Grace’s Braces

Grace’s smile changed yesterday. She got braces.

I’ve never seen anyone so excited to get braces on. She counted down for days and then in the last 24 hours all she said was “this is the last time I’ll do ‘whatever’ without braces!” (put on pj’s, eat dinner, eat toast, brush my teeth, ride in the car, etc…). She read the paperwork from the orthodontist from front to back and knows all “the rules” of what she can and can’t eat, how to brush, how to floss. And Grace loves rules so I am sure she’ll have the healthiest little mouth.

She lost her last baby tooth the night before her appointment, so we also had the last visit from the Tooth Fairy…She’s had a lot of changes in that little mouth for being only 9.

She did a great job during the appointment (especially compared to when she started orthodontia a couple of years ago) and afterwards we got fried rice, milk shakes and Yumm bowls.

She already had such a pretty smile. Now it’s brighter and shinier…

P1170036 (338x450) P1170037 (338x450) P1170038 (338x450) P1170039 (338x450) P1170041 (338x450) P1170042 (338x450)


The Snow Day That Never Ends…

…it goes on and on and on…my friends.

We got about 6-8 inches of snow last Friday and it overstayed its welcome!!!

It was beautiful the first day. The kids played in it. Then the temperatures plummeted to zero and the air quality took a horrid turn and the kids were trapped at home for days. No school from Friday the 6th through Thursday the 12th. Owen didn’t get to go outside until he went to school the morning of the 13th. His asthma is terrible and we are just hoping for some warmer temps, air movement, maybe some rain and NO ICE. But mostly some good air quality for a change! It was so deceptive, it looked beautiful out and like you should be able to go get some nice fresh air. But no. The little man has been really patient with it all.
P1160903 (768x1024)

The gutter chain grew in to a large icicle.

P1160904 (768x1024)

P1160911 (768x1024)

P1160914 (768x1024)

Go Ducks #10

P1160889 (1024x768)

Well, I know that no one is waiting for my “Go Ducks” post to find out whether or not the Ducks won the Civil War game…

For the last several years the game has really been no contest. This year, those Beavers put up a really good fight. The game was actually a close one. It was nice to have a competitive game that wasn’t the Ducks blowing a team out, or worse, being absolutely stomped on (Stanford, Arizona….). It’s always one extreme or the other.

I have to post this picture again of Owen and Daisy’s brother Burt sporting the Oregon “O”…made even more amusing since Burt’s owner (Danny’s brother) is quite the Beaver fan…Doesn’t Burt look so happy? He likes to root for a winning team every once in awhile.

Quote of the Day:
Owen: “it’s not nearly as exciting when the Beavers make a touchdown. I was just sitting here drinking my egg nog and ignoring the tv.”

#13 University of Oregon Ducks – 36
Oregon State Beavers – 35

Oh Ducks #2: Fear the Kitty


I am not a fair weather fan…but I was ready to turn off the game last night. It’s one thing to play hard and be outplayed or outscored. It’s another to not really show up or seem to care. And that’s how the Ducks played on Saturday.

There were a range of emotions yesterday, and most of them looked like this…






And sadly…no Rose Bowl this year…

#5  University of Oregon Ducks – 16
University of Arizona Wildcats – 42

Go Ducks #9



It was just me and the kiddos watching the game since Danny got to go. Grace doesn’t like watching the games as much. Owen loves them.

He was beyond excited when “Da’Nanthony Thomas” had an 86 yard kick return for a touchdown. He ran upstairs and told Grace (who was reading Harry Potter instead).

Her response “so De’Anthony made a touchdown, what’s the big deal? He does that all the time.”

And that’s why we love to watch!

#6 University of Oregon Ducks – 44
University of Utah Utes – 21

New Smile


Owen lost his first baby tooth last week. He wiggled it vigorously for weeks but once it was hanging on by a thread he was afraid to pull it out on his own.

He lost it at school. Now we will find out how big his permanent teeth are going to be…

Oh Ducks #1: That Darn Farm

Well, it has been nearly a week since our game against Stanford. I think we are through the mourning period. We have reached the acceptance phase in our grief. I kid. It is only a game. It’s just so much more enjoyable when they win!

We don’t actually have any sad face pictures this week…

I fear we may have jinxed the Ducks when we did this before the game to Owen’s hair…(notice the little hole in his smile:)

It looked a little too much like this guy’s hair…which we didn’t realize
until the game had started

We haven’t told Owen we (he) may be responsible for the Ducks forgetting to show up until the last 10 minutes of the game…I kid. It’s just a game.

Of course another possible jinx could be the 2011 National Championship shirt that Danny is wearing…another bad loss…I kid. It’s just a game.

So Stanford certainly has our number. They are a good team. And, might I add, they seem to be  a clean team and that is easier for me than not winning against USC or Cam Newton…

And boy was that fourth quarter fun to watch. If they’d played like that for the entire quarter instead of just ten minutes we would have trounced them.

So now we look toward Utah (who by the way beat Stanford) not that anyone is keeping track. I kid. It’s just a game.

And I can’t wait for the next one!


#3 University of Oregon Ducks – 20
#5 Stanford Cardinal – 26

Halloween 2013


We had a little ladybug and “Steve” from Minecraft this year.

We had a new/old neighborhood for trick-or-treating this year. We are just a few blocks away from the house that we lived in 4 years ago so we went to the old ‘hood to see if anyone was home. We were able to trick-or-treat at our old house and the new owners invited us in to update the kids measurements on the dining room doorway. They have left the old measurements just as they were and wanted me to put new ones up to see how much the kids have grown (Grace 7.5 inches, Owen 8.5 inches) since the last time we were there in February of 2010.

Strangely, it didn’t feel as much like home as it used to…But what a sweet little house it is…

Go Ducks #8

The Ducks played a great game on Saturday! It felt like we finally had a bit of a challenge, but still seemed to have no problem taking control by the second half. They are sure fun to watch!



And the Ducks did so well that they jumped FSU to be ranked #2 in the BCS…GO DUCKS!!
#3 University of Oregon Ducks – 42
#12 University of California at Los Angeles Bruins – 14