I can't believe we are down to only a few more weeks before we hit the road for Oklahoma! We have done a lot of planning already, but the next few weeks are definitely going to keep us on our toes! Just looking at our calendar keeps reminding me how much we have to do yet.
I have a bunch of to-do lists and yet I feel like I'm forgetting something. I'm not going to stress out about it though. I figure as long as Kaiwi and I get there safely, the rest of our stuff is just that... stuff.
"This world is not my home, I'm just a-passing through."
I am excited for the trip to Oklahoma, though. We are taking a little extra travel time and going to see some things like the redwoods and the Grand Canyon. You can bet your britches I will have my camera in my hand along the way.
I've already been snapping pictures of the area around here so we can look back on it after we are gone. I went to the Lilac Garden at Manito the other day and got a few (ok, a ton of) pictures of the lilacs. They are absolutely gorgeous! They remind me of the lilac bushes that grew at the neighbor house when we were growing up. The smell was just divine, as well.
I'm so glad we got to stick around here long enough to see them bloom. I'm definitely going to miss this part of Washington!
Im sure I will find plenty on new things to love in Oklahoma, though, too.
Why is it so hard to figure out what to get my husband for his birthday? You would think I'd know exactly what to get him. The problem is, he has everything he needs. He loves to fly, but unfortunately he doesn't always get to.
After struggling with this dilemma for a while, we came up with a plan. Kaiwi has been wanting to do a cross-country flight for quite a while, and since his parents are in Portland now we thought it would be a perfect birthday weekend if we flew in to see them.
The flight over was amazing! We flew right through the mountains. Mt Rainier, St Helens, and Adams was on our right, and we could see Mt Hood, Jefferson, and just the tops of the three sisters on our left. We took off later than we had planned, but it worked out perfectly because the sun was setting just as we were flying by the mountains. It was so beautiful.
But why am I telling you when I could just show you pictures?
Amazing- even with the plastic plane windows leaving a sort of hazy look to the pictures.
Now, for some reason I can't post more than three pictures on this entry, so I'll have to post in two parts...
It was so fun visiting with Kaiwi's parents. We were able to see their new place and explore some of Portland. They took us to the Japanese Garden. Gorgeous! The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, and it was so green! Out here where we are its still dry and brown, so it was a wonderful change of scenery.
Its pretty much torture trying to narrow down which pictures to share with you. The gardens were so gorgeous- hopefully I captured a fraction of the beauty.
What better way to spend a birthday than with family? I'm so glad it worked out to take this spontaneous weekend trip.
Yes, I did take my little sewn heart outside as a photo prop. Don't heckle me.
We have had quite a lack of snow this year. Previous to last night we only had one substantial snowfall this winter (substantial meaning we actually had to shovel). Can't say I'm super excited about getting snow, but it is kinda nice not to have to stare at brown grass, either.
Hopefully this is the last of it, though.
I'm so ready for spring!
On another note, Kaiwi and I have been endeavoring to eat healthier lately. We kinda fell off the bandwagon back there around Christmas when we were still planning for him to be leaving. Our meal planning discussions went a little something like this:
"What would you like for supper tonight?"
"Oh, I don't care... let's go out to eat."
Then, in my preparations to visit Ruth I stocked our freezer with easy-to-prepare junk food for Kaiwi. It's still there, tempting me every night around supper time when I ask myself, "What should I make?"
You may ask, "Well, Kaiwi didn't eat all the junk food?"
No, no he did not. He ate hot dogs.
Anyway, the point of my ramblings is that we have been trying to exercise a little more self-control lately. We have been eating mostly veggies and lean meats for the past week and a half. Kaiwi has already dropped several pounds, and me... nothing. That's the way it goes though. Guys just lose weight easier. My cheating every now and then probably doesn't help. But honestly, my goal is not to lose weight, it is just to eat healthier.
We have basically no dairy or breads in the house right now, though. This is something I sorely missed the first week. This week though I don't mind so much. Meal planning has also gotten much easier. Our meals all basically look like this:
It's all been very good, actually. I think we have been lacking in the area of veggies so that is one change I want to keep around.
I'm waiting for the day when I can revive my bread machine. I have a few recipes with it I want to try. Aaaaand, I've been craving some gooey chocolate cake for two weeks now.
I don't care how many veggies you feed me. I still want cake.
Back to regular, everyday life.
It was so much fun visiting my friend Ruth and her family this past week. I love how we can pick up where we left off like we never spent any time apart. I just wish we could do it more often.
Our week never had a dull moment it seemed. I enjoyed every minute of it- going to church, painting the house they are renovating, having another chick to watch Downton Abbey with (my husband's not a fan), four wheeling, and just hanging out with everyone. I also loved the SUN! It almost didn't seem like January compared to our foggy Northwest weather here.
Of course, I brought my camera and took a ton of pictures. I hope you enjoy a few of them!
Welcome! My name is Marie, and I have been married for 5 years now. We have one beautiful son, Isaac, waiting for us in Heaven and another son, Hayden, here with us! I hope to share with you more about our journey- where we have been and where we are going.