I can't even imagine sending my child with someone else and having them not come home. Another amazing thing is her story and its amazing place in history. Born Sept. 11, 2001 in one of the world's biggest trategies - Passed by a bullet in a shooting of a politician. Her 9 year old life will mean more than some people who live full life time.
So interesting that this dog knows where his owner is...
Jason and I were heading home on Christmas Eve when we got a flat tire. This was our second one this year, on the same car, but on different tires. It was SO frustrating because when we got a flat tire in May we bent the jack that came with out car and never got a new one...which is totally our fault. And to kick it all off - we were less than 2 miles from home.
We debated who to call...we'd feel really horrible calling AAA but I guess that is what they are there for but it was like 9pm on Christmas Eve. We could call my parents, they live about 25 miles North. Or there was my friend Sabrina. That is who we ended up calling.
She (and her family) are the definition of amazing people. The SECOND I called she said okay, asked her Dad and he didn't even hesitate to come! Five minutes later there they were...with a plate of cookies to bring us as gifts. We can't thank them enough and are so happy they are in our lives!!
Jason and Sabrina's Dad.
Secretly happy to see each other on Christmas Eve...wishing it was in better circumstances.
Seriously. Who comes to help you change a tire in the rain on Christmas Eve AND brings you cookies! Thanks Sabrina!!
The moon in half its glory. We did not stay up a few weeks ago to watch the eclipse. When we headed to bed it was very cloudy over the pacific northwest and that usually doesn't change within the hour, so we figured it wasn't worth the wait. According to the news the next day, we were right.
It is true, I like taking pictures. I even get made fun of about it by my own family. But you know what, I like it and one of my goals this year is to be proactive and purposeful in my life. I want to remember this year! So here goes nothing.
A picture a day, for a year.
I mean, people resolve to give up pop or chips or chocoalte for a year (none of which I would be capeable of) but I hope I'm capable of doing this. I've seen others try it and last a few months or half a year...so I"m just interested to see if I could do it too.
A while back I spotted something on eighteen25 which is a trio of sisters who have these amazing craft ideas! I knew I wanted to do something like it and I even did...back in October.
I started the You've been BOOed! at my school this year (sorry if you didn't know it was me, some of you figured it out!) and it was just in time for me to make these adorable fun frames to go in the goodie basket I was going to hand out. I made these using frames from the dollar store, the background paper from this huge Halloween/autumn/Christmas pack I bought from JoAnn's, and I actually just printed the letters out on my printer and cut them out (seeing as I didn't yet have a Cricut. It wasn't anything too fancy but I did happen to be in the room (playing dumb) when the people opened them and they seemed thrilled!
Since then I have been on a quest to make my own. The second I finished the ones for my coworkers I actually made a list of all the holiday related words I could think of, and some that goggle could thing of! My plan, to have these Fun Frames set as a staple decoration in my home. I'm really not one for moving furniture or rearranging (much to my husband's displeasure) and I figured this was the perfect decoration. I can change it out whenever I want but it can stay the same!
So here is my projected that I completed in one night. It would have only taken me about an hour - hour and a half if I hadn't been interrupted. While making this I did take a lot of step-by-step pictures which you can see over here! It really was pretty simple and odds are could be made even simpler!
Silly fan cords!
Vantage point: step ladder.
Notes to self: clean up shelves before you take a picture and get more decor items! We bought the shelves and upper link in November. Then my father in law surprised us with a TV for Christmas (hence the old, old, old school box TV in the left corner). We will eventually mount the TV so it is all asymmetrical!
More on the fonts, sizes, and steps used to make this happen :) And thanks to eighteen25 for the inspiration!
We rung in the new year with our friends Shelley and Randal...and headed out the next morning to Mt. Hood to do some snowshoeing! We hadn't been since March and this trip was long over due. Trillium Lake Sno Park is only about an hour from our house which makes it all that much better! We had thought about going on Friday but didn't have everything quite ready and knew we didn't want to go Sunday - seeing as we would need some recovery time :) Unfortunately for us, those two previously mentioned days were the sunny days...we somehow went on the cloudy day, of course! We had a good time though. I guess we'll have to keep going back until I get to see the mountain!!
The lake. You're able to see the mountain from here - when it's sunny!
By the lake! Great way to start the new year!!
Oh Jason and his squinty eyes :)
Looking across the lake. So pretty and so quiet!
I love the mountain.
Self portrait - of course!
We saw the mountain for a few minutes from the parking lot.
See the while blip in the hillside...its carved out to look like the USA!