Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Moon

Ok so I was not thrilled with the movie Twilight, but I still love the series and am a devoted fan (in my own cynical way)... So they announced the release date for new moon! you can read all about it here I am hoping they will have a larger budget and the special effects will be better for this one!

We will wait and see!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I got my cookie on!

I shook off my earlier post and decided to make it Christmasie any ways! So I spent 3-4 hours baking cookies to take to some of our friends! Micah was a big help eating all the cookies that he deemed unfit to share with friends (what a trooper).
Mason was a big help; he kept the time for me by crying every 10 -15 mins! Oh the joy of finding the holiday spirit!

Mason in his jumper

I am the new jungle gym

Yeeehaw rider Mase!

Peanut butter and kiss cookies

Frosting the last of the sugar cookies(I had no food coloring...oops). These are snowball cookies!

Friday, December 12, 2008

So here's your holiday!!

I was leaving Walmart yesterday and I noticed that the X-mas tree lot in the parking lot had mini trees for $5.00, and I thought, "I know we are leaving in a week, but we could get a lil tree and a cheap stand and do christmas, and i won't feel bad about tossing a tree after a week..." I excitedly called Mic and asked if we could get a tree, and he said ok. So last night we got all bundled up and headed out to Walmart and the tree lot to get some Christmas cheer! We got to Walmart and THEY WERE SOLD OUT OF STANDS!!! How freakin rude! I was so bummed that I kinda started to cry (I have no real holiday decor; it doesn't feel like Christmas at all, it's Mason's first X-mas, and I have no traditons... I don't work so it's not like I don't have the time; I just can't leave the stupid house!!!), so Micah drove to the other side of town to try and find a stupid tree stand but everyone was sold out! So until we get to Utah its just not gonna feel like Christmas for us.

On a side note, I took Mason into the doctor's office today and our sweet lil boy has the Croup (laryngitis for babies)! Seriously, we haven't left the house in 2 weeks because of the Pink eye that won't die. Oh, for the freaking love! So we are home bound until we leave and I am just praying we don't get our families sick! I am thinking by the time we see my sis and Ben, or Kate and Dax...Mase won't be contagious. Ugh

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Jelly Belly need we say more! 3 of 3

On Saturday we got together and took the Jelly Belly tour! It was lots of fun (we especially love the samples) Kristen and Mark left for home right after, and the rest of us heeadedmto San Fran...We loved it and can't wait to go back!

How cute is this girl...we love you Rusti!

Micah and Charles discussing Reaganomics... Mich looks undecided!

We wished so much we lived closer to these guys!

Poor Mase he was not thrilled wearing this hat

He loved all the attention we were giving him

I just don't think either of my guys would make it the food service industry

Its like a cute Tooshie Parade (i was the shortest person besides the kids, and they were right in my line of sight)

The boys were cracking up over some kid playing with a Whoopie Cushion

I loved loved loved San Fran!

We are so coming back! (poor Kellie)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Checking it twice!

I need addresses, its that time of year and I need to send out Christmas Cards! I have an awesome pic of Mason which I am sending to family and friends...if you fall in either of those catagories and have moved recently, or there is a chance I just don't have your address please send it to me!! Please with cherries on top!
If your don't feel comfortable posting it My email is I also enjoy email fwds... I know I'm lame, but they crack me up!

*Kellie I have yours!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I hear the train a comin, comin round the bend... 2nd of 3

Friday morning rolled around much quicker than I could have ever imagined and unfortunately for Kellie I had talked her into doing a lil early morning combat shopping! (Black Friday girl til I die) Kellie had never done the black Friday thing so instead of getting her up at 4 to wait in line, I told her we should get up at 5 in order to be at the store by 5:20 and then Kellie wouldn't have to fight her way into the toy section! We lived, which is better than I can say for that poor guy in New York, and no one spit on us, which is better than I can say for the girl who checked us out!

So at 11 we headed to Old Sacramento to see the train museum... I can't wait until Mase is old enough to enjoy seeing the big trains. All the kids loved it and the adults... well hey, there's still a kid in all of us (that is not meant to sound creepy)!

Walking to the museum

Three sisters and a cousin or two

Kristen and Debbie

Mark and Addi (she's a lil spit fire)

My cute boys

Mason was thrilled with the mini train sets!

PS. Mason and I are both home sick, and I just sneezed and wet my pants ... what the... how in the Hell... you have got to be kidding me! Why is it that the bladder is so abused during pregnancy? I will get my revenge on Mason one day (going to his school in my bath robe, pulling out naked baby pics to show his girlfriend, oh the places I will go!)

Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm fhankful for nofwing (i'm thankful for nothing)... 1st of 3

We got back from California late last night and I was just too tired to blog, so here comes the first of several posts...

We left Eugene at 3:30 on Wed and drove straight through to Davis. Mason was an angel, he slept most of the trip and when he was awake as long as I jumped in the back to play with him, he was a happy camper. I was sure after sleeping all afternoon and evening we would be up and playing through the night... nope we climbed into bed and lil man was dead to the world before I we were!

We woke up Thursday, to the smell of a Turkey cooking(mmmm yummy) Kellie's sisters Kristen and Debbie where already there with thier families. The party was rockin, well there were 7 children under 5, so an adult was always rocking or soothing a child (the kids cried in shifts, so everyone got a break... very considerate of them)

Dinner was so yummy, Kellie handled everything like a pro! As we sat down for dinner Khale and Gabe both decided to have mini meltdowns (someone was sitting in someones place) So when Charles asked the kids what they were thankful for, Khale piped up and said "I'm fhankful for nofwing"! It was the funiest thing I have heard in a while!

After dinner and some good naps we went to see Madagascar 2, what a cute movie! The whole day was perfect!

Debbie and Senya

Handsome lil man!

Mason putting the moves on Senya ... it looks like he is doing the classic arm stretch and put around your shoulder.

Mic doing the Wii hoola hoop, my mans got moves!

PS i will add more Thanksgiving day pics when I can figure out how to pull pics off Snapfish

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I went to twilight on Thursday night... Micah and I had a deal when Mase was born, I stayed home with a him while Mic went to "DARK KNIGHT" and when the movie "Twilight" came out Mic would watch the baby. I was going to take Mason with me, but having lil man out until after 2 am in the morning so I could see a movie seemed a lil selfish, so Micah said he was ready and willing to pay up... I wasn't really sure I was ready to leave Mason alone with daddy for that long call me crazy, but most of you have never watched Micah watch ESPN, CNN, tv in general... if he doesn't like what he is hearing it can get ugly plus...WHAT IF MY BABY NEEDS ME!!!!

Micah was understanding, firm, and direct all the way until he kicked me out the door. It was an easy 3 hours where I was one of the only adults not escorting 13 year olds or not sneaking beer in the movie (I was surrounded by underage college kids, with beer bottles sticking out of there pockets and smelling like cheap Coors) Half way through the movie I could understand why they wished to be drunk... it would have made the movie much less painful! So lesson learned twilight the movie would be a thousand times better if you watch it while inebriated!

I got home only to find Micah wide awake in bed, with a baby who cried the whole time I was gone (almost 3 hours). My poor babies needed me, I knew it! The whole thing was not worth the trouble, but it was nice to have some time to myself.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Adventures along the river

Mason and I went for a walk along the river. I love the fall its such a wonderful time of year, its so nice to get out and enjoy a break in the rain. Mason made the walk even better by taking a nap! Here are some of the sights from our outing.

A family of ducks enjoying the water

This was the biggest spider I have seen since we left Idaho...agh I hate spiders! Look close she's eating

Some workers had just cut down a large tree, the trunk was bigger than the stroller

Mason started out the stroll like this

I figured it was time for me to stop singing as we walked when he did this

I love this picture, this was how the whole walked looked!

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Holidays are here! WAAHOOO

I have shown incredible restraint this year... I waited until Nov. 14th to put up my Christmas decor. With each of our moves my Holiday decorations have been one of the sacrifices to the moving gods (I think Micah planned it this way). When you ship by the pound or stuff your trunk full, holiday stuff is at the bottom of the list (where as my purse collection was at the top). I have some light strings to hang, and I think I will hit Goodwill for some cute retro-eclectic, escaped from grandmas house decor, but so far this is what we got.

These stocking were made by Micah's Grandma and they are a family treasure (I would run back into a burning building for these suckers) I was also informed that Mason's Stocking is done and waiting in Star Valley for us!

I have lots of the knick knack variety!

On another note Mason has decided to sit up, no more cooking with Mama! I put him in his chair turned to grab some things out of the fridge. When Micah, started freaking out and this is what I turned around too... Agh!

Daddy... catch me!

Are you lookin at me...Are you LOOKIN at me?

Monday, November 10, 2008

What would it be like to have twins...

Mason's lil friend Maeli came to play with us on Saturday. Her parents won tickets to the duck game and asked if we would watcher her for them. Micah being the more conservative of the the two of us said wait and lets discuss this... I how ever am more like a dictator and decreed quickly that Maeli would spend the afternoon with Mason! On a quick side note; this was her first time with out her parents, and she was just learning the bottle! So Maeli came to play and we had fun up until that 20 min mark when she realized her parents were not hiding in the other room (she and I searched for them), and decided to vocalize her anger to us. Maeli has a healthy set of lungs and she shared her talent with us until she fell asleep... (for over and hour) Then our poor poor lil friend woke up and couldn't/wouldn't take the bottle, I felt sick over how frustrated she was and so at half time her parents called to check on her(after she had cried herself to sleep, again)... I explained the situation and they rush back to finish the game with us and Maeli... The End!

She and Mason play together quite often, and usually she likes me... its a whole new ball game with out momma around!

She was happy on the floor with Mason until he rolled away to watch TV and wouldn't play with her any more (apparently, boys are insensitive even this young)

This picture didn't make it on to the side pics, but it makes me realize how incredibly big my lil boy is getting! His lil personality is coming out more and more each day and let me tell you... he has that Clinger stubbornness proudly passed down from generation to generation, what a gift to your posterity... attributes of a MULE!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Mason's new toy...

I have kept a little stash going of money I was saving for this totally awesome wallet (Hobo Internationals' Lauren). I realized how incredible selfish it was for me to spend over a hundred dollars on a wallet, and I found a knock off at Target it will work for a while! I had some extra money after spending only 15 on my new wallet and Mason always loves new toys so Micah and I did some research and picked out this awesome jumper/learning center!

Mason enjoying his new toy for the first time!

He is loving it!

Not only did I finance this little shopping spree, I also sacrificed the use of my middle finger... I got a narly blood blister which I popped of course and it has since gotten infected. What am I going to use while I drive?!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The election...

and to remember the depressing part of this election -

AZ - ban on gay marriage added to constitution.

Arkansas - Ban on Gay Couples Adopting Children

CA - prop 8 is winning right now... and 50/50 on an abortion prop...

FL - 62% ban gay marriage

yes, this is a momentous election, a time where discrimination has been overcome... yet while we are moving post race in so many ways, and it is never ok to be a racist, since the battles were fought a generation ago and the wounds are beginning to heal, smaller in the world view of my generation... this hate and discrimination against gays is so strong, so ugly, so public, and so terrible, it taints this historic moment of hope and optimism with a darkness that we avert our eyes from... this is insanity. this is where we now need to realize change, now, and I hope that we will face it sooner rather than later.

My friend Megan wrote this on her facebook. I love the thought and I agree with it! It breaks my heart that there is still so much hate in our country. I fear the world that my son will grow up in. I refuse to see these injustices and not acknowledge them for the hate filled ideologies that they are. I will do my part to make change, and I will pray that Obama can replace members of the Supreme Court in time for the appeals to reach a less biased court.

I am sad that I have offended so many of my family and friends... I am sorry for the pain that my thoughts have caused them, but please realize I will not change my beliefs. I now have a son to worry about, and it is more important for me that he grows up in a country seeing all people as his equals, than placating my family and friends and any biases they may have. I will set an example for him... I will teach him how very important it is to stand up for what you believe in no matter the cost. My father in-law told Micah to "Always stand up for what's right". That deep down he knew what was right, and that he should always stand up for it. This is the example that I hope to demonstrate to my children.

Mason on election day wearing the appropriate color blue!

Mason is vertically challenged...

Our lil man had his 4 month check up today... he weighs in at 16lbs 11oz he is exactly 10 pounds heavier than when he was born! Unfortunately, he is only 25 inches long which makes him fall below the 50th percentile... so yes he is still short and fat. I just took these pictures less than an hour ago!

it looks like he is trying to whistle

poor baby, he has been really soar and grouchy

The doctor was not thrilled that I have been feeding Mason solids... I told her nursing was just not enough and seriously tough, he loves his food! He will now eat 2 whole lil boxes in one sitting.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My lil Bat!

Halloween was so fun, we started out with our friends the Blacks at their communtiy center in Creswell. The town had set up boothes from all the local businesses and we trick or treated at each booth it was lots of fun and terribly crowded! Then we headed to our friends the Widmer's for a Baby's 1st Halloween Party. We had pizza and played games it was a wonderful Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Where was I ten years ago!

Ten years ago...
1) I was a Jr in High school
2) Living in AZ still
3) Working at Athlete's Foot
4) Cheering in High school
5) Crushing on half the football team (hello my names Melinda and I'm boy crazy)

To do list...
1)Hang out in Portland
2)Meet Micah and his co-workers for Bad Ass beer night
3)Play with Mason
4)Window shop (I'm crushing on the Hobo International "Lauren" Wallet)
5)Track down a cell phone charger

1-5)In the words of Dave Chappell... I'm rich bitch!

Where have I lived...

My work history
1)KFC... mmmm
2)Marie's Salon/spa
3)5 buck
5)Holiday INN (the worst 3 days of my life)

I tag you all...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Words can not express...

My husband is the ying to my yang!! I know how cheesy, but I need to take a minute and give Mic a standing ovation! Micah has been working 70-90 hour weeks lately, he gets up every morning at 4 or 5 and works until he gets ready for work, he doesn't get home usually until after 7 or 8 he will eat with us and relax for an hour and then its right back to work until 12. He doesn't stop on the weekends either, some how he finds a way to do 10-15 hrs of work and hang out with Mason and I.

He is amazing, under the stress I would have wilted or given up... not Micah he pushes through just like he was raised to do and he still makes time for his family. Micah I love you so much and I will always believe that you can do anything