Saturday, December 13, 2008

Snow! Snow! Snow!

Unlike those of you in AK, we are enjoying our little blanket of white here. It is a huge contrast to the way things looked only two months ago. It started snowing last night around 8:45pm. The kiddos insisted in going out to play in it before the sun came up. What can I say? Us Californians don't see much winter white!

Sunday, December 7, 2008


So I have been informed that I really stink at updating my blog, so here's an update.

Hallaween was great! Robby was Indiana Jones and Natalie was Bumblebee the Transformer(not a power ranger). They got tons of candy and a huge rush of sugar!

We had a nice Thanksgiving here in Washington. Frank and Wendy towed Mark's Dodge up to us and arrived Thanksgiving night. We celebrated on Friday and had a nice spread of ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, and of course, my homemade rolls! They stayed until Monday and we really enjoyed their company! We also got all of our Christmas decor up that weekend. I love Christmas!

I started working full-time for a law office on Mercer Island. It kinda stinks being away from the kiddos, but extra money is nice. Plus I get to have lunch with my hubby everyday! Next week I think we will start commuting together as well. Atleast gas prices have come down quite a bit!
We had a nice little downpour with a touch of hail today. I can honestly say that it doesn't rain nearly as much as I thought that it would. I don't mind it though! It already looks so different from when I arrived here. All the leaves have already fallen off the trees and looks all wintery. If anyone is up in the northwest, feel free to stop by!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


The pictures loaded in HTML, so I will just give you the run down. The cute yellow house is where we live and we have an awesome flame orange Japanese Maple in the front that I have a couple pictures of. There is a picture of the downstairs family room, kitchen and "reading area". Things are still a huge mess because there is not one single linen cabinet in the entire house. So I have things that don't have a home yet. Sorry I took so long getting these up, I still can't find my cable to connect my camera to the computer--so I hooked up the photo printer and used the card slot--because of the delay, I was able to get the picture of the gigantic slug in the back yard--or what there is of it. See my hand next to it? Gross. Anyway, the back is about 4 feet deep and then there is a huge retaining wall straight up that is ivy, ferns, trees and tons of blackberry bushes. There are in season right now, so the kids are loving it. The dogs are adjusting well too. They pretty much stay on the porch most of the day and then venture out and explore when they are bored. They have already brought me back a ton of trash they have found. Since I took these pictures--which was Sunday, the leaves have changed drastically and it is like living in an Autumn post card. I love it here! The normal high has been between 58-62 degrees F. In the past 12 days, it has only rained twice. I will post more later! I have also included an adorable photo of my new nephew, Evan Magnus Ketcher!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Wow! It is so beautiful here. Just wanted everyone to know that we are here and loving it! I will post pictures tonight of our house and the beautiful fall colors everywhere. We just got phone and internet today. Congrats to my brother John and wife Jen on their new baby boy, Evan!!! Love you guys!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Here is my mosaic!

I thought this was really cool! You should try it!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Gracie has arrived!

I had to post this so everyone will know that my new little niece has arrived! Gracie Nomena Dierlam was born this morning at 6:45am Alaska time, 5 lbs 9oz., 19 inches. She is here a few weeks early and Randi had to have an emergency c-section because of preeclampsia and then the baby started to become stressed. Anyway, both are doing fine, but they may keep Gracie up to two weeks just to make sure she is breathing good and gains some weight. So cute and tiny! Congrats Mike and Randi!

Summer recapped

Here's a quick recap of July---Uncle dan came to visit on July 2nd, we celebrated the 4th, on the 5th we had Robby's 7th birthday party, on the 6th, we went to Yosemite and Mariposa Grove to to see the waterfalls and giant sequoias, Uncle Dan left on the 7th, we rested on the 8th. It was crazy! We were exhausted, but so glad that Dan came to visit. The last time he was out to see us was when we blessed Robby. Here are some photos. Natalie being patriotic, Robby enjoying his party, the family in Yosemite, Indiana Jones, etc. Enjoy!

Yeah, I made that!

And all of that! Yum! Fruit salad, sweet & sour meatballs, teriyaki chicken, salsa...what more do you need?
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Here is Yosemite Falls. It unfortunately was not at its full splendor.
Here is the Lower Falls, so dry!
This is Bridalveil Falls

Chillin' with Benelli