Friday, September 26, 2008
This flower pot used to have 4 good-sized flowers, including two that were three feet high. At first, Macie just ate the short ones. Then she attacked one of the big ones, and soon after, she had gnawed this one down.
Whenever we get home, we find her sitting triumphantly in the flower pot. I think the soil is soft or something.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Joe reaching for a pass to Stephen.
Stephen making a nice catch. He's playing football this year for Judson, on the lightweights team (obviously).
Bryan on the hunt.
Two little ones trying their best to make peace signs for the camera. Young-i was trying to teach them but Sonjun (right) was having a tough time keeping that ring finger down. These kids were newborns when we started working at the church.
Sun and Esther going toe to toe. Later, Esther realized she should wear shoes.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
But I digress...
So my aunt Janelle married into the family that owns Thrill-ville (and the KOA behind it), and the house (manufactured home) they use to live in when they first got married (20 years ago) recently was vacated when their friends moved out. So my aunt offered the house to us, for rent at $500 per month ($30 less than our apartment!). It is located in the back of the Thrill-ville property and is surrounded by fields (which is why we got Macie!). The house itself is over 2000 sq. ft., four bedrooms, two bath, with two large, vaulted ceilinged great rooms, a kitchen, and a laundry room. It also has a huge barn out back and a carport. It also comes with free water (well water), free garbage, and a free lawn mower (my cousin Jacob who lives up the road). The house came equipped with all appliances, two couches, and two end tables.
One downside was the screaming need for a paint job.
Manufactured homes come with this nasty multicolored wallboard stuff, and the entire house was covered in it. We (along with a work crew of family and friends) painted every wall in the house! Lauren helped me to pick out the colors to paint with....she's awesome at that, in case you were wondering. We have been so blessed with this house!
Friday, September 12, 2008
We drove up there Sunday, after church, and after Joel's graduation party, and after dropping Macie off at Bryan's parents. Sunday night, we walked around everywhere down town, just taking it all in as us country folk would. We found a place to eat...Pastini's Pastaria...after much searching for something affordable. It was good, and we were happy to get some food in us. On Monday, we walked down into the Pearl District and walked through an Art Show they had going on. I, of course, would have bought multiple things, if I was rich, but instead, I just settled for making my own art with the photos I took throughout the day. We went to a University of Portland women's soccer game, and watched them beat USC 1-0 in overtime. That was fun, and we were both impressed with how many people show up for those games...over 3,000! After the game, we went down to the river to kill some time before our reservations at McCormick and Schmicks.
We got home late that night, and Bryan's parents had already brought Macie home, which was awesome. It was great to get away, even for just a night and a day, especially right before Bryan's school and youth group start up again.