Monday, June 8, 2015


disclaimer: what I'm about to write is not to be judged but I know it will anyways. eventually I'll share that I'm blogging again... friends, families, exs will all read this and that's fine, after all I am sharing this in the great big blog world.

having Mike home, like day to day, real life home, is freakin hard.

yup there it is. hard.

I'm a creature of habit, OCD, planner, don't fuck with my schedule kinda gal. soooo what happens when my husband moves back in and is home every night?
it fucks with my schedule.

We've literally dreamed and fanaticized about having a regular life with him home nightly so I'm a little shocked how long it took us to make that transition to being able to live together.

3 weeks. That's how long.

I went from eating my single lady dinner at 4:30- play time- bath time- story time- night time and mommy's solo time with no interuptions.

Mike is working 6 days a week. He leaves the house at 4:30 am and is back home around 7.

7 is when the kids go to bed and I shower aka soak up the rest of the hot water tank, pour some wine and sit my ass on the couch for Real Housewives or whatever garbage I've got on the DVR.

Now 7 means Wesson cries because Daddy isn't home yet and won't go to bed. I pack lunches, reheat dinner, both shower and pick a shower he can stand to watch.

But it also means a kiss hello. Someone else reading "trucks" for the 100th time. It means someone else possibly getting up at 3 am to fix a bottle. It means a love note left on the bar to start my day to. It means someone else taking the trash out, mowing the yard, feeding the dog.

I'm not in this alone now.

He isn't just a face on the ipad saying good night-
He's a kiss good night.

I love it. I'll repeat those 3 weeks again and again as long as I get my lineman home.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

30 before 30

Some of you might remember my 25 before 25 bucket list. I managed to get most of them but when I wrote that list I don't think I really thought about some of the goals. Run a half marathon, yeah that probably wasn't going to happen given the fact that I'm alone with the kids and they can only stand hanging out in the stroller for 30 minutes before loosing their shit.

a few others I didn't get that have rolled over into my new bucket list 30 before 30! I turn 30 in approximately 3 years and 4 months. Plenty of time considering most my goals are big ticket items...

1.  grow our own garden
2. learn to make sushi
3.  start a successful monthly book club
4.  go to costa rica (finally take that honeymoon!!!)
5.  become completely debt free except for our house
6.  recycle
7.  completely organize and simplify our house
8.  paint the walls
9.  purchase rocking chairs for the front porch
10.  bake my own bread
11.  paint the front door
12.  volunteer
13.  join a church bible study
14.  have dinner parties
15.  start blogging again
16.  girls trip
17.  learn to make French macaroons
18.  go snow shoeing
19.  stay in a yurt on the Oregon Coast
20.  take a class at the college
21.  learn to do a head stand
22.  go paddle boarding
23.  complete the no spend challenge
24.  invest wisely- financially and personally
25.  own leopard flats
26.  send birthday cards
27.  play volleyball on the beach, in a bikini & feel confident
28.  run a 10k
29.  read a book with Mike
30.  turn 30 in style!

There ya have it. Even after re-reading my list I get excited at challenging myself and exploring and learning new things. I know most people think making bucket lists is a silly thing to do but I love doing them. I make lists and goals for everything... I think it pushes me to be a better person and helps me mold into the type of wife, mother, and woman I want to be.


whoa it's been quiet a while since I've blogged...

honestly I stopped because we moved home... I thought that life "at home" would be normal and who really wants to keep up with a normal, every day blog?

but I've missed it! and life is far from "normal" so I'm jumping back on board. Our life is busy, busy just like yours so bare with me while I get back into the swing of things!

I'm an open book and I miss sharing little tid bits about our every day. Plus in the last few months I've been getting asked "what happened next" Tramp lines wives have said this little blog gave them insight to how it would be at home.

Also start blogging is #15 on my 30 before 30 bucket list... yes I'll be sharing that too.

first thing first... a recap of the last year, I can't really remember where we left off so I'll just dive into the big stuff!

- we bought our house! we've lived a little over a year and love it. You'll be seeing more of the house soon. I have big plans and lots of projects that I'll be dragging you all one.

- we got pregnant, found out we were having a little girl and now baby Kimber is over 5 months old and just the sweetest little thing. I'm planning on doing a blog of her birth story soon.

-Wesson turned 3 and just keeps us on our toes. He is 100% all boy and loves going on bow shoots with Daddy

-and of course where is my lineman? over the past year Mike has been working mostly in Washington. He went on his first storm as a journeyman lineman (one week before we had Kimber, yeah that was fun...) He's never more than 3 hours from home and home every weekend. He's had a few months of 6 days a week but mostly 5s. Currently he is home EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. and it is wonderful. Is this what some families have daily?! crazy stuff.

So that's the big stuff. We're just enjoying being a family of 4.5 and living this beautiful life of ours. I'm excited to be sharing our journey in this next step of our life with you all, whoever you are ;)

Monday, January 27, 2014

No Spend Feb!

Hey Friends!

So even though I didn't come up with the concept of a no spend month and I'm honestly worried we'll even make it, I had so many of you ask what exactly we were doing so I thought I'd blog it. Besides I think it'll be fun to look back on after the end of the month...

No spend February is exactly as it sounds. Mike and I will not be spending any money outside of our regular bills. We're even taking it as far as not grocery shopping except for milk, eggs, and fresh veggies & fruits.

Since February has a few events that I just couldn't pass up I just planned accordingly. Bought my baby shower gift, my yoga rave ticket and extra wine to take to a V-day party. Hey I think just making it a month without buying a decoration for the house will be a big improvement!

The main reason we're doing this is because coming out of the holidays and buying a house was expensive! Although we've been planning for the move and paid for basically everything in cash, we killed our savings and with Mike's job we can't risk not having 3 month of bills saved up.

Besides home décor and the occasional eating out, our major money over spending comes from groceries. I love to cook and find stuff on pintrest that I just have to make that night so next comes a grocery trip even if I had food for dinner already! So I meal planned for a whole month!

Since I had to do the monthly meal plan for both our home and Mike in the trailer, our grocery budget is higher than if we were living together. I did the crock pot freezer meals again to stock up the trailer.

Here's the tried and approved freezer meals I've used before HERE!

Our goals:

- build savings back up
- pay off the little bit of credit card we used
- pay off home depot credit card (we got an extra 10% off our carpet for opening this)
- figure out a solid grocery budget & stick to it during upcoming months

There ya have it! Not that exciting but it'll be worth it to get a jump start back into our financial peace plan...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


We're Alive I swear. We're all happier and busier than ever!

Last blog... November?! eeek. Sorry friends life literally got away from me.

I have a million pictures to post and updates to add but as exciting as our holidays were I'll just sum it up as:

  • family filled
  • soooo much food
  • lots of Mike time! (he's been on basically 3 days on, 4 days off)
  • Thanksgiving with the McBride fam, I successfully baked my 1st homemade pie with homemade crust!
  • I learned to use my sewing machine and made pillows, haha.
  • We took Wesson down to the Lighting Ceremony. He loved the jeeps!
  • I went a pj party with my favorites from my yoga studio.
  • We found, bought and moved into our new house.
  • Wesson was hilarious on Christmas morning, too much fun.
  • I let some things break into my hard work of not letting things affect me as much, as a result I left my NSUJL position. I still 110% support NSUJL but its best for me and our family if I'm not in the middle of it. Being a part of a non profit is A TON of work filled with people who want to take it down. It was too much but I applaud my sisters for sticking it out. For now I needed to focus on building our little family up.
  • We went to bed at 10 on New Years.
  • I officially became a bandwagon Seahawks fan. As a result I almost had my first football heart attack...
  • Wesson is growing, growing, growing and is officially in the potty training process. eek!
  • Mike is in the middle of switching jobs, again.
  • I went to yoga and wine night.
  • Our child thinks he's a dog.
  • I deleted and got a new fb. fresh start.

So much else has been happening. From big things to small things we're taking each day at a time and smiling a long the ways.

Sorry for being MIA but I'm back and the chaos of moving has settled down.

We have big things coming up for 2014 but we'll be focusing on keeping life simple.

Love you all <3

Monday, November 25, 2013

Being a Classy Lady

We had such a fun weekend, it was filled with date nights, girls day and play dates! I had had our weekend planned out for a few weeks now and actually realized that our date night and girls day crossed two tasks off my 25 before 25 list this last week before. My dad actually remembered before me!

Friday night Brandy and Mike get all the credit. They got tickets for the Trans Siberian Orchestra! Our night started with dinner and a bottle of yummy Latah Creek Huckleberry wine at the Stem Plant. Honestly we weren't over impressed with the food but the atmosphere, good wine and great company made up for it.


our group

very best frans.

Once we got to our seats we were ready to rock out. Seriously! I didn't really know what we were going to see, yah I'd heard of them and a few songs but holy cow I was impressed!! It was 80 rock mixed with Christmas music and LIGHTS!!! I might be adding "learn how to whip my hair back n forth like a Siberian rocker" to my next bucket list. If you've never seen them before make it a goal next Christmas to go. You will not be disappointed, it was awesome. I've posted a link below in case you need some convincing, this clip is just a small part of the amazing 3 hour show!!

concert pictures always suck haha

 #19 Go See a Play or Musical: CHECK! tran siberian rockers! <<< Go watch!!!

Saturday was a full day of shopping, wine and some of my favorite ladies!! If you've never heard of Real Deals you need to check out their facebook place HERE and than go visit the store! Its located on Dalton, kind of behind Skate Plaza. Only open Thursday and Saturdays but go! They have the best home décor for great prices!
our group

Well Saturday Kristin (owner of Real Deals) put together a bus tour. Basically we rode a bus around town (and out of town) to 10 the adorable shopping places in Cda, drinking wine and eating snacks. It was a blast!! Mom had gone on one last year and I was so jealous!! I'm so happy I got to go this year... I defiantly got some way cute stuff, my favorites my new "classy trailer trash" apron and burlap stockings. so fun.

my mommy <3

When we were out and about we stopped at Latah Creek Winery (remember my yummy wine from the night before?!) at the winery we actually got to walk around and taste different wines with different pairings, hello #25 go to a wine tasting. I literally didn't realize this until we were almost leaving so I snagged this picture real fast ;)

wine tasting!

Latah Creek Winery!

The busy weekend left me pretty exhausted and ready for a lazy Sunday, morning coffee with Whitney while the babies played and we finally got to catch up, while Mike was off hunting all day. Complete with family dinner and Walking Dead (anyone else getting reeeally annoyed all they're showing is the governor?!)

Anyways I hope every has a wonderful Thanksgiving week! My lineman is off all week so we have some projects to finish up, a day trip planned and will be heading to Ritzville for Thanksgiving Day.

Count your blessings friends!

in Wesson's world Jesus rides 4 wheelers.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thankful November

Since 90% of my facebook friends are sharing their "daily thing to be thankful for" deal in November I thought I'd share my number 6 on my 25 before 25 list. #6 is start and keep a daily gratitude notebook.

This is one of the simple, favorites that I'm so glad I've stuck to. Since I've been keeping this since February I'm obviously not going to share them all but I'd like to share a couple that made me smile while flipping through just now. That was the most pleasantly surprising things about this "task." It literally takes me two seconds but it always makes me smile. I walk into my office before turning on the computer or sitting down I just open up to the day and write down my first thought about the day before. I tried writing down at the end of each day but I'm a tired, cranky person at night so I switched it, it was defeating the purpose ;)

Even if the day was completely boring I have to share one thing so it automatically gets my brain being positive. It really does work! I obviously don't have one for every single day, in the beginning and over the summer I was really bad about doing it daily but since September I've been pretty consistent.

Here are a few...

2-15 Mike is back to work
3-27 Having Kristina move to Alamo! I'm not alone!
4-14 Sunday linefamily dinners
4-26 My baby is ONE!
6-25 Having my very own washer and dryer
6-26 Wearing my beautiful ring for 5 years now... (Happy birthday to my hubs!)
7-14 Naked babes running through sprinklers
9-5 birthday cake
9-20 NSUJL
10-22 ILR experience

November Favorites:
11-1 Trick or Treating as a family of 3
11-3 party like we're 20 at Halloween party
11-4 Real Sunday Family Dinners
 11-6 Girls Night every Tuesday!
11-7 Strong yoga classes that make your legs feel like noodles
11-8 Getting my hair done
11-9 my awesome organizing skills
11-10 thankful for amazing friends who show up at events
11-14 sneaking away for an afternoon movie thanks to my mom always watching Wes
11-18 Chicago popcorn mix, seriously so delicious!

So yeah my "thankfulness" is random and possibly boring but its the littlest thing that can set your heart in a positive position for the day. Not to say I don't get drug down through out the day by life but I can at least start most days off with a full heart and clear mind!

I challenge you, you friends who really only think about what your thankful for during one month of the year... get out a notebook and see if you can do it at least every other day for the next year.... Maybe you'll smile more in the process.