Well, I guess I should start with Anisa. She turned 22 on the 21st. I really can't believe she's already 22. Time sure has flown by. We have so many awesome memories. God sure has blessed us.
We had a surprise visit last night from Shelby...Anisa and Shelby have been friends since birth..well, Shelby's birth since she's 3 months younger. :) Here are these gorgeous girls this weekend, and one from when they were close to a year old.
I started volunteering at Chinook Elementary school. It's where the girls went to school, I was the lunch lady and a Special Ed One on One with some terrific little boys. I always loved going into the school. The kids. The staff. It's just a really cool place. I REALLY want to get a PAY job there, but for now, I can only volunteer. That's ok with me, tho. I've got a big job in the library already, and Friday I got to work with the Kindergarten reading groups. I was very warmly welcomed back by some of my old friends and it truly felt like I was back HOME. I would appreciate prayers for a job to come open there for me. It will be nice to have a job in place when Travis retires in less than 2 years (shocking).
So, in other news in my house, it's been cold here. We have a woodstove in this house. I didn't really think it was a big deal when I looked at the house. Travis found out it was a really good one (after all his research) and was looking forward to using it this winter. Well, he's a complete pyro now. He builds the fire every night. We got our second load of regular wood delivered last week. He's been using a combination of just plain old cut wood and 2 different kinds of eco logs. One of the brands is Idaho Energy Logs. He's been super happy with the stove.
I've been sewing some bags. A Coastie wife wants me to make her an Owl print purse. We THINK we found the fabric, and now I'm trying out some patterns. I bought a McCalls pattern that I thought was pretty cute, but after getting it out and reading the directions, I don't like it. I also don't like how they have you sew the bag together, so I did it my way. :) I made 2 of these Hawkeye bags for 2 friends' daughters who are going to University of Iowa. I'm going to order an Amy Butler pattern that I found. I really like how her directions are written and her patterns are fun.
We went to the Oregon Zoo for Anisa's Birthday! We all slept in a little, then she opened her presents, then we all got ready to head out to the zoo to see Lily the baby Elephant. She was cuter than we had imagined. I literally could have sat and looked at her all day. They have her and mommy in a room (I don't love the bars and the small space, but it's warm), and there is a long line to stand in for a quick picture and to admire her. Isn't she so precious??
So, I think that's about it for now. It seems like the weather is changing a little bit and it might be on a warmer/wetter trend. I don't mind. I guess that means I really am a true PNW girl. :) I hope you all are enjoying your day/week/month... :) mwah!