Monday, August 30, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

I am struck lately with how easy I fall into being discontent. I don't want to be like that. And it seems that I can either spend a lot of my time being in want, or I can spend a lot of time being thankful. I can't focus on both because there just isn't enough time. And once you focus on one, it's hard to focus on the other. So, I am going to join Ginger and all the others over at A Holy Experience and start counting my blessings and gifts. Each Monday I am going to add to my list, until after a while I get to 1000 blessings. I am looking forward to focusing on all the ways that God is taking care of me, teaching me, training me, and loving me. Join me if you like!

1. My family, who I grew up with and raised me. There has been so much love and support between these four people for decades and decades and I am so thankful for the family that God placed me in to grow up with.
2. My Mama-in-love and Dad-in-love. Both have treated me like a daughter since the day I married their son. They care deeply for Eric and I and are amazing grandparents to my kids. I am so blessed.
3. A messy faced kiddo enjoying strawberries from the garden.
4. Quiet moments during the day where one sleeps, another learns and discovers on her own, and I cross a few things off a never ending list.

holy experience

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pre-Kindergarden Jenna

Monday, August 23, 2010

Looking for some design advice...

Okay, first of all please pardon the mess. I am going to clean my house later today, but in an effort to stall I am going to first do this...

So I am wanting to do a little bit of freshening up of my house decor. I have wanted to do something in the kitchen ever since we moved in...but here we are over 4 years later, and, well, anyways...

I need some help. Here are my thoughts, please give me some feedback!

The kitchen. Notice the wood cupboards, wood laminate counters, more wood cupboards, and then wood floor. Hmm. A little too much wood color for my liking. So I was thinking that the most economical way to go in the kitchen is to paint the cupboards and the windowsills (etc.) white. Yes? Any suggestions from those of you who have done this before? My kitchen is very small so I thought white would brighten it and maybe even make it look bigger. (wishful thinking? Maybe.)

Okay, next. We sold our dining table this weekend becuase it wasn't working in our small space. So, before I buy another on on Craigslist I need some advice. What color? A darker wood? Same color wood as the floor? White table? Black table? Help!! And if I paint the kitchen white, I would also paint the baseboards in this room white, just so you know :)

Here is what we have to deal with. The people who lived here before us painted half of the baseboards and frames and doors white, and left the rest the dark wood. So at one point you have this lovely scene...
And here is the view down the hall...white and white and then dark wood in the kitchen.
So, now you have the facts. I am ready for your input and advice. Even if you are a secret reader please help me. I probably read your blog too so don't be shy :)

Thanks :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Oklahoma, part 3 (the final chapter)

Okay, okay, I just have to do one more post from Oklahoma! These pictures are from Bruce and Mae's camera, and they are great so I will share :)

The girls swimming some more with the boy 2nd cousins
We had dinner with a wonderful family that the Wood's have known and been close to for years. I think that all the girls in the family had a crush on Eric at one time or another so I was a little nervous that they wouldn't approve of me :) But I think I passed their test and we had a great time talking and laughing. They are gems, all three of them and their parents and it was great to get to know the Norrid's a little better!
Okay, back to what the girls did... sidewalk chalk
And they went to a pet store where Elsie apparently YELLED throughout the store, "MIMI, I CAN'T FIND THE NEMOS!!!" I can't imagine Elsie making a scene in public! ;) But they found some so the yelling stopped.
Checking out the kitties
Feeding the ducks at the park
Oh, and RIDING A CAMEL at the Tulsa zoo!

In this picture you can see that the girls are getting a little warm! Did I mention that it is HOT in Oklahoma?
Brushing the sheep and goats at the petting zoo

And that's it! Fun times, thanks so much Bruce and Mae for all the fun!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Oklahoma, part 2

Every day was full of fun times, either going to a fun place or doing a fun project or swimming in the pool that Mimi and Poppy got just for this occasion! The girls are very loved :) Bruce and Mae have done and amazing job at keeping their relationship with the girls a very close one even though we live so far apart.

Here are the girls outside of the Tulsa Aquarium. That pose of Elsie's just cracks me up!
Petting can't remember. But petting something in the water.
Eel. Yuck. But I have a funny video that I will post on another day of the eel and Elsie having a little run in.
Feeding the turtles. It was cool to watch them eat. Chomp chomp chomp.

This aquarium had one of those walk through shark tanks where they swim over you and all around you. It was pretty creepy to see a shark swim directly at you and then end up going over head. It was amazing. This one was napping, I guess, so we took a quick picture.

And some more swimming pictures. Oh they had a blast in the pool in the heat! I love this picture so much. In some pictures they just don't even look like sisters. Just like me and my sis never looked like each other. :)
Isn't this sweet!
Bubbles! Ready, inhale...
...and blow!
Shaving cream on the windows makes for tons of fun! And it cleans the windows too! I might have to bring this activity out again when we are needing some entertainment.
Okay, here are a few of Eric's buddies from high school. Luke on the left and Lloyd on the right. I loved hanging out with them (and their families who could make it) and hearing them laugh and hearing hilarious stories that made Eric laugh and laugh! It was such a great time.
The girls also got to go to the zoo with Mimi, and made a tea set and had a tea party, and played games and read books and cuddled the puppy and so much more! But I will end the post with a picture of the girls with their grandparents. Bruce works as a police officer at the airport which is why he's in uniform.
It was very sad to leave, and we can't wait for the next time we get to spend together. Jenna woke up in tears the morning after we flew home, "please can't we go back to Mimi and Poppy's house, please!?" Hopefully our next visit together will be soon, and on the West coast!

Oklahoma, part 1

I have so many fun pictures from Oklahoma so I am going to break it up into a couple of posts. We had a great wonderful time with Eric's family, and we are so very thankful that we were able to visit Oklahoma this summer. Here's a glimpse of our journey!

Here's Eric and the girls checking out the airplane. We flew from Portland to Minneapolis to Tulsa, 3 1/2 hour flight, a quick layover where we had to walk about 2 miles from one side of the airport to the other (all of which Elsie pulled our rolling suitcase...she was determined!) and then another 2 hour flight and then a lost car seat and then a short drive to Bruce and Mae's house, lots of hugs and love, and then in bed by midnight Oklahoma time. Quite a day!

The next day was spent with family. Aunts, uncles, cousins, granny, and five 2nd cousins made for a very fun afternoon! The kids had a B-L-A-S-T playing together. The cousins (meaning Eric's cousins) had fun playing cards, and the aunts/uncles/granny/etc enjoyed watching the kids play. Here they are being little monkeys together.
We tried to get all the kids together for a picture, and this was my favorite of the 12 I took :)
And then there was the outdoor fun. Slip-n-sliding and swimming in the pool. The kids all slept well that night. They were worn out!

Here's cutie-pie Sam. He loved the slip-n-slide spray.
Here's Elsie and Aiden (oldest cousin). She followed him around all day, and then talked about her time playing with him for days later. It was pretty cute.

Sunday, August 01, 2010


The garden seems to be very happy this year. I thought it was going to be a rough year with the cold spring but everything is doing well. We are enjoying the fruits and veggies on a daily basis.

Pacific City

We headed to Pacific City last week and had a great time together. The weather was a warm with a chilly wind and sunny. The kids were thrilled to be at the beach. We spent the whole day just playing and relaxing, and then ended the trip at Red Robin :)

The kid immediately laid down and rolled in the sand.
Sister pic
The sun was sunny
Love this one of Elsie
Off to find the wet sand
Full bucket
Water from the ocean...full of tiny fish!
So sweet and innocent :)
Pretty and wind blown
Family shot, right after Eric woke from a snooze
Eric and the girls off to explore
They climbed the huge sand hill and then explored the area. They were exploring for about 45 minutes! I just read and relaxed, so nice.