Monday, September 1, 2014

More Celebrations This Weekend

Today is Christopher's 22nd birthday.  It falls on Labor Day this year.  The year Chris was born, Bill wanted to have a Labor Day party so everyone could watch me go into labor.  Thankfully I had Chris well before Labor Day that year.
Happy Birthday Christopher!  Have a terrific day!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Celebrating in Style

Bill and I always have two opportunities to celebrate our wedding anniversary--the date of our elopement and the date of our religious ceremony.  We went out for dinner at one of our favorite spots on the river last night--Beaches.  The owner's girlfriend stopped by our table for awhile to talk to us.  When she found out it was our anniversary, she had our server give us the royal treatment.  I was looking for an opportunity to get our picture taken.  Not quite what I imagined when I took my camera to the restaurant but it is a fun picture to commemorate our 28th year as husband and wife. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Crew

While Tom is deployed, he works with this crew exclusively.  I thought it was such a cool photo that I had to scrapbook it.  They look great!  I love that technology gives us an opportunity to keep in touch and see images of what is going on in their lives.

Some Bunnies in the Family

Darren surprised me with sending a picture of Mandy and Mallory with new rabbits that they bought at the Monroe County Fair this year.  Their names are Pookie and Shimmer.  So happy they have bunnies.  We miss our Ranger.  I just wish I lived close enough to go snuggle them.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Flying to Sunriver

We were supposed to be on vacation to Kalispell, MT this weekend but family health circumstances had us cancel that trip.  Chuck had been planning to spend the weekend with Beverly so that we could go on vacation but didn't feel like we could leave with what has been going on.  So we have decided to have more of a staycation and spend the weekend with him.

Today's expedition was a trip out to Sunriver to have lunch.  It was a great day to take some photos of the mountain peaks along the way.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Mt. Hood

Mt. Jefferson

A fire at Mt. Jefferson
Three Finger Jack

Mt. Washington


Mt. Bachelor

Mt. Adams

Mt. Rainier

We landed at Sunriver to find that there were a lot of firefighters there.  They were using the airport as a staging area for the firefighting efforts.  While we had seen a fire at Mt. Jefferson on the way there, the fire that they were supporting was in Chemult--further south relatively close to Crater Lake.  I was fascinated by all the helicopter activity going on there. 

After lunch at the Sunriver Lodge, we walked over to the shopping village and checked that out before heading home.  We enjoyed our excursion to the east side of the mountains for a little while today and then headed back to spend time with Beverly and take her some Thai food to give her a break from institutional food.  All in all a very nice day.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Painting Fun at Vino and Vango

Our work group is split between working in Vancouver and working in Eugene.  Most of the time, the folks that work in Eugene have to come to Vancouver to work during meetings and build weeks.  This week we are giving them a bit of a break from traveling and those of us that normally work in Vancouver traveled to Eugene/Springfield.  We decided to do something fun one of the evenings we were down there.  Jennifer arranged for us to take a painting class.  Maddy and Tom have taken these kinds of classes in Seattle and Pensacola but this was the first time that I had ever done it.  I can see why Maddy enjoys it so much. 

We fought over what we were going to paint for two or three days.  Everyone had different taste and ideas about what they wanted to paint.  In the end, we all had a great time and were happy with what we created.  The gal that owns the store had some really funny risque aprons.  It is pretty amazing how real they look when you take photos with them.  Even the guy in the group had fun with wearing a little negligee apron.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Our Neighbors-The Hawks

I got up early this morning to go to my Weight Watchers meeting.  On the way home, I saw two big birds in the street.  I figured they were crows.  One sees them commonly enough in the street scavenging dead carcasses and such.  As I drove past, I noticed white chests and thought to myself, "Whoa--those are not crows!"  I turned around and tried to take some pictures but one of them flew off and the other had its back to me.  Plus it was hard getting a photo on my cellphone.  So I went home and walked around the corner with my camera to see if I could find them.  I found this guy flying up into a tree.

Bill and I left for awhile and on our way home, we found other neighbors trying to get pictures of them up in a tree.  So I headed back around the corner and found this guy eating breakfast.  He or she was very busy looking for worms so it was a little hard getting a pictures but I managed a few really good ones.  It was catching a lot of worms but I would imagine that it takes a lot of worms to fill up a bird of that size.

One of the neighbors say me taking pictures and came to talk to me.  The nest was in a tree in his yard so he showed me where the other hawk was and where the nest was.  This fellow kept an eye on me because when I started working my way closer to the one under the tree, it flew over me and into the tree above the other one.

It has been a wonderful distraction today to look for these birds of prey.  Our next door neighbors have three chickens in their backyard so I've been thinking that maybe they shouldn't let them loose in the backyard with these two living right across the street from them.