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January and February 2009.

Posted February 12th, 2009 at 7:44 am by Ashley

1 year, 7 months, 9 days, 55 minutes old

 One post covering two months? Pathetic. And yet, necessary at the moment. I’ doing this mostly to get some new pics up, kind of for you all out there but mostly for my dad who Ali forces to look at "Ali" with her whenever we are in town. Which was last weekend. And this one. And the next…


So, Dad, here’s some new ones for you!


In other news we are moving the weekend after next! To SE portland, a nice, nice three bedroom house. We ended up sacrificing the close-in locale for a nicer house and more affordable rent. We’ll see how that works come fall and the commute to PSU. So exciting but I have no idea how moving will happen. I can’t go there for fear of nervous breakdown because I am stretched to my limit right now. 

Best regards! See you all in March 😀

A full plate.

Posted November 21st, 2008 at 1:41 pm by Ashley

1 year, 4 months, 18 days, 6 hours, 52 minutes old

I think I’m developing ADD. Mostly because there just seem to be SO MUCH going on. Though a lot of it is in the distant to not-so-distant future a lot of thinking, deciding, and planning needs to occur in the present. There’s much to be done and now I feel the need to blog about it (versus DO it?). The next year[s] will be crazy for us.

  • I’m currently going to school. As any regular should know. So I have 12 credits worth of work going on right now.
  • I’m graduating from PCC in the spring and have had to line my ducks all up for that recently.
  • Next fall I hope to attend Portland State University. Which involves SO many things. At the moment: applying (done), filling out endless scholarship apps (getting there), applying to the BSW program I hope to get into, making sure I take classes that will transfer over well and satisfy as many lower level requirements as possible. A lot of administrative stuff.
  • And, further in the future: filling out a FAFSA pretty much on New Year’s Day, MOVING hopefully between winter and spring terms so I can take some on-campus classes my last term at PCC.
  • Moving and all that that entails.
  • We are getting married in July! And that is quickly approaching. Currently working on "save the date" cards, looking at venues next week when we’re in portland for Thanksgiving, trying to come up with some sort of guest list. Gah.
  • The holidays are oh-so-quickly approaching. We blessed to be able to do some of our shopping early this year. Or at least consider it! Last year times were very tough for us.
  • I recently started working out again. Which is great, makes me feel good about myself, gives me energy, etc. But that is yet another thing to add to the list of time-taker-uppers. And to feel guilty about when it doesn’t get done.
  • Due to a cold/daylight’s savings time Ali shaved nearly and hour and a half off of her normal sleep time. Which means significantly less time available to do: schoolwork, kind of cleaning, exercise, BLOGGING, relaxing, and SLEEP. I think the lack of adequate sleep time (which, for me is 7.5 to 8 hours for sure I don’t do well with less and especially not for a few nights in a row) has been probably the biggest component to my feeling overly stressed and worn out/down.
  • Just everyday things like dishes and cleaning have been seeming never-ending and insurmountable.
  • Maybe this isn’t so much? I don’t know, but it’s frazzling me. Too many variables and outcomes dependent upon other outcomes. I hope to have some answers in the next couple of months so we will have a clearer direction.

Stress aside, this is a very VERY exciting time. The next year is going to be challenging and I don’t see it get easier after that. I’ll be in school (the Bachelors of Social Work provides the opportunity to get a Master’s in one year versus two) for quite awhile and somewhere in the mix is a sibling for Ali. Which, btw, I cannot believe it’s already something we have to think about! It’s a bit much.

So that’s it. Rather new-sy eh?


Posted August 26th, 2008 at 8:53 am by Ashley

1 year, 1 month, 23 days, 2 hours, 4 minutes old

Check out Rose-Tu from the Oregon Zoo giving birth a few days ago.

live from tristas iPod touch

Posted June 13th, 2008 at 9:11 pm by Anthony

11 months, 10 days, 14 hours, 22 minutes old

well for graduation trista got an iPod touch and it rocks! The ceremony was lots of pomp and circumstance and a little long but very nice. And we’re all very proud of trista of course. She’s here for a couple of days for celebrating and potato salad. also I must thank Ashley and Jordan for the fathers day coup they staged which somehow resulted in us borrowing his wii and wii fit for a little while. Who’s pumped? F-bear!

Seeing the family

Posted May 23rd, 2008 at 11:03 am by Anthony

10 months, 20 days, 4 hours, 14 minutes old

Well, we have indeed booked a trip back to Iowa for July. We’re arriving early on June 30th and departing early on July 5. Our schedule when we’re back is predictably filling up fast, but it sounds like we’ll be able to make it to my Great Uhcle Dan’s memorial service later in the week. It should be a good opportunity to not only celebrate the man, but also for Ali to meet her huge extended family on my mom’s side.

So, tips for traveling with a 1 year old, on the red-eye, no less? I stayed up waaaaay too late last night reading everything I could online, and it sounds like pretty much all common sense measures apply. If you have any particular tips or tricks, however, leave a comment and spread the wealth. We’re traveling on Northwest (my airline of choice) if that matters.

And on another note, man its expensive to travel these days. We do so much complaining about the cost of gas and it seems like the most expensive option until you get online and start pricing plane tickets!

I’m having a girl.

Posted April 12th, 2008 at 7:33 am by Ashley

9 months, 9 days, 44 minutes old

Something I’ve heard TWICE in the last week. It brings back so many memories. And, it’s funny, right after Ali was born I honestly wanted only boys born. If not everywhere, then at least close to us and her. But now she’s older, we are all more secure in who she is. Now I can handle new baby girls. Bring on the PINK!

In honor of the upcoming two girls in Cynthia’s household, a practice run with dear Shayla. Who, btw, is SO smart at two and a half. Just listen:

Change is Upon Us

Posted March 19th, 2008 at 10:46 pm by Anthony

8 months, 16 days, 15 hours, 57 minutes old

So, did you notice?

It goes without saying that we made some changes around here. You’ll be noticing new things wherever you look, so I wanted to put together a quick post to let you in on some of the finer points. But first, a massive thanks to one Karlin Johnson, our designer at Oregon Coast Design who did a fabulous job on not only this site, but on the OCD one as well. Karlin is a joy to work with and does an outstanding job. Also, of course, thanks to Ashley and Ali for their patience during all of our projects, including this one.

The design is cleaner and crisper, more contemporary, and more pleasing to the eye. I won’t say too much about the new look because it pretty much speaks for itself.

On the technical side, things should be much quicker. We’re using a newer version of the WordPress platform that has significant speed improvements, and we’ve pared down our plugins a bit. Also, there are less images to be preloaded, and we’ve begun caching local copies of the images, which means (in english) that those of you who couldn’t see the images before, should be able to now.

The navigation has been reworked to move some of our infrequently used features (links, archive) into the main menu. The archive has been significantly overhauled, and the links will be renovated in the coming weeks. The contact page is slicker now, and should be just as impervious to spammers.

Now for my two favorite new features. The first you may have already noticed. Right under the byline of each post is Ali’s exact age (to the minute) at the time the post was made. For pregnancy posts, the time to delivery is listed. Also, in the upper right corner of the page, you’ll see any posts which were made on this day in previous years. For now there’s only one previous year, but in the future it should get increasingly interesting. If there’s nothing there, it means we didn’t post on this day last year, so check back tomorrow.

Just a warning, in the future you may get some ads. They are a necessary evil, but we’re working hard to make them as minimally invasive as we can. Each ad will be handpicked by us, so there won’t be anything we don’t approve of and if you get the urge to click, please do, because it helps us to pay server costs.

Finally, a plug. We carried out this project exactly as we do each and every site we design, and it is indicative of the high-quality work we produce. If you are thinking about creating a web site, redesigning your web site, or just want to pick our brains, please contact us at Oregon Coast Design.

Thanks for reading and enjoy!


Posted January 20th, 2008 at 3:18 pm by Ashley

6 months, 17 days, 8 hours, 29 minutes old

My great-grandma, Wilma Lewis, passed away at 9:50 this morning. Though no one can say she didn’t live a long life…she turned 107 in September. Rest in peace Grandma Lewis.


Posted September 19th, 2007 at 5:19 pm by Ashley

2 months, 16 days, 10 hours, 30 minutes old

If you haven’t noticed the site got a little face lift this week. Check out the Pictures link on the right side of the page for albums…a new approach (via Facebook) that impact the number of pictures I post. Or, may not. The newest development was inspired by this blog, friend of a friend of a friend, that I happened upongst. Btw, if the pics have been slow to upload lately (like, the last three plus weeks) it’s because I’ve been using the high res ones and it seems to struggle everything. Sorry and we’re working on it!

Other news. BIG news. We officially have until October 17th to be out of our house. We’ll be headed down to Rockaway, Oregon where we’ll be living in my parents’ beach house for awhile. You know, saving money, paying off debt….lovely things like that. Though the move is going to be challenging and the small town a very drastic change of pace, we are super excited for so many reasons.



Posted August 18th, 2007 at 4:16 pm by Ashley

1 month, 15 days, 9 hours, 27 minutes old

Miss Alizabeth has begun to bless us with her grins. Also, yesterday she weighed in at 9lbs. 14.5oz and measured 21.5 inches! In about an hour we will be picking Aunt Trista up at the train station. She’s staying with us until Friday, then we’re heading down to Oregon for the weekend! We hope to see you ALL and are very excited.

Sitting so sweetly on the counter…

Give mommy a smile?

Not quite.

There’s a lip.

And some feet.

Bless you!

She doesn’t let me out of her sight.

Pretty close….

…getting warmer…

What a little ham 🙂