Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Love of Reading

It is an understatement to say I like reading..  I love reading.  I do it late at night while the girls are in bed or on long car drives (while Ben is driving, of course.)  I get panicky when I don't have the next book picked out.  For our anniversary, Ben bought me a Kindle, which I have enjoyed immensely.  I read all kinds of genres, from historical fiction to autobiographies to medical mysteries.  I don't read trashy romance novels or many westerns. I'll even read cookbooks!

For 2011, I plan on listing each book I've read.  I have already read The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  It was entertaining and well written.  The trilogy was considered teen literature, but any age would enjoy. 

Haven't found the next book yet, I need to do some research on Amazon! I'm always open to suggestions about books worth reading.

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Monday, January 10, 2011

Our First Amaryllis

Tillee 12/26

At the beginning of December, Grandma Hjordis gave us an Amaryllis.  This was the first one we have grown, and it sure did well in our house.  We have all enjoyed its glittery, red flowers.  Tillee asked me if I sprinkled glitter on the petals!  It just fits into the holiday season perfectly.

It grew 21" tall, and had 5 flowers.  Its stalk amazed the girls and led to some conversations about how interesting a field of amaryllis would look!   Can't wait to grow another one next year :) 


Tillee 12/28

Quincee 12/28

12/29 morning

Tillee 12/29 evening

Full Bloom 1/2/11

Thank you so much, Grandma Hjordis!
Muffett girls

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Holiday Happenings

This holiday season was a fun and bustling one!!  We were lucky to have spent a lot of quality time with friends and family. 

Quade cousins

Cousin Max

Karsyn & I

Tillee and Clayton

Muffett girls

Grandma & Grandpa Muffett

The girlies in front of the tree...Yes, Tillee is elbowing Quincee!

the stockings

Carrie & I with the apron she made for me!  Love it!

Amber in her Christmas hat... picked out by Tillee

Angi photographed by Tillee in the Party Palace

Quincee, Natalie, and Tillee at Clarkes Christmas program
Ben,  Mom, & I
Littlest Pet Shop 3 Game found in their stockings
Santa brought Tillee some Zoobles

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season.  Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Quade Beach Trip

This August, we were lucky to have my side of the family get together at our beach house in Lincoln City.  We had lots of fun, food, and family time.  We even got to spend time with Auntie Mil at her beach house in Road's End.  Greg, Heather, and Henry were down with Ted and Tammy.  Greg and Ted barbequed some awesome burgers and we had a great dinner with family we don't get to see much!  Jay's family even came over to Auntie Mil's.  It was so fun.  Tammy played Sorry and Too Many Monkeys with the kids, and the girls loved seeing her 4 month old St. Bernard, Bella.  (sorry, no pics!)  

Back at the Krusty Krab, we were eating s'mores off of the smokey joes (they are portable you know!) and just enjoying each other.  The girls went shopping on Saturday for a bit, and some of us went out on a party boat on Sunday.  We are definitely going to have to do it again...  

The Quade family
Quincee and Kimmie
Oooey Gooey Goodness

Jay whispering sweet nothings to Amos
Ben sneaking in with Tillee, Quincee, and Henry
Pure joy as Quincee drove the party boat on Devil's Lake

Party Boaters!!
The weather was beautiful, and the weekend was a blast.  Quincee and Tillee love to share the beach house.  We did miss Karsyn, who was at a soccer tournament with her mom.   I already have plans for next year :) 


Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Dream Rig

Double Slug Bug

Quincee and Tillee have been playing slug bug every time they get into the car this summer.  That game is our constant companion, and yes, sometimes Mom would like to throw the "companion" out the window.  But, they saw this awesome mini VW bus at the Oregon State Fair, and proclaimed "We want one of these!!"  They then proceeded to give Bethie, Angi, Jay, Amber, and I each a double slug bug to the arm or leg.  I couldn't help but smile!  

p.s.  I want one too!! 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My First Bento

Quincee's lunch    
When researching new lunch ideas, I found a bunch of American moms with bento blogs.  I love the bento idea:  healthy, homemade lunches, with less waste.  The focus is on lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and fun designs that kids enjoy in a small convenient box.  This will work out perfectly for Quincee, who tearfully told me that last year I packed her too much food and she could never eat it all. I just didn't want her to go hungry  :)  Since she was little, Quincee has not really been into food, though she is getting better. 

So today I packed a "nest" of sliced Fri Chik (fake meat we've been eating for years), a fresh mozzerella ball for the little birdie, broccoli trees, corn off the cob, 2 small heart jelly sandwiches, and tapioca pudding.   

I packed a similar lunch for Tillee at the same time, even though I am off work today.  This saves time and cleanup duty later.  She wanted a lunch in the new EasyLunchBox that I found at EasyLunchBox.com. 

Quincee is very excited about the bento lunch, and enjoys going to blogs where they post lots of bento ideas/lunches they have made their children.  Mine is definitely a beginner bento, but it was fun putting it together!


Monday, August 30, 2010

Little Miss 2nd Grader

Quincee and her BFF, Natalie

Quincee & Natalie with their matching backpacks and lunchboxes

Quincee & Teacher Barb