Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

  Halloween with small children is fantastic!  Its 8:30 p.m., we ate jack o' lantern pizza, we ate candy, we hung out with good friends, we passed out candy,  the kids went to bed, I took down the Halloween decorations and replaced them with Thanksgiving decorations, and I am back to eating jack o' lantern pizza.

I hope everyone had a good {safe} night!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween is here

 The Halloween festivities began tonight with our ward "Trunk or Treat" the pink poodle and the turtle are booked for a couple more engagements, so I am sure there will be some more pictures.

The pink poodle really needs to be seen in live action, so, a video for your viewing pleasure:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

When the cat is away: Chaos.

As I mentioned before, Eric was out of town last week.  He went to Las Vegas for a work convention, and boy, did we miss him.  We did pretty well the first couple of days, but by the end of his trip we were spent.  

By Saturday night we were all so exhausted, when Amos unloaded a basket of clean laundry and started to play in it like it was a pile of leaves, I didn't even try to stop him.

And, I may or may not have given him an ice cream sandwich to make up for the bag of frozen vegetables that fell on him when I was trying to get something else out of the freezer.

I made the mistake of trying to get stuff done while he was gone.  Next time, I am totally focusing on defense.  I am SO glad Eric is home, but I am SO sad that he is right back at work again this week =(

The Charmed Story

I've been keeping a family blog for about two years now, and I have found it incredibly fulfilling.  I started just prior to my son's birth, in order to keep touch with our family that is spread all over the U.S.  My husband and I love to read back on the blog, and see all of the things we've done, how far we've come, how the kids have grown, and how we've changed.  There are so many priceless memories attached to raising small children and with the way my memory is, this is the perfect solution to never forget a thing.

So, why charmed?  When my husband and I were first married I was working up at the Sundance Resort and I had a terrible problem with sliding off the icy roads in the winter.  One night, exactly that happened, and I was stranded up the mountain on a cold, dark, stormy night.  I was so anxious and upset as I waited for the tow truck to come.  I was standing on the side of the road with a resort safety officer, who questioned an approaching man.

I heard the man say, "That's my wife."

I looked, and it was my "Prince in gray sweatshirt" approaching through the snowstorm.  He was there to rescue me, and I immediately felt safe.

This past week my Prince was out of town, and when he finally returned, all I could think was my Prince Charming is home.

So, one thing led to another and when I read the definition of the word "charmed" I knew it meant us.  We are so blessed and lucky, I want to always be reminded of that.  Sure, there have been hard times (like car accidents in snow storms), but most of all, we've been blessed.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Charmed Hornes

Does anyone else feel like I am having an identity crisis?  All of the blog changing around has come to an end, I promise.  I spent $10 on a custom domain, so its safe to say I've committed.  We've found a permanent home here: will continue to redirect you here, but feel free to update your bookmarks as well.  Mom, I'll help you with that on my next visit =)

Regular posting will resume shortly.  Thanks for your patience and come back and see us soon!

Duh-duh is home.

We recently purchased a new home phone to go with our home phone line (yeah, as in LAND line), and it came with the interesting "out loud caller id" feature.  It says the name of everyone who calls, and let me tell you, there are some good phonetic pronunciations.  If I am laughing when I answer the phone, you can assume yours qualifies.  My most favorite of all though, is: "call from Duh-duh."  I programmed Eric's number in as "Dada" and our thoughtful phone lets me know whenever "Duh-duh" calls.  I love it.

That being said, "Duh-duh" is home =)  He was only gone for 3.5 days, but it felt like 3.5 years.  I can't tell you how quickly the anxiety and stress melted away once he was home.

The kids and I had a few adventures while he was away, so there will be more posts later...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Book Drive

If you have a few moments and a few dollars, I invite you to donate to this great cause:

My good friend, Vikki's, husband is going down to Mexico with "Builders without Borders" for Thanksgiving and she would love to send a BIG box of Spanish books with him.  Rodney is giving up his Thanksgiving, I think we can give up a few dollars (seriously, there are books as low as $2).  So, Vikki is holding an online Scholastic book drive to get some Spanish books.

What to do: 
Go Here.  (
Log in as a parent
PASSWORD: readytolearn
There is no tax, shipping or handling charged.

Thanks for your help.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Amos Lately

Here are some of the latest "Amosisms":

1. One morning when I let Amos out of his bedroom, he was clinking like the tin man with every step he took. He had FILLED his footie pajamas with trucks.

2. One day I had a full blown panic attack. I was trying to get control of my breath and Amos came over and said, "Ok, ok" like he does when he falls down and wants us to know he isn't hurt. He kept telling me "ok" and then he would breath "hee, hee, hee."

3. He says, "thank you" ALL the time.  People always think he is the most polite little boy, but I don't think he has any idea what it means.

4. He loves Elmo and Thomas the Train.  He will only watch "choo choo" in the morning in our room, and he will only watch "melmo" downstairs the rest of the day.

5. Yesterday I thought I heard Amos waking up from his nap.  I went in to get him and I could hear him "sleep breathing."  I saw this lump on his bed and said, thought to myself "how cute." 

Then I realized he wasn't under those covers, it was only his bears!  Then I found the tape recorder playing the breathing sounds.  Just kidding!  He was really asleep, but on the floor, beside his bed.  He had tucked in all his bears, and then gone to sleep on the floor.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Library

The library is arguably our favorite room in the house. I am cheating a little here and counting a room that didn't actually need decluttering, but its fun to share anyway.

While I was reorganizing some pictures I found this one of the library from the "for sale" flier before we bought the house. So, here is a true "before":

To make the room into a library we put in some Ikea Billy bookshelves in black-brown.  We chose the darker color to make the room look a little more formal.

We added a nice reading chair and a trunk for a side table.

We already had all the books (they inspired the library), so it was just a matter of organizing them.  They are really Eric's babies, so he did most of that.  We put all the children's books around the bottom, so they'd be easily accessible for the little people.  We left a couple of the lower shelves open on purpose, to make room for the little people's (hopefully) growing collection.

Behind the glass we put some keepsakes, like these purses that belonged to Eric's grandma.

All of the art in the room is really special to us.  Above the bookcases are old newspapers that we found in Eric's Grandmother's scrapbook.  She kept the ones that related to the places that Eric's grandfather was serving during WWII.  We had them restored and framed by BYU's framing services and they did a fantastic job.

The art by the front door is fliers I collected during my days at Sundance.  They are all advertisements for different events that Sundance offered.  They struck me as beautiful then, so I hung onto them.  Now they've found their way into frames and onto our walls.  I love the reminder of my time at Sundance, and I still think they're beautiful.

Finally, we have my apothecary jars.  They were my favorite thing in the whole house for a while, then the newspapers came to be.  As you can see in the pictures above, they were too wide to all fit on the corner shelf, so we had them spread out on the top before the newspapers were up.  Once the newspapers were up Eric said they couldn't block the newspapers and we had a little disagreement.  One day while Eric was at work I was trying to put them up where I wanted them (and he didn't) and I dropped one back behind the bookshelves.  There was definite cracking of glass and I was heartbroken.  Eric was overjoyed.

Well, about a month later when my Mom was visiting, I told her the story.  She said we could fix it.  So, she helped me empty out the corner shelf and move it so we could rescue the broken vase.  The base of the vase was broken, but my Mom had the genius idea to put it in a square vase I already had to hold it upright.  The best part is that the square vase is more narrow than the original base, so all three fit in the corner now and don't block anything.  Everyone wins!

Update:  I added this to "Talk to Me Tuesday" over on Tip Junkie. When you're done here, head on over there and check out everyone else's great posts.  (This week we're all sharing our favorite posts).

Decluttering: The Garage, Part 1

Well, as promised, I started with the decluttering today. I used the kids' morning nap time to clean out the garage. I realized about halfway through that I am going to have to do the garage again at the very end because once you start moving stuff around more stuff turns up, and needs a new home. This will probably be true of most of the rooms and closets. I am determined to have everything find its best possible home though, no matter how much rearranging it takes.

Eric and I came to terms with having a one car garage a long time ago. Until we can get an outside shed, there is just no way two cars are fitting in there with our lawn mower, bikes, strollers, etc  So, as you can tell only one side is truly clean, although both sides are organized.  If you look closely you can see my naked chairs.  Completing those will open up a lot of room in the garage.  I am going to get those done before I spotlight the living room, and then we can come back to the garage again.  (This may be a never ending cycle).

That wall unit it the greatest invention ever.  You buy the track and then you can mix and match whatever hooks you need.  It has worked wonders for getting things off the garage floor.  Those white chest of drawers are going to live with Aunt Meg, so that'll open up some space too.  Maybe all of this will get me motivated to drive them up to her this week.

My favorite spot in the garage: the garden center.  I repurposed an old baker's rack into a nifty little spot to house all of my gardening paraphernalia.  Every spade, glove, and pot has a spot.

So far I've spent about 2 hours, and I am feeling better already.  And, as far as it being better than shopping, I found an pair of shoes I had been looking for in one of the tupperware, so it is just like shopping.  I think Eric is going to really appreciate being able to park in the garage come winter too.


Its 1 in the morning and I am feeling ambitious. It started a couple hours ago when I was thinking too loudly in bed and Eric told me to go work on my chairs. They are out in the garage though, and it is way too cold. So, I am browsing other people's blogs reading about all of the things they have accomplished instead.

I just found a blog where the main focus has been decluttering.  I'm finding myself inspired.  Plus, Sarah swears:
Decluttering feels BETTER than spending money/shopping. I swear to you.
See, she said, "I swear to you."  Truthfully, we've got a lot of house for four people, two of which are very small, and I am starting to feel like we're running out of space.  I know, its nuts.  I'm nuts.  So, tomorrow (after my nap) I am going to start decluttering, and I am going to document it.  We've accomplished A LOT in our first year and a half in this house and I would like to document that too.

I am going to add this to my "paying attention" New Year's Resolution and say that I am paying attention to clutter ;)  You'd better believe I am still paying attention...although the other things I was supposed to be paying attention too need some revisiting.  We'll get back to them after the decluttering. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

To Do

Lately I've had a problem with starting a lot of projects without finishing any of them. I've decided to start a "to do" list (over in the sidebar) to see if I can't hold myself a little more accountable.

As I've been browsing the plethora of creative blogs out there I have found tons and tons of ideas of things I could do, but I tend to forget about them as soon as I click on to the next page. So, I am going to add some of those things to the list too, so I don't forget.

First up, these chairs:

I bought them for $10/piece off of craigslist with the intention of reupholstering them. Eric helped me strip one down the other night, and it has really good guts. So, now, I just need to get into gear and finish them. We even bought the fabric already. Incredibly enough, I keep finding other things I'd rather do, like watching t.v. and searching the Internet for more ideas of crafts I could do.

So, now that I am accountable we'll see what happens. Just know if you don't see any progress it's because none is being made. I'll be sure to share if anything exciting happens =)

Monday, October 19, 2009


 Last Saturday we headed up to the Gateway to meet Aunt Anna and Aunt Meg for dinner. Anna was on a short trip, so we were glad we got to see her.  We had a very yummy dinner at Biaggi's, and then we just shopped a bit.  We left Maggie alone with Anna for 5 minutes and she managed to buy something:

Amos, in true boy fashion, couldn't be bothered with the shopping, but really enjoyed standing on that light and saying: "Where'd it go?"

Then he'd jump off of it and say: "There it is!"

Good food, good company, good night.

A tale of two falls

I am feeling the fall weather, so I thought I would share a couple stories from when Eric and I were dating/engaged.  For those who only read picture books, I threw in a couple of pictures of us from when we were dating too =)

Downtown Portland '05

Story 1:
Eric and I were pretty fancy when we were dating, and I loved it.  One day we were up at the Gateway for some shopping and dinner with friends.  I was all dressed up and I was wearing a great pair of high heeled sandals and I was carrying one of those studded purses that were "cool" at the time.  We were walking down the sidewalk, and just as we got in front of the entrance of one of the parking garages (where a bunch of cars were lined up waiting) I slipped and fell.  Eric was a couple of steps ahead of me and he turned around and yanked me right back up and dragged me the rest of the way across the sidewalk.  I never even had a chance to recover.  About that point, some guy in the line of cars leaned out his window and yelled, "Hey! Are you ok?"  Our friends that were with us said they never even knew anything had happened except that they heard the clanking of my studded purse as it hit the pavement.

Salt Lake Melting Pot '05

Story 2:
To our friends this is known as the story, because I think its been told about 79 times, but I wanted to be sure to get it in writing.  So, here it goes.

When Eric and I were engaged we were living in the same apartment complex, but in separate buildings.  We were also looking for an apartment to move to together once we were married.  We found a place and Eric sent me to fill out all of the paperwork, etc.  While I was doing the paperwork I realized I didn't have hardly any of the information I needed from Eric to fill out the contract, and it was really something we probably should have been doing together.  At that point, my frustration towards Eric began to build.

After the housing office debacle, I called Eric on my way home.  I stopped at Wendy's and I picked up some dinner for Eric too.  I got to our apartment complex and I called Eric and told him I was there with his food.  He told me to bring it up to his apartment (on the third floor).  I should point out here that I was wearing a brand new pair of high heels, and the only pants I had to match them were the most uncomfortable pair of pants ever.  So, I schlepped it up the stairs wearing new shoes, uncomfortable pants, and carrying two biggie sodas and a bag full of fast food.  I think it was about 100 degrees outside too.

Eric met me at the door of his apartment and took his food out of my hands and said, "Thanks, I gotta get to work."  Read: you just came all the way up here to see me, bring me food, and I am leaving right away.  At this point I was really frustrated with Eric and I turned right back around in a huff and started furiously down the stairs.  Just as I was about make my point that I was really ticked, the heel of my shoe caught in the cuff of my uncomfortable pants and I went tumbling down the stairs.  A very bad word came flying out of my mouth at top volume and I crashed to a halt on the concrete landing.

Miraculously, I didn't spill a drop of the biggie soda.  My brand new, $150 (I said we were fancy) shoes did not fair so well.  The heel broke completely off of the right shoe.  I don't think I said a word to Eric, I just went home, probably madder than I have ever been.  Later, Eric promised to get my shoe fixed.  He drove around with it in the back of his car for a year, but now it sits in our closet, still in two pieces.

 Just outside Eugene '05

And those are my fall stories.    

Thursday, October 15, 2009


A couple weeks ago I won a $30 giftcard for Amazon, so I decided to spend it on something very fun.  I bought myself the new Wii Fit Plus (and some Little People for the kids). 

The Plus came yesterday after I had already worked out, so I saved it for today.  It was pretty cool.  The most notable feature, which didn't actually apply today, was the new multiplayer feature.  I can't wait for some Thanksgiving hula hooping with Nan and Pop! 

There aren't any new aerobic workouts, but there are some fun new "games," my favorite being Rhythmic Kung Fu.  At $20 retail, I'd say its worth it, but then again, I didn't pay for it =)


Wednesday, October 14, 2009


The UPS man sure knows how to make a girl's day. Today he brought me these:

Which I showed you before. But, also in the package was a "gift" from TypeTypeType, who makes those. It was this:


A Book of Mormon Reading chart that actually looks like something I would like to look at (and use!). I don't know if you can tell, but each of those little dots and dashes represent a chapter in the respective book. So, as you read you mark them off.

I swear if the stuff had look liked this when I was a young woman I may have cared. I was also pleasantly surprised when I looked at TTT's business card, she is located in Springville, UT! Way to represent.

And, the UPS man brought something else that we'll talk about tomorrow after I've had a chance to test it out...