Friday, December 29, 2006
a great blanket that keeps me nice and toasty warm (I don't even care that I look like a porpoise, which was what my lovely fam called me the rest of the day)
my dad and I testing out my camera and the cool tripod he got me
Sam and Karl
Mom trying not to close her eyes and smile at the same time...not too shabby.
doesn't that look fun? Thats my sister's basement (and Karls art studio) all decorated for Christmas. And you can see all the people that were over for dinner. It was great fun having more people at our usually small family dinner.
Karl painted that great picture of Mt. Hood.
And there are all the people eating (and notice Karl drawing attention to his picture. Sheesh, no shame, huh). :)
Well, thats my wonderful Christmas day. Thanks for checkin' it out.
Have a fabulously fun and safe New Years!
Thursday, December 28, 2006
As you all know, I went on a cruise last week. It was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!! Cruises are the way to go for vacation and so worth every penny. I hardly have any pictures with me because I didn't have a camera and am now waiting (very, very patiently) for Marilee to mail them ALL to me (there are a million and half, let me tell you). I will show you the few that I took with my little phone camera (sorry if they aren't the best quality).
That was fun to come back to every night after dinner. :) Now thats talent!
And here is a picture of one of my favorite presents.
I'll be back very soon with pictures from my fam's christmas. Hope you all had a great Christmas and please have a fabulous fun but safe New Years! Love you all!
Monday, December 4, 2006
So, check out the website and place an order, trust me on this. I'M SERIOUS PEOPLE!! Their products are made with quality ingredients and taste like it. Some people are turned off because they think they will taste all healthy and gross but they do not! I CANNOT stress this enough. These are so good, even just by themselves. And they have a lot of different flavors such as blueberry, apple, cranberry, they have cakes, muffin mixes, brownies, all sorts of yummy stuff for everyone's preferences. They even have recipes, they are just getting better and better, I love it!!
AND, you can actually get them at some Safeways in their refridgerated health section. So, now you don't have an excuse not to try them.
After you taste them please let me know, and if you have ever tried these please, PLEASE leave a comment telling us all what you thought of them (about how good they are!). The more people try them and love them the more likely they are to sell them in the stores.
You will be in love, trust me! :)
Sorry if this is a bit disjointed but I was just so excited and had to post immediately. :)
Friday, December 1, 2006
My calendar in the car this morning
Door number one (I had ready eaten the chocolate by the time I took the picture, sorry I couldn't wait)
The advent calendar, isn't it pretty, with the old fashioned Santa
My dad even went all the way to Trader Joe's to get this years calendar, how fun!
A happy girl!
Ever since I can remember I have had an advent calendar to help count down the days until
christmas. My grandma made a felt christmas tree with little pockets at the bottom that were filled with felt ornaments to decorate the tree and whatever little gifts (coins, candy, etc...) my parents put in them. When we realized most of the ornaments were missing my dad decided to buy the calendars that are filled with chocolate for me to open (what child will refuse that?). One year, I believe it was the first year we lived in Germany for our second tour, I had an advent calender that was probably about 3 1/2 ft high and filled with toys...let me tell you, that was a fun christmas season. :) Here are some pictures of other advent calendars:
Now we can't forget the advent wreath as well. My dad has always had one at his church during the christmas season and it was so much fun when I was younger to get to light the candle or candles during the service. Sadly, not all churchs have advent wreaths anymore (and some denominations don't even teach their people about it, I had some friends who had never even heard of it before!). They are a great way families to take a moment each sunday and come together and remember a part of the christmas story.
I'm sorry this got so stinkin long but I was having fun remembering. :) If you don't have your own advent calender to open then I suggest checking this site every day and finding out interesting facts about how other countries celebrate Christmas: Interactive World Advent Calendar (sorry, these don't come with chocolate)...it's quite interesting.
A 4-Year-Old Power Ranger Scares Away Thieves.
A young hero saved the day by using his skills as a Power Ranger.
When armed men held 4-year-old Stevie's family at gunpoint last week in Durham, N.C., the young boy hurriedly transformed into a "Power Ranger" and sprang into action.
While his family was being robbed, Stevie managed to sneak away and put on his "Red Ranger" costume. He soon returned to battle the thieves.
Although the thieves still managed to steal credit cards, money and a cell phone, Stevie's mother said she believes her son spooked the robbers, who ran away.
Durham police said several robberies occurred over the Thanksgiving weekend and in some instances guns were pointed at children. No serious injuries were reported in any of the robberies.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Ryan and Michelle's little baby girl Lorelai
Trina and Ashland Moffat playin around with little Jack Gentry
Trina giving Ashland a lesson on satsuma's (she loved them and kept asking for more)
Michelle and Ashland (who is eating her satsuma and trying to say smile at the same time)
As you can see, fun was had by all. :)
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
my mom walking around hugging everyone after we yelled surprise (sorry I didn't get a better picture but my dumb little camera isn't fast enough for that kind of stuff)
Here is my mom blowing out the candles after we sang her a "wonderful" rendition of Happy Birthday.
Birthday cake #1: A chocolate layer cake with chocolate ganache as the filling (yum!)
Birthday cake #2: A pumpkin layer cake with a cream cheese filling...decadent and oh so so so yummy! So good we had the same cake again on Thanksgiving. :)
Here are my parents with The Smith's. My dad and Tim went to Gresham High School together years ago and so Tim knew my parents before they were married. We got to hear some fun stories at the party (ones our parents had not shared with us before, shame on them)
These sweet, sweet folks are the Dick and Rita Owens. They were in Japan with my folks back in the 70's and had a hand in bringing them to Christ. They also had some great stories to share, as you can imagine.
Here is Lori and Karl Kaiser. Karl, as you all know, is my brother-in-law and Lori is his sister. Lori and my mom actually share a birthday, how fun!
A few of my friends even dropped by to wish my mom happy birthday. Here is Rachel (who also brought little Grant and her parents along)
And here is Holli, my dear friend from my old job before I worked at the church. This girl is great and I am so thankful for her friendship and that the Lord placed her at the E company to help to make the not so great job a little bit brighter.
Well, there ya go. It was a fun time had by all. AND, I have to add: I LOVE YOU MOM!!! YOU ARE WONDERFUL!!! This has all probably been more than you really cared to see and read but it was fun to reminisce anyway.
Monday, November 27, 2006
There is Bob hiding from Lenny and Ryan's snowballs.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA
Ranking: 32 out of 100
+Above-average exercise rates
+ Scored in the top 10 for healthy eating habits
+Among the five lowest allergy rates on the list
The not so goods:
– Above-average suicide rate
– 77 fewer days of sunshine than average
– 46 percent fewer hospital beds per capita than average
This just proves my point, that Portland is one of the best places to live, for any and everyone. And not that you need anymore reasons besides the one above (and the fact that I live here) but here are some pictures to show those of you that don't live here just how beautiful a place Oregon is:
The number 1 place for women to live, you ask? Good question, but I don't know. I didn't have time check out all the cities so I'll let you check it out and get back to me. :)