Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Holidays!

(photos copyrighted by jcpenny, used with permission)

Friday, December 26, 2008


One good thing that came from the *dun dun duh* Arctic Blast 08 is that we finally got to make a snowman! My niece has been wanting to make a snowman since it started snowing two weeks ago. At first the snow didn’t stick, then it blew around all blizzard-like… When that stopped, it was too powdery. We finally got some snowman making snow a few days ago, but by the time she woke up from nap it was raining (well, freezing rain).

Then it started snowing on Christmas. Then it poured down rain. Then it snowed again! The weather has gone all schizophrenic on us. When it stopped snowing, we were finally able to go out and make the snowman. Good thing she got a snowman making kit for Christmas! There was enough snow left over to make another one, but people were getting cold and the turkey was almost out of the oven.

Which brings me to another good thing about the *dun dun dun* Arctic Blast 08. We cooked the whole Christmas eve dinner by ourselves (our generation: me, Richard, my sis-in-law and her sister). We had fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and corn bread. Then for dessert we had blueberry swirl cheesecake!

For Christmas dinner, we at least had my mom there to help with things. It was our first turkey! We were supposed to go to my aunt’s house in Scappoose, but that wasn’t an option. We were going to deep fry it… Well, we had to bake it, but it turned out really good. Richard brined it and we baked it in the convection oven. Er… and we had green beans and mashed potatoes again, but that’s okay, they were gooooood! I even made gravy (yes, hell might have froze over). I personally think the gravy was the best part of the dinner, but I may be bias. We finished it up with more blueberry swirl cheesecake and peanut butter cream pie.

Today was back to work after having snow days all this week. My bus still isn’t running so I’m relying on others to get me to and from work. Hopefully it will be running by Monday.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snow Day!

Dear Bloggers:
Sunday was a snow day in Portland (and surrounding areas). I love the snow. However, the silly East wind blew the whole time. This is my only picture, from my cell phone as I ran from the car to my brother's house. Yes, I did leave and take my precious baby across town in the blizzard to bake cookies... okay, it wasn't quite a blizzard, but I've never seen snow blown around quite like it was on Sunday.

It's going to snow tomorrow, perhaps. They aren't often right... but they were right about Sunday. Maybe it won't be so windy and I can bundle Sabrina up and get some pictures... if it does snow.

I got to work yesterday morning via public transportation (good ol' trimet). My building was closed, but the office was open. I decided to treat myself to a Seattle's Best eggnog latte and it was gross! I should have just crossed the street to Starbucks, but it was so cold! Learned my lesson...

I've let my flickr account expire. I've just been too lazy to renew it. However, I've exceded my monthly uploads already (from before it expired), so I might do that tonight. I have some pictures to upload of the kids playing nicely together (for all of 2 minutes).

Monday, December 8, 2008

8 months

DSC_0263, originally uploaded by a-chan.

8 months, really?

Almost crawling forward, but can get where she wants most of the time by rolling, scooting, crawling backwards and doing 360s on her bum.
Waving. Yes, she's an early waver (okay, not all that early, the interwebs say not all 8 month olds can).
Leans towards me with outstretched arms if she wants me to hold her
She says: "Ah-da-da-da-da" and "Mom-mom-mom-mom" and sometimes there's an "N" in there for "mnah-nah-nah"
Going slow on the food because of her eczema. It's hard to tell if she's really allergic to foods or if her skin is flaring up for other reasons.

Naps in the car and then won't nap at home (as in, 5 minute car rides from church to home or the mall to a restaurant across the street).


Up next: project info in that cute hat and the cornucopia I crocheted for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Blue Moon De-Stash sale

Okay, you caught me. I didn't go. My SIL and I have been talking about getting the kids' pictures taken (professionally)... and talking and talking and talking. Well, they had my oldest niece this weekend, so we made the appointment.

Yeah, 9:40am in Clackamas. There was no possible way to get to Scappoose in time for the sale. The pictures are really cute. They're going to email me some images that I can use online. I'll post them as soon as I get them.

But back to the yarn sale. My cousin DID go and she got me some goooood stuff! I gave her a $30 limit and the kinds of yarn I like and she knows my colors. This is what she found:

The blue-ish one is Twisted and the green is Worsten Wear. I can't wait to pick these up from her. I'm thinking baby sweaters (no surprise there, I seem to be in a baby rut. Not a bad place to be when you have a baby!)

Up next: 8 month update! (insert freak out here)

In the wild

DSC00118, originally uploaded by a-chan.

I think I probably blogged this one back in the day when I did it. If not here's it's ravelry page: 1st feather and fan scarf