Tuesday, February 25, 2014


me: Oh, the scotch tape is in the bread bag.
tim: I love it here.

Wedding Bread Bag at mavora.etsy.com

Monday, February 24, 2014

a new stage

I'm sitting in a quiet house. I dropped Calli off at her first day of preschool across the street. She couldn't wait for me to leave her with her new friends and teachers. She can already read most three and four letter phonics words and I know she will eat up the reading lessons at school. I am amazed by her and excited to give her the freedom she craves. And now I get 2 hours of carefree work time which I desperately need as the orders are piling up. I think this is going to be great for everyone!

(and of course it's raining on the first day of school)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

great grandma morton

Grandma Morton died before we were able to mail her valentine, but hers arrived at our place, along with an early birthday card for Calli. What a treasured life she had, raising good children, establishing family and tradition, her path I hope to continue.

Tim and Grant will be at her memorial service to honor both the lives of Granddad and Grandma in Virginia on March 8th.



Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:01 am

MORTON, Roberta Garton, died on February 11, 2014 at the age of 96. She was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, A. Sidney Morton. She is survived by four wonderful children, Sidney F. Morton (Ruth) of Moorhead, Minn., A. Kent Morton (Marilyn) of Richmond, Gregg W. Morton (Betty Ann) of Downers Grove, Illinois, and Kristin M. Curtis (Carl, deceased) of Sterling, Pa.; by 11 grandchildren and by five great-grandchildren. She was born in Tocsin, Ind., and grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind. As a student at South Side High School, Roberta excelled academically, as evidenced by her election to the National Honor Society and being named Valedictorian of her class. She also received the DAR Good Citizens Award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. Following graduation, Roberta worked six years for Lincoln National Life Insurance, first in the accounting office and then as a municipal bond research analyst in the investment office. She retired from full-time work in September 1940 to marry Sid and raise their family. In addition to her skill in handling numbers and finances, first for her employer and then as life-long manager of the Morton family finances, Roberta was a superb writer and took great satisfaction in writing letters and cards to family and friends throughout her life. Many of those cards were graced with poems she composed for the recipient. A dedicated mother and wife, she managed the family and their activities during the many years her husband traveled on business. She was skilled at sewing, making clothes for her husband, her children and herself. Probably her favorite project was making dresses for her daughter for special occasions in her life. Roberta also loved baking, especially pies, cookies, rolls and bread, and provided all the bread for her household until the final year of her life. Often, she shared the fruits of her baking with neighbors and friends. Gardening, both vegetables and flowers, was another activity that gave her joy. During the years when children were at home, she froze much of the produce of the garden for enjoyment in the winter season. All of these activities reflect her frugal and practical nature; but she found in them more satisfaction than duty. Quick with a smile or a laugh, especially in her latter years, Roberta was also the family historian, often recounting in great detail story after story of relatives on both sides of the family. Roberta was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Richmond for more than 50 years, serving in many volunteer roles that reflected her commitment to serving others in whatever capacity was needed. A service of celebration and thanks-giving will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at All Saints Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, 8787 River Rd., Richmond, Va. 23229.

Friday, February 21, 2014

girls and boys

Grant's star wars missiles are now Calli's rainbow wands.

Friday, February 07, 2014

PDX blizzard twenty fourteen

It's snowing!! Real - serious - city closing - inches of snow. They cancelled schools and the science fair, but I guess it was a God-send since no one had their homework done anyway.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

how do heavy things float?

I turned in my Grant's science fair project this morning. We are smashing 2nd grade!