Friday, June 27, 2014

15 Years!

Wow. Yesterday was our 15th Wedding Anniversary. Unfortunately the pictures we have are literally few, and poorly done - my brother was big into photography at the time, and was really good at it. For whatever reason, by our wedding day, he just didn't feel like it, and had a poor attitude. Stinker. I still love him, heehee. Now he has his own little stinker clone (who is completely adorable, I wish we lived closer!)  I had thought I would share our story while blogging about our anniversary, but have just not really had the time - laptop is in the laptop hospital. My mom was over for my oldest son's birthday (22!), I was showing her some different things on the laptop (she has no internet! How does she live, haha?). We were serving cake, she got up to help, her foot got caught in the charger cord, and the laptop went down hard on the hardwood floor! Amazingly (especially for us), we had TEN days left on our warranty! Dell even paid for the shipping. What a huge relief! We use a lot of online stuff for homeschooling, so now all four kids have to take turns on one computer. I've had another "tragedy", my little camera died! No warranty on that one, fortunately that one isn't too terribly expensive, I just had a little Nikon Coolpix. I really liked it, and will just get another one of those on payday. Back to the point of the post, we didn't do much, being the low-key people we are. My parents took the younger three kids so we could go visit some junk/thrift stores alone before dinner, but then because I stupidly hadn't gotten clothes ready the night before, and I realized I literally had no clean clothes! While doing laundry, I went to get at least my hair and  face ready, and found that someone has dropped or stepped on my hair straightener. Yep, been that kind of week. Or two weeks. Fortunately my husband is a very patient man, and he wasn't irritated (that he showed, heehee), just felt bad for me. We did manage to hit two stores, and found a couple end tables that would look great in my 14 year old's room. David took him back a bit ago to see if he likes them. We went to T Paul's Supper Club for dinner, and it was AMAZING. We are the kind of losers who are really bad at trying the different places locally, for no reason other than when we go out alone, we generally want to know that we will like what we're paying for. I've heard nothing but good about this place, but we still have never tried it. I had a Seafood Fettuccine, and I can't gush about it enough. It had prawns, shrimp, salmon, clams, and crab. The prawns were the most perfectly cooked prawns I have ever had. David had a steak with a blue cheese bourbon sauce, and it just melted in your mouth. I also finally tried a Lemon Drop, and it was perfect - no overwhelming alcohol taste, just lemony yumminess! Definitely want to repeat that dinner sometime! I had thought it would be fun to go for a walk afterward, then go to the restaurant my son cooks at for dessert and coffee, but good grief, we were TOO full. We did go for a walk, but were so full it was rather uncomfortable. Normally we would have boxed some dinner up for later, but I didn't really want seafood sitting in the fridge, and his steak would not have been the same reheated, either! I know our little town has a few other really wonderful restaurants, and I also know that we need to get back into a date night routine! It is too easy to not go out for introverts, but it is good for us.  We then hit Goodwill, and laughed with some of the people in there about being there for our anniversary, went to my parents', visited for a while, came home, Aidan made me coffee, and I crocheted while we watched funny videos on Youtube through the tv. I will admit, in the back of my mind, I kept thinking ahead to our 20 year anniversary, and wondering, "Do we really have to wait 5 years to go to England?" I can't wait!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Nightgowns For Little Girls

Too cold! Amelia would NOT put her feet on the grass!!

I'm always finding my girls flopped on their tummies, feet in the air!

   Hey! I actually took a bit of time last night and this afternoon, and got a couple of nightgowns made! The girls only have warm pj's right now, and Amelia, especially, has been stripping down before bed. She even has managed to get a heat rash one night. Our weather is so funky, it will be warm and beautiful, but with a muggy, miserable, in-between period before the rain comes. I've had this blue fabric for a loooong time. I actually can't remember where I got it, but I think it was part of a stash given to me from the sister of a friend.  I didn't use a pattern, just the width of their chests for measuring the top bits, some straps, and a length of fabric. I'll post some pictures of the details after I get them off of the girls and washed. Also,Owen has requested a nightshirt!! So funny, I will have to see what I can do about that.
   I tell you what - this couch was such a great buy - especially for swing shift. We've realized our family really functions naturally on swing shift. Staying up a bit late, getting up a bit late, fairly lazy morning, breakfast, chores, schoolwork, dinner, David to work, more schoolwork or reading for the kids, light meals, and lately, sprawling on the pulled out bed to read and watch tv or a movie, or even just playing with toys. The kids just love it! They had one of their cousins spend the night a few days ago, so the 10 year old and 11 year old slept on the fold out, with the 14 year old on the couch. They had a great time.
   It is such a nice feeling to have something finished. I do hope the Finishing of Things continues in a steady manner!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Collection of Collages

Whew! It's been two weeks since I've posted. Life gets so crazy busy, that it gets difficult to even throw some pictures on here, but I'm determined to store these memories!! Even the bad ones. Explanation to follow. Boo.  

First up, two Family Days ago - beautiful day, our rhododendrons have been gorgeous. I wish they stayed around longer! We tried out a cafe that is newer to the area. We've read some pretty mixed reviews on it, and were hesitant, but a couple of David's coworkers love it, so we went.  Their burgers are so good!!! And their macaroni and cheese -  David and I kept snitching bites out of Mia's. They have toys, coloring, and board games for the kids, and a really relaxed atmosphere. We will be going back! Afterward, we went out to one of the biking/hiking trails out at Ft Stevens. We've biked it in the past, but it was nice for the littlest to get to walk and walk. Downside - mosquitoes! Next time, repellent. One of the upsides of walking rather than riding, is that we can stop and really see all the beautiful spots along the way. To tire the kids out further, we took them to a park before going home. 

Okay, pretty sure I should have at least cropped the pictures of the big kids - it's harder to get shots of them! Big stinkers stop wanting their pictures taken. Well, really just the 14 year old. The others just move too fast!
(Btw, the not so fun part is coming up!)

Next day,we bought a new-to-us couch (and yes, Mia's wearing the same clothes - she zonked HARD after all the walking and playing). I love the shape, and can't wait to make a slipcover for it. It is a hide-a-bed, too, which has the kids extremely excited. I steam cleaned it outside, thanks to more gorgeous weather, perfect for drying outside. I moved up to the porch, where I've been sanding down our coffee table. I was even good and taking a few pictures along the way - the outer ridge I was filling in a bit (it is so good for trapping food bits, ugh), the corner I was preparing to caulk.  Mia was pretty sleepy and curled up in my lap. I loaded a new tube of caulk and was pumping the handle when I felt something weird *and* Amelia started screaming. I was in disbelief, but knew and was sick to my stomach. I had just chopped the tip of  her finger off!!!!!  There is a hole on the caulking gun for cutting the tip off the caulking tubes and she stuck her finger in it!!! I wrapped her hand in a clean kitchen towel, threw her into the van, called David's work, handed the phone to Aidan, was going to bring Emma, but the poor girl dissolved into a puddle of tears.  Alan came with me instead, and he was just wonderful.  David met us at the hospital (he really had the best coworkers). I usually have a strong stomach and do well in these situations, but this time I was a wreck! I came so close to being sick repeatedly. *sigh* A super nice lady in the waiting room with her mother in law loaned her tablet to Amelia so she could watch Angelina Ballerina. What a huge blessing - it completely took her mind off her hand.   The nurse who cared for Amelia was male, and very encouraging and wonderful. He stitched the tip back on, and has pretty firmly cemented the idea of going into nursing into Alan's mind. He's brought it up before, but always felt funny being a guy. We've told him there are a ton of male nurses, I've shown him that Andy Paulsen of Posy Gets Cozy fame is a nurse, and then found out after telling my friend, Marion, about the whole incident, that her husband is also a nurse! Alan seems relieved, though I try to teach my kids to not worry about what society thinks of them to that extent!  
Amelia's spirits recovered quickly, and has only shown discomfort when we change her bandage. Even that is more emotional discomfort than physical. She's down to a band aid, then in a couple days we're to leave that off. I suspect she will not be happy for a few days at that point, poor girl.

 We had some quiet days of recovery (I think mostly emotional for all of us!) and relaxation. We watched some movies and baked. I made this Triple Chocolate Buttermilk Bread, and it was so good! I wasn't sure how the texture would be, but I loved it. A couple of the kids didn't enjoy it, but a couple did, so I have someone beside myself to eat it. After taking Mia to her doctor to check her finger's progress, she wanted to visit grandpa, my dad. My mom has been in Klamath Falls, helping care for her dad. He wasn't doing well, but my dad actually figured out his medication was causing some problems. The doctor took him off those meds, and he has gotten quite a bit better. Mia loves her grandpa! He has many animal identification books, and her favorite is one on spiders!! Weird girl. I've been drinking coffee out of the same cup at their house for about 25 years! I got that cup in the picture while in high school. I can't believe it's still around!

I also baked up some of our favorite scones. I love blueberry, the kids chocolate chip. After years of using baking sheets ( I usually make three) and having to switch them around in the oven, it finally dawned on me to just use pie pans! They fit on one rack, duh. Unbelievably, I've been getting some CROCHET done!! I'm making a blanket for my grandbaby in my daughter's favorite color combo. I love these circles, they've been so nice to work on in the evenings. I also got some yarn for making this dress. I've already started one in a different yarn, then lost the hook. I don't seem to have another the same size, of course. I love this pattern, too, and can't wait to make it in this linen. Well, I think I'm about caught up for now, David has begun swing shift, so I'm thinking I'll have more time at night for blogging regularly, but I have thought that before! I'm so excited to start finishing up some yarn projects!