Saturday, December 16, 2006

Getting the Tree

Hello! Not a lot of new pictures to post...but here are a few we took getting the tree 2 weekends ago. :) Not the best wasn't a day full of "patience" for family pics.

Hope you are all enjoying the season. We are busy shopping and wrapping. Still need to get cards out and have about 4 "crafty" projects I'd like to get done before the big day. Not sure if those will get done at this point.

Today is our Renz family Christmas get together. Gotta run...of course we are not ready to go!

Happy December!

p.s. YES....that is the same sweater Alex is wearing as in the last post. I am loving it right now.....isn't it cute?? Gotta enjoy it while it fits. ;O)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

HAPPY THANKSGIVING....a little late!

Hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving! We just got home from spending 2 nights at Yaya's in Nehalem. Had a nice quiet Thanksgiving feast with Yaya & Uncle Jeff (2 turkeys, 3 pies, etc!). The weather was wet and stormy, but Yaya and Malia did manage to spend a little quality time in the hot tub. Thanks to UNKA for the computer updates!! Yippee!!

On Friday we headed down to Pacific City and stayed at Dad & Jan's. We missed most of the Bestul family by the time we got down there....but did get to see Bryon, Janna, Kevin, Lauren (Kevin's girlfriend), Mom, Dad & Janet. We had a day-after Thanksgiving dinner with left-overs on Friday night (they were all new to us though after coming from Nehalem). The weather was gorgeous on Saturday, but got REALLY stormy early Sunday morning. (Hit some snow on the summit coming home.) Rourke and I took a quick trip to Lincoln City and Chinook Winds Casino. Woo-hoo!! (not really...lost our money but had free pop!! :) )

Here are a few pictures from our long Thanksgiving weekend. I didn't do too great of a job capturing our real Thanksgiving dinner.......:(

Bye for now.

p.s. Alex is getting at least 1 upper tooth in!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Crafty Ladies

Here are a few of the things I have been working on for the "Crafty Ladies" bazaar....and another bazaar coming up. There are still a few more things I would like to try (bracelets, earrings, and more).....but I just need to get motivated! :)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

First Day of Preschool

This past Thursday was Malia's first day of preschool (now that she is 3). Here is a picture of her and Alex on our way out the door. She loved school and can't wait to go back this coming week. I can't believe she was started "school". She even has her first HOMEWORK! Okay, it's only decorating a feather for the turkey they are making. ;O)


After the birthday festivities died down (barely), it was HALLOWEEN!! Grandpa Chuck, Grandma Jan, and Grandma Jeaneen came over to Trick or Treat with us. This was the first year that Malia was really excited about the whole thing, and really "got it". Malia was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and Alex was the Cowardly Lion. She would have liked Rourke and I to dress up as the the Scarecrow and the Good Witch, but it didn't happen this year. :)
I'm still not sure if she had more fun trick or treating, or giving out candy at our house. Everytime the door bell rang, she would scream with excitement and run as fast as possible to the door....unfortunately her new "Dorothy" shoes were a little slippery on the wood floors! :)

Too bad it was sooooo cold and windy Halloween night. Dorothy had to wear a coat (her new birthday coat, thanks Bestul family!), tights and a shirt under her costume. :( What a drag! We did a short trip down our street and around the cul-de-sac to visit our favorite neighbors. Alex went out for a bit too. It was plenty of candy for us......I mean Malia. Ha ha.

:) Linda

Just the Guys... (and one crazy girl)

I love this picture of Rourke, Alex, and Grandpa John.

The guys, kicking back watching a game. Notice the remote control. It's one thing Alex has really loved for months. Funny how young that obsession begins.

Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays!!

I am still catching up on posting pictures from the past week. I have been sick (again), so it's taking me forever to do anything it seems. Here are a few pictures from last weekend when we celebrated Malia's 3rd birthday (I can't believe she is 3!!), along with Rourke, Cousin Kelli, Mom & Dad. October is a big birthday month for my side and also Rourke's side of the family. We celebrated at our traditional DIM SUM lunch earlier in October with the Renz family. :) We had the party at our house, and Malia got to choose what kind of party she wanted. She chose to have a "Halloween Party" first I think she thought everyone was going to dress up! We settled on a Halloween theme.

Here are a few pictures from the party......and a couple of other birthday pics (non-party).

It was a fun time.

I love the last picture of Malia playing the harmonica.......Alex LOVES it every time.

:) Linda

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Plumper Pumpkin Patch

I am a little behind on posting what we have been up to! On Saturday, October 21st Rourke, Malia, Alex, Yaya Peggy and I went to the PLUMPER PUMPKIN PATCH! It's our 3rd year in a row. It was a gorgeous day with a lot of other folks out at the same time.......and a Cub Scout troop too........ugh. Anyway, we saw the animals, (Alex wasn't sure about the goats that wanted to get to know him a little better), went through 2 hay mazes, went down the big slides (there was a new HUGE one), and for Malia the best part was the pony ride. This year she got to ride "Squeakers". Here are a few pics from that day....................

Monday, October 23, 2006

Quote for A Monday..........

"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance."

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Any Guesses??

Here is a little teaser of what Malia is going to be for Halloween:

She was so excited when this part of the costume came in the mail yesterday........

A birthday AND Halloween......LIFE IS GOOD! ;O)

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Stormy Sky Pics

Here are a few pictures from right after we had gotten our new camera. The sky turned all dark & gray, then the wind picked up. Malia had some fun in the backyard. Take a look.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Cool Scrapbooking Blogs

I need to quit reading these blogs and actually start DOING some scrapbooking.

Here are a few cool blogs from some amazing scrapbookers. :O)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Okay, I have to share this with everyone.......loook at this SPIDER that was crawling across the carpet this evening. This is the "after/dead" view. I didn't stop to take a live picture for fear of losing this thing. This was **THE** biggest spider I have EVER seen. It was the size of a Tarantula, but not as thick. the leg span was incredible. I would say before it met the sole of my shoe, it was as big as the bottom of a coffee cup (if not bigger). It was NOT a Daddy Long Leg.

I put a tube of lipgloss (standard Chapstik) size next to it to give you an idea of how big it was....and remember how they always shrink up after they are dead.

Really, it was HUUUUUGGGGGEEEEE! And how did it get so big? Are there more? Will I sleep tonight? I don't know.