Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trick a Latte






For Halloween this year Quinn was a Starbucks barista. He went trick or treating at Friendsview manor and carried a grande coffee cup as his candy bag. He wasn't absolutely sure what was going on but he seemed to enjoy himself. We headed to Grandpa and Grandma Jessup's house to see the grandparents and Great-Grandma Jessup. Quinn enjoyed running around the house and trying to drink out of Ryan's latte cup.

What a sweet man!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

3-0 and the Pumpkin Patch







Ryan celebrated his 30th birthday Wednesday and it was a grand day for him. Quinn enjoyed Ryan blowing out his birthday candle.

Today we went to the Pumpkin Patch in Sherwood and enjoyed a trip to the patch in a tractor pulled carriage. We played amongst the pumpkins--Quinn loved running around and touching all the pumpkins. He got to see sheep and goats, lots of leaves, and plenty of other little kids. A trip to Starbucks completed our outing and it was such a nice morning.

I just started reading "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" I'm enjoying learning about some new ideas and thinking through some of my own experiences. I'm enjoying my new job and the opportunity to plan and be strategic!

It is so nice to have sunshine today!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sippy Cups


So now that Quinn is officially 18 months old we've decided to jump into the transition from bottles to sippy cups. Is Quinn old to do this or young--I'm not sure. In fact, so far I'd say that regardless of being late or early into this process, Quinn prefers a bottle 9.9999 times out of 10. We've made this attempt a couple of times before but today, I declare, we are committed to the process. I've read some different things about how to make the transition: everything from going cold turkey to removing the bottle one meal at a time. So far I'm trying the "one meal at a time" which says replace the bottle at lunch with a sippy cup for a week, then change snacks, then main meals, then the first and last one of the day. I'm not so sure...if you have ideas, let me know.

The first week of work went well. I'm adjusting to being gone two afternoons a week and doing some work from home plus finding out how to rearrange the home tasks I've typically done at those times. I've done some more baking--pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (yum!) and a great recipe for oven-baked french toast which is simple and delicious!

Ryan turns 30 on Wednesday! Yeah Ryan! Quinn is working on his rendition of "Happy Birthday". Ryan taught Quinn "This little light of mine" today--he was waving his finger in the air, singing "Shine, shine, shine", then "blowing out" the candle, and he gave a hearty version of "No!" to "hide it under a bushel?" Pretty sweet.

Quinn is predicting the Ducks over USC on Saturday by a field goal.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Days in Sherbert



I think that I love the color of orange in its various shades but I am very partial to that sherbert color of orange that you find in the enjoyable "Dreamsicle in a cup". You know, the little cups that give you a wooden spoon. They think of everything. I love the colors of the leaves as they are changing now too. So many colors to love!

Today was my first day of work! Work you say? I am working 10-15 hours a week at George Fox as the Act Six Program Coordinator (www.actsix.org). Act Six is a program which offers ten full ride scholarships to Fox to qualified urban leaders. It is an awesome process and seniors who receive the scholarship commit to spending the next nine months learning and growing together in preparation for attending Fox in the Fall. Once on campus, the Cadre of ten, continue to meet weekly with the Director of Student Transitions (my boss) and are purposeful in contributing to the Fox community in whatever seems best to that group. It is intentional, meaningful, and it is neat to have a small part to play. I get to work while Quinn is napping in the afternoon so I don't feel like I'm missing large chunks of time with him. My heart is very at peace with the new role and I know it will take a week or two to catch on to the new rhythm of life.

Ryan and I have also committed to leading a small group at our church this year. After a good year as members of a small group community, our large "small group" has split to form two new groups and we look forward to seeing where this group will go in the new year. Perhaps it will split and a whole other group will emerge! We are glad to be growing together with other Believers and continuing to learn as we focus on reading the Bible together and sharing this journey.

I had to return "Prayer: does it make any difference" by Yancey today and haven't been able to read the whole thing...yet. One thing I've taken away from what I have read so far is pretty simple: Why pray? Because Jesus did. Pretty simple and true.

I'm thinking a bit about stewardship too these days. Continuing on that train from August and September about simplicity and sabbath-keeping, it just keeps coming up. Financial stewardship and time stewardship are really the two big areas. I'll have to dive back into "Keeping the Sabbath-Wholly" while I wait to recheck out Yancey's book.

Ahhh...and I just thought I needed to post the before and after pictures of Quinn's eighth hair cut. What a cutie!

A day of new adventures...and the color orange.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

crunch, crunch, crunch

Quinn slept until 8AM this morning--for which we are thankful! Ryan left for New Mexico today and my sister came over to hang out this afternoon and evening which was nice. Adult conversation is a beautiful thing and I really enjoy it :) We got to play with Quinn though and took a little stroll outside after dinner. Aunt Courtney taught Quinn how to say "crunch, crunch, crunch" as he walked through the fallen leaves. It was perfect! After Quinn spent some time crunching through the leaves he helped Mickey Mouse (his faithful stuffed animal friend) crunch through the leaves. Mickey's big yellow feet bounced on the leaves and Quinn narrated saying "crunch, crunch, crunch." A lovely October evening!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Hermiston Hospital-ity

Ryan, Quinn, and I headed to Eastern Oregon Tuesday to have an adventure together while Ryan went to two college fairs. We had adventures! It was fun for the three of us to be together and we knew we were coming back Thursday so we would be moving around a lot in two days. We got to Pendleton and Ryan went to his fair while Quinn and I hung out at our hotel. Quinn wasn't sure he really wanted to sleep in his pak n' play but eventually he relaxed and caught some zzzz's. The next day we headed to Hermiston and checked into our hotel early. Quinn didn't take a nap so we headed out to get a bite to eat. I had started to feel a little sick to my stomach but we were still full steam ahead with the afternoon. I wasn't able to eat very much...as the evening went along, just felt worse. Ryan had to go to his second college fair and Quinn was so patient and cooperative with me. Thankfully he went to bed easily and went right to sleep which allowed me to crawl into bed and assume the fetal position. I did not feel good. At. All. I called sweet nurse Carrie. I called my parents. I called Ryan. He brought me gatorade but...I was not well. Not at all. And dehydration seemed to be a factor. SO--we loaded up the car and got Quinn out of bed and headed to the Hermiston hospital. Oh my goodness. I can't remember the last time I was that sick. The doctor and nurses were gracious and hooked me up to an IV. After about 3 hours, lots of fluids, and a blanket a sweet nurse offered to drive me home at 1AM so Ryan and Quinn (who had gone back to the hotel) wouldn't have to come back to get me. In my right mind again and a pumped full of liquid, we were able to get everything together Thursday morning and leave by 8:08AM. Quinn slept most of the way home which we were thankful for--amazing! We got back by 11:30AM--Ryan was a fabulous driver. We are all recovering...

Hermiston was hospitable but we're glad to be home!