Monday, November 30, 2009
(Perhaps I shouldn't have posted the link ... now you know how to do it. But - I've already done half the work for you - and isn't it more fun to do together?)
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Our friends Erin and Sandor left for Atlanta for the holiday, and since Na was watching their dogs we commandeered their house for Thanksgiving dinner, seeing how they have a bigger dining room table and double ovens. (When I say commandeered, I'm actually pretty sure it was Erin's idea in the first place ... she even set the dining room table for us! It was very nice of her.)
So, we invited a few others over - Chris and I, Na, friends John, Julie and Dionne from work, and Will from my cohort at school. Here's Na, making the mashed potatoes ...
Julie made an apple crisp, Dionne brought a sweet potato pie (I'd never had one before and OMG it was delicious!), Na made a pumpkin pie and Will brought green beans. Everything was so yummy and it was nice to have such good company! We ate early, about 1:30 in the afternoon, so everyone who had to work could get there on time. Scoop and I spent the rest of the afternoon napping and trying to catch up on some Project Runway. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Soon after I signed up for the exchange I spotted a bunch of tiny pinecones outside the Journalism building at school so I gathered some up thinking they could be used somehow. I bought some clear glass ornaments at Target and, after breaking the stems on a few pinecones, finally managed to get this bunch in in one piece. I used craftwire to hold it in place, and added some red ribbon.
For the next ornament, I used some spray adhesive that I had from a past project and sprayed the inside of the ornament, and then poured in some gold glitter. The first one ended up in the garbage because there was basically a clump of glitter on the bottom, but the second time it seemed to coat the inside better. After pouring in the glitter (using a funnel fashioned from a magazine page) I twirled the ornament around to coat the inside, and then poured out the excess glitter.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
For a wonderful, supportive husband, who makes me laugh and keeps me grounded ...
For our little Scoop, who keeps us on our toes ...
For my sisters, who are also my friends ...
For my friends, who are also my sisters ...
For three sets of awesome parents ...
For our amazing extended families ...
For our health ...
For the opportunity to be in grad school ...
For so many more blessings than I could ever put in words ...
We are thankful.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I got to meet the famous baby Thomas (pictured here with his Tia Leia)
The older kids played dress-up ... note Gabriel's shoes
Abby, Addisen and McKenna
Abby giving Chris a manicure
Monday, November 16, 2009
This is Chris, above, in his senior yearbook. How young does he look!? This weekend we made a really quick trip to Phoenix for the Marcos De Niza class of 1999's 10-year reunion. It was a small turnout for a class of more than 400, but it was really fun for us to get to see our friends we don't get to see often enough, and visit with the Gabels, too.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
She's becoming more comfortable here, which is a good thing and trouble all at the same time. This week, she likes to "dig" in her bed, drag it all around (which takes quite an effort, she's not yet 4 pounds) and flip it over. She had her first shots last night and took it like a trooper. We're excited that our friend Ashlie, who just moved to Reno from Quincy with her adorable two kids, went to my mom's this week and brought home one of Scoop's sisters and named her Charlie. We can't wait for Scoop and Charlie to have a play date!
Monday, November 2, 2009
On Halloween night, we went out for a few hours with some friends. Na, Erin and I were flapper girls. *Our costumes are handmade by Na, Erin and Erin's mom, and they came out great. I can say I probably did maybe 2 percent of my dress. Thanks so much girls!
Hope you all had a wonderful Halloweekend! See more of our pictures here.