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Posted December 16th, 2008 at 7:30 pm by Ashley

1 year, 5 months, 13 days, 12 hours, 41 minutes old

Okay, let’s start with that. Again, a video. We’ve been having some fun with Tony’s new[ish] MacBook and hope you have too.

Yes, life as we know it is over. For the moment we just moved the changing table over and hope that buys us a little more time. Yes again, Ali is wearing a vest over her pjs. It’s cold here! Some randomness

  • Portland is getting another storm tomorrow. Of the snow and ice variety. Last I heard we are not which makes me both happy and sad.
  • Tony’s birthday is Monday! But we might be celebrating earlier. We are going to go to my parents’ on Tuesday and are planning to do our own Christmas beforehand. One reason being that one or two of Ali’s presents are too big to travel. It’s exciting that we get to get our festivities underway ahead of schedule!
  • Come Tuesday we will be gone for a long time. Like two weeks or more. Always a bit stressful. To say the least.
  • I am getting/am/am getting over being sick. Not sure which it is and it’s mostly just a sore throat and lethargy. I’ve napped three of the past four afternoons even though I’ve been getting an acceptable amount of sleep at night. I just crash. Hopefully it’s me fighting something off, meaning I’ve gotten as much as I’m gonna get.
  • We are looking at two more venues during out days in Portland next week. Will this search never end?!?
  • We did get some snow around here, enough for Ali to get out and experience it some. She liked it a lot and was not happy today when we wouldn’t let her out of the stroller. Today everything was mostly ice and she just can’t maneuver with that.

Outside our house.

Downtown, along Highway 101.

Stoked that we were going to the park.

Snow on the beach!

  • I have barely blogged about this, so I’m glad Tony and Ali are now vlogging (video-blogging for anyone unfamiliar). What a vocabulary this girl is developing! Not only is she a little parrot that can repeat just about anything, but I can’t even go through all the words she says on a daily basis. She’s even gettig to the point where she can kind of tell a little story. And coupling words together! Like "Hi Daddy, and "Bye tree." Also very into singing, her favorites are Rockabye Baby, in which she likes to substitute baby for daddy, elmo, Ali, Alyssa, etc. and Old MacDonald had a farm with she calls I-oh-ee or something along those lines.
  • Yeah, this is random. I’m kind of lost but glad to have gotten a blog out. Again, watch the video, this kid is crazy.

Tis the season.

Posted December 12th, 2008 at 9:00 pm by Ashley

1 year, 5 months, 9 days, 14 hours, 11 minutes old

* Note: we still have power! Yay! It’s been pretty windy and VERY rainy but our electricity is holding strong. I think we’ll be over the worst of it in a few hours. And snow is forecasted for us on Sunday. Which is a delightful possibility if power is also to be in the equation.

Tonight Ali got to "meet" Santa. Rockaway Beach had a Santa come to town or a town party or something of that sort. Because, you know, it’s not like we can go see Santa at the mall out here. Anyway, Ali was stoked about it (kept saying "NaNa Hoohoo") until she got within arm’s reach. Totally expected. In fact, she did better than expected considering it didn’t even start until 6:30pm and she was seeing about 7pm, typical bedtime for her.

If you’re wondering where he heck this is, it’s at the firehouse where it was moved to once the storm was forecasted. Though, it begs the question, it was originally supposed to be on the wayside? At night? In December?!?! Really though, it was so cute. They gave all the kids teddy bears and bags of peanuts, an orange, candy canes, and taffy. Ah, small town.

On Wednesday Tony and Ali made some Christmas cookies. Here’s some documentation of that event:

Sigh. I really need to start grabbing my camera. A flash has become necessary on these dark and rather dreary days. Also, today I was finally able to upload some of our other Christmas photos. Obviously we did our favorites first, but see the rest here.

Big storm coming!

Posted December 11th, 2008 at 10:03 pm by Ashley

1 year, 5 months, 8 days, 15 hours, 14 minutes old

Today was my last final! So there’s a load off.

Tomorrow a major storm is blowing in. High wind warning on the coast which practically gaurantees a power outtage. The question is when it will come back on. Please hope for us that it is soon! This house is 100% electric and beyond some candles we don’t have much. This means no lights, no way to cook anything, no way to keep freezer stuff frozen, no internet(!) or TV (duh, I know, but still worth mentioning), no hot water, no HEAT. Ughhhhh. Not a good situation if it’s more than a few hours in the best of times.

But this will not be the best of times. After wind Friday and part of Saturday some insanely cold arctic air is coming in that may bring snow down to the beach. Which means feet in the coast range (our only hope of heat if things get very dicey) and cold, cold temps. In the valley int’s going to be in the teens for a number of days and not reach above freezing for, like, five days. Not sure exactly what that means for us, except heat would be sorely missed I’m sure.

If you live somewhere cold/snowy, know that this is the coldest weather we’ve had in 4-5 years. It’s kind of a big deal.

Until then I’m trying to do as much internet-ing as I can (thank God online classes are done for the moment), laundry, run the dishwasher, etc. etc. In my mind I’m prepping for a day or more w/o power.


The ultimate Costco run.

Posted November 12th, 2008 at 9:32 pm by Ashley

1 year, 4 months, 9 days, 14 hours, 43 minutes old

Oh my. Today was one of  "those days."

As any loyal readers know, we’ve been home for awhile. For the first time in a LONG while. We tend to hit Costco up whenever we’re at my parents’ but the last time was early October so it’d been over a month. We talked last week about going up to Warrenton to stock up this week and decided Wednesday was probably the best day. Then a storm came through.

Monday night the wind howled and continued to through the morning. Ali and I were headed to Tillamook to go to MOPS but I was somewhat hesitant. We went and it was fine. Wind, rain, struggly car, and all. So when Tony said [yesterday, Tuesday] that we should see if it was still stroming I didn’t think much of it. This morning it was raining but no wind and he said tomorrow, Thursday, was supposed to be nicer. Which, in his mind, meant we should wait and go tomorrow. But I heard, today we’ll be stuck in the house, tomorrow we could venture out for a walk or something so we should go to the store (it’s just driving, and "indoor" activity, right?) today while the weather is bad. Ha!

Had we decided to venture out at the beginning of the storm it would have been one thing. But on the tail end you are then dealing with FLOODING.

It’s just over an hour drive. While Ali normally naps at noon we timed it so she could have kind of a split nap, hoping she’d nap the majority of both ways, so we left a bit before 10am. It rained, Ali eventually fell asleep. I started to get car sick. South of Seaside (like 2/3 to 3/4 of the way there) we can to an area where water was standing on the road and crew had just arrived. Perhaps to close it or deal with it we really didn’t know. We headed on.

Had a great time. Stopped at Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and Ross. It’s so fun just to even look when you’re NEVER at stoes like these. Ali gets so, SO excited because her two favorite characters, Elmo and Dora, are EVERYWHERE. Then we drove to Astoria and had lunch at Pig’n Pancake. And then Costco. We really didn’t even need that much, just our Costco "staples:"

  • 12 oz. cans of V-8
  • Salmon burgers
  • Chicken breasts
  • Pizza shells
  • Almond butter (which I haven’t found the last two times and will be crushed if they stopped carrying)
  • Soup (?)
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels

Actually I left the list at home. Which is classic me. But that was what we needed, though really, do you ever leave Costco with ONLY what you came for? It was the dwindling TP supply that lit a fire under me in the first place, btw. Which, sidenote, why can’t I just walk across the street and buy and small and grossly overpriced package there?!?! Why does my brain not work that way?

Then we come home. It’s about 1:30pm. Ali is tired and falls asleep immediately. we get to Seaside. The road (highway 101) is closed to low vehicles. Which, in a Hyundai Elantra, is us. We didn’t even wait to see the water before turning around. Tony gets on his phone and starts GPSing another route. We take off. 

It’s not long before we’re in the mountains (the only detour is a looooooong one) with no cell reception. He gets out a map. I have no idea where we went, but I know there was a long period of timewhere we weren’t even headed in the direction of home, not sure exactly where we were and worried that, at any moment, water was going to force us to turn around. After about two hours we finally reached an area we were familiar with (up by Jewell for anyone familiar with the area) and knew we were about an hour from home. This was 3:30pm, about when Ali woke up.

Also, pretty much this whole time it’s all I can do not to barf. I get car sick so very easily and these particular roads are brutal. I can do alright when Ali is asleep but if she’s awake it’s all I can do to turn back to hand her a snack. And Tony is concentrating on driving and it’s POURING and there’s standing water all over these quickly darkening, very curvy roads.

Ali did so great. I gave her some crackers and what little water she had left (we had a Costco load of food but nothing to drink but V-8 in the trunk). When she started fussing I put Elmo on my phone and gave it to her. While trying not to barf myself I pondered whether she could get carsick. She had barfed once before in the car. Also while watching something on my phone but it was only a few minutes after eating McDonald’s so we more thought it was due to too much [not-good] food. I thought two things. First, she’d tell me if she didn’t feel good, right? Like, cry or whine or something. Second, probably her brain or eyes or whatever is responsible for the peripheral vision wasn’t developed enough. Basically, she’s not old enough to get carsick, right? She’s still a BABY!

Finally we’re on 47 and so close to 101 just hoping, hoping, there’s no water blocking us. I turn around and Ali has a HUGE barf. (All over my new iPhone, btw). I say, "She just barfed." Tony pulls over and gets out while I grab napkins out of the glove compartment. I turn around and she her barfing more. I lose it and start SOBBING. I have no idea why, except that seeing Ali be sick was like the saddestthing ever. Sadder than her burning her hand. Especially because it was basically all my fault…

Of course, me bawling uncontrollably does not help the situation and Ali is further scared but I can’t stop and thank God for Tony. It’s another 20-25 minutes to home during which Ali is appalled as the barf all over her (seriously, where did the girl put that much?) but, for the most part, calm. We got home a bit before 5pm.

It was a long, long day.