Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our gift to you.... happy, happy news! Dan and I are expecting our first wee one in June!
Yes, that is my belly, and yes, it is currently occupied. So far, baby is healthy and growing and the good doctor says everything appears normal. I'm working on successfully keeping food down, but the last couple of weeks have been much better. We had so much fun sharing our excitement with family over Christmastime. My parents are thrilled to have a grandchild (sort of) nearby and Sue is so excited to know that her 9th grandbaby is on the way.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

'Twas two days before Christmas...

....and there is still a lot left to do.
We haven't even begun to pack for our trip.
I don't even have a list started.
How many packages of cough drops will suffice?
One pair of boots or two?
I'm sure we'll forget something, we always do.
We leave tomorrow morning for Oregon, then from there we'll venture North to Lynden-land.
We're not very smart, planning a giant road trip during the worst travel time in years.
Dan's a good driver and I'm an excellent sleeper.
We make a great team.

Be safe out there as you travel over the river and through the woods.
We'll be back with pictures to share.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sick of being Sick

Orange juice, cold medicine, hot tea and cough drops. It's more than just a pretty picture, it's a typical scene at our house for the past week or so. Both Dan and I have been down and out with quite a cold. So, here's what we both want for Christmas; Silent Nights (with no bouts of loud coughing fits) and healing for both of us so we don't spread this lovely cold to our families and friends.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snow has arrived!!!!

We knew this day would arrive. After all, we got so much snow last year and it came very early that it was just a matter of time until a big storm brought inches upon inches of snow.

Roxy certainly likes playing in the snow.

This is all that's left of our garden. It makes me miss all the tomatoes and peppers that were there just a few months ago.

Since we couldn't really spend a lot of time in town out on the icy roads, we had Gender Stereotype Day (GSD). What is GSD you're asking? Well, it's when Dan works on something very manly, tough and masculine and I work on something daintier, domestic and more feminine. So Dan put together his new tool cabinet (an early Christmas present) and I worked on a sewing project that I started clear back in September. It has to be done by Christmas, so I've got a looming deadline.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

It's beginning to look......

....a lot like CHRISTMAS!!!

This wreath is reason #847 why my husband is the best. In the past, he has made beautiful fresh Christmas wreaths, but for the past two years, he hasn't been able to. I was so glad he agrred to get this one from Costco last weekend. However, the wreath didn't have a bow, so we picked up some ribbon and Dan made an absolutely perfect bow. I am really enjoying the wreath. It smells like Christmas everytime I open the door.

We also spent some time decorating the apartment. I have a little village I set up and I put up and decorated my little trees.

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Finally, Thanksgiving pictures

My good Mum sent me my wayward camera. I was have expecting that she would fill my memory card with pictures of her little dog, or maybe a semi-embarrasing picture of my dad asleep in his chair, but she was nice and left my camera alone.

Back in September when I was planning on seeing my sister and her family and my brother and his lovely fiance all over Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun if all the ladies had coordinating aprons to wear as we prepared the big meal. Alas, plans were changed and what was to be a very large family Thanksgiving turned out to be limited to a simple one of just four of us. But I sent everyone their aprons anyway and Mum and I wore ours as we toiled away in the kitchen.

We also partook in a wonderful family tradition that I was happy to share with Dan. Sausage Making! The four of us worked together to mix in the super secret spices into ground pork and beef. We made about 50 pounds of delightful sausage.
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Sunday, November 30, 2008


.....for my camera. Which is not with me. Because I forgot it on the kitchen counter top at my parents' house in Oregon. I took some great pictures over Thanksgiving weekend, but alas, I cannot post them yet. My good mother will send my camera tomorrow and hopefully all will be right in the world shortly.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dan the Mighty Hunter

Dan has been busy this hunting season. He's brought home 3 pheasants, but certainly the highlight of his fall was the deer he got on the very last day of the season. He got his 4x5 buck just outside of Palouse and he only had about 5 hours before the season was closed. To say he was excited would be an understatement.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

CKC Rocks!

Yup, the Creating Keepsakes Convention was even better that I hoped it would be. Here's a sampling of images I brought home with me.

1)Tickets to classes and the vendor fair. Those were like gold. 2)Stickles, metallic snowflakes and buttons. 3)A great Christmas make-n-take where we used iron-on tansfers. 4)Buttons and brads from the all-a-dollar booth. 5)New adhesive, foam stamps and metallic paper. 6)Bazzil cardstock. The very best cardstock in the whole world. 7)Bits and pieces from the 'Scheming Around' class. I need to finish those pages. 8)My very favorite layout from my very favorite class. 9)More make-n-take samples. Be careful Jen, I think one of these is coming your way.

Angela and Anita caught up with Mandy Douglass, CK's Scrapbooker of the Year.
And here we have Angela Helmke and Anita with Stacey Julian. Just seeing her across the hall was nearly enough to make my heart stop and Angela and Anita actually took a class from this amazingly talented woman.

Here's the whole gang. Anita, me, Angela L., Jennifer, Maren, Angela H. and Barb. This is an amazing group of smart, sweet, and laugh-out-loud women.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Scrapbook Weekend!

Tomorrow morning I am piling in a mini van with five wonderful, fun ladies and we're heading to Seattle for the Creating Keepsakes Convention. We'[ll be taking classes, spying on some scrapping celebrities and shopping at the huge vendor fair. Yeah, you could say I'm just a little bit excited! Anyway, here are a few pages I completed recently. I'm sure the next ones I post will be way better and full of new tips and techniques.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

We're a whole new kind of crazy.......

So as you probably know by now, Dan and I lead fairly simple lives sprinkled with laughter and joy. We go to work in the morning, have dinner in the evening, occasionally go out to eat or see a movie, do our grocery shopping on Fridays, etc, etc.... There is certainly enough spontaneity to keep life exciting, but things are fairly low-key. Well, last week we shook all that up. Dan and I have been helping with the high school youth group since August and so far we've liked getting to know the kids and serving them, but last Friday night took this to a whole new level. We were two of the adult leaders who took the kids (about 35 middle schoolers and 35 high schoolers) up to Spokane for an entire night of laser tag.
We met at the church at 7:30 for games, a great speaker with a solid gospel message, and pizza. Then we loaded everyone into vans and headed North. Our scheduled time to play Laser Quest was Midnight-6 am and the kids played for a solid six hours. The middle schoolers would play, then the high schoolers and they just rotated games all night long. I was really surprised that I didn't get tired or anything during the games, but during the breaks, I would crash on a bench somewhere. I kept up with the kids pretty well and was complimenting myself on my youth and energy. Yeah, that didn't last long. The next day, I was pretty worthless. I was so tired, but only allowed myself to sleep for a few hours so I wouldn't get too out of whack. Regardless of our fatigue and exhaustion, spending that time with the high schoolers was definitely time well spent.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Lucky Ones

Love runs so deep
Down in your soul
It hit me so high
All that I know
Baby the lucky ones
For a moment or two
Get to fall in love with somebody like you.
-Pat Green Lucky Ones

Since I'm no poet, I let the words of Pat Green speak for me. For an entire year I have been one of those "Lucky Ones." But I have it even better than in the song. I don't just get to be in love with Dan for a moment or two, I get him for life.

We celebrated our one year anniversary by spending the weekend in Orofino. We checked out the giant dam and the reservoir. We stayed in a hotel with a balcony overlooking the river.

The fall weather was perfect and I was able to get some great pictures of the dam and lovely trees and such.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Family Fun Weekend

We had a great time with all the family visiting this weekend. All eight of the Lenssen nieces and nephews got some much needed play time. Grant was so excited to have other boys to play with and I'm pretty sure Austin and Travis enjoyed being adored by Grant. Sadie and Allison loved playing with Holly and Averie and babying Kenzie.
On Friday night we had a big dinner, a small party to celebrate Sadie's 8th birthday and then the kids were off to the pool. Saturday was more family time and an awesome dinner in Moscow. To keep the kids entertained before we were seated, we headed to the arcade. Both Grant and Averie liked to "drive."
It was a great weekend of catching up with everyone. Sue got in some time with her east-side sons and grandkids and it was just really nice to hang out with family we don't see very often.

{nieces and nephews at Smokey Mountain Pizza}

{Grant "driving" with Kermit the Frog}

{Kenzie - happy
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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Upcoming Family Fun Weekend

Dan and I are very much looking forward to this weekend. All of the Lynden Family is coming to the East side for a visit. That means tomorrow we'll get to see Sue, David, Heather, Austin, Travis, Holly, Dean, Lyndsey, Avery and little Kenzie. I'm looking forward to some niece and nephew time and I'm sure Dan is too. I'll take my camera along and post some pictures later.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Let'er Buck!

Last weekend was the world famous Pendleton Round Up and as an avid Round Up fan, I have an obligation to share this with my husband. It's okay, I think he liked it. Friday morning was the Westward Ho! Parade. It's really pretty neat. No motorized vehicles or rubber tires allowed. That means there are lots of wagons and horses. Of course there's the typical marching bnds and dance teams as well as political campaigners and universities. Here were a few of my favorites:
We also had a good time at the rodeo, but my pictures from the arena didn't turn out so good, although I did get a decent paparazzi shot of the calf roper, Fred Whitfield. The Round Up rodeo is always good and this year was no exception.

Monday, September 8, 2008

30 Thoughts for Dan's 30th Birthday

On September 6th, Dan turned the big 3-0. I was going to wax poetically about 30 things I love about Dan, but then I remembered that I am not a poet and a list of thirty things I love about Dan could turn sappy really quickly, so this is simply a list of thoughts about Dan, some kind of random, some short, some long, but they're all true.

1. Two weekends ago, I came home from the farmers market and found this note on the kitchen table. Sweet, huh?

2. Last night at dinner, Dan did an impression of Rob Akey's Vandal football radio commercial and had me laughing so hard I though I was going to spew food all over the table.

3. Dan is no longer surprised when he walks in the kitchen to find me dancing to the radio.

4. Dan can come up with silly lyrics for any song. Country, rock, pop, even church hymns, just give him a few minutes and he'll deliver a new masterpiece.

5. I don't think Dan ever gets cold. It could be the dead of winter and I'm curled up next to the heater wrapped in coats and blankets and he'll be wearing shorts and a t-shirt, opening a window.
6. Dan is a fabulous uncle. His nieces and nephews love rough-housing and playing with their Uncle Dan.

7. I think Dan likes playing with the nieces and nephews so much because they let him have an excuse to play with trucks and hurl himself down a hill on a snow tube.

8. I like that Dan will happily spend half a day hurling himself down a snow hill and then carrying the sled or tube back up the hill, just because the kids are having so much fun.

9. I appreciate that Dan doesn't mind when I try out new dinner recipes on him. He's usually very complimentary and even if the new recipe experiment was a total flop, he'll still have something nice to say about it.

10. Dan has never once gotten mad at me for forgetting to do something.

11. I have been able to talk Dan into some new adventures, and so far, no harm done. Do you think I can talk him into Phantom of the Opera? Wish me luck.

12. I have more fun with Dan than any one else in the whole world.

13. Whenever I have a funny/sad/scary/weird/mundane/interesting/exciting story, Dan is the first person I want to tell.

14. Dan has accepted the fact that all my scrapbooking stuff will never be completely put away.

15. Dan doesn't like tomatoes, avocados or Blue Cheese. I don't suppose this is good or bad, just interesting.

16. Dan is a very talented picker of fresh produce. He picks us out the best fruit and has a knack for finding the best ears of corn.

17. Even though he doesn't really like them, Dan still helped me pick several tubs of raspberries this summer. He's a way better berry picker than I am.

18. Dan and I have a standing Friday night date at the grocery store. I look forward to grocery shopping with my husband all week long.

19. See these pretty flowers. Dan got them for me, simply because he knows I like pretty flowers.

20. Dan has a well-worn Bible he keeps on the table by his side of the bed. Know why is so worn-looking? He reads it, a lot.

21. Dan decided to help me with children's church. That means, about once per month, it will be me and Dan and 15 to 20 three to five year olds singing and doing crafts in the church basement. Wish us luck!

22. I appreciate that Dan doesn't mind that I go to craft night once per month. He knows I need my girl time.

23. Dan has never once commented on the lack of "fairness"when it comes to closet space or bathroom shelf space that I take up versus the space allotted for his things.

24. You know that Brad Paisley song "I'm Still a Guy?" You should really listen to the words. I swear it was written for/about Dan.

25. Dan hooked up his speakers to the tv to create surround sound. When we watch action movies, the apartment walls shake.

26. Since we've been married, Dan has faithfully taken out the trash and taken the big can and recycling to the street for pick-up. He's so good that usually he takes the neighbors can out too.

27. For Dan's Birthday Dinner, we went to BBQ & Blues in Clarkston. Once again, it was wonderful. They added to their menu and now have a tasty starter, collard greens soup. It's dang good. We'll be back.

28. We also went to the Wazzu football game. The best part was sitting next to Dan. The worst part was the ugly football game.

29. Dan sometimes tickles me so much I swear I'm going to hyperventilate or wet my pants. Fortunately, I have yet to do either.

30. And finally, the sappy love fest I've been waiting for. I love that Dan is so wonderful, patient and caring. I love that I get a kiss goodbye every morning and a kiss hello every evening. I love you Babe and wish you a very Happy Birthday.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My Labor Day Weekend

I happily spend the end-of-summer three-day weekend sleeping in, relaxing, shopping at the farmer's market and getting caught up on some projects that needed my attention. Dan was busy with harvest (see next post) and I did visit him three out of four of the days to bring him food and keep him company for a while, but mostly I just locked myself in the apartment and got to work.
First project: Barn Windows. I haven't totally decided what I'm going to do with these, but Dan dug them out of his Mom's old garage and I thought that surely I can do something with them. Right now they've been cleaned and sanded and I applied wood stain to one of them. Current Project Status: In Progress
Second Project: Do something creative with this paper. I sketched out some ideas but have been having problems actually executing these ideas. I got one page nearly done and another one about half-way done and a third still being formed in my head. Current Project Status: In Progress

Third Project: Turn this wonderfully fun fabric into something usable and cute. In theory this was supposed to be an easy project. The fabric was already cut out, all I had to do was sew it together. This is always easier said than done. I have materials to make six "items" (to be revealed at a later date) and I fully completed two of them. Current Project Status: In Progress

So, as you can tell, I did and I didn't get a lot done this weekend. I made headway on three projects, but didn't get any of them totally done. Oh well, I'll just keep working and hopefully have something done that I can post soon.
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