tim and carrie’s wedding

November 1, 2010 at 1:51 am | Posted in celebration, family update | Leave a comment

by sandra.

although it’s belated, frank and i wanted to say “congratulations!” to tim and carrie here on our blog. we enjoyed being a part of your wedding week and especially loved the bbq at gasworks park, your sweet and sentimental ceremony, and the fantastically fun dancing at your reception. we wish you the best throughout your future together!

below are a few pictures from the wedding. to see more, please visit their photographer’s site.

tim and carrie before the ceremony:

the lovely couple during the ceremony:

the best picture of my parents EVER:

my family:

my brother, sister, and i:


the new job & the new place

June 25, 2010 at 12:24 am | Posted in family update, seattle | Leave a comment

by frank.

amazing transformation.

the job:

i’ll have my own office, a document camera, an LCD projector, a lap top, two desktops, three whiteboards. when the other history teacher told me i might want to switch the direction of my room, i asked her if i would just move the whiteboards and screens. she looked at me like i was nuts. apparently, teachers don’t do that kind of stuff at my new school. there’s a maintenance tech for that. when i told her all the things i had to do at my last school (assemble desks/tables, hang whiteboard, screen, take out the trash, etc.), she was incredulous.

i’ll be teaching two sections of pacific northwest history/pacific rim and two sections of world history. we actually have class sets of books, including sherman alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. i have a lot of freedom in developing and delivering curriculum.

the staff i’ve met so far is very friendly. since it’s a small school (under 180), the community is close knit.

i decided to teach high school history in 1992; clearly, i’ve taken a few detours and finding such a job has been challenging. i am so happy to be using my degree doing something i’m good at and enjoy.

the new place:

our new place, in the east lake neighborhood, is in a recently renovated vintage brick building with views of downtown seattle, the needle, queen anne, and lake union. it’s a block off the main road with its bus service, around the corner from several nice restaurants, and just a few blocks from lake union. it’s a short drive or a quick ride on the SLUT (South Lake Union Transit) to downtown and seattle center.

after searching hundreds and hundreds of housing ads, exploring dozens of seattle neighborhoods on google maps, and touring several buildings yesterday, we are relieved to have secured a place that meets our needs. it’s close to the freeway for my commute. it has a dishwasher and a washer/dryer. it has lots of charm. we can have the dog, and there are plenty of places to take him on walks. it has a nice neighborhood feel but is close to a lot of great places. oh, and it’s right behind Sandra’s brother’s apartment building.

the best part is that we found a two bedroom, not an easy or cheap thing to find in seattle. so when you come visit, you’ll have a place to stay!

meet schmoo schmoo.

July 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Posted in family update, Schmoo Schmoo | 1 Comment

by sandra.

schmoo schmoo - 3 1/2 months

two weeks ago frank and i drove to hermiston, oregon, to pick up the newest member of our family. he is a 3 1/2 month old pug puppy that we’ve named mr. “schmoo schmoo” magoo.

we are VERY happy to have schmoo schmoo, but definitely feel like new parents. we worry about him when we’re not with him, get up with him in the middle of the night, and wake up at 6 AM with him every morning. oh, and we can’t get over how ridiculously cute he is!

schmoo schmoo is growing and learning every day, though. so far he’s experienced his first hike, learned to sit and fetch, and is getting better at potty training and walking on a leash. he’s also met my parents’ dogs, sugar and angel, and some of our friends’ dogs, millie and tosh. we’re so thankful that he “plays well with others,” although angel and sugar are still a little afraid of him. we still figuring out why, though, since angel and sugar are at least 3 times as big as he is.

we’re also getting to know schmoo schmoo and his quirks. so far we’ve learned:
-he snores when he sleeps
-he loves toys with strings on them
-our shoes are especially tasty
-he’s scared of heights
-he likes eating yard debris like rocks, sticks, bark, leaves, and rose petals
-his hobbies include sitting on the couch, chewing on toys, and sleeping
-he doesn’t like to be left alone

relishing summer.

August 18, 2008 at 8:11 pm | Posted in adventures, family update | 2 Comments

by sandra.

frank and i recently returned from a camping trip with my family. we spent three days and two nights at the clear lake campground in the national forest surrounding mt. hood. although the campground was full of loud noises and your usual annoyances we had a good time. my favorite feature of the campground was that it was located right on the lake. we were lucky enough to see two beautiful sunsets reflecting on the lake and enjoy an afternoon floating in water tubes (thanks mom!)

our first day was spent rafting down the deschutes river near maupin, oregon. my family has rafted about half a dozen times now and has enjoyed our time every occasion. this is in part because of river drifters (our trusty guides) and also because my family is awesome. this was frank’s first time white water rafting so we were excited to share this experience with him. although he was feeling calm and confident by the time we left the river, the pictures of almost flipping the boat and ending up in the “rume of doom” may deter him from joining us again. 🙂

to see our pictures go here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/sets/72157606864264993/

the second day frank and i headed up to timberline to explore the lodge and go for a hike. we were pleased to discover that the magic mile lift was running and we were able to take it to the top. we did just that and enjoyed a picnic with a view of the top of mt. hood and the nature beyond. then we hiked down across snow and past fields of wildflowers. if you’re ever looking for a good place to take out of town visitors, timberline is recommended!

it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas

December 3, 2007 at 5:51 am | Posted in celebration, family update | Leave a comment

posted by sandra.

normally i’m the no christmas music/decorations before thanksgiving kind of girl but this year i was ready to start blast elvis’ blue christmas as soon as starbucks’ red cups arrived. i’m not sure why, maybe because it’s our first christmas together or because i have a real house to decorate. i know it’s all marketing but the christmas decorations and music everywhere aren’t helping the urge to cover everything with glitter and garland. i’m restraining though and hoping to go for the old fashioned christmas look instead.

our christmas celebrations began with the richards’ annual christmas tree retrieval. we typically trek to the u-cut farm together to debate about which tree would be the best, even the year when it was pouring outside. this year we headed to the mountains to cut down our trees. the snow added to the christmas spirit and only caused one close call. there was much less debating too for we each got our own tree for our respective houses. oh, we really are growing up!

on the way back we the icecream cones at a nearby hamburger joint called our names — you can clearly see why.

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