Sunday, December 25, 2011

Yes

It could happen any time, tornado,
earthquake, Armageddon. It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.


It could, you know. That's why we wake
and look out -- no guarantees
in this life.


But some bonuses, like morning,
like right now, like noon,
like evening.

~ William Stafford

Thursday, December 22, 2011

One That Didn't Make the Cut

Wishing you merriment this Christmas!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

For My Dear Friend Molly, In Memory of Aaron

Heron Rises From The Dark, Summer Pond

So heavy
is the long-necked, long-bodied heron,
always it is a surprise
when her smoke-colored wings

open
and she turns
from the thick water,
from the black sticks

of the summer pond,
and slowly
rises into the air
and is gone.

Then, not for the first or the last time,
I take the deep breath
of happiness, and I think
how unlikely it is

that death is a hole in the ground,
how improbable
that ascension is not possible,
though everything seems so inert, so nailed

back into itself--
the muskrat and his lumpy lodge,
the turtle,
the fallen gate.

And especially it is wonderful
that the summers are long
and the ponds so dark and so many,
and therefore it isn't a miracle

but the common thing,
this decision,
this trailing of the long legs in the water,
this opening up of the heavy body

into a new life: see how the sudden
gray-blue sheets of her wings
strive toward the wind; see how the clasp of nothing
takes her in.
-Mary Oliver

Well Hello There, Come on In!

It's our first Christmas in our new house and here's what awaits when you come in the front door....
I am LOVING our tree this year! So cozy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Black Friday Our Way

Following Thanksgiving my mom spent the weekend with us and we got out and had some adventures with her.
We took her to the "Blue Heron Park" for some fresh air and a dose of nature.
The girls practiced their dance moves.
We came upon the blue heron, exciting!
These leaves looked cool to me.
I love the way these trees looked against the sky.
Apparently this is how we do bridges, like rebels.


By the time we came back around the trail, the heron had moved.
Such a nice day.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

T-Give 2011

This year we had our first Thanksgiving in our new house and it was great.
My mom and sister-in-law were our treasured guests.
The hus did turkey and stuffing. I think it turned out so well because he was wearing his new Ducks jersey while he cooked. Mom was on gravy and desserts. Girls did table decor. Sis-in-law did spuds and the best fudge on the planet. I made sides. The best thing I made was this.
There was football and a kiddo craft. Mom brought the stuff to make these hilarious and tasty edible turkeys.
Before bed we snuggled into the couch for a viewing of the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. The adults watched a hilarious episode of Modern Family after the kids went down.
We have an awful lot to be thankful for.

Lice Knowing You

Seems worth bookmarking,THIS GENIUS BUSINESS,should YOU ever be faced with headlice..........

Monday, November 28, 2011

Avocado, anyone?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Brother

It's my brother Ryan's 37th birthday today.

Ry is someone special. He was the first person to make me a sister and he's been making me feel like a great one since day one.

I don't remember life without Ry snd I can't imagine life without him either.

Today, I am lucky for each laugh we've shared and I can't wait until the next time when we can take stupid pictures on the Spree sitting in his living room and laugh.

Make a wish, today is your day.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

CH CH CH CH Changes

Julia BEFORE her haircut
Julia AFTER

Friday, November 25, 2011

Photo Friday

Just a few hanging on now.....

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Grandma Zenor and Girls, Thanksgiving 2007, Winchester, Oregon
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Baskin' in the Memories

Remember Clown Cones from Baskin Robbins? My friend Ed gave me Baskin Robbin "bucks" eons ago that I've been carrying around in my wallet. Out of the blue I remembered clown cones and how the girls had never had them. Last weekend while my husband was at the Duck game, I took them down to Baskin Robbins and they each chose a clown cone: World Class Chocolate for Avery and Mint Chip for Julia. They were a hit! Good times!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dropping Keys

The small person
Builds cages for everyone
She
Sees.

Instead, the sage,
Who needs to duck her head,
When the moon is low,
Can be found dropping keys, all night long
For the beautiful,
Rowdy,
Prisoners.


~ Hafiz
Found this poem HERE.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Just Another Maddie Monday

Check out Maddie's zoo face!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Project 333

Lately I've been overwhelmed by stuff.

Whether it's toys, clothes or kitchen utensils, it all feels like too much. As our main STUFF GATHERER, I am quite in touch with how much STUFF enters this house on a regular basis. As our STUFF MANAGER I am also quite in touch with the task of maintaining, cleaning, and organizing the stuff. I find myself craving SIMPLICITY. I want to surround myself with the things that we truly use and eliminate the excess.

I want to be more like a pioneer. Clothing then was more function than fashion. You didn't have the luxury of not wearing something because you didn't like it or were tired of it or it had gone out of style. You certainly didn't shop for more unless it was a true necessity. I want to be content with what I have because what I have is enough, and I am lucky to have it.

My friend Maria was telling me about Project 333 and I love the idea of trying it. It comes at a perfect time and seems like a good place to start. I'll still have WAY more stuff than my favorite t.v. pioneer up there, but it seems like a good exercise in paring down and keeping things pared down. It seems like it's a step in the right direction towards making simplicity a deliberate habit. Will let you know how it goes.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Remembering Hawaii (The Post That's Been Long in Coming)

Now that November is here with its dark days, it seems like just the right time to harken back to the summer and in particular to our Hawaiian vacation where we did some amazing things on the island of Kauai.
Tunnels on the North Shore, was a great place to snorkel. We found lots of heart shaped coral and had a GREAT day in the sun.
We ate coconut pancakes at Kountry Kitchen and took a long bike ride on the Coconut Coast. We shouted Coconut Coast like Oprah might. AWE-SOME!
We ate at a Hawaiian McDonalds and tried custardy coconut Hapua pie.
We went to the Smith Family Luau. It was a lot of fun: great food and a real taste of Hawaiian culture. We even met a nice family from Canada and the girls frolicked with their boys, finding frogs in the dusk.
The kids were constantly hunting for lizards and geckos.
In Hawaii you can find any kind of food you want. We got Thai on the East side. Despite the name, this restaurant made very tasty Thai.
In Kauai, sitting in the waves was habit. It was also pretty normal to just LAY in the water.
We ate lots of Shave ice and enjoyed Blizzard Shave Ice best of all on the East shore.
One day we went up to Waimea Canyon and explored a bit. Kauai has its own Grand Canyon within. CRAZY!
We had slow days and go days. Many books were read on this vacation!
We went on a short hike through tall bamboo to see this amazing swimming hole and tree!
We took a short stroll through a jungle. No shortage of interesting plants, flowers, and smells on that trail!
We found a great bookstore in Hanapepe Town. It is also home to the Hanapepe swinging bridge.
Have you ever had a PUKA dog? Even on Weight Watchers I was able to
induldge and I was surprised how tasty they were!
Every day Avery would find a clean Plumeria blossom on the ground for me to tuck behind my left ear. (It must be said that this pic was taken in our rental JEEP with removable top!)
We were very near the Hyatt and took a stroll through their beautiful grounds, grabbing a hammock opportunity as it presented itself. Despite the fact that the beach behind the Hyatt is virtually unswimmable for kiddos, the girls decided we would be staying there next time.
Posh resort in one corner, roosters in the other. Nobody tells you about all the wild chickens running around Hawaii.
One night the local Rotary club was sponsoring an outdoor movie at Poipu Beach so we walked down and saw Karate Kid. It rained a few times during the movie but with the stars and palms overhead and the warm breezes, it was such fun. I've been wanting to see an outdoor movie for a long time and that was a pretty good movie, too!
Old Koloa Town was very close to the South Shore where we stayed and was a fun place to browse and take pictures with "the locals."
The candy apple bananas in Hawaii are so tasty. I have always like bananas but THESE bananas were indeed even better than most.
I met my dream tree, the Albizia.
We'll be back, Hawaii. We'll be back....