Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Where's all the fun?!

Our silence does not reflect a lack of awesome adventures... just a broken computer :(

I have a borrowed laptop but can't plug in my camera. Soon, hopefully (dang Vista!!), I'll have some fun stories and pictures to share.


Saturday, March 21, 2009


My alma mater, George Fox University, just won the women's NCAA Div III National Championship with an undefeated season!!!!!! I watched the game with my fam, all former Bruins, and it was terrific! Those women (almost all freshman) are amazing!

Congrats to GFU!
-Liz :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Tracie!

(CE)2 is full of excitement today! Tracie's sister just came in with cupcakes for Tracie's 18th birthday - YAY!

Cookie Day: Peppermint Bark

Erika is about to graduate. She shares my love of food and baking (she's a pie expert!), so we decided to create something before she leaves (CE)2.
Recipe from Kraft:

6 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate
6 squares white baking chocolate
1 cup crushed peppermint candies/candy canes

Microwave to chocolate in separate bowls until melted, stirring halfway. Stir 1/2 cup of peppermint candies into each bowl. Alternately spoon melted chocolates onto a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Swirl chocolates together with a knife to marbleize.

Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces and eat!

Monday, March 16, 2009


Albert Einstein said insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Over the past many years, my friend has repeatedly asked me (and others) to do the same thing. Each time, I (we) struggle. Each time, he becomes frustrated and annoyed and rolls his eyes. Each time. I believe that my friend is insane.

-Liz :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My special book

At my high school, yearbooks arrived in the fall. So at the end of each school year, many students brought in cool journals for their friends to sign. I was just rearranging some books and decided to flip through my three special books from 1992, 1993 and 1994.

This one's from my senior year:
This is the entry from my long-time friend, Jared:
I'd been in school with Jared since 2nd grade. Our families lived in the same neighborhood. We attended the same youth group at Tigard Church of God. We planned to go to George Fox College in the fall. We were both assigned to Pennington dorm. His soon-to-be roommate was, apparently, a guy from Vancouver named Brad Wood. Brad was bringing a popcorn popper.

On moving day in August 1994, I ran to room #203 on the men's side of Pennington to see my friend, the only familiarity at this strange new place. That's when I met Brad. Pretty cool story, huh?! :)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pocket Creek (3/6/09)

Finally... some fresh snow on Mount Hood!
Laura, Jacob Lindsey and Christine piled in my parents' studded minivan Saturday for XC ski trip to Pocket Creek off Highway 35, just past the Mt. Hood Meadows nordic center. We stopped at Mountain Tracks in Government Camp (our favorite rental place) to get skis for our ski-less friends. Soon, we were gliding along the trail with the sun peeking out from behind the clouds.

The first half mile of the Pocket Creek Trail is slightly downhill. Then we hung a right on the tie trail and climbed steadily for about 2 miles before emerging from the woods at the top of the PC trail. The tie is more narrow and had a few tricky bridge crossings. We managed to find a couple small hills to go up and down and up and down and up and down. Still working on her downhill technique, Lindsey had a couple spectacular face plants! Luckily, she has a great attitude and kept getting up for more :)

We ate lunch where the tie connects to the main trail. Brad's missing from the picture because skiing some "sweet hills" behind us was more enticing than sitting for a short meal.
After lunch, it was all down hill... literally. The road is smooth and wide, and we coasted nearly the whole way back. What a blast! The snow was dry but dense, not fluffy... kinda strange. It was fairly slick, helping make for a fast return trip.

Christine wasn't feeling great that morning. She had sinus pressure but decided to take some DayQuil and tough it out. Unfortunately, her ear didn't pop coming off the mountain, so she was in some serious pain. She headed for an urgent care clinic while we went in search of Chinese food.

Jill, the voice on Brad's GPS, took us to Happy Restaurant in Gladstone. The food wasn't great, but it also wasn't horrible -- there was a lot of it, and that's what we needed. Jacob, in particular, announced that he was deciding based mostly on the size of his dish. However, he stopped eating after just a few minutes and got a sad look on his face. Then he told us that he forgot that Chinese food makes him sick. Duh! Next time, hopefully the hunger won't cloud his judgement and he'll remember that before we choose the restaurant!

Overall, it was a great day!
-Liz :)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Training time... again!

The Tilikum 10K is just 6 weeks away... that means it's time to start training! Two years ago, Tim, Brad, Eryn and I trained for the 10K - the first and only one I've ever done. I worked my tail off and finished in 66 minutes. Last year, I was battling the creepy crud and only attempted the 5K. I finished but with a little walking in the middle.

This year, I've been doing a lot of running (with several awesome workout groups/partners) and think I need to train for the 10K again. Yikes! I guess I'll start tomorrow with my Friday run.

And I'm super excited to say that, so far, Lisa, Jenna and Christine plan to join me for this year's event! YAY!!!!! Look for us in our purple (CE)2 Runners shirts :)


Play-Doh art

I set out a couple mini Play-Doh containers, and Dustin and Jon turned the contents into this:
They later added an oozing volcano, but it vanished before I got out the camera.
-Liz :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Disney Anniversary

In 1998, Brad and I spent our honeymoon at Disneyland. So for our 10th anniversary, we knew we had to make the trip again! We went in October and had a blast, but I just realized that I never posted the pictures.

We've finally figured out how to stay hydrated and not gag from the nasty SOCAL water: