My photo
I wrote this blog to keep notes on my daily life...some is about teaching, some about just plain normal life...who am I kidding? My life is anything but plain and normal! I hope you enjoy! I love to know who is reading so leave me a comment!!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I have...


I took the plunge and moved over to!!!!

You can find me at!!!!

Please excuse the mess while construction is still going on!


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Dougy Center...

Every other Wednesday
night...for 9 months out of the year I attend a young adult support group for people that have had someone close to them die. It doesn't matter the cause or's just support. It's not therapy...just support.

The group is held at the Dougy Center in SE Portland. It is an amazing place where amazing things happen daily. It is a support center for very young us very young adults.

I started going to the Dougy Center when I was a small child, age 6. My father had passed away for an unknown reason and it was a place my mother had heard of. At that point, you take any advice you can get. I am not sure who lead to her to that place...but they are amazing.

When I was 19 my sister passed away in a car accident and you can read about that here. About 7 years after I heard of the young adult group. I NEEDED to go I did.

Exactly a year ago on Father's Day a tragic fire broke out at the center. The whole entire house was burned and they are having to tear it down. I remember back when I was 6...they were remodeling the basement of that place. My mother purchased a large tile in memory of my father to be put on the wall. When my leader told me about the tearing down of the house, I asked if they were going to salvage the tiles from 20+ years ago. She referred me to the director, whom I never contacted. After all, I knew of it and had seen it, but it was SOOOO important to me...I could not tell you what it looked like if my life depended on it!

3 weeks ago I got an email from my leader...

Dear MegPie,

I went digging in the basement of the house last night and I found a few tiles. One was yours. I don't know how or why it was still intact, but I have it for you.


How awesome is that?!!? So I got it last week. I do have to say it wasn't as amazing as I expected it to is a pic though.

10 on Tuesday....

1. OUR DECK IS ALMOST FINISHED!!! I am pretty excited about looks awesome. Not quite done, but The Boy has been working like a maniac to get it done.

2. Now that the deck is on it's way...I have been looking for flower pots, etc. Sometimes there are things that I can't get myself to pay full price for and that is one of them. Today I went to JOANN's superstore and got an awesome pot that hangs...I already have flowers in and am waiting for The Boy to hang it on our new hanging basket hanger.

3. We had a fabulous 4th of July celebration with the B's...Below are pic of their little dude and my big dude. We ate brisket, chinese chicken salad that I believe has the name of Fume, salmon roll, chips and dips, strawberry pie, fruit salad...and I could go on and on!

4. My bedskirt is almost done! As soon as it is, I will post pics of it! Mother is actually on her way over to finish it off. Update: It's done! Mother did it for me...we have a platform bed that is homemade by The Boy himself and so a regular bedskirt would not work. I found the velcro idea over at Beneath My Heart .

5. We had dinner with the Semilliams on Friday that was DELICIOUS!!!! Plus we took their outdoor patio set! It needs and coat of paint and unless I buckle and let The Boy paint it GRIZ colors...we may not have it painted for awhile. =) Update: I am buckling fast!

6. Rose and I are about to start our Summer Breakfast Explosion!!!!! Stay tuned for more details!

7. Tomorrow will be my Day 5 of couch to 5k...somedays I think I may die or crumble to the ground...but I am working on it!

8. Today I went to get my allergy shots (every Tuesday I have a date with Nurse Cheryl or Nurse Emily, who both rock by the way) and someone called in to make an appt. The place is very quant...also known as SMALL and so you can hear pretty much anything...and now that I think of it...the receptionist totally violated all HIPAA laws by almost yelling to the nurse that Senator Ron Wyden will be coming in tomorrow for an appt.! Poor fellow has lots of allergies! For those of you who don't know...which is probably most...I am star doesn't matter who you are but if you are in the least bit famous...I am enamored with you!

9. No one shoot me when I say this...but...BOREDOM has set in folks...yes yes I enjoy the off summers, but I mean by yourself all freakin day?!!?!? You can only go to Target so many times a day before they know your name or start following you around the store. Somedays are awesome, but others aren't so fun. Please don't shoot me you non-teachers and parents with kids that keep them going ALL summer long!

10. I must end this as my walking partner is going to arrive shortly. She saved me from my nightly if day boredom isn't bad enough...I count the minutes till The Boy gets home and he decides to go FISHING!!!!! wa wa wa...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday MAMA!!!

The 4th of July is my MAMA's birthday! Someday when she walks out of the stoneage, she will read this...but that could be awhile! Today she has turned 60!!! She doesn't look it at all!
Thanks mama for everything you give to me everyday! I love you!!! Here is a pic of her with ONE of her FIVE Great Nieces.

Fun 4th things...

Since school is out, I have well...nothing to do! So I tend to think up crafty things I can do and never have time to do during the school year...unless it snows or something!

Here is the chalkboard I made for the kitchen! Now I can leave the boys lovely little reminders =)

I took an old frame I had from IKEA and painted the frame part the green that is on the wall to the right of where this is hanging. Then the glass part was actually plastic so I spray painted that with chalkboard paint...I am thinking I may go get the magnetic spray and put a layer on it so I can put things up there....who knows!?!?!? I LOVE it though! It's the first time I used the chalkboard paint and it's lovely!

Today is the 4th of July and we are headed to some good friends' house for a BBQ! I am bringing appetizers and treats for the kids!

Here are my Marshmellow Fun Smores on a Stick! They are delicious! I got the idea from Julia over at HUSH, but I am pretty sure she didn't even blog about them...they were just on her SIL's Facebook! But then I was crusin around in bloggy land and found these at Whimsical Creations and thought they were PERFECT for the party tonight!

Here are mine... I am not impressed with the photos of these or my presentation...I still have 2 hours so we will see what I can come up with!
They are marshmallows on sucker sticks...then you melt chocolate in a double broiler (I think that's what it's called, my mom would be so proud!) and then you make a plate of graham cracker crumbs and add sprinkles to it. Dip the marshmallow in the chocolate, roll it around in the crumbs and VIOLA!

Last but certainly not appetizer for tonight is Brown Suga (yes, it's not pronounced with an Suga Daddy) Lil' smokies... I took those little wienies and wrapped them in bacon and will soon put brown suga over the top to make a toothpick of GOODNESS! They aren't in the oven yet, but here is what they look like waiting...

Saturday, July 3, 2010

You should...

Click Here
To see what we did Friday night...
Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Welcome to the world Weston!

At 11:23 PM on June 22, Weston Robert Parker entered the world...
Mama was very brave, was in labor about 23 hours and did it all naturally, in water at HOME!
She was a rock star!

Congrats Jason and Della!!!!