Monday, November 30, 2009

22 Weeks

You'll have to excuse the fact that I look like a zombie. This Thanksgiving weekend and just this pregnancy in general are wearing me out!

I discovered, on Thanksgiving, that I must be carrying high because I can't eat more than a snack size meal without feeling ill. I felt ill for most of the day.

Baby boy is not letting up either, kicking me all the time. He especially seems to like my bladder...

How am I going to survive the next 4 months???

Friday, November 27, 2009

Aviation Days revisited

The first weekend of October the local airport always puts on display their old airplanes and many of the private owners have their planes out as well. We went last year and really enjoyed it. This year the weather was a bit nicer so we stayed longer because it wasn't freezing cold out!

Here's a replica of the Miss Veedol, the first plane to cross the Pacific and not stop for refueling. Our local claim to fame is that they landed here. The original was eventually lost in a water crash, but the local aviation buffs have made the replica.

And it's not as big as you might think!!!

Cory really liked all the red planes of course!

This was a racing plane like you see on TV (sponsored by Red Bull I think?). We didn't see it doing any tricks, but talked to the owner. They race at crazy speeds just a hundred and fifty feet off the ground or so!

The thing Cory remembers most from this year though is our experience in the fire house. It's a little trailer that the fire department uses to teach kids about how to safely get out of a house fire. I didn't have time to warn Cory that the alarm was going to go off. He was interested in the (fake) smoke for about 2 seconds and then when the alarm went off started freaking out. He wouldn't out out the small window even though Brian was right there so we had to go back the other way... He still remembers it and we talk about getting out of a house if there is ever smoke so maybe this is a lesson that will stick with him! Here's hoping he never has to use it!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Bouncing

This past Saturday we went to an inflatable play spot. Cory loved the bounce house!

(and yes, there is a weird shadow across the bottom, it's because I had to stick my lens through the netting to get a picture, but it was still across my flash)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Book: Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie


In 1890, Julia Cavanaugh travels west from New York City to unite orphans in her care with new families. Imagine her horror when she discovers that she's to be "delivered," too -- as bride to an uncouth miner. But with no return fare, Julia's options are bleak.

What does God have planned for her on the lonesome prairies of Montana?
Read more!

My review: I've only gotten about a quarter of the way into this book and while it's a quick read it's one of those books where the foreshadowing tells you what's going to happen 3 steps before the characters find out. That pretty much kills it for me. But if you enjoy old west romance novels then this would be for you!



Tricia Goyer is the author of several books, including Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights, both past winners of the ACFW's Book of the Year Award for Long Historical Romance. Goyer lives with her family in Montana. To find out more visit her website:

Ocieanna Fleiss is a published writer and has edited six of Tricia Goyer's historical novels. She lives with her husband and their four children in the Seattle area. Connect with Ocieanna on Facebook!

Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie


The authors, Tricia and Ocieanna, have put together one humdinger of a contest for this blog tour! Enter the Fall in Love With Lonesome Prairie Contest and WIN a perty Montana Gift Basket! To enter, simply fill out the entry form, (then tell 5 or more friends about the contest)! The winner will be announced December 14th, just in time for an old-fashioned Montana Christmas. Giddy-up!

The Winner of our ‘Fall in Love with Lonesome Prairie’ giveaway will receive a fantastic Montana Gift Basket, including:

*Winter fleece throw
*Huckleberry chocolate bar
*Paula Dean candle
*Burt’s Bees gift set
*Wild Huckleberry taffy
*Montana stationary notebook
*Montana greeting card set
*Montana ball cap
*Montana apron
*Montana refrigerator magnet
*Charlie Russell 2010 Montana Calendar

This post was written for LitFuse and the book was supplied for review.

Monday, November 23, 2009

County Fair

Back in September we went to the county fair... it was Cory's first time! He was pretty excited that we were going to meet Nana and Papa there, but he found some other things that he liked...

Every time we walked past Sparky the fire dog he had to stop and say "hi". Here he is giving Sparky a "boo ya" with his fist. He was fascinated, but this is about as close as he would get to him!

There were lots of animals that you could pet. Sheep, rabbits, even the pigs!

Of course the best part about the whole place was the tractors displayed that he could climb on...

Making sure it works right, Papa!

We also went with some friends of ours, here are her boys also enjoying the tractors.


Azriel really got into it!

Then we found this water safety dragon that would talk... At first I thought it was pre-recorded, but when he started responding appropriately to the kids and using their names I started trying to figure out how, because it was a male voice and the lady obviously wasn't talking. I finally saw over behind him in one of the empty booths a man with a headset and a microphone in his hand. There must have been a mic on the dragon as well so he could hear. The little jet ski the dragon is in moved and having him talk, all the kids were totally fascinated.

A very fun day at the fair!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Playing with Grandpa

We took a whirlwind trip to Portland this weekend for a birthday party that didn't happen! But we did get to see lots of relatives (and go shopping!). I'm sure the best part for Cory was playing with Grandpa!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Best Big Brother

Cory loves to take my old teddy bear and pretend it's a friend or baby or basically playmate. Here he's reading the bear a story...

I'm thinking he'll make a pretty good big brother!

This is the outfit he picked out for the baby on Friday after our ultrasound...

You can't really tell, but it has a work crane on the side...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bubble Girl

Yes, I freely admit, this is what my friends called me when I was in high school. And for good reason I suppose, but I didn't care.

See, I grew up in a small town, without a TV, and pretty much didn't care about what was "popular", celebrities, styles, etc. I mostly still don't, although I do regret my exclusively t-shirt and jeans wardrobe back then...

But where am I going with all this?

Well, lately the popular thing seems to be getting all riled up about politics. And if you've read my blog for any length of time you'll know that I don't usually talk about controversial or political things. But basically I'm just sick of it all.

I'm sick of the polarization.

I'm sick of the caricaturing of those we don't agree with.

I'm sick of the media hype and the fear-mongering.

Can't we all just get along like rational civilized human beings???

And here's where my Bubble Girl mentality kicks in...

I'm all for being educated on the issues. Read lots of different sources, pay attention to the news, talk to your friends, talk to your legislators, and vote.

However, at some point it seems there is not a whole lot I, as an individual, can do. And at that point I'd rather not hear anything more about it. I'd like to stick my head in the sand like an ostrich.

I want to live in my house with my family, enjoy them, nature, life, and not be constantly bombarded by all the craziness!

I do believe strongly in a few issues and I make my opinions known to my representatives, but I don't go around spouting them all the time. I'm beginning to think we can make more of a difference in our sphere of influence than on the national scene. (Of course if you are well known and have an audience, you may have more influence than I. But I don't aspire to that sort of thing.)

Change the world through how you live. Live simply. Don't rely on your stuff or your circumstances to make you happy. Cherish the moments and people around you.

I'm thinking of how Shaun Groves has downsized his life and made his priority about saving children. Right now he's in El Salvador with Compassion to raise awareness of what we can do in the life of just one child. But here at home, he's moved into a smaller house, making do with less stuff.

Please don't get me wrong. I'm not idolizing him. I just think that some of the things he aspires to do in his life are pretty worthwhile. I'm still working on it.

In conclusion, comma, what I think I'm trying to say is this:

Be a friend.

Be a person who looks at others as just like you. Treat them like you would like to be treated.

Live in the now and don't worry as much about the future.

And if you must, be invested in politics, but not so much that you forget that "they" are people too!

Have a blessed weekend! and let me go back to my bubble, pretty please?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Fall

I am at a loss for pictures this week, totally worn out from a crazy last week/weekend. This was also from our trip to The Dalles last month.

Also salute to all the veteran's out there. Thanks for all you've done.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Book: Fit to be Tied

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Fit to Be Tied

Zondervan (November 1, 2009)


Robin Lee Hatcher


Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd's Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 50 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can be found at the outdoor amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Shakespeare under the stars. She makes her home outside of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon.


Cleo Arlington dresses like a cowboy, is fearless and fun-loving, and can ride, rope, and wrangle a horse as well as any man. In 1916, however, those talents aren’t what most young women aspire to. But Cleo isn’t most women. Twenty-nine years old and single, Cleo loves life on her father’s Idaho ranch. Still, she hopes someday to marry and have children.

Enter Sherwood Statham, an English aristocrat whose father has sentenced him to a year of work in America to “straighten him out.” Sherwood, who expected a desk job at a posh spa, isn’t happy to be stuck on an Idaho ranch. And he has no idea how to handle Cleo, who’s been challenged with transforming this uptight playboy into a down-home cowboy, because he has never encountered a woman succeeding in a “man’s world.”

Just about everything either of them says or does leaves the other, well, fit to be tied. Cleo Arlington knows everything about horses but nothing about men. And though Cleo believes God’s plan for her includes a husband, it couldn’t possibly be Sherwood Statham. Could it?

Their bumpy trot into romance is frustrating, exhilarating, and ultimately heartwarming.


While I wouldn't say this is a super realistic book, it was a fun quick read. It's also kind of funny, some of the things they say and positions they manage to get themselves into!
This book is the second in the series, which I didn't realize, the Robin is good about inserting enough details in from the first book that you aren't lost.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fit to Be Tied , go HERE.

Friday, November 06, 2009

PSF: Oregon Gardens

On Monday after being at the coast all week Grandma, Cory, and I went to the Oregon Garden in Silverton.

The gardens are pretty new, but are actually the way the city cools it's runoff water before it joins local water sources. There is a series of something like 23 ponds to allow the water to cool and they have built the gardens around them. In my head I didn't take into account how new this place was (less than 10 years) so I was expecting some taller trees, but other than that I was very impressed by all the work and innovation here.

There are lots of small areas devoted to different things. Like a Children's Garden with whimsical creatures created out of all natural materials. There's even a little hobbit house (which you can see the round door in this picture).

There's a sensory garden which included this fun water feature!

And throughout the garden is a paved road that you can take an open shuttle tour on. It gives information about the garden and plants in it, plus you can get off at many stops so it's nice to get around if there are just a few things you really want to see and they are on opposite sides of the garden!

There weren't actually a whole lot of flowers as it's more of a natural garden, rather than landscaped and manicured, but here is one of my favorites I posted before.

On the way home Grandma decided we should take the back roads through farm country... and we got stuck behind 5 giant harvesters (appropriately tagged 1-5). We followed them for something like 10 miles at about 20 miles an hour. You can see that they took up the entire road so there was no passing.

Cory was in awe though so it was worth it!

Notice the size of the semi which isn't more than 100 feet from the harvester!

The entrance fees to the garden can be a bit steep for just a short visit, but I'd definitely say it's worth going to see!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and Emily

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Papa's Little Helper

My dad had knee replacement surgery last week so we are up helping him get better this week. Cory is in charge of the happiness factor!


And if you are so inclined, my friend Grace is having a wager on her blog, when will be the first day it rains in Dubai (yes, she lives there)? So go leave your guess! There are prizes involved!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

18 Weeks

Hard to believe, but I'm almost half way there already. Of course I'm plenty uncomfortable sleeping so that part I believe!

I've been feeling the baby move for the past couple of weeks. That's very reassuring! Also, Cory went with me to my last midwife appointment and he got to hear the heartbeat! Way cool!

Next week we have an ultrasound so if this one wants to cooperate we'll find out if it's a boy or a girl... shall I share or keep it a secret? :)

Oh, and that funky orange and red at the bottom of my shirt is this really cool thing called the Swelly Belly that I won from my friend Grace's blog. At this point it's actually more helpful in keeping my pants up, but will help in the future so that my tummy doesn't hang out below my shirts!

Monday, November 02, 2009

My Little Lion

Our lovely friend Holly loaned us her son's Lion costume that he wore last year and Cory just barely fit into it. (and he is an entire year younger than her son)
Cory was so excited to be a lion! He had his ROAR down pat.

The ROAR face

We went to our church's event called Light the Night. Cory got a glow light necklace from a lady behind us in line and he was more interested in playing with that than saying Trick or Treat.

And he kept wanting to hold onto the candy rather than put it in his bag. Here he's checking out the loot.

We did see some people we knew and of course they were impressed by his ROAR!

A fun time and thankfully not too cold out this year since Cory could only fit a t-shirt under the costume!