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Friday, May 8, 2015

Moving... Wait.. What???

Lets Do This!
Okay so since 2007 I have been Fractured Fairy Tales. But for a little over a year I have felt like I wanted to change. Or at least move to wordpress. I have finally decided to take the plunge and move over. I have brought all my old blog posts with me. But I have changed my name. From here forward I will be ADVENTURES IN ALANA LAND!  I am very excited about this change. I am also hoping to take this opportunity to blog and vlog more. The semester is winding down and I only have two classes left to finish and I am hoping to wrap them up in the next couple of days. I have 4 credits this summer, and I am hoping they will be easy ones. So on to funner things, Photography, Blogging and Vlogging!
I hope you enjoy the new page! Head on over and let me know what you think!
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Golden Vlog April

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Re-branding

I have been thinking about rebranding the last couple of weeks. Changing my name, and moving to wordpress. I've been fractured fairy tales since day one. Way back in 2007 when I first started writing, just for fun, as my own personal diary. 
I don't really know what I would call myself. 
Maybe 
"Alana's Little Adventures" 
"Adventures of Alana" 
"Little Adventures" 
"Alana Loves Wine" 


I dunno.
But I feel like it's time for a change. 



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Friday, April 10, 2015

Duck Tales (woo-hoo)


Some time last week we noticed that there were ducks in the neighborhood pool behind our house. We had only seen them a couple times, and never really paid them much attention. Earlier this week they were on the other side of my fence in the early morning, eating whatever ducks eat. So I took Evey outside and we looked at the ducks, and tossed them some old hamburger bun pieces. 
I remember reading somewhere that bread isn't that great for ducks, so on my trip to the commissary that day I grabbed a bag of cracked corn. 




The ducks quickly became our friends, they loved the cracked corn.
Sadly though later that day some mean kids came by and were throwing sticks and chasing the ducks. (sad face) I asked the kids to be nice, but I didn't see the ducks again for several days.
Today I was thinking about the ducks again, hoping they had found somewhere safe from annoying kids, and I saw them again, they were back in the pool! Hurray! 

But it gets better. 

Later in the afternoon, as we were getting ready to go on our daily walk, I noticed something in the backyard..... 





I think it took every ounce of Evelyn's willpower to not run up to the ducks. But I fed them more cracked corn and they were so very happy to be in a safe fenced area. 






They have come and gone all day, going between the pool and my yard.
I am so glad they have found a place they can hang out and eat bugs and the corn I give them, without being tormented.
It's also cool for Evey, it's like a little zoo in our own backyard. 


Right now we are calling them mama duck and daddy duck, but I think we need to give them real names if they are going to stick around. 



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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pinterest Recipe Success!

please excuse my sad iPhone pictures. My lost the charger to my camera. 

I have to share this with you.
I made this recipe tonight.
And it was AMAZING. 
Even Eveyln liked it! Which is awesome because she's been very picky this week. 


The only thing I did different was I added about double the garlic, and I used home made turkey stock instead of chicken broth. And I may have used a little more butter than the recipe called for. 
Served with fresh crunchy bread and steamed veggies.
I will make this again for sure.
The sauce would also go good with pork chops, or Paul suggested on pasta. 
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The End of CoSleeping

Since the day my daughter was born she has slept in my room, on my bedside. Every night for 2 years and ninety four days she slept either with us or in her bed, next to mine.

When we brought her home from the hospital she started out in her bassinet, that lasted for about 6 months. I don't remember exactly when, or why but she ended up in our bed, and she just stayed there. Until last year, after we moved here to California, I set her crib up as a toddler bed and we slowly transitioned her into it. First I had her bed set as a side-car. This allowed her to move back and forth easily. After I got her accustomed to sleeping in her bed I moved it about a foot away from our bed. I put a neck pillow along the edge to prevent her from rolling out, something I'd seen done on pinterest with pool noodles. It wasn't perfect, and she still rolled out a handful of times, but it worked good enough. She got to the point of mostly sleeping in her bed sometime last fall. But I was still breastfeeding her so she moved into our bed every night at some point. It was still convenient to have her in our room.
Just after the first of this year I got a cold, and partly due to cold medicine and partly due to it just being time, Evey weaned. With her no longer breastfeeding she was sleeping almost the entire night in her bed, only climbing into our bed to wake me up in the morning. At this point the only thing keeping her in our room, was the fact that I liked having her there, I was comforted by the fact that I can check on  her any second of the night.

She has this beautiful room.
(I lost the sheet to her bed, so I need to make a new one, or go to Ikea to buy another.)



The last thing I needed to do was to attach her dresser to her wall.
It weighs about a billion pounds and it's unlikely she would be able to tip it over, but the chance that she did, it would surely crush her if it fell on top of her.
Yesterday I put about 30 holes in the wall trying to find the studs, but I found them, and I got this sucker attached to the wall, it's not going anywhere.


So last night she slept in her big girl bed. For the first time in two years and ninety four days she didn't sleep next to me. I had a hard time with it at first. I checked her on the monitor about 400 times. But she slept all night, until 8 this morning. When I woke up to the sound of her whispering to her bunny "hop, hop, hop" 

8am

"hop hop hop"

When I remotely moved the camera she looked up at it so I was able to get these cute shots of her face. Then she went back to playing with her bunny. I laid and watched her for about 15 minutes before she called for me.
I am so proud of her for making it the whole night in her big girl bed. And I'm very proud of myself for not moving in there with her, no matter how badly I wanted to.



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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Daiso Japan (goPro)

One of my several YouTube videos I have been working on!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Hey friends!
I wanted to drop in and say hello!
I've finally finished the history class that was taking up all my time. Thankfully this semester it wasn't a #historyclassfromhell. I actually really enjoyed it. It was History of Japan to 1800. It was a lot of fun and I feel I learned a lot. I got to write a paper on Buddhist influence on architecture and a also I wrote a paper on Samurai. Both were a lot of fun. I have a few days before I start my next crazy intense class, Which I am hoping is not that crazy and intense, but with my luck it will be.

We have been doing pretty good overall here in California. It's almost been a year since we left Montana. It's crazy to think that we've been gone for so long. I look at my Timehop and I am so relieved I don't wake up to feet of snow, or WAY below freezing temps anymore. In fact the weather here is really nice. I wear T-shirts or tank tops every day. I have a couple hoodies that I save for chilly mornings, but it's been a nice change.


Not much has been going on besides school . Well and we are all crazy sick right now. Paul brought home cooties from work and it got so bad it developed into pneumonia in Evey. I was really worried at first but I had her followup appointment with her doctor today and she is doing so much better. Now if we can all just kick this nasty cough!

I've also started running. I am doing a "walking for fitness" class and I have to wear a fitbit that tracks my movement, the teacher uses that info to see that I am completing our walks. Being sick has really put a damper on that though, I haven't ran in over a week. Even though the class is called "walking" we are allowed to run, jog or walk, so I decided to take the opportunity to start running. I have a goal of 450 miles by the end of the year. I am somewhere around 60 or 70 miles already so I think I'll surpass that goal.


I hope I haven't lost too much of an audience in my absence, I will try to update here more than once a month. Perhaps once a week will be my new goal.
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Monday, February 9, 2015

School is a tad overwhelming


Man I am really no good at this. 
I have been forever absent again. 
School has taken precedence over blogging, and personal life, and social life, and everything. 
Last week was especially tough. I had a midterm paper to write and I was suffering from some sickness/stress/anxiety/women issues. But I got it done, and turned it in and got an 87%
I am a little over booked this semester. But now that that paper is over I can refocus, until my final paper in 4 weeks.
My classes are weird. It's hard to explain.
I go to 2 schools, one does regular 16 week semesters. The other does 4 sets of 8 week condensed terms per semester.
So I have 2 classes at the community college here, well one regular 3 credit class and one 1 credit class. (both online)
And then I have 3 classes at the university online. In the first second and fourth terms. So my next class will not start until my first class ends. Thank god, because I have a huge ass paper due at the end of this class (History of Japan to 1800) and I don't think I could handle starting another class before this one is over. 
Oh and I found out a class I took for fun, ended up filling a needed requirement, not just an elective! More time for activities! WooT! 

But things are going well.
Evey is doing great. She is getting bigger and bigger every day. She is talking up a storm. She is bossy, and determined. She is super smart too. She can count to 15 (most of the time) and she is working on her ABC's. 

We just had a wonderful visit from Paul's mom. We did so many fun things, beach trips, a trip to the Zoo, shopping. We had a blast. 

So really besides school, not much is going on here. 
I am thinking of doing another Vlog soon. The next Golden Vlog is up in a couple of days, So I need to film that. Plus I was thinking of doing a hair dye one.
I need to color my hair again, so why not film it? 
So that's all, I should be studying, but instead I am helping my sister with a paper, and writing here. 
I suppose I should go to bed, or study. 
So Sayonara! 

Oh and Aiko Says Hello! 


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Monday, January 12, 2015

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