Friday, December 4, 2015

Our Basketball Diaries

We are blessed.  Friends that are family.  Family time.

And basketball.


Jacob came to visit us from college in Idaho.
We SO enjoyed having him with us!!!!
Not to mention playing with us.


GET UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Monday, November 23, 2015

The days are long ...

This is the start of a quote I originally heard from Gretchen Rubin:

"The days are long, but the years are short."

(click on the link below to see a great video.)

The Years are Short

So true.

The boys and I discovered old video while searching through photos for a school project Payton was working on this weekend.  We had good laughs!  The boys were so cute and get along today much the same as they always have.  We also cried a bit.  There is a lot about days before that we miss.

I have always enjoyed making scrapbooks - documenting memories - allowing for these memories to be shared more easily.  It is fun for me.  It takes time.  That time has always been MORE than worth it.

And last night I was reminded how special that work is not just for me, but also my boyz.

... enjoy the moments for these are what life is made of ...

Friday, November 13, 2015

I did sign up for this.

I am the mom.
This is what I do.
Because yes in fact …
I did sign up for this.


(photo post mom cleaning)

Looking for Payton’s raincoat (again).
Scrolled through my memory.
I pulled back the cobwebs.

I have asked him to use a bigger bag.
He could put EVERYthing in one place.
But nope.

And what did I discover?
The bigger bag I was speaking of.
Hanging in the garage.
Empty save for a group of pens.
That were covered in something …

Oh … yea …
That would be melted chocolate.
A melted Hersey bar.
Probably put there this summer.
Baseball season.
Left to melt.
Through the layers of the Adidas bag.
Then harden.
Left for mom to find.
And clean.

keepin it real …

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This kids says the funniest things …

It was in the evening the other night in the Gage Household, and time for homework.  The boys were working hard to finish their assignments so that everyone could go to bed at a descent hour.  Mom was doing chores – laundry at this particular moment – when the young one needed help with math.


After being presented a word problem, Mom tried to present the story in a similar fashion that might be more understandable to him.  The actual math question asked about the weight of carrots after using a portion for cooking.  Mom changed that to consider a number of apples left after using a few in an apple pie. When I asked him to answer my new question, he apparently didn’t see the correlation.

The response by the young one:

Mom, I don’t know!  Apple pie and carrots don’t taste the same!!!

Poor young boy.  He has much to learn.
How can one explain it beyond apple pie???

Monday, November 9, 2015

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Today I had the pleasure of sitting down with each of the boys teachers for conferences.  You read that right.  It really is a pleasure for me to get one on one time with the people that my boys spend so much time with and learn from each day.  I am proud of my boys and hopefully have taught them the importance of learning, so usually these are favorable times around our household.


I love to see them learn!  And I love to watch them play.

Both of the boys are learning just fine, but of course we have things to work on in and outside of the classroom.  Learning is a part of everyday life.  I firmly believe that when you stop learning, you stop living.

And life is just too short to not enjoy the process!!!

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
Henry Ford

Thursday, October 1, 2015


We have lived in our new home for over two years now … the “new” has worn off.  Somehow I have yet to figure out how to best use my office space for work and crafting … things are about to change.


This is after my most recent rearranging event.

I foresee in my future two desks that face each other … can’t you see it too?!

Do something fun today that you will remember for a very long time!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Birthday Wish

Today is a very special day … a few years ago a beautiful baby was born that grew into a beautiful woman and amazing daughter, mother and friend.  I’m so happy to be able to say this this is MY friend.


Happy Birthday dear Sharon!!!!  Love you big time!!!!!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Times like these …

The boys were outside playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids last night.  They were all running around in the dark, but they didn’t even notice.  They just had fun!


I took a photo through the window screen just to remember the moment.

Times like these remind me of my “why” …

These are the moments I live for … times like this fill me with gratitude.
I’m grateful to be a mom.
I’m blessed to call these boys my sons.


Monday, August 17, 2015


A great reminder for this Monday morning:

You can’t find happiness looking for the meaning of life. Meaning is only the third most important thing. It comes after loving and being.

Matt Haig
Aug 16, 2015 | Tracey Jackson

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Thoughts on Death

It seems to me that as we get older more and more people in our lives leave this world too soon.  Could it be I feel this because I know more and more people as I get older?  Or possibly because random things just happen and I have more experience as life goes on?

Regardless of the reason, each loss I experience does not make death easier to handle.

I just read this post from Heidi Swapp who lost her son earlier this month.  While I have not lost a child myself, I can relate to absolutely everything she writes about her feelings … the sadness … the emotion … the questions …

My Heart … Cory’s Story

I can still feel the pain the first time someone told me there was an avalanche … and they can’t find Alan.

I still remember not understanding those words.

photo credit: ADN 2010.02.13 -

I could not comprehend what it meant that Alan could not be found.  No one said that he was IN the avalanche.  No one told me that he might be dead.  He truly was one of the last people anyone thought this could happen to … 

I understand now that no one was able to say it themselves.  They didn’t want to be the one to utter the words out loud.  I still have a hard time saying it.  It’s easier to just say “my husband passed” … it sounds more “delicate”.


As I write this post, the sun is shining outside, it is warm, my kids are playing with their friends, and life is truly good.  We are blessed.  We are thankful.  We have so much because of this man – this amazing person who truly lived life to the fullest.

And so I try to remember that we are blessed to have had him in our lives for as long as we did.

alan n boyz

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Random Ramblings

As I wind down and contemplate how my time was spent today, I realize that I didn’t take a photo.
Not one.

Most of my day was spent behind a desk at my office.

Life is short.
It is totally worth documenting!
Time to get out there and capture moments!!!!

Until I take more pics and get them loaded, I’ll share these:


These shoes fit me.  They fit well.  But they are not mine.

They belong to this boy:


And his favorite thing to do is play basketball … in case it wasn’t obvious.
By the way … he is 10.  He should not yet be wearing my same size shoe.

While basketball may be his absolute favorite thing to do, he’s spent a lot of time playing baseball.  The season started at the end of March, and the boys made it to the state tournament!  They’ve all learned so much this year.  It’s been so much fun to watch.


Hence pictures like this.
Most of our time this summer has been spent at the baseball fields.
Or in the car on the way to games …

Or … just lounging.


Little brother played baseball also, but his season finished a month ago.  He’s been a trooper cheering on the older boys!

The days are long, but the years are short.”
Document your life – it IS worth living and it IS worth remembering!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Today’s Anniversary

Do you know what anniversary this is?


I didn’t either, but thanks to Google, I do now!


Today marks the 130th anniversary of France delivering the Statue of Liberty to the United States.

Check this out:

The Construction of the Statue of Liberty

I love that Google shares this information – what a great way to keep up with our history!


In 2000, I had the privilege of visiting New York City for a few days after a software conference in New Jersey with my Alaska Accounting girls.  What an amazing experience.  I plan to take the boys to see the area when they are a couple years older, however the landscape has changed a bit since my visit. 


This trip was quick, but we saw quite a few things in our short stay.  A large amount of history for our great nation is showcased on Ellis Island.  Even though I have visited, travel here is something that will remain on my bucket list for a while.  You simply cannot see it all in one or two visits.

Remember to document your life – life is worth living and remembering!!!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015


Time with friends.
Meeting new ones.
Enjoying each other’s company.
Telling stories.


And the discovery of new amazing coffee!! 


(You can roast your own at home?!  YES YOU CAN!!!! Thanks Dave.)

We enjoyed a wonderful visit with Uncle B this week.  It was hard to say goodbye!  The boys are even more excited for their hunt this fall.  I don’t blame them one bit!


Remember to document life.  Scrap your story!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Test Test Test

This is just a test to find out if google will cooperate with me using Windows Live Writer.

Fingers crossed!!!

And life goes on

I was feeling accomplished and happy this weekend!


I had spent some time playing with photos today and actually had the majority of a blog post typed!  It included photos and notes and thoughts and ideas …

And then I didn’t save the draft.

And it was gone.

Just like that.

And life goes on.


So now here I am struggling to remember what I was trying to say – what I was trying to share – what is really important about the day and this stage of life in our household.

And I just can’t remember.

I write random things down nowadays – but so much more seldom than I used to and I know I’m missing lots of little things.

And I miss not having that be a normal part of my life.


At some point I need to accept the new “normal” in my life. 

I can’t quite explain what it is yet, but this daily life that I am trying to live just does not feel normal or right … but it truly is my right now

And for having a “right now” I am thankful.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The best time of the day …

The evening – the night when the kids wind down and go to sleep.

This is the best time of the day.

The time we recharge.

The time we rest.

The time we slow down and gather our thoughts.

The time we remember what we’re so thankful for …




We are so very thankful for each other.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

#basketballislife … and other ponderings

This weekend the boys attended basketball camp at Linfield College through the See Ya Later Foundation.  They love basketball … and this organization does good things.  Everybody wins!

I’ve been trying to find out when Linfield will host a summer basketball camp, but instead came across a photo of Payton in an article from last year’s event: High Five Basketball 2014.

2014.07 high five 
photo courtesy Robert Husseman/News-Register
white shirt – black shorts – that’s my boy!

This boys loves to play … ALL THE TIME!


listening to:
Bullet Journaling by inkWELL Press

The Fringe Hours

working on:
My checklist for the week … it is spring break after all … !!!

The Lego Movie


I know this barn in the neighbor’s yard needs to come down, but until it does, I’ll continue to photograph it. 


Love the color. 
Love how it represents so much history.
If only the walls could speak …


Spring is here in the Pacific Northwest …


Beautiful flowers and budding trees … and also the need for Claritin or Zyrtec!


Do you remember what you did on March 14th?

Did you have pie???


This day was a once in a lifetime celebration!  OF PI!!!!!!!!

3.141592653 yada yada yada (that was all I can remember …)

But I did “celebrate” with pumpkin pie.


Baseball season is upon us!


Both boys are ready – J man is the only one willing to pose for the camera.


Document life … it’s the small stuff that really is big!

Friday, February 27, 2015

An Offering of Thanks

Today ... an offering of thanks ...

for the problems we don't have ...

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Are you still there?

Are you still there?

I am still here.  

While I have been planning to blog and share and write and express ... it hasn't made it to this screen.  Being a mom and keeping up with commitments I have made has taken more time than I actually have ... more hours in the day than anyone has really ...

But every now and then I remember to slow down ... even stop ...
The holidays help me do that.

Having the kids home from school for two weeks makes a few things more difficult, but some things just so very nice.

The tree has been taken down, the ornaments all packed away for next year, and our home almost back to "normal" ... whatever that means.

During this holiday break, we drove to the coast to just smell the ocean breeze, have a bite at one of the boys favorite restaurants (Pig n Pancake), and remember that these moments together are what enjoying life is all about.

Here's to a Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

2015 is here!!!  
A brand new year - make it your best yet!