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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" 


"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.
And remember you can find me on Facebook and Instagram, I am always on there.

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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

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2014 Instagram Highlights

Started the year off fun
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and then there was snow, lots of snow.

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snow means drinks... of course

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pink hair !

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we got our address in California!

then we emptied the house and left Montana

our adventure brought us to Virginia, where we had fun with family and had some yummy beer

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and we learned some new tricks

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dogs had fun with Auntie Andrea

we finally moved into our new home

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we did some exploring

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found a Coco Curry

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mama got a new ride!

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we wrapped up summer with lots of fun outside

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and a trip to the pumpkin patch!

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November was the Marine Corps Ball, always a good time

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then I cut my hair off, and dyed it pink

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evey had a wonderful second birthday

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even though she busted her head open a couple days before

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Santa went about as well as we expected

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christmas was spent with family, playing inappropriate card games

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and I ended the year with more fun hair colors!

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Follow me on instagram if you don't already, you can see all the things you miss here and on facebook. I'm looking forward to sharing another wonderful year with you.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Wrap Up

It's the last day of 2014. I guess it's time to visit last years goals.

First of I am very proud to say that we did get rid of our credit card debt, we did end up using our savings. but that is a huge weight gone. And we are saving hundreds in interest charges. I also think I may have forgotten my credit card number... hahaha. 
For the coming year I would like to regrow our savings, and continue to pay of our credit cards each month. 

The fitness was a fail. I think I just need to stop making fitness goals. I think that I may even weigh more than I did at the beginning of the year. Sad. Maybe my goal will be to track 450 miles on my fitness app. That's a little less than 9 miles a week. That sounds totally doable. Another healthy thing I have been working on is a gallon of water a day. I slipped up the last week, but before Christmas I was doing really good on getting almost a whole gallon a day. I would like to continue this. I am really bad about drinking water and have had some issues with it the last year. 

We did travel quite a bit, we got back east to see family, we got to the south west quite a few times to see family. We didn't get much travel done beyond that, but we have been busy. 

I didn't get much photography done. In fact I think it's safe to say I took less than half the pictures I did in 2013. But I got a video camera for Christmas, so I hope to work on both still photography and videography in the next year. 

I'm not really too worried about blog growth anymore. I am here to have fun and share my wisdom, silly stories, and photographs. 

My final goal for 2014 was to minimize. We did get rid of the big bed frame and the big entertainment center when we got here. We also got rid of the couch before we moved, and now we just have a love-seat. We still have some work to do, but I think we made great progress getting rid of stuff and lightening the load before we got here. I hope to unload some more stuff in the coming months and prepare for spring. 

Some new things for next year, I would really like to be more active with Evey. I feel like we have spent a good part of the last few months watching TV. Or rather her watching TV while I do school work, or screw around on the computer. 
I don't just want to work on my walking, but I would like to get her out, walking, playing, just getting exercise and being social. 

I hope to maintain my grades, and continue on with school. Keep on top of my work, and avoid waiting until 2 hours before something is due to do it.

Oh and spend more time at the beach.

Love my little family 

Do you have goals? do you do resolutions? Share 'em!

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Monday, December 22, 2014


I know I talked about trying to blog twice a week until the end of the year, but I got sick with a terrible sinus infection the last week of school. The endless sinus headache, and vertigo I have had has really limited my ability to do anything but watch Gilmore Girls. I am still not up to par, however today is the first day in a week I haven't been eating an enormous ibuprofen with my morning coffee, so that's a plus. 

I decided to do something a little fun this week. I found this last night on Scattered Seashells, and it looks fun! 

4 names people like to call you other than your real name:
1. mom
2. sister (my sister calls me sister, we are weird) 
3. Alana-Banana
4. Banana 

4 jobs you have had:
1. Manager at AAFES
2. Motorcycle sales person (I was terrible at it) 
3. cook in a takeout Italian restaurant
4. Courier for a real-estate company 

4 movies you've seen more than once:
1. Star wars series
2. Indiana Jones series
3. Harry Potter series
4. Strange Brew

Del Mar Beach Camp Pendleton December 2014

4. books you'd recommend:
1. Harry Potter 
2. anything by Chelsea Handler
3. Bitter is the new black - Jen Lancaster 
4. I have read so many books but my mind is blank

4 places you've lived
1. Tucson, Arizona
2. Chicopee, Massachusetts 
3. Okinawa, Japan
4. Helena (and Butte), Montana 

4 places you've visited
1. Washington DC
2. Mexico
3. Glacier National Park
4. Las Vegas, Nevada

4 places you'd rather be right now
1. Okinawa
2. anywhere else in Japan
3. my moms house in Arizona
4. Okinawa

Okinawa, Jp September 2010

4 things you don't eat
1. raw carrots, they are just gross
2. raw onions
3. radishes 
4. natto

4 of your favorite foods
1. Kraft mac and cheese
2. cheeseburgers 
3. french fries 
4. eggs

4 TV shows you watch
1. Gilmore Girls
2. Archer
3. Bobs Burgers
4. South Park
(I don't watch a lot of TV, we don't even have cable, just netflix and hulu)

Okinawa, Comprehensive Park 2010

4 things I am looking forward to this year:
1. making through it in one piece 
2. vacation to NorCal
3. summer 
4. how sad is it that I can't think of anything?

4 things you are always saying:
1. Stop climbing on that!
2. You are not a monkey!
3. I'm tired, is it bed/nap time yet?
4. In or out dogs! in or out! 

Bates Nut Farm 2014

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Lessons I learned going back to school

1. I am really bad at time management
At any given time I can think of about two dozen other things to do, studying always falls low on the list. "Shit! dishes need to be done" or "We have no food, must run to the store" or the most common "oohh look at facebook, so shiny" (You can easily replace facebook with: youtube, pintrest, imgur, or the silly pirate game my sister made me download on my phone)
2. Really, really bad at time management.
I actually frequently end up doing my studying, reading, and especially online school work late at night and on the iPad while laying in bed. More times than I can count I have fallen asleep reading, or having Siri read to me on the iPad. 
3. No matter how hard I try to manage my time, the toddler has other plans.
Then there are days like today, where I am ready and rearing to go. Evey wants nothing to do with watching TV, or eating snacks, she is requiring 100% of my attention. So I stand in the kitchen, she can't reach me beyond the baby gate, but I can see her, she finally decides to play and I am able to stand there and go over my flash cards, while I load the dishwasher.
4. My brain isn't quite the sponge it once was.
I love to learn. But some things, no matter how hard I try I just can't get them to stay in my brain. I am really good at certain parts of Japanese, things you can picture, words associated with tangible things, nouns. But verbs, and parts of speech, are just hard. And without going into a Japanese lesson, Japanese verbs change depending on the use (positive or negative) and that just gets really confusing. 
5. Despite the fact that I know I could be doing better if I tried harder, as of this very second I have an A in both of my classes, and I got a B in my class that ended a few weeks ago (#historyclassfromhell).
I've got to be doing something right. I just hope that next semester I can assert myself better and manage my time at least a little better, and not go into finals fearing for my life.  
6. I am on track to graduate with my BA in History in fall 2016.
Unless I find some magic powers inside me that can push me into taking extra classes. Currently the university I am enrolled in does shortened 8 week courses, which sounds well and fine for someone in a hurry, but my poor brain just can't handle too much info at once. Also some of the classes (at the community college) I am taking are purely for my own enjoyment, exploring things that interest me, I have chosen to take advantage of some great grants offered here, and giving myself a well rounded education. But I don't want to overwhelm myself. Plus I am really in no real hurry. 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sister Smarty Pants

I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate my little sister. She received her Associates in History and Anthropology this weekend. 

I am so very proud of her!

You beat me this round sister, now lets race to the BA! 

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