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.☺

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Prom 2014!

PROM 2014 
I only have before shots. Hoping to get some photos of the limousine, dinner & actual dance photos later today. But for now, enjoy! *Click on the photos to enlarge.
Our handsome son!♥

Omid, our friend Daniel (who is visiting from Germany), and I caravanned over to Matty's girlfriend's home. We joined several other parents there for photos and snacks.  Her backyard was the perfect spot for a prom photo shoot. The beautifully landscaped yard was in full bloom.

The group!
(photo by Alex Heredia)

The pinning of the boutonniere.
Actually, neither Alyssa nor I could do it. Omid to the rescue!

Why should the kids get to be in all the photos?
Let's hear it for the adults! Woohoo!

Cutest couple ever!
(Photo by Alex Heredia)


Friday, April 25, 2014

Go Pilots!

Say what?! Me, endorse another university besides WAZZU?

It's hard to believe, I know. But...after months of searching and lots of prayer....I have accepted a position at the University of Portland!

I am sad to have to leave my job at the Camas School District, but really need full time employment. I will miss my wonderful ELL team & the sweet students, my lovely coworkers, not to mention the most amazing supervisor I have ever had (shout out to you, Dana!).

I always say, "You will never catch me wearing purple!" Well, I'm eating those words. At least it's for UP and not U of W! Don't worry friends...I bleed crimson!  GO COUGS!!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Power of Prayer

Do you believe in miracles? I do!

Please say a prayer for my sweet friend Sarah & her husband Chris. They are in the process of adopting a newborn baby girl and the birth mother changed her mind.

Chris & Sarah's faith is very strong, and extra prayers of comfort are appreciated!

Thank you, friends!♥

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Happy Anniversary!!!!

Omid and I are celebrating 25 years of marriage today. Happy anniversary to us!

25 years ago today, we borrowed a friends car, drove the 8 miles to Moscow, Idaho, applied for a marriage license and got married a few minutes later.

It's been 25 years of fun adventures and I can't wait to see what the next 25 years hold for us.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Nowruz 2014!

Happy Nowruz!!!!

So full from our Persian feast!

Omid made a traditional Nowruz dinner for us last night. Herbed rice packed with 4 cups of freshly chopped parsley, cilantro, chives, garlic, dill weed & green onion. So fragrant! The fish is smoked King Salmon he caught last August. It was like candy. So sweet! The tahdeeg turned out pretty delicious as well: crispy/crunchy!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I've been on the hunt for a full time job for the last year & a half. I have applied for probably 150-200 jobs and have had two interviews. While I love my ELL team & the students, it's just part time. With Matty going off to college soon (& some recent home emergencies), I need to help out in the $ department.  My friend Karen, who is an HR professional, took a look at my resume and called it 'very 90's.' Whoa! Karen spent two hours helping me edit my resume, giving it a more modern look. ☺

The same morning, I met with Karen, I prayed, "God, I have applied to every place I can think of in Clark County...please put an idea in my head or let a job fall into my lap."   Then this happened: my friend and former ELL coworker, Donna called. She is a licensed broker for John L. Scott and was looking for a part time assistant. Could I help her? Yes! Thank you, God!

While I am still looking for full time employment, Donna's call was a God send! Not only am I learning something new (real estate lingo), but we are two friends helping each other out. Thanks Donna!!!

By the way, if you are in the need of a realtor, Donna is the girl to call! I've only been on the job with her a short time, but have known her for 11 years. She is amazing!
First day on the  new job!