Monday, September 21, 2015

Meet Me Monday...

1. Dream job...realistic and completely unrealistic.

Dream job? Realistic, I'm living it. Raising my babies  has to be the best job on the planet. Even when it's a day that's not happy, full of tears from them and me it's so rewarding to spend my days watching them grow. "Don't ever let a little boy go to sleep for when they awake they will be a day older." 

I would go to school and become a NICU nurse.  I loved our time in the NICU at Tacoma General, even with the sadness of being there and the times that were so stressful, the nurses that took the time to hold us and love us and make sure we were okay.... I would love to comfort the parents and hold them babies.... 

Really Unrealistic?? 

I would love to be a stand up comic. I would make people laugh and I know I can be pretty damn fun!!!  That is totally what I would be.. the next Melissa McCarthy!!!!!

2. Do you fart in front of your significant other?

Heck yes I do. 

I am proud of my loud farts. I come by them naturally. 

I don't think there was a point we weren't able to Fart in front of each other. We were best friends before we started dating so it was never an issue. 

3. What's the furthest you've ever traveled from home? How far and where was it?

When I turned 30, my hubs, mom and I went to Disneyworld. It was amazing! 
I am a big Disney fan and have always wanted to go to the Big world. 

My parents always took me by car to Disneyland and it must be a love of my parents because that is where they went for their honeymoon! Chris and I went there for our honeymoon as well. We are looking forward to going to Disney World in a few years with the boys... Except the looonnnngggg plane ride at 12:04 AM from Seattle to Orlando and getting their at 7:00am.  

With that being said I think I would do the same flight so that the kids slept for most of the time on the plane. We wont be going until the boys are a little bit older so that they can make it without any out bursts or freak outs... This is even about Hubs. He was a big baby on that flight, he hates to fly and being in that plane for that long really will be a pain for me with all three of my men..... hmm...maybe just a girls week there no kids or hubs?? 

Yeah I would never do that with out my babies now that I have them but the idea may pop up once in a while....but I will be taking them in a few years because it wont be the crazy parts, the fits, and temper tantrums that we will remember... we will remember the memories that made the trip a fun time....because even the bad times in a trip to Disneyworld would never make it not be the happiest place on Earth. 

4. How do you celebrate birthday for your kids? Family only or friends? ... Alternate for those without kiddos: How did you celebrate birthdays as a kid?

We do both.

A family party (because I could never subject my loved ones to the horror that is a child's birthday party. They'd write me off..) on the Sunday closest to the child's birthday.  Sadly my family and my husbands family don't really get along... so we do get this TWO family parties.  

Then we do a kids ( friend ) party and go all out for that... I try hard to make sure I am pintrest perfect.  This year we will be having all their preschool friends and families. Our house is small but it will be fine with all the tents and outside heaters. 

I love doing their parties. I plan them starting around January or February. Note their birthday is in November. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hotel review... Ocean Park Resort.......

To say things have changed with having the twins is a major understatement.  Before the boys every week or two I was going on hotel reviews like crazy.  I loved it. The love for travel is something that has always been such a big part of me. I wish I would have been like my cousin Maddy as she has been traveling the world since she turned 18!  This next month her and her sister Marlee are going on a travel journey through Europe.  I am the person that doesn't care about all the fancy cars and clothes that my friends brag about on their social media outlets but get really green eyed with envy if you brag about your latest travel adventure.
Hubs and I haven't gone anywhere sense the boys were born almost four years ago alone. I need to work on this. My sister in law laughed at me years ago when I said that traveling would never slow down once I had them.... Yes she was right and I was so very wrong.  We went to Kalaloch when the boys were almost two. That's when my sister and her husband and my nephew came up to visit from their home in Colorado. We had a great time and my parents joined us. It was an amazing time back then but, it took until now to go on our very first solo family vacation.

Our family use to go to Long Beach Washington all of the time and we decided that we wanted to go back to Ocean Park. The last time we all went was almost 10 years ago. So we called our favorite hotel and looked forward to our new memories with our little family.
Ocean Park resort is a small motel, with a RV and Tent camping park, along with a few cabins and mobile homes that they rent out to families during the summer and during razor clam digs, this place has always been packed.  When we pulled into the resort it was almost empty. I have never seen it like this at all.  We got our keys and paid the nice lady for our three day vacation. 

When we got into our room we realized just how come it was so empty. First we saw just how outdated it was..... We asked for a room with a TV that would be compatible with our DVD player. They said sure we have your room ready with a TV that should work.  We had two TV's, one with a built in VHS and one that had 4 channels that worked. There was no place to hook the DVD player up to the TV. The Coffee maker didn't work.  What else could set our day off on the wrong foot then no coffee.  The oven didn't work and we figured this out when we tried for almost an hour and a half for getting the boys pizza cooked.  Only parents know the beads of sweat a hungry child can make you feel.... 
We always look for a place to stay that has a washer and dryer that we can use. Being that we have the boys and we were at the ocean this was a major must have with where we stay. I went to their laundry room and in every drum of the washers was filled with gunk, yuckie cat food looking waste. I went and told the older man that was in the office and he said he would take care of it.  The next afternoon after a day at the beach the same things were in the drums of the washers.  So we went to a laundromat in Long beach. That night when we got back to the hotel and we were packing our things up I looked into some of the rooms down below just checking things out and what did every empty room on the first floor have?? Brand new working flat screen TV's! Even asking a few times to be moved to another room if the TV's worked else where in another room. They said they didn't have one and then I see this. I was so mad!  
But we didn't let that spoil our trip. We used our phones wifi and watched Netflix. Our little family is all we need for a fun time and on our first vacation as a family.  All in all, I would say stick with another place for around the same price then this. You can stay closer to Long Beach but not here. We left a comment in their room note book and it was sent back to us from the owners asking us to not come back again and that we were so loud and rude. It just made me happy my grandma didn't have to go back and see this. 

So from a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best place we have ever stayed, I would give it a -10.  Never will go back and never will stay again. Also something I forgot to say was that they use to have a pool and when asked about it they made a rude comment about how handicap people don't come enough to pay for the lift to get them in and out of the hot tub and spa. When she was telling me about it she didn't know that Brock was handicap. I guess she was lucky that it was me she was offending and not someone else. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wordless Wednesday!

I moved back home in December of last year, after being gone for almost three years. I put my son in a wonderful Co-op preschool and not only has Franky made some great friends but along the way I have made friendships I believe will last myself a life time. These ladies build each other up and not rip one another down.  I am very blessed and look forward to next week when we start another amazing year. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday!!! Cinnamon Rolls!

My favorite go to cinnamon rolls that are mixed in the bread machine.  Then you add that this is the Pioneer women recipe. This is one of my favorite bloggers and Food network personality.  So this is one recipe that is my go to when I want to make cinnamon roll.  I hope that you enjoy this recipe as well as I do.  

                                                                                       Start with putting all of the ingredients in the order they  are listed. 
Then roll out the dough with a rolling pin, 

To make the filling, melt 1/2 cup of the butter and spread evening over the dough.  
 Generously sprinkle half of the ground cinnamon.  
I can not stress this enough.  
You then need to begin rolling the dough to form the log.  Either way you choose to roll your dough, you’ll need to pinch the seam together once you’ve reached the end.  Transfer the log over to a cutting board and using a sharp knife begin cutting about 1 1/2-inch slices.  One log will produce 20-25 rolls.  I let mine re rise again for about an hour before baking. 

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast ( I found the one that works best for the bread machine) 
  • 4 1/2 cups (approx.) flour **Without problem, I used an organic, unbleached bread machine flour
  • 1/2 heaping teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup melted butter, plus more as needed **see what I mean about the butter!  Yummy I tell you, YUMMY!!**
  • 1/8 cup ground cinnamon for sprinkling
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more as needed

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Meet Me Monday....

Instead of the regular MMM, let's do a summer recap on where we went and what kept us super busy! 
So many things happened during this amazing beautiful summer we were all able to enjoy!  Our family went on our first vacation to the Ocean. We spent three nights in Long beach, and then a few nights at Ocean shores. We played on the beach, went on a few day trips to Seaside, Astoria, and Cannon Beach.  Each visit needed at the ocean. It was a fun and lazy way to pass the time. 
The three of us had several fun playdates with friends. B man showed us at many of them that he would rather be away in the car then be with friends playing! He had a full summer of OT and now we start speech for him as well in a few weeks. Bman is really starting to flourish with all the extra help he is getting. Then there is Franky and he even did his first team sport, of course it had to be T ball! He loved it so much and showed that he will be in sports with the same love and passion his daddy and Papa have.... He is asking to go into swim lessons and we are looking into it for something extra for him to do outside of school. 
We moved to a fab home we will be able to enjoy for years to come. Its what I  call my sweet home my sweet country beach house. Its so amazing. I enjoy it and will be blogging a lot about the new adventures and DIY's and before and afters... 
I have some very fun things coming up and one of the things I am getting set to do is more hotel reviews! EEEK! Venue reviews and back in the swing of things for talking up events and things to do and places to go!!! .  I will be working with the local newspaper again as well. Exciting things for this girl right here!