Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Review

As of today we have been married for three whole years. I know, three WHOLE ones. Which means it is time for the annual YEAR IN REVIEW:

 January We had a warm and sunny trip to the Coast in Oregon? Cam went to rub shoulders with real optometrists in Olympia, while Kim adjusted to her new work from home in her PJs lifestyle, and got her pink plastic-rimmed glasses (which were perfect for…)

February We discovered that we were having a BOY, which overshadowed anything else we did all month. Cam made him shoes, and began crocheting a blue blanket.

March was wet and moldy so we spent most of it outside for some reason, spotting whales at the coast and tromping around wetlands. I had to start wearing maternity pants. Cam used his “spare time” between school and teaching to take a course to get his contractor’s license.

In April I took an epic road trip (7months pregnant) to Utah involving a car breaking down in stages, and running out of gas. Cam had a pleasant flight.

Cam got out of school in May so he and his brother opened their painting business (I made them the coolest business cards ever). We got called to be the Young Single Adult advisors at church (qualification=not single, apparently being adults isn’t required).

Then in June our lives changed forever. After consuming several pineapples and waddling for miles, we finally coaxed our small person to come join us. Cameron finished the blanket just in time. Wesley was a whopping 7lbs and 3oz and looked exactly like his dad. We were tired from that moment through...

July Wesley went on his very first camping trip, and I just gave in to the fact that I’m going to smell like poo and spit-up for the next few years. He didn’t seem interested in sleep, so as it turns out, that’s all Cam and I wanted to do.

In August we moved, which means I started “working out,” and Wes got his own room (and promptly started sleeping better). Wesley acquired an imaginary sibling, and stopped looking anything like his dad. The painting business ended its run, successfully providing for one small family and keeping Cam busy.

September We worked hard at moving into our house, filling it with furniture and getting rid of spiders. Cam started up year 2 of Optometry school. Wes taught himself to roll over both ways way too early and learned how to balance on Dad’s hand. He rolled and wiggled into…

October We went yurt camping, and discovered Wes has a future as an artist.  I won the judges choice award in the Chili Cook-off, and we crusaded as pirates.

In November Cam did a vision screening for homeless people, Wesley slept through his first musical, and I painted animal print (un-uniformly).

December Cameron worked really hard on eating muffins/studying and Wes made his stage debut. We watched 20 hours of Harry Potter, Wesley got lots of cool toys wrapping paper, and Cam went on a camping trip in the rain to test out his new gear (he says the water purifier works great mom!)

Good, but we talked it over and we think we can do better... we're going to see if we can squeeze in a road trip to Fiji or something so we've got some more interesting stuff for 2012! 

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread houses by Cam's family (who think they're not creative):

Cameron's Tudor Castle- complete with a moat and a red brick foundation
 Kaylie's more candy than gingerbread house
 My French garden inspired house
 Ashlee's swimming pool... with a house behind it
 Chad's cross section of a gingerbread house
 And Grandma and Grandpa's cute house

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Nativity

Last week at church we were asked if Wesley could be the star of the Nativity at the church Christmas party this weekend. We said that yes, that would be alright.

Then we were asked if Cam and I would mind playing Mary and Joseph. We had just signed our son up, so we really couldn't say no.

After rehearsal this morning, we weren't so sure things were going to work out well. Wes got really upset in the car, and then threw off his schedule by sleeping an extra hour. Then in the afternoon, Wes had a major meltdown. He was so upset he wouldn't even eat. After another nap, some tenuous time dancing around the house, and a little encouragement from his girlfriend (a story for another day I guess) he was at least not in a bad mood.

A half hour, before the show, Wes started to be really tired. Cam took him in a dark room (all wrapped in his swaddling clothes) and managed to got him to take a nap. Then one of the wise men held the sleeping Wesley while we traveled to bethlehem.

Once I brought Wes onstage into the lights, his eyes popped right open. Miraculously, he didn't move or make a single noise. I think he was so surprised by the lights and all the people staring at him. He was quiet in his swaddle the whole time we were onstage.

Then we went offstage and came back to depict the wise men visiting baby Jesus as a child. By then he was awake enough to be sitting up, but still a little surprised still, so he watched each of the wise men with interest, and then wanted to stare at his presents.

Cam and I let out a sigh of relief when we got offstage. Not a single fuss, and he was generally happy at that point. Wesley's stage debut=success.

If you want to see a nativity almost as awesome as ours, you should check out the videos on this youtube channel. My favorite is this one about Mary and Joseph traveling, I can definitively say after our roadtrip 7 months pregnant, that I would have had more than my feet in the water if I was in her place!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The eyebrow

Seriously mom? You think I'm going to smile for the camera?


Monday, December 12, 2011

Stud(y) Muffins

We're in full Finals Week mode over here... at least we're working on it.

With such nice weather and so many other fun things he could be doing, Cam has been having a hard time finding the motivation to study. So I made him these:
We're not above food bribes over here. Especially when it works. Saturday at 9:30 Cam was thinking about calling it a night... but then he wanted a muffin, so deep down inside his stomach he found the will to put in another 45 minutes. Muffin accomplished.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Baby Pictures

Sorry it's been a few days, Wesley and I have matching colds isn't that cute? We've been a little lame around here for a few days.

I did get to go last week to take pictures of my friend Amy's new little girl. I volunteered to do it, because as much as I love taking pictures of Wes, his dad would never let me do this:
 And unfortunately he doesn't look nearly this cute in a hat with flowers on it.
Well, he probably would, but I'm not allowed to try.

I just couldn't believe how tiny she was! And the crazy thing was that she's bigger than Wesley was when he was born. It's hard to imagine this kid was ever that small:

We had to re-arrange our whole house this weekend too because he started getting up on his knees and is beginning to scoot himself along... so we decided that having easy access to scissors and glue are not in his best interest. Hopefully we can put off crawling until we take the tree down!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year we have a lot to be thankful for:
Nothing like pureed sweet potatoes to make me grateful for teeth... and a hearty swallowing reflex!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Back in the Jungle

I got a pair of beat up nasty kid-sized chairs from my friend a couple months ago. She was going to re-paint them, but gave up. I can totally understand that, they were pretty much coming apart, and so beat up that if you sanded out all the dents they would be totally misshapen.
Of course, the best way to keep people from noticing that there are dents is to have a design on the chair to distract the eye. Not that I could ever paint anything a solid color anyway.

So first off, I asked Cam if he could do something about the wobbliness. I was thinking he would add a couple screws into joints... but he took the first chair completely apart piece by piece, stabbing himself with a rusty nail in the process, and then screwed the whole thing back together. 

I asked if he thought it would handle our 14 pound son now, and he said, "yeah, I realized I was making it strong enough to hold a gorilla." As we don't have any gorillas currently, the second chair he just added a couple screws into joints. 

Although I considered having them match Wesley's nautical themed room (post forthcoming), ultimately I decided that the jungle shelf was lonely and that I really wanted some good animal print.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, what I was really grateful for is a husband who, as I was bemoaning my inability to paint uniformly pointed out, "the world already has lots of people who paint uniformly."

I'm grateful he puts up with me. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011


So I just discovered Oxiclean. Why did no one tell me about this earlier? It actually got all the gross off Wesley's outfits. Even the white onesie!

After that I got really excited about it and used it to wash everything Wesley has worn, and Cam's white shirts that were getting dingy.

That worked so well I also did our sheets, and everything white any of us own.

That worked so well I borrowed my friend's carpet shampooer and used Oxiclean to wash our couch, and then the entire carpet.

Cam's calling it my cleaner of the week. Which implies that I get obsessed with cleaners often... which is not at all true. There was just this one time when I discovered how very well our toilet bowl cleaner works and used it to wash the entire bathroom and kitchen. Then there was the time with magic erasers, but that's for another day.

If anyone knows how to get the Oxiclean smell off my hands now, your comments would be appreciated.

No, this is really not a sponsored post. Is a girl not allowed to get excited about household products these days? Welcome to adventures in the life of a domestic housewife. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Joys of Motherhood - By Cameron

We don't have any pictures of Kim and Wesley, why, because mom is always the one taking the pictures. Kim asked me to take a little video of her playing with Wesley so he would know that he wasn't raised by his dad (which is quite the opposite of the truth). I obliged and this is what I got:

Which I think is a good representation of what Kim does for Wesley all day. Motherhood documented... check.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Party Trick

Wesley may look more like me, but he has 100% Cameron's personality. That's why they both enjoy freaking out me, and all the other women in the neighborhood with their new "party trick."

Monday, October 31, 2011

A Wedding Shoot?

So funny story... I took pictures for someone's wedding this weekend. You're shocked. I know.

So about two weeks ago, I got an email from a lady at church that her daughter was getting married this weekend. She was looking for someone to take pictures, since they didn't have a photographer, and were running a very low-budget operation. And I thought to myself, "bummer...I hope they find someone."

Then last weekend I saw her email still in my inbox, and my heart was sad thinking about that poor couple who might not have pictures of their wedding, so I just sent her an email to ask if they had found someone.

She called me back... it turns out that someone else at church said she could do it, but she had never done a wedding before and was really nervous. So we decided to both do it, and hopefully between the two of us we would have something turn out.

It ended up working out nicely... I think. She is good at technical stuff and dealing with people, and I'm good at really crazy ideas. That said, will I be doing it again in the near future? No. At least not without backup. My shooting just isn't reliable enough, It took me 325 shots to get about 20 good pictures for them. It was fun though... and it's always fun to have pictures of other people to photoshop.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Wesley's first Halloween, which means we have a victim with no say whatsoever in what he is going to wear.

Which means we still get to be what we want to be

Which is ninjas

But we don't have ninja stuff

So we are Pirates.
 Cam made the swords out of boards he found in a free wood pile. Then we spray painted them gold. Add that to the list of times I've been grateful to have gold spray paint on hand.

That is also the best picture of the boot-spats I made him because he HAD to have boots.

This picture totally misses the awesomeness of my pirate socks... I promise they were rockin'.

Shake ya tail feather.

Friday, October 21, 2011


According to Wikipedia:
"yurt or ger is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure traditionally used byTurkic and Mongolic nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. A yurt is more home-like than a tent in shape and build, with thicker walls."

In Oregon, they are permanent structures at some campsites, and benefits include heat and electricity. That's how Cam convinced me to actually go camping at the beach in October. We thought no one would be camping mid-week in October, so we didn't even reserve one and just showed up. Apparently they're pretty popular because the first place we went they were full. The next campground we went to we got the last one. Here was our Yurt:
Pretty cool huh? That's the  wood-lattace you see in the window. I was pleasantly surprised at how big it was. It would have been a great night of sleep except that we are the worst parents ever and dragged a sick child camping. He was a little sniffly when we left, so we weren't too concerned, but he made us pay for it all night long by getting up hourly. 

But it was a beautiful October day for the coast!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pop-Up Dinner

As soon as I saw the Oh Happy Day's pop-up dinner party, I knew I was going to do one.  

I contacted the people at the breathtaking David Hill Winery, and they were wonderful enough to let us have the party on their grounds. I know we're at a winery, but don't worry, the drinks are blackberry lemonade ;) The china is my great-grandmas from the 1930's.

Recipe found here

Monday, October 10, 2011

Apartment Makeover Part 4: Abstract Expressionism

One of the difficulties that we have had trying to decorate out apartment is figuring out what to do with the really long walls in our front room. After trying unsuccessfully to find something that fits the space we decided we were going to have to make it ourselves.

We wanted to make a painting that was about 5 feet long, longer than any pre-stretched canvas or stretcher boards I've seen, which means we had to make our own. For stretcher boards, we bought 1x2s from Lowe's and Cameron notched the ends before gluing them together.   

We used a leftover drop canvas that Cam used for painting over the summer (although you can get canvas at any art or fabric store). Then we used a staple gun to attach the canvas as we stretched it (do opposing sides first working from the middle out and pull as tight as you possibly can).
We wanted this to be a piece that the whole family could participate in, so we decided to get our Pollock on. It turns out that Wes is quite the budding artist. 

Immediately after this picture, baths were had all around. 

Our painting took a whole day to dry, and finally got hung up this morning. And now I present to you our work of art: