Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas break recap

I've been so busy at work over the past week, and with the holidays and loosing power, we haven't been home a lot, so I guess those are my excuses for not blogging.
While my blogging stopped, life did not. Over the past couple of weeks, we endured a ice/snow storm, lost power for 3 and a half days, Bryan and I celebrated our third Christmas being married, Macie had her first Christmas (with a huge bone from Bryan's parents and a stocking from my bro) and we went on a weekend retreat with the Bernard family.
I got a new laptop for Christmas from my wonderful husband, but unfortunately, the internet doesn't work well enough out at our house for me to put photos up. I will put photos up tomorrow of the ice storm, snow, and the weekend at the beach. Macie loved the snow. She was constantly chasing (and eating) snowballs Bryan would throw for her. The only part she didn't like was being left out in the cold when we had to go somewhere.
Our house was slammed by the storm, as seen in the photos below of our drive in.
These are only two of the hundreds of trees that fell completely or lost limbs around our house. Through the night we could hear trees crashing all around us and when we woke up the next morning, this was the scene. Driving through the campground, we saw multiple campers and cabins hit by trees and branches.
As I mentioned before, our power was knocked out and so we camped out at Bryan's parents' house for three nights. For Christmas, Bryan and I visited 5 different houses, saw lots of family and ate plenty of food. I had to work the day after Christmas (which was officially my one-year anniversary at the paper) and then we took off for the coast when I got home. We met up with Bryan's family there, and had a very relaxing weekend mainly filled with playing games, sleeping and eating. This is everyone playing our new favorite game: Quirkle. This is Jason playing ping pong against Bryan. We played a lot of ping pong, although I only managed to beat Bryan twice. He was teaching me how to put top spin on the ball. We did actually visit the beach (Newport) even though it was incredible stormy most of the time were there. It was very cold, if you can't tell from our multiple layers. Taavi loved the beach, and Bryan's grandma loved giving him a bath after this too.,. Bryan's cousin David (below) decided he would take his bath at the beach! He was trying to jump over, but didn't make it too far. I made it. Bryan is really good at jumping. Taylor was almost really good. Now she had wet shoes.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Isla's first Christmas

Here is little Isla Lute.
I haven't had photos of her for a while, since our camera was gone for a while. She just got over being cholicy, and is really happy now. She really was smiling a lot, but not really for the camera.
Kyle thought pinching her cheeks together would make her smile. It didn't work, but we caught her smiling by herself later.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Macie's first yellow snow

Hooray for "Arctic Blast!"
Macie and the kids had a great time out in the snow yesterday morning....Macie even had the chance to make her first yellow snow. She still hasn't quite figured out how to run on the slippery stuff, but now she loves running around in it so much that she won't come inside when we call her.
This is her being sad that we are leaving her to go to church.Jae made a snowman yesterday morning and Daniel is trying to eat its head. This is us trying to get Macie to sit nicely for a family picture, but she would never face the camera. We are bribing her with cheese.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Koreans and puppies!

This weekend we are having four of our high school students over to spend the weekend with us!
Since we aren't super interesting, and poor, our activities revolve around free things our families can provide. So far we have been to my parents' house to see the puppies...which was a big hit with the kids. Here's my mom getting some love from one of the pups.Now we are at the Bernards' house (they are in Hawaii) playing Wii. Next we will be going back to our house to eat dinner and then to the Corban basketball game. Oh the exciting lives we lead!
Daniel (below) and Veronica (above) put the pups in their hoods. The pups seemed pretty content. Jae really liked this little guy (no. 5 puppy). He stole him from Daniel's hood and then the little guy fell asleep in his arms (below).
I love this photo - notice the top puppy stomping on the one below him!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Macie update

Latest things Macie has eaten -- a roll of scotch tape (including plastic holder) and bits of Christmas tree

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The genius of Christmas trees

This is our first Christmas in our house!
It's so great to be able and spread out our Christmas decorations through the house, and have room to have people over for the holidays! Bryan and I went out to get our Christmas tree with his parents on Saturday...before the humiliating Civil War, and we got everything set up too! Our tree is about 9 feet tall and goes all the way up to the peak of our vaulted ceiling in the living room. It looks great with all the lights and we are loving walking into a house that smells like a forest. Here's a photo of our huge tree before we decorated it. It basically makes Bryan look like a little kid!
Bryan and I were discussing that whoever thought of hauling in a Christmas tree, putting lights on it and presents underneath it was a genius. We love Christmas, especially Bryan, who would play Christmas carols year-round if I let him!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Back in the day

So since I am at a loss for new photos, I decided to go dig up a classic from my past with Bryan - our first date. Look how little we are! This was taken in December of 2001, our junior year of high school before the winter formal (SnoBall). As you can tell from this photo, we are rather awkward with our hands and not knowing what to do (or even where to look at the camera!). We weren't dating at this time, and I had gotten up the courage to ask him to SnoBall (it's a guy-ask-girl dance) as a friend. I was partially convinced by Samantha and Melissa to do this, and part of me really wanted to ask him, but didn't want to get rejected. I decorated his Buick on the inside with snowflakes and streamers to ask him, and he called that night to say yes! It was my first dance, and I borrowed the dress from Amanda Acker (then Uram) -- thanks Amanda! I'm not sure whose idea the umbrella was, but I think we were both relieved that Bryan had something to hold in this photo.
We had a good time...we went to Applebee's on Lancaster (back when we thought Applebee's was a nice restaurant) with our group, Samantha and Josh and Melissa and ---- uh....what was that guy's name? Oh man, that's bad....
Anyway, I consider that our first date, even though we didn't start dating officially until about 6 months later....SnoBall jump-started our "relationship."
Through the seven years since that dance, Bryan and I have learned a lot about each other, and been through plenty of trying times. We haven't always been perfect, and we haven't always been together, but God always knew we'd end up together. I always tell my girls that I found the right guy at the wrong time. It's hard for those girls (high schoolers) to understand why they should avoid dating in high school, but I can tell them honestly that it's a better relationship if you wait. In high school, guys and girls both have a lot of growing up to do. Getting into a heart-tugging (and sometimes heart-breaking) relationship at that volatile time is only setting yourself up for failure and compromise.
Bryan and I found each other again freshman year of college, when we had both grown up a bit more, and had a chance to really think through whether or not our relationship was about God or us. The man that I found in college was much different than the boy I knew in high school. He was focused on serving God, he was apologetic for past mistakes, and he was the person I could not get out of my heart. On June 10, 2006, Bryan and I got married and now I get to be with my best friend every day of the year (almost).

My husband is a very unique individual. If you just met him, you would think he was completely normal...he is not, and you would eventually learn that. Whether singing in the shower or coming up with crazy road games on long trips, Bryan is never boring...except when he is doing his seminary homework.
When he does have homework, I get so bored I sometimes make him stop so he will just come watch TV with me or play a game of Scrabble (which he hates).
My husband is a problem solver. I have to admit sometimes I am a defeatist because I like instant gratification. We were building a dog house for Macie earlier this year and I went out and scoured the property for plywood while he made the skeleton of the house (he's a very good carpenter by the way). I found exactly enough wood, and when we started cutting, we messed up one of the measurements, so the whole slab of plywood was ruined. I was upset to tears and ready to quit because I just knew there was no more plywood anywhere and I wanted to finish this dog house that night! Bryan calmed me down and we went looking for more plywood together. We ended up finding one more piece, and finished the house. See what I mean? He is a problem solver, no matter if he is at home or at church.
My husband is a man of God, and I will tell you right now, there is nothing more attractive than a man of God. Maybe Anna or Amanda can relate to what I mean (because their husbands work up front at church too), but there is a certain pride that comes from watching your husband up in front teaching people about God. Bryan is my pastor now because he runs the English/youth service at Corvallis Korean Church. Every week, amidst cornering escaping teenagers and setting up emergency rows of chairs, I get to learn from him and hear him speak. It is a true blessing. I often forget how lucky I am to be in a marriage where God is so important. There are so many people holding my husband and I accountable, and so many eyes watching, that I could never bear failing.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Photo drought

So my camera is in the shop, and I, in turn, am feeling helpless.
Somehow its LCD screen got cracked and the display no longer works, so I had to send it away to Nikon in California, and apparently it takes up to 2 weeks to get back!
I normally carry my camera around in my bag with me, everywhere I go...now my bag is very light and I keep driving by things I wish I could take photos of. It's driving me insane...how did I manage before my camera....and so my dependancy on electronics continues.
So I write this to let you know that there won't be any new photos on here for a while, but maybe I will dig up some interesting ones, since no one likes to read a blog without photos!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The girl's in the hood

With my husband gone at a pastor's conference in Washington, I took Macie over to visit my parents and the puppies. My family ended up playing Scrabble, upon my suggestion, and I ended up holding little #4 girl puppy in my hood all night. She just snuggled right in there against the back of my neck only letting out the occasional mew when she had a bad dream.
Macie had a good time getting to know the puppies too, even though their cries made her nervous. She wouldn't stop licking little #4, so I had to hide her in my hood. They are so cute, but still blind for a few more days. They get cuter every time I see them!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A rainy Veteran's Day

On this day to remember those who serve and some who have paid the ultimate price, the rain came down in buckets. I suppose it's fitting for a day like today to be stormy, because, after all, sacrifice is not a sunny topic. It is somber, like the rain, and even though the flags fly wet today, thanks be to God that they still fly.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Oh what a difference two months makes!

Two months ago, this was our game night crowd.
Now, we have added two more...Ben and Isla. Ben is happily back at home after National Guard training, and Isla is happily breathing air instead of floating around in Kari's belly.
Here is Ben and Isla in a staring contest. Isla was pretty unstoppable, but Ben managed to win once!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Are puppies cheaper by the dozen?

My parents' dog RyeLeigh had her third litter of puppies yesterday, and she had her biggest litter ever -- 12!
The poor dog looked like a cow before she had those pups!
I went over there yesterday to see them, and they are really cute, but they are still blind, and their cuteness is nowhere near how cute they will get.
If anyone is looking for the cutest puppies ever for Christmas, these will be weaned just in time and they are awesome, purebred German Shorthair Pointers - great family and hunting dogs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Really long really late Halloween post

So I'm a bit late because I thought Bryan was going to update his blog with these photos, but I guess he's not yet because he's too busy (understandably).

Bryan holds a high school Bible study on Wednesday night, called Man Club because it used to be just for guys, and the name stuck.
Anyway, on the week of Halloween, he brought the kids up to Salem to go to the deaf school haunted house. Shocker -- they have never been to a haunted house, and hardly any of them carve pumpkins! Isn't that terrible?!
Anyway, we exposed them to the scary clowns, strobe lights and chainsaw attacks of the deaf school haunted house, and I had a great time laughing at all their screaming. I only got scared once...maybe twice. My favorite was when a guy popped out and freaked Bryan out! I laughed so hard!
The whole time I had Sun literally attached to my left arm. I think she had her eyes closed the entire time and was crying by the end...yes she is a Junior in high school.
We had a great time, all except Sun, and hopefully this will become a great tradition!

Also included in this blog is the Halloween update on Isla.

She was an angel for Halloween, and Kyle and I had a great time setting her up for photos ... don't worry, we didn't make her "fly" like Bryan wanted to (throwing her between him and Kyle - I really hope he was kidding). Kari sewed Isla's little wings on a onesie (how do you spell that??), and it was pretty cute. We played golf for game night (it's a card game). Kyle kicked butt, but I managed second place, yay!

Ok, this is really the last Halloween thing, I promise!
So on the real Halloween night we had youth group, and a big party. Bryan and I dressed up, him as a cowboy and me as a Karate guy. We were two of the four people who dressed up, but oh well! Most of the kids didn't dress up because they thought no one else would. We gave away a prize for the best dressed, which went to Joe - $25 to the movies, and I think next year everyone will dress up! Stephen was the other one who dressed up, and he came in a close second with his hobo outfit. He got a big bag of candy, so he was happy. We did pumpkin bowling, pie eating, soda chugging, mummy wrapping and pumpkin puzzles. The kids had a great time and plenty of sugar! Macie also dressed up as a ladybug.
Stephen broke the tab off of his pop before he could chug it. This is him exclaiming, "THAT'S NOT FAIR!" Pumpkin bowling Mummy wrapping - that is Eric hiding under Joe's scary mask. Yul and Sam chugging along. Joe and Young-i volunteered for the pie eating contest .. they had to find the gummy worms in the whipped cream.
Pumpkin puzzle.