The Grandson

Last weekend, we went to North Carolina to meet the newest member of George’s family!  George’s grandson, George IV:


Born on 1.7.17 (awesome birthday) and he’s doing great.  And so are his parents!  It’s been a while since we’d seen everyone so we had a really good time catching up over a long weekend.  And now we have a million pictures of the Georges like this:





And I guess it kind of makes me a grandma.  It’s not really fair because (1) I’m only 37, (2) my step-son just turned 32, and (3) I have no kids.  George III and Courtney said that if I didn’t pick out a different name, George IV would be calling me grandma.  Umm, no thank you.  After a bit of thinking, G and I decided on Gigi.  So, to George IV, I’m Gigi!


I think he likes it.  And my boob.  Babies.

Courtney and George III live in Jacksonville, NC.  There’s not a lot to do in Jacksonville so we also went to Wilmington and Swansboro.

My grandfather grew up in Wilmington and this was his house:


It was pretty cool to see the house and the neighborhood where he grew up.  Then we headed to the beach!



Such a nice day.

When we went to Swansboro we re-created one of our favorite pictures from a few years ago:


Wow, we look so young and fun in that picture!  And this was from last weekend:


 Do you see George IV’s little head on the left?!

George III also took us on a tour of the Marine base in Jacksonville and this happened:


George thinks everyone wants to take pictures with him.  I’m just happy no one got shot.

And here are three generations of Georges:


Pretty cute guys, huh?!  We had a really good time meeting George IV and hanging with the youngsters for the weekend.  We can’t wait to get together again soon!

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A Couple of Gifts

Did I tell you that in December we had to buy a new furnace?  Yeah, that was an unexpected expense.  Santa was like, “Welcome back from Guatemala, please pay a million $$ for a new furnace.”  So that pissed me off.  Fortunately, we were able to get it installed in 2016 (yay for tax credits!) and in between snow storms.  Well, the guy we hired to replace the furnace loved Biff.  He also has a pitbull so we bonded over that a bit.  Anyway, he took this picture of our beautiful dog while he was here:


Oh Biff!  Well, a couple of weeks ago, the guy called us to say he had something to drop off.  I had no idea what he wanted and I was kind of hoping he was stalking us.  Anyway, it turns out that his sister is an artist and she drew this:


It’s in pencil and we love it!  I think Bing is pissed that we don’t have a drawing of him so he does his best to scratch Biff  #frenemies

For Christmas, I gave my brother and my sister a couple of awesome gifts.  Instead of buying the kids stupid presents that they’ll use for 5 minutes and then forget about, I gave them four hours of babysitting every month, for the year.  The only requirements are that they have to schedule the babysitting the month before and they can’t save all the hours and use them at once.  Four hours is just about all I can take at one time.  And so far so good!

Last weekend, I hung with my little friend Kennedy and we watched The Secret Life of Pets.


God, she’s getting old.  I asked her why she’s not a baby anymore and she’s says, “I just growed.”  I can’t take it.

This morning, I babysat Kai and Kaz while their parents went to brunch.  I thought the boys would enjoy making cupcakes so I brought a mix and frosting with me (fewer ingredients = less mess and fewer steps in the process = I freak out way less).  It was a total hit.


This was my first cooking experience with them and it went so well.  Some of my favorite childhood memories are from when I spent time baking with my Uncle Daniel and I hope the boys got a little bit of that today.


I will also bake with Kennedy when I babysit her later this month.

We are now watching the Super Bowl…HAPPY SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

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A Weekend in L.A., the March and Two Gifts

I’m happy to report that the snow is gone and we can now move about without fear of crashing into everything (at least not more so than usual).  A couple of weeks ago, we went to Los Angeles for George’s sister’s wedding.  It was a very small, casual wedding and we had so much fun hanging out with the family for the weekend.

George with the bride:


LA is not my favorite city, but it was fun to visit and be tourists for a few days!



We also had time for lunch with my dad, Jon, and Carlos!



I spent Saturday at the Women’s March in Portland.  This was my very first march and I think this was the largest one ever in Portland!!


Despite the rain, it was completely packed with people.


Pretty inspiring.

A few more inspiring things…


I got this tote and coloring book from my friend, Lea.  Obviously, they are two of my favorite gifts ever!  The swear word coloring book is pretty funny.


Time to get some new markers!

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Okay, so are all of you already on the BuJo train?  BuJo is short for Bullet Journal.  I’d read a bit about it last year and thought I’d give it a try in 2017.  And I kind of like it.  It’s a way to customize a day planner to include only the things you want to use.  I’m not really a journal-er, so I use it more as a day planner.  I ordered this yellow one from Amazon (it was the least expensive and I wanted something that wasn’t black).


It’s the highly recommended Leuchtturm 1917 with dots.

I actually really enjoyed making my own pages:


I’m not that creative so I just copied pages I found on Pinterest and Instagram.



I need to add a section in my weekly pages for just “to-dos,” instead of scheduling them each day.  I’ll make that adjustment when I make my weekly calendars for February.  I also have pages for my expenses, 2017 goals (my big goal is to throw out/give away most of the crap we have), a habit tracker (for things like cleaning, flossing, studying Spanish, workouts, etc.), and a list of books to read.


We have some lofty savings goals this year.  Anyway, so far, so good.  I really like the bullet journal idea and it’s working well for me.

On another note, it’s snowing like f*cking crazy here.  Our power went out last night and didn’t come back on until this morning at around 8:15.  It was 61 degrees inside the house when we woke up.


And George was over 2 hours late for work because we couldn’t figure out how to put chains on the car.  Yes, we are smart.  Fortunately, my sister’s family came over to help us out (thank you Jamison!), and Kennedy dressed up…


Mardi Gras style!

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The Last Week of 2016

As usual, George worked on Christmas (double time and half!!) and I stayed home and tortured celebrated with Biff and Bing.



Bing was not happy to be included in this activity.  And the minute I turned my back on that bow, Biff tore it the f*ck up.


Go Biff, Merry Christmas to you, too!  I made a bunch of food for George and me and we ate until we went to bed.  Oh and we watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  Biff was super excited when the dog chased the squirrel around…


We’re just waiting for the day when he tries to jump through the tv.

We celebrated Christmas with the family on the 26th.  Kennedy got some pretty cute clothes AND agreed to pose for pictures with her Uncle George.



We also worked on our selfie game:




And no, it’s not your imagination…my hair is lighter.  I can’t stop bleaching it.  I think I’m trying to match Biff.

Oh and finally, my mom gave me the ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid mixer!  And I used it yesterday.


 I used this vanilla bean coconut ice cream recipe that only has five ingredients: coconut milk, cane sugar, vanilla bean, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. It’s so good.

Tonight we are celebrating New Year’s Eve at home.  I made this Spinach & Artichoke Dip courtesy of Minimalist Baker and we already ate it all.


Party animals.


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