Sunday, December 25, 2011

We Have Moved (not to Moscow)

I have been a TERRIBLE blogger since September. Tim got me an Ipad2 for my birthday, which was a wonderful surprise. My ancient laptop had officially died and I was hogging his office computer which wasn't working out well.While the Ipad rocks on so many practical levels I just couldn't figure out how to blog properly from the Ipad2 and just gave up (but I didn't need to tell you that). So I did a little research and found out that wordpress has a nifty app that allows seamless blogging from the Ipad so away we go. I'm giving it a try, but I will say it's a bit more complicated and I'm having to relearn how to blog, but the results are oh so nice. Hope you enjoy...  Hope on over and leave me a comment :)

Merry Christmas and Cheers~!!
Love, Sarah

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Selway River

We went camping this past weekend with my dad and the big kids. I haven't slept out in nature for several years simply because I personally don't believe in camping with children under the age of about four. Not that it can't be done and not that people don't enjoy camping with small children. I just think it sounds exhausting. We left Cate at home with Grandma and drove with my dad to the Selway river in Idaho. It's about a three hour drive from where we live and we arrived there late on Thursday evening. We had just enough time to pick a camp spot, set up our beds. make dinner. and head to bed. You can imagine my amazement when on Friday morning I walked across the road and saw this...

I'm going to gush about this river (no pun intended). It had the clearest emerald colored water surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine forest. The water is flanked by long stretches of ivory sand. The pictures don't do it justice. Looking at these photos makes me wish I had a nicer camera and Wendy McGraw's mad skills.
Grace and Eliot spent hours playing in the water and the sand.
We watched an otter catch a huge trout and haul it up onto a rock to devour for breakfast.
He just tore the thing apart with his teeth while it writhed and squirmed around on the rock. Amazing!

 We are most definitely heading back there. She who does not camp is now shopping for campers on Craigslist. Hah!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Grace Elizabeth's Birthday ~ Part 2

Miss Grace with her pile of gifts.
Eliot took this one of Grace and Sydney on her quilt. I've made three quilts in six months and therefore I'm ready for a break from quilting. I'm certainly glad I had those birthdays as deadlines otherwise who knows how long it would have taken me.  
Here it is. You can see there's less than half of the binding to sew on and so after I snapped this picture I sat down at the table and finished it off.
Grace's big present was a new doll whom we've named "Emily", a wardrobe of clothing for Emily, and a  big pink box to put it all in.
There's that rainbow cake.
It looks like a boring old white cake and then...
SURPRISE! Those colors! If you want to make one for yourself here's how to do it.

Grace Elizabeth's Birthday ~ Part 1

We had a little mini party at Starbucks on Saturday for Grace's birthday. The girls had donuts and drinks before heading to Grace's favorite spot in the mall...

They each picked out a little treat and then sat on the bench to look over their new things.
What a sweet polite delightful group of little ladies!
Afterwards Grace and I came home to start our marathon baking day. We churned out mini apple sugar cookies to take to class on Monday and to share with the family on Sunday.

We also worked on her rainbow birthday cake. Grace loved helping me mix up the batter into six different colors.

Palous Empire Fair 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

36 Years

Today is my birthday. So far I've spent it eating bacon and french toast made by Tim, getting a pedicure with Lauren, treating my children to Happy meals, and scrubbing the entire inside and outside of my stove with a Mr. Clean Magic eraser, all of which were splendid (Except the part where I dumped most of Grace's happy meal onto the pavement outside of McDonald's but let's not talk about that, only happy things today).

That's me in 1983. I got that awesome outfit for my birthday. It was pink and grey knit the top had puffed sleeves and the skirt was made of the same knit with several rows of ruffles. It was rad. I LOVED it. I still love it. If I had it today Grace would be wearing the minute she could fit into it. I wore to the Oregon State Fair on my birthday. I loved it so much.

Okay, now this is ON my 19th birthday in about 1994. That's the worlds greatest roommate ever, Britton with me. I miss you B!!! She is now a mother of four kiddos and lives too far away. Anyhow, Britt threw me a party along with my other girlfriends in our dorm. I think we ate at the Olive Garden and stuffed ourselves with all you can eat salad and bread sticks that night. That's our dorm. Yes, palm trees and a stones throw away from the Pacific. We were so spoiled.

Baby Sarah, 7 months old. Awwwwwwwwww. It's hard to believe how darling and cute we are started out. Have you ever started looking at people on the street and imagining them as a seven month old baby? It's hard to be unkind to people when you do that.

Oh yes, this is at the graduation party my parents hosted in 1993. I'm on my parents porch.  I'm still 17. Such a baby. I have to admit I went through my high school photos and they were so atrocious. I think I may toss the whole album. It was bad. BAD. I'm still cringing. Maybe someday I'll work up the courage to show you more of Sarah in the early 90's.

This here was one of the best days of my life. This was eleven years ago and that's my parents beautiful home they sold so that they could come live by us. I feel a little mournful about that house but I'd much rather have them here than have them living in that house.

Okay, that's enough nostalgia. Tim and I are making Pioneer Woman Beef with Snow Peas for dinner (It's amazing by the way) and I've got two tubs of laundry to put away.

Monday, August 22, 2011

We're a little bit famous!

Here's a link to the Almota Roses photography blog and Wendy's post about our photo shoot. Wendy was spectacular. I highly reccommend her and her prices are incredibly good.