Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sad news

My sister in love Leah, she is married to Tim's brother. Her mother Sandy died early Saturday afternoon. She was a loving person who cared deeply for her family and mostly her grandkids.

This is a picture of Leah (isn't she cute), I will try to find one of her mom.

Friday, September 28, 2007

The doctor will see you now

Reagan's open house went great, we learned that she is quite the artist, she is the only pre-schooler who actually drew a picture and not a giant green blob. She had blue sky, a bright yellow sun with sun beams, some ground cover and I think a tree. Then on a paper neck tie it said what is your favorite thing to do with your family? She said play outside with my family on our play structure. I cried, I'm such a sucker, but I also cried when we received her orientation packet with a school supply list and it said she needed a big kid backpack.

She can spell her name, she couldn't do that a month ago. I do think that this is because we recently bought a DVD called the letter factory by leap frog. Lincoln who is 18 months can make almost all the different sounds that letters make, its really funny to watch.

On to my precious hubby, he hasn't been feeling well, nauseous, dizzy, and walking like he is drunk. We took him to the doctor and Tim has something that sounds a lot worse than it really is, its called benign positional vertigo. He prescribed meclizine and ordered to lay around the house and watch football all weekend and hopefully by Monday this virus will be gone. No work for Tim this weekend, he gets to just rest and we all get to pamper him.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Not much

Not much going on, just getting back into our routine.
  • Reagan had school picture's the day after we got back from the funeral, can't wait to get those back.
  • I'm finally caught up with the laundry....yeah!
  • Tim has been dizzy for about a week, the doctor thinks its a side effect from a virus, he has been coming home from work early everyday....he really shouldn't be driving.
  • Reagan's school is having an open house tonight, can't wait to see her picture's and for Tim to see the class room.
  • I'm patiently waiting for some news.
  • The kids are getting their picture's taken by a professional in a couple of weeks, we are going to an apple orchard. Here is a link to her page, I will give out a password and you can view them after they are taken,
That's all for now.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


My two brother's and their wife's flew in for the funeral that was on Monday. We all caravaned to Eastern Oregon for the funeral and internment. The funeral was touching and brought out the best in my family. We sang, watched a video tribute and mostly told stories about how this wonderful man shaped our lives.

The children surrounding our two in the middle are my cousin Summer's step kids on the outside and her two Blondie's Trinity and Mazie. Summer and I are only 4 days apart, I was born first but named last because my parents thought I was going to be a boy. My Mom lobbied for Sunny so we could be Sunny and 70's cute is that. But thank heaven my Dad had another idea, so he named me Christine. The boys name if you are curious was picked out by my two older brothers who were huge fans of Steve Austin the million something dollar man, so that was going to be my name.

Reagan putting a flower on Big Granddad's casket as her Granddad holds her up.

On our way back we went to the cascade locks hatchery, it was so much fun. The salmon are returning to lay there eggs and it was amazing to watch them. Unfortunately the salmon we saw were "surplus" and are being sent to the market to fund the hatchery and pay the way for more salmon to be released.

Here we are feeding the trout.

This is the tank where this giant white sturgeon lives, he is over 10 feet long and weighs like 350 lbs, he is a big boy. These I think are giant trout living with him, I love how the kids are in awe.

The whole family watching the salmon jumping for their life.

This was really amazing to watch.

Friday, September 14, 2007

1/12/1920 to 9/14/2007

Hello friends,
I just want to thank you all for your prayers for my Granddad. Early this morning he went home to be with our Father in heaven. He was 87 years old and would have been married to my Grandma for 69 years this Sunday. They were a shinning example of marriage and commitment. My Granddad was saved when he was 80 years old and then baptized when he was 82 years old. My Grandma never gave up on him and went to church with the kids without him for most of their marriage, and she knew that in time he would be saved. The funeral is this Monday and if you could pray for safe travel for our family and friends that are coming to celebrate his life we would greatly appreciate it. I'm headed to bed because I was at his bedside for most of last night and have only had a few hours of sleep.

Mother's Day 2004

September 2003
Our wedding 2000

Granddad playing the banjo late 1990's

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Good friends

Our great friends from Alaska are in town and came over for some play time and BBQ. His wife Shana has training so we didn't get to see her, we miss you Shana! Scott's sister LeAnn came by to join the fun. Reagan, Lincoln and Madison had a great time together playing and laughing, swinging, sliding, and being goofy. Next time we see our friends they will have a new addition to their beautiful family.

Chowing down at the kiddie table.

Tim made soft serve vanilla ice cream with our new soft serve ice cream maker, it was good!!

Go Beavers!!!

See you next time......ciao!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

My Granddad

My Granddad is 87 years old and on Sunday Sept. 16th will celebrate being married to my Grandma for 69 years. Currently my Granddad is in the hospital and is not doing well, he has been there for over a week now with pneumonia. We love him so much, he married my Grandma when he was 17 and she was 15 almost 16 years old.
I'm going to try to link a song that my Granddad made about my Grandma, its very funny, he was always the jokester, he is also playing the banjo.

Cross Eyed Ruth


The builder of play structure's arrived arrived just before Noon today and got right to work.
My parents picked up Reagan earlier to go visit her cousins. It was hard for Lincoln to watch the guy work and not be apart of the action.

By 3:30pm he was all done and the kids have been enjoying the play set for a couple of hours now. We need to add the border and then the bark chips, I swung on the swing and the structure stayed solid. I can even stand up in the upper and lower parts....but I am short. I think the kids will get a lot of use out of it.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Little bit proud

Yesterday was Reagan's 1st day of preschool. She goes two days a week for 2 1/2 hours. Her teacher is Mrs. "S". Reagan cried the whole way there because she didn't have paper or colors in her backpack. When we pulled in she saw her friend Sarah and forgot about her paper & color troubles.

It was at this point when she turned around and said, "see you later Mom." She wasn't even in the school yet, Lincoln is the one who didn't want to leave. We gave hugs and kisses and that was it.

Lincoln and I were the ones who didn't know what to do. We went home, played trains, trucks, and I was actually able to clean and play at the same time, I haven't been able to do that for a long time. After that, I put a cooler in the car and I went grocery shopping and forgot how easy it was with just one kiddo.

We picked Reagan up and got some lunch then went to the hospital. My Granddad who is 87 years old isn't doing well, he has pneumonia again and is getting weaker.
Reagan just loves her G.G. (stands for Great Grandma) and when we visit it brightens my Grandma's spirit.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Caution husband & wife at work part 1

Nana & Granddad took the kids to the State Fair, so we could work on the back yard.
We went to Home Depot and found two amazing deals, first the table was $80 and we got it for $40. The second deal was this beautiful pesto colored umbrella, it was originally $130 and we got it for an amazing $45. We then went and picked up the lumber & re-bar to make a
border for the play will hold in the playground bark chips.

Before we left for the big box handyman store Tim mowed the lawn. He used the lawn mower to keep cutting the play area grass, he just kept lowering the setting after each pass until the grass was all gone. Isn't it a pretty clean shaven lawn?

We rented a sod cutter, which is really a funny machine that shakes this sharp cutting tool back and forth at a rapid pace, while Tim is trying to keep it straight. Its very loud but gets the job done quickly, it was a very good use of our money.

We piled the two foot sections over by the fence and have nicknamed it the eco-wall, we were joking that we could build the kids a playhouse out of all the sections of sod.

We took the lumber to my parent's house, my Dad has a drill press and a table saw that are very handy when you need to drill long holes and cut big pieces of lumber. We couldn't have done it on our own. Thank you Dad!

Part 2 will come in the next week or so, the play set gets built a week from Tuesday. We are very sore, tired and just hurting all over, but we are saving a lot of money getting the area ready on our own.

We are taking tomorrow off to enjoy a birthday party BBQ and a day in the park with friends.