Wordless Wednesday - April 30, 2014

Experience is what you get when you did not get what you wanted. - Randy Pausch from "The Last Lecture"


Emily turning six

Last year on this date, I posted about Emily turning five. Well, she has gone and gotten a little older. One year older to be exact. Can you believe this face? Can you believe I haven't seen her since August.  Emily is 6. Happy Birthday, kiddo.


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

CS Lewis wrote one of the most well-known Christian allegories - "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe". It is the first story in seven book Chronicles of Narnia series from the 1950's. The church I have been attending since January spent the last 6 months planning, casting, and preparing for this two hour production. Here are a few shots from the production. The costumes were awesome!

First, the fawn: Mr. Tumnus and one of the White Queen's captains discussing how children who enter Narnia must be captured.

Next, Lucy stumbles through the wardrobe to find Mr. Tumnus who, it turns out, doesn't have the heart to turn in his friend.

The White Witch, um, I mean Queen was not very happy these children were in Narnia. It meant the fulfillment of a prophecy. However, she convinces Edmund to find his siblings and bring them to her castle.

Here all the siblings are having tea with Mr. and Mrs. Beaver.

And, of course, Father Christmas stops by to give out sword and daggers and potions the children will need in the fight to save Narnia from the White Witch.

The rightful ruler of Narnia is Aslan, the lion. Did you know Aslan wore Dickies pants? He sacrifices himself to save Edmund but is resurrected in time to help the children and the other creatures of Narnia in their battle against the White Witch. I found this part strange.

My favorite costume of all was the centaur, who had a very square rear-end and wheels on his hind legs. (I wish I had a back end shot!) This costume was pure, homemade awesomeness. He appeared within the first half hour of the show and there were still snickers from the crowd around me every time he rolled across the stage.. even after two hours. Next to him is a unicorn, of course.

Once the play was over, the entire cast came on stage and one of the Witch's soldiers led the group in a rendition of  the Oscar-winning song "Happy" from 'Despicable Me 2'. That was a good time. Sorry for the blurry shot - they wouldn't stop moving :-)

**Overall my Easter was, um, low key. I spent the day at home working without so much as a text message, email or phone call from friends or family. Everyone I know spends that day with family. And those of us who work all the way across the country and cannot travel between work on Friday and work on Monday morning were alone. Sure, I got invited to a couple of other families celebrations, but that tends to just make me sadder. Oh well. At least I got to spend Saturday night enjoying this little production.


Reasons to love the Oregon State campus

In an attempt to be more active (and now that the rain has lessened), I have tried to work a few walks around campus into my work day. It makes me back happier and my waistline smaller - both are equally important. The other day I carried my iPhone. If you are looking for the reasons I love the Oregon State campus, take a stroll with me.



 Seriously, what's not to love?


Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival - April 13, 2014

Amazing weather and a willing friend meant a trip to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon.

Apparently that weather triggered EVERYONE to go. Seriously, 2 hours to travel 8 miles in bumper to bumper traffic. It was 72, sunny, and the weekend before Easter so the place was mommicked with amateur photogs, moms with kids, and amateur photog moms.

I think this red and white striped one was my favorite.

Nope, it was definitely this red and yellow striped one.

The color was as overwhelming as the number of people.

If you were willing to wait in a line, the would haul you around in a wooden shoe "train" pulled by a John Deere Gator. In fact, there was a whole "Carnival" area with games and food. We skipped all of that. We were there for the flowers.

I did manage to get one good shot of Mt Hood without other people in the middle, but I had to go to the edge of the fields. 

Now that I see the purple and pink - they might be my favorites. How is a girl to choose?


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My mother and sister made the trek to Oregon this past weekend. They have the same birthday (April 7) so it was a girls weekend. Mostly good food and sightseeing. My sister is 13 weeks pregnant, but a bump this big was a definite surprise. Little baby Lambert-Moore is gonna be a big'un.

We didn't take a lot of pictures, but did manage to grab one or two the morning they left.
Come back soon!