Friday, December 28, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Glen wrestling his tree
We had this great plan to bring the campstove and some Campbells soup for lunch in the snow. We packed up bowls, utensils, crackers and even towels - just in case. As well as extra socks & shoes for everyone so our toes didn't freeze.
We drive up past Greenwater and continue on up into the snow. But there really wasn't much snow until we got up to our 'secret' spot. Snow everywhere!
We start to get lunch set up and realize......
we don't have matches.
or a lighter.
or anything that resembles a flame.
And with our high-tech Pathfinder, we don't have a cigarrette lighter, we have 'outlets'
Brother & sister - Cole & Anna
Finding our tree was straight out of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation...
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
He asked me to be his wife.
And I agreed.
First stop was the EMP in Seattle. What an amazing place! (yes, sad to say it was my first time there) To think that the Alternative movement came out of our city is just mind boggling. It was such a monumental shift in the music scene and all from this rainy city..... who knew?
Our favorite part was the interactive section. In this tiny, little room Cole got to bang his heart out on the drums! Anna & Shawn shared the guitar and I fell in love, love, LOVE with the BASS!!! (maybe it'll be a Christmas gift??) We left Cole & Shawn in the little room to rock out to their hearts content.
We also started a band, aptly named: The John Deers, and played our first gig. Recorded. On DVD. In stores soon. ;)
Cole on the 'practice' drums
Linda & Anna on a sunny Seattle day
We headed up to Mt Rainier on Saturday to see if we could catch a glimpse of that majestic mountain of ours. No dice. We drove all the way up to Paradise, saw the Lodge under construction, hiked a trail to see a beautiful waterfall, but the mountain kept herself hidden the whole time.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Cole's favorite part? Seeing this cool, old Firetruck. And then watching it whir away with its sirens on.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Executive director of Richard Hugo House, a center for writers & readers.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
What a gorgeous day we had at the local pumpkin farm this past weekend! It was sunny and blue and even a little warm.
I love Fall. It's my favorite time of year, so much so that I sometimes end up wishing summer away too soon. What's not to love: the boots, the sweaters, the trees and all of their beautiful colors. The crispness in the air. "Momma, you can smell winter!", Cole says, excitedly. I know!
These two have become like two peas in a pod - 'brothers', you could call them. With a love/hate relationship to go along with it. But the fun they have together is helarious to watch. I can see them turning into Soup & Me (if you've read the books) when they're just a bit older. What one doesn't think of, the other one will. Scary.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
I was getting ready for work this morning and was running late. I shaved, which took extra time. (damn, being a girl!) So I decided to wear my hair a bit curly again. (yep, I got that naturally after Cole was born) Aaaaaanyway... back to my story. I reach into the cabinet under the sink for product and remember that I bought some mousse about 6 months ago. Yes, I said Mousse. So I sqirt some into my palm and start to fluff into my hair. I am instantly drawn back into Junior High.
This was the mid-1980's for me with the perms and the bangs (oh, God, the bangs....) and the colored mascara, pink and purple eyeshsadow, flipped-up collars, acid wash jeans, leggings, Generra, Code Bleu, Guess Jeans, Keds, matching socks - sometimes layered..... and on and on and on.
What a great scent reminder! It made me nostalgic for all the girls, too: Cami, Jackie, Julie L., Julie B., Jennie, Dannielle, Tracey, Sara, Janelle, Heather, Jaylene, Hillary, Kim & Cathy and even Natasha (for the countless others, my deepest apologies)
Do you remember Janelle's cool & funky nail polish designs? And Jackie's obsession with George Michael (well, all of ours, to be exact)? Spending ALL SUMMER at Wild Waves?? Cruising the Sea-Tac Mall before we had cars? Eating at El Torito's? Miss Ellis and the whole cheerleading fiasco? Mr. Ingram (?) and our counseling? Brandon and Pat?
OK, so this will mainly partain to just a select few of you. But I hope all who reads this gets the chance for a 'Smell Spell' every once in awhile. It's amazing and special and even a little bit sad, but Awesome!
Stand By Me. Dirty Dancing.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Shawn's former Military buddy, Danny, came to stay with us for the weekend from Michigan. Since he is still active military and he and Shawn were stationed at Fort Lewis together, we decided to take a trip to visit the old stompin' grounds. So surreal that this massive Army base is right in our backyard.
Cole in front of a "tank" - shows you the enormity of these machines.
This partial hand and sword was the most impressive. A unit from Fort Lewis was responsible for the collapse of the statue and bringing the piece 'home'.