Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mt. Saint Helens

Last month we went to Mt. Saint Helens with my mom. It's a trip we'd been meaning to take for a long time, and we were all looking forward to it a lot. When I was maybe 5 or 6 (early 90's), I went with my cousins, and still have very clear memories from that trip. As such, my expectations for this 2nd time around were high. The entire trip up, I raved about the ash, dirt, bare open spaces, and overall eerie feeling of the place.

Turns out a lot changes in 17 years.
There were shrubs, trees, and a whole lot of green. It's silly, I know, but I was stunned. I hadn't stopped to consider that things could change so much.

I felt like a schmuck, but quickly got over my embarrassment and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.

We then took a walk around Spirit Lake. It was a short little hike, but Donald never passes up an opportunity for a good workout, so he strapped on his fully loaded pack and off we went!

We even saw some deer on the trail. If you enlarge the following picture and look smack dab in the middle of it, you can see them... kind of. If you look really closely, anyway.

This guy's a gem. I love it when he lets me take cheesy action shots.

To wrap the trip up, we stopped at a little diner for an early dinner, where I ate some of the most delicious Mountainberry Cobbler EVER (sadly, not pictured).

By this point, Donald had already posed for a few pictures during the hike. He had officially met his daily quota, and stopped cooperating.

He wouldn't be my husband if he enjoyed having his picture taken.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Northwest Trek Run Wild 5k

I ran my first 5k today, at Northwest Trek's annual Run Wild.

Nothing remarkable by most standards, but it was a HUGE accomplishment for me. This girl is NOT a runner. No sir, no way. Not me.

But today I was.

I went slow, but I went steady.

(Sorry they're so blurry. Donald was running with me, and it was too rainy to bring a nice camera.)

(a few minutes after crossing the finish line)

And I ran the whole thing without stopping to walk, stretch, or even tie my shoes.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Amazon Makes Life Easier

Blogs without pictures are boring, and my camera cord has been MIA for a couple months now. I've been conveniently using that as an excuse not to blog... but no more!

I finally broke down and ordered a new one from Amazon five minutes ago. It cost me a whopping $3 (actually, it was $0.25 but they got me with shipping), and within a week this blog should be back in business.
I also bought:

This book is wildly popular in adoption circles, and I've heard a lot of great things about it. In an attempt to be more frugal, I've been trying to convince myself to use the library more often... but this one felt like a purchase.

Donald has a very busy work schedule and has little time to read, so I like to highlight the most relevant and important sections of parenting books for him to flip though. You just can't do that with library books.

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