i've been counting down since last Dec 26 ... are you ready? me neither!!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

we have a biped 1 year old at our house now!

Easton turned 1 on the 23rd and has been trying to walk since around the 12th ... he still crawls when he has somewhere to get in a hurry ... but for the most part he's a walker! he reminds me of an orangatan - balancing himself with his arms in the air ;) and he still sucks that ring finger ... funny baby!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

us - simpsonized

how do you look simpsonized??
I'm NOT a big fan of Bart, Homer or any of the Simpson family ...
I don't think I ever have been a fan ...
but I saw this website - I'm a sucker for these kind of gimicks!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

o what do you do in the summer time?

when all the world is green ...

do you campout with friends and pray the rain ends
and play at grandma's house outside?
is that what you do? So do I!
do you play T-ball games, shout Zingers! Hooray!
and play at the beach on a sunny day?

is that what you do? So do I!
do you learn to climb high, spend a day at low tide
accidentally bring home a hermit crab?
is that what you do? So do I!

do you walk a 10K, have a firework display
and spend hot sunny days outside?

is that what you do? So do I!
do you swim in the pool, lessons - so cool!
and ride horses in Idaho?

is that what you do? So do I!

do you find a house to buy, put your house on the market, keep it nice, spic and span
then see the market flatline, try and fail to get a loan
and then finally decide that Heavenly Father doesn't want you to move??
is that what you do? So do I!

O what do you do when the summer's done and it's time to go back to school?
do you remember the fun you had in the sun and wish it could be prolonged?
is that what you do? So do I!!

This has been a GREAT summer and we have had a lot of fun ...
but it's time to go back to school and we're READY!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I've been tagged by Colleen...

Jobs I've Had: Marketing Mail stuffer/Screen Printer at Colores International (wind sock company), Instument Girl for Dr. Johansen, DDS; Assistant interior painter; Document Control assistant at Siemens Medical; Receptionist and Admin at Chatham Technologies; and CEO/CFO/Domestic Engineer for the Andy Shaw Family

Places for a Weekend Getaway: Wow ... just about anywhere - especially if we can drive there in a few short hours. Leavenworth, Anacortes, Seattle, shoot - the nearest Marriott!!

Movies I Could Watch Over and Over: Hitch, Overboard, 13 going on 30, How to lose a guy in 10 days, Footloose, the Bourne movies, Harry Potter movies, Dirty Dancing, Step Up, I could go on ...

Guilty Pleasures: Peanut Butter M&Ms, Big Brother, The Bachelor, Surfing the Blogosphere and Taco del Mar when ever I can!

Places I've Lived: Salt Lake City, UT; Kirkland, Lynnwood, and Everett, WA; and Rexburg, ID

Places I've Been on Vacation: Utah, Idaho, Oregon, New York, Disneyland

What I First Thought When I Saw Andy: Honestly I thought he was just a nice guy, really friendly and kinda like the guys I grew up with. I met him at a Young Single Adult Dance the day after I got home from my mission. He was the one that pursued me and after the first date ... that was it - I didn't want to date anybody else.

If I am In a Jam with Andy, Tactics I Use to get out of the Dog House: We don't usually fight ... I'm a little embarrassed to say, he mostly lets me have my way. I know that he really means it when he has a contrary opinion and then I have to really work to get my way. :)

Favorite Foods: See "Guilty Pleasures" - as well as Mexican (specifically La Palmera), Red Robin Chicken Tender Salad, Olive Garden Chicken Parmigiana and my mom's cooking!

Websites I Visit Daily: blogs and email, don't even worry - I spend far too much time on my computer!

First Kiss Location: Actual first kiss - I'm SO embarrassed - standing beside the Custom Custard in my parents yard, Chad McLeod, I was 19 and he was 17, and it was the WORST kiss in the history of kissing!! I had been a proud member of the VL club all through High School and that confirmed all my fears about how GROSS kissing can be!First Andy kiss - SO MUCH BETTER than my first! We were in the stairwell of my parents house ... so sweet, just a nice kiss - I was against 'french' kissing until after marriage ... It can be done!

Places I'd Rather Be Right Now: I've never been to Mexico, Hawaii, or Europe ... I'd love to go there ... but RIGHT now - I'd love to be laying on the floor over there in the sunshine!

People I Tag: Tara, Angie, Mikey and Kelly and JennyCook (sorry friends :))

and the verdict is ...

we're staying put.

After many failed scenerios, mournful tears, and heart-felt prayers we came to the decision that it's best for our family to stay where we are for a while. Due partly to the facts: 1) we are unable to sell; 2) we can't find a bank to loan us the amount we needed at the rate and payment we can handle; 3) we are unsure what effect the recent market mayhem will have on our income; and most importantly, due to our need to 'be wise' - while we have faith that it will work out, we need to use our best judgment so that we don't put ourselves in a position that will put a strain on our family. Truth be told I really wanted the yard - a place for the 4 ping pong balls that bounce around our little townhouse to be free ... we'll just be learning to be more compatible, compassionate, contented and comfortable because as they say: Love grows best in little houses!

We went to talk to the sellers of 'the house' last night and suprisingly they weren't upset with us for not being able to buy their house. They felt bad that we weren't able to buy and were sad that our kids (who had been thru the house and picked their bedrooms and seen all the places to play) weren't going to be able to have the house. They had told the neighbors about us and mentioned how disappointed they'll be too. Overall it was a nice visit/parting with them. They sure are a nice older couple and it would have been wonderful to have that cool old house ... but it isn't meant to be.

Everett 4th Ward will have to put up with us for a little while longer, Silver Firs Elementary will have two Super Smart Shaw Students this year, and we'll be card carrying members at Imagine Children's Museum, Woodland Park Zoo, and the Seattle Aquarium to keep our little busy bodies out of trouble!!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

the shaw ultimatum

As you all know we are in the midst of purchasing a house ... some of you may NOT know that the secondary market 'crashed' this week making it exceptionally difficult for us to close our loan. Especially due to the fact that the company that 'purchased' our loan closed it's doors on Tuesday - leaving all of the people that were trying to close loans thru them high and dry. One might think that this is a sign that we are NOT supposed to buy this house. In addition, we are having ZERO luck selling our townhouse, we've had TONS of people looking but not one offer!

I guess my question is - when do you chalk it up to bad timing/market mayhem and when do you say to yourself "someone's trying to tell me something!!" ?!?

Monday, August 6, 2007

a frog and a seahorse and a penguin ...

aka: Ammon and Elyssa and Abi! We started 2 weeks of daily swim lessons today! Ammon's a little short on one end for his class ... but he's doing great! Elyssa wasn't so sure she wanted to get in the water ... but took to it like the good little seahorse that she is!! Abi almost forgot to get her clothes off before jumping in! We have friends in Elyssa and Abi's classes -- hooray someone for mom to talk to!! Easton was a little squirmy ... but that's just cuz he wants to get in the water too. It's gonna be a great 2 weeks - pray for sunshine!

Ammon loves the water
Elyssa practising torpedo hands

Abi loves swim lessons!