A Sad Night

Terry & I were watching the movie Elf on Saturday night when we happened to notice some flashing lights outside our house. We looked out the window and saw this unfortunate sight:



That’s smoke pouring out of our neighbor’s house. The firemen were there for a few hours.  Thankfully the couple that lived there was gone when the fire started and had taken their dog with them–something they rarely do.

We’re thinking and praying for them as they go through this tough time in their lives.

The last weekend

Christmas is coming so soon! I had a small amount of knitting to finish before Christmas but I pretty much gave up because it’s stressful to have so many things that have to be worked on and finished before a certain date. I prefer to relax or play with Abigail in the evening rather than feeling so much urgency to finish this or that particular project. I’m working on the Hemlock Ring Blanket adapted by Brooklyn Tweed & the Rainey Sisters at the moment. I’m using Cascade Ecological Wool and it is truly wonderful to work with! This is such a nice pattern because once you get to the Feather & Fan section there are 4 rows of stockinette stitch in between each pattern row so it’s great for working on in the car! I’m working on row 57 right now with 44 rows to go.

Truthfully this whole year has sped past me like a freight train. Who would have thought that having a new baby would use a lot of your free time? I love all the time I get to spend with dear Abigail, and she has grown very attached to us! The smiles, hugs & sloppy kisses when we get home are a true joy for both Terry & I. Though generally her kisses are only bestowed upon me!

I got a Cookie Press from Pampered Chef earlier this year because I know how much Terry likes spritz cookies. Making those is on the agenda for Saturday morning/early afternoon and then Kathy is coming over to watch Abigail while we go out. We’ll maybe do a little Christmas shopping since we’re out but it’s going to be a date night for us! I’m excited! I really like hanging out with my dear husband!

We’ve got about 1/2 the presents bought so far and none of them wrapped so that will be our Sunday and Monday project, along with finishing the purchases. We’re celebrating with Kathy on Tuesday so we’ve got to get those presents ready first! Everything else we can finish on Wednesday because we both have the day off! Abigail will have a shorter day at daycare so we can finish the last few things and then a Christmas Eve service at our church!

Have a fun last weekend before Christmas!

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I am almost to the point where I can start blogging again regularly. We’re backing up all our photos to flickr from 2003 to present. Right now we’ve got over 16,000 pictures uploaded, then they need to be organized. It’s a time consuming endeavor. Flickr organizes your photos by most recently uploaded rather than date taken so we decided to wait on all the recent pictures until the archives are completed. Pictures of Abigail & updates will resume shortly, hopefully next week! Until then I will leave you with a few older photos.

February 2003 – Our Wedding


December 2003 – the day our niece Alyssa was born


December 2004

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August 2005 – Along the North Shore

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Christmas 2006


January 2007 – Governor’s Inaugural Ball


May 2007 – Hiking with friends in Washington State


May 6, 2008 – Right after Abigail was born


It has been a very enjoyable 7 1/4 years since I met Terry. We’ve gone through many things and we still love each other very much. Much more than the day we got engaged or the day we got married or even the day Abigail was born. He is my best friend, a wonderful husband and a super father! I Love You Terry!