Friday, February 06, 2015

Love post #3

Nephews aren't the only ones who grow at the speed of light; nieces do it, too! We were able to spend 2 whole nights with Miss E and mama & daddy in December, which included bedtime stories, a trip to Taco Bell, lofty attempts at training Lucy the dog to jump like a horse, and a somewhat sleepy (at least where the uncle & auntie were concerned) viewing of Mulan. One this particular night, she wanted to be twins, so we each wore red dresses with white leggings, identical pairs of Christmas socks and lovely bracelets & necklaces from E's very own collection. She also wanted her hair in a bun, be still my heart. It's good to have little people to love, isn't it? :) 

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The 3 Musketeers

I love each of them on their own, I love the three of them together, and I selfishly love that they all love me back :) Years ago, the four of us went on the world's most disastrous camping trip, which involved hiking for hours in the dark with an inadequate number of flashlights and crossing mountain fjords whilst simultaneously being deluged by a torrential downpour with only flimsy Walmart rain ponchos for protection. These are the kinds of adventures that bond families in the best, funniest ways, I think :)

Monday, February 02, 2015


It's February, can you believe it? Because it's the month of l-o-v-e, and because around here we need a hefty dose of consolation following our tough loss yesterday (GO HAWKS forever!), I'm going to begin sharing pictures of people I adore.

The last time wonder nephew #3 made an appearance on here, he was a teeny, tiny thing, and now look! I can't begin to tell you how precious he is to us; I'm not exaggerating even a little. One thing I can tell you, though, is that I laughed until I cried while spending time with him during our WA trip over the holidays. Also, he has a very handsome uncle :)

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Merry & bright

We flew back to WA on December 15th, but before that, we crammed our days with twinkly garland & tissue paper flying every which way & great piles of sugar. Besides a terrible tantrum I threw regarding the difficulty of lighting our little tree, it was very merry & bright, a nice beginning to our first holiday season in the south.

Beginning on the 3rd, Jan Michael transformed the kitchen into his annual caramel corn factory. When all was said and done, he either hand-delivered or mailed about 25 batches. I say this every year, but it makes smile & smile to see him carrying on a tradition all his own that brings him - and all of his lucky-duck recipients :) - so much gladness. He was particularly gleeful this time around about the 25 lb bag of brown sugar we found at Costco; he made a decent dent in it, but even so, I don't think it will be gone anytime soon :)

This business of the ugly Christmas sweater is so funny to me, especially when people jump in with both of their creative feet. And never before have I considered green pants; I will enthusiastically nudge Jan Michael in that direction next year :)

Presents! We've never waited until Christmas Day to open them; how could I possibly be expected to be so patient? Besides, cramming anything extra into our suitcases for our trip on the 15th was totally out of the question, so we ripped into them the first Saturday of the month. 
He unwrapped a pile of Donald Duck comics along with some other silliness - a Star Wars thumb wrestling kit, of which I was quite proud - and I found a collection of things to aid me on my ever-evolving quest for fitness: heavy barbells, a new yoga mat, and a nice, cushy bike seat for my poor bottom, which did not get along well with the old seat at all. Also, there were these adorable mugs, which made me squeal:
And then, a very fancy Christmas portrait: 
The month felt very full since we celebrated on our own for the first half, and then again with so many dear loved ones for the second half; I vote that we do it just exactly the same way next time :) 

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Catch up

It seems that today's young whippersnappers make generous use of something called 'throwback Thursday' in which they share pictures from days gone by. I don't know if the end of October is throwing it back enough to be official, but I'm behind and today happens to be Thursday, so...

Our parents were with us for one glorious week from the 21st to the 28th, and we filled our time with trips to the science center, aquarium, and arboretum, along with a little bit of exploring around town. We were also able to spend a day together at one of our annual church conventions, where we ran into a handful of Washingtonians; I don't know if I'll ever not be amazed that it really is a small, small world.

Oh, and I almost forgot: Happy New Year!!! :) 

Sunday, November 02, 2014

One gal's disappointment is another man's glee.

In all the years we lived in our little house in WA, we had maybe 2 trick-or-treaters. We were sure it would be different here, because our neighborhood just seems like a good trick-or-treating place - lots of houses, and not way out in the sticks. Besides, lots of people decorate their yards with jack-o-lanterns and bales of hale and blow-up ghosts and witches that look like they've flown straight into telephone poles, which is clearly a trick-or-treating magnet, don't you think?

We wanted to be prepared for droves of tiny princesses and race car drivers, so I bought two gigantic bags of candy from Costco and decorated the front door with orange & black stars and a very friendly spider ('There is candy here!' I wanted everyone to know.) We turned on the porch light and camped out right by the door in the dining-turned-exercise-room, good and ready for 700 doorbell rings.

Between the hours of 5 and 9:00, at which time I gave up, took a bath, and then took myself to bed, we had a grand total of five.

The next morning, my husband, unable to contain himself any longer, began hopping around and pumping his fists in the air. He'd been secretly hoping all along for just this kind of scenario, because what happens to left-over Halloween candy in this house? It's not given to the local dentist's office for $1/lb, I can tell you that.

He wore his pumpkin head to work on Friday, but I am married to a turkey :) 

Oh, and to add insult to injury: I lent my Lady Liberty costume to our friends' son, who later told his friends that he'd borrowed it from a 'middle-aged woman.' 

Such disappointment, such sting! 

Better luck next year to me :)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Finding fall

Just a few pictures of a Texas October - quite different than what our Pacific Northwest clan is experiencing (nobody there is wearing flip-flops, I bet!) with lots of pretty things in lots of places.

This one is my favorite :)
And candy corn pumpkins!

Oops, I almost forgot. Our Sara sent this to me; it's so perfectly fall & any minute now I expect tiny gnomes to pop out from behind the toadstools:

And one more fun thing: birds here chirp on fall mornings like they do elsewhere in the spring :)