Friday, May 18, 2012

Good Stuff


The site for Willy's senior design show is up!!!! 
Go To:


Go check it out-Right Now-Please?!?! In fact, spread the word for him and the other students who worked so hard to see this happen. 

Willy worked so hard to put the site together with his team. He's worked really hard for the past couple years to say the least!! I am so proud of him. 

Oh and....He also got a GREAT phone call this morning...
He landed a paid internship this summer at Hornall Anderson!!!!


I may have been doing some silent, crazy, happy dances while he was on the phone!!! God is good, so good!!! BEST MORNING EVER!!!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Come Join Us At Our New Blog!!!

We are starting fresh at a new location...


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See Ya There!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dilemma

So, it seems I've met my quota for free photo uploads on blogger!!

I can't put up anymore pics on my blog, unless I pay for more storage space, delete photos-which deletes them from my blog forever, or I start a new blog!!

I've had this blog since 2007 and I kind of thought it would last forever...I guess not :(

Help! What do I do????
Anyone run into this problem before??

Do I start all over on a new blog????

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thesis Writing, Blogs, Women, Almost Done with School!!!

I just finished my last literature class that I will EVER have to take!!
It feels so GOOD!!!

I also just finished the research seminar class for my thesis!!
I have been in the MA English program at CBU off and on since 2004. Sheesh!!
You'd think I'd be done with my MA by now, but No, I decided to take my own route.
In the middle of trying to do school, I had 3 boys and moved out of state (to Bend, Oregon) and back (to So Cal) and out again (to Seattle). So, I've been doing this program off and on for awhile!
Lucky for me, my professors agreed to let me finish my thesis and my last required lit class from Seattle.

Anyways, my thesis proposal is done and ready to be presented and defended August 26th at CBU!! 
I plan on passing too!!!
I just hope I don't get super nervous and my mind goes blank and I sound like a rambling idiot in front of a room full of professors and graduate students...eeeeekkkkk!!

I am so ready to get this over with!! I can see the light now at the end of the tunnel!!
I am actually going to finish my MA!! AAAHHHHH!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

Seriously, I didn't know if I ever would! I wanted to, but my priority has been my family and I wasn't sure if I could do it and be the wife and mom I needed to be! 

Thankfully, I have an amazing husband who has supported me the whole way! 
I would never have gotten this far without Willy!! Thank You!! 

I am also very happy that at least I will have something to show for all my school loans now! Next spring (when I hope to have my thesis written to graduate), I can hang my diploma in a fancy frame on the wall and know I got my $@#,&!% worth!! HAH!

Writing my Thesis always intimidated me since I first started the program. 
What was I going to write on???

It had to be something not overdone, something worthy of study and my hours of writing, and something interesting to me and others. Luckily, with the help of my amazing professor, I formed a pretty good topic that I am actually interested in writing about +/- 80 pages or so on...HAHAHAHA!!

If you are at all interested in my topic, which deals with current women's autobiographical writing on blogs and in books, here is a little blurb from my thesis proposal...
(If you are bored already, you don't have to read! I'll never know!!)

My Working Thesis:

In their personal blogs and corresponding printed memoirs, Julie Powell, Molly Wizenberg, and Shauna Ahern display the power of autobiographical writing as it reveals their personal transformations through writing in which they examine past relationships, cook and engage with gourmet foods, and explore critical life choices, creating community, dialogic discourses, and a voice for themselves in society and for women alike.



Primary Texts:
·       Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Kitchen Apartment, by Julie Powell
·       A Homemade Life, by Molly Wizenberg
·       Gluten-free girl: How I found the Food That Loves Me Back & How You Can Too, by Shauna Ahern

A Few Other Blurbs...
  • Unveiling their lives on electronic texts and then onto the pages of a book, they immediately establish a sense of community among women. With skillful storytelling, the women each communicate a story of transformation and discovered identity. The power and lure of food for each woman also is vital to perceiving their personal transformations and to recognizing why their writings are so popular in today’s culture.

  • Women see themselves in and through a collective identity, not just through their own individual journeys. As readers, women often relate personally to autobiographical texts, identifying with the feelings and situation of the writer. So, memoirs are significant for both women authors and readers alike. They build community, create a journey toward self-discovery, and articulate the place and experience of women in society. 

  • Blogs empower ordinary people to write about their thoughts, beliefs, and experiences. As women bloggers lay bare their thoughts, feelings, problems, and experiences, they become a public voice for many other women in society. Their autobiographical writings take them out of isolation and create a community of women who can declare, “I’ve been there,” finding freedom through interaction with the text. Vast communities of women exist today due to blogs connecting women through common interests and life experiences. The popularity of these blogs and communities has created a large amount of attention, resulting in book deals for well-liked bloggers. As a result, blogs are creating new writers and revealing the modern day experience of today’s American women through printed texts as well.  
If you actually read all that, then I am super impressed!
Thanks!

I thought, maybe, it would be a little interesting to put on my blog since my thesis deals with women's writing and blogs!

I would love to hear your feedback if you have any!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My Boy is Swimming!!

Boston loves to swim! He has been doing awesome in his swim lessons! He is eager to learn and so happy in the water! I took pics and a video of him on my phone, so they aren't the best quality. But, I still have to post them; I am just so proud of him!!

Here he is, jumping into the pool and showing the class his shark moves:
video




Floating on his back with his teacher...




Jumping up and down in excitement...


He jumped, splashed, blew bubbles, and went underwater the whole time!
He will be swimming around like a pro in no time!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Take Me Out To The Ball Game...

Thursday night we went on a double date with Katy & Jeff to a Mariners game! We got free tickets from some friends who couldn't make the game...wooohooo!! They played the Texas Rangers that night and got their butts kicked, but it was still so much fun to go to!!!



Safeco Field is the best baseball stadium I've been to! It is beautiful and there really isn't a bad seat in the place! We were up top and we still had an awesome view...


The last time I went to a Mariners game with Willy was when we were first married! 
It brought back so many memories to be back again. Back in the day, the Mariners were a pretty good team! Now...they need some serious help! But, we still love them and baseball games, so it was fun!!




Katy and Jeff are celebrating their 2nd anniversary this weekend and the game was a kick off for them of weekend fun! They loved going to their first Mariners game and Katy got down to all the music playing, too bad they didn't put her on the fan cam!!


She also chowed down on some dogs like no other!! 
Hahahahaha, I love this girl!!








Some lady behind me started yelling sit down to a little kid in front of me who stood up to take pictures. He was blocking my view, but I really didn't care. I turned to look at her and then she yelled at me to tell the kid to sit down. Hah! I told her no, she could do it herself and he was just a little kid wanting a picture. Plus, I'm not his mom!! She kept quiet after that and the kid stood up for awhile. I thought, keep standing kid...hahahaha!  Lately, I have no problem telling mean old ladies to be quiet! I just don't like it when they yell at people they don't even know! It was pretty funny! I think I am getting old, because it really doesn't bother me to speak up to rude people anymore. Or, they just shouldn't mess with me when I'm pregnant with a broken elbow and tired! hahahaha!!


Willy and I popped out of our seats to watch the sunset for a bit. This stadium has some amazing views!!


All in all, the night was a blast and another one for the memory books!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Morning Stroll

For the past few weeks, I've been a sick bum at home. After breaking my elbow and then finding out I'm pregnant, I really haven't gone outside too much. Luckily, my elbow is feeling so much better this week! So, I am ready to get back to my old self as much as I can and start getting these boys out of the house again!! So, we started the morning with a fun stroll around the campus.

Boston is my big helper now. He loves being a big brother and always wants to help me out!
Josiah is in love with his frisbee! Luckily, no one was harmed in the taking of this picture...

So far, this pregnancy is feeling different. I am starting to feel slightly nauseous almost all the time! It's not bad enough to make me really sick and put out, but it is yucky to deal with. I'm also not as tired as I was with my other pregnancies. So, we'll see how this one goes. I am only 6 weeks, so I still have time for other early pregnancy symptoms to rear their head. I've never had really hard pregnancies, so luckily this one sticks to routine!! 


Boston is so smart and so big. He is ready to learn anything and everything! I can't wait to start homeschooling with him. We are both eager to get officially started!




Josiah is my independent, fearless, strong-willed boy. Lately, he is really trying to see what he can get away with. It's been hard for me to deal with while being sick, but I really need to have more patience and love with him. He is an amazing boy and so full of life. I know he is going to do extraordinary things when he is older. I just need to keep praying for his little heart to start to soften. I also need to pray for myself when I talk to him and discipline him. I am definitely learning so much about parenting right now. Having young boys who start to push buttons and test you is so much harder to deal with than a crying baby! I just hope and pray our parenting points them to Jesus!


I also hope and pray our parenting encourages them to be creative little warriors, like they already are!

Elliot just turned 11 months! He adds so much joy to our family! He LOVES his big brothers. He instantly smiles every time he sees them! They all laugh together too!
Boston and Josiah are great with Elliot too! They look after him and share with him too!


He is learning so much from watching them all the time. The boys are his constant entertainment!!
Pretty soon, he will be joining in on all the action!


It felt good to get outside with my boys this morning. These boys need the outdoors to imagine and adventure in. They go crazy when they are cooped up and so do I! After our stroll, I even took them to Top Pot donuts for a treat and then to the library. Boston picked out a GIANT chocolate donut and had a chocolate mustache afterwards.  Josiah picked out his usual pink sprinkled donut, but he only eats the frosting off the top! I shared little nibbles with Elliot and he danced with every bite! Then, we read books all morning at home!! 
I love these days!



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