Sunday, August 31, 2008
Though she seems to answer to "girl" we really think she needs a name. She is honey brown in color, sweetest temperament, and Steve thinks she is about a year old. She was dumped off at Raymond's fresh market building sometime yesterday I believe. Norma called and asked if we knew anybody who had a missing dog. Nope, we didn't. Steve and Lisa went over to the store late this afternoon and the next thing I know Steve is leaving for PetCo to get a couple of dog dishes and food for our newly adopted dog. She has been howling off and on but is now quiet. I believe she is finally asleep for the night. Steve believes she has abandonment issues... :)
They have a date, she wants sunflowers, he wants a barbecue style reception and her color is "oasis blue". What a difference in weddings my daughters have chosen. As you can tell these two spent the evening last night and probably this morning talking wedding plans. They came over this afternoon to give us the details and to ask a few questions. Sarah also rooted around in the attic for some books and toys for Cash. Lisa also stopped by after she left work. She worked all weekend for their Labor Day sale that had them hopping. She was okay with working since it meant time and half for the extra work hours. We all chatted about the wedding while Steve talked about planes. The girls and I get such a kick out of him.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Nate came by this evening to speak to Steve. He came to ask for permission to ask Sarah to marry him. It sounded like he was going to wait till maybe later in the week. Steve said I don't think he is going to make it. And Steve was right. We received a text message with a picture of the ring on her finger at about nine this evening. They are both so excited; as are we. Janet's girl Maddie is already asking when and where is it, are you catering and what dress will I wear? I don't think is going to be a small affair...
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Honestly I am still running on overdrive and I need to slow down. I didn't get to my Kat's challenge layout till today and then I couldn't find what I wanted to use on the "two" page layout so it became a one page and I went in a different direction and used different pictures. Dang I hate it when this happens. But I also have been spending the last couple of days trying to load some new software and I am having trouble. The software will load okay but it won't do the update and it is starting to make me want to throw the darn computer down the stairs. Though I know it isn't the fault of the computer it would relieve some stress. So tomorrow I am doing nothing else but sitting at my computer, calling the manufacturer and getting this thing working! In the meantime I have been trying to get some plane reservations for John, Steve's old man friend, to fly to Denver next month. It is some squadron reunion for a bunch of his military buddies from World War II. The United website is possibly the slowest one on the planet. And then to my frustration it wanted me to book the flight but it had no seats available! What kind of crap is that?? I don't want 84 year old John walking around the Denver Airport trying to find his way home. This irritates me enough to want to break something. I need to go downstairs and load some happy movie into my DVD player to get my mind off this lunacy.
ETA: On a lighter note, my friend Mary took this picture of Sarah at her baby shower with her "diaper" cake.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Lisa downloaded pictures onto my computer that Ky, her sister-in-law, gave her that she took at the wedding. Lisa hired Kristi and her friend to take the wedding photos. But she had two very good friends from the OSU Bookstore who were photograpers that were in attendance as guests who also took oodles of photos and video and I can hardly wait to see those. I am posting one of my favorites that Ky took. Don't know exactly where it was taken but it was before the wedding according to Lisa. She was already having champagne by this time. She looks as if she is feeling no pain. :)
Monday, August 25, 2008
I have spent the better part of the weekend working on my cards and my two page layout for my classes next month. Both Steve and I weren't feeling all that great yesterday so it took me all day to finish the layout. I added the finishing touches this morning, took the pictures of the cards and the layout. I just finished emailing the class descriptions and pictures off to Bud, therefore making the monthly deadline of the 25th. I now have to get working on my class layout for my challenge class which is Wednesday. Oh, why do I do this to myself? Virtually the last minute just like the June, and I didn't do July as it was too close to the wedding. I don't feel like I have caught my breath yet why is that!? Here is a sneek peek at one of the cards for my class next month.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Besides the proof of all the aches, pains, the gray hair, the wrinkles and the grown up children it just does not seem possible that we have been married twenty-two years today. At this very time all those years ago we were having (or I should say trying) our first meal together as a married couple. I remember what I did have was delicious but we didn't get to eat much. After the Oregon contingent of guests loaded up into the motor home for their return trip we took notice at how quiet the place had become. Our bedroom looked like an explosion had occurred in it and thanks to Dan our photographer I actually have proof. Once my parents had gotten Lisa's clothes together and left for home we decided to take off that night for our honeymoon. It was by the seat of our pants since we had no reservations and no real plans but to drive up the coast. Lots of fun and memories that I will cherish forever; from spending my wedding night sleeping in the bug, the cottage overlooking the ocean in Yreka (long hysterical story attached) to the walk in the redwoods it was wonderful and yes I would do it all again. Well except the sleeping in the bug...
ETA: This picture was taken of us at a Halloween "twenties" themed party that Craig and Lisa had thrown. Goodness we were young!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Unfortunately the pictures aren't that great but you can get the general idea. These are the picture boards I made for my dear mother-in-law for her surprise birthday party last month. Everyone loved them, and she did too and she really was the one that mattered. The first board has pictures of her son's and their families. The second board has pictures of all her grandchildren as they were growing up.
Steve bought me a new printer last week and I finally was able to get it set up and software loaded a couple of nights ago. It has cut my printing of class instructions down by half as it is a least three times as fast as my last one. I haven't printed any pictures on it yet but I have used the copier, not setting up the fax, and am right now trying to figure out the scanner. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
You would think that once the wedding and baby shower was over things would settle down a bit but no. I have to launch right into making my card samples for my class next month!! Gee, it seems to be a never ending thing. I guess I will be taking some of my scrapbook stuff with me when Steve and I go to the coast this weekend. I am supposed to have my class descriptions and pictures to Bud by the twenty-fifth. Which means I will be pushing it again this month. Dang...
ETA: Here is a picture of the book I will be teaching tomorrow night. And yes we still have that Oregon sunshine here. If if weren't for the fact it is fairly warm I would think we were in the middle of winter.
Monday, August 18, 2008
One would never believe that it was 100 degrees here on Saturday. It appears as though it is just barely 68 degrees outside. We have had rain off and on all day. I heard thunder a few times but I never saw any lightning flashes so I am guessing they were a distance away. Steve said on his flight into work there was lightning flashes to the west and east of him but he got to Hillsboro just fine. Though he had to sit in the hangar for about a half hour as the rain was coming down pretty hard and riding his motorcycle is no fun when it is like that. I do worry about him flying in this weather but he is pretty cautious and if it doesn't look good he does turn around and then drives into work. No longer his preferred method but he will do it if he has no other choice.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I spent Saturday with Sarah scrapbooking at First Christian Church downtown. It was the day that we spend once a month with several ladies doing crafty things. Angie didn't make it as she had to meet with electrician doing the work on her place, Meg had to work, and Mary didn't make it because Allan wanted her to go pick green beans. I can't believe anyone would want to do that in 100 degree heat let alone when it is at 50% humidity. Wow, I have to keep pinching myself at how wonderful Steve is. I am very lucky. We had our first tomatoes out of our garden today. Oh... they were so good.
ETA: Lisa and Buck stopped by before they went home. They said they had a great time on their trip. Spending most of it at South Lake Tahoe camping, they did the touristy thing and went on a dinner cruise and stayed a couple of nights at a resort. They took their time coming home staying in Klamath Falls (they don't recommend that) and Bend before heading back here.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wow, I could melt already! I have no air conditioning so I will be retreating to my travel trailer which is parked in my yard just west of my house it has air. We decided not to put it away after the California family left till we used it at least once this year. Our 22nd anniversary is next weekend so we are going to take a couple of days and possibly go to the coast. In the meantime I need to work on my card designs for next month so off I go...
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
There was quite the discussion over the use of doves at this wedding. Sarah thought it was nuts to spend money on something that you will watch fly away. Of all the things wedding related this was the only thing Buck thought would be cool and he wanted them. So Lisa made the arrangements. I have to say I was on the fence with this whole thing. But it turned out to be quite wonderful. She used the opportunity to call all of the bridal party and parents out to the balcony. There she made a small speech thanking all of us for participating and supporting her and Buck on their special day. Sarah and the dove handler held two closed baskets in their arms while Lisa made her speech. Then with a nod to them they opened the baskets and the birds flew out. I managed to hold down the shutter button the get the following pictures. It happened very fast I have to say.
Monday, August 11, 2008
I really should be doing my laundry but I sat down to check my email and the next thing I knew I was editing photos. I have decided to take a photography class so I can get more use out of my digital camera. I spent way too much time trying to get the right settings on my camera at the wedding and some of my photos didn't turn out the way I wanted. Some editing software helps but it isn't quite the same thing. So in the next few days as I work on these photos I will post them for all to see. In the meantime I have towels and linens to wash after having guests for the last five days.
ETA: In the photo from the left; flower girls Estelle, cousin and Nicole, niece of the bride. College friend Sierra, sister Sarah, Lisa, college and best friend Natalie and college friend Julie. The college friends all met while working at the Oregon State Bookstore. These ladies are very sweet and loads of fun.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
In my haste to get to Sarah's baby shower yesterday I inadvertently put my camera in the trunk of my car. At the last minute when I realized that there were loads of gifts and people going along I decided to take the Excursion thus leaving my camera behind. Fortunately for me a couple of my friends brought theirs and took pictures. Now I just have to get copies of them. We had invited about thirty-two and we had almost all in attendance. Wow, Sarah got a lot of nice things and of course baby clothes for the first few months are covered. She told me this morning that Amanda helped her wash, fold and put all the things away last night. I would say that Amanda is a keeper when it comes to friends.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
There are no words to express what a parent feels like seeing their child get married. I was able to take a bunch of pictures and I still have to edit them. I sat here looking at them after downloading them off my compact flash card and a flood of memories came at me. Lisa chose her photographer through a recommendation from our dear friend Janet. We were very pleased with her professionalism and the way she made us at ease in front of the camera. We can hardly wait to see the photos. As soon as the family from California heads for home I will try to get some of the pictures I took posted. I will start with this one which I love. My niece, Estelle looking at Lisa with a look of love...
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I have so much going on but for sanity purposes I spent yesterday scrapping with Sarah and Janet. We had a free VIP crop at one of the local scrapbook stores so we took advantage of it. I managed to scrap on Friday evening as well. I worked on the last few pages I was adding to Lisa's guest/advice book for the wedding. I also discovered that in my haste to trim down what I was taking I left one of my tools here at home so I had to cut out the pieces I needed and take them home with me that night so I could finish adding them on Saturday. Lisa stopped by the store and visited with us after she finished at the nail salon. She now looks "really" girlie with solar nails. Sarah thinks it is hysterical that she wanted longer nails since she has never had them. What we women do to look beautiful!! All things considered we are just doing the last minute stuff before family arrives from California. I found out my youngest brother isn't going to make the trip after all as he got hurt on the job and is hobbling around now. We are really disappointed too. I managed to finish a couple of scrapbook projects that I have been working on what seems like forever. I also managed to get photos taken of the picture boards I made for my mother-in-law but I still have to edit the photos. Sometime this week maybe if I get some spare time. Ha..ha..
ETA: Five days and counting...
ETA: Five days and counting...