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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas 2012 - part 1

 My sister LOVES Christmas. We go to her house each year, the Saturday before Christmas, weather permitting. Last year (too late to make them) I spotted this knitting pattern and knew that she neeeded these slippers. She wore them all night and couldn't stop wiggling her toes.

Her tree was a bit small this year...   ;) 

Bug has been looking at this hat for the past year, at least. She was surprised and very happy when she opened it.

Even better than that hat was this GOLDEN SNITCH necklace that my sister made for her. Look at that smile. 


The wrapping of the money - 2012 version

 2 years ago, my nephew's answer to "What do you want for Christmas?" was "Money". If you missed that post, you can see what I did here.

Last year he got a hand-knit hat and seemed a bit sad that there wasn't one piece of tape involved in the packaging.

This year he got money again. Here's what I did.

Since Bug is into Harry Potter right now, I had ordered some empty Christmas crackers, so decided to use one for this.

 There was a sheet of card stock with lines and the numbers 1-20 on it.

20 small squares of paper with the numbers 1-20 on one side and a letter on the other side. 

These were folded and then put inside the cracker.

The cracker was put in a box.

I saw this and knew that it would annoy him. (he's a Vikings fan)

Then I got out the duct tape.  :)

I then used some wrapping paper, then put that into a bigger box and taped the card stock to one of the flaps. 

The larger box got a bit of duct tape....just enough to close it. 

Then I wrapped that. 

He got to the outer box and bit of duct tape...easy.

Then he got to the smaller box....while he went to get his knife, he handed the box off to his helper to see if she could open it. She couldn't.

He finally got the duct tape off and got to the cracker. He pulled it open and the little folded bits of paper went flying everywhere...and he realized that he might need them.

Then he had to unfold all of the tiny bits...

Once he got them in order, he realized that it said "your gift is in the dryer". I love the look that he's giving me here.  :)  

Thursday, December 20, 2012

15 years

Today, Bug's dad & I have been married for 15 years. Amazing. We've known each other for about 20 years. I wish that I had the "guitars for sale" ad that was hanging on the library bulletin board all those years ago. A friend of mine had been looking for a new guitar, so when I spotted the ad, I got the number for him. We called and went over to the apt. to see what he had. What he had was a lot of guitars! My friend didn't end up buying one, but I signed up for lessons. :) Eventually, I was working at a music store and he (Bug's dad) rented shop space upstairs. We spent a lot of time together, playing hacky sack, watching movies...finally, my boss asked me when we were going to make it official. LOL.

We ended up opening a guitar shop. This is where we got married. :)

Here's what it looks like now. They're standing in about the same spot as in the photo above. 

We had to move to another building after a couple of years. 
It's been a great adventure so far and I can't wait to see what's next.

Here's the view out our back door this morning...they say more is on the way, along with high winds. We're waiting to see if we'll be snowed in tonight, or if we get to go out, as planned.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Halloween!

 Since Bug currently loves all things Harry Potter, it seemed obvious that she would be Hermione Granger for Halloween. She already had a hand-knit Gryffindor bag (see blog post about our trip to Portland). I ordered her a Gryffindor robe and a gray, pleated school skirt. We found the right shoes and some tights (it's cold here). Amazon came to the rescue with the perfect tie. I found a time turner at Barnes & Noble....then came the knitting. I made a house sweater for her. She LOVES it! I also made a Gryffindor hat. As we got closer to the first of the local Halloween events, I realized that it was going to be pretty cold out that night, so I quickly made a pair of mittens, too. I think that she looks pretty good, don't you?

Monday, October 08, 2012

Our last day in Portland, and the train ride home.

 The last waffle...

Heading to the elevator.

 There was a jar like this, full of salt water taffy, on every table in the lobby.

 We spent the morning in the hotel, then went to my sister's place until it was time to go to the station. Bug spent some time reading.

Me, Bug & my sister.

 Bug with her aunt & uncle at the train station. SOMEONE forgot her sunglasses.

We had coach tickets, but because we didn't spend all of our money...we upgraded to a family room. It was the last available room on the train.  Bug was happy.

We were in the last car, which meant that we could go upstairs and all the way to the back to get views like this. 

Bug likes the top bunk. 

The view of the train car from our room, though we usually had the door shut.

 In the dining car, working on a new story.

 Bug standing outside one of the windows in our room. We had one on the other side of the train, as well.

Bug with Ralph, our room attendant. Nice guy. 

I believe that Bug's dad took this photo during the stop in St. Paul. Very cool.

More reading...
 Hobbes was tired. He's wrapped in an Amtrak scarf that one of the crew gave to Bug. He's resting his head on the pillow that Bug's new pal in Portland made.

Still working on the new story.

A Thursday in Portland-lots of photos...

 On Thursday morning, one of Bug's dad's former guitar students who's lived in/near Portland for 15 years picked us up and took us sight-seeing.

 This was spotted in the window of a shop. Ronald Simmons? Gene McDonald?

Our tour guide showed us some sculptures that a friend of his has made. 

Bug liked this one, of course. 

This chess set was pretty cool. 

These heads were on a high shelf, looking down at us. 

 We then went to see the Columbia River Gorge.

It was really windy.

I love this photo of Bug. 

Multnomah Falls.

We spotted the hay ball in the parking lot...

Horse Tail Falls.

Later, we went to the Peculiarium...

Bug doesn't look like she's sure that we should go inside...

We saw this in the window...when we got inside, they had the book for sale so, of course, we bought a copy.

They had all kinds of fun/silly stuff for sale. 

 We went to see where Bug's uncle works. She enjoyed it  more than this photo would lead you to believe....

We then headed northeast, for Last Thursday on Alberta.

Bug spent some of her money on this slingshot.

 What a fun, busy day!