Sunday, December 12, 2010

Santa Visit 2010

Soren was pretty concerned about our being out of town for Christmas. He wanted to be sure Santa would know where to find him for the big day. Fortunately for us, the mall Santas spend the entire month of December listening to kid's wish lists so we managed to sneak in a quick visit before our trip. 2010-12-11 15.17.53 He asked for the movie "How to Tame Your Dragon."

Saturday, December 11, 2010


We saw Tangled in 3-D. 2010-12-11 15.07.35 Loved it!

Monday, November 29, 2010

The 2010 Gingerbread House, er, Train

Another thing we wanted to be sure to do before our Christmas trip was our annual gingerbread house. This year we built a train. 2010-11-28 18.23.38 I can't say it is our best creation ever. But it didn't help that Soren was going for "scary" while I was aiming for "cute and charming."

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Vacation Countdown

Understanding just how many days left to wait before our vacation is a bit of an abstract and confusing subject for Soren. To help him we created a countdown calendar. Here he is marking off the days that have passed. 2010-11-28 15.00.50 Yeah, he was in the Christmas spirit!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

We went up to Wenatchee for Thanksgiving. Apparently I was on a partial photo-taking strike because I only took photos of a few things. Like exactly how much whipped cream is enough when we let Soren control the dosing. 2010-11-25 10.20.24 And the fun of playing out in the snow! philippines 055 2010-11-25 08.41.30 And the not so fun parts of driving in the snow. 2010-11-27 09.47.34 But that's it. No photos of the yummy food (which was of course delicious and bountiful) or the lovely time we had with Peter's mom. Oh well. I guess I'll need to do better next year.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Water Babies

We're planning a trip to the Philippines for Christmas. Water plays kind of a central role in our plans.

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We weren't sure how that was going to go for Soren. He loves playing in the water but has always HATED getting his face wet.

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So Peter has been taking him to twice a week swimming lessons for the past few months.

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And then a little at home practice. Hurrah! Success!

Friday, November 05, 2010

This Tooth

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving must be one of the best kid events.

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A perfect excuse to get your hands all slimey and gross...

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And to let your imagination run wild with all the scary detail you want your mom to carve into the pumpkin...

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And the end result is a big scary face that will soon get moldy and rotten. Awesome!

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Blog? What blog?

Hm. Blogging. What do I think about blogging?

I'm so grateful for all the blogging I've done. That I've snatched up those little moments. Captured them in words and images to remember the tiny moments with my beloved family.

I so love to read the blogs of my friends. To see what is happening in their lives. To hear about the day to day details that fill a life.

I love blogs.

And yet.


My blog has been sitting unwritten lately. Not for lack of content. Not for lack of photos. But just for lack of time. Sometimes blogging just feels like yet another thing that needs to happen in my overly busy life.

At first I wrote it off as the marathon training. That did take time and that time had to come from somewhere. Did it come from my blogging time?

But the marathon was three weeks ago...and well, I haven't exactly been Miss Prolific since then, eh?

So, not sure what is happening. My sweetest boy and sweetest husband are still my sweetest loves. And they still fill my heart with joy and make me want to tell the world how they are so filled with The Awesome. And yet...yet. I may just need to tell you about it when I next see you. As I wait for my blogging inspiration to return.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Quick Michigan Trip

Soren and I went to Michigan for a quick trip. And I actually forgot to bring my camera! Shocking and unforgiveable. But at least I had my camera phone available for cute photo moment emergencies. 2010-10-23 14.54.20 I was actually there for my 25th high school class reunion! It was a blast. I guess I'll need to go to the 30th year reunion if I want to get any pictures.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Victoria Marathon 2010

Warning: this post comes with more pictures of me than have ever appeared on this site!

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See, it appears that running marathons makes me happy.

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Freakishly, can't-stop-smiling kind of happy.

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Wow, you can really see the excitement on my face. In every last shot.

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Months and months of training...

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...all culminating on this one huge day.

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Surrounded by thousands of like-minded people who have been equally devoted to the cause all summer.

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Seriously, don't I look like I'm about to burst with giddiness?

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Those shots? Ever last one taken before the race started.

Then the gun went off.

I endured 26.2 miles of agony (though, truth be told, not all of them were actually agony.) Whoa, I'd even done this before and still was surprised just how f.a.r. a marathon is. (For those of you who haven't done one: it is far. Very far.) It hurt. I hurt. A lot.

And the end...I was still moving.

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Barely, perhaps. But I was indeed moving forward.

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And I crossed that finish line!

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And was back to smiling again.

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This last picture really makes me laugh. Peter took one look at my face in the hotel room about 2 hours into my recovery. He said "do not move, don't try to put on a smile. Just keep your expression just like it is." And here is post-marathon Amy in the privacy of my hotel room:

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Totally cracks me up. Stunned. Bewildered. Beaten up. And in my lovely compression hose (I do love those things though!) There you have it: from smiles to stunned in a mere 26.2 miles.

(Oh, and to answer the question that so many people seem to ask: yes, you bet I'll do another.)

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

VooDoo Put the Spell on Us

Voo Doo Donut is a Portland institution. 2010-09-26 17.32.23 When my friend Courtney came to town, we had to take her. It was the first visit for us too. Can you believe that this is the line at 4 pm on a Sunday afternoon? They said it is ALWAYS at least this long. 2010-09-26 17.31.45 But after about 45 minutes we too had our own pink box. 2010-09-26 18.10.51 And we let the sugar coma begin! 2010-09-26 18.11.41 Courtney is pretty awesome. She's a paper engineer! Have you ever heard of such a thing? sept oct 079 Did you ever consider just how those awesome pop-up books get created? sept oct 073 She rates as high as a rock star in Soren's mind. sept oct 071

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sailing on the Columbia River

Yesterday was a perfect fall day. Warm and sunny. Perfect for sailing on the Columbia river with some of my work colleagues.

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Soren even managed to find his dream boat right in the marina!

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Monday, September 13, 2010

It is Either Rocks in the Washing Machine, or...

While Soren doesn't often nap any more, we do sometimes put him down for a bit of "quiet time." Looks like Peter put him down for some quiet time after a bit of fun in a gravel pile somewhere!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Soren's First Day of Kindergarten

Today was Soren's first day of Kindergarten. It wasn't quite the big transition for him that it is for most kids sincee is class is for 3-6 year olds and ends with the Kindergarten year. But he was so happy to be back to see his awesome teacher and playing with his friends.

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Monday, September 06, 2010

2010 Oregon State Fair

We still love the Oregon State Fair.

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And the canoe ride is still Soren's favorite ride.

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Although he's quite willing to give the other rides a chance too.

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