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Awkward and Awesome

1.30.2014

Awkward:
- when you decide to make mashed potatoes and good ol' green bean casserole for dinner... at 6:30 pm at night because you're a slacker, but you use frozen beans instead of canned beans. You may think you thawed them well enough, but next thing you know, half an hour in the oven has turned into an hour and a half in the oven, and they are STILL crunchy. Mashed potatoes for dinner it is, my poor family. Aaaaand now it's bed time.
- the amount of time I have spent obsessing over eyebrows in the past month. If you've talked to me in person lately I can 100% guarantee you we've spoken about eyebrows. I am basically a brow theory expert now. An expert who won't shut up about it. Sorry.
- and this brings us to awkward number next: when you finally feel like you've got this whole penciling-in-your-eyebrows thing down, and then a 9-year-old randomly tells you, "your eyebrows are so cool... it totally looks like you just drew them on!" Translation: THE JIG IS UP. Dang it.

Awesome:
- Your seventh grader going off with her youth group to her first ever big city youth conference, and all the memories it brings back of your youth group days. Ahhh, the good ol' days ;) It's actually hard to decide who's more excited; Kendall, whose love of praise & worship, large crowds of potential new friends, and missing a day of school, are all combining into one happy event, or myself, who knows exactly how much she's going to absolutely love it.
- This season of American Idol. In it's 13th season, I think it's officially my longest running TV love. (If only Friends had never ended!) That Harry Connick... I love that guy.
- Friends who walk with you at the track when it's 38 degrees outside... and who don't let you give up on working out.
Thanks, Kristie! (^^bad eyebrow day alert^^)
- and cousins who come over to help you fold and stuff 150 Scrap Around the Clock registrations while you watch Here Comes the Boom together. (Hey, it had to be a safe pick for the kids, otherwise it would have been The Notebook FOR SURE.)
Thanks. Linley! (^^good eyebrow day alert^^)

What I Wore Wednesday No. 180

1.29.2014

Thanks to my little trip to the outlet mall at the coast a week and half ago, I had a couple new things to mix into the wardrobe this week!

No. 1
Rue 21 top (new), old Max Azria jeans, Matisse boots, old Fred Meyers necklace

No. 2 
Loft blouse (new), Target cardigan & jeans, Matisse boots

No. 3 
Kersh sweater (new from Costco), Maurice's denim shirt, Big Star jeans, Target flats

and later that afternoon... 
I finally caved and had my hair colored after a long 13 year hiatus from any form of hair dye. 
The gray hairs... they were starting to give me a complex. 

No. 4 
TJ Maxx top, Old Navy skirt (clothes swap), No Nonsense tights, Matisse boots

No. 5 
Maurices shirt and Grandpa cardigan (given to me new with tags by a friend!), Banana Republic jeans (thrifted), and the same boots I wore all week! Hey, I even polished them!

 No. let's be real
Paradox top, Kirkland brand workout tank and yoga pants (Costco), Adidas shoes

Happy Wednesday, guys!

pleated poppy

If Miley the schnoodle could talk

1.28.2014


If Miley could speak English...

When Miley:
Gets tired of waiting for you to finish getting ready in the bathroom: You don't see me sneaking in to check on you and quickly ducking out again. For the 3rd time. Carry on.

Hears a strange noise while you are getting ready in the bathroom: Don't mind me, I'm just going to check the closet again for the secret entrance to Narnia. Nope... nothin'. Carry on.

Hears a car approaching the house: I know I'm not allowed to bark so I'm just going to whine loudly and shake my tail feathers because I'm really excited!

Hears Russell's car approaching the house: I can NOT contain the excitement! Just a single bark. See, that wasn't so bad, right?

Hears a bag being opened in the kitchen: Coming!

Sees the BB gun being brought outside by one of the boys: Leaving!

Hears the bathtub being run: I'm just going to nonchalantly check to see if what I think is going on is actually going on... yep. Thought so. You never saw me... I'm backing away slowly and was never here... dogs don't neeeeed baths...

Welcomes you home after you've been gone for hours: OH MY GOSH, YOU'RE HOME! OH MY GOSH, I LOVE YOU! WELCOME HOME, WELCOME HOME! I shall now run in a circle around your legs five times and then race back and forth across the room twice and then go grab one of my toys and attack it joyfully because YOU'RE HOME, YOU'RE HOME!

Welcomes you home after you've been gone for 15 minutes: see above.

Welcomes you back inside after you've been outside for longer than 10 minutes: see above.

Welcomes anyone to our home, no matter who they are or if we even know them: see above.

Realizes our visitor is our friend the deputy sherriff in his uniform: Danger! Alert! Stay back, people, there's something fishy about this one. I'll just keep my eye on him from under this dining room chair.

Welcomes you home after being naughty and getting into the kitchen trash: Oh you're here? What a coincidence, I was just slinking, err, leaving to head outside to wallow in shame and regret. Pay no attention to me...  

Sees you put your shoes on: I can see that you are about to ditch me so I'm just going to stay standing, no further than 5 feet away from you no matter where you go in the house or what you do, FOR ALL ETERNITY, or until you take your shoes back off.

Hears you zipping up your boots in the closet: Did I just hear what I think I heard? Show yourself immediately so I can know whether or not I need to be on high alert!

Thinks you are walking towards the front door: Race you there! Really? Just the kitchen again? LAME.

Sees the kids go outside: let me out too, let me out!

Notices you stayed inside: let me back in! I love you!

Gets a dog treat: No need to tell me to sit. I'm already sitting.

Gets a dog treat from the gas attendant/bank drive-thru/coffee drive-thru: I will sniff your treat but don't expect me to take it from you... stranger danger! Please hand it to one of my people.

Gets dog food poured in her bowl: Step one: I shall sniff the food. Step two: I shall ignore the food for two minutes so no one else thinks it's appetizing and tries to eat it. Step three: I shall sneak a bite and briskly walk to the front doormat where I shall "test it". Step four: I will now eat the food, unless you leave the kitchen, in which case I will abandon all eating until I am sure you are not leaving me.

Gets dog food poured in her bowl when you have your shoes on: PLEASE, like that's going to fool me. Food is dead to me while you have your shoes on!


The weekend haps

1.27.2014

In short, it was a great weekend.

But who wants short, I mean, c'mon. Let's break it dowwwwn!

Friday night: Jamberry nail party. I took with me the first set I bought, oh back in October maybe? and actually put them on for the first time.
Conclusion: nail parties with girlfriends are sometimes almost always a much better option than another Friday night basketball game.

Saturday was a full day: My close cousin's son, Tristan, turned one and our whole family went to his birthday party (he's the CUTEST)

I got mah hair did...
goodbye pesky gray hairs!
and the Halverson boys all took off to the Blazer game, leaving us girls (my mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, myself, and all the girl cousins + one sad little Blake) to pizza-party it up, which we did with fervor, solving all the worlds problems and discussing permanent eyebrows for waaay longer than necessary. It's what girls do.
just missing Uncle Tim, the photographer
Sunday: Halverson family prayer day!



Year fourteen is in the bag! This year included special guests Pastor Gary & Pat, who wanted in on the action, and also these preserving jars with all the kids and adults praises, special scriptures, and prayer requests, plus a box of fiber to keep us going all year long. Inside joke. 
We'll open these babies up next year and marvel at God's goodness when we see how many requests were answered in amazing ways. Happens EVERY year. Without fail. We are blessed!
Bonus weekend info: Russ and I are all caught up on American Idol and Sherlock thanks to some wee-hour laptop watching in bed, and Russell has finally fallen into the clutches of Candy Crush. It's pretty funny... I actually caught him crouched on the floor next to the bed playing it late last night because his phone had died and he had to plug it in to recharge.

I would laugh more, but sadly, we have all been there ;)

Happy Monday!

Friday photo dump

1.24.2014

It's the end of the week! I get my hair cut & colored tomorrow! American Idol has started and Russ and I are having a catch-up marathon tonight! Sherlock has also returned to PBS and I LOVE ME SOME SHERLOCK!

What I'm saying is that it's a Happy Friday. Here's what's been up lately:

Saturday morning science club with Cooper. This was some sort of cornstarch/water/food coloring concoction. 
Something about a solid under pressure and then liquid with no pressure? 

Miley figured out how to roll down the back window. She is now worse to drive with than a two-year-old.

Step aside MAC eyeshadow, I have fallen  in love with L'Oreal Infallible 24-hour shadows. Half the price, yo! (YO. Not ho ;) 
These colors are iced latte, endless pearl, and gilded envy. And they are awesome. 

Office perks. I volunteer at my kids' school Friday mornings and there just happens to be a coffee shop inside, and this morning there was also free donuts! 

Jana went to Hawaii last week and while I was a little green with envy, I was also very happy to get some fun treats when she returned! 
Yay for best friends who know how much you love yummy smelling soap and chocolate!

When face-painting actually turns out really pretty. School was a fun one today!

Enjoy your weekend!

Awkward and Awesome

1.23.2014

Awkward:
- Let me set up the scene: I'm in the Nike outlet store at the Coast this past weekend waiting in line to check out. It's one of those corded off winding lines like in the airport or Disneyland so at a certain point there is a horizontal line of people behind your back, not just one person. It's at this point that I swivel around to talk to Russell who is not in line, and my denim shirt that snaps up the front catches on a piece of metal on the post that holds the cord and literally RIPS OPEN.

OH YES IT DOES.

Full row of people behind me. As I resnap my shirt with lightening speed, I quickly make eye contact to see if anyone saw. Yes. Possibly all of them. "Awwwkward!" Is all I can mumble as I spin back around to face forward again.

Snaps are from Satan. My shirt and I are no longer speaking.

(The one saving grace was that I had safety pinned shut the gap right between the 2nd and 3rd snap down from the inside of my shirt, you know, "the bra gap", So it was not a full flashing. Thank GOD.)
^^The shirt pre-breakup. This was in the Nike fitting room not 10 minutes before "the incident".
I was taking my opportunity to get my outfit picture for the day since there was no mirror in our room at the beach house!^^ 
- Also slightly awkward: While at the coast with Russ's team I put a picture on facebook of our van full of teen girls headed to shop after hitting up Starbucks with the caption: "outlet mall, Ho!"

I meant this in the same way sailors of yore would yell, "Land, Ho!", like, "here we come! Outlets ahead!", but apparently I'm outdated because every single girl in that van read it and thought I'd meant to write "yo" but had made a typo and actually called them all hoes. I had to explain what the saying meant. They still thought everyone that read it would think the same thing they thought. And then I felt 100 years old.

Awesome:
- My outlet store deals! After my traumatizing experience in Nike (all for a pair of 20% off the clearance price sweatpants), I hit the Loft clearance sale and bought a $69 dress, $42 sweater, and $35 blouse all for $46.00 total. And then I did a happy dance.
- The City of Portland (my husband's employer) accidentally paid everybody a day early this week so after an appointment in town yesterday morning I was able to pop right over to Costco, hitting two birds with one stone. This led to the discovery of this cute sweater that popped itself right into my grocery cart.
Was it fate? I think so.

(I know, I know, lay off the stripes already, Jodi! I hear you. And then ignore you. ;)


What I Wore Wednesday

1.22.2014

After trying to think of a somewhat witty intro for way too long, and nearly falling asleep in the process... I've decided to get straight to it this week!

No. 1
Maurice's shirt, Banana Republic skirt (clothes swap) Matisse boots, Christmas gift scarf

No. 2 
Old Navy cardigan, Target top & flats, Gap jeans

No. 3 
Ross sweater, H&M shirt, thrifted Banana Republic jeans, Matisse boots

No. 4 
Ross top, H&M scarf, Big Star jeans, Ugg boots

No. 5 
Maurice's shirt, Target jeans, Matisse boots, Christmas gift scarf, Aldo purse

No. 6 
Loft sweater (new), Old Navy plaid shirt, Gap jeans, thrifted suede loafers

Happy Wednesday!
pleated poppy

Beachin'

1.21.2014

Saturday morning Russ and I ditched the kids and took off to the coast for a couple of nights.
We'll call it a mid-basketball-season getaway.

It was just us, the waves, some (miraculous) sunshine...

Aaaaannnddd... a van full of teenage girls.

So let's actually call it a mid-basketball-season TEAM getaway!

And it was so. much. fun.

My teenage nephew, Ben, tried to give me his condolences before we left, not thinking I'd enjoy myself.
"Are you kidding?" I replied, "I'm excited!"
"But you'll be staying with eleven teenage girls in one house!" he said.
And then my niece Debbie piped in, "yeah, but Aunt Jodi kinda IS a teenage girl".
I laughed so hard.

It's sorta true. I soaked up every last bit of the trip and was sad when it was time to come home Monday afternoon. I love these girls. Throw in a ton of chick-flicks, shopping at the outlet mall, eating out, adventuring down to the beach in the dark, going out to the movies, and hanging out with the other trip chaperons (our friends Lisa and Janin), and you have yourself the makings for a very fine weekend indeed!

(Especially the shopping part. Some deal scoring happened there that was worthy of a few congratulatory high-fives.)

The views weren't so bad either.
^^The lake house in Pacific City that we stay in every summer^^
And in case you wondered how Russ enjoyed himself; he got to put a fishing line in the lake and watch the Seahawks game while we shopped, all he needed to have a happy time as well. It was a giant win all around :) 

Just a few things

1.16.2014

1. First of all, thank you for helping a mama out yesterday with the eyebrow question! I feel fully supported, whatever my choice ;)

2. On Monday my sister informed friends and family via facebook that it was the 22-year anniversary of our family moving to the United States.

My reaction was twofold:
a) "it can not have been twenty-two years ago! What?!!! How could I have been raised in New Zealand and lived here for so long on top of that?! I'm sooooo OLD! Waaaaaaaa!" (the inside of my head can be a very dramatic place)
and b) "well that's why Kelly is the memory-keeper of the family... I would have sworn we moved here January 21st."

3. Sunday night's episode of Downton Abbey was quite traumatic and I'm not over it yet. I couldn't sleep afterwards. I was afraid to actually... of the dreams I might have. Not cool, Downton, not cool.

4. I love January because the kids are only back in school for a week before finals week... meaning three half days of school and then another 4-day weekend. I don't know why I equate school vacation with me vacation but I guess that's where I'm at right now, because it totally is! Yeah!

5. Sometimes Russell wears my purple silky sleep mask to sleep and then I take pictures of him to send him at work the next day. Hubba, hubba ;)

6. So there's this Japanese thing on the market called Happy Kitchen kits; little boxes of tiny edible candy-type food to mix together, mold, and decorate - no baking. My brother Jamin saw them on TV and ordered all the nieces and nephews three different kinds for Christmas, just as a fun experiment to try. The boxes and instructions don't have a lick of English on them so you have to go to youtube to watch a video tutorial (there are tons) to get the basic idea of what to do, but it's not complicated. We dove in Sunday afternoon and tried out the donuts.
Look! It's like Barbie food! It was pretty much the best half hour of easy entertainment you could ask for. And I didn't try one because, umm, no thank you, but the kids said they were tasty. Thanks, Uncle Jay!

7. And that's all I have for ya. I was going to go for ten but I just spent an hour helping my daughter study for her history final and my brain quit working 40 minutes in. I'm done.