Photos of our day at Fort Vancouver on July 4th, and our trip to the zoo Friday to see the Dinosaurs:
More later. 🙂
Mother’s Day 2010 was awesome. It was awesome because I have a beautiful, kind, loving, wonderful, and amazing family.
We started the day by going to get blood drawn. I was due (way over due actually) for blood work to be done and since I have to be fasting it’s tough to find the time to get it done. I figured early morning on Mother’s Day would be the best time because there’d be no one there. I was right. We were in an out in 15 minutes. (A first!)
We were supposed to go to the beach for the day but the forecast on the coast called for clouds and a chance of rain. Here in town it was sunny and high of 70. I’m pretty darn sick of clouds and rain and chose to stay where the sun was.
We went out to breakfast, then to the zoo.
Going to the zoo is always bittersweet for me. On the one hand, I never grow tired of the beautiful creatures. On the other, I feel bad that they’re caged and not free. I know the Oregon Zoo does wonderful things and I fully support all that they do, and I’m sure the animals are there for a reason. But I can’t help but feel a bit sad anyway.
He just seemed like he’d rather be somewhere else. He wouldn’t look at the crowd.
And this guy? Well, he loved Jack. A LOT!
After the zoo we drove out to Kayla’s work and had some ice cream. Some of us were pretty tired.
It was a wonderful mother’s day and I’m so very thankful for my incredibly awesome family.
I started this post on April 22nd, 2010, and never got around to posting it. Ack! So pretend it’s almost two weeks ago…
Today was take your kid to work day. Unfortunately the kids can no longer go to work with their dad due to company policy. This is a huge disappointment to Cody this year because THIS year was finally HIS year to go. So the next obvious choice was to “go to work with mom”.
My kids thought they should all “go to work with mom”. Their reasoning was that school was wasted anyway since hardly anyone was there and all they do is sit around and read. They could do that “at mom’s work”.
So, here it is. My kids “at work” with me:
That’s what I posted two weeks ago and never completed. We’ve been busy as usual and that’s my only excuse. More on that later.
You don’t see a picture of Kevin “at work” with me because he chose to go to school that day. He has a lot going on, what with graduation coming up and all. Speaking of, here he is with his “date” for Senior Prom:
I’m fully aware of the over-usage of quotes in this post. It had to be done, though. 😉
P.S. May the 4th be with you!
When the kids fed the dogs this morning, Lil Miss accidentally dropped one of the bowls and dog food went flying everywhere. She got all she could picked up before she had to get on the bus for school.
Mia discovered some under the stove.
She discovered if she works hard enough, her efforts will be rewarded.
She’s been doing this on and off for HOURS today.
I’ve never seen her more focused, more determined. 😀
It’s been one of the busiest beginnings of spring for us ever. Every weekend something major has been going on. We’ve had tons of people (adults, teens, babies) coming and going for various reasons. There’s been so much going on I’ve lost track of some of it, but I’ll try to summarize:
There’s a few more photos here.
This is the FIRST weekend in many weeks that we have nothing on our plate. Nada. I’m going to sit home and do nothing and enjoy the heck out of it. Because it’s going to get busy again soon.
Next on the plate is figuring out to do with another THING. This time it’s not in my boobs though. This one is on my ovary. I didn’t post here (because it was on Facebook) but one morning in mid-January I woke up in some of the worst pain ever. Jack forced me to go to the hospital and I talked him into taking me to the clinic instead. They refused to see me though because I was too distressed. They offered to take me by ambulance across the street to the ER (haha — no.. we drove).
Long story short, after a bunch of tests were done (and wonderful pain killers were administered) they found a 3.5 cm cyst on my ovary and determined this to be the cause of the pain. I was sent home that afternoon on bed rest until I wasn’t feeling pain anymore, and instructions to come back for an ultrasound six weeks later to see if the cyst dissolved. Well, it didn’t. And it’s not a “simple cyst” or “functional cyst” either. They don’t know what it is. It hasn’t gotten any bigger, but it’s not smaller either. Why it caused pain that one day and not much since? Who knows. I know it’s there. I do have pain from it from time to time but it’s mild.. not like the OMG I’M DYING pain that day in January. So it’s probably going to have to come out. I’m really not looking forward to it.
Why do these things always happen to me in the spring?? Gall bladder surgery? April of 2003. Boob issues? April of last year. Even my mom’s horrible car accident was in the spring (April). I’m beginning to hate the month of April. Or maybe the month of April hates me?
Just like last year, Jack and I took off for the Oregon coast to get away and celebrate my birthday. This year it was Seaside, Oregon. This time it wasn’t just the two of us. We brought one the four-legged babies; Mia.
The weather couldn’t have been better. It was warm and near 60 degrees during the day and each night we were treated to beautiful sunsets.
As always when the weather is nice on the Oregon Coast, the scenery was breathtaking.
What was different was having a puppy tagging along. She required a bit of work, but she was mostly a ton of fun to have with us.
We spent our first night relaxing in the hotel and getting rested up because the next day was spent walking around and shopping. Mia was with us the whole time and attracted a LOT of attention from the many people enjoying the coastal shopping opportunities that day. Seaside is pretty dog-friendly. Many shops allow the dogs inside and even put out bowls of water for the pups outside their doors. Many people stopped to pet her and she enjoyed every second of it.
For Mia’s first time out on the beach we kept her leashed and close to us. The second day we got brave and let her go off-leash to see what she’d do. To our delight she stayed close to us most of the time and came running every time we called her if she wandered too far.
She discovered the joys of digging.
Jack did too. 🙂 We’ll probably pay for that this summer when we have no yard left.
We were thoroughly impressed with how well-behaved she was the entire weekend, especially being only 5.5 months old! She sure is a smart one!
You can view the rest of the photos I uploaded here.