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A decorated tree.

Posted December 12th, 2007 at 7:36 pm by Ashley

5 months, 9 days, 12 hours, 47 minutes old

This is our tree all decorated.

This is the nativity scene I hung with care 🙂


Getting a smile.

Posted December 12th, 2007 at 5:55 pm by Ashley

5 months, 9 days, 11 hours, 6 minutes old

Even though Ali smiles so often now, it seems harder and herder to catch it on camera. Maybe because I’m so used to her smiles they are less of a camera-grabbing event? Maybe because she now knows the camera and it induces a smile ending curiosity in her. This week I have tried on a few occasions to get a really good smiling picture. These are the best outcomes. Check the five month album to see only some of the misses.

Some aftermath and getting our Christmas tree.

Posted December 10th, 2007 at 4:34 pm by Ashley

5 months, 7 days, 9 hours, 45 minutes old

This is the old Safeway in downtown Tillamook on Friday afternoon.

And the Post Office in Rockaway (both doors were broken).

Ali getting our Christmas tree.

An attempt at a family photo.

The tree all set up but bare.

We did decorate the tree last night but have yet to take pictures. There are more pics up in the new album!

The Lewis Family Christmas.

Posted December 9th, 2007 at 8:35 pm by Ashley

5 months, 6 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes old

About a week overdue. Sorry about that! And before I get to it, we got home fine on Friday afternoon. Pulled in just after two and found the power had come back on at 1:21pm. That means it was off for just under five days!!!! Needless to say, all our food was spoiled. Other than that we faired really well. An upstairs window lost a screen and there was a mysterious puddle in the kitchen that we think came from a window facing the east. The drive was amazing, sooo many trees down once we got over the mountains and Tillamook is covered in mud. All the towns are really just coming back to life. More on this topic to come, I’m sure.

Last Saturday we gathered with my dad’s side of the family to celebrate Christmas. My dad has three older brothers, so there are twelve cousins (including myself), and now twelve great-grandkids. For some reason the lighting/quality of these pictures is kind of odd…

Jordan looking rather quizzical about what exactly a baby is doing in Becky’s arms.

Ali trying to hold Isaac’s hand. He is 3.5 months, she is five.

Esther and Ali….Tony and I see a future baby-sitter!

All the little kids. Isaac is NOT happy and all the bigger boys are so funny about it!

Ali with my dad, attempting to eat the bow of someone else’s present.

All the cousins…basically grown-up (minus my sisters!).

Ali, my dad, and  Nana, his mom.


 Alyssa and Ali.

Ali and Isaac being THE CUTEST!

Teeth and the state of the Oregon Coast.

Posted December 5th, 2007 at 5:01 pm by Ashley

5 months, 2 days, 10 hours, 12 minutes old

Can you see her two new additions there? We are still at my parents. Beginning to grow rather restless but, while the roads are open it doesn’t seem power is back yet. From what we can tell there’s a small chance it will be restored tonight but more likely tomorrow around 6pm. Either we’ll go back tomorrow afternoon of Friday morning. The whole coast is such a mess though…and that’s only what we’ve seen through pictures and on the news. Information is still spotty, as phone service was just recently restored. In Seaside people were lined up for blocks trying to get gas. THat is, those lucky enough to have cash. Anyone relying on plastic has been out of luck this week. What a reminder as to the downside of technology. When it works it’s great (or, nowadays, normal and taken for granted) but when it doesn’t it’s startling and too often devastating. We are itching to get home though. Tiring of the two days worth of clothes we brought. Ali misses her mobile, swing, and famialiar surroundings. Everyone is curious of the house’s condition…and the town’s. We are sad to have missed such an event and boding experience for the community but thankful that we are not going on our fourth day without power. The weather is supposed to be getting cold too, so let’s hope electricity is restored soon for everyone currently going without.

December Storm.

Posted December 3rd, 2007 at 12:26 pm by Ashley

5 months, 5 hours, 37 minutes old

I’m sure most of you…at least those in the northwest…have heard how bad things are at the coast. Well…we are not there! We decided to stay at my parents’ and wait this thing out. Good decision on our part. At the moment there is no way to get to the coast, Highway 101 is either flooded out or blocked in multiple places, Highway 6 is closed from Banks to Tillamook. The town of Tillamook itself is an island (there’s no way in or out). Rockaway recently reported 104 mph winds. Other than that there is no news. The cell towers fell last night, there’s no phone and no power in most places. Let’s just say we are glad to be dry, warm, and able to watch the news and post on the internet. Not sure when we’ll be able to make it home, hopefully in the next day or two.

Pics from the Lewis Family Christmas are up in an album. A post to come soon…

Also, today Ali is FIVE MONTHS!