less than persnickity

musings of a crafty mama in a messy house

salmon dinner and a new blog
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harpyr

salmon dinner, originally uploaded by harpyr.



Okay so this blog is far too neglected. I've decided to try blogging again but I've moved over here---->  http://harpyr.blogspot.com

tranquil sunlit moment poolside
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harpyr

I've taken to exploring the forest trails near my home and came across this placid forest pool where I can contemplate the forest's beauty.


Fall is in full swing up here. It's my absolute favorite season. The colors, the crispness of the air, the lack of mosquitoes.. it all makes for such comfortable and soothing nature walks this time of year. It's especially enjoyable now that I have a nice camera that I can use to take pictures I've never been able to pull off successfully before. I've been really enjoying a nearby nature preserve known as Creamer's Field. I always knew that it had really nice fields and I'd heard about trails there but I had no idea how extensive and diverse the land there was. The trails explore fields, wetlands and forest.. it's gorgeous. And within easy bicycling distance from our house!

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Everytime I think about updating this thing I feel as if I should take the time to sit down and write something lenghty and thought-out which means that it never happens because I just don't ever have the time or energy for it. So I am now making an attempt at squashing that feeling in order to just hop on here for a couple of minutes and pound something out just so this isn't neglected any longer.

Today the weather is hot and sunny.. a welcome change from the mild 60 degree, cloudy, rainy weather that this summer has been characterized by. Although by hot, I don't mean anything near what y'all down in the states have been enduring of late.. Ugh... I don't think I could survive a week of 100+ degree weather.. I am miserable when it gets into the 80's. By hot I mean that today it's in the low 70's and it's hot enough to make me all sweaty...blech.



I should take the kids to the lake or something but I wouldn't feel right about it considering how much house work needs to be done. We got way behind in the last few weeks before the wedding and we still haven't recovered. Every room in the house is wretchedly cluttered and I'm soo tired of it. It doesn't help that I'm not an organized person by nature. It's something I have to struggle with.

Right now the big thing is baby proofing. While Zayzay has been crawling for almost two months now, she only now just really cruising at a goodly clip and starting to seriously investigate
e v e r y t h i n g. Meaning that my babyproofing of the house cannot be put off any longer.
A friend gave us a higb chair and right now she's sitting next to me munching on some tempeh and rice chex. She still gets her primary sustenence from mamasmilk but she is snacking alittle bit everyday. She has started going after what we are eating and is soo cute.




I've been really enjoying taking pictures with the wonderful camera my mother bought us as a wedding gift. It gets really up close to stuff like no other camera I've ever owned and it's opened up a whole new realm of photography! I am LOVIN it.



Allrighty... off to clean... evermore....

a happy day
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harpyr



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oh dear o mee oh my... I've not been very good at keeping up with this blogging buisness....

Lets see..the weather has been really nice here lately.. I've been slowly getting a little herbal container gardening going. So far I've got basil, cinnamon basil and mint..yuuuum.. Herbs are definetly my favorite thing to grow. I think I'm going to get some flowers going this year too. Haven't gotten started on a veggie patch yet but I'm still planning to get atleast a few things going, even if I don't undertake a whole garden.

On the wedding front, we've finally nailed down a reception site. Thanks entirely to my father who stepped up and said he'd take care of that aspect. THanks DAD! It will be at a nice riverside restaurant that has a banquet room. It's a great place.. a log building with a nice Alaskan ambiance and a beautiful deck overlooking the Chena river. Still haven't nailed down a place for the actual ceremony yet.. I know that June 24 is practically on top of us so I'm having a bit of anxiety but I'm trying to have faith that things will work out.

We got Quinn signed up to play tee-ball this year. I'm a little concerned that we haven't recieved the phone call telling us which team he will be on, considering that try-outs were a week ago but I'm assuming these things take time to sort out. We bought Q a tee, bat and special tee-ball ball and have been out practicing in the back yard. He's very excited about the whole thing and such a quick study. I'm having fun being the his coach.. it reminds me of my childhood tee-ball days when my dad was showing me how to throw and bat.

Azalea has four new teeth on the top now.. bringing her total to 8! Can you believe it? I'm kinda surprised she's getting them this fast. Quinn didn't have this many until he was nearly 1, if I remember correctly. Zaylee is still nursing exclusively but she's tried little bites of things here and there. Some banana, some curry rice, some chicken and veggie burger just last night, some mashed peas. So far she's liked everything except the peas, which made her scrunch up her face into the ultimate "YUCK" expression- soo cute.

For fun lately we've been doing a weekly poker game with some friends. It was their idea and I think they've been abit surprised to find that I'm not exactly a novice. In fact, I usually end up taking everybody's money. I guess during my years living with an aspiring professional poker player some knowledge of the game rubbed off on me. It kinda surprised me as well.

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wishes do come true!
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So.. it's a bit late but here's an Easter update. We had great fun the night before Easter painting eggs with my brother Doug, who was in town visiting. Quinn is quite the budding artist.. he even managed to achieve some kind of antiquing effect on one of his eggs, making it look all cracked and aged.. (and no... not by actually cracking the eggs..lol) We couldn't figure out how he did it and he wasn't sharing his secret. Artists must remain mysterious I suppose..

The Easter bunny arrived as scheduled and Quinn had great fun locating the hidden eggs and basket. He's much better at it this year than last.. In fact I think this was the first year that it was fun and not frustrating for him. Quinn was very happy that the bunny brought him a dinosaur fuzzy coloring poster that he'd been wanting.. He said, "It's what I was always wishing for!!"

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walkin....
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Today we are off to take a walk and stop by the tourist information center to hopefully get some ideas about where to have our wedding ceremony.. I'm starting to get really anxious that we haven't nailed down a particular site yet....Yikes!

my new pet......watch out for the pounce!
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harpyr

my pet!




Today we are off to a birthday party across the street. Little Becky is turning three! Quinn picked out a My Little Pony stuffed purple pony with rainbow yarn hair.. She's cute!

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