December Round-up

15 12 2009

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas!  I blinked and *poof* it’s almost here.  Today was very exciting- the 787 took flight for the first time. Matt and I were able to watch from the tarmac- it was amazing!  Luckily- Dad gave me my Christmas gift early- errrr- or I opened it early. I was able to capture some clips on my new HD Flip Cam-  Enjoy the short video below- or for more professional clips of both take off and landing go to: http://787firstflight.newairplane.com/ffindex.html

This month we’ve made some progress around the Townhouse. See for yourself:

We replaced this light fixture

With this one

oohhh pretty!

Hung ourselves a pot rack

Hung some pictures on the walls

Put up a little tree 🙂

And celebrated the first flowers on Fred the Meyer Lemon Tree

I hope your December is going well.  I promise more blogging over the holidays 🙂





Giving Thanks!

27 11 2009

Admittedly I have been absent from blogging- well blogging on this site at least.  The past month Matt and I have been in full swing wedding planning and I have thrown all of my blog efforts into my personal wedding blog.

This year we all have so much to be thankful for: Matt my awesome fiance, my amazing family, wonderful future in-laws, friends, a job I love, and all the small blessings God has placed in my life. This is the third year that I’ve celebrated holidays with both my mom and my dad.  Matt and i will be in Fort Wayne for Christmas so dad came to visit for a week this Thanksgiving.  We’ve had a great time and enjoyed quite the feast.

Last year Matt was the one who conked out on the sofa

But this year it was mom who fell fast asleep on the sofa with a full belly.

🙂

Hope your Thanksgiving was great!

Hugs,

Amy, Matt, Jim, Elizabeth, Cassanova, and Cheese

 





Pick me a Pumpkin!

18 10 2009

One of the purposes for our weekend excursion to the Farm was to pick out pumpkins but after the maze we got caught in a flash rainstorm.  We took cover in the petting zoo.

Chickens!

Chickens!

Rocking the rain boots! Ive fallen in love with my polka dot boots!

Rocking the rain boots! I've fallen in love with my polka dot boots!

The rain subsided and we went a pickin!  They had so many great pumpkins! It wasn’t hard to find a suitable one.  I picked out a tall, square-ish pumpkin for Matt and I to carve together.  With all the wedding crafting we’re learning how to be creative together. Not an easy task for two creative people- especially to creative, stubborn people.

T wheels our pumpkins back for us.

T wheels our pumpkins back for us.

OHHH Rainbow!

OHHH Rainbow!

We went back to T and H’s  house and got to carving!

J starts out a little shy

J starts out a little shy

The rain activated my curls!

The rain activated my curls!

scooping out the pumpkins

scooping out the pumpkins

Almost done scooping!

Almost done scooping!

Matt traces our design

Matt traces our design

H goes old school

H goes old school

T Freehanded this awesome design

T Freehanded this awesome design

Hs old school sad pumpkin- look close there are eyebrows and a tear!

H's old school sad pumpkin- look close there are eyebrows and a tear!

Arggghhh- Matt and My pirate pumpkin!

Arggghhh- Matt and My pirate pumpkin!

All lit up!

All lit up!

We seriously couldn’t have planned a better day!





Wander Washington!

18 10 2009

This weekend, Matt and I shared a fun filled day with our good friends H and her boyfriend T.  T has a 7 year old son, J,   and we had a blast with the three of them.  In fact, we walked the whole state of Washington.  H and I went to a corn maze a couple years ago.  We spent 45 minutes getting lost in the first half of the maze, came out the entrance, checked a map and took only 15 minutes to get through the whole thing!  H planned this years excursion for us, researching different corn mazes in the area.  She picked one called the Farm.  It is in the shape of the State of Washington, with the pathways being actual interstates, US highways, and State Roads.  The maze contains a whole host of facts about Washington history and you have a scavenger hunt to complete.  It was a lot of fun!  I didn’t do much navigating- which is a good thing.

Hayride to the Maze

Hayride to the Maze

Our trusty navigator!

Our trusty navigator!

Hummm Is Matt the Grump of the year? (a real billboard in a washington town where they vote a grump of the year

Hummm Is Matt the Grump of the year? (a real billboard in a washington town where they vote a grump of the year)

Or is this the right grump?

Or is this the right grump?

H leads us over a bridge- look how big this maze is!

H leads us over a bridge- look how big this maze is!

Huge!

Huge!

H, J, and Matt read facts about the Grand Coulie Dam

H, J, and Matt read facts about the Grand Coulie Dam

H poses with a sign that designates her tiny hometown near Mt St Helens

H poses with a sign that designates her tiny hometown near Mt St Helens

After successfully making our way through the maze, Matt enjoys some hot cidar. Yum...

After successfully making our way through the maze, Matt enjoys some hot cidar. Yum...

Up next? Pick me a Pumpkin!





A weekend of nothing!

17 10 2009

My blog has been quiet, but life hasn’t!  Matt and I have been real busy with work, and outside of work (wedding planning is in full swing!).  It felt like we weren’t getting much time to do nothing and just be.  So we took a weekend for our selves and had no concrete plans.  It was amazing!

Matt loves citrus- in fact there is almost always lemons and limes in the townhouse kitchen.   He’s been researching the dwarf meyer lemon tree, a fruit bearing tree that can be grown in a container and moved inside for the winter.  I was actually planning to buy him one for Christmas, but he beat me to the punch and ordered on a couple weeks ago.  One of our “Nothing Weekend” activities was to plant the tree.

Matt plants the tree on our balcony.

Matt plants the tree on our balcony.

Tending to the tree

Tending to the tree

While Matt cared for our first house plant (YAY!) I started cooking a huge breakfast. Ok, it was like 11:00 so it was kinda lunch, but whatev.

Yum fresh ingredients!

Yum fresh ingredients!

Not bad for a girl who just started to eat eggs a couple months ago.

Not bad for a girl who just started to eat eggs a couple months ago.

Matts face says it all, Finish taking phots so I can eat!

Matt's face says it all, "Finish taking phots so I can eat!"

What a great way to start a day!  What did the rest of the weekend hold for us?  Behold the pile of Wedding crafting supplies… oh my…

Hint: These are screen printing supplies!

Hint: These are screen printing supplies! Oh and a Woot monkey!





Dahlia Dahlia Dahlia

27 08 2009

No secret Dahlias are my favorite flower.  Last week Matt IMed me this link http://www.scdahlias.org/national-show/ I just about jumped out of my seat! The Snohomish county (where I live) Dahlia Society was hosting the National Show.  The show was last weekend and Matt and I went on Sunday.  I was in heaven!  I took lots of photos, got some tips from the members on growing my Dahlias and even got a website of a place that sells cut Dahlias.  Apparently, the Snohomish County Society was celebrating 100 years of Dahlia shows- the longest running show in the country. Awesome!  Enjoy the photos!





She’ll protect my photos with “the force”

25 08 2009
Isnt she so cute!

Isn't she so cute!

As I previously mentioned in Townhouse and ‘puter trouble! my external hard drive was broke and I sent if off to have the experts try to restore my jpgs (there were other files that I just decided to write off instead of paying thousands of dollars to retrieve).  Good news- all of the jpgs were recovered YAY!

Now I needed to replace my external hard drive.  I have been lookign for an excuse to get a princess Leia flash drive and I couldn’t think of anything better to store my photos on!  I just ordered her, so once she arrives I’ll be back in business.

I know it’s silly- but i think not having a hard drive or my photos has slowed my blog posting… don’t laugh- i know they aren’t really related but mentally I think they are.   I’ve got a bunch of posts to share with you in my head- I just need to sit down and  type them up.  Here is a preview:

  • Townhouse update: the dining/living room
  • Seattle Adventures with M&S (Matt’s brother and his fiance)
  • Making Salsa, Mojitos, and Cuban sandwiches  from the garden (ok with some ingredients from the garden)
  • Photos from the National Dahlia show

A week from tomorrow Matt, Mom and I are flying east to see my New England Family. Yay! It will be a great trip. I must admit I am pretty nervous for him to meet the Uncles- I’ve never had my uncles meet a boyfriend (perhaps for good reason- they can tease mercilessly).  I also get to see my Grandma, It’s been almost a 2 years since I saw her last.  I hope to catch up with some dear friends from high school and spend some quality time hanging with my cousins. I promise to be better about posting… July and August have been so crazy!