Wednesday, September 30, 2009


- order some of this perfect, apple green bakers twine.
It is so perfect it almost makes me cry.
More colors will be available soon... can't wait!

- send flirty texts to my cute husband

- more laundry

- more dishes

- try to find a really good salmon bisque chowder
recipe for dinner

- try to kill all the flies in my house.
Seriously one of the most annoying things
about this time of year.
I think I might go insane.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


what I'm going to listen and soak up today: I am in la-la-la-la-la-love with Jenn Grant's warm and delicious voice and I'm going to soak up her newest album "Echoes" today. Oh my goodness, it's the perfect thing to listen to on a blustery, fall day. Check this out.

a book I love:
I am currently reading "Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller" a novel, based on actual people and events, and I love it. I hope to finish it today. Have you read it? What did you think? I don't think it feels like a novel at all.

some videos you MUST watch: My sister in law Melanie...she gets my music obsession and every once in a while, she e-mails me links to videos she knows I will love. [Melanie, these gave me chills.] Love them to pieces. And I think this is the proof America needs, to realize that the arts are just as important in school as math, science, and reading. Look at the way these children come alive when they sing. Amazing! Click here and here and here and here. Bravo to PS22 and their inspiring teacher Mr. B!

a link you locals might like: My cousin Alicia, is working to gather up 99 other people who would like to see New Moon before anyone else and not at the unnatural hour of 12am. Click here and let her know if you are interested.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Mraz. In concert.

> Jason went up a few notches on the adorable factor.

> he sounded even better live, which is always a plus, right?

> when he went straight into Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds"
after "I'm Yours"... I swooned.

> a very very slowed down version of "A Beautiful Mess"
is a very. very. good. thing.

> my new favorite Mraz song, "Dear Anna." [ if you can't hear it, turn volume up all the way!]
Help! I haven't been able to find this song anywhere.
Major Reward
for locating a download for this gorgeous song! Please!

> new-to-me Bushwalla was a great host and it was a blast to watch him and Jason jam together like old friends. G-Love and Special Sauce were... okay.

> Spokane's Riverfront park, overlooking the river, on a perfect 75 degree evening... it was a magical backdrop for Jason's music.

> we [mom and I] finished up our perfect evening at my aunt and uncle's B&B and woke up the next morning to the most insanely delicious breakfast. Very Naughty! But worth every bite.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Good Things:

a few things I am crushing on right now...

- Mika's new album but especially track 2, "Blame It On The Girls." Listen here.

- this post and her completely adorable gift for her beau. Her creativity levels astound me.

- Landon Pigg's upcoming album and the two free mp3's offered at his site. Go check it out here. I love both songs.

- this beautifully renovated cottage in picturesque France. I want to go to there. [via]

- want to download a really cute, free, thank you card? go here. [via]

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Be Happy.

I loved loved loved all of your comments on yesterday's post. I too believe that happiness is a choice, and that even though trials and sadness and frustration and anger WILL come into each of our lives, we can overcome them with happiness.

And I firmly believe that daily happiness can be found in gratitude [because we have SO much] and in serving others. When we fill our hearts with gratitude for what we have been blessed with, there isn't as much room in our hearts for sadness and anger. And when we reach out to help someone else, our own pain and trials seem less significant.

I witnessed this recently with my dear mother, who has been struggling with serious health issues for quite some time. I spoke to her one morning a few weeks ago on what seemed to be one of the hardest days she'd ever had and she was in deep despair. I was intensely worried about her, and was trying to brainstorm some ways to help. Later that day, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things, and I ran into my mom, at the store. She was weak and frail, but she had a smile on her face, because she was there helping someone else in need do their shopping. This woman had needed a ride to the store, and she needed a friend, and someone to listen to her.

I was confused. My mom was so sick and having one of the hardest days ever, but there she was serving someone else who was in need. She called me later that night and told me that seeing the trials that this woman was facing made her own struggles pale in comparison. And then I wasn't confused anymore. I remembered that I have learned this lesson before, and that my Heavenly Father is constantly reminding me...

Be Grateful. Serve Others. Be Happy.

*** Please read this post from my cousin Lisa, she knows of what she speaks.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Life Questions

After a long conversation with my mom last night,
I couldn't stop thinking about this...

Is that the way you believe?

Or do you think more along the lines of...

"sometimes circumstances in life make it
impossible to be happy."

I'm curious to hear your thoughts...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Be Still

the day didn't start out very well.
sometimes being a mom
is just so hard.
and on some days
she allows herself to get frustrated.
and she forgets to see all that is
good and beautiful.

and then as this frustrated mom
drives her children out of the driveway,
she sees this beautiful flower in her yard.

and it immediately stops her
and reminds her to calm down,
Be Still.

And then she hears a whisper
that says turn on some music.

And then she hears this:

Be Still, My Soul:
The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.

Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change he faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul:
Thy best, thy heav'nly Friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

And then she is grateful.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The ones I love the most:

It's been a little while since I did a big ol' music post, and there is a bunch of new music I can't wait to share with you. So here are a few songs that I can't seem to stop listening to and the albums that are worth checking out:

Can't Get You Out of My Mind - Aqualung. Track 3 from this new album. I've always loved his music, but this entire album has such a great sound...dare I say, Beatles-esque?

No One Said This Would Be Easy - The Postmarks. Track 1 from this really unique album. This new-to-me group has a very distinctive sound and I still have a lot of listening to go with this 17 track album.

Relator - Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson. Maybe my favorite song in this lineup. I tried to like Scarlett's debut album, but my ears wouldn't let me. This coupling with Pete Yorn on the other hand, is a different story. Their voices work together so well and the simple arrangements are just the kind of music Scarlett should stick to.

Heartbeat Radio - Sondre Lerche. I sort of fell in love with Lerche after watching this movie, so I was thrilled to see a new release from him. I am not disappointed. His quirky style is refreshing. I also really love track 9, I Guess It's Gonna Rain Today.

Everybody - Ingrid Michaelson. I could put this song on repeat and listen all day long. Indie darling Ingrid is so talented it BLOWS my mind. She seems to have a never ending supply of wonderful lyrics and catchy melodies in that pretty little head of hers. This album is a must buy!

While My Guitar Gently Weeps - AM featuring Tina Dico. Where do I begin with this song? One of my most favorite Beatles songs ever, and this cover may even trump the original version. AM is a new artist to me, but I've been a fan of Dico for a while now. This duet is gorgeous! And there are a couple of other songs from this album that I love as well.

Happier - A Fine Frenzy. A lovely song. I've listened through this album a couple of times now, and it has taken me some time to really love it. It's a bit of a departure from her debut album which I loved, but slowly, I am loving this release as well.

** Ultimately this post is a little preview for the October mix. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Dear Mom,
You & I


a Jason Mraz concert


Spokane's Riverfront Park

Next Friday, September 25th...

You want to go?
I've got a ticket for you...

Happy Birthday Mom!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Before I forget...

Tonight we take our last three pigs up to Connell for round two of fair week. This will be our first time at the Connell fair and I've heard good things about it. But let me rewind and tell you about a funny thing that happened at the Benton-Franklin fair.

So, it was showmanship day and Ethan was in the ring, struggling just a bit to show his pig. It is his first year after all, and he's only 10 and he only weighs about 60 pounds, while his pig weighed in at a whopping 251 pounds. So he struggled a bit. And the judge noticed, so to put poor Ethan out of his misery he began to let Ethan remove his pig from the ring and be done, but before he excused him he asked Ethan if he had ever seen Secondhand Lions. Ethan, was confused by the question. So the judge asked him again, and Ethan replied no. The judge then went on to tell him that he should see the movie because the lead character looked just like him.

I laughed out loud. Because we get this all the time. ALL.THE.TIME! In fact, several people [strangers] had already told us that throughout the week. And ever since he was about five years old, people would stop us at the store and tell us he looked like the kid from the sixth sense.

Apparently we have a celebrity look alike living in our midst...

[ I labeled the pictures, just in case, you know, it was hard to tell who was who!]

Friday, September 4, 2009

Mix Winners

The winners are:

#32 - Katy [please e-mail me your address]
#26 - Pink Lady a.k.a Jenny...I have your address.
#2 - Sarah, I've got your address as well
#13 - Katie @ Vinyl Vineyard [please e-mail me your address]
#24 - Kaye, I'll bring yours over soon!

Congratulations ladies!

Thursday, September 3, 2009


finally everyone is asleep
it's dark and peaceful
it's been one of those nights
where chaos reigns supreme
papers to fill up with info and sign
homework to be done
clothes to be folded
reading Stone Fox with Ethan
but there are too many interruptions
the phone rings
someone knocks on the door
children are arguing
backpacks are flung here and there

frustration and fatigue set in
finally everyone is asleep
straightening up the house
last load of laundry in
lights off
doors locked
walking past the front door to go to bed
another pair of Lily's shoes

but this time they catch my eye
and tug at my heart
because they are reminding me
to try a little harder
to be a little more patient
and enjoy this journey
called motherhood

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

School '09

Madeline: 9th grade, a freshman. She desperately wants to attend PHS, but they have put a freeze on transfers and so for now, she will continue to go to school out here. We'll try to make lemonade out of lemons. I hope she has a great year of high school regardless of where she is attending.

Jocelyn: 8th grade. I think this is the hardest year of school for most kids, so my hope for her is that she will not stumble too much and that she will stay close to her true friends.

Ethan: 5th grade. I can hardly believe that this will be Ethan's last year at the elementary. It kind off hurts my heart that he is growing up so fast. He still seems like my little boy to me.

Lily: 2nd grade. She is so super excited about the teacher she got this year. Her teacher is our next door neighbor...she thinks that is pretty cool.

Right now, all I can hear is the sound of the air conditioning and it is peaceful. But if I'm being honest, I miss my kids.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hello September.

Last night after a little trip to town, we drove into our garage and I got out of the car and took a deep, deep breath, and lo and behold, I could smell the grapes from a nearby vineyard. On the eve of the first of September, it was like a little gift...

{ I adore September. }

Hmmm, I love this mix. [do I say that every month?] But really I do. Here's my top ten:

1. Trying - Kate Walsh. You can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be listening to her brand new album ALL.DAY.LONG today. I already love it, and so far this one's my favorite.

2. Heavy Like Sunday - Leona Naess. Thank you Lovely Lindsay...that's all I've got to say.

3. Fire Escape - Diane Birch. When I'm in the mood for new music that has that retro vibe, this is the artist I go to.

4. You and I - Wilco & Feist. Need I say more?

5. Little Bird - Brooke White. Even if you tied me up and covered my mouth with duct tape, I would still try to sing along with this charming tune.

6. Honey Bee - Zee Avi. The namesake for this month's mix...just listen to the captured my heart.

7. Tonight You Belong To Me - Josh Ritter & Blake Hazard. Good luck finding this dear Lindsay gifted me this song, and I've yet to figure out where she found it. And it is lovely. And if you win this mix, you can get it for yourself.

8. Maybe - Ingrid Michaelson. With fair last week, I haven't had the chance to review her new album but I will, because it is AMAZING!

9. Come Home - One Republic & Sara Bareilles. I loved this song before Sara sang it with them, but I love this version even more.

10. You & I Both - Jason Mraz. This has always been my favorite Jason Mraz song and I really really love this live/acoustic version.

** Want a copy for yourself? Just comment once [with your e-mail address] before 9 am Friday, September 4th and five winners will be chosen. Good Luck!