have a great weekend…

IMG_2257things are just as busy as ever here at the house of mayhem and chaos!  last weekend we went to portland to the oregon museum of science and industry and then to hood river.  we had a blast!  IMG_2280 IMG_2296i have work tonight and tomorrow night but on sunday, i am hosting a little gathering for my best friend’s 3rd annual 29th birthday (see what she did there?)  i’m looking forward to friends and food and kids running around!   then, on monday, christopher and i are thinking of taking the boys to see the new minion movie.  it should be a fun, action-packed weekend with a little relaxing mixed in. IMG_2331

i hope you have plans for a fantastic weekend!

happy 4th of july!


happy 4th of july, everyone!  we are having a wonderful day hanging out at home.  it’s been lazy and just what we needed as a family.  i got to sleep in and the boys have spent all day outside playing with their magic sand.  i got some tie dye kits from target on clearance and we just finished an epic tie dye session!  we are all so colorful (we don’t need no stinkin’ gloves!)  it looks like a bunch of hippies live here!

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back with a fresh start…

i decided to take a break from the blog for the month of january because we had a lot of family stuff that needed my full attention and i needed a little bit to recharge my batteries after a very hectic holiday season.


but, i’m back with a fresh start for the year.  i  began by moving some things in my house around (of course!) and instead of resolutions, which i never keep, i made a list of intentions for the year.  just some things i want to focus on.  already i’m seeing a difference with the boys.  i am trying to speak with kindness and a calmness in my voice when i address the boys.  so far, they are doing really well in response.

they are back in preschool after winter break and i am gearing up to do some observation at the school(s) where they might attend kindergarten this year!  we need to decide if we want to waiver them to a different district (if we even can) and whether or not we want them in the same class.  honestly, the idea of them in school full-time is really bumming me out so i’m looking into half day kindergartens.  i don’t like the thought that they will be in a classroom setting for 6+ hours a day.  harry will do fine, but i’m worried that jack won’t be able to sit still for that long and will get in trouble and burned out on school.  i’m sure these are the things all parents think about, so i guess it’s my turn!

anyway, thank you for sticking with me and this little blog.  i’ve got some fun things planned for this year, so stay tuned.



merry christmas…

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merry christmas and happy holidays from everyone over here at the house of mayhem and chaos.  i hope your day is filled with joy and love and everything on your plates and in your glasses is absolutely delicious.  may you find peace, calm, serenity and love during this crazy-making time of year.

much love,


from the top: super buddies | the best damn bloody mary | jamie oliver’s comfort food – best. gift. ever. | mid-afternoon snack

around the house…

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things have been crazy around the house over the last six weeks and i have not been posting like i have wanted.  the holidays tend to stress me out as it is, but with everything going on, it’s been a bit more stressful than usual.  holiday decorating is not my favorite, but the boys love it and i do it anyway.  right now, it looks like christmas threw up in my house and i can not wait until january, when i can put it all back away in the garage and have a fresh, clean house!

from the top:

pFriem beers on our way to the fleetwood mac concert in portland before thanksgiving

red cross turkey trot on thanksgiving morning

first snow of the season

hand lettering my chalkboard door is about as into christmas as i like to get

realized this is the first time we’ve taken the boys to see santa!

making soft things for loved ones for christmas

contrary to common belief, elves are grown ups and enjoy a beer now and then (santa would never use child-elf labor!)

gingerbread a-frame

ballast point bloody mary and my favorite hopworks hoodie on tree decorating day (they don’t carry the one i’m wearing but this one is similar.)

jack jack the pirate king

i hope you are weathering the holidays.



that bittersweet time of year…


i am a summer girl.  i love being warm, the sunshine on my face, wearing flip flops and tank tops and shorts and flowy skirts.  i love eating from the garden – a tomato, hot off the vine, is one of the most delicious things i can think of.  i love playing outside with my boys and canning the bounty from our kitchen garden.  i love grilled food.  i love going to the river by our house, watching the 4th of july fireworks, camping and just everything about summer.

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this morning, i woke up and had to put on a sweater.  there was a definite fall chill in the air.  i’m seeing pumpkin lattes advertised, kids are returning to school, and it’s already september.  i am not ready to let go of summer just yet, so i will not be jumping on the autumn bandwagon just yet.  i mean, the first day of fall isn’t until the 23rd, so i’m going to give summer every last bit of my attention.

christopher and i rearranged the boys’ room to give them a new perspective as the season closes.  i like the way their beds are arranged now.  they like them too.  they are so grown up.  it seems like this summer has been pivotal in their development.  i deep cleaned the living room and moved some things around there too.  it seems to maximize the sunlight now and the room seems bigger.

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last week i canned 25 pounds of tomatoes and have a dozen pints of whole tomatoes to use throughout the winter.  i have pizza sauce and some puree to use as i cook up the warming, comfort foods that sustain us through autumn and winter.  i have tomatillos to turn into salsa verde and put up for winter.

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the days are still warm and the breeze is cool, so we have been soaking up every moment outside. i always get a little melancholy this time of year because i know our cold, grey winters are just right around the corner.  i know we won’t be able to play outside in our bare feet every day much longer.  i know that harry and i will start to feel that winter depression and we will stand in front of the window basking in every ray of sun that so rarely pokes out through the clouds during the winter in the pacific northwest.


so, i am keeping a summer frame of mind as long as i can.  i will go get another floral tattoo to remind me of late-summer harvest: a hop vine to complement the grapevine i already have.  and then, maybe in a year or two, i’ll get a forearm full of ripe summer veggies.  i won’t put away my tank tops and shorts and sandals.  i will bask in as much sunlight as i can.  i will relish the cool breezes on my face and the joyful squeals of the boys as they play in the yard.  i will harvest the garden, till it under and tuck it under a blanket of mulch to nourish it for next spring.  i will put up the harvest for the winter and then i will finally settle into fall, but not until i’m ready and the last warm wisps of the summer slip away.

enjoy the last of summer, my lovies.



in the morning…


i am not a morning person.  so, these last four years since the boys arrived have made me need to change my ways.  but, lately, i’ve noticed that they are sleeping in a little later (sometimes) and getting in our bed at night a bit less.  it’s kind of a mixed blessing.  on one hand, i love waking up next to my sleepy little boys, but on the other, it’s kind of nice to just wake up next to my husband.IMG_0933

most mornings, christopher gets up with the boys and does the morning routine, letting me get a couple more house of blessed sleep.  but some mornings, he needs to be out the door early and i’m on.  coffee is my best friend.  and pbs kids.  i can usually sneak in a cup while they are watching curious george or peg + cat.  plus, i can snuggle in bed with them while we all watch.  or, i will turn on the pandora radio and listen to the cat stevens, colin hay, half moon run or little comets stations.  IMG_2852

other mornings, they are busily at the kitchen table or on the floor doing important “projects” that usually involve cutting up construction paper into tiny pieces of confetti or building something with legos.

on rare occasions, i’m up at sunrise and feel rested enough to not just fall back into bed.  these mornings are magic.  it’s usually beautiful weather and i can enjoy my coffee on the porch and listen to the quiet of the neighborhood before the day begins.  every time i am up early on a day like that, i think that i need to reschedule myself and make this the norm.  i don’t know how that would work with me working nights, but it’s worth a shot, right?


aaahhh, bliss.  what is your favorite time of the day?