Monday, June 5, 2023


Hello from almost Yellowstone! We got to our hotel right outside the park this evening. It's the lease fancy $300 hotel I've ever seen lol. Although they do have a waterslide in their indoor pool. Super fun for kids. 

Here is our first leg of the journey! We stopped on the way to Reno in Elk Grove for breakfast Saturday morning at this place called Jamie's Cafe. I got a breakfast burrito and potatoes and it was so good. BUTTT it like triggered an IBS type reaction and I've been dealing with it every since. You know you're old when you spend your whole vacation trying to not poop or poop. Sheesh.

We went to Auburn to walk around the shops after breakfast and I had to run back to their public bathroom 3 times. Poor Scott waiting around for me. The shops kind of suck there now too. Only like one real antique store, all the rest were new gift shop home decor stuff.  Of course I couldn't concentrate in the one store because I had to run back down the street lol.

Luckily it calmed down a bit and we made it to Reno. We met up with our friends Allen & Carolyn and their daughter Chelsea and her husband. Chelsea and her man live in Reno. Her sister lives with her too and our friends had went to fetch a dead car to bring back home so we met up at a brewery. That was fun!

I was scared to eat or drink much. I had a margarita and didn't die.

After that we split ways for a bit and I drove my tipsy husband and I to the bit Mills End fabric store. I found a few things. He was funny and was like just buy it and buy more lol. The bag is down in the car or I'd just you what I bought. You'll have to wait.

After the fabric store we went to an antique store but didn't buy anything and then CVS to buy Pepto. Here is our nice room. This was the first time staying in shorter side of the building. The rooms were a little different but still really nice.

 TG the Pepto helped out since of course we were going to meet up with our friends for dinner. I was super scared to eat but didn't get sick after. Whew!

We hung out in the casino after (Grand Sierra Resort) and I was down to my last $2 (I took down $50 and borrowed $20 from Scott) when I won $360!!! 

How exciting! I cashed out at $350 and then played $50 of that before we went to bed. Scott was up a little too so that made us happy campers. Our friends stayed at a different hotel and we were leaving before them so we didn't meet up for breakfast or anything.  It was a really fun night though!

I think we went to bed around 10. We had played around with the idea of taking a nap and going back down to play after midnight since Scott had got $40 free play on his player card (they had sent us a thing in the mail) and I had $5 free play but it wasn't good until Sunday. Of course we just went into the room and crashed out. 

In the morning we were both awake and up by 6 am. We've somehow morphed into senior citizens over night.  We went down and played our free money. I was down $20 then won a bit. I cashed out at $21 so ha! I got $1 off them ;)

After that we had breakfast at their diner/café. Delicious!

After breakfast we loaded up and hit the road. Almost 7 hours to his nephew Brian's house in Nampa, Idaho.

We were so excited we were almost to the Nevada/Idaho border when we see this WELCOME TO OREGON sign. DOH! We forgot we had to go through a corner of Oregon. It was pretty hilarious.

Oregon looking just like Nevada for MILES AND MILES AND MILES.
These clouds were spectacular though!

They looked so close and like cotton candy flaking off. 

Eventually we made it to Idaho. I always though Idaho was a forest but apparently that is not the southern part. Scott and I had both never been to Idaho before. 

We made it to his nephew's house right on time! His daughter Jessica and her fiancĂ© Trevor bbq'd us some burgers and hot dogs. So funny that they have the same names as our family. Jessica and our Jessica are 2nd cousins. 

We hung out at their kitchen table and talked until about 9 when I was like we should probably go! I think it took us another 1/2 an hour to get in the car. It was fun listening to them talk about when they were kids. Brian is Scott's oldest sister's son and about 5 years older than him. Brian lived with them for a little bit when he was 18 too. 

Well it is 10:38 here in Montana. Scott is out like a light snoring his head off. Tomorrow morning we are going to go to Yellowstone and it is our 30th Anniversary. It's pretty amazing that we have been married so long. He's got a good deal hahahahhaha. Might add more of our trip to the blog tomorrow but it might be later. We'll see! This is the first night I did not just pass out the moment my head hit the pillow. I guess getting up at 5:30 while you're on vacation can do that to you!

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Friday, June 2, 2023


Good morning! WOOHOOO last day of work for 2 weeks. I'm so excited to NOT log on for 2 weeks.  This morning I have a bunch of emails to do. Finally it gets busy and I go on vacation. Probably only like an hours worth of busy but still ;)

I started working on cleaning up the scraps from all the stars I cut. I'm planning on making some coasters. Red White and Blue can be used for other things too though so if I end up with too many I can just save them for another project. 

I had darts last night and we got SPANKED! We only won 1 game. Their team had 2 guys that were really good. I hung out until almost 10. Amazingly I was still up early this morning. Mostly thinking of everything I need to do. I need to write it down so I don't forget.

Little miss bad girl laying there with her claws in my curtain. She's such a little shit. Kind of love her though haha

Ok guess I'll work on those emails! Logged in 1/2 an hour early since I was up so I can get off 1/2 an hour early now too. Woohooo


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Thursday, June 1, 2023


Hello happy Friday eve! The work day is over already TG. ONE MORE DAY of working then VACATION woohooooo. 

 Went into the office to mail off some letters. I hung out for a bit and tried doing some shredding but the shredder is barely working. 

I have darts tonight!

Yesterday I went over to my friend Carolyn's house. Jess came with the kids too. 
Rosie loves the water just as much as Daniel. Little fishies!

Definitely going on a diet when vacation is over. Oye! 

My pretty girls

He looks huge here. He's not even 3 yet 

Everyone loves the babies :)

My friend Dee's boys and Carolyn's granddaughter swam until about 9:30. They had to be little prunes. It was a little big cold and she had heated the pool so it was nice!

We have another pool date for next month :)


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Wednesday, May 31, 2023


 Good morning! Happy Wednesday! 

Almost time to get ready to go swimming at my friends house. I just got done packing up all the garlands I made. Now hopefully I sell some haha. I do not want to make anymore for a long time.

Next up is some coasters with the scraps.

Scott found his mom's teeth yesterday! 
Sadly they were in the TOILET. For DAYS. Barf. They got a good bleaching and soaking. 

So so gross. Scott really is deserving this vacation. Too bad we aren't leaving today haha. Only a couple more days then we'll be free.

Currently listening to this ridiculous "training" with some guy talking about change and stuff. At least I can just have it on in the background while I do other things. 35 more minutes until my work day is over. I need to get my swimming self together. Might just take some shorts to wear over my swim suit bottoms so I don't have to prep haha. Going to swing by the store and get some food to take. We are having hot dogs for dinner. I should have made a mac salad but that required a trip to the store or Instacart and I didn't get that done!
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Tuesday, May 30, 2023


Good morning happy Tuesday!

Yesterday I changed most of my fabric on this book case over to boxes so Tina would stop taking them all out. It worked! She only dragged out one tiny bag of interfacing scraps last night lol. I don't think she's too happy about it though ;)

Now I have a ton of the empty clear boxes again so I can use those for some other organizing.

I spent the rest of the day working on my 4th of July Garlands. 

A & B are spoken for 

but the rest are for sale for $15 

on my Facebook Page (or here if you want one lol)

I took pictures of them hanging up too 

but you don't need all that here.

Today's plan is to finish up the last 10 that need pom poms

I have 2 that I finished but didn't take pictures of yet

I'm going to wait to put those on my FB page I think.

Other than that I'm just waiting for the guy to come to replace the windshield in my car. 

Sometime between 12 and 5. It would be nice if they narrowed that down a bit.

Tomorrow afternoon I'm going over to my friend's house to swim.

Hopefully my bathing suit still fits I think I'm a bit fatter than last summer

About time to get myself in gear. Might as well wait until after vacation to get started though. At least I'll be moving around more next week. I hardly get any exercise lately, which I'm sure is most of the problem. That and buying snacks for "the kids" lol.

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Monday, May 29, 2023


Good morning happy Monday!

Yesterday was babysitting day so lots of pictures haha. Mr Curls! We played with bubbles and had a popcicle outside. I think I am going to work on cleaning an area in the back yard to set up a little pool for the summer. Something to work on when we get back from vacation.

The baby was a little cranky at first but after she had a bottle and a cat nap she was fine.

Her hair is going to be curly too, look at the back. It's getting a bit lighter too but I don't think she'll be  as blonde as her brother. 

Dinner and Wreck It Ralph. She was way into the movie lol. They were gone and the living room cleaned up by 9:30 which is when I went to bed. 

Tina being Tina. This morning she had pulled out a fabric bin again. Sheesh. Going to have to switch them over to the pattern boxes on this book case for sure. Driving me nuts having to clean it up all the time. 

I got Simon a new indoor pool. She hasn't been quite as bad as the first day. I was worried about them not having water when we are gone since Trevor doesn't see the empty water bowl. Hopefully the fun factor will be gone by next week.

Today's plan is to finish sewing the stars on the garlands. I am almost done. Just have to do the black stars. Then it is time to do all the pom poms. I think I might take pictures of them as I finish them so I can pack them up a bit. I think once I get 10 done I'll put them on FB for sale.

Working on laundry again today. Down to a comforter and my clothes in the laundry sorter and then it is a bunch of random stuff all over the garage. I'm on a mission to get it all washed up. Tired of the mess out there and need to work on cleaning it up again. 


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Sunday, May 28, 2023


Hello happy Sunday! So nice we have one more day off after today. I've been a little productive today getting the laundry going and picking some stuff up. The kids will be here later so I still have to vacuum and clean off the kitchen table. I want to get all the laundry done before our trip. Need to get that mess cleaned up. 

Friday night Scott and I went to a late night dinner at La Villa. Scott was so frustrated that his mom lost her lower teeth. He can't find them anywhere. She's just going to have to eat soft stuff I guess. I knew it was going to happen eventually since she always lost them and he had dug them out of her garbage a few times. I don't know if she could handle going to the dentist to get another bottom set. 

This is how I know Scott was here. He never shuts a damn drawer. Drives me nuts. Also I need to replace this cabinet with something nicer since I have never got around to painting it and probably won't. 

Saturday morning I went and watched my nephew's last baseball game. I don't think they won but he put in a good effort lol.

After that I went to lunch with my mom. I thought I took a picture of my lunch but I guess not. I was full ALL day after. I got a mushroom burger and onion rings at Moo Moo's burgers.

Got home and Scott and I went to get him a new phone. He went from a 6 to a 14. He's been complaining this morning about updating his apps and stuff. Fun. 

After that we went to Wal Mart to get him a case for his phone and got a few other things and then went to Winco. Came home and worked on our trip stuff some more. We finally have a route. I booked hotels for all but the last night.

Saturday Reno
Sunday Boise
Monday Montana outside of Yellowstone
Tuesday Cody Wyoming
Wednesday Jackson Hole
Thursday probably Winnemucca
Friday we'll be home!

I'm getting really excited about going!

I gave Scott two jobs for the weekend which is about 1/2 way over and he still hasn't done them. Get busy already! #1 is to change the oil in the car and look it all over in case we need to do anything before the trip. I was like you should go do that before it gets hot. "I will". 

I didn't work on my garlands at all yesterday. I got all the red stars sewn on. Need to finish doing the blue ones. 

It's almost time to change the laundry again already!

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