Sunday, September 30, 2007

in a nut shell

I'm sure some of you would like to know what happened on our east coast vacation. My mom asks but there's no time to explain all we did! I hope this helps at least a little bit!


Us on the ferry to Nantucket. It was the last leg of our 2 day journey.


This isn't the family house but all the houses look about the same, gray shingles, white trim. It's quite unique and beautiful.


We went to Jetties Beach one day. We walked all the time because most things are close. Grant loved the freezing water.


Our last night together on the island we went out for drinks and celebrated Tim's birthday early. Kateri bought us drinks and that was awesome. Nantucket food is wrongly expensive. I had a drink and a half so...we had a good time.


On the ferry back I bought a bag of starbursts. Best 3 dollars I spent the whole time. Nantucket was definitely the highlight of the trip. It's like nothing else really...except Martha's Vineyard but I guess Nantucketers hate Martha's Vineyard.


Next we headed up to Maine. This is our bed and breakfast RIGHT on the beach. It was warm and wonderful! The night before Tim dug us a sand couch and we sat under the stars. (On the way there we had lunch in Boston. I hate Boston) Maine is my favorite now - and Portland Maine is right up there with Portland Oregon...maybe better.


Since the leaves were turning we stopped at a few rivers, scrounged some leaves and took water shots. That was fun! I took the pictures and Tim rearranged nature to look awesome without getting wet - quite a feat.


Then we played at Tim's parents house and SLEPT! It was more of an exciting trip then a relaxing trip.


Travel - UUGH - This is near the end. Tim pulled out the socks for a good old time! Everyone said he was the best kid but a quiet little boy does not come without parents working their face off the whole time. But despite the travel pains it was a very good family vacation.

my love

Today is Tim's 30th birthday - yup 30 on the 30th! We hiked Mt Rose per his request, summited after 56+ mile an hour winds and icy paths to a fundraising group drinking beer. And they were nice enough to share! I don't know why our hikes have to be so epic but I guess there's just more memories for us. Hikes that don't make you fear for your life can be too easily forgotten.

And because I'm so good at birthday poetry and I love Tim so much - Here's his poem.

You wreck me
You fill me
You make me laugh
Your hair isn't really that red

You like me
I like you
Perfect for me
You shake Grant's chair like no one else

You're 30
I'm 27
We do what we want
You should stay with me forever... and a few more days after that



I love you honey! Happy Birthday!

Friday, September 28, 2007

we're back!

We had a wonderful time visiting Tim's friends and family on the East Coast. It will probably take a while to tell all the stories but I hope to put a few on the blog soon. We went to Nantucket, Boston, New Hampshire, and my new favorite - Maine! For now here's a video and a few pictures.

video

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

outta here

We're going to the East Coast tomorrow for a week to be with Tim's family and friends. I've been to Florida but I don't feel like that's the REAL east coast. We'll be in New Hampshire, Nantucket, and Maine! So, see ya later! And here's a picture for you to ponder while we're gone.

Monday, September 17, 2007

glass fusion

Last weekend I attended a community education course with the school district. I took Intro to Glass Fusion. I got to learn new things, be a non-mom for a bit, and be creative! Plus, in community ed they can't give you homework or make you do anything you don't want to so it's pure fun! I thought for sure this was the craft for me. You can make some awesome things from glass melted to other pieces of glass. But then I saw my projects come out of the kiln - I pretty much suck. I made two coasters and a bud vase you can hang in the window - they rival any 3rd grader out there. It's tricky to figure out what something will look like after 1465 degrees hits it (I didn't study but I think that's the number). I am pretty good at cutting glass though - a lot of other people were arranging scraps that had already been cut, I cut all my own glass (and myself 3 times) I even used the torch. I guess I just need more practice. I hope to take at least a class a semester in something. I like school...when I'm not really in it. You guys should join me sometime!



And if nothing else Grant likes to play with my artwork.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

phil

I've been wanting something to clean up the little messes around the house (made by someone I won't mention - cough-Grant). I was looking at the Swivel Sweeper but Tim had bigger plans. He brought me home a robot. I was thankful for his love but disturbed about his idea. My momma didn't raise me to be the house-cleaning-robot type. But then he got it out of the box and it twirled around and ran into things and cleaned! I was pretty excited to have a robot and we named him Phil. But then we hit another turn for the worse in our family. Phil wouldn't charge back up again. The stupid thing only gave us 20 minutes of bliss. But by then I was hooked so Tim took it back and got another one. This one lasted less then 20 minutes. So, heartbroken for a little machine that rammed into things, we returned it again, never to return. Robot vacuums officially stink. So it turns out I was right not trusting a robot but it's the worst kind of right I've ever been. I miss Phil and the idea of the cute little thing picking up all of the messes underfoot.

Monday, September 10, 2007

dawn patrol


We made it to dawn patrol saturday morning. It hurt...but I guess it was fun too. Here's my most unique shot. Tim wants it to be our next banner picture. Maybe you'll see it there later.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

today...

Thursday, September 6th, 2007 is the official day in the record book: Grant walks. Now it's hard to get a good shot of it because he's not down with walking to people as much as he is just wandering through the house making me do a double take..."honey, he's walking!" He can now go from one room to another. Even if it's not on command yet I call that walking.

This is Stella and I coaxing with her pink cell phone to reenact the out of the blue walking, sorry it's not as good and we still live in our dungeon house.

this is hard

Some of you have heard, some of you haven't. Last weekend one of our friends unexpectedly went to be with the Lord. He attended Coram Deo with us. It's almost a week later... he wasn't my best friend...but it's still so hard! It feels like I was just talking to him about prayer and singing and krispy kreme. His memorial service was last night. It's amazing to see how many people one life can touch...and that was just his impact in ONE of the cities he's lived in (for only a year). Tim and I are determined to love better. People are eternal. Love is eternal. There's so much to learn from this and so much to grieve over. I haven't opened photoshop since it happened. If you know me you know that means I'm sad...Most of the time I can only sum up my thoughts and feelings with three words: I don't know. Not that I don't know what I'm feeling, I'm feeling I don't know. I hope that is a feeling and I'm not just going crazy.
This is really hard.