Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Good Luck, Matty!!!

Last week, Matty said 'goodbye' to Camas and 'hello' to Pullman.

Goodbyes are so hard!

We drove over on Friday, as move in day was bright & early Saturday morning. Once in Pullman, we met up with Lin, Ward, Katie & Tom (who so graciously changed their vacation plans to have dinner with us!). Thank you, Berges!!!

Fun fact: All three couples are WSU love stories! ♥

Move in was 8:00 a.m. Saturday. It took less than five minutes to get Matty checked in. He has a nice view of campus & Stadium Way. Fun fact: Both Naseem & my sister Brenda lived in Gannon Hall.

Dorm room set up, complete!

Matty's side of Gannon 622.

After Matty was all moved in, we traipsed around downtown.
Ten years separate these photos.♥

Sunday came way too fast! We met up with Matty at our favorite burger joint! No stop to Pullman is complete without a stop here.

Believe it or not, we ate at delicious Cougar Country Drive In  for breakfast! It's that good!!!
Omid and I said our goodbyes to Matty (which was oh so hard).  Once home, I decided to follow Matty's dorm on Twitter. What did I see? A photo of Matty at the ice cream social! He's in the bottom left with the bucket hat. ☺
So true!
Matty decided to attend Fraternity rush last week. This was a new experience for Omid and I as neither of us went through the Greek system. It was exciting to hear about all the fun he had this week. Matty pledged his first choice Delta Chi!
Here is a fun video Matty sent me. After the pledges received their bids, they ran to the house rep who had t-shirts with the house of their choice, grabbed a t-shirt, then ran all the way from the CUB to the house on Greek row. So funny!

Happy pledges!

2014 Delta Chi pledge class!
I asked Matty if the house employed a house mother. His reply: "No, but we have a house dog!"
Congrats Matty!
We are so proud of you and are excited for you to write your own WSU story!! ♥

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pullman Visit!!

I'm oh so late in updating this post. Oh well, better late than never!
A few weeks ago, Matty had to go to Pullman for his ALIVE! orientation. Omid and I had to tag along and get our Pullman fix too.
Pullman or bust!

Remy also joined us! He's always up for a road trip.☺

Mattys' door in Stephenson East.

I always swell up with Cougar Pride when I see this symbol! GO COUGS!

The WSU sign above it directly across the street from Sella's restaurant. After we took Remy's photo, we went & had dinner. They even let Remy eat with us on the deck!
Sella's for Mac 'n Jack & pizza!
Remy & my favorite building on campus: Thompson Hall.

Amber waves of grain = harvest time!
Omid and I drove down to Wawawaii one day for a picnic; and Remy went for a swim in the Snake River.

The CUB posted this photo on their Facebook page that said: We love our Coug Moms!
To that I add: #notjustacougmom #WSUalumni

No trip to Pullman is complete without a stop to Old European for aebelskivers! #pullmantradition

We visited the new Brelsford Visitor Center. They even welcomed Remy inside.☺

Our last few minutes in Pullman.
Omid and I had a wonderful time visiting all of our old stomping grounds around the area. Matty said he had a great time at Alive! He met lots of new people and seems excited to start his own journey in Pullman. ☺ GO COUGS!!!!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hike to Oneonta Gorge

Omid, our friend Tammy & I stole Matty's awesome idea of hiking to Oneonta Falls today. We hiked to the upper falls to get our cardio on (yay for us!). The path is very narrow and on the way down to the parking lot, we saw a young father & his toddler slip off the path and tumble down about 75 feet to the street below! That was awful! So, so scary. Thank God no cars were coming, they most certainly would have been hit. Omid went to check on the two and reported back that the toddler just had a scraped knee (but was very shaken up) and the father was scraped up all over. The rest of their party caught up to them and hopefully they are doing okay tonight.

After that scene, we hiked over to Oneonta Gorge. This was an awesome hike. Scary at times, because of the unknown, but a lot of fun! Before you can reach the waterfall, you have to climb up two boulders to reach a 15 foot high log jam. That was scary for me. It took me a while and thankfully people were patient. You have to go slow as there is foot traffic going both ways. Once you tackle the log jam, there are a few pools of knee deep water, then a pool of chest high water. The rocks are unstable & slippery, I didn't want to twist my ankle or knee, so I walked very carefully. It was definitely an adventure! One thing we noted: everyone had a smile! I'm really glad I went. Thanks for the idea, Matty!!!
If you go...wear TEVAs or KEENs! Water shoes are a MUST and YOU WILL GET WET & DIRTY. Don't take anything that shouldn't get wet, like phones or cameras! Don't forget the towels! Make sure to leave them in the car. They will just get wet & will be useless if you take them along. ☺
Watch the video to see how much fun we had!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Remy!!!!!

Remy is TEN today!!!

Happy birthday Remy!!! We love you LOTS!!!! ♥♥♥

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Matty's High School Graduation!

Matty graduated from Camas High School
on June 13th!
We are so proud of you, Mattyboo!!
Unfortunately, we didn't get to the stadium until 5:00 p.m. Thank the Lord for good friends who save spots in line. Lin & Tammie arrived in line at 3:15 p.m. This seems insane, but it's the norm for Camas! That's what happens when there aren't enough tickets to go around. :/
Matty & friends!
(click to enlarge)

Awww!♥ Proud Sis!

Very proud parents!

Yay, Matty!!!!!!
What's next for Matty? He's heading east to PULLMAN!
GO COUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Senior-Mother Tea & a Recipe Too!

Today marked the countdown for Matty's upcoming HS graduation. It was the Senior-Mother Tea. It was a super fun event and so wonderful to see all the kids & their moms today. I still remember so many of  these 17 & 18 year olds as Kindergarteners! Time flies!!!!!
Matty & I
Hi Lee!! It was so fun to see Lee Ellen & Meredith & talk about our Foxy friends today.

Matty & I with his adorable girlfriend, Alyssa & her mom, Valerie.
Aren't they the cutest couple?!

Not so fun fact: I rode in with Matty to school today. On the way, I had a sneezing fit and actually tweaked my back. Thank the Lord for muscle relaxers & tens machines!

After resting my back, I baked these yummy monster cookie bars. So easy & so delish! They are not 'clean' so I will pay for eating these later.

Easy Monster Cookie Bars via Better Homes & Gardens
1 16.5 oz roll refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup M&M's candy
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Preheat oven to 350*. Line a 9x13 pan with foil & grease lightly. Break up cookie dough into a large bowl. Add oats, M&Ms, chocolate chips & peanuts. Mix well.
Pat the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan and cut into bars. Enjoy!

Make This!!

Colorful Coleslaw!

This coleslaw salad is so beautiful, not to mention delicious, I never want to make boring old-fashioned coleslaw ever again. Just look at that color!

This recipe Omid made up on the spot, so proportions are not exact.

Colorful Coleslaw

1/2 head purple cabbage, shredded
1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
1 red pepper, julienned
3 green onions, julienned
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp smoky paprika
salt & pepper to taste

Toss salad with dressing & serve!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

UP Update!

Time for an update on my new position at the University of Portland!
I was a bit nervous, as I left such a loving work environment at the Camas School District. The honest truth is I went from one family to another! 
First day selfie!

There are approximately 100 employees in the Physical Plant department that I work in. Everyone has been very friendly and patient while I learn the ropes & the culture.  My two favorite people in the PP department are Sandy & Fay. Wonderful, patient and just all around lovely ladies! I am so grateful that they are the ones training me.
Fay even brought in Thai iced teas for everyone!
So far, so good! I am happy that the transition from Camas has been a positive one.☺

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Saying Goodbye...

Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.
~Richard Bach
Yesterday I said goodbye to my Special Services family.

They were kind enough to throw a farewell brunch for me. I love that they support me in my decision to leave and there are no hard feelings. Just heart-felt well wishes.
Just look at the fun we have!☺

I love you all and will miss you very much!!!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hodge Podge

 ...continued from last week:
After the prom parent get-together on Saturday, we took Daniel to the local brewery in Washougal, Amnesia Brewing.
Have you tried it yet? If not, go! Their Damnesia IPA is the best!
Amnesia Brewing
Omid wanted to take Daniel to Pine State Biscuits for breakfast on Sunday. Fact: No trip to Portland is complete without a visit!  We went on Easter Sunday too. Check out the last photo.
Omid and I always order the Moneyball, but this time we both decided to try something new. I got the Wedgie. Oh my gosh! It was sooooooo gooooooood! Omid & Daniel ordered the Reggie Deluxe. We have new favorites!
Did you know...the Mr. T. stickers have made their way over the river into Vancouver? Love it!
To quote my sister, B:
"I pity the fool who doesn't chuckle at this!"
Yesterday, Omid and I decided to get out of town. We drove down to Netarts, Oregon for fresh oysters, then drove up Highway 101. Even though the weather was wet & windy, we had a lot of fun.☺