Major Malfunction!

If you come upon a post and wonder why there's a weird black box with an exclamation mark in it, you may want to read this post to find out what has gone wrong. Still trying to figure out how to fix it all, without having to do each post manually. Until then, the black boxes remain. I thank you for your understanding. If you know someone that can help me, PLEASE send them my way!

February 10, 2013

Good-Bye To Blogger, Hello To WordPress

The transfer has been done!

You will now be able to find me on WordPress, on my own site.  The transfer has been done but the design is still to come.

My new site is Don't forget the S on the end. ;0)    (

It's been a great 4 or so years here on Blogger but I'm a big girl now so I've made the move up.

Pretty please, with sugar on top, follow me over to my new site!  See ya on the flip side, Friends!! xoxo

(On my tablet and can't put the link where I want it)

February 7, 2013


I did it.

I pulled the trigger.

There's gonna be some changes happening around here sooner than later!

I'm making the move from Blogger to WordPress!  Eek!

The only negative I see to this move is that, as far as I know, Google and WordPress don't play nicely together so that Google Friend Connect box over there on the right, with 642 friends can't be transferred. Booooo! So sad!  Sooooooo that means that I am gonna need all 642 of you to follow me over to my new site when the move happens. Will you? Pretty please with sugar on top? I'm not gonna be ashamed to beg. ;)

I've purchased my own url too! Pretty exciting! I wanted my blog name, but it was taken by someone that's not using it. Grrr! So my new url is Don't forget to add the 's'.

I'll, of course let you know when everything happens, but this is what's going on around here.

So excited! :)

January 21, 2013

Calling WordPress Designers

I've had this current design on this blog for a couple years now.  I like it, but I'm kind of over it.  I need an update and an upgrade I think.

One of the MAIN reasons why I want something different is because of the stupid commenting system I've got going here.  Three or four years ago, I had a commenting system that I can't even remember the name of.  I think it started with a 'D'.  Oh, it just came to me, Disqus.  It was alright but then I went back to Blogger's system.  Then a couple years ago I went to IntenseDebate and it's been the biggest pain in my butt.  At least I think it's IntenseDebate's fault.  It could be Blogger's fault but as much as I've tried contacting both companies I've never gotten any responses.  I hate that when you, my lovely readers comment, your comments get deleted for no apparent reason.  I SEE the comments in my email but then POOF, gone.  Beyond frustrating!

So, I want an update and upgrade and I want my comments to remain when someone takes the time to comment!  Is that too much to ask?

I'm thinking about making the move to WordPress.  I know basically nothing about WordPress though.

If you are a WordPress designer or know someone that is and you're able to design me a new blog inexpensively (free is of course what I would love ;0) ) please contact me so we can figure out something about this space I've got here

January 20, 2013

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

It appears that I have missed a few holidays around these parts.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family!

We had a mellow Halloween compared to years past. We didn't really decorate, other than what my MIL did. We didn't hand out glow stick necklaces and we didn't build anything to scare the kids. In fact, we didn't carve pumpkins either. I do have a 'pumpkin story' to share but that will have to wait till another day. I can laugh about it now, but at the time? Not so much.

Thanksgiving, hmmm, what did we do for Thanksgiving?  Seems so long ago.  Oh, I think we went to my dad's house for a little bit and then we went to my sister's for a bit and then we ended up at my sister-in-law's for the final meal.  Lots of food that day, but isn't that how it always is?  It was good to see all the family.

Christmas time is always busy, busy, busy too.  This year is seems like it really snuck up on me.  December 14-17 my mom, sister and I headed to New York.  Aside from the horrible tragedy that occured in CT on the 14th that put a huge shadow over our trip, we managed to have a good time.  We saw an off-Broadway show that was pretty good, we went (almost) to the top of the Empire State Building, we went to Times Square and Kyle stalked us from the couch at home.  Pretty funny. We walked and walked and walked some more. We did the whole carriage ride through Central Park thing. I'm pretty sure we took almost every mode of transportation that we could while there, minus the subway.   We did so much for the short amount of time we were there.  I need to go back and see more and do more but it was a fun time with my mom and sister and it created memories to last a lifetime.

Before we left for New York, I was starting to get sick and I got worse while there. The day we left New York I had almost no voice and it continued to go away.  It was interesting at work trying to have conversations.  I squeaked a lot. Also while I was gone, Kyle began to get sick and then he got better and then the week before last he had the flu, minus the puking. He looked like he was on his death bed, my poor hubby.  His temp got up to 104, that I know of, possibly higher. :(  Thankfully he's better now, except for a cough that won't go away.

So back to Christmas.  A couple days before, we had my dad's side of the family at my dad's.  It was a very condensed version of our family this year.  Everyone is so spread out and just not around like they used to be.  It was also the first Christmas without my grandma.  We had a good time reminincing about her though. 

Then on Christmas Eve I got to see one of my best friends that was visiting from California.  After that, we went to my dad's to spend the afternoon with him, with my sister and her little fam.  Then we rushed home to get ready for the whole family Christmas with my inlaws.  This year we had Baby Grace to help us celebrate so that was fun.  She brings a whole new dimention to the family that is really special. 

On Christmas day we went to my mom's house and spent the morning and afternoon there until she had some of her single friends come over to have a Christmas celebration with her.  We went home and just relaxed after going, going, going for the past few days.

The last weekend of December, my work moved offices.  We upgraded to a 'real' office.  It's fabulous.  But it was pretty chaotic and we had to go in and unpack and arrange things and all that fun stuff that a move entails.  We've settled in nicely though and are so happy in our new space!

New Year's Day, it was 18 years since Kyle asked me to be his girlfriend!  Pretty incredible.  We didn't do anything to celebrate other than me taking a picture, lol, but it's quite the milestone!  I didn't have to work so we just continued the whole relaxation thing.

Yesterday, January 19th, Kyle and I celebrated 11 years of marriage!  Kyle spent the day doing homework and then we ventured to Seattle to a restaurant that we've both been wanting to eat at for some time now.  The Crab Pot.  It was SO delish!  We had seafood coming out our ears and loved every minute of it!  We had to wait over 45 minutes to be seated so we were glad that it was worth the wait.  After that, we didn't spend too much time in Seattle because it was just too darn cold.  Instead, we drove back towards home and went and got frozen yogurt.  Makes perfect sense for a 30 degree night, right? LOL  While we were eating our fro-yo we talked about babies and what we were going to do about "having" one.  I think I may need to write a post about that soon, it's been far too long since I've talked about our fertility or lack-there-of.

Anywho, I know this is just kind of an update post again and I wish I had more time to write regular posts.  I'm going to try to be better about it.  My 'excuse' is that I don't have very good access to a good computer to post from so I just kind of neglect this poor ole bloggy blog blog.  I will attempt to be better though because I DO have things to post about.  Who knows if anyone even reads this thing any more anyway. LOL  If you do, I'd love to hear from you!

I think this is going to be a post with no pictures.  Sad!  Maybe I'll add a couple when I can get to a computer that doesn't have such a lag and will allow me to do so without much effort.  In the meantime, I post tons of pictures on Instagram so follow me there if you want to see pics:

Till next time...

October 13, 2012

Bullet Points

Hi Friends!

So, once again, I've sort of disappeared.  Not intentionally.  Life, work, life, work, is just busy and exhausting these days.

Here are some bullet points of what's been going on since I last updated.
  • Still loving my job.  My boss is just so encouraging and definitely knows how to make a person feel good about themselves!  I do things that I don't think of as all that important but she just gushes over me, while I sit there completely embarrassed, thanking her.  I'm almost done with my "trial period" and that will be nice because then I'll be making more money.  That never hurts. ;0)
  • Kyle is still doing amazing in school!  He kept up a 4.0 during the summer quarter where he did Chemistry Bootcamp.  He had a month off where he was able to do some side work and make some money. That was nice since he's pretty much otherwise unemployed and a full-time student.  He's now back in school and taking some design classes and calculus classes.  We'll see if he can maintain that 4.0.  I know he's at least trying to.
  • I had my 33rd birthday.  My dad came to my work a couple days before and surprised me.  We went out to lunch and that was fun.  My co-workers and boss brought in gluten-free cupcakes for me the day before my birthday, because my actual birthday was too predictable. lol  They gave me such nice cards, too.  My actual birthday was fairly uneventful.  The weekend after my birthday we went out to dinner with the inlaws.  My brother-in-law and I share a birthday so we always celebrate together.  My mom is taking my sister and me to New York in December for our birthdays/Christmas so we didn't do anything FOR my birthday.  Works for me.  I'm super excited to go to New York, especially during the Christmas season!
  • Finally, I got my hair chopped off!  It had been over a year since I'd had my hair cut or colored.  I feel so much better about myself now.  My self-confidence was going down the crapper the longer my hair got.  There were other things contributing to that feeling but that was a big one!
  • One of my cousins got married last weekend in Eastern WA so Kyle and I were able to take a little road trip/overnight trip.  It was the perfect weather and we had a lot of fun, even though it was a long way to drive for such a short period of time (5 hours each way).  My other cousin, the sister of the one that got married and the author of this blog, had driven from Arizona with her brand new twins.  They're currently fostering them but trying to adopt them. They were/are so precious!  I got to snag the girl for a little while at the wedding.  First time I've held a newborn in AGES.  And I didn't cry.  I WANTED to hold her/them.  It was amazing!

  • My little, whittle baby sister turned 30 on Thursday!  How is that possible?  It wasn't that long ago that she was just so adorable and squishy!  I sent her flowers and balloons.  I thought it was only right since she is now 30. 

  • Next weekend is my sister-in-laws baby shower.  I went shopping for it today.  I spent way too much money.  While I'm partially dreading it (babies and a couple of pregnant ladies will be there), I'm also looking forward to celebrating my niece-to-be, who remains nameless to everyone but the mommy and daddy.  It's driving us nuts!
  • It's almost Halloween.  How is that even possible?  This year has FLOWN by!  Anyone else with me?
  • Today I went shopping at Target and I got many things but one of the things I got was fabric softner.  I was driving home and I thought that it suddenly smelled really good.  At the stoplight I looked in my backseat and I saw liquid running alongside the doors.  Some way, some how the top of the fabric softner got punctured and POURED out.  Most of it is now gone.  So, my car smells fabulous, but now I have almost no fabric softner. :0/  Awesome.

  • I've been really horrible about keeping up with the Photo-A-Day projects.  I get a couple days in and then it fizzles off.  I work weird hours where I spend the majority of my days inside and I guess I feel like I don't see enough interesting things to take pictures.  I really need to be better about it because I do like the challenges.
  • I have pictures of other things but I'm feeling too lazy to add them right now.  So maybe I'll do a picture dump soon.
That's me in a nutshell, I guess.  Sorry I'm not around much.  I would say that I'm going to do better but I really don't know if I will.  So, until next time I'm banished to the basement, this will have to do. ;0)

(My inlaws have dinner guests right now.  Chewy and I are hanging out downstairs waiting for hubby to get home.)

August 27, 2012

Book Review: Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage

Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage 
By Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey
Published by Thomas Nelson

When I received this book I thought it was going to be a funny take on marriage...a guide to having humor in marriage even when the last thing you want to do is laugh.  I thought it was going to give some real life advice that my husband and I could apply to our marriage.  What I found it to be was a bunch of stories, which lacked any substance.  It was more the guys making fun of themselves and telling stories about the hobbies and interests that they partake in, with and without their wives.

There were some funny parts within the book but over all, it just wasn't my cup of tea.  I'm sure the authors are great and I've heard that they have a well-liked and enjoyed radio show and are New York Times Best-Seller's, but honestly, I've never even heard of them or their show until this book arrived in my mailbox.

This book also came with a cd so you could listen to them tell stories, not just read about them.  Which, I guess if you like books on tape, it would be cool but prefer to read my books, not listen to them.  The cd is a nice added bonus though.

Overall, I don't think I would recommend this book, especially if you're looking for some relationship advice.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

August 12, 2012

Time Flies!

Hey Friends!

I feel like it's been forever since I've written anything, but I guess that's because it HAS been. ;0)

I started my new job on July 23rd and it's going AMAZING!!  I LOVE IT!  I can not tell you how happy I am right now.  I forgot what it was like to go to a job that you LOVE!

At my new office, I work with six other women, which to some may seem crazy, but I love it!  We all get along so well and the doctor has told me more than once how happy she is that I'm there and how it feels like I've been there for so much longer.  How the transition has just gone so smoothly and basically, she loves me. :-D

Yesterday four of us from the office went and saw Hope Springs.  Awesome movie!  Basically, it's marriage counseling in a movie. haha!  Then we went to eat lunch and we just sat and talked like old friends.  I loved every minute of it!

Monday, I'll be starting my fourth week at the clinic and I feel like I've really grasped everything so easily.  It's just been so wonderful.  The only "thing" that's gone wrong is this.  A couple weeks ago I made a pretty big mistake with ordering some file folders.  It was an even bigger mistake because the company I ordered through is a discount place so they don't pay for return shipping.  It cost $40 to return the folders!!  THEN I ordered them incorrectly a second time.  SERIOUSLY?!  I was SO MAD at myself!  So I researched and researched and researched where to get the folders at an inexpensive price and the cheapest way to ship them back, AGAIN.  Dr. G. came into one of the rooms I was in and told me that I needed to let it go.  That I needed to realize that everyone makes mistakes and that she didn't want me thinking about it anymore.  Then she gave me a hug and told me to not think about it again.  I can say that most bosses probably wouldn't have been that gracious.  She is an amazing woman!

My hours are kind of crazy.  Some days I have to be there at 7:30 am and some days I don't have to be there till 10:15!  THEN, some days I get off at 5:30 and some days I get off at 7:15.  After going, going, going all day, because this is one hoppin clinic, I'm exhausted by the time I get into my car and drive home.  All I want to do is lay on the couch with an ice pack {because my back still bothers me from my two accidents}.  SO, that's why I haven't written.  I'm too darn tired!  But I'll take it, because I LOVE MY JOB!!! :-D

On another note, we've been living with the inlaws for about 2 months now and it's going great.  We get along well and we've gotten into a nice groove.  Chewy and Milo love having more people around and getting to roam here, there and everywhere.  Chewy is so good about staying in the yard, too.  The front isn't fenced in but he just lays on the porch or in the grass and stands guard.  The neighbor has a black cat that likes to spend time over here but every time Chewy sees him he chases after him and barks.  It's actually pretty hilarious because he's never done that with any other cat.  I think he knows Milo doesn't like the cat though, so he's protecting his brother. :-)

We had my grandma's memorial service a couple weeks ago and it was so special!  So many family and friends came to celebrate what an amazing woman she was!

My grandma's obituary:

Audrey Arliss Bahl Boardman
April 30, 1932 –July 02, 2012

On the evening of July 2, 2012, Audrey ran her last race, finishing in the arms of her precious Savior, Jesus. Audrey was born in Colton, CA. and was a 1950 graduate of Riverside HS
. She attended the University of Idaho where she met William E. Boardman. She married him on September 23, 1954 at Pensacola, FL. After several years in the Navy, they settled in the Seattle area where they raised nine children as well as fostered several special-needs children. They also welcomed several foreign exchange students and refugees into their home. Audrey was an exceptional lady, always on the go and enjoying family and friends and any new friends that came to their home. Audrey loved her Lord and relied on Him in all things. She abides with Him now, along with her dear daughter LeaAnn, her brother Bud and her parents. Her family and friends will miss her, but rejoice in her "Graduation”. Audrey is survived by her husband Bill and her children and their spouses: Brad (Carrie), Kimberly (Bob), Marc (Marsha), Lisa (Christoph), Heather (Greg), Matthew (Lizbeth), Bethany (Troy) and Susan. She is also survived by her sister Diana, 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 4 great –great- grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held {deleted info} .Donations to Holt International Children’s Services, PO Box 2880, Eugene, OR 97402 can be made in lieu of flowers

My grandpa requested pictures so we had {almost} the entire family in one giant picture!  Pretty amazing!

The week after the memorial, we had a family reunion with my mom's side of the family.  I don't have very many pictures from that event, but I have a couple pictures of my cousins little guy Eli and me.  They were visiting from Nebraska so that was fun to see them.  Eli and I hung out together.  Putting the cones on our heads was his idea. ;0)

Kyle is wrapping up his Chemistry Boot Camp in the next week or two.  He's doing awesome!  He got a certificate in the mail the other day for having a perfect grade point average for Spring quarter and he's on the President's list.  Yup, pretty proud wife here!  This is totally what he was meant to do!  I know he's going to be an amazing engineer once he's through with school!  It's just going to be a long four or so years before he's done.  But who's counting. Haha!

Life has been a struggle the past few years and I feel like things are starting to fall into place.  We don't know exactly where we're headed but I've got a new career that I feel will be long-term.  It's the job that I was meant to do.  I enjoy the office atmosphere.  I get to interact with kids.  I get to use some of the skills I've acquired over the years {and yet, I don't have to bathe or change anyone now!}.  I'm in a happy place, job-wise.  Kyle is starting on a new road that I feel will take him {us} to great places and that I feel is right up his alley and will fulfill his dreams.

A couple months ago I started reading the blog SheReadsTruth and delving into the bible studies they've got going over there.  While I haven't quite kept up like I want to, I'm certainly reading my bible and strengthening my relationship with Jesus more than I have in awhile.  It's good, Friends, really good.

I'm hoping that sooner than later, all the "baby stuff" will start falling into place too.  We're headed towards 10 years TTC, in November and that's also when my SIL is due with her baby girl.  While on a daily basis I feel somewhat at peace in our journey, I'm hoping that I'm not going to be hit with a ton of bricks come November and December.

Over the past few years I've really let myself go for one reason or another and I'm not happy with how much I weigh and how I look.  So, I'm trying to muster up the motivation to do something about it before I get any heavier.  I know there's a ton of stuff on Pinterest, even stuff that I've pinned, that can help me so I just need to search through everything and start DOING it instead of just LOOKING at it.

Friday night, Kyle took me on an impromptu date night.  He didn't tell me where we were going either.  I like fun surprises so I just went with it.

We ended up on Capitol Hill in Seattle, which was kind of shocking.  Kyle doesn't exactly volunteer to go to Seattle very often.  But he thought that fish and chips sounded good and the only GLUTEN-FREE {YAY!!!} fish and chips place in the whole area, that he could find, was in Seattle.  I was so excited!  Gluten-free fish and chips and BEER!  I was in heaven!

Then we weren't ready to go home yet so I suggested we check out the brand new Seattle Great Wheel. Probably would've been better at twilight or something but it was still fun.  Seattle at night is always gorgeous!

I guess that's life in a nutshell for right now.  Thank you all for sticking around even when I've been so absent!  I love you guys!! Muah!  Muah!


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