Tag Archives: Family

Swap-Bot: My favorite picture of the month May


Hi folks! Today’s post is for a Swap-bot swap. This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests, is my favorite picture for the month of May.


May 2, 2017

This picture was taken outside of my work. I don’t know how we managed to have a spot of wild flowers growing beside the side walk, but I love it.


May 6, 2017

So, early in the month of May I had a run of bad luck with my car…and my friends car that I borrowed while I mine was in the shop. Anyway, I learned how to replace a mail box, and while out doing so, there was a brief cloud burst, and this beautiful double rainbow afterwards.


May 8, 2017

BUNNY! Outside of my fiance’s apartment.


May 26, 2017

This one made it on my list for the sheer juvenile humor of it. My kids took this one. Poorly placed propane tanks if you ask me.


May 28, 2017

I often walk down the main street in my town, but I don’t usually make it to the opposite end of where I live. Well, when I came down there this day, I just loved the way that the light played with the fountain and had to snap a picture.


May 30, 2017

If you saw my last swap-bot post, you know that one of my “happy’s” this month is my daughters girl scout troop putting up bird houses. Well, this is the only picture I managed to get of my daughter alone, with “her” bird house.

Swap-bot: Something that made me happy this month (#4)


Hello! Back again with another Swap-bot swap. This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests, tell about something that made me happy during the month of May.


Girl Scouts at Pilot Mountain

My daughter’s girl scout troop has been working on these bird houses for over a month. To be fair, they only meet twice a month. They are very proud of their work. As a troop they decided the project they wanted to work on was to make bird houses for the local state park. They made houses for Mountain Blue Birds and Brown Headed Nut Hatches. They cut the wood, following the patterns set out by the ranger, sanded, screwed them together, and then stained them with tea to make them look like they belong in the trees. And the other day (May 30th) they went out to the state park to put them up. They all had a blast, and it was a lot of fun to see the fruits of their labor…even if they were too late for the nesting season this year.


Sunset May 17, 2017

I am so not used to the weather in the south. The frequent rain and thunder storms like it’s nothing. Clouds and humidity and rain and sunshine all in one day. But, the sunsets make the on-again-off-again weather worth it, like this sunset from the 17th.

I will guard these mints!

I will guard these mints!

At Walmart on the 4th, we “discovered” this “derp” (as my daughter says) alligator just hanging out in the baking aisle. He made me laugh. I hope he makes you laugh as well.

Swap-Bot: Show Us Your Jewelry!


Another swap for swap-bot! This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests “Show us your jewelry”. So, here are some of my favorite pieces!

catsThese earrings are among the “cheapest” that I have, but I hold them very dear. They belonged to my aunt, who passed away almost two years ago now. They are plastic, and I don’t wear them very often, but when ever I miss my aunt I take them out and wear them and feel like she’s a bit nearer to me.fire opals

Looking over my jewelry for this post, I realized that I have a lot of earnings that I consider my favorite. I don’t wear them near as often as I should. Most of my jewelry comes from my fiance. He has for many years worked as a jeweler, not the one who makes the pieces, but the one who sells them. I feel he has excellent taste. These are the most recent pair he gave me, just last month in act, or our 7th anniversary.


I “prompted” my fiance for close to two years to get my pearls. And at last, I received these for my birthday several years ago. The hearts on it are rose gold, and, it’s hard to see in the picture, but there are little “diamonds” between them and the pearls. I love to wear these ones.


Another gift from my fiance. This year for valentines. I went to pull them out of my jewelry box and the hooks were all wonky. Not sure what happened with that. I love the turquoise. I actually have two other pair, but this is my newest and so my current “favorite”.

Oh, how I love Doctor Who! These were, again, a gift from my fiance. I can’t remember what occasion garnered me this gift, but it came with a game of Doctor Who Yahtzee (it’s in the shape of a Dalek). These are really heavy, and pull on my ear, so I only wear them for a few hours at a time.

to the moon and back

I don’t often wear things on my wrists. I spend too much time typing for work and they just get in the way. But this bracelet, given to me for Christmas a few years ago by my fiance, is an exception. I love the sentiment.

ringsThe ring on the left was given to me by my fiance for our first Christmas together. We had been talking about marriage and when I unwrapped the ring box, I have to say, I was a more than a bit excited. It was hard to hide my disappointment at opening the box and seeing a ring that was most definitely NOT an engagement ring. *sigh* He couldn’t figure out why I was disappointed, it’s a nice ring after all. Anyway, the one on the right came with a warning not to get my hopes up. It’s still a nice ring, I like the rose gold hearts on the sides the best (they sort of match the pearl earrings up above).


This is the one piece of jewelry that I wear every day. My engagement ring. I picked out this ring almost six years ago. We wont embarrass my fiance by asking how long he held on to it before actually asking me to marry him. I love this ring. It’s got a touch on “antique” style, and a timeless look. I did right in picking it, and he did right in buying it.

Mother’s Day – About Your Babies


So, I’ve been trying to get back into swap-bot and joined up on a swap all about my kids! So, here are the questions, and some pictures of my kids to boot! So, the swap asks for baby pictures. Sadly, all of my baby pictures are in storage. So, I went with the youngest pictures of my kids that I could find on my digital means.


My son at age 5


  1. How many children do you have? I have 2 kids, one boy and one girl.
  2. Where were they born? (Hospital, home?) Both my kids were born in the hospital, in different states.
  3. What are their current ages? My son is 14, my daughter is 10.
  4. How old were you when you had your first child? I was 20 when I had my son. Makes me feel old thinking about it.
  5. What did you like/love about being pregnant? I think that my favorite thing about being pregnant was feeling the baby move. That first fluttering movement, it’s just amazing.
  6. 217262_1014809698822_7456_n

    My daughter at 18 months

    What didn’t you like about it? All the typical complaints, hurting feet and back, morning sickness, weight gain.

  7. Did you have an epidural? I did, both times. Though with my daughter, the way I had to lay to keep her on the monitor made it so that I was only numb on one said, and it wasn’t so bad.
  8. Is your mother still living? Alive and well and the mother of 9 children herself.
  9. What’s the best characteristic or trait that your children inherited from you? Both of my kids are stubborn and opinionated, just like me. I think this is a good thing (but I may be biased).
  10. What’s the best characteristic or trait that your children inherited from their father? Both kids can be very sweet, which they get from their dad.
  11. Do you still live at the same address you did when your youngest child was born? I don’t even live on the same side of the country
  12. Did your babies carry security blankets? Pacifiers? My son used a pacifier, but never had a blankie. My daughter started out on a pacifier, but got rid of it herself when she realized she could use her thumb, which she still does while cuddling her blankie.
  13. Do any of your babies still live with you? Both of them.
  14. Do any of your babies have babies of their own? Goodness, I hope not!
  15. What’s your hope and prayer for your babies in the future? That they grow into active, productive members of society and leave the world a bit better than when they arrived.


    All three of us this past fall ages 14 and 10 (and me, so, not a kid)

52 Questions #6 Love


February is the month of love. How fitting is it that the first question or the month is about love.

I do not know how either of my grandparent’s met. Not really. But I can share what I do know.

My dad’s parents met after World War II, they were both working in Washington DC, my grandmother worked in the war office. She was older than he was. They got divorced in the 70’s, when California made it easier to get a divorce. I don’t know if their relationship was happy. I know that my grandfather was an alcoholic, and that they lost two children when they were very young.

My mom’s parents, well, that’s a different story. My grandma has been married three times. And has outlived two of those three husbands. Her first husband died in a logging accident, leaving her with two small daughters at home. My grandfather, her second husband, was her first husbands best friend. They had four daughters together and he raised all six as though they were his own, and my grandma’s first husbands parents treated all o the girl as though they were their granddaughters, to the point that I knew my great-grandma as my great-grandma before I even knew that my grandma had a different husband than my grandpa. My grandpa died before my parents got married. He was in his 40’s and died of a heart attack. She’s been married to her third husband now since i was a little girl, probably close to 20 years. He’s been my grandpa almost longer than my dad’s dad who died when I was in high school.

This exercise makes me think that I need to find out, especially from my dad, how his parents met. I’m sure he knows. I’ve just never really asked.

52 Questions #5 Achievement


The question for week 5 looks at achievement.

I think that I have already made the greatest achievement of my life. My children. I have two. Almost 14, and, by the time this post is published, 10. A lot of what I’ve done in my life is to make theirs better. They are the reason I went back to school. They are the reason I am on the other side of the country where I attended graduate school and am now working. I knew that if they were going to have a good life, I needed to make my life better. I needed to improve my education. And I know that they have the potential to do so much with their lives. They are my legacy. When I am gone, I will live on through them.



I do love going out and about with my children. And the area I live in is bursting with fun outdoor activities. Recently I took my kids over to Zion National Park, because I could basically, and enjoyed every minute of it. We went on only one hike, but that was fine. We just enjoyed time together. I also like to write, which isn’t really a surprise considering that I’m writing this now. However, I recently entered a kind of fun writing challenge with a brief entry on my most recent trip to Zion and I thought I’d share that here.

I love the way the sun shines on the red rocks of the valley. I can’t see it from here, but I know that the arch below me is catching the light and highlighting the way the shadows play in it’s depths. As my children run on the rocks a few hundred feet off the ground I try not to look at how close they get to the edge. The fence is only at the flat place between the two sides of the mountain, and even that doesn’t seem like it would stop a six year old running full steam. I take a deep breath and try to find the windows in the side of the mountain near us. I know that tunnel, the number of times I’ve driven through it I should know where all the windows are, but I’m not used to looking at it from this angle and I can only find two of them. It’s getting hot and I want to move to the shade. I look once more at the breathtaking views and call for the children to hurry and take one more picture before we head back to the car.