Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas!

So for those of you who didn't know (which is probably pretty much everyone!), we drove down to Utah on Saturday for the holidays. The girls did great on the drive, and we actually only had the DVD player on for about 2 hours.

We had a fantastic Christmas! I forgot to pack the cable to hook the camera up to the computer, so I'll have to post pictures (and there are a lot of them!) once we get home, but Santa was definitely good to the girls this year. The highlight of the day for Vicki and Lexi was the American Girl dolls that they've been dreaming of for almost a year now, and Ellie was thrilled with her Dora the Explorer backpack and her Little People airplane, but most of all the candy in her stocking. The best part, by far, is being able to spend so much time with people we love. We're so blessed to have such wonderful family, and the girls are being spoiled rotten by all the attention! I'm so grateful that we were able to come down here to share this time with them.

I hope everyone else had a great Christmas, too!

Monday, December 17, 2007


I took the girls to see Santa and got this incredibly overpriced picture. They just look so darn cute in their Christmas dresses, and I'll never, EVER, get a decent shot of all three of them if I just try to pose them by the tree, not even if I offer all the chocolate in the world, so to me it was worth it!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Obsessed? No....

Seems we're on a Harry Potter kick around here these days. Here's another Harry Potter-related quiz I took, thanks again to Carrie (where do you find these things, anyway?)

The sorting hat says that I belong in Hufflepuff!

Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot, and treat them just the same."

Hufflepuff students are friendly, fair-minded, modest, and hard-working. A well-known member was Cedric Diggory, who represented Hogwarts in the most recent Triwizard Tournament.

Take the most scientific Harry Potter
ever created.

Get Sorted Now!

Apparently I really do belong in Hufflepuff: the results were 93% Hufflepuff, 72% Ravenclaw, 66% Gryffindor, and 40% Slytherin. While I will admit to being slightly disappointed that I'm not in Gryffindor (after all, isn't Lupin a Griffindor?), Hufflepuff's not that bad. At least it's not Slytherin. And Carrie's here to keep me company!

Can you tell Chris is out of town again? :)


Chris on the phone from California, talking to Ellie:

C: Ellie, where's Daddy?
E: At the airport.
C: No, Daddy's in California.
E: Oh. That's pretty! And purple.

Quarantine update

It seems like everyone's better now. I hope I'm not jinxing things by announcing that on the internet. Everyone was back at school today, and I got loads done around the house to make up for Monday, when I didn't do anything.

The downside to this is that we apparently didn't quarantine ourselves soon enough. I started a new babysitting job last week, watching the baby of Vicki's K/1st grade teacher. I had her here all day Thursday, when Ellie first came down with the fever. Now baby Violet has a fever. I feel terrible, even though I know it's not really our fault. Whatever the girls had, I'm sure they picked up at school, and since Violet's mom teaches at the same school, she may have gotten it from her and not from us, but still...

On the upside, though, that meant no extra kids today and only one extra kid tomorrow, so I can finish my Christmas shopping and maybe even get some things wrapped and under the tree!

Monday, December 10, 2007

We're in quarantine (or possibly should be)

Yesterday all three girls had fevers. This is something entirely new - they've never all been sick at once. Lately it's just been one at a time with a few days in between, or maybe two at once, but all three? We're in uncharted territory here. So no one went to school today. We're hanging out and watching movies all day long. Actually, everyone seems fine today, which is okay with me, but I'm just waiting for the grumpies to set in, as they inevitably will. Wish me luck.

As long as they get it all over with before Christmas I'm happy. Last year everyone was throwing up at Christmas, so anything's better than that!

Harry Potter quiz part 2

Vicki may quite possibly be the biggest Harry Potter fan on the planet. Or if not that, at least the biggest 7-year-old Harry Potter fan. So when she saw my results, she of course wanted to know who she was. I let her take the quiz, even though I explained to her that it's really not geared towards accuracy for kids. I was expecting some weird, crazy results that wouldn't fit her personality at all. Who did she end up as?

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.


Chris took it, too, and he's Albus Dumbledore. Dumbledore and Lupin. I guess it's no surprise that we work so well together. Not like Voldy and Molly Weasley...hee hee :)

Monday, December 3, 2007


Okay, so I’ve been tagged by two different people and haven’t responded to either of them yet. Danielle, your tag was too open-ended (list 5 things about myself? With no helping questions? I can’t think like that!), so I’m just responding to Carrie’s. At least there’s a little direction to this one!

What was I doing 10 years ago?
Hmmm…I have 3 kids…I can’t think back that far! Okay, 10 years ago I had graduated from Ricks and was spending the year living with my parents and working at Rite Aid. Ah, Rite Aid. At Christmastime. I think that was the year the registers all quit working. On Christmas Eve. In Park City, the craziest, busiest winter resort town in Utah. We had to ring EVERYTHING up by hand. Fun times.

What was I doing 5 years ago?
Working as a recess teacher (a term I prefer to “duty”) at Challenger School. And living in what we fondly refer to as “the 70’s apartment”. You know, the one with the brown and orange linoleum, brown shag carpet, and harvest gold appliances.

What was I doing 1 year ago?
The same thing I’m doing today, apparently: enjoying the beautiful Oregon winter weather (and if you’ve ever been to Oregon in the winter, you’ll catch the sarcasm there). Keeping busy with a 1st grader, a preschooler, and a 1-year-old. Probably just starting my Christmas shopping.

What was I doing yesterday?
Hanging out on with Vicki. It’s where her pet Chihuahua Rosey lives, and she was showing me around. And baking cookies. And reading stories. It was a good day.

5 snacks I enjoy
Anything chocolate, cookies, cheese, fruit, more chocolate

5 things I would do if I had a million dollars
Sign my kids up for all the sports/dance/gymnastics/preschool/piano lessons that we can’t afford to sign them up for right now, buy a piano (which would be useful when we sign the kids up for piano lessons, buy a bigger car, build the cabin that Chris designed, and buy you a green dress, but not a real green dress…that’s cruel. Oh, yeah, and save save save!

5 places I would run away to
England, the rest of Europe, the Carribean (‘cause I’ve never been there but would love to), Utah (not exactly exciting, but that’s where family is), and…I can’t think of a 5th place.

5 T.V. shows I like
House. So You Think You Can Dance (NOT Dancing With the Stars). Ummm…I don’t really watch T.V.

5 things I hate doing
Laundry. Looking at my kids’ closet. Laundry. Mopping. Laundry.

5 biggest joys of the moment
Vicki, Lexi, Ellie, Chris, imagining the girls’ faces Christmas morning

And now I tag…Danielle and Nicola…and anyone else who’s reading this and has a blog and hasn’t already been tagged with this one or tagged me with it. Ha!
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