Tuesday, December 30, 2008
OK, I don't know if I am approaching panic due to my upcoming age, or if I am just brave. Check out what I had my friend to ,my hair this time around. I love it. I have been out a few times and gotten several compliments on it. Of course they are usually young teenage girls but a compliment is a compliment, right! This is a self portrait so do critique my photography skills!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
So we started a tradition in our family. We decorate our tree in snowflakes and snowflakes only. Every year I buy a new snowflake for each child. My Family has a tradition of an ornament exchange, each year we alternate who buys ornaments for who, my older sister started with buying me these beautiful glass snowflakes. Thus the snowflake tradition started.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
So, with Thanksgiving behind us, the Yates family starts preparing for Christmas. We got all of the stuff out of the attic and went to put the lights up on the outside of the house, wouldn't you know, out of my 4 or 5 strands of lights not one of them fully lit up. I have no idea how it happened 1/2 of every strand was perfect and the other half was dead. I tried to mess with them but had no luck. So after a quick trip to Freddy's, Blayne and I successfully put the lights up on the lower level of the house. We have not been brave enough to put them up on the second story. We spent too much time on the roof this summer while painting, we don't feel the need to get up there any more than we have to. We didn't get our tree this weekend but we made a spot for it. We just have to figure out how to keep Maddy away from it, then we can go get it. Ashley put her Christmas music on my iPod, so I can play it in my car. Victoria and I made the traditional Christmas chain out of construction paper this afternoon. So the countdown begins!!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
“ FOR AS MUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence; but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased, in so great a Measure, to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops, and to crown our Arms with most signal success:
It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these UNITED STATES to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and PRAISE: That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and earnest Supplication that it may please GOD through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance; That it may please him graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole: To inspire our Commanders, both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with that Wisdom and Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these United States, the greatest of all human Blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE: That it may please him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the Labor of the Husbandman, that our Land may yield its Increase: To take Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the Principles of true Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing Hand; and to prosper the Means of Religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom, which consisteth "in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost."
George Washington, leader of the revolutionary forces in the American Revolutionary War, proclaimed a Thanksgiving in December 1777 as a victory celebration honoring the defeat of the British at Saratoga.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
We had the best Halloween. The weather was dry and warm. The kids had fun and their costumes were so cute! Then wee spent all day on Saturday having a girls pampering party at my house. Ashley has her hair done and Ashley, Emily, Victoria, and I all had pedicures. It was a really fun weekend!!!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
So after having a great lunch at Calamity Jane's, we went to the pumpkin patch. We took the kids and went with the McNutt family (Blayne's cousin), Damon, Kelly, Alyssa, and Grace. We went to BUSHUE FARMS, took a hay ride over to the large pumpkin patch, they dropped us off, we wondered around and found our pumpkins, then they picked us up. We rode back over to the farm, paid for hay ride and pumpkins. We came home hung out for awhile, made dinner, played the Wii, then finally carved our pumpkins. We had to keep Maddy from eating the pumpkin scraps,it was so much fun. It was a beautiful Oregon day, it was 70 degrees and sunny. The wind was blowing a nice warm breeze (I love it when it is windy). Today will definitely make a list of one of my "PERFECT" days!!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We are preparing for Halloween at our house. We have a Cowgirl, Spider man, and a Ladybug. We are enjoying the beautiful (when it's dry) fall weather. So many gorgeous colors. It is time for a fall family photo......I will have to work on that.
Monday, October 13, 2008
So we had Maddalyn's PT appointment today. She is definitely bow legged. She has a curve to her upper leg bone, her lower leg bone, and also her foot turns in. Both legs are affected, but the left is definitely worse. We are hoping she grows out of it and no braces or casts are needed. The dr. said it probably developed in utero. Which if you remember when she was born, she slept with her legs overlapping indian style. We noticed it but thought nothing of it. She is growing so fast, turning into such a mischievous little girl. If she wasn't getting into trouble and trying to run away, we probably wouldn't have noticed this early. Upon her get away she gets going too fast and falls.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Here are the rules:
Link the person who tagged you.
Tell about 6 quirks of yours.
Tag 6 fellow bloggers to do the same.
Leave a comment to let them know.
Ashley! - Picture me sticking my tongue out at you!http://jakeandashleymartin.blogspot.com/
1. I am very much so OCD
2. I rub my feet together while going to sleep, also CAN'T have any socks on (I prefer to rub them on Blayne's legs, if they aren't available I rub them together.
3. My room has to be pitch black while going to sleep
4. I hate my nose being touched
5. My dishes have to be done immediately
6. During conversation I validate you by saying, "right" often
I Tag: Liz McNamee, Cali Gibbs, Katie Lofts, Amanda Nelson, and Melissa Yates
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Punk Rock Red, is what Blayne calls my new hairdo. Don't get me wrong he loves it, but that is his official description of it. I have the neighbor that everyone should have (one of them anyway). She was a hairstylist in downtown Portland. She recently moved to Washington but her Mom is still next door. So, she does the best job ever, and I figure everything is temporary so why not have a little fun! (My Maddy and Ashley's Abram)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Blayne took me to the Melting Pot for dinner, after taking me shopping for a new outfit for the occasion. I may have ended up with more than one...Shhhhh. I was welcomed by a dozen long stemmed red roses, we had a wonderful romantic dinner (for quite a pretty penny). I HAVE THE BEST HUSBAND EVER!!!! Being married for ten years definitely has benefits. Get older may have benefits also:)
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
So we spent our last weekend of the summer going to Kuna, Idaho to visit my brother in his new house. (Kuna is real close to Meridian and Boise) His house he bought is in a quiet little neighborhood that backs up to a HUGE corn field. So we let the kids out and of course they end up in the corn, just by pure nature of being a kid. It was a beautiful relaxing weekend. I am now addicted to the "CRICUT" machine. Best invention for scrapbooking and crafting in a long time. So here we go ending another summer and starting a new school year.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tori is so excited to start the first grade. Gavin is upset he has to stay home with mom (little does he know I wish he were going to school too!), and Maddy could care less about anything.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Victoria says she is ready to start school, Mom says, "See ya!" Although she does very well to be the entertainment for the other two kids, it is much easier to handle two than three.
Our anniversary is one month away, what do you do for your ten year. I would think it should be important. Blayne asks me what I want or what I want to do, and I say, " I don't know." Yeah, I am no help.
Here's to four weeks until school is in session!!!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
This is how our night began, little fireworks for the kids. Later in the evening we joined several of our neighbors and put on a great firework show. I can't promise it was legal but is was great. Ashley will post the pics on her blog. It was beautiful!!