Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you the kind of celebration that goes down in history as peaceful, one that nourishes your gullet but also your soul, and one that reminds you of your many many blessings, both near and far.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Snow Day

The kids have a snow day today as it seems the whole Pacific Northwest was hit with a dusting of snow last night. This morning when my alarm went off, I reluctantly climbed out of bed and checked to see if there was school then crawled back into bed after reading an e-mail entitled School Cancelled. Nobody needed to be awakened. We all got to sleep longer.

When the girls woke up we lay in bed reading Those Happy Golden Years. We only have two more chapters to go. Then per Avery's request I retrieved some snow from the yard to mix with sugar and milk. There was lots of toast for breakfast, some pitcures of the snow, then the girls occupied themselves playing quietly and I caught up with Soule Mama's inspiring Blog. Her Maine family recently became first-time homeowners and reading the chronicles of their experience inspired me.

Even though this was slated to be a short week because of the holiday, it's nice to have a day, just a day of rest, all because of the snow. Thanks snow!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rice Rock Museum

It was Monday and it was cold! Loading onto the buses, we were pelted with a rain/snow combo that interjected an extra amount of excitement in the air. Julia's second grade class was going on a field trip to the Rice Rock Museum and it was the first field trip I'd gotten to chaperone since she's been in elementary school. Though she still preferred to sit with a friend and stay glued to their side the whole time (sniff, sniff) I always enjoy being a part of her world at school and she always seems glad to have me there.

Their geology unit has been very high interest for Julia. She's come home full of information about volcanoes that were about to blow in Indonesia, intrusive rocks and the life cycle of a rock. This mid-century house turned museum was a treasure trove of examples of everything they've been learning about. I was amazed how vast their collection was! From gems to petrified wood, fossils to agates, even meteorites were on display here. I spied some fossilized hazelnuts much bigger than those today, intrigued by the idea that all life was bigger millions of years ago because of the extra oxygen in the air. CRAZY!

In the gift shop they were selling thunder eggs. I've always wanted one, so of course I had to get Julia and myself each one. Turns out the one she picked was a Geode, which made her just as excited. Apparently you can break a geode yourself but getting into the center of a thunder egg would take a professional. Even though they look pretty unimpressive from the outside, there is much potential for them to be amazing inside. Now that I've BOUGHT one, I'd love to get it sliced somewhere to see what it looks like inside. I'd also love to hunt for and find one in a dig sometime.

Thunder egg Outside

Thunder egg Inside

At the end of the field trip the kids got to hunt around on their outdoor rock pile for the perfect rock to take home. Rocks bring out the treasure hunter in all of us!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The skies were dark and foreboding yesterday. Then, out of nowhere a rainbow appeared, punctuating the sky with color.

I did my usual "marveling at nature" sounds and Julia said, "What's the big deal about a rainbow?" (A somewhat surprising thing for her to say given that she too loves nature).

We were headed into Joanne's and a rowdy teenager was coming out with a friend. He caught the girl's attention because he was being overly loud and silly about the rainbow, shouting, "Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh, look at that rainbow! Wow! That is really an amazing rainbow." The girls really thought he was more amazing than the rainbow.

When we came out of the store the girls imitated him, silly, hooping and hollaring about the rainbow.

Still, it was the most impressive rainbow I'd seen in awhile.

Picture courtesy of Denise (I did not take a picture).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Here Avery reads to her classroom's friend, Blackberry, who got to visit her house and have advenures with her over a few days. Julia got her classroom's friend the week before. Both visits coincided with the girls being stars of the week in their classrooms.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

© Mary Oliver

Monday, November 08, 2010

Rainy Cabin Weekend

Last month we got up to the cabin for a cozy, rainy weekend with my mom.

We purposefully laid low, reading, writing, playing, while the stormy weather raged outside.

A hike in the rain can sometimes just hit the spot, especially if you get to come inside and get warm. So we did that and of course, being in nature with my family I had to take some pictures!

In the rain, everything glistens.

The lake had a green murky look to it.

This little inlet almost seemed to have a tide, and we watched the water and everything floating in it move back and forth.

The Madronas were dressed up in their orange-red berries.

The moss on this madrona seemed to almost travel right before your eyes.

The maple leave were big, but rain coats were still necessary.

Nature, we love you so, even when it rains!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Always Grab the Blue Tootsies

Have you ever had a vanilla Tootsie roll? They are so tasty. I've managed not to eat one single piece of my kid's Halloween candy this week, but we gave Tootsie treats for Halloween and I set aside several of these for a treat. If you're a vanilla person, or even if you're not, these will please. I promise.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Have you seen Sarah's House? I recently discovered it by accident and just love it! On it, Canadian Sarah Richardson (her homeland obvious the first time she says "out") buys a house and then redoes a room in each episode. She has a great sense of color and design and her rooms turn out so cute! I especially love the fabrics she uses. Plus she and her co-designer are funny and find some real treasures for the rooms. All the home deco shows seem the same-this one stood out to me and appealed to my aesthetic. Check it out!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Hello October Goodbye October

I shouldn't scare you like this the day after Halloween but it's a post, out of nowhere! BOO!

This year we went to Lakeview Farms in North Plains to get our pumpkins. It was pouring down rain but there was still a pony ride.
There were many green pumpkins this year and lots of mud.

We decked the house out some time ago. Might I recommed the Dollar Store for future decking out needs?

Here the girls pose with their pumpkins. They drew the faces and we carved them into fruition. My husband had Julia's and it was a much more intricate endeavor. I think it has a name, too: Harold. And it's a beatnik. Two of the pumpkins got painted with chalkboard paint, the perfect surface on which to sketch chalk faces.

Last night when we were trick or treating people would say, "Oh! A princess and an Indian!" Nobody said Native American. Has that term died or is that just representative of where we live and maybe the age of the people doling out the goods? I always get such a kick out of the older guys with the pot bellies and hearty smiles who answer the door and bend down to give them their treats. One even let them each pick something for me, standing at the curb. I find people to be so jolly on Halloween.

Anyway, Julia wanted to be an Indian this year, Sacajawea to be exact. She called herself an Indian, too, so perhaps Native Amerian has died in the local lingo? Her braids were a gas to make. She was quite thrilled with her whole outfit. This smile with her new front teeth just melts me.

Avery wanted to be a princess, and chose the princess dress that we invested in long ago that keeps on giving. They had a parade at Kindergarten and the whole school basically lines the halls to watch them go by. Classic!

Another year, another fun Halloween season!