Monday, April 27, 2009

Lucy the troublemaker

Last week was filled with a bit of doggie drama. Jim has been trying to get this one mouse that's been in the camper for the last few weeks. He always uses traps but when he went to get new traps at the local hardware store they were out so he bought some Decon instead. Unfortunately, he left it on the floor in the garage and little miss Lucy decided to eat it, ALL of it. In case you don't know how Decon works, it causes internal bleeding , pretty quickly. Thank goodness Rachel noticed the box when she came home from school and called me to tell me. Rachel rushed Lucy to the vet and they kept her overnight, treating her with Vitamin K shots to help her blood clot correctly. Jim picked her up the next day and he said she was so excited to see him. Lucy is like one of our kids, she is one of the best dogs ever. Thank goodness she recovered.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Love U

These pictures we taken last year when I took the kids to Union Station in Tacoma during Spring Break. It's the same day we went to Hello Cupcake. The lighting wasn't too great inside the station but I still love how the pictures turned out. I did this page last night and used some Crate Paper that I've had for a while and have been looking for the right pictures to use it with. I really like to teal and brown combination, it was perfect for these pictures.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Monday

Here are a couple of pages I got done on Sunday afternoon. I spent the morning with Tiffany doing a little shopping and catching up- very nice. Then I headed home to a house full of kids which gave me the incentive to get some scrapping done. I wanted to do a page of Cameron turning 13 while it was still fresh in my mind. I really like how it turned out, the colors we perfect. The page with the girls is a new line from Sasafrass Lass that I was really drawn to, cute colors. The pictures are old, I think 2006 maybe, I'll have to look it up so I can put a date on the page. On a positive note too, I lost .6 lbs this week, even with all of the travel I have done over the last two weeks. Yippee, Weight Watchers really does work! Happy Monday to everyone.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wow that was hard!

Holy cow, it took me forever to do this scrapbook page. I changed papers at least twice and walked away from the table at least half a dozen times. I just couldn't seem to get the creative bug. I've actually had this picture sitting on the table for at least a week. I'm not sure what the deal was but I'm glad it's finally done and I can move on to a different page.

Texas shots

Even though the circumstances of our trip to Texas were sad, we had some enjoyable moments. Rachel cracked us up when she drove the handicap cart into Walmart, she was so funny. We spent alot of time at Starbucks listening to Rachel's brother tell army stories, I'm sure I've had my fill of Starbucks for a while. We also had the famous Andy's custard I heard so much about after Rachel's last trip to Texas. I have to admit it was pretty tasty. Rachel and I enjoyed our travel time together and it was nice to be alone with her to just be together. I made sure to take lots of pictures since I don't know when I'll have a chance to get together with Rachel K again. Hopefully she'll have a chance to come to Washington sometime soon.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Saying goodbye to Char

About 5 years ago I had the great honor of meeting Charlene and Carl Granberry, my friend Rachel's parents. They welcomed my daughter Rachel and I into their home like we were family, we stayed almost a week. Rachel even calls them Nana and Granddad. This last summer when Rachel went to Africa she got to spend several more days with the Granberrys and again, they treated her like one of their own. About a month again Char become quite ill and after a brief moment of recovery she lost her battle this past Monday. Rachel and I traveled to Texas for the funeral to say our goodbyes and to offer our support to Rachel, Grandad and the family. This was by far the most heart achingly sad service I have ever attended, the family led the entire service and each child and grandchild spoke of their memories of Char. The most touching moment came when Carl said his goodbyes to one and only love of his life. The measure of his love for Char was painfully, beautifully made obvious to each person at the service through the words he spoke. She was a lady, a mother and a wife and she will truly be missed.
We spent the remainder of our time in Texas with the family at the farm riding horses and spending time with Grandad. We kept busy but took several moments over the days to shed a tear for Char and to talk about our memories of her. We love this family and hope to spend more time with them as the years go by. Thank you Miss Char for making us feel a part of it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Portland shots

Here are a few more shots from our trip to Portland. I have lots of new pictures from my trip to Texas this week that I will add to the blog later this week. It has been a busy few days, lots of stuff going on. I'm glad to be back home, I missed my family.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The final teenager

This year Cameron, our last "little kid" turned 13. It's hard to imagine that when he first came into my life he was barely not quite 3 years old. He was a chubby little thing back then and now he is a skinny young boy with braces, quite the contrast. This year we bought him "big boy" clothes from Hollister and Morgan joked that we should throw away all his other clothes and force him to grow up! Cameron is his own unique personality and he has a great sense of humor, nobody laughs at AFV louder than Cameron. It makes me a little sad to see the last one turn in to a teenager but it's been fun to watch it happen.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Voodoo Donut

This weekend Jim and I went to Portland to see a comedy show- Lisa Lampenelli- she is frickin hilarious. We watch alot of Food Network TV and saw Voodoo Donut on Man Vs Food so of course we decided we needed to check it out. We went to both locations, the downtown one was super busy(and tiny) the line line was out the door so we didn't actually buy any donuts that day. The next day we went to the bigger location, it was totally cool, funky decorations, funky looking dude behind the coater and funky donuts too. We bought about a dozen, including the Voodoo Doll, the cocoa puff, the captain crunch and the grape koolaid donut. Unfortunately they were sold out of the maple bar with bacon! I hear it tastes like french toast with bacon - yum. They are scrumptious! We shared them with Rachel and Michael when we got home and they liked them too. We spent most of the weekend checking out spots like this, I'll post again throughout the week to share our fun.