Monday, June 29, 2009

13 months of sweat and tears....

May 2008: One month postpartum, approximately 160 lbs.

June 2009: 13 months postpartum, approximately 210 miles of jogging, and 70 morning work out routines. 119 lbs.

That's my high school graduation weight folks. I honestly didn't think I would ever see that number again.

I am very happy.


That's Aaron talk for California... just so you know.

Apparently I need to get my kids out more cause when they saw their first palm tree they asked if it was a "real Hawaii tree" and then they proceeded to run over and touch it saying in loud voices, "it really IS real!" yeah, it's a good thing we were at a restaurant during dinner time so one one heard them.

Why yes, the car with Idaho plates is ours, how did you Know??

But seriously. I love a good road trip. I would take driving over flying any day. I am amazed at how much there is to see in the world, and I want to see it all from the front seat of a car.

Sacramento was fantastic!

First off, dinner with my beautiful cousin, Carol. I haven't seen her since we were pretty young... maybe 12 years old?? It was so great to catch up with her. Last time I saw her we were a bunch of rowdy kids, now she's a college professor and so poised and beautiful.

After dinner we drove to the home of Erica and Izzy Young. They use to live across the street from us before Idaho kicked them out.

Yeah, I'm serious.

Okay, actually Izzy entered the Coast Guard, so they end up moving a lot. Boise, Alaska, Florida, Texas, and now California... and yeah, they have lived in all those states in just 5 yrs. We have so much fun together. Our kids are the same ages and get along very well. Noah and Aiden wasted no time...

To celebrate Aiden's birthday we went to the Scandia Amusement park.

This is the saddest picture I have ever enjoyed smiling at. Isabel was so dang mad that she didn't get to go in the water boats and go-carts.

Aaron got to go with me, and let me tell you, we freakin' rock. Soaked the heck out of everyone, including ourselves.


I am so upset, every time we see the Young's we always forget to take pictures together. Always! This is the only picture I have of Erica. At least she's rockin' it in the go-cart.

This next ride is called "The Screamer" which is kind of ironic considering due to city noise violations you are not allowed to scream on the ride. I'm serious. I should have taken a picture of the sign and sent it to the "fail" blog.

See that little yellow and blue carriage at the end of the long arm... that's were you sit. It holds two people.

And then it spins end over end at blood curdling speeds.

Erica and I went first. It was stinking awesome. I loved it. Pure exhilaration. Blissful. I loved it.

And then after Erica and I went Jennica and Rudger went. Yeah, Jennica... my Jennica.

She's six years old and the bravest little girl in town. Rudger is 11, and he is more than welcome to come date Jennica as soon as she turns 16. He's such a great boy.

On to Bodega Bay.

It was cold. Well, it was cold if you stood up in the wind, but very nice laying on the warm sand. I had every intention of laying on the warm sand all day long.

Not so nice if you play in the water. brrrrrrrrr....

Perfect if you're a rambunctious four year old who likes to get down and dirty.

Sadly, I didn't get many pictures at the beach because I was too busy tanning and making sand cannons.. What, you don't know how to make sand cannons? I'll show you some time. All the kids loved them.

Before we knew it, it was time to set off on the drive home.

We made a stop in Fernley Nevada to visit with my cousin Melanie (Carol's sister). My kids loved their pug dogs. Melanie's husband, Justin offered to take the kids for rides on the dune buggy. Totally love her husband. He's such a cool guy it's easy to see how much he loves Melanie.

Radiates off him.

And get this.. he totally won her over with a mix tape.

(yes I'm sunburned from my tanning at the beach.)

Thanks so much guys, we had a blast!

This was by far the best vacation I've had in a long time. There is just something about relaxing with old friends and family without any stress or tension. Absolutely enjoyed ourselves.

And so thank you California. Thanks for having us, we'd like to come back and visit soon. Real soon. Hope we don't wear out our welcome. :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What I want...

What I want is a view out my kitchen windows of anything other than the side of my neighbors house.

This is how it looks standing in my sisters kitchen on an overcast Thursday morning in June.

I would seriously become a morning person..

Monday, June 15, 2009

Run away screaming...

House plants everywhere:

I am putting you on official warning.

I really tried to keep this one alive. It was a gift from my very good friends, Amanda an Emi, in memory of my sweet little boy Vincent.

House plants and I don't really get along well. This one went as far as decapitation rather than stay one more minute with me. Our relationship didn't even last 2 months. :(

Poor little guy...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Are you still trying to get ROWDY with me??

Yeah, so the Idaho's Largest Garage Sale thing a couple weeks ago?? yeah, HUGE success.

So much so that I kind of had to put the kill on the "after sale" sales.. cause seriously... my children were beginning to look homeless and my house looked like we'd been through some kind of natural disaster...

Now, I am finally ready to give it another go.

Rowdy Bags! From $5 - $30!! (retail $89.00-$120.00)

Price is determined by the extent of damage. For example, a $30.00 bag might have a very small flaw that is not noticeable, or may be marked "could not find flaw". A $5.00 bag will have major damage such as a defective main zipper.

Quantities have seriously been depleted. (Partly by a couple friends of mine who each bought more than 15 bags... yes, I said EACH. You know who you are.) There are still probably about 100 bags left in the seconds inventory. I'll give you a bit of a rundown.

Most of the bags have been sold out on Rowdy Products website, and are no longer available except through private baby boutiques.

This bag style is called the Bowler. This bag has been very popular. Honestly, I think collectively between all the different styles I have less than thirty Bowler bags left.

The boardwalk:

The Red Croc Bowler:
Then we have the Convertible Rocker style: (Convertible because you can carry it like a bag, or wear it like a backpack.)

The Rocker also comes in Copper, which is pictures on the model, but not in the pictures below.

Next, The Scoop News Bag. I LOVE this bag. It was designed after the 1930's mail carrier bag, and is huge. It seriously carries everything.

I will also have some Rowdy Changing Pads. This is the best changing pad on the market. It hold wipes, diapers and even a change of clothes. Perfect for young toddlers.

The changing pad comes in khaki, brown, green, and pink.
You can check them out here.

No, I will not be charging $31.99... the changing pads will start at $10.00.

Did you know that Rowdy Products is based right here in Idaho?

Did you know the Rowdy Diaper bags have a waterproof (or milk, formula, spit up, or any other unmentionable liquid that your little bundle of joy might choose to share with the world), removable, machine washable liner, and a detachable clutch purse??

Did you know Rowdy Diaper Bags make fantastic travel bags, purses, camera bags, gifts...etc? Only about 6% of the bags I have sold are actually going to be used as a diaper bag. In fact, with the removable liner, one women even purchased a Rowdy bag to carry her little toy poodle.

Wouldn't you love to have a diaper bag, that doesn't look like a diaper bag?

So where and when??

The bags will be available for purchase On Saturday June 6th, from 7:00am till 3:00pm. Corner of Mardia and Apsley, in the Rock Hampton II subdivision which is located near Cloverdale and Lake Hazel in Boise.


If you live outside the Boise area and would like to purchase a bag please email me at Please include which items you would like, and your zip code so I can figure your shipping.

I will do my best to get back to you in a timely manner. Sales are getting busy, so I might get a bit behind. Thanks!