Saturday, June 30, 2007


How I made my mosaics...
I created a flickr account. (It's really easy for a person who uses blogger because they just transfer your information.)
I uploaded photos
I organized them into a set
Then I went to
From there it is really easy. You can make your mosaic as big or small as you want. You can use a flickr photo set, or your flickr favorites or you can use individual URL's.
After it makes the mosaic you can right click on the photos. "Save photo as"... and then go back to your blog and "add image"
I stole this idea from Ali Edwards blog and I am soooo lovin' it!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Thursday, June 28, 2007

I did take these

Buffy and I vowed (back in May) to make this the biggest, bestest, summery-est summer of fun ever and I thought I would show my progress so far in the fun department...
We have been playing in the water a lot. We've gone to Eagle Island, Veterans Park, Lucky Peak and of course our very own backyard...tiny wading pools rock!

We have gotten together with our friends and family and we have gone on 3 trips! Woo-Hoo it's only June!
We have some fun stuff coming up too...2nd annual 4th of July BBQ, a trip to Lagoon and our big family vacation (uh,mom, is this happening?).

Good times! More pictures to's that pain in the butt process that takes 1 minute but I can't seem to manage...moving the pics from the camera to the computer.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

In case you didn't know

No, we are no longer building a house. The property is being surrounded by row houses and condos so our houses won't exactly "fit in". Also, my dad can now make some money by selling it to a developer or building condos himself. He got such a screamin' deal on the property that it's pretty much a win/win whatever he ends up doing. So, we are looking for a slightly bigger house than we have now. The catch is...I don't want to live any farther west or south than I do now. If we move I want to live further east and north or stay in the same neighborhood. We have been looking at houses across State from Jimmy's shop (the square that's made by 36th, Hill road, State St. and 27th) but we haven't found anything that is quite right.
This house down the street has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms upstairs. It has an office, family room, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, another bathroom and a little "workshop" attached to the garage. It has gorgeous mature trees and lots of them...tons of shade. It also has cute dormer windows, all hardwood floors, it was built in the late 50's so it has some cute old house charm...ahhhhh, I'm in love... It does need some kitchen re-configuring but we think it can be done without a ton of expense because it doesn't need new appliances and I personally think we can use the existing cabinets (I'm sure Jimmy won't agree).
So, Jimmy called the realtor and they had not set a price yet but...there are 5 houses for sale in our neighborhood..actually within about one block of this house...and they are listed for an average of about $245,000. I know that the one across the cul-de-sac was on the market for over a year and ended up selling for a lot less than it was listed for. So I think we can get it for about $225,000. We agreed that no matter how much we love it we won't pay more that $235,000. Cross your fingers!

Monday, June 25, 2007

My weekend in photos...that I did not take

So, I had a yard sale this weekend, babysat my nephew, lounged around too much, did a mountain of laundry and....found my house. Geez, I hope so...cross your fingers. It is so stinkin' cute! It's also about 6 doors down and across the street! Handy, dandy. I want it so badly but it is actually not on the market yet because they are having an estate sale and then listing it. I'm calling the agent can only hope!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

North Idaho recap

Is it a sign that you had a good time when you don't take a lot of pictures? I hope so, because I only took about 10 pictures over 5 days! Lame-o!

Well, Farragut State Park was gorgeous! It is a really nice campground and of course the whole area is just beautiful. We had fun doing a whole lot of nothing. Casey's mom lives in Bayview so we had a BBQ with her on Saturday night. She has a really great back yard with a huge fire pit that we sat around. Their back yard ends right at edge of the park. Sooo pretty. Rode our bikes a bit, shopped in Coeur D'Alene, sat around the campfire, Jimmy took Olivia to a car show in town, lazed around. Good times.

The little boy is Jackson. He is Kim's (Casey's friend) little one.

On the way there we drove on the interstate through Oregon and Washington but on the way home we drove down 95/55 through Idaho. It is a much prettier drive but a little slow-going sometimes.

Then....geez...we were just outside of Horseshoe Bend by Cascade Raft and Kayak (at about 9pm) when we saw an accident happen. The car had went off the road, rolled and went down the embankment toward the river. We were the second car there. Jimmy and Warren jumped out of the car to check on the people. They weren't in the river but their car was on it's side and totally smashed. Jimmy and Warren were down there for what seemed like forever then they came up carrying two dogs (who weren't hurt) and handed them to a lady in a truck and went back down to help. Casey had jumped out and ended up directing traffic along with the help of a couple other people. (I was in the car with the kids the whole time...2 hours). Finally a police officer showed up, then an ambulance from Horseshoe Bend, then a whole bunch of firefighters to cut the people out of the car, then Life Flight, then another Life Flight, then someone gave Casey a stop sign, and on and on and two hours later Warren and Jimmy were actually lifting the gurney into the helicopter. (Horseshoe Bend needs help when it comes to emergencies..apparently)
It was a strange, sad experience but at the same time I was glad that my husband and brother set that example for my girls... they were heroes that day and I hope my girls remember.
We haven't heard anything more about the people but said "no word on their condition" so I'd like to think that no news is good news...people being OK isn't exactly the kind of news that usually grabs headlines.

So...there's the weekend for ya.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

In reality

I was reading Natalie's post and I was inspired by a part at the end that questions whether she is normal in her feelings about motherhood, stay at home mom life, etc. It caused me a moment's pause and to reflect on how we (mothers) view other people's lives, how we portray our own to the world and how we really reality.
I believe that too many times we alienate ourselves from the support of others by presuming that we are all so different when in fact we are all so the same. I know that I have the same feelings about my children that 99% of mothers have every day. I also know that I certainly don't want to tell anyone that when that tiny, cute, priceless, three year old head peeked over the edge of my bed at 7 a.m. and said , "Mom, the sun is up" I did not melt into maternal bliss at how cute and priceless she was and how lucky I was to be her mom and be doing the most important job in the world. I really, really wanted to go to sleep for one more hour and live in my childless world for justonedaydeargodplease!!!!! I knew that moment was the start of yet another long, long day full of screaming and fighting and pinching and cooking and cleaning and monotony and the same thing over over and over and repetitive and redundant and bla, bla and if I was really lucky I would have a millisecond with each child that made at least some of it worth it. I don't want to post that on my blog. On some level in my mind I don't want the world to know that I live a real life that includes screaming, poop, laundry, public tantrums, crying, less than perfect vacations, resentment, anger, boredom, exasperation...all the stuff that I feel every single day!
So as a service to any mother that may feel isolated by her reality, by her feelings and experiences in motherhood I offer you some excerpts from my blog with a dash of reality thrown in...the italicized parts are the real, raw and uncensored REALITY of my goes...

*Excerpted from "Leavin on a jet plane"...
4 days with no kids or husband in beautiful Scio, Oregon. Don't ask me where the hell I am going...I'm just along for the kid-free, husband-free, free-in-general cuz I'm going with my mom, ride.
If I don't leave this house in the next 24 hours with my mom I will leave by myself and never, never come back. I am on the verge of a serious breakdown if I have to be in the same zip code as my husband and kids for one more day!!!!!!!!!

*Excerpted from "Bloggers Block"...
I am alive but I am having bloggers block so I will leave you with a picture that is hopefully worth a thousand words. (picture of me in tiny Dodge go-cart)
I am having bloggers block because I am so depressed I can hardly get dressed and every time I look at this picture I think it will cheer me up but instead it makes me sad that I can't find that happy girl.

*Excerpted from "I had..."
Please know Corinna that my heart goes out to you. It makes me short of breath thinking of what you may be feeling.
I lay in bed awake almost every night thinking about death and it paralyzes me to think about my dad dying and then I lay awake longer feeling guilty because I don't get paralyzed over anyone else dying.

*Excerpted from "The owner of this blog said..."
The weather was gorgeous and it didn't rain until our last day so we went to the outlet mall, had some pizza and then headed off.
While we were at the outlet mall I only went into 3 stores because Jamie was so unbearably psychotic that every store I wanted to go into induced a fit that could rival that girl on the exorcist. We had to eat pizza at the house because there was no flippin' way I was taking that devil-child to a restaurant. And the ride home? She screamed bloody murder from Ontario to our driveway.

So there it is...guilt, anxiety, depression, nervous breakdown, less than perfect kids. It's all there, we all feel it, we all could benefit from being more honest. I know I feel better already!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Owners Mom

Thank you all for the B-Day wishes. Nothing like a little fishin to get some attention. Thanks again it was a good one.

The owner of this blog said...

I have a bazillion things to write about but I think I will break it down into a couple posts so you don't have to read a novel in one sitting...beach recap...

We had a really great time with Melissa and Gabe at the beach. The house was just a short walk to the beach and downtown and we put a lot of miles on our little umbrella strollers. We walked everywhere! We did drive one day to go ride horses and to Haystack Rock to check out the tide pools. We went to the aquarium, we played on the beach, we shopped, we ate and ate and ate. We took a couple of big long naps.....mmmmm napping. Good stuff.

Melissa and Gabe are fun and really easy to "live with". Isabel (their little monkey) is right in between Jamie and Olivia in age so they had a great time together. Their first day they all took a nap in the bunk beds, so cute! They had a blast playing on the beach together and hunting for yucky stuff that washed up. At the house they made up big elaborate games involving their suitcases and toys necessary! And of course with Gabe there they had some "before bedtime dad craziness" that my kids sooo enjoy.

The weather was gorgeous and it didn't rain until our last day so we went to the outlet mall, had some pizza and then headed off. The drive home wasn't too bad. We broke it up into two days by staying in Pendleton but we were definitely ready to get home and out of the car.

It was fun and as always, I can't wait to get back! Hopefully we'll be able to take one more long weekend at the beach before the summer is over. I'll have to start harping on Jimmy now.....

Here are some pics...

Monday, June 18, 2007

They're Back!!

Okay, Sarah is home from her many journeys but still hasn,t had time to update. So sorry people you get me.

Yesterday was a great Father Day and also my youngest sons first anniversary. We went to brunch and out to Ste. Chappelle winery for a jazz concert. Beautiful day , great music and food. I love spending time with my kids and grandkids. My Joe has the funniest sense of humor and is so good natured. Reminds me why I married his Dad.

Today is my birthday. I'm fifty-one GASP!!. Oh shut up ,you will all be thankin your lucky stars to be as good at 50 as I am. All highway miles my friend. Also regularly scheduled maintenance a little body work, good as new.
Great day.My best bud took me to lunch and my husband took me to dinner. No cookin for me today.I have a love for good funny cards and I always get a slew of them. My husbands not good at shopping, so I usually get to pick my own present. Got my eye on a new camera.

Okay in 51 years I have learned a few things and I would like to share them with you.
1.Never take yourself too seriously.
2. Never say never. I have had to eat those words many times.
3.You will never look as good as you did then.
4.Don't look backwards too much it will make you run off the road.
5.You only get one day at a time so make the best of it.
6.Good manners are always in season.
7.Live your life like every ones lookin, cuz they are.
8.If you wouldn't say it in front of Pastor Floyd don't say it. ( Family Motto.)
9.Always tell the truth then you don't have to try to remember what you said.
10.Don't write a check your a-- can't cash.

Maybe not earth moving but wise. Happy Birthday to me.If you haven't sent my card or called yet I will receive cards and blessings until wed.10 p.m. Good Day. Pam O.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hell-o This is Mom

Okay Sarah, once again you get your way. It,s not enough that I help with the kids, housework, laundry, errands, now I have to blog for you. Please tell me where I have gone wrong as a parent.HEEHEE. Okay you will get no pictures because I don't know how to do that yet.Just hang with me and let your mind create your own pictures. They will probably be better anyway.
We had a great time on the coast as usual. Lots of food and laughs and food and fun. I hope laughing burns calories because I could use the help. The girls were great for such a long road trip.JuJu did however become unruly at one point and tossed partially chewed grapes and a hair clippy at me while driving. She also announced that "you're mean and I'm not going to be your friend" several times during the trip. I have to say by day 3 I had to agree with her .However after a large bread bowl of chowder and a horse ride we kissed and made up. We are once again friends. JuJu is the female version of my oldest son Warren whom in spite of terrorizing me when he was a toddler grew into a wonderful,thoughtful ,intelligent man who still has the capabilities of causing terror in my life.Olivia is a dear but uses different tactics to get the vote. HMMM sound like (Sarah) someone else I know. They are gone this weekend camping and I miss them already.My house is quiet and clean and it will stay that way until they get home sunday night and stop by to see me. Twenty minutes later it will look like we had a full blown weekend party with dancers,food and a petting zoo. Welcome home my little darlings.
Have a wonderful weekend . Honor your fathers whether they are with you or not. They are the reason your here today. Good Day to all Pam O.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

And she's off again...

I am leaving again tomorrow night after just two days at home...bleck! I am excited for the trip though! Jimmy and I and the kids are dragging Warren and Casey with us to Farragut State Park in North Idaho. It's gonna be a blast! We are all riding together in the Suburban. Warren and Casey are in for a treat...eight hours in the car with my kids! BWHAHAHA! When I get back I will post pictures of both trips. I'm trying to talk my mom into "guest posting" while I'm gone so maybe you all will get a mid-week treat and she can tell you about our trip to Seaside.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

ah, summer...

I am lovin Ali Edwards mosaics! I made one myself to make me feel summer-y on this dreary day. Hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, June 3, 2007


How stinkin' cute is this apron girls?!?! This is the pattern and fabric I bought in Craft Warehouse when we were there last week. I gave it to my sister-in-law, Casey, so I had to take a pic of it before I gave it away. Do ya love it or what? It was pretty easy, aprons for everyone!!