Sunday, November 23, 2008

Exciting news!

There was some exciting news this week! Stanley, the lucky duck, got invited to go to Washington, DC with our friends Melissa and Neil for Thanksgiving. After all that hard work on the basement, we decided he definitely earned a vacation, so yesterday he got on the plane. We're looking forward to seeing and hearing all about his adventures in Washington, DC.

I heard you all are expecting some exciting news from Ms. Work, too. Someone needs to tell me when that baby arrives! Congratulations, Ms. Work!

We'll let you know how DC was next week.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Making a new basment

Well, Stanley has never worked so hard in his life as he has this last few weeks in our basement. He's a very hard worker! We used to have an ugly old basement, but for two weeks we've been cleaning, hammering, painting and working our tails off sprucing the place up, and now it is almost finished. We've taken a yucky old basement and made it into a great place for watching movies (we don't really watch much TV in our house, but we do watch movies and sometimes sports) and playing games. It's mostly decorated in the colors of the Chicago Cubs because that's Jeff's favorite team. I was hoping to add some pictures here, but Blogger seems to be having some trouble tonight, so maybe I'll be able to add those later. In the meantime, we'll be downstairs relaxing!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Enjoy your vacation!

Update 11-23: The pictures feature is working again - yipee! Check out our cool new space! Here's what it looked like when we started:

Now it looks like this!

We went to a play!

I haven't given you an update in a while, and I'm sorry for that because Stanley has been quite busy. I did see that several of you made comments on one of the recent posts, and that was really fun for Stanley. He is so happy that you're reading about his adventures all the way from Ohio!

Many of you asked about Stanley going trick-or-treating and his costume, but unfortunately Stanley didn't get to go trick-or-treating because we were up at the mountain and there weren't any other houses around. Maybe he can go next year! We didn't carve a pumpkin either, even though we went to the pumpkin patch. Since we weren't home for Halloween, we wanted to be able to enjoy our pumpkin for a little longer, so it's still sitting on our porch, uncarved.

I liked the comment about the bee's nest looking like a burnt marshmallow. Nice imagination!

So back to what Stanley's been up to. The otehr weekend, Max and Elizabeth were in a play and Stanley got to go with us to watch. There was singing and dancing, card tricks and generally quite a lot of fun. The play was an adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin. The kids did a fabulous job.

Elizabeth was a wizard and Max was a gnome.

If you don't know the story, you can read it here.

I hope you're having a great week at school. WORK hard and learn lots!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Mt. Hood National Forest

Last weekend we took Stanley up to Mt. Hood to enjoy the MHNF. We stayed at the cabin of our fun friends Amy and Bob. Everyone had a great time!

Mt. Hood is Oregon's tallest mountain, standing 11,249 feet tall. The Native American tribe called Multnomah calls Mt. Hood Wy'East. Mt. Hood is a volcanic mountain, but it hasn't erupted for nearly 200 years. Some people think it's due for an eruption soon, but that's a pretty hard thing to predict. Mt. Hood has 12 named glaciers, including one called Palmer which skiers can ski on all year. Sometimes the Olympic ski team practices here in the summer so they can ski on real snow.

Mt. Hood is great for all kinds of outdoor recreation. You can go skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, and inner-tubing in the winter. Stanley's hoping to go snow tubing this winter. He asked us about 100 times in the car if we could do it...In the summer you can hike or even climb to the summit, camp and do the super fun alpine slide which Rachel got to do last summer when she visited. Stanley's pretty jealous of that - we showed him her picture.

The weather wasn't so great when we were up there this weekend, so Stanley didn't actually even get to see the top of it, but here's a picture for you that I took a few years ago when we went up.

This last picture is just of something interesting that Stanley was checking out. Can you guess what it is?Scroll down to find out....

It's an old bees nest. Did you guess it? Our friends found it in their chimney at the cabin one time! Luckily, Stanley was in no danger because the bees were all gone.

That's it for this week! Hope you have a great week at school! WORK hard and learn lots :)