Saturday, June 23, 2012

June 2012

Another update from Washington! We had Relay For Life this weekend. It was raining like crazy! Luckily they had it at the fairgrounds so we were able to do the Luminary Lighting and the Lighting Ceremony inside. Here I am with a great group of friends-Heidi Wisbey, Connie Brown, me, Kirsten VanZanten, Alicia Watson, and Janine Garrison.

Here is my mom's luminary bag.

So many bags...

They had the Bellingham Pipes and Drums Band play Amazing Grace during the Luminary Lighting ceremony. It was amazing.

This year I have started running (I know...I can't believe it either...). I have done 3 5K's so far this year. This is my first race-Runnin' O' The Green. See that guy running next to me? That is Mike, a good friend who pushes me and won't let me quit!

My second race-Haggen to Haggen. Yes...I'm trying to pass the old man...haha

And my third race-Haulin' Axe. I am running even though it looks like I am only walking!

My dad passed away in April. Two weeks before, Jeff' mom passed away. It was a terrible month. Here is me and my family at Dad's funeral.

I sure miss and love you, Dad.

My mom and dad are together again.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year and some Random Thoughts

Happy New Year and welcome 2012! 2011 was a year of ups and downs for me. We had to clean out my parents' home (60 years of memories) and drive away and not look back, I became a grandma to the cutest little guy around, Cutter Jeff Thomas, my little doxy Bobbi died unexpectedly, and Jeff & I made a big decision and moved 800 miles away from our family and friends to start anew in the Pacific Northwest. So in no particular order, here are some random photos and thoughts.

Here is our new casa, a cute little townhouse in Ferndale, Washington.

This is the view from our bedroom window. I love Mount Baker

Our little Charlie Brown Christmas tree, complete with handmade ornaments.

 A great couple here invited us over for New Years Eve so I made some Seasoned Pretzels and Caramel Bugels.

Caramel Bugels
3 cubes real butter (Paula Deen would be proud!)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can light Karo syrup
1 can sugar
1 can brown sugar
(Yes, you use the sweetened condensed milk can to measure the karo and the sugars!) Mix together the above ingredients in a large saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil and boil for 4 minutes. Pour over 3 bags of Bugels. Toss carefully and spread out on a wax paper.

Seasoned Pretzels
Mix together:
1 bottle Orville Redenbacher butter popping oil
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
Pour over 2 lbs pretzels. Stir well. Put in a bowl with a lid and leave on the counter. Every time you walk by it, tip the bowl over. It will be ready to eat the next day. I then spread them out on a paper towel-covered cookie sheet to get rid of some of the extra oil. Store in a ziploc baggie.

Laci and Dani flew in on Christmas Eve to spend Christmas with us. We explored Seattle a bit. Here is a cool view of the Seahawk stadium.
 Dani in front of this really cool building by the Space Needle.

A couple of shots of the Space Needle.

Jeff, the girls and I went out to Birch Bay and spent the afternoon. Yes, it was chilly!

Here is our Cutter Jeff. Isn't he just the cutest!

Jeff is working on the DeBruin Dairy in Sumas. Here he is turning the heifers out to eat. Dani took this picture and called it "Releasing the Beasts!" I love this picture!

A new year always brings resolutions! I found this subway art at
and I think it sums up some good resolutions for the new year!

I have the usual resolutions: get fit, eat better, love more, finish unfinished projects, be more creative, be a better wife/mom/grandma/friend, serve others more and enjoy the journey. Fingers crossed...ok 2012....bring it on!!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wedding Gifts

This is what I've been working on gifts!

A saying I love and a place to put some favorite pics.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

4th of July

I found a printable that I love to help decorate for the 4th of July! So simple, just download, print, trim and place in your frame! I was going to paint the frame black, and I may still...but for now I like it like this! Find this awesome idea here  The flag is mounted on some strips of foam, so it is dimensional. Love it!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What I've Been Up To

 My dear friend Jan took me on a Girl's Getaway weekend! We spent the weekend shopping, eating, soaking in the hot pools, laughing, getting a massage and totally relaxing. She is simply the BEST!

I made a couple of hooded bath towels for Baby Graham! Hallie~I am so happy for you!

I made a couple of Birthday Boards for  my dear friends Janica and Melissa. Love you guys! I found the idea here

Now, on to the next project!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! This post is dedicated to my mom and other moms in my family. This is my mom, isn't she just classy and beautiful? My mom passed away last August. I miss her everyday. My mom lived in Belgium during WWII. It happened during her teenage years, so she wasn't able to finish high school. Her family hid an American soldier that the SS wanted badly. This is the kind of family I come from, brave, strong and do the right thing, no matter what. After the war, she joined the LDS church. My dad served a mission in Belgium and met my mom there. When he came home, he started writing to her. They corresponded for a bit and he asked her to marry him. She accepted his proposal. She came to the United States in March of 1950 and they were married in October of the same year. Now, think about this...if your daughter came to you and said "I have been writing to this man that lives somewhere in the wilds of the West. He wants to marry me, so I'm going to leave my family and my country and travel halfway around the world to marry a man I haven't even dated."  Really? Wow... She was 22 when she started on this adventure! She came over here and had to learn the language, learn to drive, got her GED, went to college and became a nurse, raised 5 kids, was a dairy farmer's wife, made killer fried chicken, soup, chocolate mousse, & Belgian waffles, had a beautiful home and yard and always looked beautiful and smelled wonderful!! She was strong and just a bit stubborn (that's where I get that from...and my dad's hard~headed...a lethal combo that I inherited!!) What an example she is. I miss her and love her so much.

This is my Grandma Hanchir (left), Tante Marie (middle) and my mom (right) in Belgium. We called my Grandma Hanchir "Marraine" (not quite sure why...) but I pronounced it "Mianne". She was the only Grandma that I knew. I love her dearly. She passed away when I was 10. Here are some of my memories of her: she had long black hair. When it got to be too much for her to take care of, she put it in a ponytail and cut it off! She made awesome omelets and sprinkled them with powdered sugar. I loved to have coffee with her (well, I had a little coffee with my cream and sugar). She was an incredible knitter, we always had warm woolen socks for winter. I miss that. She had a dog, Bella, that she would speak French to and the dog would answer her back. She didn't speak much English, so I learned French at an early age. After she died, no one really spoke French much and I forgot it. I took 2 years of French in high school...but it just isn't the same. One of my many regrets. I can only imagine the things this incredibly strong woman lived thru (World War II and moving to the United States to name just a few). I hope to be strong like her.

This is my cute family, pre~Robbin!! (circa early 1960's) I love their clothes! Everyone looks so healthy and happy and carefree! (And Andre'~Kru sure looks like you here!!)

This is Gaston, my mom's brother. He was my favorite uncle. This man could do ANYTHING! He survived WWII by working in the coal mines (by the grace of God, the family knew someone who got him a spot working in the coal mines. Otherwise the Germans would have come along and taken him to serve in Hitler's army.) He was a stone mason by trade. He dug out the basement of his house (after the house was built) with a shovel and a 5 gallon bucket. He could make anything. I think this is where I get my love for power tools and creating things!

This is my dad and his sisters. My dad is the second to youngest of nine children. His dad was killed when Dad was 12. My dad had a hard life, but raised all of us with love and kindness and taught us to work until the work is done, your word is your bond, begin and end each day with prayer and to work hard and play hard. His sisters were so good to our family. I spent countless hours at Aunt Ona's learning how to bake pies! Aunt Marian had a dairy too, so she would call Dad every morning at 4 am and they would talk about their day's plans. I miss the Nye family get~togethers.

This is my mom and me in Hawaii (1982...can't you tell??) The summer after I graduated, my mom and I spent 12 days in Hawaii. We had an AWESOME time! We had so much fun and really became friends. I will always treasure this memory.

These are my sisters, Shirley (left) and Betty (right). In my mind, my sisters are always these beautiful Prom Queens! When I was little, I just wanted to grow up and be beautiful like them! Now that we're older, they are 2 of my best friends, I love that.

It's days like this that I love and appreciate my family and all they've done for me. Hug your family today!

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Year's Tradition

We had the Nye family Christmas party on New's Year Day this year. My mom always said that it is a tradition to make Belgian Waffles on New Year's Day and share with your family and friends. In Mom's memory, Laci and I made Belgian Waffles for the party. Laci also had the recipe written in Mom's handwriting, how AWESOME is that!?! So we made copies of the recipe for anyone wanting to preserve the memory and the tradition. I love having things like recipes or letters in people's handwriting, I think it is something to be treasured! We will continue this tradition in Mom's memory.

A Few Valentine Decorations and some Killer Brownies

I decided that I needed to make a few things to decorate for Valentines Day. I had a wooden heart that I had cut out quite a while ago. I dug it out of my stash, repainted it, mod podged some paper on it and decorated it. It is now hanging out in our front entry along with the 3 blocks below. They look a little magoo here, but they are actually quite cute!

Ok, here is how to make Over The Top Brownies! Just take a brownie mix and make it up according to package directions. Spread half of it in a 9x13 inch pan. Take 3 of the large butterfinger candy bars pictured below (get them when they are on sale!) and put on top of the brownie batter in the pan. Spread the rest of the brownie batter over the top of the candy bars. Bake as directed. They are best if you let them sit overnight before you cut and eat them. You can also use other kinds of candy bars, we've tried Symphony with toffee bits and the Hersheys with caramel. All of them are super!

We made these for Super Bowl Sunday and found these cute pennants to print out and put on the top. Go Packers!!