Sunday, March 4, 2018

Photo... Saturday...

A day late this week, but I wanted to make sure we had something to show for what we've been working on all week:

We've been working on building a storage shed to house all of our U.S.-based belongings.  Earlier this week Brian and I completed the base, and then two days of rain kept us indoors.

Brian was able to frame all of the walls and cut out the rafters in the garage, however.
 So today, with the help of Brian's dad (and a bit of help from Greg too), we took advantage of the sun to get as far as we could with the assembly.

We didn't quite finish the roof today like we hoped, but we should have a few more days of sun.  

Other snapshots of this week:

Greg and Kate teach great-grandpa about some computer games.

From Greg's school carnival fundraiser.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Photo Friday: Snow, bacon, packing


 Brian has recently ventured into making homemade bacon, a skill which I believe will be much appreciated in PNG, as bacon is rare over there.  Of course, he did manage to produce much more during his practice than I think we can consume in one month, so we've had to share the bounty!

Caleb and one of his beloved frogs.  He checks with us regularly to make sure that his favorite stuffed animals will be able to travel back to PNG with us.

We had some snow and cold weather here this week.  Greg has discovered the wonderful pastime of crunching frozen puddles while waiting for the school bus in the mornings.  Reminds me of my own childhood! 

I also got to check one item off my photography bucket list, which was taking photos of freezing soap bubbles.  Conditions weren't ideal, but at least I got a chance to try it!

Snowy/soapy self-portrait.

And I've been doing a lot of packing.  Packing up boxes of household things, and also starting to pack the suitcases we'll bring back to PNG as we finish up shopping for things we want to take back with us.

Although, I do remember packing being a little bit easier before I had a little girl who wants to try on every new dress and pair of shoes that we've bought for the next four years:

I have to keep telling her - "that is for when you're bigger... it's a kindergarten dress."  Many tears seeing all those pretty things packed away.

Wish us luck as we continue to pack.  Next on the agenda is to purchase or build a storage shed to store our things that we will leave in the States.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Photo Friday : January Catch-up

It's the end of January, and this is my first blog post this year... sorry 'bout that!

But first, let me say Happy Anniversary to Brian.  Ten years ago today we got married!   If we look a bit far-removed from the Colorado winter in this pic, it's because we were.  My parents watched the kids for a week while Brian and I had a wonderful anniversary getaway in Belize and Guatemala!

We've done a lot this month.  We have been staying with my brother Ben and his wife Meggin near Denver, CO, and have been traveling around the state catching up with partners, churches, family and friends.  A few of the non-work things we've done:

 The Denver Museum of Nature and Science

 Digging up fossils.

 Honestly though, for our salt-loving boy I think the best part was the enormous pretzels in the food court!

So much bigger than the ones mom makes!

 We went to the free ice rink that was set up at the airport and the kids got to try ice skating for the first time:

We spent a weekend with my (Susan's) grandparents in Fort Collins, where the kids enjoyed tea parties with great-grandma:

While we were in Fort Collins we finally got some snowfall!  We seem to have been missing all of the snow storms as we travel, and so the kids were very excited to finally get the chance to play in fresh snow.

One of our furlough traditions is to go eat cinnamon rolls at the Silver Grill Cafe in downtown Fort Collins.  This furlough we've actually made it there twice.  (It's a place where I worked for a while in college...)

Next week we'll be starting our road trip back to Oregon.  The kids are looking forward to getting back to Oregon, but mostly they want to go back to PNG, especially Greg.  All the moving around and visiting people wears on them after a while.  Greg and I counted it up last night - 60 days until we get on that airplane to leave the country!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Photo Friday [206]

Time to dish on our Christmas-y doings.

We had an early Christmas with the Freys, since we wouldn't be in Oregon for the holiday itself:

Just missing one of Brian's brothers...

Then it was road trip time! 

 Three days on the road as we drove to Colorado to see my side of the family.

 Froggy even helped drive.

 There were some "fun" winter roads for Brian to navigate on that last day... Although by the time that we got to Grand Junction, where my parents live, the roads were dry and the skies clear.  No white Christmas for us....

Teaching grandpa how to play Exploding Kittens.

The seemingly impossible task to get a nice tree photo with the kids.

The whole gang back together!  Last time we did Christmas together, Kate was a newborn. 

 Both of my brothers love to cook, and so we had cinnamon rolls, chipotle-raspberry glazed bacon, and even tri-tip cooked to perfection in a professional steam oven.  (I contributed the pies, which has been my area of specialty since High School).

Day-after-Christmas Lego building

Fun times with cousins:


After my brothers left and it was just us and the grandparents, we checked out a few of the fun things Grand Junction has to offer.

There is a neat place (in the mall!) called the Children's Nature Center, which offers a very educational hands-on tour of their reptile, amphibian and fish menagerie, including a massive albino python once owned by Michael Jackson and a rare pig-nosed turtle which is only found in the wild in Australia and Papua New Guinea.


Yesterday afternoon we drove through the beautiful Colorado National Monument, which includes some of the mesas that surround the town of Grand Junction.

Up on the mesa there was a little bit of snow on the ground.

The boys were enamored of the rock formations