Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Things Madison says:

This blog is some of the things Madison says to me throughout the day. She always says cute things to me, & I don't wanna take it for granted so I decided that I'm gonna try to keep track of some cute stuff she says and does. :)

She REALLY wants to loose a tooth. So that's all she's been talking about. 

Comes up out of nowhere and moves my hair and whispers: "Guess what Ashee?? My TOOS fell out!"

Madison: "Libby said HER toos fell out!"
Me: "No way."
Madison: "Duude, she said: "UH HUHHH"

Madison: "All of my tooses groweded in. And they falleded out in the garbage."


This Thanksgiving was pretty good. It was kind of weird. More different than weird. I'm used to spending it with all my family. But this year, we had a QUIET dinner. Something I'm not used to on Thanksgiving. Last thanksgiving at the Tannehills farm, we all traced our hands and wrote what we were thankful for on a tablecloth. I had forgotten all about that this year, until Aunt Melissa sent this picture...

This definitely made me cry instantly.
How weird to spend a holiday without people you're always used to being with...

Mom made this amazing turkey:

After dinner, we went over to the LeRoys house to spend the rest of the evening with them and their gigantic family.
It was super fun! Although, it was still different.
We decided that we would spend Christmas over there also! Something to look forward to :)

How lucky am I to have family and friends that love and appreciate me!

and whenever Dan wears his black shirt, he reminds me of Steve Jobs...


Saturday, August 27, 2011

These are some of the things that my little brain thinks about throughout the day. Just so you can get into my head a little. You’re welcome.

* If I was stuck on a deserted island and I could choose 15 people to be on it with me, besides my family and friends, who would I choose?
Pshh. So easy.
1.    Kristin Chenoweth
2.  Ryan Reynolds
3.   Sarah Palin
4.   Kelly Ripa
5.   Chelsea Handler
6.   Steve Carell
7.   Sandra Bullock
8.   Justin Bieber
9.   Tina Fey
10.   Amy Poehler
11.     Regis
12.   The Kardashians
13.    Paula Abdul
14.    Simon Cowell
15.    Ashton Kutcher
Yep. They are all celebs. You can judge. I don’t care.

* Why do all my zippers have YKK on them? What does that mean?

* If I was in the bathroom, and a fire started in the hallway...I would grab a towel and get it wet and run to the closest window and hope that that isn’t the direction the fire started in. Assuming the kids were already out.
* Jim Carrey is kind of a creeper these days. I wonder if that video to Emma Stone is real or if he is totally joking...
See? Thats only 3 of the many other thoughts I think about during the day. So. Interesting.

Friday, August 5, 2011

This is how I make cookies. Great recipie.

Me and Madie decided to make cookies today. I will give you step by step directions on how we did it! It's so easy!

1. We picked out some Melissa and Doug cookie dough.

2. Cut the cookie dough in even slices.

3. Place the cookie dough on the cookie sheet.

This is how it should look when all the dough is on the cookie sheet!

4. Put the cookie dough in the oven for 10 seconds. You don't even need to pre heat the oven! They should be perfect when they come out!

See?? Perfection!

5. Time to frost! After the cookies are out of the oven, they aren't too hot because the oven was at such a low temperature. The frosting won't melt!
Keep frosting!

All done! Don't they look great?

After they are done being frosted, you can either put them on a cookie rack or put them in a plastic bag for grandma and mommy!

Melissa and Doug toys are the best!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The past week in MY perspective.

Ashley, Haley and I stayed up late doing what normal teenagers do in this great little city of Richland, Washington when there is nothing else to do and when nothing else is open...we go to Walmart. We didn't buy anything but food this time. We had already TP'd someone the night before so we didn't need anything but food.
We went back to my house. And since mom and the kids were gone (Hollaaaa!) to Tacoma for Jonahs golf camp, we didn't have to worry about the noise on that end of the house. So we started a movie that me and Haley had never seen. John Tucker Must Die. We had all kinds of food. Our oven had a bunch of crap on the inside of it that was burnt from previous things so whatever we tried to cook, the oven started smoking like no other. So me and Haley "manned our positions" and we fanned the air around the smoke detector so we wouldn't wake up Dan, who is the lightest sleeper you'll ever know, and the alarm never went off! Pro status. So we started the movie and it was a good night so far and at around 2:35-ish in the morning, Haley left because she had to work at like 8am. So after me and Ashley locked up and cleaned up our food mess(kind of, not really), we sat down, got all comfy and started the movie again. And at 2:42am I got a phone call that I'll never forget.

"Ashley it's Uncle Luke. Hey I need you to go watch the kids at our house. Melissa had to be rushed to the ER. I know it's in the middle of the night..."(something I can't remember because my mind was racing.) "Our neighbor Jamie is there with the kids so she'll be there once you get there. Can you do that?"
"Yeah... no problem..."
"Can you make it? Do you have enough gas?"
"Uhhhhh yeah! I have enough!"
"Okay Jamie will be there, the kids are all sleeping. Drive safe. Don't speed."
"Okay...I won't."
At this point I'm just starting to have an idea of what's happening and started to freak out and panic.
"Are you sure you have enough gas?"
"Yeah...I do. I think I have enough to get out there....I'm not sure."
"Well meet me at ER parking lot, I'll give you some gas money."
"You good? You got that?"
"Okay thanks Ashley. Bye."
In that 1 minute 8 second phone call there was so much to take in. I knew right from when I saw the name "Uncle Luke" on my caller ID, that something was wrong.

So after I hung up I looked at Ashley but I didn't say anything. So she said, "What just happened?! Who was that?!"
"Ohhhhh my god. Oh my god. Something is wrong. I have to go out to the Tannehills to watch the kids. Something is wrong with Aunt Melissa."

(Everything I'm writing sounds so calm...read it like you're completely freaking out. Read it like you just heard your uncle, who never gets scared, talk like he's never been so scared in his life. Read it like one of your most favorite people in the whole world just got rushed to the Emergency Room and you don't know if her or her baby is alive or not. Read it like that.)

"Ashley you have to come with me. Will you?"
"Yeah, okay lets go."

We grabbed our purses, put on our flip flops and headed out the door. On the way there I was freaking out. Still in shock. My mind was racing. As any good friend would do, Ashley tried to calm me down saying stuff like, "You know maybe she just had the baby early. Maybe he was ready to come out. She's probably fine. Don't freak out. You don't even know what's going on yet."

We pulled up to the ER at the exact same time Uncle Luke did. We got out, he gave me a ten dollar bill and said, "Thank you for doing this. And listen...don't go into our room. Just close the door and don't go in there. There's blood all over the bathroom. We don't want the kids seeing it. Don't go in there. There's a lot of blood."
"Okay. I won't go in there."
"Thanks again. Don't speed. Drive safe. Just go the speed limit."

He must know me well because there was nothing I wanted to do more than just get there as fast as I could. But I obeyed and I didn't speed. I swear it took 1,000 times longer to get out there than usual. The kids' parents weren't home and if I wasn't there, to be honest, I didn't want anyone else to be. When we got there, Jamie was there sitting on the couch. She cleaned up all the blood and everything was good there at the house. We talked about how much she knew and how much we knew. But we both hardly knew anything. I don't remember much about the next day. We all just kind of hung out. We went for a walk. I got a crap load of phone calls and texts and facebook messages from people saying that they would love to help. The neighboors were incredible. We got a huuuge box of food from Costco, and bags and bags of groceries these past few days. And endless amounts of dinners from people from church. And more texts and phone calls and facebook messages of encouragement. Our church came together so quickly and willingly.

We were just taking it literally every hour at a time. We didn't know what was going on. We didn't know what was going to happen next. We didn't know what happened to Aunt Melissa or the baby. A couple days later Uncle Luke and Aunt Melissa came to the house to get some stuff. They were going to Seattle where their new baby boy was. And they didn't know how long they would be gone. Aunt Melissa said that her best friend Jenny will be there tomorrow.
Me? Not great at meeting people. Kind of scared of them to be honest. Me and Ashley talked and were really hoping that we would get along with Jenny. We assumed that she would be nice because, well Aunt Melissa wouldn't be friends with a jerk...so I was pretty sure it would be okay, but still. I had never met her. I guess she was at my house for a while while I was in Mexico. I had always heard of her, but never met her. So it's late at night. Probably 11-ish. Me and Ashley saw the headlights in the window. I went and opened the door thinking she would be right there and ready to come in. No. She was still sitting in her car. She was on the phone. And there I was standing probably looking awkward in the doorway. But she kills the potentially awkward moment and said "Hi Ashley I'll be right in!" I said okay and I closed the door. I turn to Ashley and said, "She's nice. I like her." Ashley laughs and says, "All she said was Hi! You don't know yet!" But I was confident. "Well....her voice sounds nice." Turns out there's a reason why her and Aunt Melissa are friends. It makes sense. They are both the nicest people on the planet. We would stay up until 2am just talking. We would have to say..."Okay we have to go to bed." to end our conversations. We talked about how Uncle Luke and Aunt Melissa met. We shared other fun stories. And I got to know Jenny a little bit. It was nice. We talked about how hard this is to know what's going on with one of our favorite families in the world. It was nice to know that someone else felt the same way and that I wasn't alone. She'll ask if I'm doing okay and I feel comfortable saying exactly how I feel whether it's yes or no. (Which is usually hard for me to do. I'll just say "Yeah i'm fine!") I told her exactly how I felt. I told her about the first day I cried about this whole thing and usually I don't tell anyone that. I don't cry often, but this was hard! Every time I talked to Aunt Melissa I couldn't help but cry! I don't know what it was. But it made it 100 times easier with Jenny there! She's so fun. We did a ton of fun stuff with the kids! There was a time when Roman was gone to my house to play with my brother and sister. And Lily and Annie were gone to play at a friends. But I wanted nothing more than for them to be home with us! It felt so weird! I knew they were all super safe and sound. But I still wanted them under the same roof. Even though it was quieter at the house...I felt calmer when they were all together.

So now I'm in Tacoma. I'm so ready to meet this baby boy at Childrens! And I'm excited for the rest of the week and weekend! We're gonna hit up Seattle and do a bunch of fun things. :)
Keep praying!

Just a little pointless explanation...

I posted this following blog while I was in Tacoma this past weekend. And I deleted it today because I felt embarrassed of what it said. And certain things happened throughout the day that made me feel like the blog would make some people mad or people would be irritated...So I erased it. But I'm re-posting it because I was reassured that nobody was mad at me. And I came across a verse that made me realize that things are going to be okay. Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God." That verse has been getting me through today. And all day I've been like really God?! Why are you doing this?! I don't get it waaahhhh. But God knows what he's doing. I've also been questioning him. Like, "Do you REALLY know what you're doing?" And he's been saying. "Yeah. Hello. I made you. So stop questioning me.  You should be thanking me and not questioning me you big baby. Aaand you're welcome for your LIFE." So...we've pretty much been back and forth all day.

(And I think I remember learning something in english class about how you don't start your sentences off with the word "and." or any other conjunction or whatever. But sometimes it just works. I do it all the time in my blogs I've realized. Don't hate.)

So here's my blog that makes THIS blog a thousand times longer:

Hm. Nevermind, I'll just make it into two blogs. So much easier.

Friday, July 8, 2011

My week

Sooo, this week I stayed at the Bennetts house to house sit while they went to Gilead. It was a pretty relaxing week. I enjoyed it a lot. Buuut my life is pretty relaxed anyway so it's nothing new. I wish my life was exciting, but that's why I watched Desperate Housewives all week. I watched people have exciting lives while I sat on the couch eating Dots and Ice-cream. NBD.

The dad who lives there has a paper route so I covered that. Woke up at 3:30am, went and got the 130 newspapers from the Tesoro and rolled up a few and put them in a bag to throw on peoples driveway. The rest of the 120 I just nicely rolled up/just folded them in like...messy thirds or something and threw it in the red Tri-City Herald tube. I only got like one complaint a day so...I'd call that paper route a major success. It was a driving route so it was pretty easy. And it was a beautiful drive! The sun is barely out at that time and it's so nice and the air is so fresh! Not to mention I delivered to Doc Hastings. How cool is that?! (I hope you all know who that is...this is a big deal. And PS. When I was making that link I found out that that is not what I thought he looked like. Definitely thought he was someone else...)

I took Reuss with me on the route. He's huuugee. You cant tell in this picture. But he's pretty large.
So back to what I did when I wasn't watching Desperate Housewives. After I was done with the paper route at about 6:30ish, I went back to bed! Well first I started Elf. I always watch a movie to fall asleep to. This week it was Elf. So before bed and naps or getting ready or whatever I start that movie. I pretty much watch it like 4 times a day. After I woke up I would go to my house for a few hours. Then I would come back to check on the dogs and the cat. Then I would watch DH and eat my life away basically. Then I would crawl into bed and read Bristol Palins new book. And then I would put the book down and fall asleep on the Sleep Number bed. For those of you who care my number is 20.