Wednesday, November 21, 2012


So I've actually had my Christmas list ready for some months now (it was totally ready the day after my birthday). We keep our ______ (birthday, Christmas, etc.) lists in a google doc for easy updates and family access (with images and links to the proper make/model).

I thought it was funny how indicative our lists are of what we've been up to lately, so I thought I would share them with you.
Cam's list:
1. Nexus 7 - His current obsession. Ask him what you should get for anyone, that's what he'll say.
2. Cool looking shoes
3. Drill bit with countersink
4. Spray bottles - so maybe our house can get clean
5. Backpack rain cover - Oregon
6. A Blowgun

Kim's List:
1. 50mm f/1.8 lens
2. Serger
3. Silhouette Cameo
4. Colorful fabric scraps
5. A mini muffin pan - because Wes will eat anything we call a "cupcake"
6. A staplegun
7. Rubber gloves - so that maybe my hands won't turn green, blue, or orange next year.
8. A seahorse

Wesley's List 
1. A booster seat - Because he's decided he's too cool for the high chair.
2. Kitchen Gear - that doesn't make dents in the cupboard (or my toes)
3. "Melmo" - Because we've only found 5 full episodes on youtube and I can quote them all.
4. Puzzles

Wes' list is shorter because he's not into material things like we are. And he's generally unable to voice desires less immediate than "cu-cake" and "Melmo."

Saturday, November 17, 2012

43 ways to say rain

Here's a pop quiz for those of you that have lived in the Northwest:

What do you call rain that's lighter than a shower, but definitely still has actual substance.

A sprinkle.

So that's what my buddy Mandy and I (with more than a little help from the men in our lives) threw today for our good friend Stacey who is having a little girl. She already has a boy Wesley's age, so she didn't need a whole baby shower... just a little sprinkle of pink in her life.

Everyone asked where I got the umbrellas, the thing is that I owned them all already. I bought them for when we lived in Utah, because no one uses umbrellas in Oregon. It's part of life, and we don't melt. 

A shout out to Mandy's super-cute fruit bouquet and veggie bites (crescent rolls in a mini muffin pan + cream cheese and ranch mix + broccoli, peppers, and other tasties)  

 Looking at our guest list, we realized we had a ton of crafty people, so rather than playing games we decided to put everyone to work making hair-bows (in teams so we could learn cool stuff from each other).

My teammate Amy and I found a cute model for our creation. I'm sure it would have been cute on Wes to, but his head is getting too big.

5 people in one picture! 

Sunday, November 11, 2012


I know this looks like a kid banging around pots and pans, but it's a lot bigger than that. Wes started using his imagination this week!

In this picture, he's making me lunch. He takes out all the pots, tells me they're "hot", stirs them a bit with random utensils, and then puts the lids on. Sometimes he pretends to dump things back and forth. I discovered that I can't give him a snack or a drink while he's "cooking" because it will end up dumped in a skillet and smashed around with the whisk. Pictured: whisking his drink of water and some cheese.

When he decides it's done, he puts a hot-pad on the table and sets (with some assistance) the pot on top of it. Then we say a prayer over it and pretend to eat with spoons "Mmmmm!"

His other favorite game to play is bug hunt.

A couple weeks ago, a fly got in our house and Wes chased it around. I was eager to have it gone, so I grabbed a spatula and gave one to Wes, and like crazy people we chased it around banging on any surface it landed on. Wes thought that was about the most fun thing that happened... so now, anytime he spots a bug he gets a totally serious look on his face and runs into the kitchen demanding a spatula while holding his nose with one hand (the sign he made up for bug) and yelling "a BUH a BUH!"

Just this week he started playing bug hunt for pretend (which I must admit it's hard to tell sometimes if he's really seen one or not). He does everything just the same demanding a spatula, and then when I hand it to him, he does a funny bent-knee stalk over to his bookshelf (where he's decided the bugs hide out) and bangs the wall until he's satisfied that the imaginary bugs are smashed into a pulp. Then he runs to the window. Repeat. Then back to the bookshelf. And then the window.

On the plus side, I have seen fewer bugs in my house (they're scared out of their shorts). I've also had fewer clean pots.

Friday, November 2, 2012

More pumpkins... and pirates

Wes and I got invited to a pumpkin patch by some cute girls. Clearly we didn't need the pumpkins... but of course you can't turn down an offer like that. Especially when the girls are so cute!

We discovered that the pumpkin patch we went to had some extra special features... most notably a pirate ship:

The ship drove around the pumpkin patch while the pirate captain told cheesy pirate jokes. At one point it stopped and we got to shoot off a tennis-ball cannon. Wes was the only child under 5 brave enough (read: that knew what was going on and NEEDED to participate).

And now for your viewing pleasure, I will post pictures of Wes playing in the playhouse with adorable girls... interspersed with pirate jokes.

Why did the pirate buy an eyepatch?
He didn't have enough for an iPad.

Why can't pirates read?
Because they only know two letters: Aye! and Arrrrrr!

What kind of grades do pirates get in school?
 High Seas!

What be a pirates' favorite vegetable? 
 An ARRRty-choke!

What do ye say to a pirate with one leg?
Hop aboard matey!