December 21, 2013


For Thanksgiving this year we went out to the coast for a few days.  It was great to get away and it just reinforced how thankful I am for my family.  For dinner we went to the Chinook Winds Casino for their restaurant's Thanksgiving Buffet.  The boys loved it!  A lot of dessert was eaten!

They actually enjoyed each other's company!


Anthony enjoying the free drinks while we waited in line.

Anthony called this "soup for young people!"  
Or we would call it marionberry cobbler with soft serve ice cream.
He had 4 bowls of "soup."

December 9, 2013

Bert and Ernie

I think this photo completely captures the relationship the twins have.  Parker is generally the goofball and Tyler is usually sighing over Parker's antics.  I love my Bert and Ernie!

He will always be my little boy

Anthony looks so grown up.  He would hate me for saying that!  I am so proud of the man he is becoming and look forward to seeing what God has planned for him.

Back to it

Another school year starts.  Sigh.  Time does not slow down and they get less and less enthused about taking that first day of school photo as they get older.
Anthony, a junior.
Parker and Tyler, 8th graders.

Sunriver, Oregon

After I got back from Texas, (we literally left the next day) we went on our long awaited family vacation to Sunriver.  We rented a wonderful home and really enjoyed all Sunriver has to offer.  This year Anthony brought a friend with him since he likes to be more active than the rest of us on vacation.  16 year old boys have this boundless energy that I just can't seem to match in my old age!

We did a lot of biking because this is how you get around in Sunriver.  There are roads but for everyday activities you travel by bike.  We did some swimming.  Brian and the two older boys played golf.  The twins and I played mini golf.  Tyler and I did some horseback riding.  Tyler was given a bad time because when a horse got up close to him he said "they look so lifelike and real!"  That's because they are!  I also couldn't resist taking pictures.  

It was a great time of relaxing and spending time with the men that I love.  

Tyler's lifelike and real horse!

We found the "Rolo" of horses!

December 7, 2013

Why did I agree to this?

A couple in our church were getting married and at the last minute their photography options fell through so they asked me to take the photos.  In a moment of insanity I agreed.  The gravity of the situation began to dawn on me.  If you screw up the photos, there are no retakes.  Luckily, my sister and my cousin, who are both excellent and beautiful photographers, gave me some pointers and encouragement. I had some successes and some failures.  The more successful photos were the ones without people.  I am much better at objects than people, so no surprise there.  The bride and groom seemed pleased so I will take that as a semi-success.  Congratulations to the happy couple! (Again, back in July!)

December 6, 2013


About a week after we got home from Boston I got a devastating message from my sister.  As her story is not mine to share the gist of it is that her husband has decided he wanted a divorce just shy of their 10th anniversary.  At that moment, I was heartbroken for her and the kids and cursed the amount of land that was between Portland and Dallas.  I had to go down there, even though there was nothing I could do to make it better, I just wanted to be there for her.  My dad was going down to make sure his baby girl was protected and squared away.

I am so grateful to work at a place that values family above all.  I told my boss what was happening and she said "family before work, go be with your sister."  What a blessing she is!

So it wouldn't be a good travel story without one of my plane experiences thrown in.  I was a little concerned that I would be pulled aside when I checked in because I had just bought the airline ticket the day before and not with my credit card, thank you dad!, and I had also bought my dad's ticket with him leaving from a different airport in a different state.  I figured there would be lights and questioning but there was nothing.  I sailed right through.

I get myself all nice and drugged up and board the plane.  I get an unaccompanied minor sitting next to me.  I looked over at him and thought, "Dude, you are on your own.  I hope you don't expect me to be all motherly because I am a quivering sack of jello when I fly so good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor."  I fall asleep and wake up an hour later and we are STILL at the gate!"  I look over at little dude and he just shrugs his shoulders.  Eventually the captain comes on and says that the passenger list doesn't match the passenger manifest.  Fantastic.  There is a "terrorist" aboard or not aboard.  They wouldn't tell us which.  The captain continues that they are going to be performing a roll call.  Like in elementary school.  Fun!  Can we play "Heads up 7up" when we are done?  The flight attendant goes seat by seat saying a name and then the person in that seat says yes or no.  This did not seem very effective or safe to me.  Shouldn't we be matching up id's to the list instead of a yes or no?  They get to me and they don't have my name.  Ha!  I'm one of the "terrorists."  She stood there looking confused so I just handed her my boarding pass and she said "ok" and moved on.  Again, this doesn't seem very effective or safe to me.  Eventually enough people said yes so we were on our way.

The bitter was the circumstance but the sweet was I got to spend some time with my sister, dad, nieces, and nephew.  Oh, I also got addicted to southern sweet tea.  Yummy and oh so very sweet!