Sunday, December 30, 2007

oh, sweet boy.

how can this cute face be the cause of so much pain? (although, looking at the above photo, I don't see why tonight's events were any surprise to me)

sure, he didn't MEAN to. of course it was an accident. but seriously, is it EVER okay to push one's peer off of a precipice? is it? NO!



Thursday, December 27, 2007

My Christmas

On Christmas Eve we went to the LA Zoo with the Harveys and the Thomsons, and then had a late lunch at Round Table pizza. (there are only 2 in the southland area. this is very painful for me)
the boys and I arrived back home on the Saturday before Christmas, and for 3 nights I was not allowed to sleep in my own bed.
That's right. The couch. Once, I slept in Fletcher's bed with him - but it wasn't so fun waking up at 2:30 a.m. to "Mom, my bed is wet."
This is the reason for my banishment:

Craig built me a sewing center! He bought the table parts and shelving at IKEA, and stained them blue, bought several storage bins to go on the shelves and under the bed, and painted our bedroom sea-foam green.

you can't see it perfectly, but there on the left side of the last picture is a section that is now my writing desk. My laptop can plug right in to the printer and scanner, and all my reference books are on the shelves.

Naturally, I have the most thoughtful and amazing husband on the planet.
sniff, sniff

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Best Quilt Shop in California

A while ago, Sue Rhodes and Brenda Houston (mom, to the likes of me) opened a quilt shop in Weaverville called Textile Traditions. It's Awesome!

A wonderful lady named Bridgite brought this box of vintage patterns for me to pick through while I was up there. I came home one happy lady!

Mom teaches quilting classes every now and then at the shop, this was the last quilt they made. So cute!

Lots of fat quarters, and so many colors. I got myself some flannel and some great dotted fabric. Yay!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Los Angeles meets Weaverville. (Or, goes back to Weaverville)

I loved this shot of my boots with Dad's boots. :)
A Field Trip

Grandpa had me bring the boys out to his work on Monday last week, and they got to see salmon in all of their stages.

The boys were really interested! Then we went over to the spawning shed, and Dad opened the trap to allow tons of fish to flop inside, and then get sleepy in a bath, and then get their heads chopped off.
That was where Connor stopped liking it so much. He thought the blood and guts were gross.

That's the fish ladder, going up the hill from the river to the hatchery.

Friday, December 21, 2007

I'm not Home yet.

That's the view from my folks' backyard. Connor was freaked out the first morning when he kept hearing this noise, and I said, "Hon, that's a bird." (so. sad.) And then Fletcher came running to the window asking about all the ice all over stuff, and aunt Jacquie explained. His response, "Frost? What is frost?!"
my kids are SO from L.A.
The weatherman forecast a bunch of snow for the early morning when we were supposed to head back, so we're staying until tomorrow. The summit should be nice and clear and free of ice by then. For now, I'm enjoying:

A real pine tree. Complete with scent. (but then, the whole town smells like this, year round, so...)

crocheting with mom's hand-spun, hand-dyed yarns.

Editing my book, free of interruption. Sort of.

Wii!! We brought ours up, and it has been thoroughly enjoyed.

Playing with fire.

And letting the kids do whatever they please for 6 days straight.

I'll post highlights - like visiting Grandpa's work - when we get back.

Friday, December 14, 2007

one last post:

I hadn't looked closely at this picture before today, Nan. That has got to be the awesomest face I have ever seen you make. :) Hahahahahahahahaha! Now that you are 30, maybe people will start thinking you are Elle's mom instead of her sister....


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Making Lists, Back Soon

1. Things to do before I go
2. Things to pack
3. Christmas presents left to get (short list, whew!)
4. how many ways I'll miss my hubby while I'm gone

The boys and I are driving up to Weaverville on Saturday. I'll be out of the blogosphere until next weekend! Think safe thoughts for us!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"Okay, I'm gonna shave it. For real this time" (because he's been saying that for DAYS) "What should I do?"

Mr. Green, in the Lavatory, with a Candlestick?

that one was so fun he almost decided to keep it. but he didn't. he's back to jaw-length sideburns (they get a little longer every year, I think....) and kissable face! Yay!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Whenever it gets to be cold I have this urge to crochet stuff. And then I wish that I could follow a pattern and make more than scarves and blankets, and then I wish that I could knit... It's a downward spiral. :) Here's my past couple of days' work.

Crocheting is a great thing to do while watching movies like Live Free or Die Hard, and Bourne Identity. I'm just saying.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Am I going to be warm tonight! Finished the robe in all it's flannel-y toille-y glory.

well, okay. Maybe not finished. Maybe I still have to actually sew the buttons on and do the hem, but whatever. Easy. I've been wearing the nightgown almost every night (and feeling very much like Jane Austen, yes) but it's been kinda cold. So, I'll be very happy to have some long-sleeved goodness to wrap myself in during these chilly los angeles nights. (listen, we don't have a heater at ALL, okay? it does get kinda cold here!)

*big thanks to Nan for spying the fab fabric for it!! :)
I can't tell you how many times he's been "going to shave" and then not done it. For a WHILE, obviously. :) When he does, we'll take a series of fun facial hair photos for your viewing enjoyment.

In the meantime, I'm going through kissing withdrawals.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

All Wrapped Up

Karalenn does this every year. The first time I went to her house and saw her cupboards all wrapped in paper I was torn between "You are Crazy" and "You are a Genius!"

This is the first year I have tried it. (lots of tape) It really adds a festive air to my dull cream kitchen. Maybe I'll keep it up all year... *grin*

Sunday, December 02, 2007

so we decided to take a stand against the impending holiday poundage. we decided that even though our entire family is coughing and miserable that craig and i would still exercize yesterday, and get going on this whole, "getting healthy" thing. (can i just say that things do NOT taste that good without salt?)
so i did this great thing, and i got out my standing pilates workout video while craig went to the gym last night, and i did all of the impossibly difficult exercizes and produced lots of sweat and thought that maybe working out so hard, for the first time in months, might even help me beat this cold/nausea/cough thing sooner.

and then i woke up this morning and cursed the day that standing (or any kind of, for that matter) pilates was EVER invented. my legs feel like they belong on the Human Torch, and my knees feel like they belong on a 130 year old woman with arthritis. my cough is grosser than it was yesterday and i have new symptoms that i will spare you the details of.

you're welcome.

it's a good thing i had this to make me feel better:

no better way to start a diet than to eat the better part of an entire pan of triple chocolate chunk brownies, eh?