Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Posted by katie at 1:52 AM
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
- Decided to get a 4wd rental car, our goal was to leave town between noon and 1pm...
- Getting the rental car should have taken, what, 20 minutes? took 2 hours... ughhh!
- Left my Mom's house loaded with half our stuff at 2:00pm...
- Ran down I-205, not really a problem and had to stop at our house... in record time had all presents loaded, snacks packed, and movie started for the boys...
- 3:00pm hit the road... goal was to make it to Medford to stay with my brother for the night by 9pm, 6 hours gave us plenty of time.
- 3:15 heard from my sister they would be closing I-5 at 4pm to de-ice the roads, so we needed to be fast.
- Didn't stop for gas, figured we would make it to I-5 before they closed it down and would stop to get gas than.
- 4pm sitting on I-205 going 5 miles an hour... sucks...
- 4:30pm have gone not even a mile...
- 5:30pm still on I-205 not moving at all...
- 6:30pm... still sitting, people are out of the cars, trying to figure out what the heck is going on.
- ...We have only a quarter a tank of gas left...
- 7:45pm barely moving along, we finally make it to the stafford road exit... we get off of I-205 south, and get right back on I-205 North... we are going home!
- 4 and a half hours we made it 2.6 miles...
- It took us 11 minutes to make it back to our exit for home, that was traveling at a high speed of 30mph.
- We threw in the towel! There are now winter advisories on both sexton and the siskiyou pass, plus a storm is supposed to hit Northern California... we are done. the universe is telling us it is No Go....
Posted by katie at 7:44 AM
Monday, December 22, 2008
My stocking is 30 years old, so crazy. My Great Grandma made every child in my family a stocking and they are the only ones we have ever used.It is so fun to carry on the tradition and make ones for my family. B's is from our first Christmas together, Ollie's was of course his first Christmas. Max did'nt get one for his first two years, poor guy, I finally got my stuff together and got his made... so fun....
Posted by katie at 10:32 AM
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Monday, December 15, 2008
Posted by katie at 1:04 PM
Friday, December 12, 2008
I got a request last night on the phone from a certain Nana.
seems I've been heavy on the max video, so here is some ollie clips to hold Nana over till Christmas....
Posted by katie at 9:45 AM
Thursday, December 11, 2008
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Posted by katie at 9:35 AM
Thursday, December 4, 2008
My husband is awesome. Let's just start with that.
But, anytime I have him run to the store to pick up a couple of things, he is gone, seriously like 2 hours. Usually he comes home with odd things that I asked for, but the completely wrong brand and wrong size. Accompanied by exaggerated tales of having to search the store, and walk from end to end multiple times.
An example, milk, we buy only organic milk, which I won't go into the reasons here, but you know the reasons. So B will usually come home with a half gallon, claiming that was all they had... hmmmmm... pretty sure they have gallons.
Since I spend allot of my time, I mean allot of my time, at the grocery store, last time I sent him, I sent him with a map...
I think I am freakin hilarious!
I really shouldn't complain at all, he took the kids with him so I could get some work done... love that man.
Posted by katie at 4:17 PM
I was asked to submit a photo and a little blurb for a shop local etsy article...
Posted by katie at 3:15 PM
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
I guess my hum bow cravings will have to be filled out at Uwajimaya after all.
Posted by katie at 9:45 AM
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
anyone got a rule of thumb when using the word there, their? I hate that I never know which one to use when writing. I am horrible at english and spelling, and this word killlllllssss me.
Posted by katie at 12:23 PM
Jo told me this story of a conversation with a twenty something tanning store manager.... I almost peed my pants.
Tanning guy: "You didn't use them."
A couple weeks later...
To bad Jo is the whitey of the bunch, and has to go tanning every once in awhile to get some color... so sad... but funny.
Posted by katie at 2:15 AM
Friday, November 28, 2008
We had a great thanksgiving. Me and B are foodies, I love to cook, and I love making delicious food for friends and family. I was so stoked when planning our thanksgiving day menu with mom. I made savory rosemary sweet potatoes, was forced to make the sweet marshmallowey ones... (seriously forced, everyone was throwing a fit when I put my yummy caramelized pecan and sweet potato dish in the oven, they wanted freakin marshmallows, totally ruined it), homemade cranberry sauce, and my favorite broiled brussel sprouts, with garlic and pecans. B made smoked gouda mashed potatoes that were so good the were almost deadly. My mom did the turkey, stuffing, and her almost famous cheese bread.
My mom has been making her cheese bread forever, it was a recipe from my grampa, and I always felt like my mom made it better. My gramps always used to overcook it, so it was kind of dry, Mom's most of the time is moist and soooo good. This is what we made every year for all our teachers for christmas. Since there were seven of us the bread was pretty memorable, and every teacher I had, who had previously had a Meier child, was so stoked when christmas came around.
It was a great day, hanging out with good people, good food, and good conversation. Our meal was a little potato heavy, but I was in heaven with my brussel sprouts so I barely noticed.
After our yummy meal we all laid around for awhile and than me and Jo went to hang out with the crazy holiday shoppers....
Our friend Michelle manages the Van Hueson store in the woodburn outlet, and needed help at there midnight madness sale. Me and Jo volunteered, some extra cash under the table, always good for me. It was INSANE... we started at 10pm, I totally thought michelle was kidding about how crazy it gets. I am not a shopper, I don't care how good the deals are, I do not go out in the middle of the night to shop with 8 million other crazy people. We worked from 10pm till 4am and it was busy the entire time, like lines out the door busy. It was also really fun, I haven't worked retail in years, and forgot that I actually do like it, it is kind of fun just talking to people all night. We got home around 5:45 am and I was up again at 9:30 am to hang out with the boys because B had to work. It wasn't to bad, but yesterday is a total fog to me. I know I took the boys on a bike ride and we ate up all of our leftovers already and I drank allot of coffee, other than that it was like one big dream. Kind of like how you feel the entire first year you have a newborn in the house. I was in bed by 8:45pm and slept in until 8:30am. I am feeling much more human today.
I am getting a little carried away on my black and white camera setting, but it looks so cool... someones gotta stop me!
Posted by katie at 12:10 PM
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I was doing dishes, the sun was setting, it was only 4:30 p.m.
Ollie is standing behind me saying...
"i'm doing it, i'm doing it."
His eyes are shut very tightly and his hands are in fists at his side.
I ask him "what are you doing?"
"I am making it light outside again, look, I am doing it."
I look outside, "it will be light in the morning."
"but can we ride our bikes now."
I know little man, I know... it gets dark way to early for me too.
Posted by katie at 5:02 PM
Monday, November 24, 2008
I had to take a photo for an etsy article... here it is...
Our Camera has a setting that is black and white except for a some tones, it was fun to mess around with. I was walking around the house making everyone be artsy with me... Max was taking a nap and I had to get the photo in that day, that is me, always waiting till the last minute... so he did'nt make it in the photo, but I think he will be okay with it.
B was so stoked, can't you tell, I made him put on a green scarf... totally goes with the tough guy image.
Posted by katie at 8:08 AM
As of Saturday our littlest man is no longer a baby. By the time your two it is official, you are a kid.
My favorite birthdays growing up have never involved the gifts that I got, they always involved special traditions my family did. Like getting to choose what we had for dinner, not where we went for dinner, but what my mom made for dinner. Your birthday was a day you got to ride shotgun all day long, and didn't have to fight for it. You got to go to the grocery store, just with mom, and one time I got to go alone with my mom and dad, and on the way home, we stopped at DQ and shared a peanut buster parfait. My memories are all of the special time I got to spend, not how much money my parents spent on me, or what lavish gifts they got me. As my boys are getting older, I am trying to keep that in perspective, trying to hold onto the memories I hold so dear, and trying to make there birthdays just as memorable, without being materialistic. I fall short of course, because who doesn't want to lavish your kids in lots of new fun stuff. We didn't do too bad. Nana Barb sent a fun package for thanksgiving and for maxes b-day, so he got quite a bit of gift opening experience this year.
on the morning of, max and ollie both woke up early, at 6:45 am... gasp... so as I was sipping my coffee, and B was getting ready to run to the store to get some balloons, we decided to load everyone up in there jammies for a little freddys adventure. We let Max pick out one toy, and we let Ollie pick out a toy to give to max. It was really cute, and I think Max had a good morning. It is rare you get to hit up the store in your jammies.
Max picked out this little vacuum. He is obsessed with our big vacuum. He has spent the last two days attached to that thing, on his birthday night I had to put it to bed with him, all snuggled in next to a vacuum, crazy kid. I keep kicking myself, I should have got one that actually does vacuum, like a dust buster, it would have crossed one thing off my chore list.
Ollie picked out a little bottle gun, we'll he got one for himself too. We never have really bought gun toys for the kids, an occasional squirt gun in the summer, but man, my kids turn everything and anything into "shooters" how do kids pick up on that kind of stuff.
We celebrated with some friends and family that night at Old Town Pizza, originally we were headed to mississippi pizza pub for live kids music. But man that place was packed, so we turned around and went to plan B. It worked out nicely and the kids got to run around like crazy monkeys. I got to eat yummy pizza and drink a pint, so I was happy.
Almond got Max a little sesame street bongo video game. It plugs right into the tube, and is pretty freakin cool. Super easy for the boys to use, and educational too. The boys had a blast the next morning hangin out in there jammies and taking turns.
Posted by katie at 7:21 AM