Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Best Christmas Ever

My parents were able to be with us this year for Christmas, for the first time in decades. Thanksgiving has been their customary time to drive to Oregon for a visit, usually avoiding the icy roads over the mountains from California.  This year, since they are not driving but flew most of the way, shirking road hazards was not necessary . It was such a treat to have them here.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

One Whole Year Old

Rilla turns one! The year has flown by. I've treasured taking these monthly photos. I'll review them in an upcoming post. What a cheerful bit of sunshine she brings to us all.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


PicMonkey Collage
Unfortunately all this beautiful snow and frost completely melted away in one day and we are back to our usual rain and mud. It was so lovely while it lasted, sigh.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Choosing The Christmas Trees

Only about 2 miles from our house,
we discover this charming little Christmas tree farm.
Meeting up with Casey and Holly's family,
we choose two perfect trees, one small {for us} one big {for them}.
We take a few pictures {don't let the bright sunshine deceive you, it was around 10* above 0*!!}
Then head home for hot chocolate and snacks. This is the first time we can remember getting a tree in the snow.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Snow on Snow

PicMonkey Collage
The View
 from my window today.

Saturday, November 30, 2013


PicMonkey Collage-thank
Dinner then the traditional walk/run
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Mini Vacation...

...with Ben, Shannon and Rilla.
::Beautiful weather,
::Only a little, fixable car problem,{thank the Lord}
::A couple of great restaurants,
::Some shopping of course,
::And a great condo too.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Rilla in the Garden @ 10 mo.

Determined not to let time slip way past her monthly birthday as we did last month, we got Rilla's 10 month photo session done only 1 day late. What a perfect Fall day it was too, with lots of beautiful, warm, glowy light.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Football Game at Sunset

 Last week's home game. Cold, clear weather, lots of the family to cheer Drake on, {real cheer-leaders too,} treats from concessions, Drake playing center, great game,5 overtimes. Unfortunately we lost by one touchdown. John and I split after the 4th overtime.{ Probably not the best place for him to be only 3 days after total hip replacement.}

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Blue the Haze at Early Dawn

"Now the frost is in the air.
Blue the haze at early dawn."

"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn."-   Elizabeth Lawrence

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lola-3 (Going On 33?)

The Birthday Girl (also a little late).

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