Monday, September 28, 2009

Easton's Photo Shoot


I heard this poem on NPR's 'The Writer's Almanac' the other day. I really enjoyed it and thought I would share.

by Luci Shaw

Not a color I've wanted to wear—too
innocently girlish, and I'm not innocent,
not a girl. But today the gnarled cherry trees
along Alabama Street are decked out
like bridesmaids—garlands in their hair,
nosegays in their hands—extravagant,

finally the big spring wedding to splurge,
and hang the cost. Each really wants to be
the bride so she can toss her bouquet until,
unaccustomed, the gutters choke
with pink confetti that flies up and whirls
in the wake of cars going west,

flirting shamelessly with teenage boys on
the crosswalks. The pale twisters,
the drifts of petals, call out to me, "Let go;
it's OK to be giddy, enchanted, flighty,
intoxicated with color. Drive straight
to the mall and buy yourself a pink Tee."

"Pink" by Luci Shaw from What the Light Was Like. © WordFarm, 2006.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My Husband Can Make Anything

Soren is really so handy. Together we crafted the perfect earring racks for me on Saturday. Last night we finished them and I arranged all of my earrings. I love them! I will admit I found the idea online, but we added our own twists to the project. I think the idea of turning jewelry into artwork is fantastic.
Here are the finished projects....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


This is my new favorite series!!! I just finished this book within 24 hours of getting it from the library. It is the second in the series and I am SOOOOO sad to have to wait a year for the next one. I was gasping in surprise and shock all night through the twists and turns in this book. I highly recommend it.

For Grandma

Dear Grandma,

This is what you are missing. Please come and visit or send for me. I miss you.


Ballard Locks II

Last Monday we went down to the Ballard Locks to see if we could see the Salmon coming in. I was hoping for hundreds of fish just jumping up and down the ladders, but we only saw a few. Still they were pretty cool to see jump out of the water. It was too hard to get any pictures of the fish, but we got a few of us. This really marks a year for us being in Seattle because we were down at the Locks last year, only it was just the two of us. Being there was really weird because it honestly felt like we had just been there. There's no way a year could have gone by.

Way To Go Soren!

Two weekends ago (I'm a little behind) Soren competed in his first triathalon! He and two other members of the Stake Young Men's Presidency competed in the Lake Stevens Triathalon as a relay team. Scott Watkin's swam, Travis Tanner biked and Soren ran. They did the Olympic sized race so Soren ran a 10k or about 6 miles. And he did awesome. We have been so busy this summer that his training has been very sporadic, but he pulled it all out for the race. He finished in 45 minutes which came out as a 7:30 min mile. The team finished 1st of the relay teams and 14th overall (compared to all the people who didn't relay). They did great! Next year they want to each do their own, but this was a fun way to work into it for Soren. Way to go!

Soren, Travis and Scott pre-race.

Soren running by me on his way out of the transition station. I was almost too slow for a picture.

The Finish Line!

Victory! Post-race pose.

Easton and I had a pretty good morning watching all of the events. He even took a little nap and obviously woke up in a pretty good mood.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Easton 4.0

Yesterday our little guy turned 4 months. I can't believe how fast the summer has flown by. It still seems like it should be spring to me, but being busy with a baby sure makes the time pass quickly. He had his 4 month check up today and we got some new stats....

Height: 25.39 inches

Weight: 15 lb 6 oz

Head Circumference: 43.4 cm

He is at about the 75th percentile for everything. Dr. Luba gave him an A+ on his visit. He is the picture of good health. Luckily Dr. Luba also gave me some great articles about "Trained Night Feeders". Easton hasn't been sleeping throught the night in the least which has been so much fun for mommy. We'll be crying it out quite a bit in the next few weeks I think.

Easton got his first shots today too. I was a bit leary of giving him all of his shots right away, but after some deep research we decided to start today. I found some really good articles that taught me a few things I didn't know. These are 2 articles I really liked.