Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband, Ernie.  We were married 9 years ago today, at my grandmother's front yard, which is situated on the hill above our house which we built 7 years ago.   

Ern continues to inspire me to be more patient, more centered, and less emotional about the truly unimportant things in life.  He is continuing to help me accept things as they happen, and realize that everything will always work out.  "You should only try to control the things you know that you can control, and don't worry about all the other stuff."

He is everything I had hoped I would find in a life partner.  As each year passes, I find myself more in love and attracted to him than I was the year before.  

I love you Ern.  Thank you for the wonderful relaxing day, and thank you mom and dad for having Natalie at your house while we went out to lunch and spent the afternoon together.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Baseball, garden shed, and birthday

The last 2 weeks we have spent celebrating Natalie's 7th birthday on May 28th, going to a Cubs vs. Giants baseball game, and Ern building our "wish list item"; a garden shed (with the wonderful help from his dad, who stayed with us for a week to build it with him).

This week is Natalie's last week of school.  I have had a couple of days off, which is so nice.  I will have more time off in about a week, and look forward to spending some down time with Ernie and Natalie.

Life is good.

Our 7 year old!

Garden shed - waiting for paint, window boxes, and black shutters!

Cubs vs. Giants game on June 2, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bottle girl

Last week, Natalie asked if she could have a juice bottle.  Ernie went and got one out of our recycling bin.  She then proceeded to draw a girl, cut her out, and tape her to the bottle.  Here is her final creation:

A little closer up picture of her:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Art day

I had this week off while Natalie was on a winter break from school.

Today was spent repairing the drip system in the yard, watering plants (we haven't had much rain this winter), and overall just enjoying the 70+ degree weather.  It was also a day where Natalie got to create some art.  First she "painted rocks" outside with her paintbrush and water.  We had lunch and made some crayons with her crayon maker.  While we waited for the crayons to melt, I asked her if she wanted to paint.  She said, "sure!"

I looked at her art easel, which is next to our island in our living room/kitchen (open concept), and realized that it was very low for her.  We had not adjusted it since she got it from my mom and dad for her 3rd birthday.  So, I raised the easel, and she proceeded to create her drawing for the day, while listening to Coldplay.

This is what she finished:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Rainbow of Hope

In every dark cloud there is a rainbow, waiting to brighten your day and remind you that life doesn't have to be difficult or hard.  Just remember that each day can sparkle and shimmer, if you allow it to!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


We have not had much rain this winter here in N. California.  Perhaps Natalie's drawing will bring more rain to our region...