Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Summer Highlights

Summer Highlights... no, I'm not talking about hair color. I'm talking about a way to get some of the moments of our summer into a quick blog post. Here it goes!

iFly in Seattle for Jack's birthday. You MUST try it! (
I'm flying!

Mariner games and free shades

Kaisha and Cody's wedding

My Dad and Mom at Kaisha's wedding. Don't they look great!

A few days of sun and swimming and Semiahmoo

Eating at Sonic in Ferndale with Papa and Grandma

Kissing on the beach!

For those who don't like kissing, you can always skip rocks instead.

All of us

Then there was a visit to Mt. St. Helens with my bro, Brett.
My mighty 3

The Ranger Talk given was the best. He was great at explaining why The Lady blew and what happened when She did.

Pretty St. Helens flowers

You can see the direction of the blast by seeing the lay of the trees.

A fund raiser walk for a dear friend

Uncle Scott trying to figure out Emily's tricks

Welcoming baby Kate. I know I already posted this, but it's worth a 2nd post!

Amanda's first job, if you don't count Old Navy, which we won't.

A new patio complete with a fire pit

Roasting marshmallows!

The Running Arends
The man I love ... every summer!

Emily and Amanda... first day of school 2012. Emily's a sophomore and Amanda's a senior.

Thomas... first day of 5th grade

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Big Stuff

Okay, who changed Blogger when I wasn't looking? It wouldn't have been hard to sneak a Blogger change past me since I haven't blogged since, um, well..... January. Shameful. But there you have it. It probably serves me right to open my Blogger account only to find there has been a massive "change up". I hope I survive it.

So, the real point of my blog today, other than just blogging at the amazing rate of once every 6 months, is to put up some pictures of some fun things going on around here. My friend, Leanne over at ChocolatechipsandSnickerdoodles had a blog entry recently called "Massive Download". I think this might be a little of the same.

Starting the line up, is Thomas. Thomas + Springtime = Baseball. Plain and simple. He had a great year playing for Coach Pete. Great kids. Great adults. Cold games but only a couple of rain outs. It was a fun season!

Lots of pitching this year. So much fun to see Thomas improve his throw.
Pete and the boys. First place in their league tournament!

Pete, Thomas and Duncan

Some people take watching baseball more seriously than others.


The line up...  What a great group of boys!
Next up... Amanda! And her new job. Jobs. Yes, jobs. You see, she pounded the pavement for a few months job hunting, coming up with nothing. It's not nearly as easy for a teen to find work as it was when I was that age. You know, just a few years ago, in 1998. Ok, it was really 1980 when I was doing the teenager job hunt, but who's really counting? Anyhow, back to Amanda; after many applications submitted and resumes dropped off, she was finally offered a job at.... (drum roll please) ....
You guessed it, OLD NAVY! Of course, I'm the nerdy mom who goes in to take a picture of my daughter at her first job. Actually, I needed photographic proof that after all these years of laundry left in baskets, she can indeed fold a shirt. In fact, she can fold lots and lots and lots of shirts. For hours. And stack them according to color. It's a miracle.

The trouble with Old Navy, aside from spending hours upon hours folding shirts, was that they weren't giving her very many hours. After her 3rd time of being given only one 4-hour shift a week, she heard that Lime Berry was planning on hiring and she quickly got an application in to them. A week later, she had job #2, and she loves it. I have to admit that frozen yogurt is way more interesting than folding shirts.

For now, she's working the Tumwater store near Costco. Look for her there if you're ever overwhelmed with a hankering for frozen yogurt while driving down Littlerock Road!

Is she cute, or what?

"Welcome to Lime Berry!"
I think she'll try to work both jobs this summer. When school starts up again, she can drop one of the jobs. I bet I know which one she will keep!

So I asked these 3 to turn towards me and smile...  Guess which one is the first born?

Now for Emily. I wish I had more pictures to include about Emily, but it's hard to get a good picture of a band concert!
Emily a la straight hair. I love that smile!

We are just so stinkin' proud of Emily right now. She finished her freshman year of high school with high grades, great friends, and a passion for band that will carry her through the end of her senior year. This girl has a heart of gold and a sense of humor a mile long. I can't wait to see what the next 3 years of high school bring her way.

Emily is into card tricks these days. Uncle Scott was determined to discover the secret to her trick by intensely staring into her soul. All it did was make Emily laugh!
I love this picture. (Emily, Amanda, Linnea, Kathryn)
Emily's reaction to a little "sister squeeze"
They don't come more beautiful.
And speaking of beautiful...

Announcing, Miss Kate Marie Roberts, who arrived into the world on June 19, 8 lbs, 7.3 ounces and 20 1/4" long! Congratulations to Lauren and Jason!


After...  (Kate being held by her two new teenager babysitters)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Family time is good... MYTH PROOVED!

Saturday morning Jack woke up, got his usual cup of coffee and sat down to the computer to see what was new in the world (since we had power and cable, which some people around here still don't have and it's MONDAY... but that is a whole different story). While zipping through facebook (MY facebook) he noticed a post from a friend with a picture of MYTHBUSTERS BEHIND THE MYTHS TOUR. Being the genius that he is, he looked the tour up and found out that low and behold, they were playing in Portland THAT VERY DAY!

Now, mind you, I was asleep while all this happened. I love to sleep in. Always have. Always will.

He came into our room, quietly telling me his internet find and also notifying me there are still tickets available for the 4PM show ... "Do you want to go?" he said with a grin. Well of course I want to go!!! Who doesn't want to see Jayme and Adam blow stuff up on stage?

We all got up, got fed, purchased the needed tickets and off we went. First a stop to everybody's favorite house of beverage...

This is what a tall drip with room, grande vanilla latte, chocolate chip mint frapuccino, steamed vanilla milk and a grande mocha look like

Just so you know, if you're ever relying on me for directions around Portland, get a different navigator. I'm horrible finding my way around that city. As much as I love being in Portland, I can never find anything there, including the way into the city. Once we actually did find Keller Auditorium, this is what it looked like inside:


Jayme and Adam

Audience participation demonstrating f=m(a) with a sledgehammer
Adam laying on a bed of nails while Jayme breaks a cinderblock with a sledgehammer on his stomach.

Photo Op where we were told to take pictures... I dunno. I just followed directions.
Final bows

If you ever get the chance to see this show, I think our whole family would recommend it. It was entertaining from beginning to end and was just what we needed as far as breaking out of all the snow and ice around here.

Dinner on the way home