Saturday, July 28, 2007


We've officially been made into Simpsons characters by Ryan! Ryan was disappointed that his hometown of Springfield, OR was not awarded movie premiere--we all know it is the "real" Springfield! Never the less, look for us in The Simpsons movie sequel coming in 2008.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007


As of 10PM tonight I can start the sixth Harry Potter book. Holy smokes. Finishing the fifth one makes me realize how much really, really important stuff was left out of the movie!

Ryan has been on a staff retreat and returns home tomorrow. I've had our iPod playing on shuffle almost all the time and have been reminded of songs I hadn't heard for quite awhile. And those songs remind me of memories--things I associate with those songs. Some songs have reminded me of why I love them or why they make me feel melancholy or confident or thoughtful or how good a songwriter the person is. Rich Mullins. Period.

And this afternoon, Quinn gave me a big hug and put his head on my shoulder and just hung onto me for awhile. Makes this Mama's eyes all watery...what a precious little boy.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Reading Rainbow

Remember "Reading Rainbow" with LeVar Burton as the host (he was Geordi on "Star Trek: The Next Generation")? I have been reading the Harry Potter series as a Rookie and have been reminded again how much I LOVE to read. I love to read. When I've got a good book I am swept away and can't hear what is going on around me. Ryan can say something to me and I won't respond. I've been like that since I was really little. I could be reading Nancy Drew mysteries and now it is Harry Potter. I started the first Potter book a week ago Thursday and just started the fifth one to day.

"Take a look, it's in a book, Reading Rainbow..."

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Back at the Ranch

After five days in Waco, TX with hot, muggy air I have returned to Newberg where it is currently cool and raining. Five days with Karin having adventures! It was a treat to spend time with her and see where her life is. Some highlights were: exploring Texas as we discovered we were lost on the way from the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport (see Venus, TX on a map), Starbucks, the fifth Harry Potter movie, meeting some of Karin's friends, thunder and lightening storm, reading three Harry Potter books, checking out Baylor, dinner with Kim, Kevin, and the Dougherty nieces, Homestead Heritage, dinner with Scott, Jilly, and Avy Jane at Rudy's (BBQ and gas station), choosing not to get gas at Rudy's, visiting Crawford, TX and rolling past President Bush's ranch and secret service crew, eating at the Crawford diner for lunch, sweet tea, Strengthsfinder, conversations and more conversations.

Since being home I'm not sure that Quinn knows quite what to do with me. He finally called me Mama this afternoon and we played "Magic Carpet" so we seem to be on good terms. Still sweet but I'm seeing a bit of "sassy-ness" that Ryan mentioned while I was gone. A little more "out-spoken" about what he wants and a little more inclined to hit his head with his hand if he is frustrated. Hmmmm...crossing bridges as we come to them.

The Strengthsfinder assessment was fun to look over ( It is the second time I've taken it and I see that my top 5 strengths have shifted--I still have three of the same but added two new ones. My top 5 in order are: strategic, developer, responsibility, empathy, and individualistic. If you've never taken the Strengthsfinder assessment I encourage you to do so. Those five words may not make perfect sense until you've completed the assessment too.

I'm also considering doing some additional work for 10-20 hours a week--either at home or someplace else. Not quite sure where that might lead but I haven't ruled anything out and if you hear of something, feel free to email me. I'm curious as to what might be out there.

It is good to be home with the boys :) Here are a couple of photos of Quinn from when Quinn and Ryan were together over the weekend. Thanks too to Grandpas and Grandmas for helping with Quinn while I was gone!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

To the Zoo

It is 100 degrees outside and we went to the zoo this morning! WOW! It was our first trip to the zoo and we went armed with spray bottles, beverages, and snacks--all just in case. We weren't sure how Quinn would respond but we think he had a good time. His favorite was the aviary--the birds there would drink from juice cups and landed on some people. Quinn loved watching the birds up close and personal. We saw penguins which were a big hit with the little man too. The giraffe walked around, the rhino came out, and monkeys were a bit quiet. All in all it was a good adventure.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Adventures in Vacation-Land

Vacation-land this year is at our own home as Ryan has this week off from work. So what do you do when you are at your own home during a vacation? You make sure you don't do the typical housework. You make sure you do things that you would normally do on a vacation like go out to eat and read lots. You take day trips to the beach!

Sunday brought a wonderful discovery--Quinn called me "Mama". Yes he did. He even pointed at me and said "Mama". What a wonderful, wonderful sound! And as we were out and about in the afternoon, Quinn sat in his front-facing car seat saying, "Mama. Mama. Mama." I could look back it him and grin. And then we would giggle at each other.

Yesterday we went to Cannon Beach for Quinn's first excursion on to the sand and into the Pacific Ocean. At first, he was not thrilled about his bare feet on the sand and turned to climb up my body like it was a pole. Our second attempt was a rousing success! With Quinn's sandals on his feet, Ryan and I walked out onto the beach with Quinn and the McIntyres. Quinn thought the extra layer between the sand and his toes was a good decision. It was the ocean that captured Quinn's attention. Ryan and Quinn stood in the ocean and Quinn LOVED it! He jumped, kicked, patted, splashed, and played in the water. He was thrilled! And when mom said it was time to go get warm--Quinn was not pleased! No! He wanted to stay and play. Who would have thought?