Saturday, December 20, 2008

So long, farewell...


We're off to Blanding, Utah to spend Christmas with Evan's family. Have a Merry Christmas! We'll see you after the 3rd.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Good news

Evan's company just had layoffs. Fortunately he received a promotion the day before! So we knew we were safe. It was his first promotion since starting at BMS in July of 2007. We feel really lucky. Not just for the promotion, either. Many people don't even have jobs right now. So we've definitely been blessed!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Crazy weather

It's 65 degrees one day and then snowing the next. What'll it be tomorrow?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Remodel update

For all of you (are there any?!) interested in our home remodel, this post is for you. I am pleased to announce that we are now officially three months behind schedule on our guest bath remodel. But we have made a little (a very little) progress the last few weeks (or has it been months?). The backerboard is finally up! A job that should've taken a few hours has been spread out over a month (or so). Thanks to Evan for doing it. I can take no credit. Evan also put in a new door. And together we put in a new bath fan/light combo.

I know you're all dying to see Evan's handywork, so here are some pictures for your enjoyment.

Not to worry, we are going to be putting in another light fixture over the vanity, so it won't be as dark as in looks in that last picture.

Maybe in about six months you'll see the finished product. In the meantime, I hope you thoroughly enjoy our tedious updates.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

So it took more than a week

As promised, here are some of the pictures from Thanksgiving weekend in Boston. We are missing day 2 because we forgot to take the camera with us when we left the hotel and didn't want to go back. So we bought a throw-away camera but haven't developed those pictures yet. (Maybe next week?) Anyway, just before we left it was my turn to teach preschool. Here are the boys with with Indian hats and turkeys. A side view of the Plymouth Rock. (It was VERY busy there on Thanksgiving day--this was the best view we could get). Not as dissapointing as I was expecting. Everyone has downplayed the size of the rock so much that I was expecting it to be barely visible. But that was definitely not the case. This is the Mayflower II. Apparently it sailed across the Atlantic back in the 1950's. We tried to take pictures as we were touring it, but our camera ran out of batteries (of course). Here we are at the Wampanoag Homesite, a re-creation of the native village at the time. This is one of their homes. They had a fire going on inside and it was surprisingly very warm. Here is a Pilgrim lady attempting to make conversation with the "native people." In the Pilgrim village they dress and act the part completely, accents and all. It was quite entertaining at times. The picture isn't the greatest--it was getting dark and our night setting isn't the greatest.

In this picture Governor William Bradford (whom Evan is a descendent of), and a few of the pilgrims are sawing a huge log in half, while the "native people" stand and watch. (Again, it was getting dark and the picture is bad).One interesting (and very ironic) thing we learned was that the Pilgrims didn't believe in freedom of religion. Wasn't that one of the basic reasons for them leaving Europe--because they weren't free to practice their own religion?

Anyway, dinner was traditional and good, but nothing special. We were expecting it to be some sort of performance, where we actually sat down and ate with the Pilgrims and "native people" But it was actually just eating a catered dinner in their visitor's center. Regardless, it was still quite the experience to be in Plymouth on Thanksgiving Day.

More Boston pictures to come another day....

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims

Last Thanksgiving I cooked my first turkey and made the traditional feast with a five-week old baby.

I was not in the mood to cook this year.

So we did something different--we went to Plymouth, Massachusetts and ate dinner with the Pilgrims at Plimouth Plantation. It was a great experience.

Combine that with our weekend in Boston and it turned out to be a very exciting, very promising first family trip away NOT visiting family. Pictures will be posted shortly. (Shortly as in it may take a week.)