Saturday, November 29, 2008

you know those times when

only a chocolate chip cookie will do
and you want one right now
and you dont want to make a mess in the kitchen
or wait a half hour to get one?

That is why I always keep some of this stuff in the frig.
This huge tub is a little over $7.00 at costco.
What a deal.
So I can have one of these, or a few dozen of them, when ever I want.
and I dont have to clean up the mess.
Now thats what I call priceless.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

gameday pictures

Paul and I went to our first Seahawks game this past weekend in the new Qwest field.
What a beautiful stadium, the best of everything...I guess that's what Paul Allen's money can buy.

We expected it to be cold, and thankfully it turned out to be not as bad as we had expected. It was clear, so no rain was a plus.
The view of the Olympic mountains with some new snow on them from the inside of the stadium is so pretty, even if your looking at the ugly port.

P-Dub, armed with hot lattes and pretzels with nacho cheese


And me, bundled like Im going to the north pole. I cant tell you how many layers I had on.


The entrance to the stadium
and the view from our nosebleed section seats. We were like 20 rows down from the top row...geez. Way to work off those nacho cheese pretzels just walking up the stairs.
This place explodes with noise when the 12th man kicks in. Seattle fans are known for being extremely loud whenever the other team is on offense. Its crazy, but a lot of fun.

We left before the game was over so the stands were still packed. Four minutes left in the game and the score was tied. Minutes after I snapped this picture, Seattle fumbled the ball and the Redskins recovered and scored...game over.

But, all in all a rather fun day. We sat in a section that was generally mellow, but fun enough to give high fives at every great Seahawk moment. Not too much beer consumed so everyone was behaving themselves. Too bad we didnt win, but at least we didnt get blown out.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

decorating the nest

Im ready to skip right past Thanksgiving and go straight for the Christmas decorations.
The other day I walked around the back yard and snipped as many different kinds of greens as I could find.

I have several wire wreath forms so I thought I'd get my wire and snips out and make a wreath. But instead I just made a arrangement for the dining room table out of them and hung my artifical wreaths on the door. Greens stay fresh for a long time, so this arrangement should last several weeks. I may even add a few flowers. As I was getting out the wreaths for the door, I came across this string of lights I got from Ikea last year. Its about as wide a half the slidding glass door and hangs from the top of the door to about a foot above the floor.
I hung it under the valance and centered it in the window. It loos so pretty when the sheers are closed over it. Im going to pick up a few more of these Star light strings next week if they have them this year. I'd like to put them in all of the upstairs windows too.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

29 things

Today he would have been 29 years old.
Remembering him today on his birthday, here are 29 things I remember and loved about Justin

1) Your sense of humor. You were always the clown of the group and the life of the party.
2) Your smile. Always there… even when you didn't feel much like smiling. It wasn't always a good thing.
3) Your hilarious take on your family members...you called them the degenerates
4) Being the fearless brother to Jaryn, ready to defend her from anyone or anything
5) You were a dreamer
6) You thought you could play the guitar and you worked hard at it, but I never heard you play a song I could recognize
7) Kaylee was your pride and joy and you would have been a great father
8) Your skinny legs and shoulders... You hated being slender. Growing up you were always drinking weight gainer drinks to try and put on weight
9) Sunshine bear
10) Extreme anything…work & play. You never liked the mundane.
11) You loved to fish, hunt and go camping
12) You liked to wear button up shirts and ironed them yourself.
13) You were on the football team in high school, but rarely played on game days
14) You loved to play baseball or just toss the ball and play catch with Dad
15) You teased Jaryn and Jennifer constantly
16) How Dad scared you with campfire stories of John J. Fishhook
17) You finally got that Harley
18) Flirting with all Jennifer’s friends when they’d call the house. It made her so mad.
19) The way you’d cock your jaw sideways when you were thinking
20) You were a poser…It was so funny to watch you and we always teased you that you were worse than the girls.
21) Your stories. You always had a funny story to share, even when you were in the hospital.
22) Your temper. Along with the sense of humor came the temper.
23) Those flashes of your Dad in your facial expressions and mannerisms.
24) That time Dad snuck up on you and Nick and we heard you whisper to ask if he was a Martian
25) Your love of the Army and how proud you were of being a soldier
26) You always wanted a "muscle car"
27) That little scar on your eyebrow
28) How proud you were when you and Natalie bought your first house
29) Your faith in God

We love you Justin. Happy Birthday

Saturday, November 15, 2008

taking advantage of a warm fall afternoon

Looking back over my pictures from years past, I noticed that we've often received a small snowfall by late November. With the weather we had today though, you'd never guess that we're already half way through November. It was tee shirt weather, and we decided it was a great day to take Macie and go on a hike.
So after lunch we headed out to see what we could find.


Theres a mountain nearby called Mount Si, that many hikers use as a training hike before hiking Mount Rainier. We took a drive there and headed up the trail. Before long we'd wished we'd worn shorts even though the trail cuts through some beautiful shaded forest...Moss covered trees and giant ferns everywhere.





We didn't go far, nowhere near the full length of the trail. Unfortunately we both need better hiking shoes, and we forgot to bring water with us...We plan on going back soon though.
A great way to spend the afternoon though.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

September 8th

Im behind again with my 8 on the 8th pages, but finally finished my September 8th layout.
Its been on my scraptable since about mid September because I got so sidetracked with Ali's challenge to document a week in our life.
Because today is the 8th of November, my 8 on the 8th buddy Irene, reminded me to take my pictures. Thank you Reen! You've also reminded me to get back to work and catch up.

September always includes a lot of birthdays for our family.

Jennifer turned 30 this year ( picture #5) and Macie turned 1 ( picture #3) .


Then, my brother Scott (picture #7) turned 43.
Also on the calendar, the fair. September wouldnt be September without a trip to the puyallup fair.
This year we had the surprise of my Moms older brother Lino and his wife Connie come to Washington for a visit. This is the first time they've ever been to Washington, and the first time I had seen them in over 30 years. Paul had never met them before so it was wonderful to see them again and intoduce him to Paul. Neither one of them had changed a bit since the last time I saw them. We promised to make it to California soon to visit them again.

So thats it for September. Another month documented and put in the book.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

little pink elephants

and little white camels with sprinkles...
my all time favorite cookie is gone. Im so sad today.
from CNN money.com
For more than 90 years, kids in California enjoyed creating parades of Circus Animal Cookies baked by Mother's Cookies, an iconic grocery-store snack brand headquartered in Oakland. But this generation will be the last to munch on the bright-pink frosted animals: Mother's Cookies crumbled on Oct. 6, when the owners abruptly shut down and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
They blamed a variety of economic factors, including the rising costs of fuel, flour, butter and sugar. "It's a tough market in which to find credit," said Barrett Golden, spokeswoman for Catterton Partners, the private equity firm that bought Mother's Cookies a few years ago.
The flagship cookie's image will live on in a hipster homage. ClothMoth, an independent t-shirt company based in Houston, created a tribute tee featuring rows of Circus Animals and a bittersweet farewell: "Lights down, little cookies." Until its supply runs out, ClothMoth is shipping a small bag of the cookies with each shirt order.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

vote

...because you can.
No matter who you are supporting in this election, this is your chance to be heard.

I have always loved presidential election day.
Even as a young kid I remember sitting in front of the TV watching the results come in.
Its almost as exciting as Christmas morning, and it was the first thought that popped into my head this morning...its election day!!!!

"We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution.
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world."
- President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural speech