Saturday, December 27, 2008

Happy Holidays~

Can anyone tell me why the code shows when I upload photos instead of the photos themselves? You can see the photos in the end result, but when I am typing my draft, all I see is code. Anyhow, here are some photos from Christmas. My sister finally uploaded them so I could share. Rylan turned 5 on the 22nd, Grandma turned 79 on the 24th and you know what the 25th was. We have been a celebratin family! It has been a wonderful visit, full of laughs and loves. I will share more photos and stories when we get home. The roads should be okay, but I just dont know about Mae. Today was so awesome. We went to Miracle Hot Springs here near my dads house. It was outdoors and snowing. We spent 4 hours there. They also had an alligator farm, so it was just incredible. I have some photos. I wish I could write a description for each, but I can't figure out this code thing.
Happy holidays!
- K

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Here we are!

We are in Idaho right now at my dads. For those of you that don't know, my dad lost my mother 14 years ago, so they aren't divorced like it sounds. Anyhow, everyone is here except my brother Eric and his wife Maddie. They will be here tomorrow. We are having fun and the kids are sledding all day. The snow here is incredible. I don't know how we are going to get home. It is supposed to snow the entire time. Today Shane, dad and Greg are going to go pick up dads snow plow so that we can get around somewhat. Rylans birthday is tomorrow and he is so excited. Yesterday, Shane and I went into Twin Falls to do some last minute shopping. I was overwhelmed! I couldn't believe how many people were out doing the same thing. Idaho people are a trip, no offense. If you're NOT from Idaho, you'll know what I mean. Everywhere I looked it was frizzy hair, missing teeth and blue eyeshadow. The best was while I was at Costco and a guy about my age comes walking in with a cowboy hat, handlebar moustache, cowboy shirt, skin tight green pants and wait for it.......yellow cowboy boots. He was strutting his stuff, feeling good. Too funny. I also ventured into the Sportsman Warehouse to find Brennan's archery items. You think you've seen hicks at a regular warehouse. Boy oh boy! This is like a hicks paradise in Idaho. It was great. I love people watching so it was fun for me. What wasn't fun, was standing in line at Old Navy for 30 minutes to buy Mae one pair of pajamas while she was screaming the entire time. There were carolers trying to raise money right next to us and they couldn't sing above her cries. So embarrassing. Well....I wanted a girl didn't I! Brooke...we are looking at another Adana. I'll tell you more later.
That's it for now. We are all safe, warm and happy. I am not sure yet if we will make it home anytime soon, but oh well. Take care and Happy holidays to everyone!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

"It's not going in our yard Russ, it's going in our livingroom".

In case you weren't aware, this is our family's all time favorite movie to watch together. Last night we had the opportunity to go to our church Christmas party but opted instead to spend the night decorating gingerbread houses and watching Christmas Vacation.
Today our driveway was so slick, we couldn't even make it out to go to church, so...I caught up on my sewing and made some cute bags for gifts. We are leaving Friday for Idaho and I couldn't be more excited. I haven't been out to see my family in Idaho since Mae was 6 weeks old. I cannot wait to show her off. I have not only my entire immediate family joining us down there, but all of my 35 cousins and their families as well. My aunts and uncles are like other sets of parents and my cousins like my siblings. It is so much fun to all get together and compare our kids.
A typical conversation includes " oh, she's got the Hardy butt" or "look, he scratches his head the way Grandpa used to". It's too funny. When we are down there, Shane feels pretty left out of our kids genetic pool. I can't wait to be down there.
Take care and Merry Christmas to you all!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pay it Forward

This is how it works:

Pay It Forward Exchange is based on the concept of the movie "Pay it forward".

I will send a hand made gift to the first three people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join the PIF exchange.

All the gifts will be made and posted out 'sometime within the next year'. How exciting to not know when your surprise package will arrive!
What you need to do in return, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. This Exchange is only open to those with active websites or blogs.


I'd love for you to join me! Will you? Other comments are welcome, but only the first three will be my Pay It Forward recipients.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Yay for videos again!

These videos are just precious. I love the ones of Shane and Mae. Shane is just the most amazing daddy. He is so gentle and kind. She adores him.
Mae and Rylan had so much fun in the water and at the fountain. Shane, bless his heart (I love this man) took the kids out of the show just 10 minutes in, because Mae wanted everything. He ended up getting 30 min to himself at the end while I took the kiddos to the car. It was a short trip but lots of fun. We timed the ferries just right at left at 1:10 and returned on the 4:40.

Urban Craft Uprising

As I said in my previous post, I have misplaced my cameras uploading thingamajigger.
This really bites because I have some adorable footage of Saturday in Seattle at the Urban Craft Uprising show. Mae and Ry were playing in the water. Stay tuned for those videos. It was a great day. Shane and the younger ones joined me on my trip to the hip craft show. I found some amazing things and am so inspired by all that I saw. I met some great people and even recruited them for our Indie Banditas show in February.
I wish I could share some photos that I took, but for now, here are some that my friend Selena took. Enjoy.

Yay, I found the cord! Here are some videos I took that day!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Que Sarah Grand Opening!

Tonight was so much fun that I just have to add it to my blog.
My friend from high school, Sarah, is a very gifted designer and has
just opened her own boutique here on the Island. Today was the grand opening
and she asked me to dress up as Betty Paige and model with her other models.
It was a blast. I ended up being the "dresser upper" for the girls and I had so much
fun being goofy with them. I did their hair and makeup and we laughed non stop.
Finally, Sarah convinced me and another woman to wear the corset aprons over our clothes and go strut our stuff. It was too much fun. There was no runway or anything, we just walked around, which was easy to do because half the company included our friends from high school. It was so great catching up and hanging out. So many of us still live on the Island or close by. I spent hour hours at the boutique shmoozing and getting to know Elia, this amazingly funny Portugese woman that spoke with such a strong accent and made me laugh my pants off. She and I are going to be good friends I know it. I have photos, but of course, my camera uploader cord has gone missing.
My friend E had this fun quiz on her blog, so I thought i'd give it a go. Hers is far more interesting than mine, but it is fun to go through what kind of things you haven't done,.....yet!

How to play:yes to anything you have done.
1. Started your own blog- yes
2. Slept under the stars- yes
3. Played in a band- yes
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower-yes
6. Given more than you can afford to charity-yes
7. Been to Disneyland (DisneyWorld)-yes
8. Climbed a mountain-yes
9. Held a praying mantis-yes
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea-yes
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch-yes
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning-yes
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables-yes
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train-yes
21. Had a pillow fight-yes
22. Hitch hiked-yes unfortunately
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill-yes
24. Built a snow fort-several
25. Held a lamb-yes
26. Gone skinny dipping-yes
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse-yes
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset-yup, yup
31. Hit a home run-
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community-yes
36. Taught yourself a new language-yes
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied-yes, not much is still satisfying to me
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing-yes
40. Seen Michelangelos David-yes
41. Sung karaoke-yes
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt-yes
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant-yes
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight-yes
46. Been transported in an ambulance-yes
47. Had your portrait painted-yes
48. Gone deep sea fishing-yes
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris -
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain-yes
53. Played in the mud-yes
54. Gone to a drive-in theater-yes
55. Been in a movie-yes
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business-yes
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen-yes
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies-yes
62. Gone whale watching-yes
63. Got flowers for no reason-yes
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma-
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check-yes
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy-yes
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar-yes
72. Pieced a quilt-yes
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job-yes
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone-yes
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle-yes
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book-not yet
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper-yes
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating-yes
88. Had chickenpox-yes
89. Saved someone’s life-yes
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous-yes
92. Joined a book club-yes
93. Lost a loved one-yes
94. Had a baby-yes
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake-yes
97. Been involved in a law suit-yes
98. Owned a cell phone-yes
99. Been stung by a bee-yes
100. Read an entire book in one day-yes

Monday, December 1, 2008

Where did time go? Here is the rewind

I found all these photos on my camera that never made it to the blog because I was so busy with the bazaar. So here they are.
The photos are of, Myron and Nathan on their first scout campout together,
Mae loves carrots and looks just like her Grandma Julie, and eating out at my all time
favorite restaurant, Shima. It is an all organic, slow cooked, Japanese restaurant.
They make the best Spicy Tuna, and Barbecued Eel sushi that I have ever eaten.
Rylan had been begging for sushi, so we splurged one afternoon. Rylan finally learned to use chopsticks and he was so proud of himself. Mae loved the miso soup
and chicken tempura. Yum. I love ordering the Bento box. It comes with shrimp and vegetable tempura, tofu, salmon with orange sauce, spicy tuna roll and miso soup and salad. I can never eat it all, so I take it home for the kiddos.
Tonight Myron and I worked on his handmade gifts. He made some great fabric bookmarks that have a quilt like appeal to them. Then we used this stuff called "Stiffy" that will make them hard. He has such a great eye for color. They really turned out great. For FHE each week, we are working on our gifts to give. I am hoping we'll be done in time to go to Grandpa's for the holidays.