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Happy Birthday to Me with Bisquick Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

August 19, 2014

   Another day another year older. Yesterday I turned 28. Twenty eight. Two and Eight. Twenty plus eight. Ten and a ten and a four and another four. No way around it, no matter how I write it I am no longer 'that young' or 'in my early twenties'. I have recently started using the 'twenty-something' phrase because I'm sure people won't believe me if I told them the age I feel like I am. Oh You know. Forever 21.  Hell I should have stopped going to that store YEARS ago but I just can't. In fact. I proudly strut my double stroller and baby bjorn strapped self through the store. Bickering, hair pulling and juice spilling and all. Ha. I'm like a walking ad for birth control for the little ladies the store is really intended for. But those deals....
    Anywhoser. At twenty eight, I feel that I'm really starting to hit my groove. I like it. In fact I love it. I keep reminding myself that 'this is the time'. This is the time we will look back at with fondness and longing. The kids will be grown and gone, my house will be spic and span, Matt and I will have countless hours where we can just sit and stare into each other's eyes (ha, yeah right), things will be calm and quiet. And I'll miss this. I'll miss the giggles that turn to screeches that turn back to giggles as the dog has leapt into and then out of the kid and bubble filled tub. I'll miss the little tugs on my shirt and insistent voices, 'Mama! Cuddle!'. I'll miss the sweet sweet chaos that is raising a young family.  
    These past few months I have been trying really hard to be in the moment. To have intention with what I do, what I say and how we live and love. Matt and I have been discussing life and how quickly it changes lately. Mostly we have been discussing how we want our kids to be raised. We want them to be able to look back on their childhoods as a great big adventure. Full of nature, imagination and wonder. Full of fun. And we aren't sure that this can be achieved at the place where we are at. Not sure at all. But that is normal. As a parent, to want to mother hen the babes by covering and protecting them from the outside world. It's a constant battle with yourself on what and what not to and when to share with children the realities of the world.  A battle indeed....
   So during this time of being influx what does a mama do to reassure the babes (and herself)  that everything is just peachy keen? Why bake and bake and bake some more.

 Bisquick Chocolate Chip and Pudding Cookies
2 cups bisquick
three eggs
3/4 cup neutral flavored vegetable oil. My new fav is sunflower seed oil
1 cup white sugar
1 package chocolate pudding mix
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vanilla
3/4 cup oats

Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Mix all wet ingredients in large mixing bowl. Add all dry ingredients, add the pudding mix last. Spoon golf ball sized dollops onto a greased cookie sheet and slightly flatten. Bake for eight minutes. Pull out, let cool and remove from sheet. Then promptly proceed to gobble down at LEAST three. 

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Summer with the Kristies

July 28, 2014
Life is pretty dang fun these days. Not gonna lie. I'm totally stoked with how life has worked out. There is no where else I'd rather be than sandwiched between my three messy chubby faced cherebs. Well, four if you count the hubs too. But I don't think he'd appreciate being called chubby faced ;)

.Feeling very grateful and very happy.

Also pretty terrified. Terrified that something bad will happen. Is that normal? It's gotta be right?

I really try and focus on all the good things but it seems inevitable that my thoughts will wander occasionally to the dark side of 'what if?' And those 'what ifs'.... they can be pretty scary. 

So what do I do to rid myself of the hebeejeebees? Besides throwing back a shot or two of te-kill-ya (I kid I kid), I keep my hands busy. When my hands are busy my mind is busy and that leaves no room for those sneaky and devious 'what ifs'

So whether it be painting, planting or pureeing, a busy summer bee is where I find my sanity. Ha! Look Ma! I'm a poet and I didn't know it!

Ok. I'll stop. Here are some summer snaps.

Tons of little precious moments wrapped up in these. Hope I can cherish these moments forever. And eva eva.

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Livin The DIY Life Day In And Day Out

July 8, 2014
Lately I've been getting pretty down on myself.  Feeling that I've lost the DIY gene. Feeling like all my creativity had been sucked dry (literally, breast feeding is no joke... tmi? ah oh well).  But mostly I've been bummed about not sharing new DIY content here on the blog. This is how the convo goes on in my head

Uh, Honor?

yeah, what?

You know you haven't blogged very much lately


well, you haven't doodled any new dodad or crafted any new crafty krafts...


well, you could just paint something, or you know you've been wanting to blog about the best gilt paint pens or.....

and???? (annoyed inside the head voice starting to appear)

well, I just thought we could sit and brainstorm...

BRAINSTORM!!!???? I'm on a constant windup whirlygig of a tornado trying to keep up with three littles, two businesses and a household to run (ie bill paying, laundry washing, grocery shopping, house scrubbing, garden tending, play date attending so on and so on) and you want me to brainstorm?!?!?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?


Sorry.... But don't you miss it?

Miss what? Miss having an adult conversation and going a day with out poop and spit up?

No.... don't you miss DIY'N?



Yes. OK YES! I really do miss DIY'N. But until my list of priorities shift, my DIY'N days have slowed down a bit, K?!

   Not really getting anywhere with myself or getting any closer to documenting my diys. But I did sit and think it bit about my diy'n. It really hasn't stopped more so as shifted. Instead of diy'n a lamp or a pillow, I am diy'n an indian princess headpiece out of our chicken feathers for Lou, or I am rigging up a water/mud play table for Luke or I am lugging dirt for our new patio extension.

Oh yeah!  


   Did I mention that my dream is finally coming true! Ever since we moved into our house four years ago, we have wanted to extend our back patio by building a retaining wall. Well, we finally called the right people, ordered the right materials and got our booties move'n and a shake'n. It's coming along nicely but it will still be some time till I feel the grass between my toes. But hope keeps me going. I have lots of hope.

 End sidetrack

 So I look outside at our massive landscaping project, glance at the wall of family picture canvases I just made and hung, peek inside my fridge at the numerous zucchini breads/cupcakes/soups and understand that my diy days are not done for. NOPE! They have only just begun! Alas all the frivolous futzing away with frillies are gone, but the real meaning of diy'n has just started. 

 So please excuse my totally self indulgent post, but here is a little picture show to get you up to date around these parts

Here I am for the first time in FIVE YEARS, yes FIVE YEARS that I got some time off. By that I mean I didn't have to lug a baby around in my belly, breastfeed a little gremlin, chase after a tee toodler, yell at a rambunctious three year old or attend to the needs of my ol'man. NOPE. It was just about attending to meeeee myself and IIIIIII for a few days while I sipped champers and toasted my soon to be sister in law in Napa. And this photo. Documentation that travel in a airport can actually be a pleasant experience. 

Our lovely group up at Mumm in Napa.  Champagne..... does a mama gouuud

Isn't she purdy? My soon to be sis with a bridal sash that I crafted. SEE?!?!?! I AM still DIY'N!

Working on a few canvases around the house. All have flowers, All have some sort of ethnic pattern goin on and all most definitely have some gold in em.

Little man Leland is getting so big! Be still my heart. This little puppy dog can't keep his tongue in his mouth for nuthin!

Well.... we had ducks for a hot minute but those shitheads otherwise known as coyotes got four of them and the husband thought welp! I might as well eat one! 
 Then he crafted this hid-e-ous thing called a 'hunting blind' (right... sure)  where he camps out in it at night and tries to shoot the coyotes with his bow and arrow.

Hi I'd like to introduce us, my name is Hill and his name is Billy.....

Why I live where I live, do what I do, and be who I be ;)

Thanks for sticking with me! Muah muah muah!!!!

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