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....

March 20, 2016

four years n'stuff

4 years.
4 moves.
4 homes.
4 year old dogs.
4 meals a day. jk.
4 eyes... technically 6 if you count Brevin's glasses.
4 dog legs...actually 8...
anyway... that escalated.
but hey,
We've been married for 4 years!

Our anniversary trip was to Spokane. 
Mostly for spaghetti factory but also the tub the size of a queen bed. 
Oh and being together. lol We enjoyed our spontaneous getaway!

Brevin surprised me with a fancy suite! 
I was genuinely surprised!

Not this suite though.

 This one. lol. 

I was so excited about the huge tub that I went a little crazy on the bubble
bath and well, overflowed it with bubbles. Good times good times.

We took a sky ride that we thought was going to go over the city 
but it was about the length of the sky ride at Lagoon. It went over a beautiful waterfall though.

We went to a fun hole in the wall diner that had delicious food and some 
pretty hilarious vending machines. 

Kent and kids babysat the pups, they were good except Koda being all grouchy pants.

Spring has sprung! 
We've been having a lot of fun outside at preschool. 
It's nice to live where it's not snowing in spring.

We had a fun valentines exchange with the kiddos and I took some cute photo booth pictures of them. These kiddos are the cutest. I got quite a few fun treats myself.

Valentine's was fun. We got all dressed up and went to Bella Italia.
Like I tried that whole contouring thing people.

Brevin got me lots of flowers and chocolates and I got him this game....lol
We had fun. lol.

Brevin also brought a nice leftover arrangement of flowers from work to give to our neighbor Peggy. She loved them and mailed us a thank you. lol. She still has no idea he's a mortician.

We had a fun Dr Suess week in preschool!





I had fun drawing these on our cheese sticks.





Me and the Super PJ Crew.

What a fun week with these kiddos! Here's a fun photo booth collage I made to remember it by. 

Tax returns. 
We bought a 48" 4k TV. Not a necessity, but we thought movie
nights would be more enjoyed on a screen bigger than our laptops.ha. 
Thanks to Kent for helping us mount it, pretty sure we would have butchered it without him.

 Look at the size difference.

 Koda loves that size too. 
He's enjoyed watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch with me. 
He growls at Salem.

I made the dogs a new bed from the stuffing of the pillows they've destroyed.

Speaking of dogs.... here's some puppy cuteness.





Brevin found a treat he used to eat all the time in Guatemala. 
He was so excited.
Thank you Pasco 7-11

We like to go to thrift stores to remember all the old school technology we use to have and to see how much random crap we find. It's fun other than the fact we end up leaving really itchy. 
Does that happen to anyone else? My guess is Cat hair on clothes. 

We eat Chinese. 
Brevin shares fortune online, wording it weird.
People think we're pregnant. 
We're not.

I get a new swimsuit in the mail.
I'm all like "Let's go swimming at the gym!"
I walk into this.

We play board games and all sorts of games. 
This time we drew each other in 
under 5 minutes. 

 We take photo booth strips with one of my favorite apps.

And we're trying to eat healthier. 
Brevin approves. 

Also we're growing vegetables in our mini bay window.
Brevin is so proud of how well they've been growing.

I did a fun in home studio baby photo shoot. 
My test subject, Sparkles the Lizard, did a wonderful job holding still. lol

And my actual subject did a great job too.
Look how sweet this little guy is.

Preschool Art


Emoji pillows

Vinyl Bumper sticker

IPAD case makeover.

I'm in the process of starting up McCall Made Shop. 
This is my first batch of heat transfer vinyl that I'll be making shirts, bags, hats, etc. with.  

My test piece... Brevin loves it. lol. 

Top of the morning to you.
We enjoyed our St. Patty's day by going to Sterling's Diner and having some deliciouso corned beef and cabbage meal. 

We came home and Brevin put on his kilt for this festive picture.

...and we got the cutest Snapchat, Our sweet nieces! 

Fun news!!

I got my old job back. From before we moved to Utah.
I'll be teaching art again! I start in April and I am soooo excited. 
Sad to leave my sweet preschoolers but I think this will be a good change.

Back to the M.A.C.!

See ya next time!
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