Archive for June, 2008


Posted in family, moving on with tags on June 27, 2008 by erin

OMG.  I seriously cannot believe it.  We listed our house for rent this week and within hours had several calls on the place.  Our first showing was today, two young (as in their mid 20’s) kids-brother and sister.  Very clean cut and quite. 

They came with their mom who was also well dressed and they were so polite and very interested in fact they were afraid we would give it to someone else.  All this to say I think they will be good renters, pay on time (I think mommy and daddy with be helping out-which is ALWAYS nice) and take care of our house. 

You really can tell a lot about a person from the first meeting.

Not only that but they want to move in right away.  We were hoping to get some work done before people moved in, just small stuff here and there and remodeling the last bathroom but they were totally cool with us doing the work while they are living here.  Meaning we will have one or two months of rent we were not anticipating.

I can’t believe how well this turned out for us and just proves prayer really does work (because we have been doing a lot of that lately).  I do believe God paved the path for us today making it a little smoother journey as we go through this rough time.  This is the first time I truly feel good about our whole situation.

Now if he would just answer my prayer of getting a million dollars…..

gourmet kid

Posted in petunia with tags on June 27, 2008 by erin

Petunia has a taste for the unusual.  Things like rocks and dirt seem to be a favorite these days.  She loves to roam the yard and sample a rock or two or maybe an entire handful of dirt.  Mmmmm, she says. 

The other day I saw her eat a fly.  A dead fly that had been sitting in the window sill for day (or weeks or a year).  I never bothered to remove it (them-I’m not gonna lie, there are a few dead flies in there).  I mean they weren’t bothering me and of course I never imagined my child eating one.  But eat one she did and said mmmmmmm afterwards.

Thank goodness she likes normal food too or I would really start to worry.  I figure she’s just being a kid and exploring and soon she learn those things taste yucky and won’t be determined to sample them.

Today, her taste for the unusual took the cake.  I was changing a messy diaper.  You know the one, where stuff squirted out both leg holes and the back.  It was a mess!  Poo everywhere.  Now, she’s put her hands down there before and I am quick to wipe them clean before she spread poo all over, but today there was such a mess I couldn’t keep the poo and Petunia contained and once again she put her hands down there and proceeded to pop them right into her mouth.  She smacked her lips but thank goodness didn’t say mmmmmm.  The whole time I’m totally grossed out and insead of using an entire box of wipes to clean her (and by this time me, I’m covered in poo too) I opted to throw her in the tub. 

I know what your thinking. UGG. GROSS.  SO DISGUSTING.  But please tell me my kid isn’t the only one who has sampled her poo!


Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 26, 2008 by erin

I’ve been at a loss for interesting topics to write about. Maybe because it’s always sunny here so the outdoors call my name or maybe because this move is consuming my brain and my creativity (probably this option).  In either case I found some interesting tidbits about my home state.  If you’ve ever lived in CO you will know what I’m talkin’ about.

When the weather report says it’s going to be 65 degrees, you shave your legs and wear a skirt.-for me at least 70!

It snows 5 inches and you don’t expect school to be cancelled.-more like 10 inches!

You have no accent at all, but can hear other people’s accents – and then you make fun of them.-I’m ashamed to say this is true 🙂

‘Humid’ is over 25%.-not a fan of humidity

Your sense of direction is: ‘Toward the mountains’ and ‘Away from the mountains’.-so true

You think that May is a totally normal month for a blizzard.

You grew up planning your Halloween costumes around your coat.

You know what the Continental Divide is.

You don’t think Coors beer is that big of a deal.-not a fave of mine-but we all know what my favorite beer is….any thing from New Belgium-yum!

You’ve gone off-roading in a vehicle that was never intended for such activities.

You always know the elevation of where you are.

You wake up to a beautiful, 80 degree day and you wonder if it’s going to snow tomorrow.

You don’t care that some company renamed it, the Broncos still play at Mile High

Every movie theater has military and student discounts.

Everybody wears jeans to church.-what’s wrong with wearing jeans to church??

You actually know that South Park is a real place not just a show on Comedy Central.-bee-a-u-ti-ful!

You know what a “Trust Fund Hippy” is, and you know their natural habitat is “The Republic of Boulder”.-don’t trust a hippy!  just kiddin’

You know you’re talking to a fellow Coloradoan when they call it Elitches, not Six Flags.-good ole Elitches.

When people out East tell you they have mountains in their state too, you just laugh.-right on sista’, I would think it’s hard to beat 53 peaks at 14,000 ft.!

You go anywhere else on the planet and the air feels ‘sticky’ and you notice the sky is no longer blue.-so true, never moving from this state!

PS.  I “stole” this from this blogging mama –milehighmama.

Eat, Pray, Love…

Posted in books with tags on June 23, 2008 by erin

I’m reading. Yup, you read that right. A book. Not a magazine, although I do love a glossy mag. and can’t wait to delve into the new Real Simple. But right now what I’m reading has lots of pages. I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. I know I’m probably the very last person on earth to read this delightful book and I can see why it’s a best seller. I found several paragraphs that really spoke to me and thought I would share them. Elizabeth says is very well: (The following paragraph was taken directly from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book.  Her profound words, not mine.)

Faith is a way of saying, ‘Yes, I pre-accept the terms of the universe and I embrace in advance what I am presently incapable of understanding.’ There’s a reason we refer to ‘leaps of faith’-because the decision to consent to any notion of divinity is a mighty jump from the rational over to the unknowable, and I don’t care how diligently scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of books and prove to you through scripture that their faith is indeed rational; it isn’t. If faith were rational, it wouldn’t be-by definition-faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be…..a prudent insurance policy. I’m not interested in the insurance industry. I’m tired of being a skeptic, I’m irritated by spiritual prudence and I feel bored and parched by empirical debate. I don’t want to hear it anymore. I couldn’t care less about evidence and proof and assurances. I just want God. I want God inside me. I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on water.”


flickr mosaic

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 19, 2008 by erin

Intersted in playing?  Check out flutter’s site for instructions.   Most of these are related to traveling and serenity in which a person (me) craves now and always.  Pink, strawberries and chocolate, strong and hunky men, chosing hope over fear, honesty, family, yoga, Dubai and Italy, bikes and beer.  Really what more could a person want?


Posted in family, moving on with tags on June 18, 2008 by erin

While I’m packing up our lives, separating items into “storage” and “condo” I keep thinking someone is playing a huge joke on me.  I keep hoping my husband will come home and say, guess what, I worked some magic and we can stay.  But so far, as our possessions are slowly piled into boxes one by one, it hasn’t happened.

I don’t know why I’m so upset by this move.   These four walls hold only a few years of my memories but they are some of the most precious ones.  This is the home my baby spent her first year of life and I have fond memories of bringing her home, here.  Of our first night with her and how freaked out Matt and I were because she wouldn’t stop crying.  Of coming down the stairs after that first night and thinking, will I survive this job of parent hood?  But my wise and encouraging friend, ggsmama said it well.  I will still have those memories no matter where I live.

We’ve done plenty of moving in our 7 years of marriage, I should be very used to the upheaval.  All our moves up till this one have been an improvement in living quarters (bigger and better).  This one is hard because it wasn’t in “the plan”  it’s a slight set back. 

Our first choice of condos to move into didn’t pan out so we are onto choice #2.  It’s bigger and has under ground parking.  Still close to Cherry Creek, Wash Park, Cheeseman Park, City Park, the zoo, Park Hill and much more.  Yes, this place will be our home for the next year. 

I pray for a lot of things these days but mostly peace of mind with this situation (and hey if God wants to throw some money our way, I wouldn’t turn it down).  I pray we can be back in our house next summer and I pray my attitude will remain positive because I have a little girl to take care of and play with and her well-being is most important. 

So the next few weeks my posting may be scarce as we pack and move and unpack our lives into smaller quarters and set up shop across town.

baking catastrophes

Posted in Baking with tags on June 16, 2008 by erin

I was so excited to share with you all my triumph in the kitchen until it turned into a complete failure.  I am actually embarrassed to put these photos on my blog but thought if someone needs a great laugh this might be just the thing for it.

I thought I would be a baking queen for father’s day.  I do love to bake and create fun stuff in the kitchen problem is I don’t have the time to hone my skills and with a one year old around I get sloppy and just want the job done.  Also, I have never worked with candy melts before and didn’t know what to expect.  Oh, I have zillions of excuses up my sleeve as to why my creations turned out so baldy but you don’t want to hear those, you want to see photos so you can start snickering (and I don’t blame you).  I won’t give super detailed instructions but I will put a link to the pros blog so in case you are interested you can get the step by step instructions there, this gal is super amazing!

Here goes, I will show you my meek attempt. First up, the cake.  Supposed to be red velvet cake but again I had a one year old with me shopping and couldn’t find the red velvet and wasn’t about to go to another store.  Standard white had to do.  I thought dumping a whole bottle of red food coloring would work, but no it just turned neon pink and tasted like food dye.  We’ll probably get cancer from all the dye.  So if you are going to attempt this, get a red velvet cake.  Saves you from cancer at least.


Next, mix the cooled cake with frosting (don’t use a whole can) and use your fingers.  Then roll into balls and place on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  I forgot to photograph this step so just pretend you see little red balls on a cookie sheet.  Also, I was supposed to get 50 balls and only got 30.  Clearly, I made my balls too big (insert laugh here).   Another testament to laziness on my part…..Oh, and pop those balls into the freezer to harden a little…..

Okay, enough about balls.  It’s onto the crests.  Draw your outline about 100 times or for as many balls as you made (guess we aren’t done with balls after all) on parchment paper.  Flip the paper over and tape down.  Then start outling the crests.  Using a candy writer.  In Red.  For Super Dad.  See, look how much fun I’m having…


Outlined crests:

Next, you fill in the crests with the yellow candy writer.

Now, get out the balls -you know which ones I’m referring to 🙂 -Stick some lollipop sticks into them and dunk them in blue candy melt (no comment).  Forgot to photograph this step too seeing as my hands were covered in blue candy.


The candy will dry fast so make sure you attach the crests to them before they dry completly and walla, you are done and have super pops for your super pop!



Whew!  A mess for sure, but they tasted okay and my dear sweet husband thought they looked great and even ate several on Father’s Day!  I then pawned the rest off at his office (those dudes will eat anything.) 

Here is the link to the pro:

Blowing Off Steam

Posted in petunia with tags , on June 14, 2008 by erin

Nothing like one year olds letting loose after a long week of music class, swim lessons, stroller rides and naps.  That’s enough wear anyone out! Petunia and her pals G1 and G2 having a good ole’ time relaxing in the beautiful back yard oasis. 






city livin’…

Posted in family, goals, home sweet home, moving on, petunia, remembering with tags on June 11, 2008 by erin

I wish I could write something witty that would make you all laugh, but I’m not there right now.  Things are tough.  But in saying things are tough I still find a lot of hope and encouragement in my heart. I go back and forth between crying, feeling down and feeling encouraged.  In the end, I feel we are making the right choice for our family.

We decided to rent our house and I certainly have mixed feelings about this.  First, it’s our home but really a home is what you make of your current structure.  If need be, I can make a cardboard box a home.  I am sad to leave our newly remodeled kitchen with top of the line appliances and Berloni cabinets, new master bathroom, front loading HE washing machine & dryer, Petunia’s room I worked so hard on, but mostly the ease of entering and exiting our home with strollers and bikes oh, and our yard. 

Really though, what’s important here is not where we live but that we stay united as a family.  Petunia will most importantly have the love of her parents, a place to live, food, clothes, books and toys.  She won’t even remember this time in her life.  But even if she were older and did remember this, it wouldn’t be so bad.  I would hope it would teach her to appreciate the gifts she is given but also that “things” don’t matter.

So we are moving into a condo with a goal of moving back into our home in a year.  This place is a brand new condo in one of Matt’s many condo conversion projects.  There are certainly some positives in this move.  Our monthly expenses will drop considerably, this place is nice (though smaller than we are used to so a storage unit is necessary), with less expenses I really hope the stress level lowers and maybe the sleepless nights become less frequent.  Because it is smaller (thank God, it’s at least a two bedroom) it will take MUCH less cleaning!  Yea!!!  We are right downtown and within walking distance to a grocery store, coffee shop, several restaurants, Cherry Creek shopping center, our church and the best park in the city! 

So like most of life, we take the good with the bad, have the courage to make the best of every situation and most important live with grace and love.

First Birthday

Posted in petunia with tags , , on June 9, 2008 by erin

What a weekend.  Petunia had three days of birthday.  Friday, on her actual birthday she had a birthday pancake complete with a candle and opened a few gifts.  Then mom and dad went out to breakfast at this super cool spot called Snooze and Petunia stayed home with gma and gpa.  Mom got a gift too, this amazing camera fron Nikon.  I LOVE IT!  I so need to take advantage of the free photography classes and learn all about the camera and photo taking in general.  It was so nice to use for the big day-amazing photos! 

We spent the rest of the day Friday preparing for the big Saturday BBQ, thank goodness for my parents always willing to pitch in and help out with anything

Saturday dawned a beautiful day.  We had tons of friends and family for the BBQ including two sets of grandparents, one set of great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, a hand full of mommy and daddy’s friends and a smattering of kids.  It was a perfect day and Petunia enjoyed her birthday cupcake-mostly the frosting.

Sunday we had a small brunch with family and opened gifts,  she really made out pretty well.  Of course I am partial to the gifts we gave her and am pleased to see she loves them.  We bought her this from Radio Flyer, thinking it might help her walk and sure enough she caught right on and away she went.  Then I fell in love with this little lady bug and couldn’t resist adding it to her growing pile of presents.  Not sure she is quite ready for it yet, but she’ll get there.  She loved the antennas right away.

I’m thankful so many made the trip here to celebrate with us especially with gas prices these days.

Today, Petunia had her 12 month check up and the Dr. said she looked excellent.  Nothing better than hearing that.  She weighed in at 21 pounds and 31 inches tall. She got 4 shots but took them like a champ, oh, there were tears, but she got over them quickly and was soon ready play.

After the Dr. check up we checked out a condo at one of Matt’s projects. 

I think we will be moving…