Thursday, October 23, 2008

One glass

One glass of wine = half the bottle, right?

Mt Baker

These pictures don't even begin to do it justice, but Mt Baker looked INCREDIBLE when I got home yesterday! This was the best capture of it that I could get with my little camera.



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thanksgiving

I know, I'm a bit late in getting this post up, but better late than never, right?
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! I spent a lot of time studying for midterms, but I set aside Sunday for cooking and family. The interesting twist to my weekend was that on Saturday night, I worked my first night shift! Thankfully I was able to get off by 3:30am and was home, showered and in bed by 4:30. After a few hours of sleep, I was up to stuff the turkey and get it in the oven. Like most days, coffee was my best friend!
We had about 20 people for dinner and it was so much fun! My family as well as a few other Canadians that we know down here all gathered to eat copious amounts of good food! We spent the evening relaxing by the fire, drinking coffee, and just hanging out.
Here I am posing with my sisters
Me and Jules The kids watching a movie (yay for owning Pixar movies - the kids always love them!)
Levi being goofy
Holding my beautiful little niece!
Sienna again - she's just too cute!
The kids lined up for dessert
Mami holding Sienna. Mami's had a niece born about a week before she left Japan, so she was so excited to be able to hold a baby!
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Getting Ready

This year I got to host Thanksgiving for my family which meant that I got to bake! Always a good thing for me. Our delightful exchange student, Mami, spent the afternoon baking away with me and we had so much fun!
Here we are in our aprons getting ready
All the supplies for apple pie!
Apple pie before the top went on
All the yummy pumpkin cookies!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pumpkin recipe

As per your request Treena, here is the recipe for pumpkin cookies! So yummy!!!

1 1/2 cups butter/shortening (I only use butter, but you can use a combo)
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
16 oz packed canned pumpkin
2 tsp cinnamin
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 cups flour (I use whole wheat flour)
2 cups quick oats
2 cups chocolate chips

Combine butter and sugars. Add egg, vanilla, pumpkin, cinnamin, baking soda and salt. Add in flour 1/2 cup at a time. Add oats, then chocolate chips.

Drop cookies in rounds onto the baking sheet and press down lightly. Bake at 350 degrees. The recipe says to bake for 8-10 minutes, but I usually do them for 12. They have a bit more of a cake/bread texture than typical cookie texture, but they are so good! Enjoy!

On my own

I love going to get my hair done - it's my little pampering treat every few months! The problem is always the day after I get my hair done. I have a new hairstyle, and I can never do it as well as the stylist does. I've asked for tips, had them show me, spent tons of time, and still, I never get it to look how they do.

This morning was my first time doing my new hairstyle, on my own. Although it's not as good as when Jenny did it, I think that I did ok!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Pumpkin cookies

Once of the best things about fall is the pumpkin! The colors and cool crisp days are great as well, but really, I get excited about the pumpkin. I LOVE pumpkin! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, and best of all - pumpkin cookies! I made a big batch last night - yummy!

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Volunteer

I LOVE THE OLYMPICS!

Seriously, absolutely love them! I think that they are such an amazing time for people from all over the world to join together. It's embarassing to admit, but they also make me cry. When I see an athlete celebrating their victory, or when I see the Canadian flag being raised in a medal ceremony, I can't help it - the tears just come to my eyes.

On Tuesday I went to my interview to be a volunteer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. We had an orientation as well and it was really interesting to learn more about the games, and specifically, how Vancouver is going to do it.

I'm volunteering as an Anti-doping chaperone. Basically, I find the athlete, and escort them to the testing facility once they have been selected for testing. I figure that it will be a cool way to participate in the games, and hopefully catch a bit of the competition as well. I won't get my oficial offer to be a volunteer until the spring, but I have to attend some training in November, so basically, I'm in!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

No Life

You make think that I have been negligent with my blog and not updating it, but the sad truth is, I haven't had anything to update on! I have no life right now! I go to school, I go to work and I do homework. And that's about it!

The only "thing" that has really happened was that I got quite sick last week. There is a nasty cold going around our class and I had the joy of a horrible sore throat and going through boxes of kleenexs for a week. Such fun.

I would probably go crazy if I didn' t have any socializing at all, so I did fit in a few brief moments. We went to Emmalea's 3rd birthday party on Friday night. The party was at the clubhouse at Jackie and Dave's place and it has a small gym attached to it... a small gym that delightfully echoes when a dozen children under the age of 5 decide to scream because they like the sound. If that's not birth control, I don't know what is!

Here is Phil holding Sienna when she is a week old.
Emmalea opening her gifts