Archive for September, 2008


September 29, 2008

My comes over every wednesday evening, we have coffee and update each other on the on-goings of each other’s lives.  About two Wednesdays ago, I introduced my mother to Anthropologie. I know, I’m evil.  Lucky for me, I inherited my mother’s common sense to know when something is just too expensive to consider, but what’s the harm in looking right?  Here are some of her favorites from that evening:

great style mom, now if only we had a million dollars to just blow….


Tommy Baits…

September 25, 2008

Alright. you asked for it, here it is:

So I believe it was the year of 1997 when I wrote this gem of a story about a girl living with her dad who meets this boy named Tommy Baits. I only wrote two chapters, but I tell you, a bit more editing and this one could have been a best seller… enjoy, keeping in mind that this is an exact copy and may include errors:


“We had just moved into the house in the summer of 66, and my dad was bustling through boxes. My dad said that I was going to like it here but, I wasn’t sure. To make matters worse, my room was so small that before we could put anything in, we had to take it a part [I guess I really liked comas].  But, the best thing about my room was the view. From here, you could see the medow with red, blue, and yellow flowers dancing about spreading their merry colors everywhere. The sky was bright baby blue [my favorite color then], and I watched the clouds change their form from rabbit to birds and so on. In the far off distance there was a big tree & it was very old. I ran down stairs because I wanted to go and see the tree and climb on it’s branches. But, before I was half way down the stairs, the door-bell rang and when I opened it, there stood a tall & very thin boy with lighte blonde hair & brown eyes, & on the left side of him stood another boy with lite brown hair with speckes of blonde in it, and green eyes. To his right stood a short girl with a blue baseball cap on, red hair & green eyes. She had slight specks of freakles on her nose and when she smiled, you could see her happy little dimples [this character was inspired by my mom]. The tall thin boy said, ” Hi! my name in Jeremy [after my cousin]!” “…Are you new! [I guess I also liked exclamation points]

“Yeah!” I said, “we just moved in.

“My name is Joel [after my other cousin],” the brown haired boy said.

“And my name is Rebecca… but you can call me Becky!,” the girl said.

“My name is Meliny… but, you can call me Mel,” I said.

“Cool!” they said. “Do you want to come see our clubhouse?” they asked.

“Sure!” I said, excidedly! And we headed off.

*   *   * [yes these are in the original transcript]

When we got there, I noticed that the clubhouse was the tree that I saw from my bed-room. It had lots of stairs & different rooms for different people, & an open hallway that wrapped around in a square shape. Then we decided to have a sleep-over that night. I asked my dad & he said, “yes!” So I packed my things & whent to the club-house. As soon as I got there we started to set up our sleepingbags and make smores and tell gost stories. It was a lot of fun, but eventually I fell asleep, along with the others.

CHAPTER 2 – Tommy Baits

The next day was 95 degrees. So we all went home changed into some coolers clothes, and went down to the public pool in town. Becky and I changed in to our bathing-suits and jump right in. The boys however, looked at the lifeguard, flirted, and swam infront of her [is this sounding a bit like the Sandlot to anyone else?]. But, Becky and I just swam around. We were making tidle waves [I hope this does have anything to do with anything inappropriate] and splashing around, and then I saw him, I didn’t know him, but I really wanted to [again with the comas].

“Hey Becky,” I said, “Who’s that guy over there with the blue trunks, and the white tee-shirt?”

“Oh, that’s Tommy Baits,” she said, “He’s only like, the cutest guy in school!”

She proceded to tell me all the wonderful things about Tommy Baits, and how everyone liked him, and that she wished he would at least say something to her. But, me, I wasn’t listening. I was just too interested in Tommy. He was sooooo cute! [it was quite impossible to get the excitement here, as I had not only drawn a huge exclamation point, but a heart underneath it] He had browish blonde hair, with light blue eyes that squinted when he smiled. His teeth were pearly white and I wished that I had his teeth [and I wonder why Creswell thought I was weird, beats me]. My teeth were getting better after I had gotten my braces on [I’m not sure if I had braces at this point, but it proves to show the character is not the most amazing looking person] Before I could finish daydreaming, Becky shoved me over and into the pool. And pretty soon, we has started a waterfight. The next thing I knew, Tommy Baits was staring right at me. I tried to act as cool as possible, but Becky was no help. Finally I was able to escape and gets out. I laid down in a chair with my face towards the sun and my really cool new sunglasses on. For a minute or so I feel asleep and when I woke up, Tommy was sitting right there with his cool new ES’ on [that’s right ladies, you know it turns you on]. He was soooo adorible [uh, what?]!

“Hey,” he said, “My name is Tommy Baits.”

“Yah! I’ve heard about you,” I said.

“Oh Yah!,” he said laughing. “I’ve heard about you too. You’r that new girl who just moved into the Petterson house.”

“Yep, 81220 Sadlehill Rd,” I said [yeah this wasn’t at all my real address].

“Hey,” he said, “Are you going to be going to Lincoln Jr. High?”

“Yeah!” I said

“Okay then, I’ll see you there!’

*  *  *

Just as he left Becky came up in disbelief at what she saw.

“Did he actually talk 2 U? [here’s where I begin to get lazy and realize that writing a book all in one sitting is pretty stupid]”

“Yeah, and he asked me if I was the girl that he had heard so much about! [again with the hearted exclamation point]” I said.

Then she chimed in saying, “If I was you, I would have died. How did you control yourself?”


The End. [The world may never know]

Buried Teasures

September 24, 2008

This week I’ve been on a cleaning frenzy.  Creswell witnessed a bit of it this weekend when I tore through Alex’s office to get rid of junk. I found a bunch of old pictures and funny books and journals that I used to write.  I may actually post a blog tomorrow with the story I wrote… we’ll see.  Anyway, in my quest to clean, I ran across a few of these old pictures that make me smile. For your enjoyment:

This is one of the first pictures of Alex I ever had. I cut it into a circle to fit inside of a heart pictures frame I had.

This is picture of my sister Julie Ann, Me, and Megan my cousin, at VBS in the 90’s.

This one is a gem if I ever saw one.  There may be a few familiar faces in this crowd. Note third from the top left, Alex Creswell.  Two over from her, Elyssa. Bottom Left, Me. Two over from me, Julie Ann. Two over from her, Rikki. Yeah, we are an awesome bunch.  By they way, love the fanny pack Creswell. Awesome. 

Thrift Store Finds

September 18, 2008

Today I had the day off from work today.  Creswell and I headed down to the Redland’s Thrift Store, “H&E.” Ironically, the store is not called H&E, it used to be an H&E but it closed down many years ago.  The store bought the place, but never changed the sign, so we just call it the H&E Thrift Store. 

I bought a pair of maroon leather boots, some children’s books for Alicia’s classroom, and some silhouettes in some “not so attractive” frames.  I redid the frames today with believe it or not permanent marker. check it out:

Dining in Style

September 16, 2008

Most of my posts about Anthropologie have just been about their clothing, but ever since I visited the Anthro at Dos Lagos, I cannot get these few little dining ideas out of my head.  Maybe if I put them on paper then I’ll stop thinking about it so much:

Not at all. Still thinking about it.


September 15, 2008

This Friday, Alex, Jonna, Jessica, and I went to Dos Lagos for pedicures, dinner, and shopping. We had $20 dollar pedicures that were amazing and then went straight to Anthropologie (of course Alex went to some manly store).

(Photos brought to you by Jessica’s Phone)

 We walked around and “ohhhhed” and “ahhed” at the amazingness and then hit up the sale section.  Now, I know that I talk about Anthropologie A LOT, but the truth is, I’ve NEVER tried anything on from there  never mind buying anything.  Jonna found some amazing tops for sale right by the dressing room and she immediately tried them on.  I found about five things I truly liked and after much persuasion from Jessica, I tried them on.  

First of all:  The dressing rooms are amazing! They are all white with a mini closet inside of them and a cute little white tree stump to put your stuff on.  I happily stepped inside to try on my first Anthropologie article of clothing.  

Secondly: I loved EVERY SINGLE THING I TRIED ON.  There is something to be said about well made clothing.  Stuff that would have tried on at let’s say TARGET (there is definitely nothing wrong with TARGET, I love that place), that was shaped like any of these items, would have not quite fit or been too baggy in al the wrong places.  This was not the case here.  OMG.

Thirdly: I bought something!!!!! I was so proud of myself.  It’s something simple and you’d probably never know it was from Anthropologie, but WHO CARES?!?!? It’s a cute white blouse, cut square-like in the neck, then the back has an giant bow, and we all know how much I love bows. 

Fourthly: And most importantly. Not only did I try something on, or buy something, it was only $20. Get out of town!

Sawyer & Jack

September 11, 2008

These two have definitely become brothers over this past week.  They love to run all over the house, chase each other, tackle each other, and sleep with us as night.  It’s quite adorable actually.  Here are a few pictures we’ve taken over the past week of the two of them:


September 10, 2008

Last week Alex and I rented this amazing movie called “Penelope” starring Christina Ricci & James Mcavoy.

 This stunning fairy tale is about a girl cursed with a pig face that can only be broken if one of her own falls in love with her truly.  This is a beautiful, yet not typical fairytale, and I’m so glad we rented it. 

Apart from the amazing story, there were amazing set decorations and outfits in this movie. Her room is this brilliant wonderland of her own creations, plants, and toy-like items.  Her outfits are all embellished with items that she very well could have made herself, such as flower broaches and ribbon-ed belts.  The extras on the DVD stated that because Penelope was locked in her room her whole like, they figured her to be creative.  

I was inspired by this movie to find my own creativeness. I experimented this weekend with sewing some broaches and even wore one on Sunday, for which I received many compliments. When I decribed my inspiration for my creativeness to Jessica and Hannah, they both gasped with excitement. Jessica then stated that she was going to be Penelope for Halloween and that no one else could do it but her.  

My husband says, “Penelope is like Barbie for grown up girls.” 

I seem to agree with him.  So, why not have a little Penelope in your life?  And what better place to find Penelope like stuff then Anthropologie!

I know that I would probably spend the rest of my life embelishing clothes and looking like Penelope, and I think I will, but it’s wonderful to “ooo” and “aaaah” at the amazingness that is Anthropologie. Take a look at these Penelopologies I found:

Jess, I think I found your Halloween costume! Check out more at:

Miss Pickerell Lives for a Day.

September 9, 2008

This past weekend, Megan came down and hung out with me for the day while Alex went shopping with Chris for an interview outfit.  We had fun doing laundry, watching movies (hence the title of this post), and thought it would be fun to do a mini photoshoot.  Of course we were hoping that Megan would get some good head shots out of it for her acting class, but we’ll see.  Here’s a few of my favorites:

Oo Lala…. that’s right.

Autumn Please…

September 4, 2008

Let me just say,  these hot summer days and nights are not for me.  I’m completely over it.  I personally believe that God puts us through summer to remind us of what hell would be like if we weren’t Christians.  Then he gives us glorious fall.  Let’s talk about those chilly days where you can finally layer those cute tops and scarves.  And those cold nights with sweaters and uber cute boots and tights… the beautiful colors of Fall, which, according my fashion guru Oh Joy! says are brown and blue…. completely agree, you go Joy.   Now, let me introduce you to my favorite fall pieces from Anthropologie,  they are just out with their fall line and let me say,  I will be purchasing something this year, there is no doubt.  These pieces are timeless.  Way to go Anthropologie.

Check out the Anthropologie Fall line and my fashion guru for future tips!