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I can hardly believe it’s been a year since we brought this little guy home from the hospital.  He has grown and changed so much!  He was a chubby, wobbly, helpless little hairy thing who was almost always asleep and now he’s a rambunctious little blur of a boy.  He’s officially a toddler.  Wow, I have a toddler.  It just blows my mind.   Read the rest of this entry »

Trip to the northern Oregon coast, last Sunday.

The pictures with the big rock are at Pacific City.  The forest-looking ones are at Cape Lookout.

I have not dropped off the face of the earth.  I’m sorry.  I’m here.  I promise.

What have I been up to, then?  Good question.  Unfortunately, the answer is not quite so good:  I have no idea.  Time flies.  Have you heard that?  It’s quite true, you know. 

I had a lovely Passover at home with the pets as my dear hubby was working that night.  I did get to see him before going to bed, though, and he had some matzo ball soup and I think I made a goat dish that night.  And rice.  And potatoes, and I think there was a salad, too.  Maybe coconut milk ice “cream” as well…?  Can’t remember.  It’s been over 48 hours and my mind usually draws a blank about then.

I ran out of Matzos half-way through the week.  Did you know that grocery stores don’t carry Kosher for Passover matzos past Passover?  It’s like they don’t even know about the whole week after Passover!  Come to think of it, they probably don’t.  Okay, mental note: Next year get too many boxes of matzo bread.  Better safe than sorry, right?  Turns out, I finally did find a couple boxes of matzo bread but they were egg matzos.  I’m not technically elderly or infirm, but it was better than nothing.  They’re good, too!

At some point, in the last week we went to the forest for a walk.  It might have been good friday as we had that day off as a company holiday.

Forest Man

Forest Man

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Our company is closing for two weeks between Christmas and New Year.

Since I will have four days off (I actually have to come in to work the other four days to answer phones and receive mail) dh and I are planning a little getaway to the coast on a couple of those days. There is a yurt at South Beach which is pet-friendly and only a 1/4 mile from the beach.

I will look into reserving that one for a couple days. It says there is a skylight at the top of the yurt, which you can use to see out into the night sky. Romantic, huh? They’re only about $30 a night so it wouldn’t be a huge expense. In fact, it might be really nice. We could take midnight strolls on the beach (provided it isn’t stormy or freezing cold, which is highly likely considering it’s the OREGON coast) and make a bonfire outside our yurt to cuddle around or cook with. We could relax and unwind, while still be with our pets (except the poor chickens, they’ll be alone in the coop), or take a kayak tour for something a little more exciting nevermind, they’re only offered during the summer. Makes sense, since it’s so story this time of year out there but it still sounds like it would be really nice.

Then, the following week, my big brother and his wife are coming to visit, so I’m trying to figure out what we could do. Dh and I usually have a quiet New Year’s Eve, but this year we’re thinking about doing something more celebratory. Like a nice meal and some music at a local restaurant. And maybe some dancing.

Nothing nasty though. If the party gets out of control we won’t want to be there, but what can you do that’s nice and fun and fancy but not too super pricey? And in the Valley to boot? Ah well. We’ll see what happens. We can always make our own fun, too. We’re not too good for that.

Now I have to think about the menu fun I’m going to have! Oh the holiday food! I love it!

PS: Gotta go to Ross and pick up some Panettone…

(Read part 1 and part 2 of this series.)

Now, where did we leave off? Ah yes, after going to bed late that night, we were pretty tired the next day, but since we had an agenda to keep we got up and got going with the day while it was still morning.

First order of business: bathe the dogs. Not only were they in need of a bath, but we had found fleas on the two of them the night before and we figured before any treatment was due they should be clean. So, first up was poor little birthday-girl, Lady. Into the sink she went (she’s certainly small enough for that!) Of course she was not happy, but then, who can blame her when she looks like a wet dog?
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Last time, we ended up with cooking ceviche and green spaghetti. Yum! It was really, really good. :) Jair and Sara showed up right around dinner time and although they had already eaten, they couldn’t refuse ceviche and green spaghetti. My mom served them up a huge plate and they shared it, saying they couldn’t imagine finishing all that food. Needless to say, there wasn’t anything left by the end of the meal! :P

Monday, Labor Day, I took advantage of the time in the morning to pull out my sewing projects, thinking I would work on that before going wherever we were going that night. Well it turns out that once I started pulling out my fabrics and plotting out my skirt pattern, others joined in too. My sister and my mom wanted to help and soon my sister-in-love Sara and Jair showed up and they too wanted to sew. In showing Sara some of the fabrics I had brought (the night before) we picked one out for her and were set on making her a nice fitted skirt out of my pink, flowery/rose-y fabric. Adi measured her and drafted a pattern on brown butcher paper and they both cut that out while my mom and I measured and cut the pattern for my drawstring skirt. Even Grandma got in on the action. She helped us by pulling out all of the extra fabric bits she had, which provided me with some trim for my skirt pocket.

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I have finally done the work of uploading my vacation pictures and will be posting them on this blog in several parts. There are too many pictures to post all at once, so bear with me as I take you on a vacationing experience.

The first thing I must explain here, before anything else, is that I missed my flight on the night I was to leave. Yes, that’s right. I missed my flight. I scheduled the flight so that I would be ready to go to the airport right after work, but when the hubby showed up and we had no suitcase in the car, we had to go home to get the suitcase before driving up to the airport. This, of course, was terrible planning on my part, but we made it to the airport 30 minutes before my scheduled flight. In case you did not know, the airport requires you to check your bag 40 minutes before your scheduled flight. Oh, and by the time this was recounted to me, I had also missed the boarding time, which is 30 minutes before your scheduled flight. It was very frustrating. They wanted me to catch a flight the following morning, but that wouldn’t do me any good since I did not have a ride on Saturday morning and the hubs had already left the airport. I asked if there wasn’t anything else they could do for me and thankfully, they found me a flight that had been delayed that I could board, but it was headed to another airport. I said whatever just get me there! And they did. And I waited an hour to board a delayed flight, but it was worth it. I got to California a little later than I would have liked, but it worked out fine. My mom, grandma and sister were there to meet me, even though they had waited over an hour (because of the delayed flight). It was a happy, albeit late, reunion. We all just went home and got some rest that night.

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I am back from vacation and it is bittersweet. I loved having time with my family and getting to do fun things with them for so many days. I taught them how to make bread, challah, muffins, and granola and they taught me some new Peruvian dishes and sauces, ajies and teas. We went to a messianic congregation that warmed all our hearts, as well as visited their own churches. (May I just pause to say I wish we had a better messianic congregation near me?) We went shopping and got some amazing deals (we literally shopped till we dropped, although that doesn’t necessarily mean we spent a million dollars shopping). We watched movies, tv specials, news, wedding videos and learning dvds. We went to the beach, went to Hollywood (Melrose), and sometimes just stayed home. We woke up early and stayed up late.

And now it’s back to “real” life, back to the grind, back to bills, budgets, bikes, baking, cleaning, pets, and all the regular, everyday, mundane things about life. But that is good as well since that means I’m back with my husband, who I missed terribly, and my animals. In a sense it is a difficult thing to leave one’s mother, sister, brother and grandmother behind knowing it will be a long time before seeing them again, but it is nice to be back with my husband. I wish my family lived closer so I could visit them more often.

I have a million pictures to share and I’ll have those up soon. Settling back in after nine days of being gone not only means puting everything away, but also cleaning the whole house. And after cleaning the whole house, shaving the dog because you can’t put a hairy, shedding dog back in a clean house. And she was seriously shedding. Can you call it molting? :)

It’s good to be home.

I had a lot of fun yesterday, as I spent all day with my husband at the state fair. There was much walking around, much funnel cake and elephant ears (the booth called it road kill for some reason) and there were pictures, too. I’ll have those uploaded soon and will share with you how my time went. For now though, let me just say that I’m really tired. I got home late last night and getting back to work early was taxing. Tonight I have to pack for my trip, since tomorrow the hubby will be taking me to the airport right after work.

For now, though, I’d like to share with you some pizzas I made for my husband. He loves pizza and even more when it’s homemade, so I prepared some and froze them, like they do at Papa John’s pizza (I think that’s the right name). He’ll have these as dinner items when I’m gone.

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