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Hanging on for the ultimate ride--God's great adventure.
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The author of fourteen contemporary and historical novels, Melanie Dobson lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her latest novels are Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor and Chateau of Secrets. More info at

Friday, January 25, 2008

Christmas Pix

So I started this blog, uh, four weeks ago when we got back from Tennessee, but haven't had time to sort through our Christmas pictures. We had a wonderful time seeing my family and Jon's family, and the girls had a blast playing wih all their cousins. Karly cut her hair with Mimi's scissors so she's sportin' a new look for the New Year. Kiki caught a stomach bug on the airplane and passed it around.

We celebrated Jesus' birth before Christmas, and then I think we opened presents five times (bummer...). Kiki got a LeapPad and a Nemo computer game (we haven't seen her since). Karly got waffle blocks and a train set, and she's been busy building and creating.

We went four-wheeling through a nearby forest, and Mimi and Pop Pop B. treated us to a day at the wonderful Tennessee Aquarium. While Jon's parents played with the girls, Jon and I escaped to a little cabin near Asheville and had a white "day after" Christmas. Then we slept for two days. :)

Here's a few pix--thanks to both Mimis for being the photographers on this trip! The girls keep asking when it will be Christmas again...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Blue Monday

I heard on the news last night that January 21st is the "most depressing" day of the year. Fortunately, we had sun yesterday and a clear view of snowy Mt. Saint Helens and the formidable Mt. Hood. But we haven't seen much of the sun for the past three weeks--it's been hiding behind the gray, gloomy clouds that hover over the Pacific NW this time of year.

I've had several friends ask me how I'm doing with the "winter blues." I can honestly say, thank God, that I'm doing great. I was worried when we left all that wonderful sunlight in CA so I began taking a tablet of Vitamin D every day. I try and exercise every morning, and I've found that even though it's been raining almost daily, it's important for the girls and I to get out of the house so we go do story time at the library or go play at McDonalds or take yet another trip to Trader Joes. Anything to get a little fresh air and just maybe a glimpse of the sun.

Today Karly complained because the sun was "wrinkling her eyes." I guess that's what happens when you only see it a couple times a month.

The upside of these chilly, gray days is the cold, dark nights. I have a good excuse to start the fire and cuddle up with a good book, a hot mug of tea, and usually a kid or two who have decided that my bed is warmer than theirs.

Monday, January 07, 2008

My Little Dancers

It's awful hard for a girl to get ANY tap dancin' done when your sister keeps changing the music, but it's even harder when your sister upstages you with a little, uh, freestyle.