Showing posts from August, 2011

House pictures (finally)

Sorry for the wait; please note that I am not calling them "clean house pictures."  I finally realized if I were going to wait for those, well, who knows when I'd be putting pictures up?!
So, here's the digital tour:

Ruby adds some new words to her repertoire!

Ruby has been saying "hi" and "bye bye" to lots of people...think grocery stores.  Today at church she just went up to a lady, held up her arms, and said, "Up!"  Of course, she was duly picked up.  Who does this baby think she is?!
I'll try to get some footage of her talking to post on here.  It's pretty cute.

Greetings from Milwaukie!

Well, well, we are no longer officially living in the O.C. Cookie Jar, because we're not in Oregon City anymore.  We're in a new home and almost all moved in.  There's still some stuff in the apartment that needs to come over here, but we've been sleeping here since Ruby and I got back from our big trip.
Allen (assisted ably by Andy) did SO MUCH WORK while we were gone.  Not only was he working his tiring job, but he was also moving stuff, little bit by little bit.  They never rented a UHaul; almost everything was moved one Echo-load at a time.  Karla and Spencer did help out with the minivan and pickup for some of the bigger stuff.  Such as...
Why, yes, those are OUR OWN appliances!  The dryer was a free find that Allen hauled for about 2 miles by dolly; the washer was bought (underwritten by my mom and dad, thank you!) from a family friend of Karla's who sells used appliances.  We have tested them out and they work just fine (although when the washer was draining …

Last few Chautauqua pictures (and then some)

I'm back in St. Louis now, but I've got to put up a few last Chautauqua pix.  Ruby's hair was getting long and so we decided to take her to the little salon on site and get a trim.  It went pretty well, and all the little old ladies in the shop oohed and aahed because she was being very cooperative and quiet.  Always nice when that happens...

On our way to the salon, we met a pretty chocolate lab named Teddy.  Ruby is much more cautious around dogs than cats, but she did warm up to Teddy after a while. On Saturday morning we packed up and said our goodbyes.  The week at Chautauqua was certainly a great experience and good time to spend with family.  It was great to see the cousins again (I'd never met Jackson, hadn't seen the girls since 2004, and hadn't seen their mom since her wedding in 1996!) and of course Betsy and Marsha and Grandma and Grandpa.  The trip wouldn't have been possible without the combined generosity of Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, and Dad, so I…

Cute Kid Alert!

Consider yourself warned...this kid is a cutie!

Here are some pictures from a little stroll that Ruby and I took around Chautauqua a few days ago.

Down by the beach, we met up with Betsy, Haley, Brittany, and Jackson.  The cousins played with Ruby for a while...

Fast Forward to the next day, when we had rented a bike with a kiddie trailer.  I decided to give Ruby her first bike ride around the area.  She was less than thrilled with the helmet and the buckling system in the trailer.