Thursday, October 2, 2014


I'm ecstatic! My pictures have been found and are ready for use. After hours on the phone this morning with Apple, I believe I'm officially fixed. . . at least for now! 

This is cause for some random acts of stuff ; )

Of course I have to start with Rainey. Last month, she rounded the corner with her ear like this.

"Hellooo mommy!"

I honestly have at least 27 pictures like this and a video too. She finally got sick of my laughing and left the kitchen - ear still at attention.

I decided on a great canned response to the general 'getting to know you' question. I like! What do you think? Ha Ha!

One of my favorite restaurants (cannot for the life of me spell that WORD!) up here. It is the neatest, and has the BEST food. This was the day! Our anniversary. The day it all happened for us. The day TAHOE began.

Gosh, there were so many land mines as we packed everything to move. I was grateful with every one that we were onto something more positive. If not - I can't image what it all would've felt like!

Does anyone recognize this?

Travel packets!

At times Dave likes to tell me about his particular Crossfit workout for the day. One day, I turned my head towards him from the computer, and then as he was speaking, pointed to this.

In June I was lucky enough to meet Robin Zander of Cheap Trick and hang out beforehand for sound check. I have loved them forever and been to more shows than any of the other bands I love.

In fact, I brought my picture from my first show for him to sign.

Well after we met him, Amy and I were both pulled over for speeding. We were just kidding in this picture. We are the furthest thing from disrespectful, just goofy!

I actually got another ticket soon after : ( And broke two screens on my phone in less than a month. I had a lot going on...

Cheap Trick will be here at the lake next month, but Amy might be out of state...I am laying it on thick in an attempt for her to make her plans around them ; ) 

She has to come, we have good luck together! That was us last year at Kip Moore!

Love this.

These are some of our very favorite neighbors. This little girl is eerily identical to what Aviana was like before the accident. I love her so very much. She has the personality and many of the very same idiosyncrasies of our love. For us, it's really nice being around her and seeing it all, but it can also be heartbreaking at times 

Isn't she a doll!

My friend Jen sent this and said she thought of me right when she saw it. I can't love it anymore. It's perfect and exactly way I feel.

I saw this plate yesterday, I love the spelling.

I've been cooking and baking my brains out for months. I had this revolutionary idea a number of months ago, why don't I start baking things I'd love and eat?!? What a concept! So it's been on! 

What have you been making lately? Once the season changes, I just can't handle it.

I'm really excited. I brought some samples into the coffee shop I posted the other day, and they liked them! So I'll have some of my baked goods for sale there sometime soon : ) 

Today I made some Blueberry and Almond Poppyseed Muffins at their request. Tomorrow I'm going to make Apple Cinnamon. Of course, I've got some Pumpkin Spice ones up my sleeve too : )

One of the most important parts of the year for me is Aviana's Elves. I wasn't sure if everything would be in place enough this year, but I figured - why not! All else can fall. I have a plan and started making phone calls up here last week. It looks good so far : ) : ) : ) 

Well, I better go. Dave's sister Dinah and her husband Sean are coming tomorrow and Amy will be here on Saturday. We have a ton to do tonight.

One more thing - can you float some random my way, maybe what your Halloween plans might be! I'd love to hear anything and everything!



  1. I still visit here everyday and love continuing to read your journey. My Halloween plans this year - attending my son's wedding! Mild Halloween theme - mostly colors, except that my grandsons (the ring bearers and junior usher) will be in costume as the Guardians of the Galaxy. I can't wait!

    1. Thank you Nancy!

      Your Halloween plans...oh my gosh, I am so excited for you!!! I am going to say it again, I am so excited for you! I often wonder with my insane love for Halloween - why on earth didn't I have a Halloween themed wedding.

      I want to see pictures!!! Oh my gosh is that going to be GREAT!!

  2. Great pics! I have a wooden sign that says: we have away the kids, the dog was allergic. :)

    1. Thank you! I think your sign is too funny! Dog lovers unite!

  3. Oh Dinah! I love Dinah! What a sweetheart she is!!! Give her our love, not that she would remember or even care but I do love me some of my Dinah!

    Great idea on making things you LIKE to eat!! And how cool that the coffee shop is selling them!!! Look at you Little Miss Bakeshop!

    1. I just LAUGHED when I read your comment! And laughed and laughed. of course she remembers you! Who could forget Cameo!

      I read your post and have so much to thing in particular, but I haven't finished packing yet, so I can't right now!!

      Love my Cams

  4. Despite my whole being wanting to hide and not celebrate......we are having Harlow's 3rd birthday the day after Halloween so I can indulge my love of the holiday. I had you and Avi in mind and thought, If I am going to do this, I am going to do it right. Guests were asked for costumes and we are, as a family, dressing up as characters from Nightmare Before Christmas =)

    1. I can't wait to see pictures. Love you ❤️

  5. I'm just now catching up on posts. My grandma had a heart attack last week and then this week my littlest had a stomach virus. It's been busy. My grandma is okay, turns out she had 100% blockage in one artery. They put in a stent and expect her to make a full recovery. I'm so grateful she didn't wait and went to the ER as soon as the chest pains started.

    I seriously cannot imagine coping with landmines :-/ I'm sorry you had to! Like you said, it was to move to the better. But still, that had to be tough. You are one tough cookie. Or should I say ... muffin? :-) I bet they're delicious!

    Halloween plans? We're going to some friends of ours church that will have indoor fun jumps, hot dogs, and candy. My kiddies are excited. Me too, because we won't have to worry about what the weather will be like.

    More random? It was muggy and 88 today. I am ready for some fall weather. I really enjoyed the big full moon we had the other day. I didn't stay up for the eclipse, I've been meaning to google that. Our garage is finally finished. We closed in our carport and put a garage door. I like it. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is eat candy corn. This is the first year that people have told me that there is such a thing as flavored candy corn. A lady told me how good Brach's Caramel Macchiato caramel corn is but Walmart was out the last time I went. I haven't put out my fall decorations yet, which is late for me. I usually put stuff up Oct. 1st. I hope to get to it soon or I may just wait until it's time to put the Christmas stuff up. Have to go bathe my youngest, will catch up on your other posts tomorrow. Love ya'll!

    1. I'm so happy your grandma is okay. Sounds scary though. Kudos to her for listening to her body and reacting right away!

      Your Halloween sounds like a good time. But what are you dressing up as Channe? Ha Ha ; )

      Because I am just writing back, my hope is you've gotten your fall weather by now. You know, once upon a time I used to love Candy Corn and then a few bags over the years makes me feel as though either they've changed the recipe, or I've changed? I think it's the first though. The couple I bought tasted like plastic or something. Like eating those wax teeth? I don't know. They get all crazy with those flavors too. Each time I look around, I'm blown away with what they've done to the M&M, or the Oreo, or the list goes on and on!

      Love you!!