Monday, August 31, 2009

Making me happy.

Nothing super spectacular, just a whole bunch of little good things...

  • a whole bevy of new music to start enjoying, a couple of my new favorites are at the top of today's playlist. I'll fill you in on the rest of the new music tomorrow when I post the September playlist.
  • fair is over. It was fun while it lasted, but I am happy to be home and getting back to normal life.
  • my husband is home. He came home yesterday after spending three days in the mountains volunteering at the same race he ran last year. He really enjoyed the different perspective that working an aid station gave him.
  • my house is clean. After a week of neglect, we came home from fair and cleaned, cleaned, cleaned. Makes me happy.
  • school starts on Wednesday. I am so ready to get back to a schedule. This summer has been so busy and hectic that I am actually looking forward to sending my kids off to some structure.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


This week is fair week, where we take three of our pigs to market. It will be an interesting week for sure, with three kids [Madeline, Jocelyn, and Ethan] all showing their hogs. If you're local, stop by the swine barn and say hi! We're the Muddie Buddies group.

Oh, and before I head out today, I thought I would relay some super exciting news...

Michael's new album has been confirmed to release on October 13th. Hooray!
And his first single will be available on Monday!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Outdoor Movie

[click to enlarge]

Friday night we celebrated the girls birthdays with an outdoor movie/hang out party with their friends. It was pretty laid back and simple to pull off [just the way I like it.] I hired a guy to come set up the screen, projector, and sound equipment and that cost $100. I thought it was a pretty good deal, especially since we were celebrating two birthdays...definitely worth it.

I rented a popcorn machine for $20 and we put out pop and candy. The kids watched the classic, "The Princess Bride", and there is just something magical about watching a movie outdoors at night, on a warm summer evening under the stars. Magical.

When the movie was over, the 20+ kids came in the house where the girls opened gifts and we served up cupcakes decorated in their favorite colors.

It was a fun night, and a birthday party I would totally do again.

Friday, August 21, 2009


To celebrate Madeline and Jocelyn's 14th and 13th birthday's [which fell smack dab in the midst of reunion week] we are hosting an outdoor movie at our home. It's going to be fun. I'll post pictures on Monday.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dear Summer,

[photo from hula seventy]

I have been so busy these last three months that I have had little time to relax and enjoy you. Lately, I've been wishing that I could just push rewind and slash some of the business to make more time for swimming at the pool, and family BBQ's and reading...I really wish I had the chance to read more books. Oh, well.

But, Summer, all of this craziness has given us plenty of good memories. We have raised 7 pigs to take to fair, we have picked blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. We have gone to girls camp, basketball camp, EFY, concerts, ultra-marathons, and family reunions. We have visited cousins, pulled weeds, cleaned the garage, and focused on housework. After fair next week, we will be ready to bid you farewell and welcome fall.

Thanks for the memories.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thinking about:

+ these purple lacy earrings that make me wish for fall
+ the school shopping we need to finish
+ the progress we have made on our weed filled yard
+ how long it will take us to pull the rest of the weeds
+ fair next week...and what we have left to do with our pigs
+ the dishes and laundry I need to conquer today
+ this song that I am totally loving right now
+ the Pasco High reg. form I need to turn in for Madeline
+ how strange it is to picture her going to my old school
+ sweet Lin who made me a mix with this AMAZING song
+ Thank you Lindsay!
+ amazing posts like this one and this one and this one
+ the sadness that I felt last year at this exact time
+ and the way faith, hope, and time can heal wounds
+ how happy I am that SYTYCD will be back in a short time
+ how much I love a clean garage
+ and the husband that cleaned it...even mopped it!
+ the bills I need to pay
+ this talk which I am giving a lesson on this Sunday

There's a little peek into my head today...
can I peek into yours?

Monday, August 17, 2009


This is a picture of my Grandpa and Grandma Mathews. Eldon and Dorothy. [We call this picture Mathews Gothic because it reminds us of this classic.] I thought of my grandparents often this past weekend as I looked around and saw all that they had created. How happy they would be to see all of their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and even a couple of great-great grandchildren.

There were 185 of us who participated in this Mathews Reunion and I was reminded what a special family this is. Everyone gets along, there is no foul language spewing, no alcohol needed to have fun, no cigarette smoke to offend anyone. Just good, clean, fun.

Here's a lineup of what we did this weekend:


We started the weekend off with approximately 65 adults/youth filling the various areas of the temple. It is the perfect way to start the reunion and so nice to be in the temple with each other.

After the temple, we had an adult dinner in my parents backyard, where 95 of us enjoyed delicious food under white twinkle lights. It was perfect. We played the newlywed game with four of the newest couples to have been married, which is always a riot. Hilarious.


We held our traditional family fun run [5k] at Howard Amon Park. There are serious runners in this family and so there are medals for the winners of each age division. Some people ride their bikes, others just stroll along and enjoy the beautiful river. We end the fun run with muffins and juice, and it is one of my favorite traditions.

After the fun run, some of the men went golfing while the rest went back to Aunt Phyllis' where there were children's activities available. Aunt Kim taught some of us how to knit. Then we had lunch and some were off to kayak on the Columbia. We had arranged with the City of Pasco to provide us 5 hours of kayaking and so there were 4 groups who kayaked. Everyone had a lot of fun.

Meanwhile, back at Phyllis' the kids continued to swim and play. Cousin Staci taught us how to make dinner/cinnamon rolls and this is where the only mishap of the weekend came in. During Staci's class, a child came running in yelling that Staci's daughter had broke her arm, and so the class abruptly ended so that Julia could be rushed to the emergency room.

We had pizza and rootbeer floats at a nearby cousin's [the Wright's] home and then we were off to Carmichael hill to go ice blocking. I haven't slid down that hill on a block of ice for about 17 years...I forgot how much fun that is.

After ice blocking, we headed back to the Wright's home to watch an outdoor movie, complete with a popcorn machine and concession stand. It was so much fun to watch a movie under the stars with my kids.


A few people began the day with an early morning bike ride around the Tri-Cities, and others participated in a bootcamp, led by a cousin who is a personal trainer. Then we had a delicious breakfast cooked by the 6 brothers and the Henry's.

After breakfast, the twins [my dad and uncle] led family on a bird watching tour near Columbia Park. Then it was time for the much anticipated Amazing Race II. We held the amazing race last reunion, two years ago, and this one was touted to be bigger and better. And it was. It was also harder. It took some teams 3 hours to complete the race, but everyone had fun!

Finally, we ended at Uncle Richard's home to have a BBQ and our traditional auction. This auction is one of my favorite things about the reunion. Everyone donates something, a good or service, a handmade object, a sentimental something. Then we all bid and bid and the money that is generated from the auction helps pay for the reunion.

I am so grateful to belong to such an amazing family, and I'll be counting down the days until we all meet again.

Oh, and this is my 500th post! Whew!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


  • I am loving this photo from Eliza Magazine's Spring issue. LOVE it, I tell you.
  • I love this, this and this post. Awesome women that I just love to hear tell their stories.
  • I am going to pull weeds for a couple of hours with my kids...hoping it goes better than yesterday's weed pulling session [details later.]
  • I am going to take my children to visit their great-grandmother who recently had surgery.
  • We'll take her some flowers from our yard.
  • I need to deliver/ship some CD's.
  • I need to pick up some papers to send Madeline to a different high school than the one we thought she would attend...[details later.]
  • I need to go get a chiropractic adjustment from my brother.
  • I need to make a few family reunion phone calls...only two more days...YEAH!
  • I am going to have a better day than yesterday!!! [details later]

Monday, August 10, 2009


My cyber-buddy Mique, [who is currently soaking up the sun in Hawaii...LUCKY], sent me over a few questions to answer last week and she posted my answers on her blog, 30 Handmade Days.

I tried really hard not to sound too dorky, but I'm not sure I pulled it off!

Can't Stop Listening -

-to this incredibly gorgeous album:

Almost and Always - David Mead

Favorite songs [so far]:

Last Train Home
Blackberry Winters
Little Boats
Sleeping in Saturday
Love Don't Leave Me Now

But, honestly, has me enchanted!
It's a solid package of beautiful melodies and honest lyrics.
I could not stop listening to this album as Brandon and I
drove this weekend to Leavenworth and back.

Listen here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

August Mix Winners

Here are the winners of this month's giveaway:

Michelle S.
Susan S.
Lisa C. - can you please e-mail me your address?
Jodi W.
Tiffani H.

Ladies, Congratulations! I will get your mixes in the mail, [except you Michelle, I will give you yours at the reunion!]

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Full Heart

I woke up today with my heart overflowing. I am grateful for so much:

  • Grateful that Madeline is having such a wonderful time at EFY that she hasn't even had time to call home. [I called her though, and she is having a blast, and didn't have much time to chat with her mother.] I am grateful for that.
  • My heart is so full to have had some time last night to sit down and chat with my parents. my life has been so busy lately, I haven't seen them much. I needed that.
  • We are in the last stages of planning our upcoming Mathews Family Reunion, which will be next week, and I am so grateful to belong to the most amazing family. Every time I get an RSVP from one of them, I start to feel giddy about how fun it will be to see everyone. Right now, the count, including babies = 173 family members will be attending. I. Can't. Wait!
  • Lately, as I more fully realize the financial turmoil that this world is in, I am so grateful that my husband has a job and that we have all that we need and want. Really grateful.
  • So grateful to belong to a religion that knows exactly what it's members need to hear. This month's presidency message spoke to my heart.

What are you grateful for today?

Monday, August 3, 2009


Just in case you've ALWAYS wanted a Passionista button for your own blog, you can copy the code on my sidebar and paste it to your own layout. And while you're at it, check out Lyndsay's new venture Beautify My Blog, tons of beautiful designs to choose from. She is the best!

And don't forget to sign up to win the August mix!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August Mix / Giveaway

Hmmmm, I love this mix. It is filled with songs that make me want to tuck the kids into bed and sit on the front porch with my husband while we sip on ice cold lemonade. Beautiful, beautiful music. Relaxing, and romantic, and filled with that summery vibe.

The mix is filled with old classics sung by the masters as well as old classics sung by some jazz newbies. Every song is incredible, and I honestly can't pick a favorite, but here's my top 10 from the mix:

1. I Put A Spell On You - Nina Simone. Have you ever heard a more impassioned song? When Melissa danced her solo to this song on SYTYCD, I just KNEW that I had to make a mix with it, and it pretty much inspired this entire mix.

2. Try A Little Tenderness - Michael Buble. I adore that man. His voice, his interpretation. He's flawless.

3. I Hadn't Anyone Till You - Ella Fitzgerald. If I could travel back in time to see anyone in concert it would be her. She's my ultimate. ALL TIME. Favorite. I love you Ella!

4. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars - Jo Stafford. I found this song on my Pandora Bossa Nova station and oh, how lovely it is. It pretty much sums up the playlist, which is why I named the mix after it.

5. Our Love Is Easy - Melody Gardot. I have mentioned her before, but I really love her newest album and this song is my favorite. Such a gorgeous song.

6. The Lamp Is Low - Robin McKelle. I la-la-love this song. It makes me want to find a really great dancing dress and go a dancin'!

7. The Summer Wind - Madeleine Peyroux. I love her voice so much because she has the rare ability to carry me to another place and another time where there isn't a care in the world.

8. If You Went Away - Jane Monheit. I have a few versions of this song, all by different artists and there is just something about this song that makes me melt.

9. Desafinado - Eliane Elias. Another bossa nova tune that really gives the mix that hot summer night feeling.

10. For All We Know - Donny Hathaway. Just simply one of the most beautiful songs ever sung.

Want this mix? Comment once by 11pm Thursday, August 6th to win this mix. 5 winners will be announced Friday. Good Luck!