Wednesday, August 31, 2011

OR/CA Road Trip: Day 7

Daniel went for a 6:00AM hike with Christian, Jan & Joe (Christian's in-laws) and Mike (Christian's father). They watched the sunrise over Medford.

I was a lazy butt and slept-in with the rest of the Yule kids.
I gave Danny my camera so he could take some pictures of the hike. What a view!

After the boys got back, Daniel and I spent the day with Christian's family. We drove to Crater Lake! It was a beautiful day!

Danny holding sweet baby Aiden (Austin's son)


Crater Lake. This is the bluest water I've ever seen!


Check out that color!


If you look closely  you can see a very small Danny on the left side.



Natural Bridges -- just outside of Crater Lake. The river rushes through lava tubes that form a bridge.



We had a picnic lunch overlooking the lake.


That night we went back to Jenn and Christian's for dinner. Mike, Katie and Nanny (Patty) made some WONDERFUL chicken enchiladas.


And I got to spend some time with lovely Olivia.



Christian is a Daddy!

I love this picture of Olivia. She is gorgeous!


Danny holding Aiden (Austin's son) and Christian holding his little Olivia.

Dan and I had a wonderful time visiting with Christian and Jenn and their families. Congrats on lovely little Olivia and our prayers will be with the both of you. We'll see you at Christmas!!!! Please post millions of pictures of Olivia until then! We love you guys! Good luck in the Army Christian! We are so proud of you!

DIY: Sugar Body Scrubs! Brown Sugar & Honey, Peppermint and Sugar Cookie


Recipes for sugar body scrubs:  Brown Sugar & Honey, Peppermint and Sugar Cookie!

Peppermint Scrub:
Mix together 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup mineral oil, 2 T. corn syrup, 1/2 t. peppermint extract and a drop of green food coloring.

Brown Sugar and Honey Scrub:
Mix together 1 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup mineral oil and 2 T. honey.

Sugar Cookie Scrub:
Mix together 1 cup raw sugar, 1/3 cup mineral oil, 2 T. corn syrup and 1 t. vanilla.

Reposted from Inbetweenlaundry

OR/CA Road Trip: Day 6

We left the Fitzmorris Farm around 9:00 and headed to Medford, Oregon to see Christian, Jenna and their 3 day old miss Olivia. On our way down the road, we met up with our friend Josh at Vero in Eugene, Oregon for coffee. I REALLY liked Vero, it was a cute Victorian house converted into a coffee shop. I wish I could pick it up and carry it back home with me. Although, I must say that the scenery of Eugene, Oregon is the perfect place for this cozy coffee shop.
I  would love to see Eugene in Autumn. I bet it would be beautiful with it's tall trees, brightly colored leaves and dark drizzly sky.

I like you Vero. I like you Eugene, Oregon. Please come home with me.





Josh and Danny

I got coffee with Kahlua cream !

Our friend Josh is working at a vineyard in Northern Oregon. We were traveling south, while he was traveling north, so we met for a quick cup & chat. The timing worked-out perfectly!

Have fun Josh! And don't forget to bring us wine! he-he-he...



Josh started brewing his own beer! How cool is that!? 

After meeting with Josh, Danny and I drove to Medford, Oregon to see Christian and Jenna's baby girl -- Olivia Lynn Barnett! What a beautiful buggaboo!

Proud Papa Christian holding his little girl

Honorary Uncle Daniel snuggling with Olivia

That night we had a BBQ at Jenn's Parents house. We swam in the pool, ate good food and played with babies!

This is Aiden. He is Austin and Katie's son ( Austin is Christian's brother).
What a loveydove.



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fortune Cookie Booties

Dalla is the owner of  an Etsy shop called Sushi Booties. She is a 28 year old proud step mom of 3, who loves Martha Stewart, traveling, photography, garage music and going on tour with her Man's band! She was recently on the Martha Stewart Show and her booties won the people's choice award for being ReMarthable! Great work Dalla!!!!

I would love a pair of these for my feeties. I would ware them all over the house and outside to get the mail so I could show them off to my neighboors. You can even personalize the fortune! What would yours say?




Monday, August 29, 2011

OR/CA Road Trip: Day 5

Dan and I went to church with Josh and Meagan Sunday morning and then we walked around Corvallis and made salmon sandwiches on top of the car. After lunch we drove to Brownsville/Halsey to meet up with the Fitzmorris family.  Their family owns the farm next to my late Great Grandmother's Twin-Butte property. As a child, my father spent summers with his Grandmother and the Fitsmorris down the road.

Dan and I stopped off at a fresh fruit stand on our way to the farm.

Fresh Blueberries!

The Fitzmorris Farm!


Pat and Rossco showed us around the farm










Patty cakes


Rossco and Me


Grass seed!





Chopper! This cat has used up her nine lives and then some! A few years back, she fell asleep under the blades of a combine -- it only knocked out a couple of her teeth! What a lucky cat!


This is where all the seed is stored -- Millions of lbs.!


Barney the Barn Owl...I just named him.


Chris and Tena grow their own vegetables too!








Danny and I next to one of their combines in the hanger.





We had a backyard BBQ! Pat made onion rings with the onions from the garden!




Chris made burgers with pepperjack cheese and bratwurst sausages marinated in beer. He even cooked up some tasty peppers from the garden!


We had a wonderful BBQ! And all of the veggies came from the farm! After dinner, Tena brought out a yummy blackberry pie and vanilla ice cream! Food coma...


The Fitzmorris farm and the Twin Buttes property that my Great Grandmother owned. One of my Great Uncles made me a wooden pen & case from a tree that fell on this property. What a special gift.

Dan and I had a great time visiting with the Fitzmorris family! We can't wait to see them again!