Friday, June 30, 2006

Attitude adjustment

Well, not a whole lot changed about my day except my attitude! More things went wrong, battled a killer headache, people we're rude, but I did not go postal on them. I took it in stride, did a little prayin' and then to repay Jesse for not commiting me to a looney bin, I cleaned our bedroom from top to bottom. (Which is actually a really big thing since I don't like to put laundry away, so it was piled up on everything, and with the re-modeling it has truly been the most neglected room of the house!) Anyway I figured I better be nice to him, at least until I get him to give me babies!!! :D

Thank you to all of those that hung in there with me! Sorry it was such a downer blog!!!

One of those days

Ever wake up "on the wrong side of the bed", and the rest of the day is shot? Today I am having one of those days! Jesse was really chipper this morning, went for an early morning run and wanted to surprise me by putting the dishes into the dishwasher. Well I have had some allergy issues and took a benadryl last night and I think I am sensitive to whatever is in them that makes you sleepy so they make me crash hard! Well, needless to say, his chipper mood just amplified my crappy mood! I woke up to dishes clanking and as much as I appreciated the gesture, I grumbled at him for waking me up when I could've slept for another hour. I also was having a dream that was very frustrating and sad (I don't really remember the details, just the feelings). So with all of these things, I ended up apologizing for my attitude and explained my morning and other things (anxieties) that are going on right now and he understood. He left for work in a less than chipper mood, but still on a good note. Hopefully I can redeem myself by lunchtime and we can salvage the rest of the day! I feel a little better already, little things are just annoying me-motorcycles with really loud engines, the dog barking at nothing, general things just not working, etc. Grrrrr....It can only get better from here!!! If you have managed to read this far, thank you for listening to my ranting!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

He could be a Swanson

For all of those that know and love the Swanson kids, Isaac and Isabelle, I have to say that my nephew Evan could be a long lost cousin, or something. He's got the cheeks. He's got the eyes. And any excuse to show a picture of him on my blog, is good enough as any!!!

Isaac and Isabelle-at gymnastics

Sassy Shoe Thursday-The wooden ones

I almost completely forgot what day it was! So you will have to forgive me for the same toe polish as last week (only a little grown out and chipped), using photoshop to "clean" my floor, and the horribly grainy photo because I didn't take the time to find a place with good light! Anyway these are probably my tallest shoes, theres no story behind them. I don't completely love them, but there they are, so I thought I would submit them for this week!
P.S. 9 more days until I get to wrap my arms around my little boy!!!! Yahoo, we're in the single digits!!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Recipe Wednesday-Ranch Potato Salad

I have heard that as you get older, your tastebuds begin to change. While that is true for me with many things (onions and pickles to name a few), I still have not found a taste for mustard. So with this as my dilemma, I have never been able to enjoy potato salad. (Just the few required bites, so that I don't seem rude). And since next week is the Fourth of July and potato salad will be out in abundance, I thought I would share with you this AMAZING potato salad that my aunt from Oklahoma made last year for my dad's 50th. It was flying out of the bowl! I only tried to make it once and while the "sauce(?)" was delicious, I didn't cook the potatoes quite long enought so there were a few "crunchy" ones. But people ate it anyway (probably just choking it down so as not to seem rude!) Well here it is:

P.S. I was hoping to share my sister famous preztel strawberry dessert, but couldn't get in contact with her for this blog!

1 (1oz) powdered package of Ranch dressing mix
2 cups mayonnaise (I go for full fat, but you could probably use the light)
3/4 cup chopped green onion
1 pound of bacon slices (I just used the pre-cooked microwave kind)
5 pounds of unpeeled red potatoes (I like the butter reds, they have a good taste)

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add whole potatoes and cook until tender, 15 to 20 minutes (I should've went longer). Drain, run under cold water to cool, and chop into 1 inch cubes. Transfer to a large serving bowl and refridgerate until completely chilled
2. In a small bowl, stir together the ranch dressing mix, mayonnaise and green onion. (Here I only did 1 1/2 cups of mayo and 1/2 cup buttermilk, yum!) and green onion. Cover and refridgerate about 2 hours to blend flavors.
3. Wrap bacon in paper towels and microwave until crisp, then let cool. (or do as I did and just buy the pre-cooked bacon that is already cooled!)
4. Stir the mayonnaise mixture, crumbled bacon and potatoes together and serve!

Let me know if any of you try it! Also if you haven't guessed, I just got the picture from the internet, I know, false advertisement, but I it's hard to have a blog without a picture!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Adrenaline Kid

Ok, so a week or two ago Jackie had a blog about sometimes the dad is as bad as the kids. Well, I can definitely relate to her! Don't get me wrong, Colton has a super dad that loves him dearly, but when I opened this email, I instantly felt nauseaus (sp?). Here is Colton, my dear baby boy of barely 4 years of age, rafting down the Marias river in Colorado (with Class 3 rapids-I don't know what that means, but it sounds dangerous to a mom 963 miles away!). These pictures frighten me, not only because I would be scared, but also because I still think of him of my baby boy. Just to let you all know that I secretly contacted the rafting company and their minimum age is 4. And obviously he survived this taste of adrenaline, so I guess I need to chill a little bit and let him have his adventures (And pray a lot!). I am very excited to get him back the weekend after the 4th of July!!! Two more weeks, the countdown has begun!!!

I pray that the pictures make it look more intense than it really was!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Sassy Shoe thursday-Black wedges

All together now...I LOVE TAR-JHEY (um, Target). I was very excited to find these little beauties on sale at Target. They are perfect for me, comfy, cute and snazz up a simple pair of jeans or skirt. Here is my attempt to pose with my shoes:

Bye, Bye Red!

Well, ladies, I have to say that I am glad that we painted the walls! As much as I loved the red, I think that this really opens up the room. We worked until really late and into the next day. After many trips to the various home improvement stores in town, we finally got what we wanted. Along with installing a ceiling fan, that took longer than we expected so we were trying to read the directions by flashlight (Colton's little blue plastic one, since we didn't recharge Jesse's really nice one!) But here are the pictures...tell me what you think. We actually used two shades of brown on the bottom-lighter base and then a darker one on top that I would make X's and then wipe away a little to reveal the other color through, it made a nice leathery/suede look. I don't know if you will be able to tell from the pics.

Bye, Bye red! ;(

Us loopy on paint fumes!

The end result:

Friday, June 09, 2006

Thursday sassy shoes on Friday-due to tech. difficulties

So these are my hot, hot shoes I will be sporting all weekend. Jesse and I decided it was time to get new furniture, and so the paint that is currently on the walls (deep wine red-that I love), does not go with the furniture or the look at all. So the joy of new furniture comes with the price of losing my favorite room. But I will share with you "the plan" of the new room, which needs to be painted by Monday because I will be leaving at 6:00 am on Tuesday (see previous post) and the furniture could be arriving sometime when I am gone. I know I could leave this task to Jesse and just return to a completely finished room, but I would not do that to him! Bye, bye my beautiful red, Hello neutral beige and brown. Oh well, it will probably be more appealing if we decide to rent or move. (Not that we have any plans now, we just want to be ready when God wants us to move-hopefully soon!) So here are our ideas, tell me what you think:
PS-if we hate the dark brown below the chair rail, we are just going to paint it beige. And as a person that has a paper that says I am an Interior Designer, this is very hard for me! Also the picture below is one that I snapped while we were moving stuff out so it normally does not look like this!

Projects, projects, projects!!!

This is my adorable nephew Evan, whom I will be visiting next week in Kansas City. His 1st birthday is on June 19th (he was born on Father's Day and my sister's birthday who was also born on Father's Day 1977, they were on the news-it's tough being related to celebrities). Anyway, my sister has decorated his room in a nautical theme, so I made this stuff for him! Just wanted to share (and let you gaze upon the adorableness of Evan).

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Blogger is all goofy

I am trying to post something but this website is all goofed up. I can't post pics and there is no style to the site. I will try later. Is anyone else having these same problems? Please let me know, so I will figure out if it is my computer or if it is the website! Thanks

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Sassy Shoe Thursday-Jelly Shoes

While looking for shoes in Spokane, Jackie and I saw a pair of Jelly shoes and for a moment I was taken back to my childhood. I remember spending an entire summer in a pair of clear glitter jelly shoes. I would have to consider them my first pair of sassy shoes, and especially since I wasn't a girly girl, they were probrably my only sassy shoes. Though I do remember a pair of converse type shoes that were a bright purple and magenta with a picture of ALF on the side! Ah, the memories!!!