Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Jon - "cough, cough"

Krista- Are you okay honey? Do you need me to give you some CPR?

Lindsey- What's CPR? Is it some type of sickness?

Natalie- It's a love sickness. You catch it and you are always in love.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Shorts Upcycle

I love to sew. Love it. Today I had the urge to sew something up, and immediately thought of Hudson's need for shorts. Hudson has a tiny waist and everything falls off him. At his age a belt is more of a hindrance than help (think little boy running to the toilet). I knew there had to be something around the house that I could chop up and make into shorts and it hit me- one of Jon's button up shirts. I went to his closet and sure enough, I found one. A nice Old Navy shirt, and as I had paid only $1.50 for it at Goodwill, I wouldn't cringe if it turned out horribly. I haven't sewn much without a pattern, and by golly, it was time and this was an easy project! 

For a first attempt, I am pleased with how these turned out. After a little tweak, the fit is great and they don't slide down. I had several GAP buttons in my button collection and they worked perfectly with the colors of the shorts. The pockets were really fun to make, too. I will definitely try this again and perhaps become more adventurous and add zippers and side pockets. Jon's shirts, beware! And Hudson, well, he LOVES them! In fact, he won't take them off. Now that makes a Momma happy. :)

Happy Birthday Poppy!

Little Natalie is now nine! Happy Birthday to you, love! We celebrated a few days early this year as her birthday was on a church night. After lunch mom picked us up in her Mini and we went to the mall so Natalie could get her ears pierced. She picked ruby studs and they are adorable. I was not without some heart pangs, my little girl is growing up. What a beautiful young lady she is, too.  That evening the celebration was at my parent's house, as we still are without a/c and it was a hot one.  Since it was a last minute decision to celebrate that night, dad ran to the store to pick up ice cream and cupcakes- yum! Happy Birthday Poppy!

Sunday, July 1, 2012


We were blessed to be invited down to Disneyland with Jon's family. As Jon used to live in So. Cal., he has been many times. I, on the other hand, had never been (by my own choice, my parents offered several times when my brother and I were children). Off we went on our two day journey south. Our first day was incredibly hot. When we made it to Sacramento at 8 pm, it was still 90 degrees outside, so Jon and the kids hopped in the pool while I sat poolside gabbing with Momma Wendy and Steve-O's Mom, Ellen. We talked late into the night, and finally hit the hay at 12:30. We got up early the next morning and started in on the long leg of our journey. When we hit the grapevine it was 106 degrees out. To help pass the time we counted overheated cars on the side of the freeway. Our GPS showed major traffic through LA, so we bypassed it through Pasadena. I had to sing with great pride, "I smell Roses" as we passed through (confused? watch this you tube video, I love my Ducks!). We finally made it to the hotel, checked in, briefly felt like passing out on the bed, but went back downstairs to meet and greet Jon's family and gab over a pizza. We got a few Disneyland maps to make our plan of attack. I looked at the map and thought, Oh, that doesn't look so big...and then they turned the map over and there was California Adventure. At that point it started to hit me what I was in for. :) Monday morning we arrived at Disneyland at 8am, just as the park opened. We were to meet part of the party at Space Mountain and headed that direction. En route Jon saw that Star Tours only had a five minute wait and so we took a quick detour. Now the five minute wait was only because it takes you five minutes to wind around all the roped off areas and actually get to the ride. As you walk through like cattle wondering at which turn you will be branded, it hits you that later on, it will be you slowly winding your way around the same turns with much more than a five minute wait. But I'm off the point. We grabbed our 3D glasses, buckled up, and were there- my very first Disneyland ride! It was simply out of this world (ha ha, bad pun). You felt like you were in the the movie, it was thrilling and exceedingly fun. Next up was Space Mountain. Jon and others had told me about the different rides and this is what I heard, "Roller Coaster, Not a Roller Coaster, Roller Coaster, Not a Roller Coaster..." So all I knew is that we just got off Not a Roller Coaster and were now headed to a Roller Coaster. Let's just say, the kids all thought they were going to die. It is completely black with tiny lights (stars) so it is like you are traveling down a space. Very well named Roller Coaster. We felt so bad for the kids. Jon and I loved it (excepting my stomach, lol). Later that night we hit Star Tours first again and Hudson was picked as the Rebel Spy! Darth Vader seized our ship using the Force but thankfully we were able to break free. Phew! About half way through the ride I thought, "I am going to be sick." Luckily I wasn't, but for over an hour I could barely walk and wanted nothing more than to go home. Jon took the kids on some rides and I watched the fireworks. I started to feel better and had a good time watching Jon take the kids around. Our favorite parts of the trip were seeing Aladdin the play, watching the fireworks, Turtle Talk with Crush (Natalie and Jon got to talk to him), watching the two parades, eating Ghiradelli's ice cream, and really anytime we got to sit. :) Everything is a feast for your eyes. And at night, with fireworks exploding, music playing, kids laughing, husband by your side, it really did feel magical. It was fantastic spending time with Jon's grandparents, too. We don't get to see them much, and we really enjoyed our time together. Our last day in So. Cal. we loaded up the horribly crumby car, and went  to the BEACH! Jon took us to Newport Beach where we had complete bliss for one hour. Ate lunch on the warm sand, splashed in the ocean, walked barefoot...yes, yes, bliss.

 Hudson and I hang out while everyone else goes on the Tower of Terror.

 Inside the Tower of Terror. 
 How did you like that ride? Lindsey- it was really scary!
 A Bugs Life Ride
 Thanks Papa Walls for the Ice Cream!
 A quick boogie with Prince John.

 Hudson crashes right before the California Adventure Parade. 
 Going in to watch the Muppets in 3D.
 Alas, neither Jon nor Natalie shall be the next king or queen of the land.

 M-I-C, see you real soon, K-E-Y, why? Because we love you, M-O-U-S-E.
 The Cinderella Castle. Oh, aw...
 Waiting in line for Space Blasters (Toy Story). Such a fun ride, you get to shoot things. :)
 Spin, tea cups, spin!
 It's a small, small world!
 The whole group with Walt and Mickey.
 As we were leaving Disneyland on our final day, Jon carrying out Lindsey and I holding Hudson, I had to get in one last shot.