Sunday, July 30, 2006

Love this Song...

Ok, anyone else watch The Devil Wears Prada? Or, So you think You can Dance?
Anyway, I love this song... the first part reminds me a lot of the young women that worked with... and the chorus just has a great message... sometimes I do get those flashes of light where I DO know what I want to be...
Anyway, I think I'm gonna get her CD. She does that song Black Horse in the Cherry tree (or something like that) that Katherine McPhee sung on Idol.
Not sure I'm in love with the video... but c'est la vie.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

MORE goodbyes {sigh}

Bye-bye white car...
I knew the moment would come, I knew we would sell it (and yes, Amie I did do the whole transfer of title thing with the DMV), but I apparently have issues letting go. As soon as I heard the knock on the door (the people came from Watsonville -- so I was pretty sure they were fairly interested when they came that far) I started to feel sad.
They just drove-off with a huge part of my life. And I need to be OK with it. And now, I'm going to go show-off my climate-controlled Honda Odessey... and hold my head high... right? :)

Friday, July 28, 2006

Hellos and Goodbyes

First, for the hello. We finally got our bunkbeds. They look great, and I'm still nervous about them -- but so far, so good. Thankfully, my friend Angie today told me that they had bunkbeds growing-up and loved them. I long for the day when we have a house big enought to separate them. BUT, until then, I'll be happy.
On a side note: Mancini Sleepworld is buggin'. They delivered on Wednesday, but the holes in the bed were drilled wrong so they had to take it back, but couldn't re-deliver until today. And when we were putting clothes in the drawer, we saw it was cracked (and the first set's drawer was cracked too). Anyway... buyer beware.
And... lastly, for the goodbyes. My good friend Brittany's leaving. I'm so sad (and not just about the fact she's having to drive hours and hours by herself in a car with her 9 month old). That's the hardest thing living in this area -- people don't tend to stick around long. I've said goodbye to most of my friends, although I am grateful for my strong gals who I know are here for the long haul with me -- Millers, Pugmires (I'd like to include Catmulls and Spencers in this group, but I'm not too sure as of late). It's people like them that make me want to stay. Anyway, I hate goodbyes... so... bye.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

I'm a Busy Photographer


FYI... don't let all your friends get pregnant at the same time, it's easier to spread-out your fun newborn shoots. BUT, they all did -- and it's really fun regardless. You FOREGET how fun it is to photograph a newborn.

Alivia was a darling client, can't get enough of her, or her mom (her dad is oftentimes another story... :) ). Anyway, happy baby Emily! I'm so glad you let me share this precious time with you guys!

Wanna see more? Look here.

And just another video...


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Gaining one baby, losing another

Know anyone who needs a Nissan Sentra?
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/car/186588474.html
Drew and I are both having some sadness sending that little guy off to a new home. It was our first car (my very first one), we took-off to CA in that car, brought home a new baby and many other road trips. It's hard to let go of memories at times.
BUT, for the ROCK BOTTOM price of $2200, we are willing to let those memories go to someone else.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

She's havin' a baby

and she let me take pictures....
I think it's one is a favorite. Just shows the subtle curves of el prego.

You can see most of my favorites here.

Transitioning to the bunkbeds

Huh, already wrote this once, but I guess it didn't go through.
So, our bunkbeds are coming tomorrow. I was wondering if my peeps had ideas about transitioning Spencer into a bunkbed. He isn't currently getting out of the crib, so it's not a necessity that he be in a bed, but I'm wondering if, with all the excitement with the new bed coming, we should just put him in it then.
Does anyone have experience in this area?

Monday, July 24, 2006

a BRAND NEW addition to the Ericksons!


Seriously folks, this girl's a beaut! She's a 2003 Odessey, and we have chosen to call her Homer. On second thought -- I guess it's a boy... since it's blue like everything else in this house. Well, kinda green... word's still out on the color. But we brought her home today, and she's ours -- Powertrain Warranty and all. :)

Sunday, July 23, 2006

You say you wanna look like BUZZ Lightyear?

Spencer has been pulling at his hair since he was born (at the same time he sucks his thumb) but he's been getting a bald spot lately, so we decided it was time for a buzz cut. Thanks for Paul Yuen for coming and doing it. He did the cutting and his wife Janna did a puppet show for Spencer to distract him from the viscious clippers. Posted by Picasa

A couple of new layouts


My friend Lara says a break is good for your creative bone (I missed that particular bone in anatomy class, they must've only talked about it in the HFAC). I think she might be right...

Organization

I am on an organization kick as of late. It was kicked of though our office "remodel" and yesterday I worked it hard in our garage. For once my food storage is looking SO great. I really went in and tried to make a system that would work. It would let me know what I have and what I need. It would also help me to rotate better.
Anyway, as I was thinking about how sparkling my garage looks I was thinking about how, perhaps, I need to do some organization of my life. I know there are things in my life that I'm not using (or shouldn't be using -- I'm not talking drugs here, but I am talking about wasting too much time watching TV or ignoring my kids). For instance, I have decided not to be on twopeas much anymore. I went on a complete twopeas ban while I was on vacation. I figure reading my blogs and email take up enough time. I have gotten on a few times since I've been home... but I'm still doing pretty well on my personal goal. It has also made me a less-obsessed scrapper. I want to take the Stacy Julian way of scrapbooking, and sometimes Two Peas makes that hard. It's all about your priorities.
Anyway, I know there's more to throw-out of my life... to make more room for the things I need more time with. Does anyone have anything they "threw-out" of their life?

Friday, July 21, 2006


Towards the doorway Posted by Picasa

From the closet Posted by Picasa

Looking towards the closet Posted by Picasa

Looking in from the doorway Posted by Picasa

K, I'm thinking the last ones were a little small... Posted by Picasa

TA-DA


We finally finished up the office today. I know everyone's just DYING for a photo. Realize that the bed is going to go where the rug currently is... so it will even be MORE crowded then it currently is. HOWEVER, I do feel like it's going to be more utilitarian this way.
Just for some info, starting on the to left you see out the door, next is in from the hallway (bed going on the rug, remember). 2nd row left is looking at the shelves (door would be to the right of this photo). right is looking at the closet.

Some favorite Trip Photos

Dueling Dressers

While at Ikea, we decided to get Drew a new dresser. He started off with my brother's old dresser. REALLY bad. Got a new one about a year after we got married, at Shopko. Recently he's been unable to open the bottom drawer because the bottom of it is falling out. Anyway, we figured it was time to stop living in poverty and get Drew a new dresser.
Little did I know, it was going to be bigger then me.
Note:
Drew's Dresser:

and then there's MY dresser (which i have had since I was born):

Please take note of the fact that Drew's drawers are wider, deeper and in greater quantity than mine.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

My Thoughts on this Thursday evening...

Our automatic sprinklers didn't come-on while we were gone. Thankfully, we have saints for neighbors who noticed our browning grass and soaked it, I'm sure it'll come back to life soon... but those of you who know my obsession with my lawn know how irritated I am (btw, my lawn is never green... I'm just obsessed with it).

Drew put-up the bookshelves in the office. Although it's kinda crowded in there, I truly feel like it's a great solution. Good storage, extra bed, there's space to throw luggage if someone came to stay. For anyone who's wondering we used these shelves on one wall, we got the 5X5 squares in the dark brown. It looks really cool in there. The kids bed should arrive someone next week and we will then, officially have a guest room. Anyone wanna come stay?

Last night, I had an 18 week spanish speaker who had abdominal pain. Turns-out the abdominal pain may have been because she was having TWINS. The MD came in and did an ultrasound and found out right there. She was crying... that's big news, and kind of late in the game for me... but I'm funny that way.

My MIL sent me this thing about common household products used for different things then their intended purposes. She had a great one:
Smart splinter remover ...just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue. Has anyone tried this? I mean, Conner is SUCH a whiner about slivers... it'd be great if it'd work! I love it when common products have other uses.

Ok, thoughts are done, time for bed. And yes, I do need a life.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Put on your black ladies

The scrapbook table is gone my friends.
We are converting our current office/scraproom into an office/scraproom/guestroom. But in order to accomodate Conner's old bed, we needed to get rid of my nice long scrapbook table.
It's truly a day of mourning my friends.
But, on brighter notes, we're getting a really cool shelving unit from Ikea to go on one wall, and we got a new filing cabinet to go by it (to replace to two 2 drawer ones that we currently have). I really like how it's starting to shape-up, and I will still have my sewing cabinet that I can scrap on top of... but gals, I think we all know it just isn't the same.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A birthday post

I always get so caught-up in Conner's cake sagas that I forget to say what an amazing kid he is on his birthday. SO, this post is dedicated to Mr. Conner and the great guy that he is!
Conner is extremely smart. I don't tell him that, but he is. He is also really dedicated and is willing to work hard. Things I prayed hard to have a kid who was either born with those insticts or I could help instill those virtues into their little brains. Just now he's doing his "hard math" workbook really well. He does so much with his brain, sometimes I have to bribe him to get him to get outside and use his body just as much. For now, we are using popcicles as the bribe (and the cool-down since it's been so hot lately). Even though he's smart, I don't think that he feels that he is smarter than other kids. Which, is my most favorite thing about him. He's a just a regular Joe in his mind. And, he is.
Conner has adjusted really well to having a little tag-a-long. He and Spencer, especially during our trip, grew really close together, and had a great time together then and I can see that bond has even lasted now that they're home.
Conner is my little buddy. I'm so glad he'll still hold my hand, and I hope that lasts at least another year. Although there are some days I could sell him on ebay, there are many more that I don't know what I'd do without him.
** This post seems a tad too braggy as I read it back to myself, but a gal's gotta brag about her kids every now and then, especially on their birthdays... right?**

Monday, July 17, 2006

Mmmm.... Cake.....


Wish this cake was in front of my RIGHT NOW. But, really, I think it's pretty cute. I like how the sprinkles worked. Not such a fan of the 1 inch of icing I ended-up putting on the top... that was a little much.
Really, want to eat it right now....

Sunday, July 16, 2006

I am a rockstar.

Hilary FINALLY learned how to use the clone tool today in PSP. I was REALLY happy with how this picture came-out and then it had that sun spot in it. So, I clined some weeds (Thankfully, the purple spot was over the weeds, I doubt I would've been so sucessful without the scraggly mess back there). What do you guys think? BTW, all the pictures from our trip are uploaded up to flicker on the right hand side...

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Bunkbed Mom

As a youth, I thought bunkbeds were dumb. They were dangerous, difficult to keep clean... and did I mention dangerous.
And WHAT did we buy today? That's right, bunkbeds. There's just no way to keep living in this house without expanding vertical.
So, expanding is what we're doing (vertical, not # of children). I have threatened Conner within an inch of his life if he were jump off those beds he'll be sleeping the night on the floor.
Luckily, they won't be delivered for a few more days, so I can ingrain some fear into him some more.

Friday, July 14, 2006

New Header

Ok, someone came to take family pictures while we were with Drew's family in ID. She took the one up top, and I'd LOVE to give her credit, but I was so concerned that I had GIANT black eyes courtesy of the bloodied nose incident I forgot to catch her name. I figure since it's so small I may not be doing her justice anyway... but anyway, I think her last name is Skinner, and she's from Logan. And although this i not my most proud header moment it'll do for the 1/2 month it'll be up.
Sorry for the delay my header fans (and I know there are many).

In Just 5 short Years

Shocker of all shockers, the ericksons have been in Utah. Perhaps many of you don't know the paranoia I have about saying we're leaving our house on our blog. Always worried that bad people are going to come and eat all our food storage. But, thankfuly, we're home now with all our food storage intact.
As we were driving out of Provo I was thinking about the same drive we took just 5 short years ago. We had just made the decision to move to CA and had just sent all of our worldly belongings in a Grabel moving truck. I bawled as we left my parents house. So much unknown, too much work. Just wanted to make a U-turn and drive back to the safety that Utah held for us.
But, drive-on we did. I realized that the salt flats is the WORST drive ever (amen). And now, 5 years later I am so grateful we took that giant leap.
As we left Utah this time, we were excited. I have so many friends about ready to give birth to new little ones, I have friends that I missed and a home that we love. Just felt so grateful for the blessings that God had granted to us in those 5 short years.
May the next five be even better.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

July 12th: Step away from the sprinkles

Some of my more avid blog readers perhaps will realize that this is a VERY stressful day in Hilary's household. Today is Conner's birthday. Not only do I buy presents and make him feel like the most special boy on the PLANET (which, apparently this year was done by sending him to his cousin Grace's house all day) but I have to make him a CAKE. No, no storebought cakes yet AGAIN this year. homemade all the way.
And thankfully, grandma did the main part of the homemade part. She did a gluten-free cake (my mom cant have any wheat or wheat products, she's allergic to them) but left me in charge of the frosting.
I ruined one batch. Apparently my fluffy, and the recipe maker's fluffy aren't the same thing.
But, the second batch turned-out fine. I even put sprinkles on in the shape of the #6. I wanted to do more sprinkles around the outside, but I have made the choice to step away from the sprinkles.
Anyway, that's this year's saga... made less-interesting courtesy of my mother (who, btw, her cake did have a little sink-in in the middle but nothing NEAR the pancake cake last year). But, happy birthday to conner, nevertheless!!!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Bee

There's just something about Utah.
Utah radio stations, that is.
I'm driving home from my friend, Melissa Beutler (she's Melissa Hansen now, but seriously -- who can remember to call their pre-married friends by their married names? not I.) and I'm on University Avenue.
98.7 the Bee. Besides a few Clay Aiken songs I swear this station hasn't changed an ounce since I was driving to pick-up Melissa Beutler or sat for endless hours with my friends in their cars (GIRL FRIENDS PEOPLE). Amazing how some things change emmensely (cough,cough, the RB parking lot sneeze, cough)... and some don't change at all. It's those little things that make coming home all worth it.
Anyway, I saw the sign, and it opened-up my mind, I saw the sign... no one's gonna drag me up to get into the light where you belong.... now, where do you belong?

Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Evils of CA

Now, why does everyone think Californians are evil, and snobish? At least, that seems to be a consensus here in UT. I remember when we were moving to the Bay Area, SO many people were shocked. I had a LOT of people pull me aside and tell me that they have whole GAY WARDS in the Bay Area, that the church just isn't as true there. I've also heard comments about people in CA think they are better than other people.
A) I always think that people who think that other people are better than they are (and don't get me wrong, I've thought this a time or two) are actually thinking they are better than said people. Just an observation.
B) The church is just as true in CA and I know I have learned more about the church and obviously have become more willing tos hare my testimony and beliefs since we've been there. People who don't think they can move from UT are missing out. I have learned so much about myself, about my marriage, about who I REALLY am since we moved to CA.
Anyway... we're not heathens, we are not then "unwashed" and if you think that way -- best be time to run a shower for yourself. :)

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Nacho

Drew and I went to Nacho Libre last night.
Didn't think this film appealed to me, initially, but MAN was it ever funny! Jack Black, as always, Hilarious. It's by the same people who did Napoleon Dynamite (from Drew's hometown).
Anyway, if you're thinking this movie's not really for you, but you'd like a good chuckle... go see it. Esp. when you're at a place where movie tickets can be bought for only 5.50 a person. :)

Friday, July 07, 2006

Personality wise....

My friend Brittany did this on her blog. What do you guys think? Does it describe me? I think it's pretty dang close... I think. Oh wait, except for the life of the party part... I am sometimes the life of the party, depending on how well I know people. And if we're at a party where they're serving liquor I tend to tense-up and just want to leave (and no, I don't drink while i'm at the party... I just have a hard time seeing other people lose their judgement, etc). Please, comment away...

Your Five Factor Personality Profile

Extroversion:

You have medium extroversion.
You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."

Conscientiousness:

You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.

Agreeableness:

You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.

Neuroticism:

You have medium neuroticism.
You're generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
Your life is pretty smooth, but there's a few emotional bumps you'd like to get rid of.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is low.
You're a pretty conservative person, and you favor what's socially acceptable.
You think that change for novelty's sake is a very bad idea.
While some may see this as boring, many see you as dependable and wise.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

A Big Meeting

So, I met my friend Lara for the first time today. I always feel so odd (ok, this being the second time) meeting someone that I have only talked to online.
Lara and I have chatted for over a year now. She has girls, I have boys, of similar ages. She's pregnant (I am not). She grew-up in Orem, but married a guy I went to HS with. She knows more gossip from my chidhood community than I do. We've written similar blog entries at similar times. We are, what Anne Shirley would call, Kindred Spirits.
Today, we met at Brick Oven (please pause for a moment of silence, I love how that restaurant never changes -- still the same crazy crab salad on their salad bar that they've had since I was 4, begging my dad to let me get the salad bar). Lara and I both upgraded for the salad bar. We went through on opposite ends. I look-up and our salad plates are entirely the same. They stayed the same til' I got the fancy green Brick oven ranch, and LAra stuck with my personal standby of Blue Cheese.
What are the chances that Lara and I will meet again? Slim. Well... they're plausible. I guess. She lives in AZ, and plans to move ASAP after she kicks her little fetus out to live in the real world. I currently live in CA... and only come home to UT every 2 years or so.
But seriously, meeting... chatting. It wasn't a bit awkward... amazing how sometimes people connect.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A Milestone and a frequent visitor

Ok, GUESS WHOSE BLOG has had over TEN THOUSAND visitors?
Shockingly enough, me....
Just noticed today, must've happened yesterday, but still very exciting.
And... I've noticed that I have a friend from British Columbia that keeps getting on.
Who are you? Reveal yourself... tell me more.
Anyway, and if you're another un-revealed visitor, feel free to reveal yourself here too. :)

A Little Piece of History

Today we went to the 4th of July Parade. Timpview High School Marching band was the second marching band of the parade (right after Provo High School).
Pst.... I was the Drum Major at Timpview High School 11 years ago... They have the same uniforms today as the day we got them 14 years ago. I became a tad nostalgic for those days in high school. I knew someone from almost every band marching (shockingly enough, I may have had a crush on several of them). They annouced MY name as the band went past, people yelled MY name as I struted my Drum Major bravado in front of them (ok, and my co-drummajor's as well, but let's not go there).... I really had a great experience in band, and I'm fairly sure it's the reason I allow my husband to do so much for it. I know how much those kids have riding on the line. I really felt like our director had our hearts has #1 in his book... we would've done anything for him... so I have a pretty good idea of why kids love to come to our house to play Settlers of Catan.
Anyway, I am really trying to keep this on a positive note, about how great band was for me. I also have a really hard time as Timpview goes past... and let's just say I didn't go searching out their director to give him a big hug. Instead, I had tropical snow tigers blood all over my pants, and the great thing is I enjoyed the parade today just as much as I did 11 years ago.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

The life of dialup

Hello, this is being typed from the land of dial-up modem. People, I have never been so grateful for my DSL in all my life, I'll be writing my check to Comcast with a little spring in my step next month.
Built us a little waterslide up here at Drew's parents pond. Had a great time yesterday, and then Conner and I were going down, both flew-off our tube and he landed on my nose. Let's just remind ourselves that there are a lot of blood vessels in one's nose. They were all open and gushing yessterday. Lucky, lucky me. However, no ER visit was had, and I don't think there's been a single reunion where we haven't been to the ER for one of us... still waiting for that particular axe to fall.
Alrighty then.....

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