Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Well, I have been working on this quilt since December for our new neice who was born in November. I would love to blame the move on my slowness, but it really has nothing to do with it. It should have been done WAY before we moved. But it's done now, and sent to Miss Hannah. I hope she loves it!! :)
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Here's the back of the house. The little window on the side is the bathroom. The windows on the back...on the left is Anisa's room and on the right (with the A/C unit) is Sara's room. Below that level is the garage level. WAY over yonder (the lower part of the house) is the sliding door in the dining room and little window in the kitchen. You can't see it, but there's a door to go into the house from the backyard.
Here's the backyard. We have 4 trees back there. 2 Christmas trees, some other sort of evergreen and some other kind of tree. Hey, what am I, a tree expert?? They are big, green with branches and leaves and the squirrels and birds like them. We like them too because they give us lots of shade in the backyard. They're kind of a pain to mow around, tho. Our grass right now is basically weeds, but when you mow them, they look nice and green, and grass-like. We'll get around to weed 'n' feeding and getting a nice green GRASS next summer.
Here's the living room looking in from the front entryway - looking east. We got new wood (fake wood, but still nice) floors and new carpet. Plus, Casey, the housing guy, painted and got the place all fixed up for us. We're still getting it just the way we like it, but that's just us being picky.
Here's the living room, from the opposite side (computer side) looking west. I know, I know, there are still boxes. The boxes are never-ending it seems, but I have a BIG stack of them in the basement waiting for our friends who are moving to take them. It's amazing how things on the wall makes it a little more "home-y".
Here's the dining room from the computer area in the living room. Yep, more boxes and junk in the corner, but I'm slowly finding spots for all the useless junk that we just can't get rid of. Thank goodness we have a basement. I can stash all sorts of stuff down there. I also thank my lucky stars for Rubbermaid! :)
And here's the kitchen. It's WAY smaller than my old kitchen, but again, I am thankful for a basement. Lots of things that used to go in my kitchen and pantry are now on shelves in the basement. If you look to the right of the cabinets you can see the hallway down to the garage/basement. The basement is directly under the living room and kitchen.
Here's the guest/sewing room. Notice, it's already being used to be crafty. The girls are getting stuff ready for school. Well, Sara's making a pouch for school, Anisa is making a purse. They both have five hundred million bags, pouches and purses, but ya know, you can always use five hundred million and one! All my chickens are in that room, and there's room for more. When we have visitors, we'll put away the mess. I already have to store lots of fabric down, well, you know.....in the basement!
And here's Anisa's room. It's the only BEDroom that has gotten pretty set up. Of course, the master bedroom will be the last one done. Sara's room is in the process of being totally redecorated. In Vancouver she had pink and groovy stuff. She's going tropical. We have some decorations, but we have to put them up.
And that's the house so far. Now, if you want to see it in person, just give us a call. We'll make the futon up for you!
Our next stop was the Lewis and Clark Caverns. One of my friends told me we needed to stop at them, but we kind of found them by accident.
We enjoyed the 2 hour tour since it was nice and cool (about 50 degrees) inside and was super hot and humid outside....did I forget to mention that our trip across the country was the same time we were having that horrible heat wave?).
We saw stalagmites, stalagtites, a cool little pigeon, a dead bat in the process of becoming a fossil, a pool and a really cool tunnel at the end.
We got reservations to stay in Three Forks, Montana. There were bunnies and horses at the campground so we were very happy with that. That evening a big thunder and lightning, buckets of rain and wind storm rolled in. Anisa got to feed the horses and the girls swam while Cindy got to do laundry (the fun never ends). Oh, there were also chickens (Cindy's favorite).
Our next big stop was Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. We spent 2 days there. On the first day we saw the south end of the park with lots of geysers including Old Faithful. Wow! Tons of people were there to see that geyser. It was cool to see. There were lots of bubbling pools and sulfur smells. We saw mule deer, geese, bald eagles, buffalo, cutthroat trout, pelicans, elk and we even saw a moose. We REALLY wanted to see a bear, but they didn't show themselves. There were beautiful waterfalls and canyons there.
The second day we saw the north side of the park. It was a wonderful trip, long, but we saw lots of really cool things there.
We had to PAY to see bears in a cage. Darn. There were also wolves in the cages, and Travis got them howling. They put on a little show for us.
At the campground, we ran into an old friend who we hadn't seen in about 7 years! She happened to be walking her dog and we took double takes and realized it was US! One of her girls was in Sara's preschool class. It was fun to catch up with them.
We left Yellowstone to head to Devil's Tower, Wyoming. On the way we stopped at the Battlefield of Little Bighorn and heard about Custer and his men. We saw a guy who we all think was Lex off Survivor.
We passed through a little TINY town called Ashland and there was a sign at the bank with the outside temperature on it. It said 106. We didn't think it was right (it was right out in the sun). We stopped for gas later that day and the temp there was 97 but the lady said it had peaked at 106 that afternoon, so the sign WAS right. We got to Devil's Tower and went to explore. There was a field of Prairie dogs called Prairie Dog Field (duh). They were EVERYWHERE!
OK, Devil's Tower is a big rock. It was made from volcanic magma (I'm not sure about all the details, but that's the jist of it). People come to climb it and it was the rock in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. We hiked around it and got to see a climber on it. Lots of birds nest on it too. Around it there are Ponderosa Pines and we smelled the wonderful Vanilla-y smell of them.
Our next desination was Mt. Rushmore. It was VERY COOL. You see pictures of it, but they look different once you've been there. We went during the day and saw the Visitor's Center with all the displays about how it was made. We had some Lemon Ice and got our souvenirs. We went back at night to see the light show. They tell all about the carving, why the men were chosen to be up there, and put the lights on the monument. They also called all veterans down to the stage, so Travis went down there and each person told their branch of service and time they were in. It was very nice.
From Mt. Rushmore, we headed to Wall Drug Store. It is in Wall, South Dakota. The story is the store was out in the middle of nowhere and the owner wanted to get some business, so he put up billboards offering free ice water to travelers. Now there are TONS of billboards and there is still free ice water, but it's like a little mall. There are different little "shops" inside and a restraunt.
From there we were headed to Mitchell, South Dakota to see the Corn Palace. We had to stop at Wal-Mart and next to the store there was a Cabella's store. We went in and it was HUGE. Like a big log lodge with animals (stuffed, real ones) and even a little stream with live trout in it. We had fun in there looking at all the cool stuff.
The second day we went to the Corn Palace. They decorate it with all corn products. The whole outside is decorated every year with a new theme in corn. Inside it is a sports arena and they had lots of corny displays in there. We packed up and started to head out, but before we left the campground a guy came over and talked to us. He was a Coastie transferring from Seattle to Sault St. Marie and his friend had seen our CG stickers. Later we were eating lunch at a rest area and this girl walks up to us. It was the guy's friend from the campground, but she asked if we were Cindy and Travis. Um, yes. She introduced herself and it turns out she was one of my friends' sister. They were driving the camping guy's Mustang across the country for him. It's a small world!
We went to the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN. Ok, I know it's a big deal, but IT'S A MALL! I wasn't too impressed. We did see a store called Grillz. I didn't know what it was all about, but Anisa filled me in. For those of you who don't know what a grill is, it's Bling for your teeth. They make this piece of "jewelry" and you put it on your teeth - kind of like those sports teeth guards. Inside there is an amusement park. The girls went on some of the rides and we saw Hello Kitty!
We got to go to Ikea too! Woo hoo. We got swedish meatballs for lunch and some swedish fish. Unfortunately, we didn't buy any big things.
Weather-wise, WOW! I used to think it was humid in WA, but I hadn't felt anything until we got to MN. It was so hot and sticky. Ew.
We were almost to WI by then, so we headed out and went to Wisconsin Dells, WI. It's the waterpark capital of the world. OK. Noah's Ark was our main destination, but we got free tickets from the campground to a little waterpark, so we went there the first day since the day was half over. That was fun. We were going to go to Noah's Ark, America's largest waterpark, but the guy camping next to us said the lines there were really long and they had gone to another park and had way more fun. So, we checked out Noah's Ark, and the lines were HUGE. So we ended up going to Mt. Olympus. There is a waterpark on one side and roller coasters and rides on the other side. We had a blast. We went on all the waterslides during the day, then went and got a late lunch then went to the roller coasters in the evening. There is a ride there called Hades and it goes under ground (the parking lot) 2 times. It was VERY FUN. We rode the little go-carts. It wasn't Formula One, but Travis liked them.
Well, we were in WI, and headed to Sturgeon Bay, but had to stop in Green Bay at the mall and TitleTown brew pub. We finally made it to Sturgeon Bay safely. What a great trip!
Friday, August 18, 2006
Yep, that's Anisa driving MY BELOVED VAN (Baby, as I like to call her)! I will be watching my money fly out the window when she actually gets her driver's license and our insurance goes UP!~ Ah, the joys of motherhood.
Sara with her violin at WSU. I loved the background there and wanted to take more pics of the girls, but never got the chance before the move. You have to get there at the right time for the sun to be just right in the sky. What a great campus. But back to Sara, I think she'll continue with playing as soon as we get all settled and find a good teacher, although none will be as good as MS. H. :) She's family.
There are so many activities here in Door County - if you know where to look. It's an artsy-fartsy place, so I'm sure we'll be involved in music and art of some sort.
Now you've seen how grown up my girls are. Sometimes I hate it because I miss those toddling days, but they're growing up into wonderful people that I like hangin' with. Now, off to shop with my peeps!
Thursday, August 17, 2006
My favorite place on the planet....Cannon Beach, OR. That's Haystack Rock over there. :)
Right now I'm in WI, liking the midwest so far. I'm REALLY looking forward to getting all unpacked and settled so I can go explore all the great little towns up and down the peninsula. It's a pretty area, but for those of you who have been to the Oregon Coast, you know how fantastic it truly is there.