Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Long Time Coming

Steve and I have been very blessed in our lifetime. From simple gestures to wonderful treats, to big gifts. Example: we were given a helicopter ride over Kaui as a wedding gift! That was HUGE and wonderful! We can't wait to go back! Another example is the reason I'm blogging about. Before we got married, Steve moved into our first apartment and lived there by himself until we said "I Do". When he was there, our/his furniture consisted of his waterbed, (which we still have...LOVE IT) a make shift desk, his old office chair, and lawn chairs for the living room. We were resolved to sitting on lawn chairs for however long it took, as at the end of the day, who cares what you're sitting on, as long as you're together. Well, it turned out we didn't have to wait to long. A freind of his mom's VERY KINDLY gave us her old couches, which were like jewels to us! Eric kindly took care of the apartment while we were on honeymoon and he kindly arranged the furniture and made it look like home, so when we walked in, we couldn't contain our excitment!! Well, that was nearly 5 years ago, and these couches have served us VERY well, but the day has come where we have to part ways. So, here's to the old couches, thanks for working so hard and for all the fun memories shared by all! Now, if you don't mind, we're going to have a big truck come and pick you up so we can enjoy the new ones!! Which, if I say so myself, LOOK AMAZING!!!




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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sailing & Catalina

Last weekend Mom (H), Ruth and I went to Kingsburg for the Swedish Festival! We had a great time and some really good laughs! We found some really fun things, esp for the little girls! I got them some handmade wooden Dala Horses that we will paint during our next art project. As Ruth said, she didn't want to get them something she could find in Orange County, so we tried to look for "ethnic" things!
We leave at 5am-ish and it's a 4 hour drive, so it's a pretty long day. The guys take advantage of that the last couple of times have sailed to Catalina for the weekend. The first 2 photos are from Steve and his Dad's trip there. They saw thousands of dolphins on the way there, and they also got a private tour of the island and saw jsut how much of it burnt in the recent fires. The guys had a great time and now that they have done this trip a couple of times, I feel like I'm ready to go with Steve and stay a few nights! So, we're going to plan a trip over there! I'm excited and nervous! I think it will be a lot of fun, a lot of work, romantic and an adventure! The 3rd photo is from yesterday when we went sailing with Steve's folks. Ruth and Kevin were having a picnic with their nieghbors at Salt Creek and very nicely waited to take pictures as we sailed by...VERY slowly, as the wind just died! So, thats us on the boat! It was a fun time, and if I wasn't wearing my contacts, I could have totally taken a nice little nap on the boat!!


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Monday, May 14, 2007

Saturday Morning Art Class

I had Becca and Kaela over on Saturday morning to finally paint the canvases we got them. They came with a picture already outlined on it, and came with paints and brushes, as well as a color picture of what it COULD look like!
They are very talented and honestly did most of it them selves. I helped show Becca how to mix colors to make new ones and helped by showing her where to paint what, but she is very artistic and did a VERY good job w/out much direction! She learnt to blend in the colors and even did some shading. Kaela did a great job too and I helped her a little more, but she was very creative and making new colors on her own - which is great...my main lesson for the day was that even when you make a mistake on canvas, you make it into something else and it usually turns out even more beautiful! A good lesson that translates to life too!

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Sailing

After church on Sunday, we decided that it was such a beautiful day and we should go sailing! So the whole family went sailing and it was so much fun! It was so stunning and we all had a great time. It was Becca and Kaela's first time really sailing and they were so excited as they had stopped at target and gotten cute little life jackets, that they were proudly parading around the dock. Once everyone was on board we set off, leaving dad on the dock...so had to come back around and pick him up! It was quite hilerious as he had to be out to push the boat out the slip, but with so many people it was a little harder and he ended up not being able to jump on!! Once we were situated, Katie, Ruth & I sat on the side with our legs hanging over, catching the cool spray of the water! We were laughing and talking and joking about how we hoped our feet wouldn't get bitten off, dangeling over the boat. When out in the middle of the ocean, i saw a something right next to the boat...and our feet! A FIN!!
I yelled, "FIN,FIN...FIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNN". In a matter of seconds all 3 of us had our feet crammed on the boat, in the most uncomfortable positions ever!
I know what a dolphin looks like and they don't swim like that, besides, they love sailing boats and will "sail" next to you, in large groups, flying in and out of the water!
Thankfully Steve, Mr. Aquatic, yelled back "It's ok, it's just a sunfish!" PHEW!!!
Apparently those are rare and an endangered specis, so it was a treat for us to see him. He was not sunning himself though, which is why he had a fin that was circling in the water! Our hearts were pounding for a while, but then the fresh air and spray of the ocean were to much of a temptation to not put our feet back overboard. There were no more sightings on the way back to the dock, except the little seals on the bouy!
It was a wonderful day!




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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A Day in the Park

On Sunday we enjoyed a wonderful time in the park with Eric, Deb, Jakob & Duncan, their 109lb black lab! He and Domino finally got to meet and they played so well together! It was such a perfect day, Eric brought his kite and he and Steve had fun flying it, until of course the inevitable happened...it got stuck in the pine tree! It was great fun watching as they tried to figure out the best way to set it free. There was a single dad in the park with his son and you could jsut tell that he was DYING to fly the kite...yes, thats right, the DAD was! he was on his cell phone and while talking, was giving Steve and Eric directions. It was hilerious! It wasn't too long before Eric and Steve let him fly it, and you could tell how excited he was! It was very sweet! Did I mention too, that Ruth, Kevin and all 3 girls (Becca, Kaela & Thandi) came too...They stopped by to visit, so we all had a great time! The girls made freinds with these other kids playing, and Jakob shared his puzzle with a little one yr old girl who was there with her family , and the dogs just had a ball..literally! They were very attached to their own ball and wouldn't fetch it unless it was theirs. Note Dom's bright red one in the picture...it came home is several pieces!
Anyway, that was our time in and park and it was a lovely day!
Really not much news other than that...except that the fish tank is well underway now, with corals, live rock, a yellow tang, and little blue fish, and these other fish that dig under the sand and keep it clean. Who knows what their names are. Also, tones of anemones..which are my personal favorite! I can't wait till I can play with them!!!! Hopefully Steve will post some pics soon, otherwise I will, so you can check it out!
Steve also had a rough night last night as he had an appt at the Sleep Center so they could monitor his sleeping, as it seems he might have sleep apnea. So we just wait to find out. They apparently put tons of electrodes (?) on and then watch the computer during the whole night. You can only sleep in a certain position AND it was not a waterbed, so poor Steve did not get much sleep, which also kind of defeats the purpose! I think thats all for now, besides GREAT news, that the paperwork is being sent for my folks to come over! Now we just wait and pray and hope it's speedy!!!




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