Children think they know.. but they have noooo idea!


Who wants to find me a place to live and a job in Alameda California??

My husband was given an amazing opportunity to transfer to Coast Guard Island;

Coast Guard Island is in the Oakland Estuary between Oakland and Alameda, California. The 67-acre (27 ha) island is situated in the historic Brooklyn Basin, now known as Embarcadero Cove. It is within the Alameda city limits, but is tied to the main land only via a bridge from Dennison Street in Oakland.            (thank you Wikipedia)

 So we will be moving to Alameda;

Alameda is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. It is located on Alameda Island and Bay Farm Island, and is adjacent to and west of Oakland and in eastern San Francisco Bay across from San Francisco and South San Francisco, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bet you didn’t know you would be getting a geography lesson too..

San Francisco! Yay! California! Yay!  … I have never lived outside of Washington.. I haven’t moved enough times to fill up one hand of fingers.. And now we are leaving the state! I can bring my parents with me, right? And I can still work for the same company..? Yeah, NO.

NEW NEW NEW! We are very excited to have this opportunity for a new adventure! Seeing as we are still newlyweds, (we’ve only been married 2 months!) starting such a new and exciting journey at this time seems to fit right in. New husband, New apartment, New last name, New in-laws, New family…. New state, New home, New job, New opportunities!

Luckily, we will be put up in a hotel for a bit until we find a place to rent. We head down to Cali in 3 weeks, and have started looking for places now, in hopes that we can get something lined up and don’t have to live in a hotel for too long. We will be staying with my husband’s family for a week in Northern Cali (vacation!), and then heading into Alameda to start reality. And oh yeah, I need a job!

I have been with my company for 4 years now. A large pediatrics group with 7 clinics and 80-ish doctors. I have been the Lead in the Scheduling Center for all 7 clinics for the past 3 years. I have excellent customer service skills, I love working with people or by myself, I CAN be organized (my husband will tell you otherwise),computer and phone skills are superb, I am very familiar with medical terminology, ethical and legal concepts, insurance, referrals, scheduling, time management, concepts of triage, and runnning and maintaing a happy and friendly office environment. Do you want to hire me??

As much as I would love to be a stay at home military wife, or even working part time and getting the baby maker ready for action, Dylan will be in Kindergarten in the Fall, and I need to keep busy! I also have to keep reminding myself about our car payment and bills.. ohh yeeaaahh that’s why you need money..


  • 16 more days of work!    
  • 25 days till we leave for Cali!
  • 31 days til my last paycheck from Pediatric Associates!

What I learned from my kid..

There are a few things that I have learned from Dylan in 4 1/2 years..

  • If you change their diaper, they will poop as soon as you walk away
  • If you clean up the toys, there will be twice as many toys on the floor the next time you come into the room
  • As soon as they take a bath, they will want to eat spaghetti
  • As soon as they are in bed, they want a snack

My mom is probably laughing right now and chanting “I told you so!

     Here are a few things my mom learned from me.. in 18 years..

  • If you buy something new; whether it be a car or a couch, I will puke on it (ha ha)
  • Put sunscreen on the kid! 😉
  • Lipstick does not come out off couch cushions
  • When adult says “NO”, wild teenager hears “YES” (ha ha ha)

In the end, valuable lessons are learned, tears are shed, probably by both mom and child, and hugs are given.

Dylan has taught me some of the most important lessons in my life (He is a pretty smart 4-year-old)

  • Love is unconditional I still get hugs and kisses and cuddled after his timeout
  • Dinosaurs buried themselves in the dirt
  • Love comes in all forms “Mom, I got something for you cause I love you. It was in my nose”
  • Sometimes sleeping with a stuffed animal makes you feel better
  • Saying sorry takes a lot of effort, but has a huge effect
  • No one is going to love you more than your child does

Pretty good so far..  I am looking forwards to the many more years of lessons (or should I be worried?)

 I’d like to end by saying “Sorry for my teenage years, mom! I love you!” 🙂

Children think they know.. but they have noooo idea!


Black to Blue

I consider myself fairly crafty. I’ve done my share of scrapbooks, frames, modge podge, and painting. I have my collection of paper, stickers, different kinds of glue, gadgets and gizmos, whosits and whatsits, and what have you for crafts. What I haven’t done before is a furniture piece!

A few weeks ago I decided to sand down and repaint a side table that has been in my room for who knows how long! This particular side table has been in the family for a gazillion years. My mom remembers this table in her house when she was young. How I ended up with it in my room.. No Clue!

Being a gazillion years old, this table had remnants of stickers stuck on it, dents and dings and scratches all over and it was black. Dull black. It wasn’t a pretty table to look at.        

 Exhibit 1A & 1B:  










So Dylan and I ventured to the hardware store. And once I got there I realized I had NO CLUE what I needed! Sand Paper… Okay lets start with sand paper.. coarse? medium? hmm let’s go with a medium grain. Do I need a sand paper tool?! Nah.. I’ll use my womanly arm muscles. Paint.. crap!!!!! What color did I want to paint it? What kind of paint? Do I need a base coat? Top Coat? Primer? Oh hey! Excuse me Mr. Hardware store worker.. uhmm I need help?

Mr. Hardware was a HUGE help! He helped me pick out a good paint with a primer in it. Once we knew what brand of paint we were getting, It was off to the color wheel.. Did you know there are a trillion colors to choose from? I let Dylan pick. He chose a very nice Navy Blue. I was pleased with his color choice. So we got our paint mixed, payed for our findings and zipped home to begin our project!


Step 1: Sanding










My arms were burning! But I was soooooo proud of myself! Dylan did some sanding too.. then he saw a puddle and decided that would be more fun.

Step 2: Start Painting: Coat 1










Looking good! I’m loving the color!

I added 2 more coats of paint:









I wish I could say that I did this project in a matter of hours. I spread it out over 2 or 3 days. I didn’t want to wear myself out!

I am now the owner of a refurnished antique side table. And by owner I mean that I am fostering it in my room until I move out, my mom has staked her claim to it.

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Best Mother’s Day gift?

Just alittle over 2 weeks away.. Mother’s Day is THE most important holiday. Right moms?! 😉

I always try to out-do my siblings with gifts for mom.. afterall, I am her favorite and give the best gifts, Right mom!?

I started my Mother’s Day shopping alittle early, gotta make sure I also out-do my last year’s gift. Cause Mom deserves better each year, cause just like wine, she gets better with time. (Im your favorite, right??)

I think I did a pretty dang good job this year. We shall see come May 13th! Im very excited for my ‘made in preschool’ gift from Dylan! He is soo proud of his projects and I love seeing his proud little smirk!

If your reading this, Id LOVE to hear from you! 🙂

Would you rather be pampered and waited on or have precious ME time?

What was your Best/Worst Mother’s Day gift? 

For the men- What have you given your mom/wife that she won’t let you forget? Good or bad.

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Sick :(

Dylan and I were up all night. Poor guy has a stomach bug 😦 after changing the bed twice, once at 10:30pm and again at 12:30am, we ended up sleeping on the floor.
I’m staying home with him today. Sometimes you just need some mom cuddles and loves when you are sick. And with the lack of sleep, I dont think I’d be able to function whatsoever at work today.

Here’s to a couch day, a cuddle day, a quick recovery, and a nap.

Happy Tuesday!

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