Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pearl Jam

Darin randomly heard on NPR that Pearl Jam had a new album.  So he downloaded it.  Then he thought "Hey I wonder if they are touring?".  Lucky for him they are and just happened to be in Portland four days later.  So we closed the store early on Saturday and headed to Portland for the concert.  We dropped Ivy off at my mom's house (thanks Cory for babysitting!) and headed up to the Clark County Fairgrounds where the amphitheater is. 

Ben Harper and the Relentless7 opened.  They were OK in my opinion.  They got better as they played more stuff.  We had general admission tickets so it was a little chilly.  Darin was shivering before PJ even started!  It was cold but it made it so the music was the perfect volume-for me anyways.

The stage setup was pretty sweet.  The backdrop was like an old typewriter with PEARLJAM on it.  Darin sang his guts out and I joined in on the songs I knew.  They were REALLY good live and rock out pretty good for being old!  Haha.  I think they are in their 40's or something.   My favorite song was actually a duet Eddie Vedder did with some girl that was from Portland.  I can't remember the name of the song but when I do I will update.  Too bad it takes driving all the way to Portland and Pearl Jam to get us out on a date these days! 

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sunday Morning

One Whole Year

So we have been in Washington for a whole year now.  The time has flown by and gone so slow at the same time.  When I think of how much Ivy has grown and changed  in the last year it boggles my mind.  But now that its been a year here are the thing I do and don't like about Tri Cities...

I LOVE the weather.  This summer was amazing, and only snowing in December?!   Fabulous.  
Have I mentioned how much we love being near family?  Seeing babies right when they are born, instead of a year later is awesome. Getting to visit my family at least once a month instead of once a year is more than I could have hoped for a year ago.  

Sunsets, the river, farming( we don't farm, just all the farming around us) Greenies, exploring the state of Washington, learning and growing all the time are just some more great things about being here.

My biggest complaint about Tri Cities are the bugs, especially the spiders.  As Ivy says Ewww Gross!  My only other real complaint I guess is shopping, but that's what trips to Portland are for right?!  Besides there is an Old Navy and Target so what else do you need? 

The other day we were asking ourselves if it was a good year.  Darin and I both said "ehhh sure."  It's definitely been the hardest year we have faced together so far.  Would I change it?  Honestly yes, but not everything, and not what you would think.   That's how life is though, right?  It never works out how we plan, so you just have to go with it and have faith that things work out.  They always do somehow. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Making It My Own

I started a craft blog tonight so I can keep it separate from our family stuff. Go check it out at! I'm super excited to start this and hope it works out!  Thanks everyone for your support.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009


Watching football with Grandpa in 2007(4 months old!)

Ready to watch football with Grandpa in 2009(2 years old!)

We were cleaning out the garage since I was getting the fall decorations out and going through some baby stuff for my sister in law. Ivy put this size 6 months BYU shirt on and besides the neck it actually fit. So I thought I would try to fix it so she could wear it this year. I cut out the neck, and cut off the sleeves. I ruffled the sleeves then reattached them. I also cut the bottom off of a white t-shirt that is too short for me. More ruffling, then attached it to the shirt. It needed pants so I made some from another shirt I never wear. Now Ivy is ready for football season!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Made by Rae Jackpack Backpack GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

How cute is this backpack? Ivy isn't even close to going to school but I want her to have this backpack when she does!

Made by Rae Jackpack Backpack GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


So a few people have asked where I got the pattern for Ivy's green dress. And I totally spaced giving credit. It is from an AMAZING blog called Lil Blue Boo. (Sorry I don't remember how do do that link thing) so the link is...
But you shouldn't just look at that tutorial. There are tons of cool things on her blog. I get a ton of ideas from other blogs-just look at the links on the side of my blog. On Creative Crate she actually as an awesome link love that has TONS of creative blogs. I'm warning you though. It is super easy to get hooked on looking at this stuff! I warned my friends Carrie and Becky, but it won them over too. So check out those blogs. Just don't get too bummed by how amazing these women are. Sometimes I wonder how they can keep their house clean AND do all this stuff(cuz I cant!)