr told me not to worry then, he will come around.  In the last month Sawyer has hit alot of milestones.  He started saying " DEeDEe" for dad, "DAIZEEe" for the dog, and "nana" for Mom... I hear a few other words here and there but for the most part that is A LOT more than a month ago.

He started Walking, at first it was 4 steps to here then 5 steps to there, now he is going nonstop.  Next he will be running, oh no! He has absolutely NO FEAR, he craws up on everything, he crawls on the chair and then next he was up on top of the table looking out the window! C...R...A...Z...Y!!

It has been a good day, and until the next appointment we will continue to grow! Yeah baby!

beach Retreat, Lincoln City OR

This trip was a much needed get away and booster for me personally!  I got to meet a lot of new people and get to know others that I had barley knew before!  I need that to help boost my confidence. 
The ideas and scripts that I recieved from my classes and just being able to practice with application of the products will help me out alot.  I even went outside of my box and tried alot of new products, and Wow! I really liked how they worked!

Since I have been home with my kids I do not get the same interaction with my girlfriends like I did when I was working.  I am lucky if I see any of them once a week now. 

Yikes!  I know I thought then wow I will not miss the drama, but I do!

And Sometimes you just need a little time away.  The beach was BEAUTIFUL and very recharging.  I love the time that you get with girlfriends to chat, laugh and giggle!  It makes me feel so young and care free when you can Laugh and Giggle alot!

look are our house?! wow it was gorgeous!

perfect ocean and walk on the beach!

Chocolate!  Carmel Dipped apples too!

I feel so lucky to been able to be a part of this trip and this group of ladies.  I learned alot about myself, Mary Kay, and I have some new friends from it too! Wow thank you all! 

Enjoy some of my pictures of the trip.


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