I honestly can't believe that today is the last day of 2013! Over the last few days I've been reflecting on the past year and how much has happened as well as how much I've changed and grown as a person. I've been trying to figure out what to include in this post...but I know if I include everything it will be a marathon one and I know not many people enjoy reading super long posts! HA :) So let me try and keep it short. :)
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
This post has been a long time coming...and it's one that I've honestly been a bit nervous about. There isn't a person, relationship or marriage that ever wants this word to come up...let alone live through. But in reality, this is something that most of us have either lived or known someone who has lived it. Are you ready to tackle this? Take a deep breath because I'm about to put the REAL in The REAL Housewife of Snohomish County. **breathe**
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Another year has flown by, even though it feels like it was only yesterday that I was making my first Thanksgiving turkey in my new kitchen! It's hard to believe that it's already been a year, and thinking back I have so much to be thankful for that I don't even know where to begin.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Two years ago I wrote a blog post to parents. Two years later...I still send this plea out. Growing up in today's world is not an easy task. Things have changed so much, and the pressures are much different. Take a moment to click on this link to my blog post from November 29, 2011. If you like it, leave me a comment. If you like it...share it. If you like it...live it.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Tomatillo, what? More like...REAL Housewife of Snohomish County, WHAT?!? I know, I've been absent so long from my blog I'm surprised that people are even still checking it out! How about this...it was actually on purpose, I wanted you all to go all the way back to post number 1 and read everything! :) Have you? No? What?! Why not? **See how I shifted the blame here!** :) Well I suppose I should really talk about what I'm here to talk about...tomatillos.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
This morning I sat on the couch doing something that I don't do very often. I planned out meals for the next three days. Now for some people that is a normal thing, they plan out their meals a week in advance and make one trip to the store every week. I'm not like that though...I love to go to the store almost every day, see the wonderful ladies at QFC, and get my requisite daily outing done. :) But today was different. The workers of some of the major grocery stores could be striking soon.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Okay...I'm not going to lie....I'm getting old! After a full day of walking around I looked at my husband and uttered the words..."I'm too old for this." I know...pathetic right? Well remember...in the past week we've done a fair bit of walking, driving, hiking, zip lining and stair climbing! I think it's finally starting to catch up to me. But that being said, today was a wonderful day here in Portland.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Well...we are at our next destination! Where is it? Is it killing you because I haven't told you yet? Or are you like...I follow you on Facebook and Instagram...I know where you are. Well...if you don't know yet...I'm about to tell you.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
I wish that I could say that today I sat on the couch the entire day, eating bon-bons and drinking wine. But that would be nothing but a big, fat lie! Today, just like any other day in the life of a housewife, was busy. My husband may be on vacation, and we may be in between mini vacations...but my job never really does stop.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Now I did say at the beginning of this series of posts that it was TWO mini vacations. Now I wasn't lying about that at all! Today, we made our way back to the United States...back to our home where we'll be for the next day or so. But have no fear my faithful readers...we will be back on the road shortly!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
What a busy day it was today! We started at 6 AM when the alarm rang. And again...Dolly Parton's song was rolling through my brain as I tried to get my day started. We wanted to make sure we made it up to Whistler with plenty of time. And we accomplished that goal! :)
Saturday, October 5, 2013
I realize that it's been quite some time that I've actually posted a blog...and for that I'm sorry. Life has been crazy, and I know I always say that...but it's the truth. I've been busy building the new chicken coop to replace the old house/flower bed part of the current one, and then Michael had a little sickness as well. So things have just been a little off, but I agree...it's no excuse. But I'm here to tell you that you'll be getting quite a few posts this week! :) Aren't you happy?
Friday, September 20, 2013
I realize that I'm the person who always seems to go "over the top" when making dinner. But there are some days that I really don't want to put much effort into things. And some days it's that I have a million things to do, and when it comes time to sit down for dinner...I don't want to be spending 3 hours to get me there. It is then, my friends, when the crock pot comes out of it's spot behind my Le Creuset pots.
Monday, September 16, 2013
I've realized lately that having this blog is a good way for me to not only get out my daily musings, but it's a place to bring up issues in my life or the world around me. And this is one of those moments when I come to my readers to ask for your help and support.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Canning! My days have been consumed by canning...lots of it! I think it was a bad idea for Michael to let me get the pressure canner! I bet he's thinking that he's going to come home one day from work and Puck and Cooper will be in big jars on the counter! But hey...if they hold still long enough, it just might happen! And then I wouldn't have dog hair all over my floors! :)
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I recently stumbled across a MySpace blog post that made me smile and laugh out loud! I am thoroughly enjoying this "Throwin' it back!" I hope you are enjoying this as well! :)
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Don't just Love...Respect. This statement is one that can ring true in many facets of our daily life. However, I want to holla back to a post I did a few weeks ago about our neighbours. On a side note, I have that song "Ain't no holla back girl!" in my head now. Good going Brian!
Monday, August 26, 2013
I can hardly believe that King County Camp Erin 2013 has come and gone. It seriously seems like I just finished my first camp, and now the second one is over. This weekend was full of laughter as well as tears, grieving as well as celebrating, early mornings and late nights. But just like last year, it was all worth it.
Friday, August 23, 2013
That's right everyone...King County Camp Erin 2013 is finally here! And I truly don't know if I accomplished the million and one things I needed to do before I leave for camp!! How is it that yesterday it was the middle of March...and now it's already the end of August?!?!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed posting a blog post from my past a few weeks ago. Because of that I've decided to do it again. I searched through my MySpace blog posts and found another that made me smile. While living in Hawaii, I had a friend here in Seattle that I thought I had a "teachable moment" with via chat. Sadly...my superb storytelling was lost on him. LOL.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
I can finally take a breath, and its not labored. During the last 5 days, there were times that I could barely breathe and sleep was little to be had. Why you ask? As you know I had 6 eggs in my incubator, and two days before hatch date they decided to pip!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I have no idea where the time is going, but it seems like I just made my last post yesterday! I can't believe it's already been a week! But for the last week or so I've had something on my mind. And it's been my neighbours! Despite the title of this post...I have found that this is one of the Commandments that I haven't always followed. However, the older I get, the more I find neighbours that I enjoy letting in and being a part of my life. When you are purchasing a home, or even renting a home or apartment, they always tell you to go and meet some of the neighbours to get the feel for the neighbourhood before moving there. But this isn't always something that is feasible.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Lately I've seen a number of Instagram photos and posts from people labeled "Throw Back Thursday." As you know the last week or so I've been absent from the blog, I've had a ton of things going on and not really sure what to write about. So today I decided that I'm going to start my own Thursday thing...and I'll call it "Throwin' it back..." Today is Episode 1.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Death...at some point in our lives...we will all have to face it. Be it a pet, an acquaintance, a loved one or someone more immediate...we will all face it. With that in mind...have you thought about how you will face it? It seems like now, more than ever, I'm forcing myself to think about these scenarios.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Madonna's song is stuck in my head right now...Time goes by...so slowly. It truly, truly does! And the more time passes, the louder my biological clock ticks! So I'm doing anything I can to appease all of this! And it has come down to incubating and hatching my own chicks!
Monday, July 22, 2013
You know the old saying that starts with..."When life hands you lemons," right? Well, do you ever find that when life hands them to you, instead of making lemonade you want to chuck them at the people that are pissing you off?
Thursday, July 18, 2013
It's been a bit on the warm side here in Edmonds, and yesterday it seemed to break just a bit. While me and the boys hung out inside, the chickens had the run of the yard. The girls loved foraging all day, especially after I mowed the back lawn and stirred up all the bugs! :) When it came time to decide what was for dinner I pulled out my cookbooks and started thumbing through them. I smiled as I planned the dinner and knew that it has been a while since I did a dinner post so this was the perfect one!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Do you have a dog or dogs? Do you frequently take them into public? Are you sometimes embarrassed by their behavior? Do you find people are willing to freely give you advice even when they aren't asked? If so, this blog post is for YOU! I guess this can also ring true for people with children...but in my case...it's dogs.
Friday, July 12, 2013
The past couple of days have been nothing short of overwhelming, and I don't mean it in the negative sense of the word. The amount of readers, comments, Facebook "likes," and e-mails that have happened amazes me. I guess I didn't realize that as many people would see this article and respond in some way or another.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It's 1:15 AM, and I really should be sleeping. But let's be honest, I can't sleep, not with all this exciting stuff happening! What's going on? Do you really want to know? Okay, I can't contain myself anymore...
Thursday, July 4, 2013
This year the day that the United States celebrates it's freedom means a little bit more to me. For most of my life I've lived in this country full of freedoms that were given to some but not all. Today as I sit here typing this I realize that I'm one of the lucky ones.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Our last day in Tofino was such an amazing day! The last time I posted we were getting ready to head to town for a walk around and whale watching tour! And I'm happy to report that we did see whales...but sadly no orcas. :(
Sunday, June 30, 2013
That's what Tofino seems to be for me. I still can't get over the sound of the surf hitting the beach literally outside out door. We have all the doors open right now, mainly because I set off the smoke alarm this morning...but to most people I'll say it's because we wanted to hear the waves. :) It's our little secret.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Yesterday was one of the longest days in quite some time for us! We woke up at around 5:15 AM to embark on, what would become, a 13 hour journey. All of this to get to a place called...Tofino. Where the hell is that, you ask? Well I had no idea either! But after looking it up on a map, it's on the western shores of Vancouver Island.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Well, it's been a week! Did you all like the first two videos I posted? Have any of you tried the laundry tip I gave you? How about organizing your cabinet with pots and pans? If you have tried them, let me know! But until then...here are the 2nd episodes of each series! Enjoy!
Sunday, June 23, 2013
You all ready for some REAL Housewife of Snohomish County REALness? Well you are about to get some, so I'm going to warn you now that these are my views and my views only. I know that some may not agree with me, but look...it's my blog...and you can choose to read or not to read it. With that being said...Miss Paula Deen, I got your back, girl!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Alright, I know that almost two months ago I posted a video message on my YouTube channel talking about the new video series that I was going to be starting. Well...have you been wondering where they are at? I have! I'm going to be honest...life got in the way and I am just now getting around to recording and getting them uploaded to my channel.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
After spending a great deal of time in the garden today I got to thinking about a few things. I was pulling up our crop of onions and I pulled up one in particular that had a pretty extensive root system. It made me think about the roots that I've put down in my own life, and I wonder how deep and extensive mine really are.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
It seems that all too often I find myself forgetting to blog, and I can almost hear people clicking on my site to see if there is a new blog yet. So for that...I apologize. But let me just say something about this time...I have a good excuse!
Saturday, June 1, 2013
The REAL Housewife had a house...with a million projects to do! **Please sing that to Old McDonald** :) And each of those projects has a purpose! R-H-O-S-C! With a project here...and a project there...here a project...there a project...everywhere a project!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Bravo! has a show that premiered this season called "Married to Medicine." And it follows the lives of 6 women in Atlanta, GA. Two of the six women are physicians, while the other four are wives of doctors. Let me just start off by saying...Holy COW! My life is nothing like that...and THANK GOD!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Over the last few years death, dying and living has hit home way too close when it comes to my family and friends. After a night of dreams filled with those I love who have passed, I woke to an article about an 18 year old boy in Minnesota who's life ended on May 20th after his courageous battle with osteosarcoma.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
In some families, when you are invited to join them for a meal...you know you are someone they consider family or friend. The same is true for my house.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Over the last few weeks and months I've really been thinking about the day to day things that I struggle with. Not just as a person, but as a husband, a friend, a son, a brother...and in every other facet of my life. I find myself questioning whether or not I'm actually being me, or if I'm being the person that I think everyone around me wants me to be.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Okay...so I guess it wasn't really appropriate to say "chicken dinner!" :) But I think you know what I meant! Today is the day that I announce who the winner is! :) I had so much fun with this first contest, and I can't wait to do the next one! So, without further adieu, here is the winning picture!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
In my mind...the music started that you hear at every basketball game when the announcer asks, "You all ready for this?" Do you know what I'm talking about? Or am I all alone on this one...yet again? Well I guess that if I'm alone in this...at least I'm dancing to this music!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Let's all be honest...vacation is GREAT! But re-entry into normal life is always a bit tough. We landed in Seattle last night at around 9:45 PM. My father met us at the airport.(He just flew in from Montana.) And then it was back to our home...our life.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Today was really focused on the honoring of memories. We started our day out by going to the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor...and finished the day recalling the memories of our trip. And from one all the way to the other...we realize how important it is to honor the memories.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
"The cure for anything is saltwater - sweat, tears or the sea." ~ Isak Dinesen
Sunday, May 5, 2013
I wish I could say that it was my own choice to take this day to rest. But between my body and Mother Nature...I think it was just in the cards! All the nights of little sleep, traveling, hiking, sun and fun have finally caught up to me. So I finally gave in...I admitted defeat.
Today had many highs and many lows...there were times that we were on top of the world, and other times we were sloshing through the mud. Am I trying to be poetic? Nah...we just went for a 7 hour hike today, that's all!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
I honestly don't know what we did more of today, hiking or eating. Right now it feels like all we did was eat...but I think it could be a toss-up! Our day started with a text from my father at 5:48 AM...he forgot that Montana is four hours ahead of Hawaii. Honest mistake. :)
Friday, May 3, 2013
Driving around in my automobile...my baby beside me...eating Maui Onion Chips. Okay, so I know that those aren't the words to the song...but that was our wonderful day! We drove around the island and I took Michael to several of the beaches that I used to frequent!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
For the past three years Oahu has been calling to me. Begging me to come back for another visit. And finally I was able to answer! I can't even begin to tell you how antsy I got as our plane flew along the north shore of Moloka'i and we headed south! And then...there it was...Makapu'u!
I have Pineapple Princess running on a loop through my head right now! I'm sitting at gate A13 waiting for our flight to Honolulu to board. I can't even begin to express the emotions that I'm feeling right now. Most of it is that feeling of going home. Or seeing a friend that you haven't seen in years. I feel that right now.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
If you've ever spent any time in the Pacific North West you know that when the sun come outs...you hurry the hell up and get all of your yard work done. Because you know that if you don't...it's going to rain the very next day! And that, my dear readers, is what I've been doing the past few days. And because of that not only has my blogging taken a back seat...but my housework has as well!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Okay...chili has to be one of my favorite comfort foods!! I can eat any kind of chili, any day of the week and for any meal! You can serve it to me in a bowl with crackers, over a hot dog or even over nachos! Honestly, I'll take chili any way you serve it! :) That's the beauty of chili...you can make it your own and serve it however you want it...and chances are that it'll be good!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Every day a small percentage of Americans get up in the morning, put on their uniforms and do something that most of us wouldn't ever dream of doing...put their life on the line for the rest of America. Law enforcement officials, emergency medical personnel, military, and medical professionals all work every day to protect and keep the rest of us safe. And it takes a tragedy for them to be recognized.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Ever had one of those days that no matter how hard you try to get ahead, you feel like you are running about 20 clicks behind the rest of the world? Today is that kind of day for me. I feel like the hours are just flying by, and that I haven't completed many of the tasks that I needed to today. Maybe it's the weather...yea...that sounds good. It's the weather!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
In August of 2002, a wide eyed "closeted" 22 year old drove to Boston with his mother. He had decided to pack up everything he owned and move as far east as he could without getting wet. Boston was to become his home for 4 amazing years.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I don't care how you make them, what they are made of, or what they are drenched in...I LOVE meatballs! I've tried several recipes, including ones from Anne Burrell and Nigella Lawson. But I'm going to share a little secret with you...I have a better recipe!
Friday, April 12, 2013
I had a mother from The Healing Center tell me the other day, "Brian, if you are anything like the person you are here outside of The Healing Center...I bet you are always fun to be around." I smiled at her, laughed, and thought to myself..."Maybe you should talk to Michael about that one." ;-)
Monday, April 8, 2013
I'm super excited because I get to not only feature a product that I use and love here at BP Farms Bed & Breakfast, I also get to give this product away!!!
Friday, April 5, 2013
If you know me, you know that seafood is not something that excites me. As a matter of fact, since I'm being honest, it disgusts me. The smell can be overwhelming and for me...gag inducing. Too much honesty? I think I'm suppose to say, "Ooooo baby! Seafood is my absolute favorite!!!" ;-)
Thursday, April 4, 2013
It seems as of late that many people are asking me the question, "Why do you do it?" And that question is about many different things. Sometimes it can be said with an undercurrent of judgement, curiosity, or confusion. But no matter what the undercurrent I'm still trying to figure out what the appropriate way to answer this question is.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Ever since I was a kid I dreamt of living on a farm or ranch. I've always wanted some land where I could have a big garden, horses, goats, chickens and maybe a couple of cows. Here I am, almost 33 years old, living in the suburbs with a yard that I've transformed into a mini farm and ranch. I guess I should have made my dreams a little more specific!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
I am a bit hesitant to make this comment for fear of jinxing everything...but...I think it's Spring! There, I said it...now let me go look out the window to see if the clouds are rolling in to bring us a snow storm! ;-)
Friday, March 29, 2013
Now if I were a different sort of man, "Chicks are coming" might have a different meaning. But as you all know by now, when I say that...it means baby chickens! Now that we've cleared that up, can I just take a minute to jump up and down because I'm going to have three little fluff balls to take care of again?!?!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
So my first attempt at an interactive post only drew one response. Hopefully that doesn't mean that only one person read the post! But no matter what the posts must go on! Thanks to Jen for her response, she gets the "RHOSC Blog Reader of the Year" award! :)
Sunday, March 24, 2013
I don't even know where to begin with this post. Yesterday I remembered that while at the zoo a few weekends ago with my nephews I snapped a picture of a female gorilla. And if my memory serves me right, I took a similar picture of this same gorilla a few years back. I want to know what you think about this picture and what it brings up for you. And in my next post I will tell you what the picture brings up in me. Please, leave me some comments...I'd love to know if you get the same thing I do.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
I don't know if it's been the weather lately or if it's just because I'm missing home. But I've had Hawai'i on my mind a lot lately. As I sit here listening to the wind blow, and the rain hitting the windows...I think back to my mornings in my apartment in Makiki as I would lie there listening to the morning rains coming down through Manoa Valley to make the morning air crisp and clean.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Okay, I know you won't believe me because you all think I always make fabulous meals that go off without a hitch. But I'm here to tell you that last night I had a bit of an issue while cooking dinner. And it's not the first time that I've had things go awry during meal prep! This is one time that I am happy I didn't decide to film a how to video! :)
Sunday, March 17, 2013
I know that I'm always cooking up what some might consider "fancy" meals, even though I find them to be great recipes and not fancy at all, but I'm going to take a moment and be completely honest with you all. Yes, I love me a good braised brisket or braised short ribs with mashed potatoes but deep down inside me...I am a sucker for...
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Today is the 2nd Wednesday of the month. While some of you may be like, "Yea. And?" Well, for me it means that it is the day I head to The Healing Center for group with Healing Club 1, 2, 3. This is the grief group for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders that I have the privilege of being the "Group Host" for.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Much to my surprise the sun decided to make an appearance today, and it's amazing how everything from the chickens to the plants in our garden seem to respond to this amazing gift! I think back to being a kid in Montana and while the winters were freezing cold, the sun was normally out and shining most days. Which is extremely deceptive because even though the sun was out...it was NOT warm!
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Okay...so I know that I've always been the kind who loves to splurge on certain things...cookbooks, fresh cut flowers, and well...food! But my dearest husband has decided that it's time we put in place a...I can barely type it...it just hurts me so...a....a...BUDGET! There...I said it, PLEASE don't make me say it again. I beg of you!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Well, it's day two and I'm still alive! And I actually was able to sleep in for a little bit today! Its funny how much respect you gain for someone when you walk in their shoes for a day or two. If any of you think you would love to have children, ask if you can take care of some one's children for a day or two...and see after that if you still want children of your own!
Friday, February 22, 2013
I can't believe how these days are just flying by. It seems like I get up, get some things done and then it's time to go to bed again! But, none the less, life still keeps clicking and so does my to do list! And one of the things that has been on my list was to finish two of the videos I made when we first moved into our house! A year later...not too bad, eh?
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Okay, so the past two days have been rather odd around here...the SUN was out! Well I think it was the sun, it's been so long since we've actually seen the sun around these parts so I can't consider myself a reliable witness. In other news...big changes around this place...do you like them???
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Okay, so I realize that I'm married now and that today is the holiday for those in love...but I will be the first to say that I can NOT stand this day. I like to call today a "forced holiday," and one that is meant to either stress you out trying to figure out what to do for your "sweetie"...or even worse, make it glaringly obvious that you are single.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
We all have problems and/or addictions. However it seems like these days that we are taught to hide them because people will judge us. I guess that is one of the things about having a blog like this is that you are suppose to be sharing things about yourself to make others go, "Hey...I'm glad to see I'm not the only one!" So here it goes...."Hi...My name is Brian and I have a problem...and its..."
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
And I returned a lawfully wedded man! :) It's finally happened! As my friend toasted to Michael at dinner last night, "To Michael...for making an honest man out of Brian...didn't think it'd ever happen!" Of course we all laughed heartily after his toast and merrily drank our champagne!
Friday, February 1, 2013
Well, I honestly can't believe that it's been over five months since my last post! I actually feel a bit embarrassed! I wish I could say that I've been so busy gallivanting across the world, and helping build homes and schools in third world countries...but in all honesty I've been just trying to live life here in Edmonds.