Thursday, December 30, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Jenica really has been the star of the show these last few days. Christmas is certainly more fun with her around, especially now that she's old enough to understand and be excited about it. I cooked a Christmas dinner for our family on Thursday night, Friday night was spent with the Bachelders, and tonight was spent with the Gatchel's (Rob's mom and family). Unfortunately, Rob came down with the nasty flu bug that's been going around at about 1:00 this morning so he has been in bed most of the day and missed out on the delicious dinner at Nana's house. Feel better soon honey :)
Thursday, December 23, 2010
It's not loaded, don't worry! I had been wanting to take some creative shooting pictures for a while now though so we drove up in the woods today and had a little fun, plus we got to see some snow, so it was just a fun day all around. We'll still need to do it again sometime, as I had planned to not have Jenica with us but due to her and her babysitter both throwing up that morning, we ended up having to take her with us. She seemed to enjoy herself though, especially getting to wear Daddy's "ear muffs."
I just love the tree Rob picked out for us this year. Due to busy schedules and the fact that he was volunteering at the church tree lot one Saturday, he picked it out all by himself. Hopefully next year we will get to make it a family outing, but fortunately for Jenica, she was able to go with Judah and his family to pick out their tree so she didn't miss out on the experience, and even got to ride on a tractor - which she is still talking about almost two weeks later.
So my best friend (who has lived in Vegas for the last 5 years) totally surprised me with a visit to Portland last weekend. She couldn't have done it with out the help of the lovely (and sneaky) Emelye Cunningham, who had arranged to meet me for lunch at my favorite little pizza place in Oregon City on Saturday. Looking back now, the whole thing was a little fishy but I didn't have a clue as to why until Joi walked through the door. It was such a great Christmas present to have her here and although we only got to hang out briefly on Saturday, we were able to spend the whole day together on Monday. Our day included brunch at Biscuits Cafe, letting Jenica open her Christmas present from Auntie Joi early, some last minute Christmas shopping, watching the season finale of Survivor that we had both missed the night before, and then dinner with some City Bible friends before dropping her off at the airport for the trip home. During our Christmas shopping, I needed to pick up my wedding rings at Jared so we did some browsing and I am now fully versed on the type of ring Joi likes. So... bring on the boyfriend and when the time comes I will be the perfect helper when it's time for him to pop the big question.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Busy week! Almost half of my pictures are from birthday parties! We had lots of fun though! First it was Addison's 1st birthday at Round Table Pizza, then KK's Birthday celebration at Red Robin, and finally Keeley's 3rd birthday party today at the little gym. Here are this weeks pictures:
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Every year my work does free pictures with Santa - all you have to do is bring in a donation of 2 cans of food for the Oregon Food bank. Jenica still wasn't quite sure what to think of the big guy in red but she warmed up to him enough (with Mommy near by) to tell him that she wants princess stuff for Christmas. Here is last years picture:
And her very first time on Santas lap in 2008:
Jenica got to come to work with us in McMinnville today to help share the news that she is going to be a big sister and to share in the pre Civil War festivities that were going on at the office. For lunch we took a walk to a near by park and played for a little while, which is where I took this cool picture of Jenica gazing into a fountain.
Is it really December already? Christmas is right around the corner and I only have one more month left of my Project 365 (insert sigh of relief here.) Jenica posed for some cute pictures in her Christmas dress today and I'll have the studio set up for one more month so if you'd like to schedule something, let me know!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Having Kylo put down was probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I just never wanted to have to decide when his life would end, I wanted him to just go peacefully in his sleep. But now that it's done and I know he is no longer suffering or in pain, I can see that it was truly what was best for him. It will still be sad for a while to come home to an empty house, or not have him come in after Jenica eats dinner and clean up her mess on the floor, but he lived a long, full life and I certainly have lots of memories and pictures to remember him by. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us and offered their condolences. We certainly have a wonderful group of friends and family.