31 December 2012

Cyndi, Technical Writer and Student


Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.





Today's interview is with my friend, Cyndi.

Where do you live?

I live in Utah

What are your hobbies or special interests?

I am a very committed homebody. Most of the things I like to do center around my home. I love to cook and I love to read. If I can read and eat something yummy I’ve cooked, then I am pretty satisfied.  

What is your current profession?

Right now, I am doing anything I can pick up at home while I work on finishing school. Some of my work centers around making marketing treats for a local Home Health Care Company and I get to legitimately waste time on Pinterest looking for themed or unique treats in the name of work. Otherwise, I do a fair amount of freelance writing and editing. Currently, I am a content manager for company that builds websites. Because I graduated in Technical Writing, I am grateful that I have the skills and contacts that allow me to work from home for now. I am a single mom and the less time I have to be away from my kids the better. However, I am in school, working toward my Occupational Therapy Assistant certificate, which should take about 2 years. It is a pretty serious shift in terms of a work dynamic, but I feel really confident that I am going to be happy with the change. 

What made you choose that line of work?

Originally, I chose Tech Writing as a major in tandem with a History Major since my ultimate goal was to go on to get a Masters Degree in History and do museum or archival work. Tech Writing was mostly for the job security until I hit my ultimate goal and I never intended for it to be my career. It has served me well over the last ten years, but I don’t love it. My choice to pursue a career in the medical field came after my divorce. I wanted something that would allow me to feel productive and work with different people. I hated the idea of being stuck at home or working from 9-5 at a desk. Additionally, I had assisted my ex-husband in starting a Home Health Care company and subsequently became fascinated with the medical side of that world. Occupational Therapy is interesting, pays well and will allow me to be more flexible with my hours, which is very important to me as a single mom.

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?

Most people would like to know how they might go about working from home. I have to say that it mostly comes down to luck. I have been very lucky to know the right people and be in the right place at the right time. My opportunities have most often come from networking. 

What question do you wish they would ask?  

The answer to this question goes back to networking. It is very easy to become secluded and not put yourself out there to meet your colleagues when you are working from home. When possible, meet who you are working with in person rather than just corresponding by email. Make sure you speak up about what you do when you are introduced to new people (when it comes up, if you are forward and obnoxious about it, it will be counter-productive ;-) My most recent work from home jobs came from friend of a friend tips. 

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?

Since I am in school to do something else, it would make sense for me to say no, but I think the path I have followed has been right for me so far. I had no interest in OT when I was in school originally, and I gained a set of skills that have helped me to move forward now that I am changing my career. Additionally, the trajectory of my life altered in a way that I never expected. With each of my schooling choices, I made the best decision for me based on what was happening in my life. While it would have been ideal if I had been fortunate enough to initially choose something I thought would sustain me forever, I believe that making a change is still healthy as long as you are moving forward. Full time workers spend too much time in their employment to not have some level of satisfaction for what they do. When you enjoy the challenge of your job, you are a better employee and happier person.

28 December 2012

It's Dogger's birthday!

All papers and layout by Jessica Sprague.
It's Dogger's birthday.  In this layout I remember his 1st birthday.  Today we celebrate his 8th.  Happy birthday, Dogger!

24 December 2012

Dalene, Quality Assurance Supervisor


Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.







Today's interview is with my friend, Dalene.

Where do you live?
Provo, UT -- and I love this town!

What are your hobbies or special interests?
Reading, writing, soapmaking, quilting, and the lost art of pie baking from scratch.

What did you do before staying at home with your kids?  What is your current profession?
I did a lot of freelance work--writing and editing--before I was a SAHM for 17 years. Currently I'm a quality assurance supervisor for a media monitoring company.

What made you choose that line of work?
Oddly enough, when I was a kid I wanted to be a detective when I grew up. This job started out as just a part-time temp job doing Internet research. Now sometimes I'm referred to as "the detective." When a client isn't happy, I get to dig around--into the account history or around the Internet--and figure out what happened, why the client isn't happy and how best to fix it. I love it.

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?


Unless they are familiar with my company, they ask me what it is exactly we do. I have yet to find a good short answer for that. My kids used to think I worked for Google. In a sense what we do is similar, but we don't have a slide.

What question do you wish they would ask?  
I'm not allowed to talk about our clients, but sometimes I wish I could. They are major players in business, advertising, entertainment and fashion. But there are also some highly specialized industries who use our service. I have learned about some pretty strange subjects at work.

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
I absolutely love what I do as well as the people with whom I work, so yes to that part. I'm just at the point right now where I wish I were better at transitioning my skills into a broader market.

21 December 2012

Winters past

All accent papers and graphic-"Sleigh Ride" by Echo Park Co. Digitals
I love this photo.  In fact, it was our Christmas card photo in 2009.

20 December 2012

New England style

This house, with it's wreaths and candles in the window, made me smile...and a little homesick for New England.

18 December 2012

Jenny, Stay-at-Home Mom


Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.


Jenny with her family.

Today's interview is with my friend, Jenny.

Where do you live?
I have lived in Provo, Utah, almost as long as I lived in Jamestown, New York, which is where I grew up (Busti, actually -- a very small town outside of Jamestown). I lived in Crystal Lake, Illinois, for about five minutes when I was 19. I love Provo. It's home. 

What are your hobbies or special interests?

I love all things having to do with music: dancing, singing, playing (and learning to play) instruments, going to concerts. I also love to travel (in my dreams I have homes in Manhattan, Laie, and Northern Spain). Television is my friend and DVR makes me a better mom. Laundry is my favorite chore. Luckily I love radio (because I spend so, so much time driving). Blogging? Yes.


What is your current profession?
I'm a stay-at-home mom, and that's what I've always wanted to be. I worked as a nanny after high school, which was very helpful for me.

What made you choose that line of work?
I chose to be a mom because, even as a kid, I recognized how important family is and how nice it would be for my kids to have me be at home with them during the day, when they weren't at school. The challenge of making a house a home is something I work on every day, I don't know that I'll ever get it exactly the way I want it, but I'm learning to be okay with doing my best. 

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?
People often ask me (grown-up people that is) (I don't think you'd be interested in what the kids ask me) in which field I got my college degree. The answer is that I am a college drop-out. 

What question do you wish they would ask you?
I wish people would ask more about my life's path, where I've been and where I want to go, rather than what my degree is. I'm embarrassed that I don't have a degree. I have a lot to say about this, but what it comes down to is that I can't go back in time, and my life's path, as much as it could be, has been intentional. And I have many dreams and plans.

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
Without question, I would. For me, prioritizing being a wife & mom has meant a lot of sacrifice; being a young wife and mom (married at 20, first kid born when I was 22) has also meant that, while my 20s were kind of a blur, I'm enjoying my 30s as a mom with kids from preschooler to teenager, and it's very exciting. I look forward to the next seasons of my life with excitement, confidence, and hope.

17 December 2012

Support for Sandy Hook School


One of the most wonderful things I know about my fellow human beings is their desire to help others.  When tragedy strikes, we often feel helpless and want to do something.  Anything.  If you'd like to donate to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, go here.

14 December 2012

Escape Artist

All papers-"Wintertime" by Echo Park Paper Co.; glitter-"Glitter Spills" by iKari;
button and flower by Kitschy Digitals.
I really, really love the embellishments on this page.  The flowers, the glitter, the button.  Love.

11 December 2012

Wonder Forge Games Reveiw

Do you love board games?  We really, really love board games at our house.  On weekends and holidays you'll find us gathered around the kitchen table, gaming it up.  Yesterday Lew was home sick from school and he requested that we play a few board games to pass the time.


One of the games we played was Who Shook Hook?  This game is hands on, and once you've read the directions, requires no further reading.  This game was perfect for a five year old who loves board games, but can only sound out simple words.  We had a great time trying to steal Captain Hook's treasure from his hammock without "waking" him (think Operation, but without the startling buzzer).

Never Land Challenge is another fun game for the preschool crowd.  Admittedly, it's a little young for my kids, so I'll be passing it along to little cousins.  But, the "get up and move" aspect to it is fantastic.  Players need to complete challenges such as balancing things on their heads, tiptoeing and crawling through things.  The preschool crowd would eat this one up!


Here's a dirty little secret you may not know about our family:  we're total science geeks. TOTAL science geeks.  My husband has degrees (yes, multiple) in physics.  At the dinner table we talk about things like Nasa's latest project, Einstein's equations, and Tycho Brahe.  All this geekiness means that we about fell over the first time we saw Mythbusters several years ago.  And now there's a board game, full of science geek trivia.  Ummm, yes please.  Also, come one, who doesn't want to catapult test dummy Buster into the air?


Occasionally we like to use the other half of our brains too.  We love word games like Banangrams and Scrabble, but Konexi takes it to the next level.  Finding ways to spell in 3-D is pretty cool, and the added suspense of not knocking over the game keeps kids engaged.  Sweet!  I'm looking forward to  playing this one often with Goosey, who struggles in the spelling department.


*I was sent one of each of these games to review, but the opinions are all my own.

10 December 2012

Angela, Travel Agent


Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.



Today's interview is with my friend, Angela.

Angela and her kids
"My husband is a medical device guy and is a regional manager for 21 states.
He is a busy guy and we don't have one family photo together, I swear!"

Where do you live?
I live in New England with my 4 children and my husband.

New England!


I am originally a Utah native and have lived in several different spots in the country.  We have spent three years in Iowa, yep right in the middle of a corn field.  We interned as young college students in Kansas City at Hallmark Cards (My Husband) and in Washington DC on capitol Hill and we have spent the last 11 years on the East coast.

I served a 1.5 year mission to Osaka, Japan when I was 21 and it was one of the choicest highlights of my life.

Angela in Japan.
When I was younger, I always wanted to live on the East coast, so when we got the chance...I talked my husband into a promotion and we moved from the midwest blindly and have never looked back!  We love everything it has to offer, the rich culture, the beach, the big cities, and the country life.  I doubt I will ever move from here.


What are your hobbies or special interests?
Oh boy, this is a tough question because I am a jack of all trades....master of none!  



I love to shoot photography and even went for professional for two years as a photo journalist before realizing that I didn’t love my hobby as much making money out of it, so I returned back to amateur status and can feel the love again.  Here are a couple of fun shots I took from a distance!





I am a techie....I often can be found on my Apple computer creating something.

I am a creative organizer...that doesn’t mean my house is OCD organized, but I have the ability to create and organize projects with ease. 

I love musical theater...I can’t sing a note, but I can buy a ticket and watch a performance like no other.  I have a slew of playbills from Broadway and the West End in London hanging in my entry way. 


I love sculpture and it is always my favorite part of any museum or trip!  I dream of having a sculpture garden!

Photo: Italy near the Old Roman Forum
What is your current profession? 
I am a full time stay at home mom, I homeschool my kids when they reach middle school (5th grade on and some kids have stayed home all the way through high school and others have gone back.)  Basically, I have never had a day off in my life.  Some days I dream of being the mom who goes to the gym every morning....other days I realize life goes by so quickly...relish every single second.


What did you did before staying home?
Professionally-
My whole life has been the travel business.  I grew up in a family that owned a travel agency.  I have worked there since I was 14.  I did a BS in Geography/Travel and Tourism from BYU and MS in Geography.  I taught at BYU for 6 years and in the NH community college system for another 2 years.  Geography and Travel and Tourism teaching was a spin off from the travel agency.  The travel agency industry fell apart in the early 90’s and I thought I was doomed, but I am still riding the wave.

Photo: Venice, Italy 2012
My father and I still own an agency that we have had for twenty years called TRIPS Inc.  www.tripsandships.com (I still book travel on the side of raising my kids full time and a couple of times a year.... I travel to amazing places with our clients.  I just returned from 23 days in Europe with 50 people.)


Photo: Paris at the Louvre

For outreach, our family has a small non-profit foundation, Color My World,  that has provided disaster relief to people all over the world.  www.colormyworldkids.org  I direct the foundation and let my kids run it.  It has been an excellent opportunity for humanitarian outreach.  I wish I had the skills to raise millions of dollars to change the lives of millions of people in the world....still trying to figure that one out.  My long term goal is humanitarian work....just trying to figure out how to make my house payment and live in Africa at the same time.

Photo: Costa Rica Mission Trip, My son, Chase with the natives.
If it were up to me...I would have shipped the whole family to Guatemala or some remote location to raise them....but I have yet to convince my husband! :)


What made you choose that line of work?
I love to travel and I have been so many places in the world.  I wanted to raise my kids with that same experience, so I started homeschooling them to provide them with opportunities to go for extended periods of time.  

I didn’t like my job so much in college because it was stressful, but now after circulating through a couple of different career paths trying to find what I love, I have circled back to the thing I started with and that is the travel business.  It is my passion and I basically will never repair or replace anything in my house if it means giving up my travel budget :)  This isn’t a full time salary for me either, my parents let me work when I want and how I want.  My job really is raising children.

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?
“How do you stay in business? Doesn’t everyone book on the internet?”  I say “Sure the agency business has changed...we are tour and cruise business.  Their is still a market for what we do!  I know all of the tricks of the trade.”


What question do you wish they would ask?  Or, what insider information would you give them?
I am going to answer this a little different and just write what I really want to say...I would tell people to be their best self.  Reach deep inside themselves to find out what motivates them and then go out and achieve it.  Find what you are good at, put others first and see the power within go to work.  Raise strong families and be a good person!  Demonstrate integrity and develop moral values.
Finally, there is something to learn from everyone.








If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?

I would choose the same thing again and that is really motherhood and family.  My life has been so enriched raising children and I believe I have gained my best skills from being home. The innovation that comes from motherhood is empowering.  Everything good in my life comes from the result of trying to raise a strong family!

07 December 2012

Walks with Daddie

Papers: Red Floral-"Funky Floral" by Creativity by Crystal, Stripe-"Freedom is Good" by LivE, blue-"Blue" by Jenna Robertson, gray-"Be Mine" by Echo Park, background-"Not Quite White" by LiveE; ruler, staples, label-by Royanna Fritschmann; stitches-"urawesome" by iKari; red star ribbon- "Mixed Bag" by Splendid Fiins; blue ribbon-"Calm Blue" by Linda's Dream Designs. Template by bren_55.

I cherish the memories I have of Craig bundling up our little girl to take her on exploration walks.

06 December 2012

Chimney, front and cetner

I love the chimney at the front of this house and the slight arch over the front door.  So cute.

05 December 2012

My Publisher holiday cards

When I was in NYC in August I attended the Social Luxe Lounge party.  The second best thing about the party are the awesome sponsors (the first being the completely rad hostesses.  Allison, Jane and Marie are seriously the best.)

One of the sweet little gems in the swag bags was a voucher for My Publisher.  I was super excited to use it on holiday cards, and even more excited when they showed up.  The packaging was cute, and my favorite part was the ability to print text on the back of flat cards at no extra cost!

If you're looking for holiday cards, here are a few designs that I loved, but that didn't jive with our family photo.





Most of the cards have a few color options, so you can make the card coordinate with your photo(s).  And, they have a holiday card sale going on right now.  Bonus!


*I received a voucher that covered part of the cost for my cards this year.

03 December 2012

Summer, Photographer and former Marketing Professional


Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.

Summer.


Today's interview is with my friend, Summer.

Where do you live?

Brooklyn, NY. I was raised in Southern California, but for as long as I can remember I wanted to call NYC my home. Just as I was planning my move at 21 I fell in love so I stayed in California, got married and convinced my dear husband that life would be better on the Atlantic side of the country. We’ve been here over 8 years and so far, it has exceeded our expectations. 

What are your hobbies or special interests?

Photography, music, theatre, entertaining, cooking, yoga, skiing (all snow now, but I can water ski), collecting vintage jewelry and trying to be the best aunt in the world. 

What is your current profession?

At the beginning of the year I left a 15 year career in the beauty industry to pursue my love of photography professionally. Most recently I worked in Global Makeup Marketing for one of the worlds’ largest cosmetic companies. It was an incredibly interesting and exciting job, but also very stressful and time consuming. It was definitely time for a change. 

What made you choose that line of work?

Photography had been a longtime hobby of mine. I picked up my husband’s DSLR camera shortly after we met and started playing with it. As my interest increased I started to take classes and learn more about the art of photography. What I love most is the creative aspect of photography and I absolutely adore working with people to capture special moments in their lives and present them with images that evoke emotion.  

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?

For both of my careers, people’s usual response is, “Ooh how glamorous, that sounds fun!”. While both careers certainly have had their perks, I’ve learned that nothing comes free. To do any job well and be successful requires a tremendous amount of work and effort.

What question do you wish they would ask?  Or, what insider information would you give them?

I wish they would ask me why I love about photography. It’s so much more to me than trying to take a pretty picture. I strive to capture the essence of a person in every shoot I do. I am also constantly struggling with my own desire to learn and improve. Something I think we can all relate to. 

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?

Absolutely! My adopted motto in life is the name of my favorite Edith Piaf song, Non, Je ne Regrette Rien (No, I Have no Regrets). I feel strongly that it is important to live in the moment and be an active participant in your life. My marketing background gave me the necessary business skills to launch my own photography business. Without those skills, I think it would be very easy to focus on just the “fun” of taking pictures and not the more serious side of running a profitable enterprise. 

30 November 2012

Girl Time

Brush-Swirls by Jessica Sprague; Papers and elements- "A Kit for Kate" by Creativity by Crystal.
Template by KariStamps


We were so focused on Dogger when he was born, as it should be.  But it was fun years later to look through photos that my sister-in-law gave me and find pictures she took of Chloe while we were at the hospital.  She was kind enough to come stay with Chloe, and I love that there's a record of their time together.

29 November 2012

Modest is good



I love the neighborhood this sweet little home is in.  It's full of modest, classic, brick homes.

27 November 2012

Snow Days

The boys heading to the bus stop.
When I was growing up, in Oregon, it only snowed once or twice a year.  Big, wet flakes would create a slush-like covering of an inch or so on the ground.  Everything would grind to a halt.  No school, stores closed, and necessity driving only until everything melted--which usually didn't take long.

I attended college in Utah.  Snow is a little more common there, though it most often comes in the dry powdery form.  Utah never had snow days.  Ever.  I remember trudging through snow up to my knees to get to class, my nose feeling numb, and my wet hair literally frozen when I arrived at my destination. I hated it.  I hated that I had to go to school in that weather.  I wanted my Oregon days of curling up in front of the wood stove with my quilt made by Grandma and a good book.  So every year I gifted myself a snow day.  The first snow of every season I didn't go to class.  It made me resent all the rest of the snowy days a little less.

A pretty bush in our front yard.
And then we lived in New Hampshire, where the snow starts in late October and doesn't end until early April.  I would've given anything to go back to the Utah weather during those years.  It's so, so cold, all winter long, that the snow just doesn't melt.  It piles, and piles, and piles.  And the wind.  Oh, the wind!  Six months of winter.  Boooooo!

Out my back window.


Today is our first Pennsylvania snow storm.  I love the quiet peace that comes with a snowfall.  No one is on the road unless they have to be, the kids are at school, and I look out my windows to watch huge, fluffy flakes falling to the ground.  I still don't love snow (don't ask me to go skiing!), but I've made peace with it.  It just feels right this time of year.

26 November 2012

Mendy, Photographer and Former Social Worker


Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.

Mendy and her family.


Today's interview is with my friend, Mendy.

Where do you live?
Pittsburgh, PA, the nation's most livable city. Yinz need to visit da 'Burgh.

What are your hobbies or special interests?
I believe I have hobby ADD. I can't get into something too far before I need to do/try/make something else. Knitting, sewing, baking, stalking old boyfriends, writing essays, rearranging furniture, painting things turquoise - these kind of things. PInterest is like crack for someone who suffers from HADD. So, I guess we could just say my hobby is collecting hobbies. Special interests? Travel. Give me a destination and few days off. I am addicted to seeing new places. 

What is your current profession?
Blah, I totally hate this question in any social situation. It's like being a super awkward dancer (and truth be told, I'm a pretty awesome 90s dancer) - everyone likes to watch, nobody wants to talk to you. Um, I got my degree in social work and worked for Child Protective Services for a few years. I'm pretty sure it's the most hated job you can do. Or at least that's my take away from all of the death threats (no, I'm not joking). Then I started my SAHM life with my three kids - which coincidentally corresponds with my development of HADD. And recently I've decided that instead of going back to graduate school, I'm embracing my love of photography and trying to start a small business. Shameless plug:www.blackroomphotography.com 

What made you choose that line of work?
Oh man, I guess I should have read ahead before I started rambling about everything I ever spent five minutes doing. I chose social work because I was a young, idealistic girl looking for meaning and hoping to change the world. I chose children because I knew it would change me as a person and because I am madly in love with my husband. And well photography, it feels like photography chose me, but photography allows me to be creative and express emotions that are hard for me to articulate. 

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?
People usually ask me what was my worst case while working for CPS or if I've ever taken people's kids away. Nobody asks anything about moms - except stuff like, "just what do you do all day?" I'm still working on telling people I'm a photographer. It's a new party of my identity that I'm trying to get comfortable with. But the people who do know usually ask what kind of photography and what kind of camera they should buy. 

What question do you wish they would ask?  Or, what insider information would you give them?
Let's see, I like it when people ask me about my crazy CPS stories. I would like people to ask about the cute or funny things my kids do, but that would require them to really mean it and really be interested, so....maybe just ask me about good books because I actually don't just talk about my kids all the time. Here's what you need to know about cameras - NIKON, baby. 

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
I would not choose social work again. I got so burned out, so quickly. It was depressing and arbitrary, and dangerous sometimes. It was a wee bit stressful. I wish I would have given more thought to how my schooling and education would work with being a mom, which is to say that I often think I should have kept one foot in school or the workforce. I am glad to be a mom - definitely wouldn't give that up. I think it would have been sweet if I had picked up a camera a decade ago. It's hard not to think about where my photography would be if I'd started when I was younger.

23 November 2012

Christmas Dress

Black paper-"Be Mine" by Echo Park; damask-"Central Park" by Royanna Fristchmann; red paper-"4Ever" by Splendid Fiins; Small dots-"Ocotober Spooky" by Crystal Wilkerson; large dot paper-"Circa 1934" and flower by Cosmo Cricket. Template by pckj.
I love the black, textured background of this page.  It's different from most of pages, it just stands out.

19 November 2012

Delia, Licensed Tax Consultant, Enrolled Agent


Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.



Today's interview is with my cousin, Delia.

Where do you live?
I live in the great Northwest :) Roseburg, Oregon

What are your hobbies or special interests?
In my spare time I like to engage in activities such as hunting, fishing and various water sports.  I enjoy anything that involves the out doors. I am also on a city pool league which is a lot of good times.

What is your current profession?
I am currently the owner and operator of Neilsen & Associates, LLC.  It is an professional Accounting and Tax firm.  The services we provide to our clients include; Bookkeeping, Payroll, Notary, Business and Individual Income Tax Preparation, IRS and Oregon Tax Litigation, Small Business and Organization Set up.

What made you choose that line of work?
During furthering my education I met a excellent professor. This professor inspired me to follow this career path through his superb teaching abilities and dedication to student success.  I wouldn't be where I am today with out his guidance. I am very thankful to Professor Kuk for his time sincerity.

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?

1. My title is Licensed Tax Consultant, Enrolled Agent: People immediately ask if I work for the IRS.  I don't work for the IRS. I represent individuals and businesses to resolve issues before the IRS.

2. Will you do my taxes.  By the way I can't pay you. LOL

What insider information would you give them?
The insider information I would provide is that although you may believe you are filing your taxes correctly and for your best interest, you may be missing deductions and credit that a tax professional may be aware of due to the fact that they deal with these items every day.

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
I would definitely do it all over again.  I really enjoy the work that I do.  Even though I work a lot of hours and the work is very complicated, I enjoy helping people.  I enjoy meeting various types of people and no job is ever the same.  We have a motto on our door "May all who enter as guests, leave as friends".

16 November 2012

Hanging by a Thread

All supplies and elements- "Be Mine" by Echo Park Paper Co., template by mm.
How adorable is this layout?  I love the look of the photo hanging from a string.

15 November 2012

Morgan Log House


 I love historical homes.  This home was owned by Daniel Boone's grandfather.  How cool is that?












Gorgeous surroundings.

Look at the construction.  How amazing is that?



And there ain't nothin' wrong with a sweet little gate either.


14 November 2012

Time to celebrate!

Last year's turkey.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and every year I get emails from friends asking me about the relish tray "turkey" tradition.  It was inherited from Craig's side of the family, and is much beloved by my kids.  You can find the "how-to" here and variations on the theme here.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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