A 6:05 a.m. flight always seems like a good idea when you’re booking flights - “We’ll get there early and not waste a whole day of travel.” However, it’s not until the few days before, or in our case, the night before, when you realize it also means you have to physically be in the car by 4 a.m. to make said flight on time.
Gavin’s start of Kindergarten this year brought with it a phenomenon Kenny and I haven’t seen since our college hey-days: Spring Break. Woo hoo!
We decided at the start of the school year that we’d book a trip (i.e. there was no way I was taking off and sitting in my house for a full week. Since I work from home, I really don’t like
Did you know this?
That Oregon + Idaho = Ore-Ida?
I am sure everyone knows this but me.
I rarely buy Ore-Ida products, but I grabbed a bag at the store today to keep on hand for when I need a quick side. I guess if I ever stopped to think about it for more than two seconds before dumping the bag contents on a tray,
I got to test out my freshly minted Oregon driver's license when I was back home a few weeks ago.
I stopped at the liquor store on the way to my parents' house one night.
I got carded. Since I am closer to 40 than 30, this was very exciting. Until it wasn't.
I handed the gal my license.
She goes: "OMG! Where are you
I found the family car from my childhood - a little beat up, but alive and well right here in Portland!
Bad shot, but we were driving and the camera wasn't cooperating. No worries, though. You can still tell it's a rad, two-toned pale blue station wagon with rear-facing seats in the way back. :)
Ta da! Master bedroom. Another wall done...for now. Haha. I only say that because of my fickle design preferences - I am sure I will tire of the color scheme / layout at some point. :)
I made the art above the bed. Black / white / gray / yellow scrapbook paper in different designs. Frames from IKEA. In my head, it was a grid layout, but
On a recent family outing, Grace shouted, "OH MY GOODNESS - LOOK AT THAT HUGE WORM."
(It's in the grass between the lease sign and the yellow power line in case you missed it. Oh, and obviously, it's not a worm. It's a pipe.)
Oh, but it was so much fancier than just steak and potatoes.
It was a marinated London Broil broiled to perfection.
Twice baked potatoes topped with a broccoli spear.
Garlicky roasted mushrooms.
I love London Broil. I know I may be causing steak / beef lovers across America to grimace with this statement, but when it's done right, it's really quite good.
Before we left for Philadelphia and when we got there, a few folks asked about how I'd handle telling Grace why we were going home and what I'd be doing with her for the funeral. We typically try to be as honest as we can with our kids - based on what we think they can handle, what they actually need to know and making sure
My grandmother passed away last weekend. And while she finally found peace at the end of a long road in a nursing home with a quality of life that decreased with each passing year, her deterioration over the week prior and final passing was sad and unexpected. I wanted to be with my family during this time. It was really weird to be so far