Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
This morning when I was checking on my blog I had a comment from someone I don't know. She said that she saw us at the movie last night and she wrote words of encouragement. How did she know us and HOW did she know that I had a blog? Now, I know that I have an amazing family and the most awesome friends, but I think God sends angels into our lives without us even knowing who they are. They give us courage and strength. They pray for us. They make this journey more bearable. Every day I am amazed. Thank you God.
Last January Jay and I went to the movie, "The Bucket List." It was a story about two men who were told they had terminal illnesses. So together they made a bucket list, a list of things they wanted to do and places they wanted to see before they kicked the bucket. After the movie, as we were leaving we asked each other "what would be on your list?" And we both had the same answer. We live our bucket list every day. Couldn't think of anything to put on that list. I thank God for that , too.
Monday, January 26, 2009
When Mindy was a baby, she had a special blanket that never left her side. She would pack it around where ever she went. When she would take a nap I would have to wash it and dry it and have it back beside her when she woke up. More than once I had to replace the satin trim around the edges. Mindy loved her blankie. When she was 4 years old Jay talked her into leaving her blanket under the Christmas tree for Santa. He told her that Santa needed it to stay warm while he delivered gifts to the little kids. So she did. She missed it but she was really ok with Santa having it. About 14 years later she found it tucked away in a cedar chest in my bedroom. Her eyes got big and her smile even bigger. When Mindy graduated from 8th grade, Stacy made her a flannel quilt. I think she still sleeps with that one. So, Mindy, here's a new blanket to make you smile. I hope it makes you feel secure like your blanket did when you were a little girl. You can wrap it around you and feel a hug from Dad.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Last Sunday we went up to Hoodoo to play in the snow. It was such a pretty day but OH SO COLD. The thermometer said 19 degrees but with the wind blowing it felt more like 19 below zero.
There is an area called the Autobohn where you hop on a intertube and get towed up to the top.
Then you hang on tight and slide down.
The big kids and little kids were all bundled up. But I was a sissy and stayed inside the yurt and watched. I know it was fun but I don't like cold.
We threw in a bag of rice crispie treats, a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly and we were good to go.
Good times...good times.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
After the meet Jamie signed autographs for the kids. She is cool.
Then on Saturday morning me and the boys headed out on our adventure. I told you before that we didn't exchange "presents" for Christmas. Instead we will give "presence." Taylor and I drew Casey and Cody to share a day with. So Saturday we started out with sausage gravy and biscuits at my house. Then we were off to the town of Jewell to the elk wildlife refuge.
I heard them quote word for word the whole transcript for Dumb and Dumber, The Three Amigo's, Talledaga Nights and Step Brother. I don't know if they ever used their own voices or thoughts the whole way there. Anyway when we got there the elk had been fed so they were just laying around in the sunshine.
So off we went to our next destination: Camp 18 for lunch!!! If you have never been there you should put it on your list of really cool places to go.We went inside and were seated by the fireplace. We all had really good lunch. They feed you logger size portions. I had stew and cornbread. The cornbread was big enough for a small family.
Taylors brownie ice cream sundae was HUGH! Casey had marion berry cobbler with ice cream and Cody had strawberry/rhubarb pie ala mode. They were extremely full so we walked around outside looking at all the cool logging stuff.
They were more impressed with the size of the logs and the old equipment.
After that we drove to Seaside cuz I wanted to go to this awesome place called the Yankie Peddler. It has all kinds of antiques and needful things. But when we got there the sign on the door said closed till spring. DANG IT!!!
Oh well, the boys spotted a dumb sign in front of an antique/junk store on the way so we stopped on the way back and went to take a look.
This is the funny sign on the door.
It was a lot of junk so off we went to the Malibu race track in Beaverton.
This is what they wanted to do the most. Drive race cars. I heard a lot of smack talkin going on about "shake and bake" and kickin your @#@#. It was gettin mighty cold outside so I took a few pictures and then waited inside.
I thought they were never going to finish racing. Pretty soon I saw Cody's car quit out in the middle of the track and the guy talking to him. I think they weren't supposed to cut corners like that.
Pretty soon I saw the guy tell them they were done. They weren't listening very well. You can't cut corners!!! Now go home!! So we loaded up and came home. I just can't take them anywhere:)
Friday, January 16, 2009
when sky's are grey.
You'll never know dear
how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.
You are my sunshine...
My only sunshine.