Saturday, January 17, 2009

The promised photos

Here are some of the best pics from our trip back to Washington/Idaho. There are lots more we'd like to have from Moms and Dads, friends, etc! Please send them if you have any good ones. Especially ones of cats. We like those.

This is us in Newport, at Joel's house of youth. What beautiful snow!!

The Lokster (Loki)... how can something be so freaking adorable and at the same time so obnoxious??

My first experience with a snowblower was grand. I always loved mowing the lawn growing up, and this is similar, but has the fabulous snow chute thing. Awesome! I keep thinking there must be some use for the massive amount of excess snow around during the winter... someone has got to capitalise on this! I'll be coming up with ideas. If you have any I'd love to hear them.
This is a humongo danger icicle outside of Joel's Dad's classroom! It's like, thicker than YOU are! This is the kind that is caused by bad design, and causes further problems in the walls and ceilings. Nature conquers architecture! Mua ha ha...

*Thanks to D & T for the USB camera cord thingy.
**Here's more photos of our trip back to the states.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Back in Glasgow.

We've been back in Glasgow for 6 days now. We're still coming to peace with our return. We had a magnificently beautiful time back in Washington State. We couldn't have asked for more lovely moments with family and friends. True thanks to each of you who made time to see us and made us feel so welcome and.. at home.

Highlights of our trip:

  • The SNOW!! Not only did the west coast have record-breaking snowfall the first week we were there, but Eastern Washington had 3 feet! We had a surpassingly enjoyable time shovelling snow, going sledding, shovelling more snow, drinking tea, shovelling more snow... and using the snowblower! I was delighted with every aspect. Growing up on the west side of the state never afforded me experiences with frozen lakes, dangers of snow weight on rooftops, or sharing snowblower stories with neighbours. I love it.
  • Driving across Washington. Joel and I repeatedly expressed fascination that we are natives to such an unbelievably beautiful and varied place. Even though we have travelled that journey many time before, coming back to it after a 2 year hiatus brought back resounding affirmations that we love this state, our (metaphorical and hopefully one day literal again) home.
  • Seeing all of our grandparents well. We are so thankful that despite ongoing health issues, all of our loved grandparents have been well and we were able to have visits with them. Nothing like time away to make you really appreciate people's character, wisdom, and advice.
  • Being with both of our families on Christmas. Joel's parents were so kind as to drive west to spend the holiday with my family. Having the opportunity to spend it with both sides is wonderful, and having families who get along and love each other so much is a blessing beyond what we could ask.
  • My parent's crazy new cat, Loki. He's beyond insane. It was quite fun. Joel and him became inseparable friends (inseparable: often joined by the cat's bite and Joel's foot). Here's hoping he calms down a bit over the years! (No more jumping on Grandma's back, kitty.)
  • Being able to catch up with true friends. There were some we didn't get to see, and most we'd love to spend more time with, but we soaked up the time we got with each of you. Thank you!
As always, we invite you all to come visit us in Glasgow. Most of you know our couch has been well broken in by those before you! Re-beginning our journey here in Glasgow, we appreciate your thoughts and prayers that we can remain steady and focused on the tasks at hand and finish strong. One year left!

(Pictures to follow. We have left/lost/misplaced all 3 of our USB camera cord thingys.)