The Waiting Place

The rainy season is here in WA. Friday nights football game was a downpour. Ellie’s LAST cheer game for the season was wet too. It has been raining so much here there are just standing puddles everywhere. Which made me realize my kids do not have rain boots yet. My rain/snow boot of choice this season are the Slimpack Riding Boot by Sorel

I went and ran a 10k yesterday down in Portland. It drizzled on us just a little, but most of the race it was dry. I hate running in the rain, so that made me happy. And now when I say ran, I really mean I walked and lightly jogged. I am not a runner. I just don’t think I’m built for it. This one lady ran by me in this itty bitty tank and like bikini bottoms. She looked like a freakin gazelle. I was like WHAT? Today my hip muscles are so sore. I physically wasn’t ready for that long of a race, but I pushed myself and I did it in 1 hr 24 min. Today my body is reminding me of that. I think I deserve a pedicure today.

I’m not sure where to begin really with house news. I can say this, the county approved our drainage/scoping plan on Friday. So that took a little less than 2 weeks #miracle. The next step is submitting everything for the building permits. But we aren’t going to do that just yet. And that’s all I want to say right now. There has been I guess what you would call a “development” or opportunity. We are waiting to see how it plays out, and we will know in about 2 weeks. I feel like we are in the section in the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh the places we will go”, its called The Waiting Place.


Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come,
or a plane to go or the mail to come,
or the rain to go or the phone to ring,
or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

And for your Monday morning smile. Here is Peyton in one of the 3 trips he made me take with him to the bathroom at the game Friday night. It’s hard to get annoyed at that face.

See you Wednesday for What I Wore.

Hurry up Friday

WARNING:This post is a little ‘wordy’ as I didn’t post last Monday, and well I have lots to say.

It’s Monday, and we all remember how I feel about Mondays from another post. I don’t like them. I’m definitely grumpy today. Especially since when I got to work I realized I forgot my smoothie cup to use in my ninja blender. So now I’m not going to get my morning smoothie…and I’ll be super hungry by lunch and make a bad food decision.

Thanks @shopsweetlife for the Instagram steal

Speaking of that. I tried to have a discussion with Ellie yesterday about food choices. I feel like I talk to her about this a lot. But usually it’s when she’s throwing a fit about not wanting to eat something, so I don’t think what I say registers. So yesterday after cheer competition the girls had a lunch time. A few moms went and got some croissant sandwiches from Costco. Ellie refused to eat one and just wanted to leave. So we left. I said “Ellie you could have still eaten the bread, lunch meat and cheese and just took the lettuce and tomato off. All your friends were eating the sandwiches, so they must be good, right?” She just shrugged her shoulders. So in the car I talked to her about nutrients. She had a bag of Cheetos and a banana. So I explained how fruits and vegetables have nutrients in them, and why those are good for you and your body. She seemed to get it, I tried to engage her by asking questions so it didn’t seem too much like a lecture. I explained about how Cheetos are not nutritious. She asked about the spaghetti dinner we had, aren’t the noodles nutritious? No, Ellie, it you would eat the sauce with hamburger at least you would have gotten some protein. I tried to explain how there has to be a balance. We wouldn’t eat all this good stuff if it was gross. She ate that banana like it was covered in medicine. It took the whole drive home for her to eat 3/4 of it. Moms, I need some help. What do you do with your difficult eaters?! We try every meal to get her to eat 1 vegetable, and its excruciating. Sometimes there’s crying, or it takes an hour. I thought, eventually she’ll get over this. No, this has been going on for years. I’m at my wits end. I want my kids to eat good, we try to eat good. I show them how I eat salads and vegetables. Nothing works. And in the end, I’m terrified my pushing her or something is going to trigger some eating disorder.

Okay…that got deep. Onto a brighter topic. Our weekend was busy with our little performer. She got to perform with the Capital Cougarette drill team on Friday night during half-time. She was great. All the girls looked so cute out there all in pink (it was the pink out game for breast cancer). She asked to do it every year. Saturday was just a typical cheer game day. And the girls had a hour practice afterwards in preparation for Sunday’s big cheer competition. Side note- A few moms snuck down the street for a Mimosa during this practice, so yummy and needed. And then Sunday was the big day the girls had been practicing for all season. They did so good. And although they didn’t win a medal for their age group, they were so supportive of the teams that did. She was a tired girl. We have survived the second season of cheer.

House Update- Some of you noticed last week I didn’t do my usual Monday post. Well there was just nothing really to report. But here is the status. So we got the drainage/scoping report back from the geotech engineer. Kyle took the report in to the County last Monday. They said great, we’ll get back to you in 2-3 weeks! UGH!! So Kyle was like “well in the meantime can we also submit all our plans for the building permits?” and we got a big fat NO. The County wants the drainage/scoping report approved first, then you can apply for the building permits. So we are just weeks and weeks out of being able to start anything. Breathe.

My big adventure last week was being summoned for jury duty. I and 80 locals got selected to be on a panel for a civil (non-criminal) case that was scheduled to last 14 days. This caused a lot of groaning. Day one people were excused for various reasons, I was extremely jealous of the woman who got excused because she had a vacation scheduled to Cancun during the trial. Given my work for the Attorney General’s office I figured I would be cut the first day. But I wasn’t, which was intriguing. So day two I rolled back in there with the group cut in half down to 40 left in the pool. We continued to answer questions, and a few more people were cut. In the end, there were about 25 of us left, me included. They picked their 12 jurors plus 2 alternates and I was not selected. So let me use this to make a little PSA. If you are ever called, really do your civic duty and go. Whatever you think of our justice system, its what we have and it has served our county well the majority of the time. Go with a good attitude and the mindset that you may really learn from this experience. If you for some horrible reason had to be in the position of needing a jury of your peers to decide for you, wouldn’t you want them to want to be there? And, you end up meeting some really interesting people from your community.

A friend from high school, who I run into through the year at local events, her mom has been diagnosed with cancer. Her mom, Cyndi Dickson, has been a local business owner of the Filling Station Espresso for over 20 years and has always been a kind smiling face in our community. My good friend Amy always steps up to the plate and jumped on the chance to help. Through her local boutique Bon Lemon, she sold 100 bracelets in 3 days with all proceeds going to help this family with the expenses of fighting this terrible disease. Please read and share Cyndi’s story.

To end our weekend we had a family pumpkin carving night. Lets see, there was crying, there were yells of GROSS! There were elaborate requests for carvings, like a witch on a broom. In the end we got some good old triangle eye cutouts and everyone was happy. And a bonus, a baby announcement!

I cut out the spiderman one, aren’t I good. And by “I” I mean Kyle
Mike & Alyssa Camus (Mike is one of the Twins)

News to look forward to next week: I’m running/walking a 10K Sunday, see if I survive. Karlye and Josh may be able to buy and/or build on Camus Rd…nothing is finalized yet. I am starting an 8-week boot camp and I’m hoping I get some amazing results, so any and all encouragement is needed.

Oh to maybe help your Monday be brighter, Charlie says have a good day.

The Shit we said this week

I was trying to think how best to tell these mini conversations, or vocabulary breakdowns.  Hopefully this style gets the stories across the best and you get a good laugh.

Conversation #1- Mandy & Sue
Scene: Mandy and Sue in basement watching HGTV (obviously) Sue in her recliner (aka Blob) on her kindle .
SUE: The FYI seems not to be working
MANDY: The what?
SUE: The FYI, I can’t get the Internet to come up.
MANDY: (laughing) Do you mean the Wi-Fi?!!!
SUE: Yeah, why? What did I say?
MANDY: (still laughing) You called it the FYI!!
SUE: Oh! (laughing) Well that’s what happens when you’re old.

Conversation #2- Mandy & Josh
Scene: Mandy and Josh looking over a house plan
MANDY: So look at this great kitchen nook, it has a buffet (Buff-fet) and everything
JOSH: Do you mean a buffet? (Buff-fay)
MANDY: No, a BUFF-FET. A BUFF-FAY is where you go eat. A BUFF-FET is a hutch thingy in the kitchen
JOSH: Seriously this is as bad as WOLF (woof). **Side note: I can’t say WOLF, I say WOOF. So the whole family makes fun of me and wants to go appliance shopping with me so they can see the salesman’s face when I ask about WOLF (woof) ranges.

Conversation #3- Sue to everyone
Scene: Josh, Karlye, Me and Sue in kitchen- dinner prep.
SUE: (on phone) Yeah this places sounds yummy. I’ll call and see if they take reservations.
SUE: Mandy, where would I find a phone number if its not in the phone book?
MANDY: The Internet, that’s where you find everything
SUE: oh yeah, ok i’ll look.
KARLYE: what number are you looking for?
SUE: The number to that restaurant Good Guys.
JOSH: You mean the burger place, Five Guys?!
SUE: Yeah that one!
MANDY: Why do you need to call the burger place?
SUE: We want to have our girls group birthday dinner there and I was going to call and make a reservation
MANDY: Please let us hear this phone call as you call a burger place to make reservations!
KARLYE: Mom, you don’t make reservations, its a burger joint, like HERFY’S.
SUE: Oh! well I didn’t know!!

Conversation #4- Karlye and Josh
Scene: Same as #3
KARLYE: How many 1/8 inch are in an inch?
JOSH: Seriously?!
KARLYE: Yeah, Like 1/8 inch, how many make an inch?
JOSH: Okay, think about this…
KARLYE: Oh!!! 8!!
JOSH: Oh my god!

Yes this sums up most of how our conversations go at this house. Someone is always saying something stupid, and everyone hears it and makes fun of you for it. Then I come and put it on the blog to share with the world.

HOUSE UPDATE: So Kyle went to the county on Friday. He had his meeting with the planning department and everyone was giving the OK for applying for the permits. We had everyting ready, all forms filled out, etc. Then Mr. A-HOLE comes out from the roads department… and he proceeds to tell Kyle that because our property is inbetween 2 county roads, we need to have a scoping/drainage report done. Typically these reports are required for smaller parcels. But are also required on a larger parcel like ours due to the 2 roads. Kyle argured for a while that Camus Rd isn’t a county rd, they don’t maintain it, etc. The county guy argued it shows in their system, so it is (of course). So this report consists of a geotechnical engineer coming out to look at the soils and stuff to determine where the rain/water runoff will go. The fee for the county to review the report is $130 + the fee to the engineer for the report which is est. $1700. So yeah for things being delayed several more weeks.

A plus side was Kyle went into a business on Thursday to pick up some parts for his work. And they just so happened to be having an office BBQ with a raffle. So Kyle threw in his name and his dads, why not. Well they called Friday and Kyle WON a Vizio 42″ Smart TV and Ron won a camping stove. Whoop Whoop. So we have no where to put the TV, but we have one! Its the little things people.

Saw this gem on Sunny Side Up blog, loved it, had to have it.

Peyton got a haircut Saturday. I tried to get a picture. I said “Smile, like a really happy smile.” This is what I got.

And the in-laws and Karley and Josh all went out of town this weekend, I volunteered to watch Bailey. She kept me busy, but I loved every minute. Except the poopy diaper minutes.

And I got my nails done. I was trying to be good, and not do it. We are building a house after all. I attempted to do my nails myself for 2 months. I broke down, I couldn’t stand the chipping, and the overall badness of my self manicures. 

3rd month of ______ (fill in the blank)

It could be called the 3 month mark of being homeless. Or the 3 month mark of chaos. Perhaps the 3 month mark of no one has tried to strangle each other, yet. The 3 month mark of complete joy just seems like a lie.

I realize this is so not a real world problem. We have a beautiful home we are being able to stay in. And there are lots of pluses…but this week those minuses were wearing my patience thin. Deep breaths. Plus I think the feeling of the new house being so at a stand still doesn’t help. Today I’m getting copies of the plans made, and we are going to the BANK! Why that gets to be in bold is because that means money will soon start to be spent. We are opening an account at a local bank to hold all our “house” money. So that its not all mingled in with our bills and spending money. And in the end, if we need a little financing, the bank can easily look at this account to see all the payments. That’s the thought anyways. Kyle meets with the county permit guy on Wednesday to submit everything. And then we hold our breath for an unknown amount of time. And this is all I’ve got on the house front. Not a whole lot.

Camus family update: It was a mellow week. Typical cheer schedule. Ellie did get to change it up a bit with doing a clinic with the Capital High School drill team. She went there Saturday morning and learned a routine, and then she gets to perform with them at a football game in a few weeks. She’ll love that. Friday Ellie’s school had an all school BBQ, I had the day off so Peyton and I went and had lunch with her. Oh and Friday night we hung out with some of my friends, and the host had just installed a zip line in their front yard. So we did not see the kids for the entire 2+ hours. Best toy ever and I’m told we have to have one at the new house. Obviously if it keeps them away from me for that long.

I went grocery shopping on Saturday and I had to send my girlfriends a message because I was baffled. I’m at the store and Kyle tells me he needs deodorant. I swing over to that aisle and I’m checking out the options. The Old Spice brand catches my eye and I notice they have a “Swagger” sent. WHAT?! When did swagger get a smell? And then of course what the hell does swagger smell like? I just was so confused I didn’t know what to do, so I grabbed the degree bottle and ran. When I tell Kyle this story, and ask what does swagger smell like, he replies “like me”. Ugh, no no I am fairly confident that is not right.

And to end your day with a smile. My little sister got the new iPhone 6, and she left it on the counter without a password installed on it yet. So I did what any good big sister would do and took a lovely selfie and installed it as her wallpaper and screen saver. How lucky is she?! You’re welcome April.

Inspiration: Flex Room

So after you enter the foyer, there is a room to the right. I’m calling it the flex room for now. One, because I’m not sure exactly what it will be. To visualize what I’m talking about here is a pic:

Click here to see the entire floor plan

Right now it’s drawn where the room is just open. We are probably (for Truss reasons) going to extend that kitchen wall out, and we can make it have a door. Lots of ideas have crossed my mind for what to do with this space. 1) Craft room and study room for kiddos; 2) home gym; 3) entertaining room aka Beer & Wine room. All are great options I think. It’s just picking which one, becase let’s be honest I can’t have them all. So I’m going to break down my ideas for each option and then you get to take a SURVEY!!! and tell me what you would do with the space. I know you missed the survey’s.

Option 1: Craft Room/Study Room
I’m not a super crafty person…but I could be more if I had a special room. Right. I love wrapping paper and ribbon, and I have a nice collection. It’s always been stored in that extra closet, and the ribbons fall down on my face when I try to grab one. So If I had a wall and counter dedicated to this that would be awesome. I have attempted scrapbooking, and I have some nice papers and other scrappy stuff. And If I again had a counter and space to do this in and be organized perhaps I would do it more. I do like to sew and I recovered a chair in our living room. Its actually not half bad, I just haven’t finished the ottoman. So this would be a space I could do little DIY projects with sewing. See, endless option. Plus I do like the idea of having the family computer in a corner, with a desk for the kids to have a study space. I think seeing what the kids are doing on the computer is important, especailly as they get older (porn surfing, BOYS!) It happens people. By then who knows what the computer world will look like and they’ll have screens installed in their backpacks or something.

Option 2: Home Gym
I surely would work out ALL THEM TIME if I had a gym right. Well, I would like to think I would. And it would be something Kyle and I could do together. I live out in an area where there is no local gym down the street. To have a membership to a gym is silly for me becasue it would be a 20min drive to and from, and well I don’t have 40min I’m willing to give up for driving. And I have I job I work at from 730a-5p so there isn’t daytime for squeezing that in. Also, I think if we had a gym it would encourage the kids to exercise. They are getting older and starting sports so they will hopefully see the benefits of that.


Option 3: Beer & Wine room
This was my first idea for the space when I considered that wall more open. I thought it would flow nicely to be a space you could wonder into while entertaining. And, that it’s kind of off the kitchen. I liked the idea of a corner seating area and then a wall of cabs with fridges for wine and beer. Or a keg fridge for Kyle. My MIL says this is encouraging alcoholism. I say we just like to entertain. And when we had our own home we did.
So those are my options. Whats a girl to choose?! Do you have any of these spaces in your house? Do they get used? Which option just makes sense? Take my survey and tell me! *click NEXT to submit survey.
**As per the promise I made in Monday’s post to update you regarding Kyle’s meeting with the county- Kyle meet with the permit office Wednesday, and he only has to fix 2 little drawing things. Other than that they said it looks good to go. He planned a meeting with them next Wednesday to submit the whole thing! #miracle. This might be really happening.  

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It’s Monday, again

Monday’s are just not my favorite day. I never feel fully rested; I’m trying to lay out the week ahead, I’m annoyed enough things didn’t get accomplished over the weekend, etc. Monday’s just suck. But the good news is, its just a day and it will be over quickly.

I slept terrible last night. I didn’t feel great, went to sleep at like 8:30. Two kiddos ended up in our queen size bed in the middle of the night, and you know that is crowded. I was hot, then cold, then sweating. Before I knew it my alarm was going off, and I just told myslef I’m not ready to get up. I went to the kids bed and slept another hour. Sometimes you just need to do that for yourself. We are serioulsy sitting down and telling the kids NO MORE SLEEPING IN OUR BED! Its just so hard when they come in in the middle of the night, I’m half out of it and don’t want to argue. I know this is the lazy way out and no one wins in the end. Anyone else have this problem?

I’m racking my brain for what happened this week. Its kind of a blur. M T Th Sat was cheer. Ive been trying hard to walk the track while Ellie’s at these practices. Gotta do something with those 2 hours. I’ll be sad once the nice weather is gone and its pouring rain.

Friday I had the day off work and got to hang out with Baby Bailey. We all unfortunately just had to hang out at the car dealership. The car needed an oil change, and then I got the good news that I need tires. I knew this was coming. They warned me the last time I was in that the tread was low. Now my inner and outter tread were done, and I was just running on middle tread. Its all very technial appearantly. Tread depth, and all these numbers. I was like look guy, you gotta write this down because 1) I gotta baby on my hip and a 4 yr old standing here, so I’m not really paying attention to you; 2) I have no clue all these details your telling me and have to relay it to Kyle anyways.  So in the end and $900 later we got new tires. Kyle texted asking me how they look, I’m thinking “really?” they look black becasue they are tires. If I spend $900 on something I would prefer to have something really exciting to show for it. But I know tires are just one of the realities of life. No one tells you this when you’re 18, dang adult life!

Then Friday night was the BIG rival football game, Capital Cougars v Olympia Bears. And the highlight was that the University of Washington marching band came and performed. Such a great experience for the kids in the band program. Their cheerleaders/dance team came too. I was a little shocked at their performance, and I don’t consider myslef a modest person. But this was a high shcool game, and that performance was way too provactive. I never knew band music could be danced to like that. That type of ass shanking needs to be saved for the club. I’ll get off my old lady/mom rant now. It was a great night, and the Cougars WON!

Saturday was the auction for our local school. It only happens every other year, thank goodness. We always have a “really” good time. And the next day we always ask oursleves why we stayed up so late, drank too much, etc. This year was a 70’s theme and everyone really got into it. I think some of the older people outshined us youngsters 🙂 I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was too busy chatting. Kyle almost won us an iPad air. It was a game they played where you had to pick heads or tails (by placing your hands on your head or your butt) and then the host flipped the coin. Kyle kept winning! out of the whole crowd, he was in the top 4. Well, he lost in the end, which is probably OK. Because the host was like “you should really just give iPad back to the school for the kids” and the lady did! which is awesome, I probably would have been like “I am! its for MY kids which are students, win-win”. This is probably why we didn’t win.

House news is SO not exciting. The trusses are engineered. We have to change a few walls in the bounus room for the truss sizes, so kyle made those changes to the floor plan this weekend.  For example, there was a 18 ft wall in the front, and it had to be made to 16ft, and then the other wall was like 24 ft, and had to be made to 22ft. So we lost a few sqft, and that is totally OK. So last weeks goal of having plans all submitted to the county this week were scraped, shocker. Kyle was like look, October 1 is the reality. This is what our command center for everything house looks like, good thing no one eats dinner at this table.

One good thing is we had called the school a week or so ago and had them submit the letter to the county that our disctrict does not have an impact fee. That is good because appearantly on the 17th this month, a impact fee goes into effect! Which is like $2k. So we got that in just in the nic of time.

In news that you can look forward to, I should have some really good stories for next week. The matriarch of the family, Grandma Annie, will be staying with us this week. I know right, how can one more single person fit in this house! Luckily she brought her monsterous of a motor home down yesterday. A cousin is getting married Saturday, and Gma Annie and Sue are doing the flowers. So I just know its gonna be chaotic and Sue will be in a dither. I am going to invest in a few bottles of wine. So stay tuned to those stories next week.