Monday, September 27, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday

Thank you Amanda for this week's Top Ten list!  I'm also going to take an idea from last's week's Five Question Friday blogs I visited, Tyler's Blog.  Read her 5QF post, it's hillarious!!

Top Ten most wonderful "W" words ever:

1.  Word
     Not as in "word", slang, but as in The Word (i.e. The Bible).  What could be more wonderful than that?
2.  Watermelon
     It's dellicious, nothing more to say.
3.  Water
     The water is a beautiful thing.  To be out on the water, just sitting on a surfboard, is very relaxing.

4.  Whipcream
     Again, it's delicious!

5.  Woman
     We are a beautiful, intelligent...need I go on?

6.  Winter
     It's such a beautiful time of year.  All the decorating that gets to get done and of course there's Jesus' birthday.  Defintiely a fun time of year!

7.  Waves
     See number 3.  This may be construde as a duplicate, but really there's a difference between sitting on your surfboard and riding a wave.  The first time you catch a wave, it's such an amazing feeling.

8.  Whimsical
     This is just a really neat word I think.  Reminds me of The Cat in the Hat.
9.  Wizard
     Not that I believe there's a true thing as wizards, but I like this word for the cartoon/fantasy feeling.

10.  Wolverine
     I'm a University of Michigan fan.  Go Blue!!

Seahawk Sunday

I didn't have a chance to put this up earlier, so here it is.
                                          Duckett praying before the game - 2008

Friday, September 24, 2010

5 Question Friday

It's time for Five Question Friday, courtesy of Mama M. If you've never played before, and are in need of a blog entry for the day, it's really fun.  Check out Mama M's blog to find out how to play.

Here we go!!!

1. If you could speak with a different accent, what would it be (i.e Australian, Scottish)?
Definitely Australian.  A surfer girl must have an Australian accent, right? :o)
2. Can you fall asleep anywhere? (i.e floor, couch, deck)
Nope.  I really wish I was one of those that could fall asleep anywhere, for like 5 minutes, then totally wake up refreshed.  Now that's a power nap!!

3. Do you use public restrooms? If so, do you sit on the toilet?
Yes I use public restrooms, I'll admit to it.  They're there for a reason right?  I'll sit on the toilet if it appears clean and dry and there's a toilet seat cover.  Never quite understand how women get urine on the seat.  Otherwise, I hover.  As Mama M, pointed out, it's getting harder to hover though, lol.
4. If you were stuck in an elevator for 24 hours, what celebrity would you most want to be stuck with?
Gosh, this is tough.
Clint Eastwood.  I think he would be interesting to talk to because you could talk to him about anything.  He obvisouly knows a lot about the celebrity "industry", but since he's also a politician, he probably has a lot of other interesting things to talk about.
5. Where did you & your significant other go on your 1st date?
Technically, the first spot was the Mavericks Surf Shop just down the street.  Hubby bought me a nanvy blue Mavericks hooded sweatshirt.  I still have the sweatshirt, it's my favorite of course.  We still go to the HMBB, they actually catered our wedding and we had our rehersal dinner there.  We love it that much!
Happy Friday to everyone (even though it's my Monday at work)!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Top Ten Weekend HIghlights

Thanks to The Diaper Diaries for the idea for this week's Top Ten Tuesday idea.  The rules for Top Ten Tuesday can be found by clicking on the icon below.

So, there's been a lot of negativity surrounding me lately.  Once I saw The Diaper Diaries' post about weekend highlights for this week's top ten Tuesday, I thought that would be a great way of reminding me of all the positive in my life.  So I'm going to give my top ten highlights from this past weekend and this upcoming weekend (my weekend is Tuesday thru Thursday by the way).

1.  My son had his first day of preschool last Wednesday.  He's attending a co-op preschool, so we attend with him.  It's only 1 day a week for 2 hours.  He seemed to enjoy it a lot.  They had so many toys for him to play with and he loved being able to go with the stairs like a big boy (the railing is positioned lower for the kids).

2. Going to the park with my son.  Since we were out of state the week before, he hadn't been to the park in quite some time.  He had a blast!

3.  Being home!  It felt so nice to sleep in my own bed, snuggle with the kitties.  Not live out of a suitcase.

4.  Extra time with my 2 boys (hubby and son).  Since we had the week prior off, Tuesday thru Thursday were our normal days off together.  It was nice to have those extra days.

5.  Grocery shopping.  Probably not every mom's fantasy, but I like doing it.  It's relaxing.  I go and walk up and down each aisle, not pressured for time.  Call me weird, but I like it.

6.  Dream Dinners.  If you've never heard about it, check it out!  It's the best and saves me a ton of time in the kitchen.

7.  My son has school again this week.  It should count again right since I'm technically combining last week and this week's weekend? =)

8.  MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers. I'll be attending for the first time at Central Peninsula Church this coming Thursday.  I'm very excited for this opportunity to participate in this fellowship.

9. Payday!!!  It's technically not during my weekend, but it's coming up this week.

10.  The opportunity to be with my family - the ones I love the most!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Seahawk Sunday


Instead of posting a random seahawks photo, I've decided to showcase my own photos that I've taken.  This was taken in Seattle, September 2008.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Muse Calendar Project

2011 A Muse Calendar Project

Welcome to the A Muse 4th Annual Calendar Project.
This A Muse Calendar began as a fun project I created for my girls to make personalized holiday gifts for their teachers.  They loved it so much - and couldn't stop making calendars - that I thought others might enjoy it too.  Since it's inception, this project has raised over $11,500 for three different organizations - The Scleroderma Research Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Water 1st. Thank you to all of our customers who have helped us raise this incredible sum and aid these worthwhile causes!
The A Muse Calendars will be available to purchase/download beginning Wednesday, September 15th.
The recipient of this year's Calendar Project is dear to my heart.  A longtime customer and friend, Amanda Beers, whom many of you know from her blog Yellow Makes Me Happy, lost her six-year old daughter, Charlotte, a few months ago to an agressive form of Strep.  The proceeds from the sale of the A Muse 2011 Calendars will benefit Charley's Fund

Here's a picture of Charley, what a cutie pie!  I can't wait to buy these calendars!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

5 Question Friday

It's time for 5 question Friday again, courtesy of Mama M. @

1. What is the first nightmare you remember?
Wow, tough one.  I remember quite a few different nightmares, some worse than others.  But the constant one, is the "falling nightmare", usually the plot is different, but the end result is me falling.

2. Even if you're not a sports fan, what's your favorite sport to play/watch?
FOOTBALL - GO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS!!!  I've even taught my 20month old to put his hands straight up in the air when I yell touchdown.  It's SO cute!

3. If you could pull off one piece of trendy fashion, what would you want it to be (jeggings, hats, thigh high boots, etc.)?
Leggings - my thighs are too big, but I bet they're SO comfortable.

4. Did you make good grades in school?
Um, they were so-so.  I don't remember what my GPA was in high school or college, but my grades were decent.  I did get my first F in college though; in Basic Piano (I was a music major at first).  Although, it wasn't my fault entirely, my professor didn't show up for my final and so I received an "Incomplete" in the class.  I changed my major, so I never made up the class.

5. What magazines do you subscribe to?
Parenting - The Early Years & Parenting.  I somehow ended up with Redbook, but I never subscribed to it.  I need to add the many scrapbooking magazines I always end up buying.
Oh and my son has a subscription to Highlights (for ages 3-5), National Geographics Baby Animals and his Auntie got him this Baby Animal books that come once a month.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Top Ten Tuesday...Traveling

Top Ten {Tuesday}
This week, I'm following Oh Amanda's lead and going with a traveling/vacation theme.  Although, Amanda is giving tips, I'm going to give my Top Ten things I learned from my family's first big trip this past week.
We traveled to Vermont, unfortunately, it was on bad terms; my grandma Grupe passed away last Tuesday.  I had hoped to make it before she passed, but that wasn't God's plan.  I think He wanted to take away her pain.  She's with Him now, and I'm glad her pain is gone.  Grandma, I love you so much and truly thank you for everything you gave to me.

So, the list: Top Ten things I learned from traveling with a 20 month old and my husband.  I should mention our itinerary briefing...Flew into Boston (4.5hr flight), stayed overnight in Boston, drove to Vermont (3 hour car ride), stayed 3 nights, drove to Portsmouth, New Hampshire (2hr 40min drive), stayed the night, drove back to Boston (1 hour), flew home (6.5hr flight).

1.  Carry on lightly...On the trip into Boston, I felt like we had SO much stuff: car seat, stroller, carry on for each of us.  It was a lot.  I got rid of 1 bag on the flight back home.

2.  Have a direct flight...We went directly into Boston, but I think it would have been best to go directly into Vermont.

3.  Have an open schedule...especially if travelling with a little one.  They need naps.

4.  Little ones shouldn't go to funerals; not because I think it will traumatize them, but they just don't understand they can't run around on the graves.

5.  Bring a portable DVD player, iPad, whatever is available.  It helped a TON to be able to watch Cars.

6.  Don't forget the essentials: like baby wipes

7.  No need to adjust to time change...this worked best for us. Little one stayed on west coast time the whole trip, not by our doing, but on his own.  This seemed to work best overall, especially when we got home.

8.  The day after you get home, plan to do nothing.  Just take the little one to the park and get in some much needed play time.

9.  Take lots of photos!  (I know, duh)

10.  RELAX!  When both parents are relaxed, it makes for much less bickering =)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Seahawk Sunday

That's what I'm gonna make Sundays during football season. I couldn't get a picture to post, so I'll have to add one when I get home. I can't wait to be back home tomorrow. Come on Seahawks, beat the niners!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Found another one.

So, again, another new blog I found and another new idea I like; Wordless Wednesday.  Thanks Lisa, over at, I hope you don't mind that I stole this idea.
Because the theme is "wordless", I couldn't exactly do this post now with all these words written down.  So, I'll wait the 9 minutes until midnight, then it'll technically be Wednesday, and I'll post.

See ya soon!

Top Ten Tuesday

I'm finding so many new blogs to follow, which is good.  They give me ideas and things like "Top Ten Tuesday" or "5 Question Friday" as suggestions for posts.  So, here's...

Today's list is top 10 fall TV show; in no particular order

1. Grey's Anatomy - ok, this really is probably my #1 pick.  (Premiere 9/2)
2. Private Practice - Love it just as #1 (premieres 9/23)
3. The Secret Life of the American Teenager - on ABC Family.  I think/hope it's starting up again this fall.
4. Ugly Betty - this show is no longer on TV, but at one point it was on my top 10 list, so I think it counts.

Ok, well I could only come up with 4 and really it's only 3.  With a 1.5 year old, I don't get much time to watch TV.
Oh well, not a very good first top 10 list.  Maybe next week's list will be easier!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

5 Q Friday on Sunday

Wow, I'm really behind on my posts.  It's Sunday and I completely forgot to post my 5 question Friday response!  Ugh...I also finally finished my son's 1st year album/scrapbook, so I'll need to post those pictures soon.

1. What do you do when you have time to yourself?

When/If (and that's a big when/if) that happens, I like to scrap.  It's my hobby and it's very relaxing for me.  I'm in my own room, doing my own thing and all is quiet.
I'd also like to sleep, without having some little feet kicking me in the back, or some little hands pinching me.  I like to cuddle, but the pinching and kicking have got to go :o)

2. When you look out your kitchen window, what do you see?
                                          Our neighboring townhouses and the "cul de sac" where all the kids tend to play.

3. Who/What would you want to be reincarnated as?
Hmmm...a cat.  This way I could be lazy if I want to be, cuddled if I want to be, fed when I need to be.  Catch my drift?

4. What is your biggest pet peeve about other people's kids?
When they're not well behaved.  My kid isn't perfect my any means, but the kids that are down right mean to other kids, those get to me.  Here's my story: we were at a park a while back.  My son was a little over a year old and he's a very social little guy.  There was this other kid there, I'd say 4 years old.  Well, every time my little guy would try a just walk toward him to play or even just walk around, this kid would just scream "no" at him.  My husband and I were shocked.  The parents basically did nothing to stop this behavior.  I'm so glad my little guy is social, so far he's our only, but he doesn't act like it.  Unlike this other little boy.

5. Regular or Diet soda?
No soda for me please.  I prefer ice tea or some other sort of specialty drink thing (like Italian sodas, etc).