Help Us Defeat ALS

I know  I haven’t blogged in quite some time!! BUT I am writing this blog today for a very important cause that affects me personally. At the beginning of this year my family found out that my Dad was diagnosed with ALS… also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This hit us all pretty hard.. no one wants to lose their Dad!! But we are taking this day by day and my Dad is so strong and positive and I love him for that! My parents and the rest of my family have such a strong faith in God that we will make it through this… the prayers and support of family and friends helps us through this as well.

My brother and sister inlaw have created a team and will be joining the Bellingham Walk To Defeat ALS and they need our help! If you live in the Lynden or Bellingham, Washington area and would like to join their team you can do so at the link below… or if you would like to show your support, but don’t feel you can do the walk, you can also make a donation on the link below as well.

Click Here… Bellingham Walk To Defeat ALS

Please keep my Dad and my Mom in your prayers… we can all fight this together!

Mom and Dad

Pet Palooza Voting & A Giveaway!!

My dog, Petrie, is the only dog out of the 3 that made it to the Final Round of the Pet Palooza pet photo contest that I entered them into. Thank you to all of those who did vote!! You all rock!

So I have decided to have a giveaway since at least one of my dogs made it to the final round :). In order to enter the giveaway, you will have to vote for my dog, Petrie :)… think of it as bribery ;).

Here’s what you could win…. a jersey knit infinity scarf. It is light blue with an Asian floral design… it’s very pretty!

Here’s what you need to do to win this scarf….

Go here… Vote For Petrie … and Register (if you haven’t already) so you can place your vote. You are allowed to vote ONCE per day! If you have more than one email address, you can vote with all of those email addresses each day :).

After you have voted, come back here and leave a comment saying that you voted! For each time/day you vote, you can enter this giveaway, just leave a separate comment each time… that will be a lot of entries (and better chances) for you :)!

That’s it! So simple :). So go vote for Petrie!!

Voting ends on Oct. 26th at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. I will announce the winner of this giveaway on Oct. 27th, in which I can hopefully say that Petrie is the winner as well :). So vote, vote, vote!!

Pet Palooza Photo Contest

I have entered my 3 dogs into a pet photo contest that a local radio station is hosting called Pet Palooza 2012. The winner of the contest will receive $500!! So I am asking anyone and everyone to please help me and my family out to try and win this $500, which we could really use! All you have to do is vote for each of my dogs. You will have to register with your email address, and you can register all of your email addresses to give even more votes! 🙂

All 3 dogs have made it to Round 2… thank you to all those who have been voting!! You’re all awesome :)! You are allowed to vote for as many of the pets that you want (which hopefully those votes will go to my dogs :)). And you are allowed to vote once per day…. if you have more than one email address, you can vote once with each email address.

The first dog is Wicket… she is a Brussels Griffon. Just click on the picture below and it will take you to the site to vote 🙂

Next, is our newest dog Petrie… he is part Chihuahua part Rat Terrier (we think).

And last, but not least is Willie… he is a Chinese Crested.

Feel free to share with all of your friends by tweeting or sharing on facebook 🙂

Thanks everyone!! I appreciate any and all votes you give!

Donations Being Collected For Cancer Treatment

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this. My father inlaw is in need of radiation treatment and chemotherpy, he is scheduled to start his treatments in 2 weeks and will be under going them for 6 weeks. I am collecting donations for the costs of the medical bills and his living needs during this time. My father inlaw is a good man that has worked his entire life and has never asked for anything. Back in January he started getting a lump on his right breast which quickly grew into a softball size lump, well being a hard headed man he is this was kept secret from us up until I got a call at 3am one morning that he was in pain and needed to get to the hospital. Needless to say I drove down to him and took him in and much to my surprise and shock this was unveiled to me. He was referred to a specialist that wanted to do surgery right away and remove the lump. After a biopsy was done it was determined that the lump was malignant cancer and that the therapy was needed as soon as he healed from the surgery, because they were unable to remove 100% of the cancer. My father inlaw is the kind of guy everyone likes to be around and never has a bad thing to say about anyone or anything….. He is too young to be going through this but unfortunately this is just the way life works and we are dealing with it daily, our problem is that up to this point all the Doctor visits, medication and the actual surgery we are all broke (let me add that my father continued to work the whole time this was going on, including as soon as he was released from the hospital after surgery) But what the doctors are telling us is that he will be too bad off to continue to have an income during the six weeks of treatment and that’s where I ask if there is anyone that can donate even a penny would be great and this could really help him. I hope that everyone can find it in their heart to donate even just a lil bit…….
Donations can be made through PayPal to


Coprolite… aka Dino Poo :)

We have come across an awesome discovery! We have found Coprolite, or what we like to say… Dino Poo! Of course it is fossilized and they look and feel like rocks… it’s just that these rocks look like poop, LOL!

ANYWHO… We have literally come across a giant pile of crap! 😀 We have found them in many sizes, from small to ginormous!! Right now I have some of the smaller coprolite listed in my etsy shop. We have been selling a “crap load” of coprolite on ebay, and I wanted to see how well they did on etsy. We have cut into several pieces and have found many with the rare crystallization, which make them look like geodes. They also have some very pretty coloration in them too with reds, yellows, and even purple!

We have had a paleontologist friend take a look at them and they seem to think they come from Raptors. We have done some research and have found out that they come from the Triassic period which was 203 to 250 million years ago!  And, recently as we were picking up some more specimens we found some Dinosaur bones, including claws and turtle shell.  So, needless to say we were ecstatic to verify that we really were finding coprolite!

By clicking on the pictures, it will take you to the listing in my etsy shop. The second picture is an example of the variety of cuts we have made.

Also, we are not willing to share the location of where we find these, so please don’t ask. Thanks!

On another note… my black skull rings are BACK IN STOCK in my shop! And I’m planning on listing one in Antique Silver later on today! So be sure to check out my shop!

Our Wedding Day

Jake and I were married on Friday April 13th. We just wanted a very small Justice of the Peace wedding. We were so grateful to have my parents fly all the way from Washington State to be our witnesses :). My parents flew in on Wednesday night so we had some time to do some touristy stuff like go to Santa Fe one day and to Los Alamos another day… which was our first time checking out Los Alamos too!

Our wedding was such a blessed day! Even though it was just in front of a judge, I still wanted a dress and a bouquet, and Jake and the boys got dressed up too. We got married in the Judge’s office at his business, but afterwards we went to the Sanctuario de Chimayo… it’s a beautiful church in Chimayo, NM where on Good Friday people from all over make a pilgrimage to this church. There is a hole in the church that holds healing dirt and people will take some back home when they visit.

We had visited the Sanctuario de Chimayo the day before to get an idea of where we should take the pictures. Which on the wedding day, we got a ton of amazing pictures. My parents were the wonderful photographers :).

Now, Jake and I are excited to be spending the rest of our lives together :).







Long Time No Blog!

I know, I know… it has been wwwaaaaaayyyy too long since I have blogged. Although I will say a lot has been going on lately. The weather is getting warmer, flowers are blooming, birds singing… so during these nice days we like to play outdoors. Our latest thing has been gold panning… I’m still in the learning process, but it’s fun to watch Jake do what he loves.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of crocheting… I do have a few new things that I still need to take pictures of and get listed in my shop. And I’m in the middle of working on two new items… they will eventually get done :).

Now, for the greatest news….. after being together for almost 7 years, Jake and I have finally decided to get married. We both decided we do not want a wedding, so we’re going to have a Justice of the Peace wedding… which we are planning to have on Friday, April 13th. We are both very excited! I’m also very excited that my parents will get to be here to witness our marriage. And for those of you who don’t know me… I do not like, nor do I ever, wear dresses! But, for this joyous occasion I have decided I want to wear a dress. And after hours of searching online (because the only store we have in town is Walmart!! Ugh!) I finally found a dress that “wowed” me (as my little sister would say). Once I finally decided what size I needed to get, I went to try and order the dress, and it was out of stock… so then I was back to square one! I kept the page of the dress I loved open and kept checking back to see if my size was in stock… finally I happened to check again (for the 5th time that day) and it was back in stock!! I immediately called my Mom to let her know :).  Needless to say, we were both excited!

Here’s a picture of my dress… Pretty right?

I’m definitely looking forward to our special day, but I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this wonderful man I love!

Treats for the Team

Last Saturday it was my turn to pass out the snacks/treats after the boys basketball game. So a couple weeks before I had asked my Mom if she had any great ideas or recipes for me because I remember when my little sister and I were playing sports, she ALWAYS brought the BEST treats!! And all our teammates said so too :). So my Mom, who was very excited to come up with some ideas/recipes for me, graciously sent me several recipes to choose from. It was a tough decision on what I should actually make, because they ALL looked so yummy! But after cutting out the recipes that called for peanut butter (there is a kid on the team with a peanut allergy), I finally decided to go with the Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes. They were actually very easy to make and they were a HUGE hit!! The kids AND the parents were in awe! Some of the moms even asked me how I made them. I made a bunch of them so there were enough for the team and for the little brothers and sisters… and some of the parents too :).

I have to bring treats to their last basketball game as well, in which I will probably make something different. As for now, I’m just trying to get better! I have had a sore throat which has turned into a horrible cold and it seems to just be getting worse… at least that’s what it feels like!

The Warriors

During the boys Christmas break, we had signed them up to be on a youth league basketball team with some of the other kids in their class. Since they were at their Nana’s over Christmas break, we decided to wait until they got back home to tell them they were going to be on a basketball team. They were so excited!! Their team name is the Warriors and their first game was 2 Saturdays ago in which they lost, but they had only had one practice and they ended up playing a team that had kids older than them… but they had fun anyways! So from now on they will be having 2 practices a week and then their games are on Saturdays. This last Saturday they had their second game and they did lose again, but they are doing a lot better!  We have told the boys that it doesn’t matter if they win or lose as long as they are having fun!

This is the first time the boys have ever been on a team, so it’s really a learning experience for them and I’m really hoping that it will help with their behavior in school and at home and that they can learn to work together as a team both as brothers and as friends at school.