Thursday, October 30, 2008

True Conservatives Unite!!

Ok, I'm gonna do it.
I'm gonna take my family blog and put something out here.

I truly believe that Obama is a not who everyone may think he is.

Amongst other reasons, this is first and foremost:

I heard this on a very well known talk show last week. Even though the media is slanted, I can't believe this isn't even a little bit out of the bag. They are sure keeping a tight lip about this one.

Berg vs. Obama (yep that's right Obama is being sued)
Let me give you some of Philip J. Berg's credentials first. Here is a quote I found on a website... "Berg, who served as Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania for eight years, ran twice for governor in 1990 and 1998 and once for the U.S. Senate in 1994, was former chair of the Democratic Party in Montgomery (PA) County and a former member of the Democratic State Committee,..." (from this site)
So, Philip J. Berg (stauch democrat) has filed a lawsuit against Obama based on evidence he has collected, that he is not a natural born citizen. This evidence includes, but is not limited to proof of forged documents and an audio clip of his paternal grandmother calling her family member to say that Obama was born in Kenya. The crazy thing is that Obama hasn't disputed the charges. If these allegations are true, Obama is constitutionally ineligible to be president of the United States of America.

This is not a crackpot republican trying to pull some last strings to slip Obama up. I would probably disagree with most everything that Philip J. Berg stands for. But this is his attempt to hold up the constitution. It looks like he's coming up against many roadblocks.

I'm just passing on the information to my few readers, because it's awful that the liberal media doesn't present both sides of the story. If this was the other way around, it would have been smeared all over the place.
If you want to hear the same interview that I heard, here is a link.

All I will say is choose wisely my friends.
Romans 16: 17-20

I haven't totally decided who I'm voting for. Here in Oregon, the presidential vote doesn't really count, unless you're voting for Obama.
I'm considering a vote for the constitutional party candidate, Chuck Baldwin.
He's in your voter's guide.
He stands for everything that I want in a president.

I know that it is our American right to vote for who we want to.
I wouldn't have done this post if I thought that we were being given all of the information.

In composing this post, I have tried to be as respectful as I can be. So if you have a comment, please do the same for me and the rest of my readers.

Reasons For Not Blogging

Normally I would space each of these out into several posts. But we've had alot going on. Blogging has taken a backburner for a little bit.

1. Our house that we live in and "the little house" went up on the market to sell on Monday. Call it a preemptive strike if you will. We are ok for now, but a few months down the road if something doesn't happen with one of them it won't be pretty. We really feel like this is what we were being led to do. If both houses sell, so be it. Ryan really wants to move in closer to his job anyway. Well, he REALLY wants to move to Bend, but I don't think that's in the cards. The grandparents would revolt, BIG TIME!!

2. I've been cleaning out my front bedroom. I haven't even scratched the surface of it, but the last couple days I've been listing stuff on ebay and craigslist. That is very time consuming. And I'm not totally sure if it's worth it this time around. I don't know...I have some auctions ending today, so ask me in a few hours. I only have 1 watcher to one of my 4 auctions.

3. Just generally cleaning my house constantly in case of a showing. I'm not a naturally "keep things clean" person. Just ask my old college roommate, my mom, my husband, the next door neighbor....

4. I've been "busy" learning the art of couponing. Tuesday night I went to a class held by these fine ladies... This is stemming out of the mom's group that I go to at Damascus Community Church every month. Last month's topic was No More Excuses: Getting real with your Family's Finances. At the end of the discussion, she announced that they were going to have a class on saving money on groceries. She also gave a list of blogs to check out in the meantime.
Well, Jackie and I have been perusing these blogs quite regularly and it's true, there is quite a lot of money to be saved if you know the tricks of the trade.
To check these blogs out yourself here are a few more:
Super Coupon Girl
Money Saving Mom
Frugal Finds From Your Frugal Friend
Common Sense With Money
That is a smattering of the ones I've been checking pretty regularly.
I'm working on my shopping list and very excited about the deals I'm working on.

5. I ordered and received my digital scrapbook that I've been working on all year long. I'm extremely happy with it! Other than a few little typos on my part, it's absolutely beautiful! I'm so excited about this. The best part is, MyPublisher was running a special thru Costco and it was 55% off. So a book that was supposed to be $113.95 before shipping was about $60 after shipping. It's 100 pages so that makes it $.60 a page. There is no way that I could make a paper book for that cheap. I would spend $20-30 on the book alone, not to mention the page protectors, paper, stickers, embellishments, adhesive, and the list goes on....

6. I'm going to be trying to take pictures of Wyatt this afternoon at the park by our house. Just try to wrangle a very busy toddler at a park by yourself. Heaven help me...I don't know how I'm gonna do it.

There you have it...that's the update.
I'll probably think of stuff I forgot later.
Oh ya, I got tagged. That might have to wait till the weekend.
It's a pretty fun one though!

Everyone have a fun and safe Haloween. While I really don't like Haloween itself, we have fun celebrating in our own special way.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sir. Winston Churchill

My mom is a sculptor.
She made this! (amazing right?)
This is the 2nd installment in a commissioned project that she is working on for Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville, SC.
The first installment was her Mother Theresa sculpture. (you can see that here)
Mom has been working on this project all year, and it is a huge accomplishment to see the finished project.
She is a very unique artist because not only does she do all of her own sculpting, but she did the mold, and the patina (color) herself as well.

So, needless to say, I'm proud of her and her work and wanted to share it!!

Next up, a bronze sculpture of Frances Suddeth Josephson. Mrs. Josephson was a code breaker in WWII (you can read more about her amazing story here).

Saturday, October 18, 2008

"Street View"

Have you ever looked up google "street view" and found your house?
Well, I have.
I've also found other people's houses. It can be very interesting.
For instance...
This is our house on street view.

But more importantly, I looked up the "little house" on street view the other day. It is a fabulous "before" representation of the house.

There's that "cousin eddie" motor home. Don't forget the Christmas lights and dried up wreath. That, by the way, Ryan ripped off the first day we took possesion. Oh ya, and did I mention that this picture is well over a year old. So, the dried up wreath wasn't from this last Christmas, but from a Christmas of yesteryear.

This is a picture that I took a couple of weeks ago for our Craigslist ad.

And this is a picture that I took today. We had some of our wonderful family come over today and help us paint the house. They worked tirelessly all day long and the results were impressive. We had quite the crew today...Ryan's parents (Becky and Ray),my dad, Grammy Clay, Lisa, Jared, Cresslyn & Doug (thankyou so much Lynnann). My mom watched Wyatt all day and we were able to get a major portion of it finished.
We are expecting another day of really good weather tomorrow so, after church, Ryan and I will go and work on it some more.

Thanks so much to our family for helping us so much during this very stressful time!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Let's Go Ducks!

To say that my husband is an avid Oregon Ducks fan would be a mild statement. So, when his birthday was rolling around this summer, he began to hint about wanting tickets. I bought him tickets to Ducks vs. UCLA. (Thanks Pat)
It turned into a party because Doug and Lynnann, Jared and his friend Dean and us were all going. Uncle Tom and Aunt Jackie were kind enough to let us borrow their mini van and we all got to ride to Eugene, OR together. It's roughly a 3 hour drive to get there, the game started at 7:30. What time did the boys want to leave???? Two PM. TWO PM!!! They were talking constantly throughout the entire trip there. They were all literally like a bunch of Jr. high girls. And Ryan was absolutely giddy. Ryan is not usually giddy. Truly.

So, we got there a couple hours early and ate some horrible Mexican food. There wasn't a soul in the place and I'm not sure what I ate was actually edible. So, I just didn't look at it as it went into my mouth.

Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm not a big sports person. I find it so boring to sit in front of a TV and watch people run around the screen with a ball. Just not amusing to me at all.
But there is something about being there. Especially at the Ducks game, I don't know if some of Ryan's enthusiasm rubs off on me or what. I just get sucked in and all of a sudden I want to know what the heck I'm watching and why. I find that very interesting about myself.
Apparently they didn't play very well. (I know this because I was forced to have the post game show blasting in my ear on the ride home at 11:30-2am, Another guy thing I suppose)
But, the game itself was very exciting. It wasn't a blowout but the Ducks maintained a decent lead the entire time.
One of the UCLA players got injured and was on his tummy on the field for what seemed like about 20 minutes. Simultaneously, there had been a fight in the stands and a spectator was pushed over the edge and fell on his head (6-8 feet they said).
So while they were tending to the player that was very hurt. There were about 10 police men and firemen on the field tending to the other altercation.

We spent the night in Becky and Ray's (Ryan's Parents) trailer and Wyatt spent the night with them. Ryan and I were getting up early Sunday morning to help my grandma move into a retirement home.
So, we fell into bed at about 2:30 am.
That made for a very tired couple the next day, but it was worth it!

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Fun Video From Yahoo

Some of you may have seen this on yahoo over the weekend.
It cracked me up and was worth sharing

I always love to hear stories of creative proposals and her face was priceless.
Just priceless.
How bout some stories now...
how did your hubby propose to you?
If you're a did you propose to your wife?

I'll share mine in the comments.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Pumpkin Patch!!!

If you're looking for a great place to go, then Bauman Farms in Gervais, Oregon is your place. This farm has a petting zoo, a couple of hay mazes, a giant jumping "pillow", Corn and Seed "sand box", huge slides, zip lines, fresh pressed apple cider, cider donuts, a great flower and produce market, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze. (I'm sure there's more, that was off the top of my head)
Wyatt woke up last Saturday morning on the wrong side of the bed. I think he fell off the wrong side of the bed, because he was in a terrible mood. It made it very hard to get out of the house in a timely manner to meet every one on time. It's about an hour drive for us to get to the pumpkin patch, but it's worth it.
So we were about an hour late, which threw our day off a bit. But as soon as we got there, Wyatt shaped up and had a blast. We started out in the petting zoo and then moved inside to play in the corn and seed "sandbox". Ryan made a beeline to the cider and dounuts. The kiddos always have such a good time in the corn. While we were in that certian barn it started pouring down rain. We took the kids down a giant slide, and oh my goodness. Do you think Wyatt was scared to go by himself? Look at those eyes!! As soon as he got to the bottom and everyone clapped for him, he was all smiles. He loves that attention.
We made it over to the giant jumping pillow right as the sky let loose and poured down rain. This was so much fun, and we just played in there and waited out the rain. The sun soon came out and we went on with our day. We had lunch and Wyatt was tuckered. We still hadn't made it down to the pumpkin patch yet. Oh my goodness, he was trying so hard to stay awake to go get a pumpkin. Poor baby, he just laid his head down and fell asleep...he was talking in his sleep though saying "go get a pumpkin".
Knowing that we couldn't go get pumpkins while he was asleep, Ryan and I decided to take him to the little pumpkin patch in town where we live sometime that weekend.
Well, he woke himself up when my mom went to put him in his carseat and pitched a royal fit wanting to go get a pumpkin. So, back to the pumpkin patch we went. He wasn't in the ideal mood for taking pictures or picking out pumpkins. But, he picked out a cute little pumpkin and the day was complete.
Despite the turbulence in Wyatt's mood and the weather it was a fantastic day of fun with a huge chunk of the family!
I picked 20 of my favorite pictures, out of over 300. I also added a slide show on the right hand side with more fun pictures of our day.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Just Dropping in... tell you about a little contest that's going on.
Now, you're gonna look at it and say, she doesn't have a baby.
I might have one again someday.
But, it would be a great gift or fun to keep for "someday"
So I'm entering it anyway.
I went to my monthly mom's group this morning and the talk today was all about finances. The speaker gave a few blog sites that she looks at all the time...So, during nap time I decided to peruse them and see what I could find.

I found this site at just the right time. It's her blog's 2 year anniversary and she's doing giveaways all week.
There is a chance for 3 entry's and the 3rd is if you link the contest to your blog.

So here it is!!!
I love the prize.
Maybe "someday" I would be able to use it.

"Want Some Grits"

My little boy is the only kid I know that lives in the Northwest and loves grits. He really loves them. This is not just a passing phase either. At least a year ago, we started ordering them for him at Bob's Red Mill. It was love at first bite.
We go there quite a bit throughout the year and everytime, he looks forward to the waterwheel and the grits. The last time we were there, they RAN OUT of grits. Come on do you run out of grits when you are a "whole grain store". So we ordered him fried grits instead...he loved them too.
Someone at our church is a gleaner, (I think it's a group for people that are low income) and every once in awhile there will be food sitting on the pew by the front door (for anyone to take). Well one Sunday there was a bag of grits that Grammy Clay saved for Wyatt.
We got through that bag and last week, I had to buy some more.
I'm thinking grits are here to stay!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Potty Training...Finally...Sort Of.

I have been pretty stand offish on the whole potty training thang.
Sometimes it's just easier to change a diaper than to be consistent with asking a 2 year old incessantly if they have to go to the bathroom.
It's inevitable though. It must be done.
I've just started introducing it.
And much to both of our delight and surprise...he's doing very well.
We bought him PullUps and are trying to call them "big boy underwear".
Last Thursday, the I put him on his little potty chair and he went....HE WENT!! The first time.
When I started cheering, his little face lit up and he was so proud of himself. He called daddy and told him.
He went twice that day for me, once for daddy, and once for Babu and Papa on Sunday.
So, we're just going slowly but surely for right now.
One of these weekends though, we are going to set aside some time and really concentrate on potty training.
Anyway, I don't have anything that I write in anymore except for this, so....sorry if this is gross for some of you.
This is how I'm keeping my records!!

I'm so proud of my little guy.

Monday, October 6, 2008

I did it...

I've been contemplating it for months now....
I signed up for AdSense.
There have been a couple of articles on Yahoo recently on how much money people are making by having ads on their blogs.
Well, I'm not in the biz of making lots of money off my blog, but I did figure that I could put ads on here. If there is anything that interests you, by all means, click on it.
I know that I don't have a high traffic blog, nor do I aspire to.
I started this blog to have fun and keep family and friends updated on the goings on of our life. To share some of my photography and cooking and occasionally gardening...but mostly LOTS of Wyatt. Ha.
Anyway, here's the plan...
If I end up making any money, I plan on passing the earnings on to you in the form of fun contests like this one.
Thats all, this is just an experiment, if it doesn't work, I'll take them off. But I thought it might be fun to try.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A What? Huh? What the...?

Sunday afternoon, Ryan and I were on the 205 freeway, on the way to "the little house". Just driving along minding our own business. Until we saw something that diverted our attention. So, picture this....
A Subaru Outback Wagon. Very similar to the one that I drive and pray every day that it will get stolen and torched so we are forced to buy a new one. (another story)
Anyway, this Subaru was a little newer than ours.
And in the back, right in the middle, was a big dog kennel. I mean this was the biggest kennel that could have fit in the back of a Subaru Outback wagon.
So, lodged on either side of this kennel was something that made us look a little closer.
We thought it might have been a dog. But we were curious. So, we got a little closer, our curiosity getting the best of us, and just as we pulled up next to the car, this thing looked at us.
Oh my was a sheep.
The car was not only stuffed with 2 sheep, but it was full of people up front.
The second I figured out what it was one of the passengers looked up at me....right as my hand was flying up to my mouth in stifled laughter. It was only stifled for a second, because Ryan just absolutely lost it. By now all of the passengers and the driver are looking at us and laughing too.
What can I was hilarious.
I had my camera with me, so I snapped a couple of pictures.
The giant lamby was pretty camera can't see it's face. But, trust me. It was a SHEEP.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Beautiful Bounty

Do you remember the dreaded May day that I planted my tomato plants in the pouring down rain?
Well...I stuck it out because I knew what was waiting for me on the other end. We've been harvesting tomatoes like crazy. It never ceases to amaze me how many tomatoes can come off of just a few plants. I tried a couple new varieties this year...
The Early Girl never ceases to disappoint.
I also got one called Dorothy's favorite. I'm fairly certain that this is a special variety only sold by Al's Garden Center, but had been my favorite this year. Very sweet. It's kind of a spindly plant and I wasn't too excited about the way it looked, but OH THE FRUIT!!! Yummy.
I also got an heirloom tomato this year. I have never tried one before due to our short growing season. They are all turning red and very close to picking, but the rains...they are a-comin. And the rain isn't a friend of the ripening tomato. So, the heirloom is in a race against time.
Now the disappointing one of the season has been the Jet Star. While the tomatoes off this plant are gorgeous....they have been mealy and not very flavorful.
Wow...I didn't start this post to review tomatoes. You never know how they are going to turn out I guess.
Anyway, the point of this post was to share the fruits of my labor with all of you!!!
Now if only I could can them, then I'd really be in business.
If anyone out there is still with me after my eye popping review of tomato varieties??? Anybody?
Well, here's a question for ya...
If you have a glass top stove...has anyone ever rebelled and canned on it anyway? See...I cheat with my pickles and just boil the brine, but I can't get away with that and tomatoes. I have them coming out my ears. I'd love to be able to can them.