Monday, June 29, 2009

My Stick Family from


I stayed up way too late last night, mastering my knitting and purling. Yep, I'm officially getting it down. (aside from a few..."character traits", aka...screw ups). This could be partially to the fact that I learned purling Saturday night after my 3rd margarita. Apparently I learn better that way. We had a fun girls night with chips, salsa and margaritas and knitting. Don't we know how to have a good time? These evenings are referred to as "Stitch and B****". Which of course is exactly what we did.

This morning I'm loving on my cup of coffee and trying to wake up. I've already got the beds made, laundry in and so on but I'm still a little foggy. I'm not sure what we'll do today, maybe a picnic lunch at the park or something along those lines. We'll just have to see!

Lets see, anything interesting happen in my life since my last post? Hmmmm...well I got pulled over by a cop yesterday in FRONT of our church. Now how embarassing is that? Fortunately, I didn't get a ticket, just a warning. Apparently I didn't yield at a 2 way stop to the traffic that was passing through. I was thinking it was a 4-way stop. Of course, my children (and family members) were in the car with me so there will be no living it down. I was very polite to the officer and made no mention of the fact that there was more than likely still some tequila running through my veins. That could only work against me. (On the bright side though, it was one of the best church services ever. Richie Shaw gave the message, and he's always my favorite! The music rocked too! I love, love Real Life Ministries!)
In 3 more weeks the Sutton family will be off to Glacier National Park! The kids are so excited to get back to camping, and we are looking forward to much needed family time. Whoo Hooo!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I should be....

  • paying the bills

  • doing the laundry

  • cleaning up bbq chips off the carpet

  • buying groceries

  • cleaning up the yard

  • watering the garden

  • weeding flowerbeds

  • helping the kids with their Kidventure Sunday school books

  • rebalancing my 401k

  • returning a zillion calls

  • running a zillion errands

  • scheduling an appointment with my stylist

  • taking the van in for an oil change

  • sorting through the stacks of stuff my kids brought home from school last week

  • watering my flowers

  • pruning the bushes

  • cleaning toothpaste off the bathroom mirrors (how DO they do this?)

Instead, I am....

  • hanging out with my kids playing super mario on the old Nintendo

  • blogging, and making lists of future blog ideas

  • facebooking

  • glaring at laundry

  • glaring at bills

  • wanting to pile up with the kids on the couch and knit

Oh well, at least I got my to-do list done, that's one more thing I can check off!


Paco and Cole recently signed up for Cub Scouts. Cole is wildly beyond excited. He is very excited to be a "wolf", and he is in Troop 464. Their regular meetings don't start back up until September, but today they went and got Cole's uniform and handbook. Again, I must stress the wildly beyond excitement statement. He locked himself in his bedroom for a half hour getting himself dressed, and wouldn't let anybody help him. Ultimately, he did allow his Dad to help him a little!!
Scout meetings won't resume until September, but they are having a campout on the outfield of the Spokane Indians baseball stadium in August. Paco and Cole will get to set up their tent on the field and camp out for the night. They are both excited! There will also be a bonfire this summer. Paco was a scout so this is all very meaningful to him. He was a little teary eyed seeing Cole in his uniform was sweet!

Monday, June 22, 2009


I found these photos on Lee's facebook page, they're from our wedding day. Lee was Paco's best man, and is one of his best friends. Check these two out.....
Hmmm...I wonder if they can still jump like that 13 years later?

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Here's a peek at the gifts the kids made for their Dad. The frames were quite a project..we've been working on them for several days! We will suprise Paco with them when he gets home from work....

Happy Father's Day, Paco! I always knew you would be a remarkable father!!!

We love you!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


I've had these visions of making darling, cozy mittens for my children to wear. They would put them on with pride, known that they were made with love from their Mother. They would look something like this...

After spending 2 hours today simply trying to get the first couple rows going on a sample, I've had visions of what I will actually look like when I am able to accomplish such a feat...

Knitting Gods, please take pity on me.


So I took my first knitting class Tuesday night, and I am lost! I've got the casting on part mastered, since I keep screwing up and having to start over. However, learning the knit stitch may be my undoing. I've tried you tube videos, and while they are helping, there's still a learning curve. However, I will KNOT NOT let this get the best of me!

I will prevail.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Okay, so most of you know how much I LOVE the farm chicks, right? I mean, really, it is SO my thing. Anyway, imagine my excitement when one of the farm chicks posted a comment on my blog. MY BLOG! My little ole' not-so-that-important blog. I know Serena probably posted on many, many blogs after the farm chicks show, since many of us posted a link to her website. But Geez, I am still psyched about it! Yes, I'm available for autographs.


Its mornings like this that I love. Waking up to heavy rain, the cool breeze on my face flowing in from the bedroom window. My snuggly little Gracie wrapped up next to me, with her thumb in her mouth and looking so peacefully content. The smell of Sunday coffee brewing, urging me to wake up. My firstborn early riser, still fast asleep, nestled deep under his blankets. Ahhhhh, perfection. I've fixed Gracie her rainy day cocoa, which she gently reminded me of before I had even cleared my head after opening my eyes. We love cocoa on days like this....
I am also enjoying the rich, yummy scent of my new candle, which I bought with the gift certificate that Paco's Mom gave me to Bed, Bath and Beyond for Mother's day, and listening to some awesome praise music...
and enjoying my coffee out of my all time, favorite coffee mug, that was painted, (where else?) at Polka dot pottery a few months ago while spending some time with an old friend.

I think we will go to the late service at church and enjoy a little bit more of this perfection.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


It's Saturday evening, and I am winding down from a hectic workweek. Actually, my week was busy in every way possible, it seems. We are preparing for the end of school next Wednesday, and Paco and I have been busy coordinating work schedules so as to plan for childcare. While it does get stressful, I remind myself how fortunate we are to control our own schedules, for the most part.

It will be an eventful summer for the Sutton family. We have 2 major camping trips planned (with reservations made clear back in March). One to Riley Creek up North, and a four day trip to Glacier National Park. We also have at least 2 trips to the cabin planned to stay with family. Throw in a week of Vacation Bible School for the kids, one week of day camp at Sweyolakan, and a few other surprises here and there. It will require some creative scheduling, since I only have 2 of my 4 weeks of vacation left, and that has to last me until the end of October. UGH. Somehow it will all work out.

The family is sound asleep, and I sit here in the dining room enjoying the smell of approaching rain and listening to my neighbor's sprinklers, yet again delighting in the fact that he is watering my vegetable garden for me. How kind! Tomorrow morning brings freshly brewed coffee and a lazy morning before the kids and I head off to church while Paco is at work.

Paco and I were able to sneak away for a few hours today and catch a movie (Thanks Lesley!) I begrudgingly agreed to see Star Trek, although its not really my thing. I have to admit, I liked it! (Amanda, you get to be right this time) The best part? Now I get to drag Paco to see Sex in the city with me when it comes out. Okay, okay, just kidding. I know his limits.

Off to bed I go. It will be so nice to sleep in (a little), make french toast for the kids and enjoy my coffee when I'm not on the run to get out the door. I love days off!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Come on people, surely SOMEBODY has something to say?? I get the same people commenting all the time! (thank you, by the way!) I demand feedback!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Last night, Gracie wrote love letters to her Daddy and I. Isn't she totally (insert trademark Gracie hair flip here), the sweetest? Here's Daddy's...
and mine....Yeah, I know, totally sweet.


Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Yes, I know its Tuesday. Can't we just pretend its Monday? Oh wait, that would put me one day behind for my weekend. Forget that. So here's my dirt for the week (and beyond)...

Since our vacuum cleaner has been broken for nearly a month and we haven't spent the money on a new one yet (relax, we have been using the shop vac so the place isn't completely disgusting), I absolutely DID NOT allow the dogs into the house to do a clean sweep of the carpet. That would be so disgusting!! Of course, it did save me on dog food for the day. I mean, if I had actually did that. Which I totally didn't.

I also DID NOT deny my children the pleasure of having their neighbor friends over to play yesterday simply because I didn't want to put on a bra and some decent clothes. Any decent Mom would make an effort to let their kids have a good time.

I WAS NOT tempted to click on the "How I lost my jiggly fat" link that popped up in my email account earlier this week. I DO NOT have any extra jiggly fat that I need to get rid of. NONE!

I DID NOT bribe, manipulate and threaten encourage my children to be on their best behavior while at the farm chicks show with me with promises of treats and a special outing. Of course, MY children always enjoy being on their best behavior simply just because they like being good, and don't need compensation. I also DID NOT spend $2.00 each on spongebob ice cream bars simply because they had actual candy eyeballs that stuck out of his head. Who would spend good money on crap like that? Not me.

After volunteering at Gracie's Kindergarten yesterday, my butt IS NOT sore from sitting in the itty, bitty Kindergarten sized chair for 2 hours cutting and rubber cementing. I also DID NOT secretely enjoy the smell of the rubber cement.

I AM NOT getting ready to dig through the outside garbage can looking for a very important piece of paper that my husband left out for me yesterday. I'm sure I DID NOT get it mixed up with some other papers and threw it away, along with some moldy salsa and leftover bbq chicken drumsticks. I'm sure that WILL NOT be disgusting.

Wish me luck.

Monday, June 8, 2009


Yesterday we had a great time at farm chicks! There were four of us girls, and then I brought the kids along too. They were very well behaved, I was so proud of them. Money's tight these days, so I didn't buy much, just one thing for the house and then a birthday gift. Here's what I got... Here's some pictures of some of the booths...

Cute, huh? I love the primitive/shabby chic style. (Check out the farm chicks blog by clicking here After we left farm chicks, we stopped for coffee and then dropped by a nearby park so we could visit and the kids could burn off a little LOT of pent up energy. Their favorite part of the day was buying spongebob ice cream bars from the ice cream truck.

Then, we came home and did a little housework and yardwork, then cooked up some chicken on the BBQ. After that, I built a fire in our outdoor fireplace and we roasted marshmallows. The kids and I just sat by the fire, talked alot, and just relaxed.

Fast forward to today. I got up early and got some stuff done before the kids got up, then it was off to school. After that I came home and cleaned out the garage a little so I could get my car back in it. It was still a mess from when we built the raised garden a couple weeks ago. Then it was time for chores, bills, and the like. At 12:20, I went to Gracie's school to have lunch with her. She was SO excited and Mrs. Milliken said she was talking about it all day. I offered to stay and help out since I didn't really have any plans until school was out. I put together 22 father's day gifts for the Kindergartners to take home for their Dads, and then worked on their year end memory books. I really enjoyed it and Gracie was on cloud 9 having me there. I totally would have loved being a Kindergarten teacher!

After we got home, Cole and I were butting heads about something and off he stormed into his room, got into bed and went to sleep. HA! He did the same thing about a month ago. I let him stay up way too late last night and I'm sure that has something to do with it. So now, Gracie is watching a little T.V. and I'm folding laundry and poking around on the computer.

Remember the spelling test Cole and I have been so anxiously waiting for (and working on?). He got it back today and, got 2 letters switched around so he didn't get it right. BUMMER!! I could tell he was going too fast because his writing was sloppy and he had written and erased several times. Oh well, I'm still proud of how close he came, and I'm certain that if he had taken his time he wouldn't have made the simple mistake.

I'm starting another blog!! Actually, more of a journal. This one isn't public, sorry. I'm using it as a place to think, vent, be sad, be mad, be glad, etc. All the stuff I don't necessarily want to share with anyone else. I have some friends that do this and say it is very therapeutic, and it allows them to be honest when dealing with their feelings because no one will see it. I think this would be great for me. It will also be interesting to look back on and see what I struggle with now as opposed to 5 years from now. Wish me luck!

Someone asked me yesterday where I find the time to blog. It's simple, really. First of all, I don't watch television at all during the week. If there's something I want to watch, I DVR it and watch it on the weekends after the kids go to bed. This frees up ALOT of time! The last show I watched was the season finale of Grey's anatomy. Oh wait, I did watch an episode of The little couple last night. Cute show! Secondly, I do alot of scheduled posting. So, I write the post at one time, but maybe schedule it to post at a different time or day. I write alot of my posts in the mornings before work, or in the afternoon while the kids play outside with their friends. Not much in the evenings, because we're doing family stuff and we go to bed early 'round these parts. Third, it really doesn't take much time after the initial set up, and its SO fun! (to me, at least).

Well this turned out to be a random post about everything and nothing, didn't it?

Sunday, June 7, 2009


I've been meaning to share this recipe for awhile and can't remember if I ever did. Sure, the sensible thing would be to look back through my posts and see, but I prefer the lazy way of just taking my chances since I do have other things to do today. This is for chicken marsala, and it is out of this world! We will be having this tomorrow night with parmesan asparagus. Give it a try!


1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded 1/4 inch thick
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1/4 cup cooking sherry

In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.
In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine and sherry. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

This is good served with can drizzle some of the sauce over them. ENJOY!


Ahhhh, no Sunday morning (or any other morning for that matter) would be complete without my coffee....I love you, coffee.I have been waiting for this day for a whole entire year!! Today is the farm chicks show! I went last year by myself, and have been raving about it since then. A group of about 4 or 5 of us from work have been planning today out since last June. What's that you say? You don't KNOW WHO THE FARM CHICKS ARE? Impossible!
The show today is a combination of all different sorts of vendors selling different things. Think Saks fifth avenue meets flea market. Cool, I told you! I'm hoping to find some funky vegetable stakes for my garden. Afterwards we may do coffee or lunch, or whatever the hell we feel like. Ooops, I sad a bad word. I can't help myself. Farm chicks are HERE!

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Hooray! One week to the day since we planted our new garden, and I am happy to announce the arrival of our...radishes! I knew they would be the first to sprout but that was fast! I know you are simply dying for a look, so here you go...Aren't you thrilled? No? Well then you must have more exciting things going on in your life than I do...because I'm freakin' excited! Soon, they will look delcious and tasty like this...On a more disturbing note, my topsy-turvy tomatoes are going all turvy-topsy on me. (Did you catch that clever play on words? You have to read carefully, I'm quick like that). See what I mean? See that branch on the bottom left that has done a U-turn? It's trying to grow upright. Seems that its ticked off about being flipped over all topsy-turvylike. My question is, what the heck do I do now? I have been consulting with fellow topsy-turvy'ers and no one knows. Maybe when the tomatoes arrive they will weight it back down? Any ideas? Anyone curious as to how many more times I can slip the words topsy-turvy into this post?


Last night, at Gracie's Kindergarten BBQ, there were all kinds of activities to keep the kids busy. The kids played Bingo, did arts and crafts, visited the book fair and played outside. Their favorite thing, however, was having their faces painted!!

It was also very exciting for Gracie to show Cole around her classroom and meet her friends. Cole got to visit with Mrs. Grant, his Kindergarten teacher from last year. We also visited with Mrs. Marsh, the Kindergarten counselor. She is someone we particularly enjoyed visiting with, as she and Cole spent quite a bit of time together last year!! Apparently, when he was having a tough time paying attention, etc, in class, he would go to Mrs. Marsh's office. She is a wonderful, wonderful person and is so good at what she does. You can really tell she loves the kids. We've bumped into her a few times at the store and she always remembers us by name and talks about how much she enjoyed Cole when he was in Kindergarten. Last night I commented on how she remembers his name when we see him and she said "Well, I especially remember Cole because he is such a special guy!" Then, she said "and I think Mom knows what I mean by that!". Ummmm....why yes, I do. He definately is easy to remember!!

Did you all know that I have very special lunch plans for Monday? I will be dining with my Kindergartner at....The Ladybug Table, thank you very much. I will be bringing Wendy's (so I'm told), and it will be simply fabulous. Maybe I'll get to have one of those milk pouches that you just stick the straw into, or an orange shape-up. I've always wondered what the heck those are. She's been begging me all year and I am finally getting to it. I wanted to spend so much more time at the Kindergarten center this year volunteering, but I had to take quite a bit of time off work when Gracie was in the hospital (and out). I really will miss it, everyone there is fantastic, and they were so good to use when Gracie was sick. I can't say enough good things about the Central Valley Kindergarten Center. I almost want to have another baby just so we can go back!

Friday, June 5, 2009


I am an emotional mess. Tonight we went to Gracie's Kindergarten center for their "end of the year" bbq / family night. I can't believe she is done with Kindergarten. Where did this year go? What will we do without her wonderful, wonderful teacher, Mrs. Milliken? Gracie adores her. No more learning to write the alphabet and numbers. No more sitting at the butterfly and ladybug tables. No more Thanksgiving turkeys' made out of her little paint covered handprints. No more silly little songs to help her remember her color words. I can't believe its over. I can't believe she is 6 years older and almost a first grader. Watching my little girl leave Kindergarten is so much harder than watching her begin last fall was.

Yes, she is still a little girl, and a Mama's girl at that. But, I'm running out of time with her. I know, I know, we've got many more years, but where did the first 6 years go? I remember nursing her when she was a baby and thinking, I've got SO much time to enjoy this little person. Now, we've moved on to addition and subtraction, and pierced ears. Soon she will be gone and I will be lost. She is such an extension of me, and I love our connection. Does our relationship just change as time goes on? Does our connection grow and mature and deepen? I have to hope so.

I know she will love first grade. She is beyond ready. And, she still loves snugglin' with Mama and wants to do everything with me. Sometimes this drives me nuts, but I have to remind myself to embrace these times while I have them. She has such a loving heart and gentle spirit, and makes this world a better place to live in.

Gracie, Mommy loves you.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


This Friday, Cole has his last spelling test. He has done fantastic with them, and his favorite part is the "juicy" bonus word they have at the end of their test. It's just "extra", but he and I love to work on them and I don't think he has ever missed one. They are words like metamorphosis, environment, etc. Something beyond first grade level. Sooooo....his whole spelling test this week is centered around one "juicy" word....


You know, from Mary Poppins. Either Mr. Porter has a great sense of humor or he's downright mean!

Cole's been practicing it every day since Friday, and today when we got home he got it perfect! Check it out....
Obviously, he got MY smarts! We'll see how he holds up under the pressure on Friday! Wish him luck!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Here's what happens to little boys who antagonize their mother just a little too much while she's holding a garden hose....He totally had it coming. And, just so you know, Miss Gracie had her part in this as well. She was actually the instigator of the whole thing, but then she got cold and her mood turned sour. She spent a half hour laughing hysterically about getting wet, and 20 minutes afterwards crying about it. What would a loving, doting Mama do in a situation such as this? Take a picture, of course!I don't want any harrassing phone calls from the grandparents claiming neglect. No Sutton children were harmed during the making of this post.