Monthly Archives: September 2013

Grandpa Rod’s Birthday

This weekend was Rod’s Birthday!

My mom whipped up a German feast for him;). She loves to cook……and he likes it all German sausages, pickled cabbage, and German chocolate cake.


When your grand-daughter wants you to wear a party hat… do it!

You will also let her blow out the candle on your cake;). Happy Birthday Rod!


The Sweetest Gift in the Mail

We just received the sweetest, most thoughtful gift from my bestie! Liz is the kind of friend who knows just when to catch you off guard with the sweetest package……she loves mail!


It’s a very special book about adoption! I’m pretty sure our “littlest little” will cherish his very first gift;). Tears when reading it…..already a favorite of mine. Thanks Liz!

And it’s almost throwback Thursday….so here’s a couple gems of Lizard and Rainbird, when Crest just made toothpaste, and teen girls couldn’t even dream up Whitestrips;)



Nez Perce County Fair

The Nez Perce County Fair was last weekend. Grandpa Charlie and Grandma Leslie came for a short visit…..but it was perfect timing with Grandpas birthday!

River wasn’t too sure of the fair. The noises were “too loud,” and the animals in the petting zoo scared him. He’s the cautious one. But Sissy loved the whole experience. She is fearless…..thinking she will be the one who keeps me up late at night in a few years!



We convinced Riv to ride one ride, but only with me riding with him too.

And then we petted all kinds of animals in the amazing little petting zoo…..the highlight of our whole fair experience. River watched from outside the gates:).




And then after stuffing our bellies with all kinds of fair food…….we came home to pineapple upside down cake (Charlie’s favorite) to celebrate his special day!


I’m going to leave you with the recipe for this cake…….because it was THAT good, ridiculously easy, and is a keeper!


1 Box Yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients needed according to package instructions)
1 Can Pineapple Rings (save the juice)
12 Maraschino Cherries
1/4 C Butter
1 C Brown Sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Cut up the Butter into small chunks and evenly distribute them along the bottom of the cake pan. Top the Butter with the Brown Sugar and stick in the oven while it pre-heats. Check on it several minutes later, you want everything melted and bubbly. Remove. Then place the Pineapple rings along the bottom of the pan and place a Maraschino Cherry in the middle of each ring.

Meanwhile prepare the cake mix according to package instructions. Only instead of using water, use the leftover pineapple juice from your can of pineapple rings. Pour the batter over the Pineapple/butter/brown sugar mixture and place in the oven and bake according to the cake mix instructions. Remove when a toothpick comes out clean.

Run a butter knife along the edges of the pan to help loosen the cake. You want to let the cake set a minute but no longer than five minutes. Grab a cookie sheet or serving platter and place on top of the cake pan. Flip it over and serve! So moist!

Busy Fall

We have been busy y’all…busy with fall. Most days of the week I drive this one to preschool.

The preschool is down town and makes it rather convenient to swing by Starbucks in the morning…….a little too convenient!

But the preschool, Children’s House Montessori is what I NEED to tell you about. Miss Megan and the other teachers have truly created a magical place here. You can literally feel the dedication and care that has gone into the school when you walk through the doors. It’s a feeling and you know that it’s right when you leave your little one there each day;). It almost brings me to tears just thinking about how lucky Our family is to be a part of this little community. Really they make you feel like family at CHMS. I think we are all looking forward to seeing our little people blossom here. Especially Riv who desperately tries to charm Miss Megan each morning with a, “Hi teachor!” And he tries to sneak by us to wash his hands like all the other students;). Next year River, I pinky swear.

This one is thriving. Can’t ya tell! She is wishing for Winter everyday…..insistent on wearing her hat and gloves when we go outside. She is learning all about controlling her emotions (we think at school) and tells us things like, “calm down and take a deep breathe.” Pretty sure she has heard this a few times at CHMS;). She is sassy! Oh boy can she tell Chase and I a mouthful when she is mad. But most of the time she is just hilarious, “Can we go to Winter?” This picture makes me think of Beck’s video “Loser.” Circa 1990 something, right!?! And now you’re singing with me…..”In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey…….soy un perdedor, I’m a loser baby…..”

This boy is enjoying his solo time during the mornings Sissy is at school. We do really awesome “educational” and “enriching” activities…..errr like Walmart and Costco runs, check out the produce at Hay’s, clean house, and um catch up on PBS, and Pinterest. His lessons are solo cart pushing, naming vegetables, and interpersonal skills (flirting with old ladies, waving and shouting hello to everyone;)

With all this busy-ness (pretty sure that’s not a word) we may have had a drive thru meal or two this week. Miss Laken also has dance one night a week (right before dinner time).

This week also kicked it up a notch with a little Mommy time;). My sweet friend Terra and I, (she’s my super fun buddy and a wonderful Jesus loving guide:), started going to a Beth Moore bible study at church. This is a plug for Beth Moore…..because seriously this woman is a game changer. Her books, her seminars, and her studies…..just go if you have the opportunity (you’ll see!). So I’m hooked and so happy to have the opportunity for Wednesdays with a little Terra and Beth (and some new friends too.).

The weekend finally arrived and we’ve just been relaxing…..ducks, better food, and a little tutu tackle. Hoping for more balance next week;).



The Assistant Stork

We had a big day for our adoption yesterday. We received out Favorable Determination Letter in the mail! This is the holy grail of adoption paperwork and means that our dossier is complete! So yesterday we put it all together, and………………..

Mailed our dossier to the Assistant Stork;). We are officially paper ready for our little boy! We have done our part and now we will just wait for his referral. Our agency estimates that in 6-9 months we will get “the” phone call telling us his name, story, and we will see his little face! After half a year of waiting on paperwork this is a great feeling. We know that God has plans for all of us, and our Adoption journey is part of his perfect plan:). So now we can’t help but wonder, pray for, and dream about this little guy. He may be already born, or he may still be squirming in his momma’s tummy. Wherever he is, there are a lot of love wishes and prayers surrounding him from here in Idaho. I can’t help but feel heartache for whatever life circumstances he is experiencing or will that are leading him to becoming an orphan. So while we hope for a referral, we also anguish for what that means in the life of a family somewhere in Ethiopia. May God bless those around him, and hold that little boy close to his heart.

Junk In The Trunk

This weekend we had our first show for our little business! Eeeek it was so exciting;). I have a passion for vintage items and restoring old treasures. This passion is how I’ve decided to help Chase out with adoption fees, errrrrr actually he ends up “working” as hard as I do;). Truly he deserves a gold star for all the labor he has put into my dream. He’s really trying to be supportive of my little venture…….and I think he is actually starting to get into it! We worked our first show at Funky Finds this weekend. I think it turned out really cute, we had fun, met a lot of great people, and sold 70% of our vintage items. Most of the other items were sold on our business website after the sale. And we are so excited to say that Junk in the Trunk made the next payment on the first portion of our adoption loan;). I plan to continue with this little business for months to come! Really enjoying “junkin” in my spare time;)

River is Two!


Dear cuddly and passionate 2 year old River,

You are the sweetest little guy, and are a lover. You like to spend the first 30 minutes of your day wrapped in someone arms drinking a milk. You love your milk. You have BIG emotions, and let us know exactly how you are feeling. Whether it be screaming at the top of your lungs clenching your hands, or throwing your head back with open mouthed belly laughter!

You are oh so chatty, and we are amazed by the elaborate phrases that come from your little toddler mouth (in that loud growly voice of yours). Your curls are precious, and you are such a charmer. You adore your big sissy and will do just about anything to play with her (dolls, dancing, dress up, and playing the baby).

You’re crazy about making silly faces, playing with cars, going to home depot with Dad, twirling Momma’s hair, wearing exclusively Crocs, your nigh night (pacifier), quack quacks (ducks), striped blanket, Grandma, and Terra.

You are our family’s soft place. The one who reminds us all how lovely it is to hug, say please and thank you, hold hands, and kiss more often. Bless your little soft heart. You are Mommy and Daddy’s favorite surprise;)






You woke up to your special birthday bike, and a few presents from the family. You squealed when you saw your bike, and drank your milk while sitting on it!

Daddy arranged a special outing to Bonkers with the Howland Family! I was recovering from my tonsillectomy and missed you, but knew you were having a blast. I heard that the Dads had the best time “playing”.








After naps we got ready for your special birthday dinner. You weren’t too thrilled with your hat. (Big emotions in full swing;)

Grandma Ivy and Grandpa Rod came over for your little party!



Sissy helped you open your presents, and you let her (sweet boy).






You were scared of the candle on your cupcake, so Laken blew it out for you;).







Happy Birthday Sweet River, Second trip around the sun!

Mommy Down

It was time. This thirty year old girl went in for a tonsillectomy this week….my first surgery ever. After seven sore throats this year, and multiple rounds of antibiotics it was necessary. Ugh! Luckily I am a happy anesthesia patient and woke up with, “I’m ready to party!” Which is on video, thank you Chase!

Unfortunately I underestimated the whole thing. Apparently having your tonsils out as an adult is not child’s play with 7-10 days of recovery…..shut up! Ouch, guys its bad! Day 1 and 2 were manageable , but now on day 5, I am embracing the hydrocodone induced crazy dreams whole heartedly! Im sure that this post is full of grammatical errors, etc. Im sure that tomorrow I will regret posting this surgery pick without makeup:).

The very next day after surgery was River’s birthday…..EEK! Thank goodness I picked a good one….Chase! He stepped right up to the plate putting together last minute birthday details, doting on me, and caring for the little ones! Seriously I’ve never found him more attractive;). And I’ve never felt so much love……pretty sure this guy will take care of me when I’m old, or sick!


I’m also pretty sure that I will never go hungry;). My mom has now brought by homemade chicken noodle soup, fresh from the farmers market applesauce, and tonight made dinner for the rest of my family. Lucky girl, right here:). Blessed beyond measure.



This whole week was just amazing. It felt awesome and so real to share our adoption story with so many people. On a Monday we decided to have a garage sale to help with the expenses of bringing our son home. By Thursday our garage was packed with donations. By Saturday at noon we had raised fifteen hundred and six dollars towards adoption expenses. And that my friends is a miracle! The week was full of raw emotions and was a humbling experience.

To the barista who serves me coffee on a weekly basis, thank you for sharing your own adoption story with humor, “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m Asian!” Hahaha! “I was adopted from South Korea and I would love to donate because adoption is close to my heart!”


To the sweet friends who pulled up with a trailer full of items they were saving for their own yard sale.

To the neighbor who knocked on our door with an entire dining set and shared that the cause was familiar to her, as her daughter is a missionary in Burkina Faso.

To the workout friend who got her little girls involved by having them sort through their toys to help another child find a forever family!

To several young mommies who last minute sorted through your stuff, and found the time in your busy schedules to help us out on such short notice.

To my parents who painted this huge sign, and watched Laken and River all weekend.  We couldn’t have done this without you!

To new friends (who I literally met weeks ago), who contacted me and had a whole truckload of items to give, and made me feel like I’ve known you forever, or at least should have!

To the car load of friends who rolled up at 5:30 am to help us set up!

To old friends (some we hadn’t seen in years, who don’t even go to yard sales) who showed up at our house to show support:)

To the neighbors who rolled up their garage door and said we would like to donate all of this (it was a garage sale in itself)!

To the complete strangers who showed up at our yard sale to support a good cause, and asked questions about our adoption making it feel so real.

To everyone that we forgot to thank, this is for you

To our littlest son.   I know that you are already loved by someone half way around the world. We just want you to know that here in Idaho, even though we do not yet know your name, so many people are rooting for you, love you, are preparing for you, and want to play a part in your unfolding story! The morning of the yard sale as I was staking yard sale signs on street corners in the dark….A large plane flew buy overhead. It was very loud and very low. Planes always make me think of you! It was a special moment and I held back the tears, knowing that this was just a little reminder of what the day was for.

Bless YOU, YOU are so loved, THANKFUL for YOU!