Monday, April 28, 2008

I'm sorry the videos aren't working. You will have to wait to see them. I am leaving today to go see my Uncle Walt who is in the hospital in Vegas. I will take a ton of pictures since I will be traveling a lot further than I normally do (I have only been to WA, OR, CA & Reno NV). I am especially looking forward to going east of the Mountains in WA state. Seems silly but I can't wait!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

It was a busy Saturday

So bear with me as I post all that happened.... First, Alex had a baseball game at 9:00am. David came along and was able to get some great photos since I am stuck keeping book during his game. Alex's team won 11-0. It was such a fun game to watch and the weather was wonderful.
After Alex's game came Josiah's game. That's right we went from one game staright to another. This was Josiah's first game as a baseball player and boy was it highly amusing. Here are lots of photos and video of Josiah up to bat. Just to clarify, the kids can have three pitches then after that they can hit off a tee. All kids can only advance one base and most everyone gets to bat each of the four innings. It was a two hour game and worth every minute of it. Warming Up: Game Time! Josiah started in the short stop position. In the second inning Josiah was put in Left Field. He instantly took to the weeds. Hanging out in the dugout. At bat: We will call this next set of photos Running the bases- but you could call them, looking under the bases. And for the last two innings Josiah was the catcher and he did a great job. And finally a batting video. Sorry about the bouncing around- once he made his first hit I jumped and cheered :-).

Monday, April 21, 2008

Quilting Update!

Ok, so i took one of two quilting classes last Thursday. This was the first time I had ever taken a class, other than the church's quilting retreat. I was one of a few people that had ever quilted before. So once the teacher told us what I do I went to town, laying out my quilt, figuring out what I wanted and even sewing. So after two hours of sewing I was almost done.
So I came home and spent Saturday finishing the quilt up. Once it was done I was totally bummed. This is not my kind of quilt. It is VERY busy and loud. I went to the fabic store because the idea of bordering in the way I am suppose to (with scraps leftover from the quilt) made me not like the quilt even more. So I spent a LONG time wandering the quilt shop stressed out at what in the world would CALM this quilt down.

Bottom line, it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I am still going to use it to practice my machine quilting and it will probably be tossed in the trunk of the car for a baseball blanket.

Friday Night

David left on Friday night to be a group leader for our churches Jr. Retreat (3&4th graders camp out). This is David's third or fourth year and he really loves it.

So when DJ call and asked me to watch Gabe for a few hours, I jumped at the chance. here are some photos of our cute little nephew. Sorry for the messy face, I was feeding him dinner and thought I got it all but apparently I am a bad judge of a messy face (especially in a dark room).

Gabe was so funny with the camera, he prepared himself for the flash and sometimes looked like a deer in the headlights.

David started softball

Three weeks ago David and his team were suppose to start their softball season. But it was snowed out... that's right- cancelled due to SNOW. We laughed and wondered how many times that has happened. Then two weeks ago, they got to play. David was the pitcher and did a great job! They won 18-2. Sorry for the bad shots, but I was bundled up to keep warm and keeping book so moving wasn't really an option.

David's team was also suppose to have a game last friday, but it was SNOWED out! Here is a photo of friday afternoon as it started snowing. We ended up with 4 inches!

A Disney loss

This has nothing do to with my family or my life. But last week the last of the nine old men passed away. For those of you who don't know the "nine old men" were the original & BEST animators at the Disney Studio. Here is a video I found on You tube- three of them go together. This Disney Company put together an amazing tribute to him, but it is on the internal website so I can't share it.

If I had known he lived up here in Sequim I would have made the drive and snuck into his room at the nursing home just for a few minutes with him to find out how it was to work for this AMAZING company during the time that it was begining and ask him so many questions about Walt and the other animators, including Ub.

So another legend from a unique time in life has passed on. Hopefully his stories have been documented in ways that will be shared with us all.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Happy Friday!

I am so happy today, for no reason, other than it's a great day.

On my way into work, I was stuck in bad traffic, my radio station (a non-christian one) sung the first two lines of one of my favorite hymns. For me it melts my heart, relaxs my body & mind and reminds me of what a loving God we have. So enjoy my little hymn for just a moment and enjoy your friday.

1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he'll take and shield thee;
thou wilt find a solace there.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

More on the care packages to Nathan

A couple of weeks ago I posted the photos of all the great stuff we collected for Nathan... well an update on that. Click here if you didn't read it

Last friday David had all 7 boxes packed on his hand truck and I was contemplating how I was going to get them to the post office, which is in the basement of the building next door. As I was getting ready to go Kim called me and said she was stuck in Pioneer Square with an hour to waste, BINGO God threw me a volunteer or a sucker- however you want to put it. She happily hauled her tail up to my office and helped me push the 250lb hand truck out the loading dock and ½ way DOWN one of Seattle’s finest hills (thank goodness for team work!). Then we headed up a block and into the post office.

As we pulled into this small, hardly used, secret post office, the charming lady behind the counter gave us a BIG smile and a little chuckle and explained to us that there is a flat rate Military box and we would save a TON of money by using those. I took a deep breath and with Kim’s encouragement we got to work. Building boxes, unpacking boxes & repacking boxes. Oh the fun!! Thankfully Kim had her camera, cause what is a story like this without being able to blog it?

Please note: Kim just posted this on her blog as well! Check it out for her "side of the story", by clicking here. And as Kim put it "It's always an adventure when you call Cori"

David came in 1/2 way through to help out since Kim had to head out.

After all 20 boxes were filled David went back to work and I sat and filled out customs forms and mailing labels that the post office provided. It was a ton of fun and COMPLETELY worth it. We sent 10 boxes off to Nathan & 10 boxes to another solider serving in another area.

A funny insight to all of this: While I was making such a huge mess in the post office we got some interesting looks, but it wasn't until I was taking up so much time at the window to pay for it all did people start to gripe and I mean really gripe. Have you ever heard those people who are mumbling under their breathe just loud enough to be heard, well I had a few. But as soon as someone noticed that the box said it was a care package for the troops their tunes changed and they had a TON of questions. I even spent time talking to the clerk in the post office about what our church had done. So not only did our kids gets to show Christ love to our soliders but it gave me an opportunity in the Post Office to show it as well. What an AMAZING gift!

I am so excited!!

I just had to share... I am taking a quilting class tomorrow night and I am SOOOO very excited!!!!!
I can't remember which fabric line I picked out... it's either this one:

Or this one:

they are very close to the same line. it is going to be SO MUCH FUN!!! I can't wait!!! Here is the quilt pattern I'm doing. It is called "Quilt with Charm" because you use "Charm packs" which are precut packs of fabric by moda. Should be very exciting!! I will send pics when it is done, which should be after my class- that's right, I should have it complete in just a few hours!!

Wordless Wednesday

Redneck Condos

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

Just had to share

I usually do this kind of thing on my Lupus blog, but this was good.

ABCNow interview on treating and diagnosing lupus


Part 2 living with Lupus

They are only a couple minutes long. Enjoy.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Going through Withdrawls......

Where once upon a time happens once upon a day.

Where everyone screams at the sight of a mouse.

Where the clock never strikes midnight.

Where we meet old friends for the very first time.

Where a cup of tea can bring you together. And apart. And together.

Where dream-makers meet dreamers.

Where Cast Members reunite friends with friends.

Where helping out a princess can make you feel like a king.

Where even the smallest of details makes a huge difference.

Where a clean room is still covered in pixie dust.

Where magic comes in all sizes, even extra small.

Where the sweetest things you make are smiles.

Where you can meet a princess, sail a pirate ship, and save the galaxy. All before lunch.