Tuesday, May 26, 2015

All Smiles & Giggles

My sister, Linda and her two little ones, Seth and Autumn.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Baseball and Crafts

Last weekend felt like one of the busiest of my life. My floor at work moved to another floor for our remodel so I spent hours moving books from one shelf to another only to come home and work again on the house. Folks, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on our bathroom remodel! I have been feeling extremely exhausted to the point where I could sleep standing up if I could. During all of our work, I squeezed in some time to make Nathan (Christopher's son) and Wendy birthday cards who turned 29 and 32 on May 9th and Mother's Day cards.

I also won 2 tickets from my work to the Mariners game Saturday night against the Oakland A's. It was Fernando Rodney Bobblehead night, but they ran out by the time we got there. As we were leaving, I saw a box laying on the ground in an empty row so we snagged it. They must have had too many beers, ha!

I was told by my coworker I needed to keep him in the box because it is a collector's item. I kinda like him out in the open.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"Montage of Heck"

A week ago, Christopher and I were driving home listening to the radio and the announcer says Montage of Heck will be showing at the Egyptian Theater during SIFF for one week only. I couldn't believe it. Montage of Heck is a documentary about Kurt Cobain which aired on HBO and I do not have HBO. I really wanted to see this movie. I mean really. I loved Nirvana back in 1989 when they released Bleach and remember getting the tape cassette and playing it over and over again. My friends and I would go see them play in warehouses to the Portland Ballroom.

After I graduated high school in 1991, I lived in West Hollywood for a short while. I saw Nirvana play at the Whiskey where they announced they would be making a video and invited us to all come. I couldn't believe my good luck that I would be able to do something like be in a Nirvana video.  I remember the first time I heard Smells Like Teen Spirit. You just couldn't get enough of it. For filming purposes, they played the song over and over and over again and I never tired of it. I remember how inclusive Krist Novoselic was. He went around and chatted with everyone in the parking lot as we waited. I will always remember that time in my life.

So here is last week waiting in line.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Birthday card for dad

My dad's birthday was a week ago and I made him this rock star card. I have some vintage lil davis stitched zig zag faux leather I adhered to the bottom. I am challenging myself to use something new and old on my cards. I think I am getting close to really purging my stash and have only what i love. It's crazy what I have amassed in 17 years!
Bathroom is still coming along. We now have sheet rock up, woot! This weekend shooting for new flooring.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Demo Day!

I have waited so long for Apil 11th come. Back in February, I purchased a bathroom vanity for our main bath remodel, but had to wait until our next kid free weekend for demo and installation. We used our kid free weekend in March for our annual beach hike so April it was.
 Goodbye little bath tub!
Goodbye nasty little vanity. I really did hate you. That lighting will go too. While Christopher gutted, I was his chief sweeper :) Over the weekend, we were able to install the new shower and pocket door. So thankful we were able to shower last night, whew! Hoping for new sheet rock this week. Photos to come.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Weekend

I opted to stay in town Easter weekend while Christopher took the girls to Wenatchee to spend Easter with grandma Aloma. Saturday I drove out to Puyallup to watch Skylar's LaCrosse game. On the way, I stopped at this lady's house from Offer Up who grows and sells succulents. I spent more than I had planned, but she had some great arrangements. I was surprised that my dad had also made it out to the game as well. I took this funny cute photo. It looks like they are not interacting, but that was not the case. Seth and grandpa got along quite well. Seth is holding his new rocket launcher which he was using as a sword pretending to be a teenage mutant ninja turtle.

Here'a pic of Seth and Autumn running around.

On Sunday, I headed over to Linda and Donnie's for a family meal. Donnie whipped up a ham, asparagus, salad, mashed potatoes and rolls. Quite delicious and filling. Linda and Donnie made sure to get in some craft time with their kids and had them paint bird houses. Seth was so darn cute.
Happy Easter 2015!  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 Beach Hike to Toleak Point

This year's beach hike was one for the books. We left the Third Beach Trail head with beautiful sunny dry weather on a Friday morning.
That's me, Mike, Matt, Will, Mark and Faye. Christopher took our photo.

The first 1.4 miles to Third Beach is the easiest part of this hike. We made it down to the beach and had to cross a log jam.
Christopher was so pleased to have William join us on his first beach hike. For a boy who likes to be on the computer all day long, he had quite the outdoor experience!
I took so many photos of them walking side by side.
Will's first rope climb...pretty easy.
Will's first ladder climb. I think he opted out of the ladders and just used the rope. Ladders suck big time.

Matt and Mike's turn.

After our first inland hike, we came down steep terrain to a little stretch of beach only to encounter 2 more rope climbs pictured far left.  There was a large group of Gonzaga students sitting on the log here that were eating lunch making their way out. We were quite relieved that we wouldn't be camping at Toleak together.
I think this was Will's third rope climb.

Will taking a little nap getting ready for his last and most strenous rope climb. By this time we had taken a lunch break and decided to wait for the rest of the crew, but after much concern about beating the 4 ft. tide area we decided it best to keep going.

We made it safely around and Will was pretty beat so dad offered to carry his bag. So close to Toleak now.

Chilling at our camp site. Mike and Matt made it in shortly after us without Mark and Faye. I think the rope climbs were more than Faye had bargained for and they camped a few miles north of us.
 I love this man so much!
 I spotted these deer next to our camp.
Matt making a grilled cheese almond butter sandwich.

I love that it was dry until we went to bed. I have no problem being in the tent dry with a heavy down pour. I got up at 9 am and it was dry again which is another plus in my book. Unfortunately for Mike, he had a leak  and had lakeside property in his tent. He and Matt decided to cut their trip short and hike out. It was a little disappointing, but we totally understood.

As for our day, it was spent hanging out at the fire, exploring the beach (Christopher found a dead seal), making a trek to a river south of us to filter our water, or soaking up the sun on the beach.

On Sunday morning it started to rain hard. We packed our gear up and began our 6.4 mile hike back to the car. From the get go, Christopher's day started out pretty miserable. His rain jacket started to leak pooling water in his sleeve and pants. We hiked on and he never complained at all. Our rope climbs were slick with mud and made for an adventure. As I approached the ladder climb, I was quite surprised to see Mark and Faye making their journey back too. By the time we made it back to Third Beach, the river crossing proved a little difficult. We climbed over several logs to find the safest one to walk across. I was the first over and watched as Christopher and Will made their crossing. It was pretty nerve wracking. Will slipped once falling back onto another log. Christopher was with him the whole time making sure they didn't fall into the river. I hope that part didn't ruin Will's experience of ever wanting to go hiking again. We will see.

Our last 1.4 mile up hill was a monster. Christopher slipped and fell on a stump leaving him a big ol' bruiser on his belly. He fell so hard he thought he might be bleeding, but thank God no blood. Christopher just looked at us and said, "We are not stopping- let's go!" I picked up the pace and made it back to the truck very happy to change into new clothes. By the time Christopher and Will made it to the truck, Christopher was suffering from mild hypothermia. He was so cold and soaked to the bone shaking. 

We drove to the nearest restaurant for a hot meal and made the 4 hour trip home only to find out there was a serious wind storm. It was completely blacked out and we were crossing our fingers that we had power so we could take a nice hot shower. And wouldn't you know it, our street had power. Thank you!

And that's how it went.... here's a link to all the photos 2015 Toleak Beach Hike

Friday, March 6, 2015

Rattlesnake Ledge

Last weekend, we went hiking up the short and very crowded Rattlesnake Ledge Trail. It's about 4 miles round trip making it a quick day hike. The weekend prior, Christopher took Elizabeth up and this time  we took Megan and William. Very doable for kids unless they tell you from the start they don't want to do it! I would have bet money Megan wouldn't make it to the top, but thankfully I would have loss that bet because she did. It's nice to know that she can look back and feel accomplished that she didn't give up.
Here's a picture that totally captures how busy the trail is.
February 20th weekend atop Rattlesnake Ledge. Photo: screenshot YouTube video “Rattlesnake Ledge, North Bend, WA” by Lucky Skies

So looking forward to another weekend....

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hanging out with Seth

This little boy is at such a fun age. He is so much fun to play with and his vocabulary grows daily.

He also has a fun assortment of hats thanks to grandma!
can you recognize this super hero?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fireman Seth

One of my favorite days last year was taking Seth to the Fireman's open house. Seth loves Fireman Sam and seeing him smile like he did all day was priceless.