Archive for the ‘Daily bread’ Category

Squirrely Skylight

Posted by julie on Wednesday, 13 June 2012, 22:28

As I was reading a few pages in bed this morning (if you're the mother of newborns and toddlers, it gets better), this guy demonstrated how roof squirrels get their drinking water.

A Wednesday Afternoon and Evening

Posted by julie on Wednesday, 30 May 2012, 23:05

After spending a very long, very glorious weekend in the Redwoods with our glorious friends (photos will undoubtedly follow), today was a little quieter.

Sylvan read a whole book this afternoon. It wasn't short; it did have lots of pictures and jokes about toilets.

Despite the fact that there were cupcakes with whipped cream for dessert to celebrate a certain 39-year-old's birthday, someone fell asleep at dinner. It's so hard to be 3.

Some of My Favorite Things—14 February 2012

Posted by julie on Tuesday, 14 February 2012, 21:47

A photographic list:

Two of my favorite vehicles, one ridden my three of my favorite people. Xtracycles rock! And they're even better when you get them from a nice guy on craigslist.

The photo is a few months old, but the sentiment is quite current. Elena is an expert hugger, and I love it!

Bracelet made by Claudine, beader extraordinaire. A lovely necklace completes the set, but the bracelet secured my decision. I loved the memory wire, smoky beads, and thumbprint stone.

My husband is silly.

Time-saver or time-sucker?

This is my favorite Harry Potter book. We're reading it with Sylvan right now. I don't want to miss any on Chris's nights to put Sylvan to bed!

What a great organization and a great group of people.

And one of the reasons I love the Patrol so much: I get to see this, my favorite mountain, Diamond Peak, every time I patrol (unless it's overcast, which it hasn't been this winter—which means there's less than 3 feet of snow on the ground, but that might change this weekend!).


“You may ask yourself, ‘Well, how did I get here?’”*

Posted by julie on Sunday, 12 February 2012, 22:36

Are there ever times in your life when you wonder, “Now how did that get here?”

*With thanks to the Talking Heads for the use of the lyric from “Once in a Lifetime.”

Because you never know

Posted by jonesey on Monday, 18 October 2010, 6:40

A subset of the nametags available for congregants at the Unity of the Valley Church, Eugene, Oregon. October 2010.

Nametag for JC

A pragmatist's answer to the age-old question: "Will we recognize Him if ever ever does return?"

Our Life, 2/23/10

Posted by julie on Tuesday, 23 February 2010, 20:47

Started off with a great trip to the Stewart Aquatic Center with Sylvan and Elena: warm pool, other kids, mosaics of sea creatures on the pool bottom that scared Elena (it was the “tentacles on the octopus,” said Sylvan), my son undressing and dressing himself in the locker room. I’ve avoided the pool for a while, wondering how I’d manage two kids. Sylvan’s comfortable enough in the water that I just gave him a pool noodle and watched him float around. He says he’s going to do a somersault in the water next time we go.

Lunch at the Hideaway Bakery, my favorite place in Eugene other than my porch. Split a Caprese sandwich (pesto, red pepper spread, fresh mozz, tomatoes on their grilled bread; it’s Sylvan’s favorite sandwich, because he has good taste), had cups of tomato-y Tuscan soup while Elena napped.

At home, the kids did this (note the chalky footprints):

while I finally put some framed pictures up on this wall. It’s pages of a spiral-bound calligraphy instruction book I found at a book sale long ago. It looks good on the wall, but it’s nothing compared to the kids’ neon chalk-enhanced “paper machine.”

And I got this picture in my e-mail today, which was taken yesterday. Cool, huh?

This was our house on Sunday, after Sylvan and Chris had mowed the grass, complete with small imp knocking blossoms off pretty, blooming trees:

It’s raining now, so no need to be envious.

6 January

Posted by julie on Wednesday, 6 January 2010, 22:53

Efficient this morning. Out of the house by 7:05 after Chris’s perfect waffles. Drove upriver in the rain listening to a podcast that C later told me was from a year and a half ago, not, oh, yesterday, as I thought it was. I’m going to need a bigger brain. Worked until early afternoon. Isn’t it nice to check things off the list? Museum of Natural History with the girl, who liked the Smilodon, the birds in the background murals, and drawing with colored pencils in the kids’ discovery area. On to rehearsal, where the girl spilled the Cheerios, wanted hugs, and gave everyone cheesy smiles. Then asked to put on her jacket, socks, and shoes, although C wouldn’t be there for another 20 minutes to rescue her. Salmon burgers and C’s fantastic fries for dinner.

Now for what you really want, some photos:

Zoolights at Portland's Oregon Zoo. Diana and I brought the kids on a crisp day after Christmas.

Zoolights at Portland's Oregon Zoo. Diana and I brought the kids on a crisp day after Christmas.

I'm at the beach! Pay attention to me! I'm in your picture!

I'm at the beach! Pay attention to me! I'm in your picture!

Sylvan after a pretty huge sledding wipe-out. He's always been happier outside.

Sylvan after a pretty huge sledding wipe-out. He's always been happier outside.

Two of the kissiest people I know.

Two of the kissiest people I know.