Saturday night was our Christmas concert. It has been a really long time since I sang in a real choir and it took me back to my choral days. (If anyone sees Mr. Perry tell him I said sorry for the attitude.)
As a Christmas bonus -the best non-monetary kind-, it started snowing during the performance. Outside our apartment last night.
And this morning. The hill in this picture provided immense entertainment as people tried to drive up the hill and almost funnier were the attempts down the hill. There was an Austin Powers moment in the alley that was probably the most hilarious of the day. Picture a full-size Bronco trying to do a 15 pt turn in an alley, all while sliding sideways and knocking over garbage cans.

We could have sat watching people try to drive all day, but the cold snow was calling our name, so we went for a walk . Did I mention it is freezing?


The Final Countdown

How many men does it take to put together a child's puzzle? Well, it helps to have Dad, Poppie, and Brad (Rune's surrogate poppie up here).

Rune showing off the finished product.On Saturday we decided we would do a hike for a change and luckily the Kerrs were up for some family fun.
Bridal Veil Falls were so beautiful!
Anna was a trooper and carried a baby while I was the only adult that escaped backpack duty. Despite running a marathon a week ago, she wasn't doing any complaining. (How cute is Hank!? He is my little boyfriend.)
We are counting down to AZ for Christmas. As much as we love it up here, I am so excited to see all my little ones. I hope they haven't forgotten their Aunt B. I will definitely refresh their memories by smothering them with hugs and kisses.


Giving Thanks

We were so happy to have Bart & Cathi (aka Grammie & Poppie) visit this week. Thanksgiving would not have been the same without them and the BBQed turkey. We had missed them so much, especially Rune.Despite my complete hopelessness when it comes to any kind of handiwork, a quick lesson in knitting from Cathi and I was hooked. Not much to be said of the finished product...With a little extra time on our hands, we decided to visit the Olympic Peninsula and Pacific Ocean. On our way we happened through a little town you may have heard of. Any guesses?I was a lot more excited than I thought I would be after a teacher let us in to the school to check out the cafeteria, gym, etc. Goofy, but it was fun. I can't say for certain, but I am pretty sure this is where Bella & the Cullens sat during lunch. (Don't worry, I am gagging right now, too) Maybe I should see the movie.Then on to the real excitement- about as far Northwest as you can go in the Continental US (La Push for anyone who is familiar with the area). The waves were UNREAL. This picture almost captures how amazing it was.
Our little hike up the beach turned into an intense daredevil exercise. The tide was as high as it gets. Our quest meant choosing between clamoring over wet logs, or running between surfs rolling in. Basically we were playing the odds that the ocean would not catch us before we could get onto higher ground and that we would not be crushed by a floating tree. The ocean bested us a few times before we made it to Hole-in-the-Wall, but luckily no major mishaps. But by the time we got there, I was not concerned with my shoes getting wet!
We were super-soaked by the time we were done, but still smiling. Such a fun time and we are so happy we got to share this week with family. Thanks for everything, BH and CH!