is there such thing as a mother’s day hangover…

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after reading this… i suppose there is a  mother’s day hangover.

#funny

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we went out to brunch.

buffet at the HUB in gig harbor.

after a few days in the 80’s it decided to sprinkle and remain around 60ish.

not what brooke had in mind with her CA outfits she brought home.  what started as a sparkly silver romper turned into flannel and a beanie for her.  and hoodie for me.  and of course my mom was in her cute fuschia attire.  but we were going to the horse races afterwards and we wanted to be warm.

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trying to get a photo of mason these days proves tough.  walk away and turn real quickly and take the photo.  it works every time.  we always laugh about it.  now why can’t he just smile and get it over with in the first place.  gotta love that kid.  and brooke always knows what i’m up to so she just smiles and waits.  yes.  you know it’s coming girl.

best part of this photo is that i love it.  total random looking shot.  i am going to turn it into black and white and blow it up and frame it.  my artsy style.  i’m more about the story behind the photo.  not really into the posing types.  you have probably noticed that’s why we never take studio or professional photos.  the ones we took years ago sit in albums.  these are the kind i actually frame for our house.  someone’s usually laughing in it.  priceless moments.  love.

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it’s just one day of the year.  one moment or two in photos.  then it’s gone until next year.

mother’s day.

i love it any way i can take it!

oh, side note… we did not end up going to the horse races.  brooke and i dropped mason at home for some video game playing.  and we went out to the mall.  it’s her birthday next saturday.  i let her pick out some fun stuff.  and i’m wrapping it all up and sending it down to CA in a birthday box.  everyone loves a package in the mail on their birthday.  it will even include a white cake mix with thick fudge frosting in a tub.  a tradition of her grandfather’s who is no longer with us.  a must on every birthday since i was a kid.

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oh, did i mention mother’s day was also our anniversary this year?

23 years!

i love this old photo of us from our dating days.  perms. gold necklaces.  did what we want.  when we wanted.  those were the days.  kind of like the new chapter of our lives as our kids grow up.  funny how that goes.  congrats to us.

he worked all day but was home for the salmon dinner the kids and i made.  he was then promoted to bbq guy, while the kids set the outdoor table up.  and complained about the cold weather… as i just sat there in my sweatshirt and slippers and sipped my wine and smiled.

the perfect mother’s day for sure.

in our own typical fisher fashion.

happy monday.

-tracy


she’s home. they’re gone…

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she’s home.

my heart is soooooo happy.

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i tried to hang the cutest garland.  the cat ate it.

i baked a cake. betty crocker. white on white. lots of sprinkles.

balloons hung. thanks target for the cute polka dot balloons.

then i picked her up from the airport at midnight.  we drove with the top down.  we talked the whole way.  so much to talk about.  covered two months in 40 minutes.  that works.

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first thing she did when she woke up?  took a peek at the book sarah sundin sent her.  what perfect timing.

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then off they drove.

to visit grandparents and friends.

happy as can be.

um,. yes, i noticed that finger mason.  good one.  i’m kind of thinking i need to frame this photo.  it is exactly how i feel these days…. let it go!!!

i have until 4am on monday morning with her.  minus the hours she will be gone tonight visiting friends.  and i don’t mind.  i was in college too.  that’s important.  most of her friends are home for the summer.  but she is going back to CA to pursue her dreams… and get her chemistry summer class completed.  good girl.  i can’t even tell you how proud we are of her.

you go girl!!!!!

happy saturday.

-tracy


cinco de mayo. happy de mio (me with an o). and ramblings of an artistic housewife with lots on her plate…

cinco de mayo 2016.

my favorite meal of the year.  i don’t care if it comes from taco bell, moctezumas or my kitchen.

when brooke was in my tummy all i ate were green apples, 7up, finger jello and…. tacos.

hard corn shells with refried beans, sour cream, non fat thousand island dressing by kraft, shredded cheddar and shredded lettuce.  in that order.  no substitutions.  that was the year greg informed me later that he stopped at drive thru on the way home for work for months on end.  haha.  and yes, i still eat them that way.  ask my family.

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i guess you could call me taco belle.

if i can’t have my tacos that way, then i have to go to moctezumas (our local Mexican food joint) and get the steak street tacos with cilantro and onions on flour tortillas… and a side of sour cream and a raspberry margarita.  OR… the crunch wrap is back at taco bell.  the best thing ever!!!  trust me.  mason and i eat them after baseball in the summer.  they are only $1.  and filled with corn chips.  in no way way are any of these options healthy… ok, maybe the lettuce.  hah.  i am aware of that.  they are just darn good.  truth.

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yep, this about says it all.

did i mention i love tacos???

anyway,

enough of the cinco de mayo stuff.

here’s what’s up with me…

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about two months ago i said i’d be back in a few days.

apparently i needed a BIG break.

why?  you ask…

WE SOLD OUR HOME

14 years of raising our children here.  lots of crazy halloween parties (doors were open all night to friends, family and anyone that wanted to celebrate mason’s birthday… while he was out trick-or-treating).  spring princess and cheerleader parties in the large back yard.  neighbors running through sprinklers.  oh those summer nights on the patio under the umbrella and stars (late late night bbq’s, cocktails poured oh so generously, stories shared).  daytime whiffle ball and late night basketball games in the couldesac.  fireworks in the road.  power outages where we all slept in one bed with a computer and a cat (hoping the computer had enough battery for a movie or two and hoping the cat would not sit directly on the computer).  painting with the doors open (before cat) and various neighbors knocking on the door to come in and chat.  wine with my neighbor girls at a moments notice.  i remember the first day we moved in, sweet delores down the road brought us warm homemade banana bread and introduced herself and said she would teach me how to knit.  the first winter we were here i was invited to a snowstorm hot tub party to get to know the neighbor moms (crowded and fun… walked there in my swim suit, towel and snow boots).  snow days sledding on the golf course at the next neighborhood over (coors light and bbq ribs and chicken noodle soup for the kids).  immediate neighbors looking over our fence during the day and inviting us over that night (bring what’s in your fridge).  sporting events at their home on their new tv her husband had to have.  changing our living room into a bar and game room (yep, right as you enter the door).  chalkboard walls in my office and brooke’s room.  sports posters hung many years ago in mason’s room are still there.  my “mom of the year” trophy next to my computer…. and HULA GIRL… our palm tree in front of the house.  greg and the kids planted it when i was in CA for my 40th bday.  i came home to our big front tree ripped out and a little 3′ palm tree in its place.  it is now about 15′ tall (maybe taller). and it has to stay with the house.  we all decided our last photo here would be with our tree.  we will miss her so.

i could go on.

bitter sweet.

but it was time to sell.  the market was high.  and we had some good equity.  we are ready to spend more time visiting brooke and going to the desert and traveling more (NYC and las vegas are first on our list… hilarious but true).  the house is ready for a new family.  they are so cute.  young.  like when we moved in.  a kid and a baby on the way.  us.  years ago.  i know they will love it here.  they have bought into neighbors and a neighborhood that are worth far more than the house.  they are lucky.  we are moving on to condo living.  new.  easy.  no lawn to mow.  pool out front.  simple.  just what we need for our new chapter.  brooke is in college in santa monica, CA now.  not coming home for summer.  she is officially  moved to sunshine and loves it.  and we are hoping to move south in 3 years.  mason is a freshman in high school.  playing baseball all year long.  getting his license in october.  he has so many friends and is so busy.  and greg.  he got a new job a year ago.  and his 2 hour each way  commute is far too much for every day.  luckily his favorite brother has a home 2 miles from his dealership.  it works.  we have date nights on sundays now.  Saturdays and Mondays are open to friends.  it’s what we do now.  to be honest, we have more fun now that ever.  we used to take each other for granted.  like every other 23 year marriage.  changing things up a bit made life a little bit funner (I know that is not a word, but I like it.  it should be a word).

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greg even grabbed me out of bed last weekend and said “there’s a white convertible bug for sale… let’s go get it for you”… i didn’t realize he’d let me sleep in and he was on the phone negotiating it for me. he bartered.  they agreed.  he told me to clean out my SUV.  and away we drove.  one  hour late i had a new car.

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a cute little white convertible bug.  only 4 seats.  no more carpooling mom.  no more hauling stuff.  just this sweet thing.  love.

and last but not least…

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meet my friend angie.

she just opened up her new offices.  she’s a couples/family/child therapist.  i’m sure her title is a lot more specific and i’m not giving her the recognition she deserves.  she’s kind.  she’s a go getter.  she has one heck of a story.  she herself is in a new chapter of happy.

and i have taken up her offer to move my artwork into a new place.  a great little studio.  i promise to fill you in later.  it will be happening in the next few weeks.  and i can’t thank her enough for her “push” and her generosity.  it has gotten me back on track and ready to roll out some fun art i’ve been talking about for years.  and I CAN’T WAIT!

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that’s it.

that’s why i took a break.

wanted to hang out with my kids.  and go on a few dates with my husband.  time is short.  i needed to celebrate my blessings one by one.

and now it’s about time for more fun to come.

happy thursday.

-tracy



monkey with a banana. or hamster on a wheel…

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art from www.etsy.com

i’ve always loved this piece of art.

life has been crazy busy lately.

like a hamster on a wheel.  going round and round and round…

art orders going out.

cookbooks being shipped.

mason made his high school baseball team.

i’m his personal chauffeur until october 31.

sending brookie care packages.

lots of date nights with greg.  every weekend lately he wants to go out.  i’m not complaining.  no cooking.  no dishes.

putting our house on the market finally.  serious this time.  agent at our home today.

trying to figure out where in the heck we will live.

cleaning house. scrubbing showers and toilets. hosing down patio. putting light bulbs in burnt out sockets. changing old hardware and light switch covers. making sure cat doesn’t poop when the agent comes over..haha. new plant on front porch. beauty bark laid. neighbor called to mow tomorrow.. how did grass grow this fast. oh the things we are doing. exhausting.

i could go on and on.

but just typing this makes me tired.

so, if i’m not blogging my usual amount, this is why.

feel free to follow me on instagram @hellotracyfisher.

i post there a lot. making books for my kids out of the photos. long story.

now, it is time to say good night. and settle in for the Bachelor… women tell all.  yes!

happy monday.

-tracy




one week of good eating…

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i have been eating like crap lately. i’m admitting it. and my jeans are tighter than they need to be.

time to get real.

i’m not good at long term commitments on any diet. trust me. i’ve tried a lot of them.

i just want to feel better.

so, i am going to eat healthier. which is i guess anything better than what I’ve been putting in my mouth these past few weeks. yes, i was sick. i wanted comfort food. i didn’t want to prepare anything. but now i’m on the road to recovery.

no more excuses.

i bought yogurt and granola. this will be my sweet tooth helper. no comments from all of you health nuts. it’s better than ice cream. and that’s all i’m going to say about it.

i ate the lemon one before photographing this. and tonight i ate the cherry flavor. both… delish!

one week. that’s what i’m giving it. and on Saturday when we go out with our friends (it’s been on the calendar for two weeks, i will call wine a fruit… it does come from grapes… and grapes are in the produce section. it’s all good.

happy monday.

-tracy


girl scout cookies, auctions and smiles…

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every year at this time i get bombarded with auction requests for my art.

i love it. i will donate if i can. and i try to a lot. especially if it benefits any school or activity our own kids have been in.

but this year so much has been going on. daughter to college, son in sports without a drivers license until oct. 31, sore arm, getting ready to put our home on the market, need i say more? i’m not complaining. just the truth.

so, this year i decided that i would donate a copy of my cookbook… and fresh out of the oven cookies.

it might not bring in the kind of money that art does, but it is still a donation at least.

and, who doesn’t love cookies. it’s one item your husband and kids will say YES to bidding on.

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fresh baked cookies, a box of thin mints, one of my cookbooks and a cute little piece of art with a saying by Julia childs (not pictured). who wouldn’t want to bid on that? i would.

the cute little cookie jar is from pier 1 imports. $10. so awesome.

i used a paint pen from artco to write on the chalkboard area this saying…

SO MANY OF MY SMILES BEGIN WITH YOU… THAT, AND COOKIES TOO!

love it.

and if you are interested in my little ol cookbook called “appetizers & desserts. who needs dinner… a girlfriends guide to entertaining”. email me at tfisherart@comcast.net.  they are $15 (addl $4 for shipping).

or here’s the recipe…

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR COOKIE

2 1/4 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 c. packed light brown sugar

1 small pkg vanilla instant pudding (3.4 oz)

1 c. butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

2 large eggs

1 sleeve (approx. 16 cookies) of GS Thin Mint cookies, crushed into small pieces

Preheat oven to 375. mix butter until fluffy. add brown sugar. mix. add dry pudding. mix. add vanilla. mix. add eggs, one at a time. mix. combine flour, soda and salt and then add to butter mixture. fold in cookies. refrigerate for 30 minutes. scoop into rough balls with ice cream scoop. place on ungreased baking sheets with about 1″ between cookies.  bake 9-11 minutes or until tops are light golden brown. go ahead test one. then let the rest cool. if putting into a cookie jar, let cool for a few hours as they are very moist and will stick together.

happy saturday.

-tracy