Wednesday, January 30, 2008

a new home

We're in our new house! It's good and it's bad:

It's good: because it's an awesome, huge house - Grant just runs around yelling he's so happy.

It's bad: because we've found a leaking pipe so workers are in and out, cutting walls, repairing walls, ripping up carpet....and it's still ripped up...and a loud fan is continually blowing making me go insane...and I can't take a nap even though Ive been sick for two weeks now because you never know when the workers will show up next...

But anyway we're here. I guess I should send out a mass e-mail with our new address...someday. I am planning a house warming party for February 16th though so mark your calenders!


our cute cute kitchen


our living room...when the problem was smaller

video

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

kiwi heroine

So we decided more people should know about one of our favorite musicians, Brooke Fraser. A few of you may know one or two of her worship songs through Hillsongs Australia. But really, she is a Kiwi and is a very successful mainstream artist in New Zealand. In addition to being much beloved in her home country, her music has been the soundtrack of much of mine and Abby's life together - long road trips in New Zealand, Parachute Music Festival, our wedding reception, romantic nights at home in our first apartment.
Her mainstream debut, What To Do With Daylight, has sold seven times Platinum in NZ, and her latest, Albertine, debuted at #1 on the NZ charts and remained in the Top 10 for months. Need I say, her work is brilliant. Though we haven't seen her CDs for sale at any music stores here, you can buy it at smokecds.com from New Zealand, or Amazon (which is a bit pricey but better if you get free shipping).
She did do a brief five-date tour of the States in November - hopefully more later.

Monday, January 14, 2008

some good news

After all the stress around here something exciting happened today! I just got back from the Paper Moon on Plumb lane. The lovely owner there bought 6 dozen big picture cards! I'm so excited!! It's a great confirmation of my work and some cash! You can check out our cards at www.mavora.etsy.com or in two weeks at the Paper Moon on Plumb or the Paper Moon in the Summit Sierra Mall. They will be $4.00 and 50% of the profits still go to help children in poverty stricken places of the world. Now I just have to make all these cards...and prepare to move...and all the other stuff I do. Oh well - I'm so excited!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

life and death

In the three years Tim and I have been together we've been to three funerals together - each one was a, what I would call, victim of despair. So this week has been chalked up to sadness and preparing for the memorial service on a rushed schedule. I made the programs - it's nice when my design skills can be put to use for the people I love. And now that the service is over it's hard to know what to do with myself. Death seems to highlight my sense of helplessness.

Monday, January 07, 2008

something young

Tim and I like adventure but we're usually not very childlike. Friday night was a wonderful exception. It was the middle of the big storm in Reno and Tim suggested we go out and build a snowman in the center aisle of Robb Drive. By 11pm there was 7 or 8 inches of snow at our place and the wind was howling but we bundled up and trucked out to the street anyway. And that's pretty much the whole story cause when we got out there the snow was too dry to pack together. But even though our vision never came to be the encouraging thing is we went out in adversity and tried. I suggest everyone try to make a middle of the night snowman. And public snowmen when the streets are shut down are like the best kind of graffiti. Maybe our church should build a bunch of happy midnight snow men downtown as a service project...anyway I hope we build a snowman somewhere this winter. I'll keep you informed.

Sorry, I had to hold the camera upside down...it was a seriously frigid situation I tell you.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

winter

I feel like I should write something...but I don't know what to say. We had a great Christmas with family, I went cross country skiing with Grant on my back (I wouldn't advise it). I'm trying to get back into climbing since ladies night is just 8 bucks. Grant's favorite word is Daddy (da-ee) and I was sick for New Years so it wasn't exciting. Since it's freezing out, here's a recent picture of mine of the Carson Valley. bbrrrrr.