Sunday, February 7, 2016

Elizabeth's 6th birthday party

Elizabeth had her 6th birthday party yesterday! I can't believe she will be SIX this week! 

She wanted her cupcakes to look like mustard so we used yellow cake and yellow frosting. She wanted to use mustard as frosting but that was not happening. 

We invited the girls from her class. There were 7 other little girls that came plus herself and Nathan. 

It got very noisy when they were playing balloon bonking games!

They played Pin the Tail on the Donkey

We made some Valentine's. 

We sang Happy Birthday!

Everyone ate cupcakes!

Birthday girl! 

She opened up her presents and got a lot of really fun stuff!

She loves beads!

She got a big panda. 

One of the little girls actually got her mustard! I also bought her mustard so she got 3 mustards! 

A barbie

A great art kit!

A new umbrella

Nathan got Elizabeth the little panda and Charlotte got her the big panda. Isn't it funny that she got 2 stuffed animals and they were both pandas? 

Opening some of her jewelry. 

I got her an entire package of tape just for herself. 

They had some outside play time. 

I guess you swing standing up now. 

A birthday party snuggle with Mom. 

Wearing all her birthday jewelry! Thank you Grandmas! 

We were very sad Auntie Laura could not come because she was sick. Hopefully, she will enjoy the pictures! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hills between Ellensburg and Yakima

It's usually pretty brown and desolate driving between Yakima and Ellensburg. But in the winter when it's covered with snow, it's very pretty and looks so different! These pictures are from a few weeks ago so it might look quite different now. 

I was glad Jeremy was driving so I could see the unusual view. Not every day it looks like this! 

The white on this hill was so bright and perfect! 

The Kittitas Valley looked so strange just covered in white. Usually you can see the various shades of greens/browns/yellows as you drive down. Just white today! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2, 2009

Here's a picture from February 2. However, it is February 2, 2009! That was one small little 18 month old boy. He was thrilled to see 3 of himself.

Monday, February 1, 2016


I forgot to post these photos from a few weeks ago! 

We had a rainstorm with a really beautiful rainbow! It was freezing cold so we didn't spend much time looking at it, but it was sure pretty! It doesn't look nearly as pretty in the pictures. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Weather

Laura and I are super boring. One of our favorite topics of discussion is the weather. Specifically how it relates to our moods.

We do not do well in winter. Spokane was a rough place for us to live with all the dark, cold, cloudy/sunless days, and snow. Winters were LONG. There was a solid 5 months of very cold weather. We do not do well in the cold.

The Columbia Basin suits us better. It's just as dark. However, it's not as cold, there is much less snow, and I think there is more sun. Winter seems to go by faster here. Winter here only seems like it's 3 months and it's a tad (maybe) sunnier.

Supposedly, the Tri-Cities gets 300 days of sunshine a year. I'm not quite sure I believe this fact. That seems like a LOT. Sunny days definitely put me in a better mood though which is one of the reasons I like living here so much.

I've decided to track our weather this year to see how close we get to 300 days of sun.

January is always our worst month for sun. December isn't far behind.

Laura, here is my sun "scale." Tell me what you think and if I need to change/modify. This is how I will rate the days.

1. Sunny. A sunny day will be any day in which the sun is out all day. A few clouds might pass across the sun for a few moments of no sun, but that's it. Sunny days will include days in which there are literally no clouds and days in which there are puffy clouds all over. As long as the sun is shining, it's sunny.

2. Some sun/Some Clouds. These are the days where there is some blue sky and sun during the day at some point. It may be half the day is sunny but half is completely cloudy. It may rain for part of the day, and then completely clear out. It may be a winter day where there is blue sky on half the horizon, but never enough where there is a lot of sunshine because the sun is low or behind clouds. These are the days I live for in winter. Any day where there is blue sky is a good day! Of course, it's not completely sunny, but it's enough blue sky for me. To me, these days are sunny.

3. Cloudy. This is pretty easy to define. These are days where it is cloudy all day long. There is not even a hint of sun. We most often get these days in December and January.

So here were the numbers for January:

Sunny: 9
Some sun/Some clouds: 7
Cloudy: 15

Conclusion: About half the month was completely cloudy. I noticed that for this year, the some sun/some cloud days were at the end of the month. The beginning of the month was when we had the long stretch of just cloudy days.

Also, it snowed 3 days. It was foggy 9 days (mostly the first half of the month). We saw some rain on 7 days.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Brown Chair Down

A few weeks ago, our brown chair died. It was just plain worn out! 

We got it almost 9 years ago when I was pregnant with Nathan. I had terrible heartburn the last few months of pregnancy and couldn't sleep laying down. We thought sleeping in a recliner might help. I'm not sure I slept great in the recliner but it made things a little better?

Then, the brown chair became a rocking chair. Nathan especially would not nap in his crib so I spent a good part of the first year of his life sitting in the brown chair rocking him while he napped on me. 

Over the years, the brown chair has really taken a beating! It's been spit all over (babies), food spilled, rocked in, knocked over, etc. 

A few weeks ago, Jeremy pulled back the handle to lean back and it just snapped! The frame in the back broke apart. 

We set it out for the garbage truck the next day and it got gobbled up! 

Interesting side note: I have not had any heartburn in the past 8 1/2 years. I never got it when pregnant with Elizabeth and haven't had it since. It was a weird phenomenon!

Friday, January 29, 2016

New shoes

New running shoes are always so pretty and smell so good!