Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last hike of 2011

It was an unseasonable warm day for a hike.
We took a short jaunt up towards Burch Mountain.
The views were beautiful!

That's it for this year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas summary...

Our Christmas was relaxing and extremely busy.
We didn't stress about trying to make anything a big deal...
in fact I have yet to finish sewing Rolli's Christmas present and I'll be sending out 'New Year' cards instead of the usual before Christmas 'Holiday' cards.  
Life is good at this pace ;)

Rolli and Vivian enjoyed opening up their gifts.

In my Grandmother's words...
"you're not spoiled, you're loved."
Yes, we feel well loved, happy, and fortunate.

I don't have many pictures to share because our camera has been acting up.

Vivian in her new snow suit.

Rolli in his new snow suit.

We need some snow in the Wenatchee Valley.
The kids like putting on their snow suits and walking around the house.
I can't wait to see what they think out in the snow!

Rolli in his new bear pajamas.

It is nearly impossible to get the kids to sit still long enough for a picture...

Vivian (and Rolli too) in her new big girl pajamas.

These two do their own thing.

Thanks to everyone for the Holiday wishes and gifts (more than are posted)!
I hope everyone still has that warm, happy Christmas joy lingering in their home.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Here comes Santa!

Rolli and Vivian met Santa Claus today!
...for the first time ever.
They weren't very excited.
Me, Vivian, Santa Claus (for reals!), and Rollin.
Vivian would NOT let go of me.  I don't think she cared for the beard.
This Santa was sure nice.  
He moved slow, talked softly, and gave out candy canes ;)
Perfect for first-time-visitors.
I think Viv will warm up a bit by next year.

Family picture with Santa!

Maybe next year we'll actually tell the kids what 'Santa Claus' is all about.

But for this year...
It wouldn't be a successful meeting without hot chocolate!

And of course the hot chocolate was topped with whipped cream and sprinkles!


It was nice to meet you Mr Claus!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Nursing Graduation!

I started the Wenatchee Valley College Nursing program in the fall of 2009.
I Graduated the WVC Nursing program on December 9th, 2011!!

My parents (Rollin and Debie) with me, Rolli and Vivian at my graduation.
My family has always offered me endless amounts of love and support.
Thanks to my Mom we ate lots of home-cooked, yummy food even when I was too busy studying to stop and make a meal!  Thanks to my Dad for driving those meals all the way to Wenatchee!  And thanks to my family for taking Rolli and Vivi on a summer vacation!  

Marshall, Kathy, Me, Rolli and Vivian, Jean and Bob.
I have the best in-laws!

Me and my class-mate/friend Chloe with our kids.
Congratulations Nurse Chloe!  I'd work with you any day ;)

Me, Vicki and Alissa 
(don't mind Vivian...right in the middle of the picture looking the wrong way.)
During my last quarter of the Nursing Program Alissa was my preceptor in the Ambulatory Care Unit.  I was incredibly fortunate to be able to learn valuable nursing skills from both Vicki and Alissa (and the other ACU nurses).  The preceptorship was definitely my favorite clinical experience of all!  I'm sure I'll be a better nurse because of it.
Thanks Alissa and Vicki for the 106 hours worth of mentoring!

Now what?!
Work of course!
I'll be working part time at Cashmere Convalescent Center.  

Friday, December 9, 2011


Sweet Vivian and all of her personality!
I absolutely LOVE my daughter!

Here are some pictures of Vivian after a long day without her nap.
Vivian loves her Daddy!

This little puhkin' was so incredibly tired!
She even slowed down enough to snuggle.

Oh this face...

Goodnight, sweet dreams!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

animal sounds

Rolli and Vivian are adding to their list of animal sounds.
Here is the list so far:
cougar scream
bear growl
wolf howl (or maybe it's a coyote)
Rolli just learned the owl hoot.

click on the link to hear...

We seem to be found of our PNW animals.
The kids have yet to learn the typical cow, dog, or sheep sounds.
We'll work on that later.