Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Sunday, September 02, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Since I married to a teacher and I work a regular job, everyone in the family got a summer vacation...but me. We did manage a couple of fun mini vacations to break up the summer. Fortunately, we live close enough to some awsome awesome places to squeeze in a weekend here and there too.
Mini Vacation 1: The 4th of July fell on a Thurday, so I was able to pull out a four day weekend and we spent it at the beach. The firework over the beach were beautiful. The weather was perfect, warm, but not as warm as home.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
We had a lovely wedding in one of the most beautiful places in the world, lovingly decorated by the Creator himself (just for our day, mind you). We were married at the base of Lower Yosemite Falls, in Yosemite National Park. The water was rushing so fast, I could barely hear what I was agreeing to, and the mist had us all drenched and freezing before it was over. Good thing we did photos before. But, the most important thing is that we became husband and wife (and nearly 13 years later, we still are).
After a looong, lovely day, our guests left and we were alone to celebrate our wedding night. We had booked a room at the beautiful vintage Wawona Hotel. Now, by beautiful and vintage, I mean OLD. It was built in the 1800s. Some of you may remember (personally or from stories) that they didn't have indoor plumbing in the 1800s. That said, our charming little wedding night room, DID NOT have a bathroom.
We spent the day together, enjoying the sights and sounds of Yosemite, which is still one of our favorite places. Then we drove home. It was a lovely honeymoon on a college student budget. And I wouldn't change a thing...well, maybe I'd opt for indoor plumbing.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
So anyway, here are some random moments from the last week that made me smile. I went to pick Nate up for grandma's house and he was asleep. I had to grab my phone and snap a picture. He was SO cute. He used to sleep like this when he was a baby. Awe... he's still my baby.
After the loss of Amy on Halloween, we agreed to get Jacob a new pet for Christmas. We originally decided on a hampster, but after talking to the guy at the pet store decided a rat would make a better pet. Apparently, they can learn their name and come when called. They can also learn tricks, although I have no idea what kind of tricks you teach rats. Plus, they are diurnal. He got another hairless pet. Did you know there was such a thing as a hairless rat? Sadly, the hairless pet curse struck again. Fortunately (for lack of a better word), he did not have a chance to get as attached. I think we had it for about 20 days.
We went back to the pet store to try again. Jacob held and talked to three different rats. When he held this one, she climbed up the front of his shirt and perched herself on his shoulder. And I think this is still her favorite spot. Jacob didn't choose her, she chose him. And she really is cute, and soft, and furry. He named her Brownie.
I bought Nate a new bed from someone at work. This was the picture I got from the co-worker. Nate will not have a TV in his room. Notice the "hiding place" which is billed as storage space to purchasing parents.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
But, what I really want to share is 9/11/2011. This year I didn't wake up to the phone ringing, rather I woke up to Nate yelling, "Mia peed on the couch!" Mind you Mia 'was' pregnant and very well litter box trained. So, I didn't think she peed on the couch. I picked her up and loved on her and noticed what look like a small balloon protruding from 'below'. I yelled for Nate to get me a towel and put it in a box for her. I petted her, soothed her and loved on her. Nate was amazing too, encouraging her in the sweetest gentlest voice, "you can do it" and "don't stop."
Saturday, August 13, 2011
It was important that the kids be involved in the shredding party as well. They were very much impacted by the amount of time spent on this degree, especially in the last few months. One day, Jacob was particularly chatty and I kept asking him to be quiet so I could work. Eventually, I asked him if he needed to go in the other room to be quiet. He said to me, "I'm sorry if I don't like that I can't spend any time with you." OUCH! Later, I was telling my dad about it and he said, "I think a lot of us are feeling that way." This was truly a joint effort and they deserve to share in the celebration. I could not have done it without their support (even if they would have preferred not to give it).