Fall Leaves

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Juniper had me up this morning at 4AM, so I cooked up a big breakfast complete with French press, and by 5:30am, I had a blog entry up, was well-fed, and had decided I was going to clean up our yard as the final piece to catching up from our very crazy week. By 7:30am, I was outside raking. I filled twenty bags, loaded them into our two Hondas, and drove each car across the Sellwood Bridge to the Westmoreland Leaf Depot to drop them off (at $1.00 per car, it's so much cheaper than placing 20 bags curbside, which would have cost about $50.00).

As you can see, there are still some leaves on the trees, but the majority of them have now been hauled away. What a beautiful morning to rake leaves.

By 10AM, I was still raking, but at some point, I ran out of bags, so I stopped at twenty.

Beautiful day all around, and tomorrow's forecast promises the same.

This huge limb fell from our south oak tree, and was lying across the sidewalk one morning when I was taking Sam to school during one of our recent rainstorms. Thank goodness no one was injured! It now awaits being cut up into firewood. Can't wait for those wintertime fires!

Sam spent most of the day taking it easy. He's getting better, but still has to go before he's well. His breathing has been better than it was, but it's still not great. He's been a real trooper this week.

A day spent in pajamas. Sam and I finally finished his model airplane. You can tell it's our first try, but it turned out alright, especially considering Landon got it for $2.00 at Target.

Juniper seems to have transformed the past few weeks from a baby into a toddler, even though she's not walking. She is so aware. Lately, when Sam's having his teeth brushed (usually by Landon), she crawls in there and gesticulates and makes sounds until Landon brushes her teeth, too. She LOVES it! Afterwards, she's all smiles. Whenever she successfully communicates, she is a happy girl. And boy can that girl eat. She eats a LOT.

I'm thinking she won't even use a bottle. Soon she'll have a SIGG or Kleen Kanteen of her own, and she's already showed us she can use one, because she borrows Sam's all the time. I think it's pretty much impossible to keep siblings from exchanging germs. I've given up trying.

She tries to close it, and I often see her mimicking what she sees us do.

Her hair is pretty crazy these days. No matter how much I wash it and comb it, it's all over the place. Barrettes work great, but they've slowly disappeared over the past few months. I must get more to keep her hair out of her eyes! I love this photo. It really captures her well.

Saying goodnight to Juniper. Sam and I had dinner and a special outing to Thinker Toys tonight, which was a lot of fun. For now, I must get to bed as I've come down with a terrible cold. Bye for now!

P.S. I mentioned making French press in the beginning of this post. I love French press, always have. In fact, I've been making French press coffee since 1995, when I first moved to Portland, and would share from my dorm window with other students on campus. Those were the days! A friend recently wrote a great post, "How I do coffee (or prove I've become a coffee snob)," on how to make French press coffee. Check it out!


Lunatic Mapmaker said...

Thanks for the nod! I'm glad to see you're back up and at it. Twenty bags, though? Wow.

Claudia said...

Wow Karli!!! You really push it....after just getting out of the hospital~~and then 20 BAGS?!!

I just LOVE all of the pictures of Juniper & Samuel!!!

Tell them I love both of them!!

Love you too Honey!!,

So glad you are all feeling better!!!

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