Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tim and I backpacked into Cathedral Lake in Yosemite this weekend. There may be more pictures to come if we ever get unpacked. Please enjoy the view without the hiking and the mosquitoes.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Grant turned three yesterday! Where does the time go? My sweet little guy LOVES Cars the movie so we went that direction for his party and his present from his mommy and daddy. It cost too much but the fact that he LOVES it made us feel a lot better. Nothing makes me happier then knowing what my son enjoys and being able to give him something he loves. Of course, how could I not know what he loves when every 3 minutes in the car he has pointed out a character from the movie on the road and keeps saying, "that's Doc!" "that's Doc" until I say, "yes buddy that IS Doc" or something similar. He played with his cars in his Mack truck until the adults couldn't stay awake anymore.

My other mom friends have been busting out great kid cakes lately so I thought I should give it a whirl now that he's big enough to think a shaped cake is awesome but small enough where everything I do is amazing - mommy makes no mistakes! I figured I could pull off Mack the Truck from Cars. It's just a bunch of rectangles right? Tim wanted me to draw up a plan but....I don't do that sort of thing. With the our powers combined we stayed up half the night tuesday and created....

Mack the Cake! The next day I asked Grant - Do you want a truck cake? He said promptly, "no, I want a dinosaur cake." But then I said, "what about a Mack the Truck cake," to which he replied, "yeah, okay!" Whew - that was a close one!

The three year-olds were amazed again and it was great for conversation and laughs for the adults too.

Thanks to all Grant's fabulous friends who made it out. We love you!

Monday, July 13, 2009

my new green thumb

I am totally growing things! I have my own little flower and vegetable garden in front of the house. I love mixing the two! I've talked about it before I think but check it out - I really am growing things! I have a few little tomatoes, a new honey dew plant that is growing leaves as quickly as it can, roses blooming every month or close to it, and a hearty Dahlia that grew from a bulb! A bulb is nothing people! It's a short, fat stick. I planted four that are probably growing down to China (as the top of a Dahlia bulb looks exactly the same as the bottom) but this one came up strong! So I guess I found one more way (like we needed more) I'm just like my mother.

I'm learning!

I'm not a very old dog but it's still hard to learn the new tricks when I have so much to do and I can survive with the tricks I know but I've found a few websites where I don't have to read too much and I am trying hard to learn some new things with my new program. A few of which I have practiced on this photo of Tim and Grant at Donner this weekend. I'm sure more fancy photos will come!

I love my boys!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009


You would think I could make a cool banner for my own blog - since I've been designing and selling designs for two years now. That's what I thought anyway....but it never seemed to materialize. I mean - I make things that are nice but I need more! The problem I think lies in working for myself. I'm impossible to please, I have eighteen other ideas and get overwhelmed, and when it comes down to working out the details I have no patience for a customer that's not paying me anything when I have a line out the door of customers who are. Not to mention I always feel like I should be able to design more modern pieces but I'm pressing my skills to the limit most of the time. I have no education (well I have a lot of education's not helping this problem). I opened adobe illustrator recently and my mind BLEW UP. I'm not going back in there alone. But I probably won't go back to school, my bet is I'll stumble around for 10 more years and then I'll be sweet! Today I made the banner you see now and it got Tim's approval - which is always a must. I think I'm ready to leave it for a little while. I wanted something a little more design orientated but as I design more I realize I need to be taking more (and better) pictures. It's still the root of my designing. But I guess that's enough for designing and writing tonight. Grant's breakfast bowl is still on the table...and there are some dinner dishes from LAST NIGHT still hanging around as well. I wish cleaning the kitchen was as exciting as my design time - at least my husband does most of the dishes around here.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

putting things together

Grant is starting to say funnier and funnier things these days as he interacts with language and the world around him.

A few nights ago we went for our usual summer walk around the block. As we passed a man watering his grass out front Grant hollers out, "is that your own hose?"

Teaching him about the vegetable plants I just put in my front garden I said, "this plant will grow melons.... and this one will grow tomatoes." Then he quickly added pointing to another plant without any flowers on it, "this one will make hotdogs!"

Friday, July 03, 2009

the last few weeks

In the last few weeks we went to the Rodeo....never our favorite experience but a family adventure nonetheless. Grant wanted to sit all by himself for the first half hour with his mouth open in amazement - HORSES!
I've tried to take less clients and I'm starting to design new invitations again - although I'm supposed to be designing stationery before the Christmas shopping on Etsy begins. The good news is if I really like something in a wedding invite I can usually turn it into stationery too. I also redesigned the blog a bit - I'm making it a little more about my designing business since most of my blog friends right now are artists/sellers - we'll see what develops.

Grant has learned to ride his trike in the last few weeks. A few nights ago half the street was out riding bikes and playing. We have great neighbors with lots of kids. I made Grant's 3rd birthday invites with him on his bike. I can't believe he's almost 3!