June 19, 2016



First and for most we must start with these 2 dazzling photos of Brevin.
Gotta love Snapchat. 

Now for some artsy fartsy stuff. My favorite!
I am a part of The Crafters Workshop Design Team. It's where I get to stencil with a lot of fun stencils and post about my experience with them. I get free stuff, which is always exciting. You can read some of the posts I've done so far HERE.

This last quarter we made these awesome shark rocks in my 3D Art class. The kids loved them. 

Brevin and I had a paint date night last night. We've been watching Bob Ross on Netflix and were inspired to paint. Brevin went the more surreal way while I was quite a bit more abstract. Fun activity, I'd reccomend it if you're stuck doing the same old date every week. 
Can you spot the hidden skull?

Drum roll please......
I was commissioned by Numerica Credit Union to create a 6'x18' paint by number mural for a fun community event.
Here is my concept I presented to them.

Here is what came of it.

During the community event it was opened to paint. It was painted really fast. During this time I was also interviewed for the commercial they're planning on making this event into. 

Did I mention that my awesome parents drove 10 hr. to come support me. So fun to have them here!

This is the product after the event. Fun!

I shamelessly used one of my classes to help me do touch ups. I didn't want to fix all the painting because it was done by a lot of children and wanted to keep it that way, but we went back over the black lines.It turned out awesome. It has been fun to see my concept turn into a real life mural. It will be displayed in one of our Boys and Girls clubs.

I had the opportunity to take photos for a fun event at the Boys and Girls Club. Gradmas! This event was sponsered by Taco Bell and was a fun end of the school year party for our teens. 

While I was taking pictures at the event Brevin went with my parents to see Clover Island which is a fun little spot to feel like you're in a totally different place. He took these beautiful pictures while there. 

Oh yeah.... So we got a new van. A Honda Odyssey! Like a month ago. We're really excited about it and the amount of room we have. . . especially for more DIY projects. 

 I got my eyes checked and need some glasses for reading and night driving. woot. party. not. Brevin thinks I should get these.... I don't know guys, they're kinda tempting.

Brevin was a part of a memorial service at the cemeteries. He got to pass out programs and get a nice sunburn. Always a fun time, and tribute to our veterans. 

 I'd like to turn the time over to FaceTime. 

We're leaving tomorrow for Utah where all 4 of my nieces are together! It's been fun facetiming but i'm really excited to play and draw and do girly things with these cute little girlies. 

We build a fort. There was a spider the size of my palm on the wall. I freaked out. I couldn't sleep. Brevin snored. The dogs snuggled. It was fun.

More puppy fun!
Koda's adoption anniversary was upon us. We have had this little stinker for 4 whole years! We love his crazy sassy self. 

 Happy Father's Day to my hubby from his sweet puppies. 

I got a new Fitbit. Super excited about it. 

I've started to kick my bootay into gear, joined a 24 hr gym and have lost a total of 10 lbs this week alone. Long ways to go, but I'm proud of myself thus far. 

Brevin loves coming to volunteer at my work on his days off. Here we see him getting his booty kicked at Mario Kart by the kiddos.

Check out my new house key!

Last but certainly not least, Happy Father's Day to our daddies.
We love you!

April 26, 2016


Hello there.

I got my Appendix out.

 That little stinker.
Over the last year I've been having terrible cramps and crazy pain thinking it was all because of my PCOS and my inability to conceive. Not completely true now.
I was in so much pain that Friday that I was grateful we were so low on kids for our licensed preschool, I was able to leave early and go straight to the ER.

Turns out the surgeon thinks that my appendix actually burst back in February and managed to callus over somehow as my body's way of protecting itself. We were on our anniversary trip when I had very similar pain and couldn't really function because of it, so yeah his predictions are on point.

This time around I was sure it was a ovarian cyst. I was soooo sure. I went to the ER expecting them to take me to ultra sound and be like, "boom!" Here's the answer to all your problems. Instead they're like, lets milk your insurance money cow and start with a CT scan. Well. Bam! Here's your answer to many if not all the problems that have been causing you severe pain for the last year.

So in a nutshell I had appendicitis that is assumed to be present for at least 2 months, with possible flair ups before. They went in with the attempt to bust that bad boy out lapriscopically but found he had too much fun making friends and getting attached to other intestines. like, ew. So instead of 3 small incisions I have 2 small and one gnarly one that's nearly a foot long that I'll get to gross my kids out with someday.
I would post a picture, but I shouldn't, but know this... I wanted to.

I got to have a "fun" sleepover at the hospital for 5 days. I do not wish it on anyone. and I applaud all those who work with people like me afterward surgeries. I'm a pretty happy camper but mix me with morphine, a wound, uncomfortable position, and coughing, I become a sassy grump. Brevin bought me a dog, kind of a tradition when I'm really sick, hopefully a tradition that will end soon. I named him Jon Morphine, after my favorite nurse and the drug they had me looped on. 

I can't even tell you the amount of joy I got when we were told I could go home. I went from not wanting to do anything at all to hey, I can at least blog, or watch something (not that there wasn't a tv, but you get to the point where you don't want to watch it. Plus like, no Netflix.), or maybe I'll draw. It amazes me how a small change of scenery can help. It's been a lot better than the hospital stay. So... I can't lift more than 10lbs for the next 2 months, doc has me out of work for a month, and I can't exercise (which sucks because I was starting a pretty good routine there.) All has gone well in healing for the most part, just a matter of re-positioning and looking like this in my sweat pants. 

Anyway, lets take a stroll away from the unexpected weekend stay at the hospital to some other fun happenings with us Clifford's lately.

We had the wonderful opportunity of attending a Sealing at the Columbia River Temple for a frie...family member of ours. We love our sorta family here in Washington.
So happy for Summer and Daryl.

Brevin got to puppy sit Zues. He's Kent's dog. Cute little guy.
He's half the size of Molly which is very itty bitty.

I'm so sad to leave my sweet preschoolers. I didn't even get a chance to say goodbye considering my last day was I rushed out to the ER. I'm in the process of making them owl crayons to give to each of them saying, "Owl miss you" Here are some of my last memories with the sweetnesses.I will become a substitute when needed at the preschool now.

And of course I'm going to miss the spunky ladies I worked with as well.

Oh! here's an adorable picture of my nephew Liam being all supportive. Such a stud muffin.

The dogs.....oh the dogs. I feel so bad for them, every time they want to cuddle with me I have to shut them down because they are pouncers. Especially around the belly area. I managed to sit with Molly for a while, since she's weird and sits like a human sometimes. They've enjoyed sleeping all day while I do little things like blog, draw, and find a comfy position to binge watch Once Upon a Time.

We went and saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
 It was cute, Brevin cried a little at the end, which is even cuter.

Brevin has a calling!
He is an Elder's Quorum teacher, he taught his first lesson on being a missionary.

I got my hair did. It's burgandy. I got to show it off for a week before it sadly stayed in bed for 3 weeks. sigh. The worse part is I already need to touch it up.

TriCities has a Jamba Juice! I was so excited to hear it came. Now all we need is a Maddox, Sills, Brick Oven, Spaghetti Factory, Noodles, etc.

Artsy fartsy as of lately.


I made a design team, it's called The Crafter's Workshop. I will be creating art using their stencils to help spark ideas for potential customers. That and I get free stuff, more craft supplies!!!

I've been chosen to create a mural for a community event. It will be 6ft x 18ft. I've submitted my concepts and now am working on fixes here and there from Numerica to capture their vision.
In other words, I can't show you yet.

I created these cute infograph signs for 2 of my nieces.

Ya know all the heat transfer vinyl I bought? You saw Brevin's hat, but check out my sweater.

We started painting tires I've gathered for free through craigslist and other sight. We plan to plant flowers in them to put in front of our house. Sadly the speed of that taking place is slowing down since I can't carry more than 10lbs.

 This is what we had in mind.

Brevin and I are the children of high end hand-me-downs. We received a beautiful living room set, with 2 end tables and a coffee table from his wonderful bosses. On Wednesday we are receiving... wait for it.... a KING size bed! Time to sprawl, and sprawl some more. The owners are leaving on a mission and getting rid of their stuff so we got to be a part of the line down. Like, so excited!

Well that's all for now.
We're excited to see what the next few months have in store for us kids.
Until then....

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