Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hoar frost

Sunday we woke up to the most BEAUTIFUL hoar frost!! The conditions have to be just right to get hoar frost, so it was a real treat!

The frost was so thick! I've never seen it that thick!

While some of it had melted by the time we got home from church, our tree in the front gets a lot of shade, so I was able to take a few more pics before it melted away.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009


While Samantha was off practicing, we decided to have a little fun and explore Eugene. We ended up spending most of Friday on the University of Oregon campus.
It was a chilly morning and had to wait for 10 minutes before the museum opened so we decided to keep warm in the neighbouring law building, where I took a few pics of Elise.

We ate lunch at the cafeteria where the kids got the CHEESIEST grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever seen!!
Abby was excited! She called it a "double cheese"
We spent a couple hours at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, which was heavy into geology, but we also got to see the worlds oldest sandals (around 10,000 years old!). The kids were actually the first to try our their new hands on geology exhibit and meet the lady who had created the exhibit.
Staying up until 11:30pm the night before and waking up at 5:45 caught up to the kids around 2pm and they all had a quick snooze in the car

Refreshed about 20 min. later we took the kids to the art museum on campus.
The art museum was installing 2 exhibits (so the exhibit halls were closed), so we got a short version of the museum, but it filled our time nicely.
There was a LOT of Buddhist art and the children's area was all centered on Buddhism. Here are the kids coloring pictures of Buddha.
I saw these in the Museum store and LOVE them!! They are exactly the colors I want to do my kitchen in. Alas, they were a bit expensive, but great inspiration!!
Since we were at the University of tree huggers we figured... "when in Rome" and gave a hug to this HUGE tree.
After all the tree hugging we headed over to Samantha's concert which was enjoyed by all.
We stayed both nights at the Super 8 in Eugene and the best thing about staying in the hotel is hotel beds that mom doesn't care about!!
Once we were ready on Saturday morning we headed off to.....
This was the 2nd time we've been to a mall since we moved to Bend a year and a half ago (the last time was almost a year ago) Who knew it could be so exciting to go to the mall??
(Clearly not quite as exciting for Brad :D)
After our mall trip we head over to the ice rink to skate on some real ice, on a real ink and had hoped to get Brad some laces for his skates, but they were sold out!! We had a good time though, and we were able to get Samantha's skates sharpened too.
We headed home around 4pm and Ethan and Abby drove us nuts doing their various renditions of the following video...
Isn't that funny? Not so funny though when you're trapped in a car for over 2 hours with kids going crazy and repeating "Char-lay, Char-lay" over and over again!! :D
We survived though and got home safe and sound.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Such an honor

Last Thursday Samantha headed out to Eugene (2.5 hours west of Bend) with a friend around 9am to be there in time to begin practicing with the other 149 members of the Oregon Middle School Honor Band. It was really an honor to be chosen as one of the top 150 middle school band members in Oregon, and even more prestigious to have been selected one of the top 14 flutists.

The students rehearsed together for 10 hours in their 26 hours together (including an over-night stay at the Hilton.) Phew!

The result was a wonderful 30 min. concert

Here are a few samplings for you to enjoy:

Samantha said she was exhausted when it was all over, but that she had learned a lot and had a great experience. We are very proud of her and how hard she works on her music.