Thursday, September 27, 2012

Flight & Bike

Last night we finally used our bikes for the reason we bought them... They fit so nicely in the back of the plane.

We hopped in, flew in the smoothest air EVER (such a relief after our last flight to Utah...) and landed 30 minutes later.

We unfolded our bikes, rode for 15 minutes, and got to the beach right as sun was setting. Have I ever mentioned how much I love the fact that my husband is a pilot? :)

Tonight we are going out to Red Lobster (our favorite) for one last date before I leave for Maui tomorrow. I don't think most people feel depressed when they're getting ready to go to Hawaii. I need to work on my attitude. It really will be fun, I'll just miss my cute boy.

Anyway, I better go do some last minute packing and cuddling. Aloha! (doesn't that mean hello and goodbye? Thank you Ms. Congeniality!)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fire! Well, not really.

So anyone who knows me knows that I love SLEEP. I'm an eight-hour-a-night-nazi, love-to-squeeze-in-a-nap-any-chance-I-get kind of girl. And you probably think I'm sweet and nice and don't have a mean bone in my body? Well, you've never had the pleasure of waking me up from a nap. It's not pretty.

When I am sleepy I lose all of my coherentness (is that a word?!) Landon always teases me because right before bedtime, I get this scratchy, whiney voice. It's like my body is shutting down. As soon as my head hits the pillow, I am out cold. I have never had the opportunity to sleep through an earthquake, but there is no doubt in my mind that I would just keep on snoozing.

Well, two nights ago at 4 am our fire alarm started going off. My gut reaction... Roll over and go back to bed. I thought to myself, "hmmm, that's really weird the alarm is going off." but didn't think to get out of bed, smell for smoke, collect belongings... Nothing! There's something seriously wrong with me people!

Luckily, Landon can think straight even when he is tired and jumped right out of bed to see what was going on. I kind of remember hearing him banging around in the garage and thinking, "oh he must be putting out the fire..." but I wasn't alarmed at all. Just kept on snoozing!

Luckily for me, there was no fire. Our fire alarm is just pyscho. But you guys, I'm worried about having babies. My thought process when I'm sleepy is just not all! I'll hear the baby crying and think, "oh that's so sad the baby is hungry... She can wait until morning for sure!" Not really okay. I don't know how to fix this problem... I'm just such a good sleeper.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Taste of Fall

I can't think of a better way to celebrate the start of my favorite season... pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

I have never been a fan of anything pumpkin, but man these are GOOD. So soft, perfect ratio of cinnamon, pumpkin, and chocolate chips... MMM! Plus, my house smells a-m-azing right now. Just like fall. Ahh I love this season!

This recipe comes from my wonderful mother-in-law and it's really easy-peasy!


  • 1 1/2 cup pumpkin (an entire 15 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • chocolate chips (around 2 cups but we use a bit more in our house :)
Mix the pumpkin, butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg together until smooth. Add dry ingredients.

Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes

Enjoy your perfect Fall treat! Yay for Fall! 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Life Lately

I have had absolutely zero motivation to blog lately, because nothing exciting has really been going on, especially compared to my last few Alaska posts.. But here goes...

  • I feel like I don't have an immune system. I'm always sick. All of June I basically had an awful cold. In August I got the flu. Now I have that lovely cold again. I have been living on this:

practicing my photography skills... oh my, I'm a dork and it's okay.
I know, I'm such a druggy but it makes me feel SO much better. And I need to get better because I'm going to Hawaii in a week, which brings me to my next bullet..

  • I'm going to Maui next week. I am pretty spoiled rotten, you don't need to remind me. Landon has never been to Hawaii and this will be my fourth time (big island once and Oahu twice). 

I was a real looker in middle school...HA!!!
I really do love Hawaii.

I am going for a week with my "other family" and I'm kind of excited but mostly I get a sick feeling in my stomach thinking about leaving Landon. I know, I'm a wimp. My sister in law and nieces are without their husband/dad for MONTHS at a time and I can't even do a week?! I think I'm broken. I'm not trying to complain, it's just how I feel. I heard a quote on pinterest that said "how lucky am I to have someone that makes saying goodbye so hard." That's the attitude I've been trying to have... I should be grateful that I am married to my best friend that I hate being away from. I'm very lucky.
  • Last year Landon started volunteering at Hillsboro High School as a water polo coach and he's doing it again this year. Such a cutie pie. He's SO good at teaching/coaching and that's not a compliment I give freely. I'm actually pretty picky when it comes to being a "good" teacher. Today I went to practice with him to watch... boy is he CUTE! I just love seeing him interact with the "kids" and getting them excited and motivated. They were giving him such attitude at some points, but he handled it so well. It was a proud wifey moment.
  • I have been going to physical therapy for a few weeks for my grandma hip (read about it here). Two years ago I was training for a half marathon and did something to it and it's never healed. Well lately it's even been hurting on our nightly walks so I decided to do something about it... Which leads me to my next bullet point...
  • I don't trust doctors. This past year I've had so many experiences where the doctors say "I don't know." Honestly, I don't blame them. It's not an exact science but what is the point of even going to the doctor if all they're going to say is I don't know? Or here take this pill it might help your hiatal hernia but it's not going to solve the problem (poor Landon got an endoscopy last week, turns out he does have a hernia and by the way the pills do NOT help). Or try physical therapy for six weeks, we don't have any clue what's wrong with your hip. Or better yet, sitting in the emergency room watching your husband going through the most traumatic experience and having the ER surgeon say, "I'm not exactly sure what to do about this..." yeah that's comforting to hear! Ugh, sorry for the rant. It's been quite the year with hospitals and doctors and sickness and pain and I just wish someone had answers. Nothing against doctors, I know they are doing their best but it's really hard to hear "I don't know."
  • Landon is amazing and built a CNC router. If you don't know what that is, don't worry I didn't either. It's basically a tool that you can use to carve out anything. It does it for you!
You design it on the computer:

Then it cuts it out:

this is how the tool is connected to the computer.

Then you have a pretty dagger board for the boat. Shazaam! 

That boy never ceases to amaze me!! As my brother put it on the phone tonight, "his side projects make my life look like a joke." (or something along those lines. Love ya Tim!) But seriously, how cool is Landon?
  • If you're friends with me on facebook then you already saw this picture of our "food storage." We sure got a lot of funny looks at Costco with our cart of Reese's Puffs :) but seriously, it's SO cheap there and they don't stock it regularly.... so we didn't have any other choice! My mom is so proud.

So there you have it... that's life for us lately. Nothing too exciting, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Monday, September 10, 2012


So we are officially building the "big butt" (read all about it here) and couldn't be more excited! As soon as we got back from the cruise our plans had arrived in the mail. Landon was like a little boy on Christmas morning :)

This beauty is going to take five years to build... so until then we are making plans for where we want to go. We'll start by sailing up and down the coast, then probably start with bigger trips like to Hawaii, to Italy, to Japan, to wherever the heck we want! We are going to sail everywhere and anywhere and go around the whole world. I've always said I was meant to be a pirate...I just love boats and being on the water!

One of the coolest things about this boat is that most boats this size CANNOT be carried by a trailer... but we will be able to store this in our backyard (if we can figure out how to make it fit!) or in storage and then trailer it to the marina. This also means I will be getting a NEW CAR (yayyayaya!) so we can tow it.

I also love these nets. It'll be so fun cruising through warm water, laying on them!

Because of the design of this boat, it goes very very fast. I think it can cruise at around 20 knots, which is how fast our cruise ship went!

We are so dang excited for all of the adventures we will have because of this boat.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Alaska Part 3

Our last day on the cruise was a day at sea and we tried to live it up as much as we could. Princess cruises has a tradition where all the waiters dance around with candles and a dessert called "Baked Alaska" on the last night. It was really cute and the dessert was delish.

We loved our waiters Marjun and Allan. Such cutie pies.

Getting off the boat was a little depressing, but we were happy to spend a day in Vancouver! We dropped off our luggage off at the hotel (it was too early to check in) and started our adventure.

We decided to check out Stanley Park which is a huge park with miles of walking trails in downtown Vancouver. So pretty!

After walking through Stanley Park, we crossed the bridge to the other side of Vancouver and just keep exploring--we didn't really have a destination in mind.

After walking for about 4 miles my legs had pretty much had it and the thought of turning around and walking back to the bridge made me want to cry (it probably wouldn't have been so bad if we hadn't just hiked two mountains...) Luckily, we stumbled upon Vancouver's "Sea Bus" which takes you across the bay to the other side of the water without having to cross the bridge! YAY! I was SO relieved.

We went back to our hotel and checked in and found out we were on the 27th floor. Hot dog! It was the coolest room I have ever had. The view was unbelievable! I was seriously jumping and squealing for a good ten minutes.

After relaxing in our room for a bit, we decided to go to dinner at the ONLY restaurant we could recognize...Spaghetti Factory. I ate my ENTIRE plate of spaghetti which I have never done at a restaurant before. My plate could have fed a family of five, easily. I guess I was hungry :) Walking downtown Vancouver at night was pretty fun. We really like Canada!!

We woke up the next morning at 5 am to catch the train back to Portland. The train was actually awesome and a MUCH better experience than riding the "prison" bus last time.

It was a little depressing to be back home--actually having to cook and clean up after ourselves--but we're already planning our next cruise! Until next time...
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