Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Hello Buddies! I miss you and wish I could come and play. How are things in Fresno? Are you learning how to swim Collin? Are you having fun playing with your Ariel doll Muffin? Well, anyways, I miss you and want you to know that you will always be in my heart. You were my first best friends! Be good to your mommies and daddies.
So this is our home away from Fresno, for the time being. This is the house that I grew up in, where my mom and dad are still living. The top photo doesn't do the house justice as the covered patio is filled with our belongings (you can see that I have had to store my treadmill outside, but it's sure nice to run when it's cool out). The upper window to the right is my sister's old room, where Aaron and I are staying. The second picture is the back yard where all the fruit is. There is an apple tree, back left and directly to the right in the photo is the cherry tree that's older than my dad. The bushes are raspberries. You can't see them, but there also is a plum tree and three grapevines. We have had fresh fruit every day since we've been here. The apples will be ready to eat in a month or so. The third photo is my parent's side yard. Notice the beautiful Japanese Maple in the lower part of the photo. Yes, so like I said, this is our home for the time being. We are looking into moving into a cute little townhouse about two blocks away from my folks and five blocks away from Zoe's school. Hopefully I will get to go in soon and do some measurements to see what furniture will fit. I will post photos when I get them.
Did anyone of you have one of these when you were little? This is Zoe playing on my Fisher Price Music Box Record Player that my sister and I played with when we were young. It has 4 of these thick plastic "records" that plays one song on each side. The orange one plays Au Clair De La Lune and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The green one plays Hickory Dickory Dock and Edelweiss (which was my favorite when I was a little girl because it was in The Sound of Music). The blue one plays Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty. The light blue one plays London Bridge and Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? My mom and I were trying to figure out how to get it ot work all day long. Did it need new batteries? Was it broken? We tried to unscrew the bottom and everything. Nothing worked. When my dad came home from work he looked at it and immediately figured out that all you had to do was turn the wind up knob on the front of the player and it would work. Geez! Like mother, like daughter! Thanks Dad!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
We just got back from 3 days at the Oregon Coast with my mom and dad. We spent the first day enjoying the beauty of Seaside and The Promenade. The place where we stay in Seaside is about 1 mile south of Broadway on The Promenade at a friend's condo. The walk to all the fun shops and goodies is a refreshing 20 or so minutes on the paved walk along the beach. Saturday we went down to Cannon Beach and flew Zoe's new kite by Haystack Rock (in the top photo). Eve just liked throwing rocks into the water. This day was overcast and drizzly, a perfect Oregon Coast day! After cleaning up on Sunday morning, we headed out to Tillamook to the cheese factory to see the cheesemakers at work. Happy cows definitely come from Oregon. :) Thanks for the trip Mom and Dad!
Friday, July 25, 2008
My mom and dad, sister, her boyfriend, Michael, and the girls and I went to the Washington County Fair last night. The sights, sounds, and smells brought back lots of fun memories for me as a kid who spent many a summer at the fair involved in 4-H, rabbit 4-H that is. Yes, my sister and I were skilled in the delicate art of rabbit training and showing. It took hours and hours of work to make sure our little bunny was going to be obedient on the judging table, sitting still and quietly on his little carpet square, being calm while we performed various techniques for the judges like showing them the straightness of his back and front legs, answering questions about particular breeds and diseases, and then there was confirmation. No, we did not put our bunnies through a class on Catholicism, this was basically a section of the competition when our little bunny was on his own. He had to be looking his best, no molting or crooked teeth, he had to be as perfect to the breed standard as he could be in order to win the coveted crown, "Best of Show." At a rabbit show one year, my agouti Netherland Dwarf, Penny, won this award! But it always seemed like he was in the middle of his summer molt during the fair and he never came close. Rats! I mean, rabbits! My sister and I had lots of fun and learned lots about raising animals during our time in 4-H. Happy Hoppers forever!
The girl's great-grandma, Alma Lou, was also at the fair working the Child Evangelism Fellowship booth. After she was finished, she joined us and walked around the fair. She bought the girls a HUGE turkey leg that we enjoyed once we got home. Yummm! These puppies are delicious and almost taste a little like ham (weird), but still quite good.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tonight, my mom, Zoe, Eve, and I went over to Aaron and my old elementary school, Peter Boscow, which is now condemned and in the process of being torn down, so the girls could ride bikes. This was Eve's first try riding her new bike with Zoe's old helmet and pads. She only rode for about 5 minutes because it was, "too hard," and then made a bee-line for the swings. You can see in the first photo how excited she is to have her picture taken (note the shoes on the wrong feet).
This is the pharmacy in Downtown Hillsboro (kind of like the pharmacy/post office in Easton, only it's surrounded by a bunch of cute shops and antique stores). The pharmacy has been one of Downtown Hillsboro's landmarks, it was there when my dad was a kid, a looooong time ago. :) So the main reason this place is famous is for it's soda fountain atmosphere with the long bar and swivel stools, plus the incredible Umpqua ice cream. This is my mom and dad and the girls enjoying their first taste of Oregon ice cream. Zoe had bubblegum and Eve, of course, had chocolate. Chocolate, after all, was one of her first words.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
So today was my 30th birthday. I started out the morning by picking raspberries from my parent's backyard with my girls so we could make raspberry lemonade. They ended up eating more than they saved, but that's okay. Later in the day, I chose to play a round of birthday golf with Aaron at McKay Creek Golf Course, which was very fun. I haven't gotten to play golf in over three years! It was a lot of fun to get out there with Aaron and remember some of the good times we shared out there. In fact, McKay Creek was where 1) Aaron asked my dad if he could marry me and 2) where we told our families that we were pregnant with Zoe (some over the phone and my dad and father-in-law in person). I guess golf is a pretty big part of this Kellar family. After golf, my mom and dad threw me a big BBQ dinner at their house with lots of family and friends. The second picture is of me and my nephew, Ben. He loves watermelon! My dad makes the best BBQ sauce. Once everyone left, Aaron and I headed downtown to The Venetian for one last date before he heads down to Fresno for a month. Pray that he gets there safely and is able to get lots done while we are up here. All in all, my 30th birthday was very relaxing and fun.
Friday, July 11, 2008
We just got back from 3 days at the Oregon Coast with Aaron's family. We had a wonderful time bonding with our 14 month old nephew, Ben, playing a little Mexican Train (gonna have to work on Settler's of Catan, I was pretty bad), warm coffee, and spending time chatting with family. I could go on and on about my nephew! He is amazing and is the cutest 14 month old in the world. We had so much fun at the beach!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Hello everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know that we made it to Oregon without incident, on time, and still sane. :) Miles hated the car ride, meowling for about 1 hour every time we would get back on the road. Now the unpacking begins! Here's a litte something to make you smile (or cry), on the way out of town, Eve said, "goodbye Fwesno, goodbye fwends." :(
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tonight we went to the Caruther's HS football field in nearby Caruthers to watch fireworks. It was spectacular, like always, but we especially enjoyed hanging out with some good friends and eating Little Caesers pizza beforehand. This is one yearly tradition that we will surely miss. Tomorrow is more 4th of July partying, church-style. These country-folk sure know how to celebrate Independence Day!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Hmmmm, I'm not sure if I'm ready to start this blog yet, considering we are preparing our family for an out-of-state move. Yes, we are headed back to Oregon after (almost) three years in the Central Valley of California, serving His people in the little community of Easton (near Fresno). It sounds strange, as I read the previous line back to myself. We are headed back to Oregon...boy, are we going to miss this place. The last three years have been amazing for our kids, our ministry, our marriage, and we will never forget our time here. We will miss the fresh fruit, GRAPES!, nectarines, apricots, oranges, almonds, and everything else you could think of (except apples, really) available year round! Seventy degree days in December, Yosemite National Park, but most importantly, we will miss the people in our church body here at NewLife that we have come to love like family. They have been incredible and there's a part of me that wishes we could move them all up to Oregon with us. See, it is possible for Oregonians and Californians to love one another. :) But as sad as we are to leave here, we are so excited to be moving home to Hillsboro. Being near family once again is an answer to prayer and we are thrilled that the girls get to grow up around their grandmas and grandpas, aunties and uncle, cousin, and future cousins. Pray for our journey in the coming days that we stay sane, reach our destination safely, and are able to enjoy the last few days down here with our dear friends. That's all for now!