Sunday, August 31, 2008

Day 5 San Francisco

Cassie and I had a great time on day 5 of our San Francisco trip.
we were able to get some really fun pictures of our adventures for the day. Check them out at our Flickr page when you get a chance, there are some real gems in there.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The rock! Alkatraz!

Just hanging out in an incredible place. Glad I get to spend just a
few hours here and not several years. Pictures will be coming soon.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Day 3 - San Francisco

We have had another splendid day here at San Francisco and it just keeps getting better! We had a great time at the exploratorium, the golden gate bridge, and running around on the buses. Please feel free to check out our pictures from today at your own pace here at flickr.

Dinner! What a meal

Pacific catch was the name of the place and man was it good.

Day 2 pictures - San Francisco

We had a great time our second day here at San Francisco and here are the pictures to prove it. If you would like to look at the pictures at your own pace and at a larger size check them out at our flickr page. More updates later. :-)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

In-n-out party

I have never eaten at this place and Cassie likes it a lot so we had
lunch here and it was really good.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Conclusion of day one

It has been an eventful day today in San Francisco. Cassie and I were able to get here safely and enjoy some of the city. We had a really fun time checking out britex fabrics. We also decided we don't want to live in a big city. We saw a bad part of town, a woman bleeding out on some stairs because she had cut her wrists, super short spandex skirt that could have passed as underwear, a man holding a big sign yelling at us "No more sex", and many more interesting things. We are having a lot of fun but our eyes are being opened at the same time.

coming from the airport to the bart rail system

a fun teriyaki place we ate at down the street from our hotel

our sweet little room

the other half of our sweet room

We made it!

We made it! We had a great time getting here and now we are at a sushi
place down the street from our hotel and we are hungry. This city
looks fun.

First flight together

Cassie and I realized that this is our first plane trip together.
Cassie said she enjoys snuggling with her honey on the plane. I
enjoyed the many kisses, holding hands, and watching wallace and
gromit. Fun stuff. We hope the pilot lands the plane as well as he has
flown the plane the whole time.


Everything is getting tighter with the economy but shrinking my
pretzel to this size is just sad. :-) never thought food on a plane
would get zoo small.

Take off

Just about ready to take off. A bit nervous but we are really excited.
Everything has gone as planned so far. Things are looking good! I look
forward to my complimentry snack. :-)

Can you say high waters?!

Saw this sweet sight while waiting to board. Clinton and stacy would
not approve.

Last window washing

> Cassie and I were able to wash our last house this weekend and it
> felt great to finish and be done. We are now retired from the window
> washing business and will only be washing for ourselves and close
> family and friends.

Airport time

We have now arived at the airport. Security is always a pleasure since
the tradgedy if 9/11. No problems getting through today though.

Let the trip begin!

Our trip is off to a good start this fine morning. A great big thanks
to mom for taking us to the airport.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

It has been quite a "peachy" week. Early in the week Nolan and I put up 7 quarts and I made a deep-dish peach pie. A day later we put up another 14 quarts of peaches. Then on Friday, Deanna and I put up 12 pints and 4 quarts of peaches for her. On Saturday Deanna helped me with the first 7 quarts, then I did 14 more on my own. (Nolan was putting rock on the basement wall & it is looking fantastic!) We now have peaches stored for winter - Yum!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Rag castle!

I got a bucket of rags to keep the shape of the bucket! Fun stuff.
Endless fun when washing windows.

Cassie's Art Rocks!!

Cassie does a lot of amazing artwork. I especially like it when she
puts me into her art. This is one of my favorite sketches of me. :-)
Keep up with cassie's art at
I am also very proud of Cas for setting up her very own blog all on
her own without my help. Way to go Cas!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Garden Hats

For Relief Society Activity, I decorated our garden hats with fake flowers and ribbons. It was a lot of fun. None of the others did that, so I felt a little out of place, but my mom said she loved hers and was more excited to wear her hat out in the garden now! Love you Mom!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bike rodeo

Dad and I were able to help with a bike rodeo today and it was a lot
of fun. We helped inform them on safety and bicycle maintenance. Dad
also gave them rides on his tandem bike for something really cool to
do. Most of the kids got a ride and loved it. This kid was absolutely
adorable and I ran along side them to get the picture.

tree cutting

we had a guy come out and cut down one of our dead trees. It was interesting to watch him climb up the tree and then cut it down.

150 posts - wow!

We have now posted 150 posts on our family blog. I have my angelic
wife and google to thank for reaching this milestone. Here's to
continuing to document life through blogger at

Spice rack

Saw the coolest spice rack the other day. It makes me think of a
chemists lab with all the test tubes. It is really fun with all the
cork plugs.

Rain rain go away

The sun worked really hard today to shine through and it finally did.
It was nice to wash windows without rain.

World War One Bunkers

Mike and I hiked around some WWI Bunkers at Fort Worden. It was hot and muggy outside, but in the cement rooms it was nice and cool. We got to talk and enjoy nature. we took lots of funny pictures too. Isn't Mike cute??

Classic Car show

Mike and I rode the Motorcycle all the way to Port Townsend (2 hours) to see a car show. There were a bunch of cars for sale and great colors. We had fun taking pictures and talking to the owners. I love old cars!!!!!

Monday, August 18, 2008


Our family went camping for the first time! We had a great time. We went with our friends Kristin and Brandt who have a boy just younger than Dillon, Nicholas. I'm quite sure we'll go again, we had fun! We went on a short hike, and I put Owen in my backpack over my belly. It worked quite well for a carrier (I trusted it more than the carrier I have at home), and he was so comfy, he fell asleep.


Thank you Mike for putting this together for us!!


There were fires on the hill behind us a little while ago. It was pretty scary. I think the next time I see an orange glow, I'd rather have it be a sunset. Everybody have their 72 hour kits??

My Musicians

I found that Owen could have fun playing the piano with Dillon if I put him in his booster seat. Now they can have fun playing together!!

Come by and sit a spell

Sometimes after all the day's work is done, Nolan and I relax on the deck in our new chairs. Even though they are not cushioned, they are very comfortable. Come on by and sit a spell with us; it is a great way to end a busy day!

That's all for now.

First rock on the wall

Just in case you wanted to see the rock up close and personal, here's the first afternoon's master piece! Go Nolan!!

Our basement is rockin'

Since the walkways were done, Nolan has taken on the next project - rocking the basement walls. This is another time intensive project, and the walls Nolan is doing look as good as the pros who did the fireplace. Look real close and you'll see the rock under the stairs. Where the rock is around the window, it really makes the window stand out. When he's all done it will look like a million dollar house!

Walkways of cobblestones of cement

This is one of the walkways that Nolan made with an interlocking mold, cement and a lot of hard tedious, time-consuming work. Doesn't it look great?! We need to add the soil between the cobblestones and plant thyme, but that will come next year as planting time is about spent. There is a walkway going west, but you'll just have to stop by and see them both.

Baby melon

We even have baby melons. Can you see it? They were slow coming up and putting on fruit so I don't expect they will ripen before it gets too cold, but they are fun just the same.