A Wedding In The Family!

My little bro, Casey married his girlfriend of five years this weekend. It was a beautiful ceremony. Good opportunity to capture our family.

Bride and groom: Casey and Aundi

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Mom and dad

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Me with Xan, and Aaron

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Aaron and Sam

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Omi and two Aaron

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The littles: Ivan, Oscar, Eli, Xander, Issac

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Isaac in his tux

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Isaac and Olivia

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Happy Fourth Of July!

We had a busy day, starting with the 5k CAT Walk. It was a fundraiser for cancer awareness and treatment. Our second time participating, and we all had fun. Xander rode on my back, and Isaac kicked back in the jogger.

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A little breakfast before the walk started. Everyone got white tee shirts, but the cancer survivors wore yellow. It was sad to see all the children participating, with yellow shirts. I mean great that they are survivors, but sad to think of what they, and their families, have gone through.

I walk in memory of my Grandpa Patrick, who died of cancer a few years ago, and my Grandma Mildred who died of cancer before I was born.

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The kids got to play in a huge, bouncing dinosaur.

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Then we went to watch the local parade. I was quite impressed with a new gay pride entry, advertising a support system for gay youth and young adults. Quite progressive for our little town!

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Holly, and my three nephews were there. They were very good about helping Isaac score some candy! Thanks guys!

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My brother Casey, and the little flower girl-to-be, Olivia.

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The bride-to-be, Aundi, with Miss Olivia.

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Aundi’s sister Darcy, and Beau.

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Our beloved daycare provider (and friend) AnnMarie

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The nephews: Ivan

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Eli and Oscar. Oscar was having a little trouble smiling, so Eli was helping him out.

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Xander enjoyed a snow cone, which he soon after squeezed out of the cup and onto the ground.

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My Drag Son

We’ve had to shuffle a bunch of stuff around, during our ceiling re-texture, and an old wig from my club days surfaced. I used to love to compete with the drag queens, and see how hot I could look in my couture get-up. Jason came out wearing it, and scared Xander to tears. Isaac was a good sport and let me snap some photos. He sure does look like his mama, when you throw on some long hair! Ha ha.

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This thing is itchy on my head! And, we’re done.

Something About Summer…

…That motivates me to get projects completed. I’ve finally gotten serious about losing the last of my “post-partum” weight, and am down to the last 15 pounds. Remember, I gained a whopping 80 pounds (zoiks!). It feels great to be back into a lot of my skinny clothes.

As much as I hated the wheat germ and tofu lifestyle that was forced on me as a child, a renewed interest has ignited. I’ve picked up the book:

Its about the “fourteen foods that will change your life.” Lowering health risks, providing energy, etc. By the way, the fourteen foods are:

Beans, blueberries, broccoli, oats, oranges, pumpkin, salmon, soy, spinach, tea (green or black), tomatoes, turkey, walnuts, and yogurt.

I really love most of these foods, but now I will be more vigilant about incorporating them into my daily intake. The kids and hubby are loving the blueberry, soy smoothies too. 🙂

Summer has motivated us to finish all of the other ignored projects around the house (see my last post for a list!). John Moe is doing an awesome job patching up our soon-to-be-beautiful new ceilings, and Jason will be replacing the last of the interior doors.

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We are looking forward to Casey and Aundi’s wedding in a couple weeks. Isaac will serve as ringbearer for the second time in his little life. At four years old he should do a pretty good job, I think.

We are still wondering how to enjoy the ceremony without Xander screaming his head off. He’s good at making his presence known in a quiet moment.

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So Many Projects So little Time

Our home has become a trail of unfinished projects. If you read Royal Dad’s latest entry, you’ll see that we have started another home improvement: the patio-that-will-soon-be-a-deck project.

Hopefully it won’t get added to the list of things to finish:

1. Popcorn Ceiling removal, with one room left and ALL rooms with bare drywall for a ceiling.
2. Replacing all the interior doors, half completed.
3. the VW Bug in the garage, waiting completion.
4. The HUGE pile of bark on our driveway, waiting to be spread.
5. The kitchen floor, where all the baseboard has been pulled but that’s about it. 🙂

Our intentions are greater than two small children and jobs will allow, me thinks.

How did this room get so messy????? Too many toys, and only one bin to throw them all…

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We had a lovely hike on Saturday, and finished with a stroll through the Rose Garden…

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I’m hoping to have a lot of outings this summer. Isaac’s been asking to go camping for the last three weeks. Soon, little man.

Whew! I’m back.

I got the new Mac Mini a while back, and have not set up a new blog posting program until now. Well, Royal Dad had to set it up for me, so that had a little to do with it.

Isaac just turned four! I can tell already, four is going to be a great year. He is becoming a little man, with great conversation and intelligent ideas. Lets test out inserting a photo now….

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Hmmm, that seemed a lot easier than the old system, until it showed up rotated. Blech! Lets try a few more.

Here is our new car!

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We bought a 1966 Plymouth Fury, and it is one sweet cruiser, Baby.

Okay, moving on to to the family: Here is a better shot of Isaac in all his four year old glory. At the pool…

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At the restaurant…

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Xander (16 months now)

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Can’t leave out my big honey…

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He’s going for the intellectual look with some false teeth. 🙂 I love him…teeth and all! ha ha ha…

Okay, let’s give this a try. If all posts well, you can look forward to more activity on Royalmom.com!

Times Have Changed

Reminiscing through some old photos, I found this great one of me and my cousin Tracy. She came to visit the West Coast from her New Jersey home, when we were both about 22 or 23 years old. I tried to show her how “cool” we are over here, by overwhelming her with clubs every night and hosting a “Pimp and Ho” party.

She’s blonde and I’m not. She lives on the East Coast, and I on the West, but we are actually quite alike and spend every minute of our time together laughing so hard. The kind of laughing that brings up tears.
Now we are both married, we enjoy discussions of home improvements, over dates. 🙂 She has a nine moth old baby girl, Olivia. And I have my two boys.

Here we are at the start of her LONG induction last April; she is showing off her nine month baby belly, and I am clutching my three month post-partum fat roll. A little different than the fish-nets and garters, eh?

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Now her little girl is quite a beauty!


And our baby’s are only three months apart!


I can’t leave out my big boy, Isaac…


If only we could get together more often. I love you, Cousin!

Ho Ho Ho!

Lots of change in the Royal family! First, we said goodbye to our Toyota SUV and bought a used minivan. That’s right. A minivan. After the initial sting, the pain really does subside. After all, we still know how cool we are. Plus, with NO car payments we have an extra chunk of change every month. So neener neener! By the way, in case you are wondering, we aren’t sporting around in a Sienna or an Odyssey. Oh no. We now have a blue Plymouth Grand Voyager (’97, to be exact). As cheap as they come, Baby. Not too bad, actually.

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We picked up out Christmas tree at the Noble, U cut, farm (in our new van!). It was a small one this year, and fit in the back of the car.

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The next day, Royal Dad and I took a snowshoeing class on Mt. Hood. There was only a few inches of snow, but we got the gist of it, and a little exercise too. Maybe you can see RD is growing a beard. Another little change, we’re not sure how long will last. 😉

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Isaac’s class had their Christmas program, and put on quite a show. Every song had some hand motions. Our little guy was awesome! He’s not a big singer, but did all the motions and smiled at us a lot. Plus, he got to stand next to his best friend, Livvy. Isaac is the only kid wearing jeans.

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Since starting Montessori, he is beginning to recognize letters more. I told him M.O.M spells “mom” and yesterday he wrote it for me! He also signs his name all the time: Ilo. Just like that. His name doesn’t have an “o” or an “L” but he does it the same each time, and tells me its his name. Looks absolutely perfect to me!

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Happy Anniversary To Us!!!

Here we are trying on a couple of my knitted hats that went to the less-than-perfect pile, while I was trying to knit up a swap item. Its been four years into this married adventure. And good times, my friend. Good times.
And we cranked out a couple a gorgeous kids (modelling the finished product). We’re a family of clowns, and we enjoy ourselves! I love you Babe!

Almost Got Pumpkins

We went to a farm today, with my brother and his three boys. Isaac LOVES to run around with his big cousins. They played on the hay, in the corn maze, on a slide, and looked at the animals. The rain set in and we were a little too late for the hay ride to the pumpkin patch. We’ll try again, at a different place, next weekend.
Isaac was too fast to get in the family shot. But, Xander is still under our complete control…MUuuuuhahahahaha!!!!
Oscar and Eli in the farm store. Ivan was outside.