Monday, December 29, 2008

Here we go again



We woke up to MORE SNOW again this morning. Now, I appreciated the white Christmas, and yes, it is beautiful, but enough is enough!

We got another 8.3" today which brought the December total to 59.8". That's a whole human!







Today is the first day of the first week of the New Year. Did you realize that? I'm really wanting to participate in this thing called Project 365. It's basically an easy, non-scrapbook way to record every single day for an entire year. Wouldn't it be really interesting to look at a year of your life 10 years from now? Maybe you'll consider joining me??????

Click on the link if you want more info!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!




Today was extremely laid back for us. We didn't go anywhere, or do anything much more than eat and watch Christmas movies.

This Christmas we are so grateful to be safe and healthy and happy. There are so many people out there in bad circumstances right now with the economy being so stinky. We have much to be thankful for.

Here are just a few snapshots.








Hmmmm, betcha wonder who took that one?



Merry Christmas to you all. We miss and love you!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Christmas Eve!

The Jims tried to clear the snow off of the roof earlier this week, but it was too deep and too slippery. Then this morning Big Jim saw a commercial for a "roof rake", so he made one out of a rake and some plywood. They could only get about this much done.



It's hard to tell from the picture just how deep this is, but if you'll look again, around 1/4 of the way from the left, you'll see one of my pink shoes that Jim tried to use yesterday (attached to a rope, which got caught on a shingle) to knock some snow off. Using the shoe for perspective, you can now see that the snow on our roof is about waist deep.

Big Jim surprised us this afternoon with our Christmas present. He presented Jim with a Christmas card, and inside there was a picture of a sweet BBQ grill with "Merry Christmas" written on it. He couldn't pick it up himself, so the Jims went to Lowes and came back with it.


We are supposed to get another 8-10" of snow tonight. It will be a veeeeeeery white Christmas here!

Friday, December 19, 2008

A big hit

Last night I decided to try my hand at the Onion Strings recipe I saw on The Pioneer Woman (which is now my favorite blog). You can find the recipe here.



My pictures are sucky but you get the idea.

Jim, my clever little loved one, created a scorpion with his...



Big Jim REALLY like these. He had FIVE HELPINGS. You read that right, FIVE. I found it so funny that I wanted to take a picture, which I don't think he liked!



My thoughts are that if he wants food in the future, I can take as many pictures as I want!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's SNOW picnic out there!

After one flight delay, one flight turn-around, a failed attempt to rent a car, and a long taxi ride, I finally made it home around 1 am this morning.

As of this posting, it has snowed around 20" in the last 24 hours and it's snowing even a little harder right now. This is the biggest snowfall in one day since 1954.

Here's what our world looks like....


This is our neighbor, Neil. He is stuck on our street in his all-wheel drive Honda.

This is our neighbor boy, let's call him Mikey (cause I don't remember his name).

All this snow made me want to go play!
The ever protective Jim had to make sure I was going to be safe. So first I got suited up.


Then Jim had to clear a path for me.


Do these coveralls make me look fat?
Look Mom! A snow ANGELa!!!
I was only about half way down into the snow here!

Here's Big Jim creating a path to our house for some coffee.


I am SOOOOOO grateful that I made it home lastnight and that I didn't have to go ANYWHERE today!!!! We've had a lot of fun playing and watching crazy people try to get out.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

My Favorite Place

My favorite thing in the whole world is to cuddle with Jim. Right in the crook of his arm is the perfect spot for my head to rest. It is warm and safe and perfect.
He's been sick the last few days so he's napping in this picture.
Today I made a copycat recipe of Applebee's Spinach Artichoke Dip. It was delicious.
Here's the Recipe:
1 box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded Italian cheese
10 ounces canned Alfredo Sauce
2 teaspoon minced garlic
4 ounces softened cream cheese
pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and spread into an 8 x 8 dish.
3. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cheeses are bubbling.
4. Serve with tortilla chips.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I know

Yes, loved ones, it has been too long since I updated you.

Yes, I'm still alive. No, I don't want coal for Christmas.

We had a relatively quiet Thanksgiving here in the Janca house. Big Jim came over and we did the whole turkey thing. The best part of this day was listening to the Jim's hysterically laughing outloud as they watched Lampoon's Christmas while I was happily cooking in the next room.

I made them take this family photo with me....


I'm still struggling with getting into the Christmas spirit this year, BUT I DO HAVE A PRESENT UNDER THE TREE! That would be one present folks. I have NO idea what to get my Jim this year... I'm taking suggestions if you have one!!

Right now I'm waiting for the Jim's to get home from Kellogg, ID. Big Jim bought a new truck (again). We're going out for pizza when they get back. I don't know if there are Roundtable Pizza Restaurants back home, holy cow, they are the best pizzas ever.

Well, my love just walked in. Time for dinner!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Holiday Woes

31 days until Christmas.
I have nothing done.
No gifts. No gift ideas.
No Christmas Cards to send.
Jeez! What's up with me this year?
I do have the tree up and the stockings hung.
I've also been working on a Daily December scrapbook that details each day leading up to Christmas. (I'll post those pages in December as they're done)
Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock.
I gotta get myself together!
Maybe I'll brave Black Friday this year.
Notta chance.

Monday, November 17, 2008

He said, She said

Just for fun, I made a little list of our favorites:

Favorite Candy:
Angie: Whatchamacalit
Jim: Hershey's Bar


Favorite Smell:
Angie: Cinnamon
Jim: The Ocean

Favorite Holiday:
Angie: Christmas
Jim: President's Day

Favorite Color:
Angie: Black
Jim: Black

Favorite Magazine:
Angie: Creating Keepsakes
Jim: JP Jeep Magazine

Favorite Movie:
Angie: Elizabeth
Jim: Charley Varrick

Favorite Restaraunt:
Angie: Nakato
Jim: Olive Garden

Favorite Comfort Food:
Angie: Ham and Beans
Jim: French Dip Sandwich

Favorite Thing About The Ozarks:
Angie: Family
Jim: Ticks

Favorite Thing About The Northwest:
Angie: Great Weather
Jim: Ocean and Mountains

Favorite Hobby:
Angie: Bookmaking
Jim: Cars

Favorite Thing Today:
Angie: Didn't Have To Leave Home
Jim: Got The Apple Tree Done

Favorite Golden Girl:
Angie: Dorothy
Jim: Dorothy

Favorite Time of Day:
Angie: Late Morning
Jim: Late Afternoon

Favorite Random Dumb Thing:
Angie: Office Supplies
Jim: Family Guy



Friday, October 17, 2008

The Jims went on a trip

54 years ago Big Jim went on an Alaskan hunt with a friend named Charlie. They lost touch for many years then Jim looked him up and they reconnected a few years back. Charlie and his wife Lynn live in California. This week they were traveling through Washington on their way to Canada so Charlie and Jim decided to meet up in Olympia. This was only the 2nd time they had seen each other since this 1954 trip.
This week. (Jim looks weird because he's trying not to blink)

This is where my Jim lived from 0-3 years of age in Port Townsend, WA. This was their house. They rented this house on 40 acres for $80 / month. Ahhh, the good old days.


And sadly, Olympia is also where Jim's older brother is buried. Joey was Jim and Sandy's first born. He tragically drowned when he was 4 1/2 years old. He would be 46 now.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Two More Birthday Shout Outs

Last week was Jeremy's and Jacob's Birthday. This week is Brandilyn's. What's up with you guys growing up? Do you realize that if you keep getting older than so do we? We must stop this! You're supposed to be little forever!!

Like this...
OK, I guess I have to let you guys do your thing.
I wish we could be around you more as you grow up, but even though we don't get to see you very often, you are in our hearts always.

Happy Birthday Kiddos. We Love You.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Happy Birthday Jeremy!!!

Jeremy Dale,
What happened to this little boy?


Where is this little guy who played with us in the park and got insanely dirty?


Today you are 16 years old. It seems amazing to us that you aren't this little boy anymore.

Nope, you're on your way to adulthood. Big responsibilities lie ahead but we hope you'll remember to have fun too.

You are such a wonderful person Jeremy. Our prayer is that you enjoy life to its fullest. That you stay true to who you are. That you live a life full of faith. That you lead other people by your example. That you find true love and happiness.


We love you buddy and miss you tons. We hope you know how much you mean to us. We are here for you always.
Love, Jim and G

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby!

In honor of Jim's birthday today, here are 5o reasons I love him...

1. I love that we have sayings that only we understand.
2. I love that you make up silly words to songs.
3. I love that you say "I Love You" before we go to bed and during every phone conversation.
4. I love that you make me take vitamins.
5. I love that you make friends everywhere you go.
6. I love that you are smart, but not pretentious.
7. I love your laugh.
8. I love that you aren't embarrassed to show affection in public.
9. I love that you are friends with Jeremy.

10. I love that you won't eat leftovers or generic food.
11. I love that you scratch your head when you're sleepy.
12. I love that you still find me attractive.
13. I love your kissable lips.
14. I love listening to you reminisce.
15. I love that you can fix absolutely anything.
16. I love that kids gravitate toward you even though they make you uncomfortable.
17. I love that you call me Turdela.
18. I love that you wake up happy every single morning.
19. I love that you take me to the airport at 4:30 in the morning so I don't have to park in the scary parking garage.
20. I love that you strive to be a good christian.
21. I love that your face is scratchy when you kiss me.

22. I love that we bake cookies together every week in the winter.
23. I love that you are conscientious about your appearance (no ear or nose hairs!).
24. I love that you love for me to rub you.
25. I love that you talk to my Mom on the phone.
26. I love that you yell at me when I don't floss.
27. I love that you're humble.
28. I love that you remember where you were when you first heard a song.
29. I love that you watch the same old movies and TV shows over and over.
30. I love that you are contemplative.
31. I love that you want a puppy.
32. I love that you are always writing or drawing things on me.
33. I love that you wanted to take care of your Dad.
34. I love that you eat icy pops with me every night.
35. I love that you tell me you miss me when I'm away.
36. I love this sweet rear end and the body that goes with it.

37. I love that you roll yourself up in the covers.
38. I love that you still think farts are funny.
39. I love that you make me coffee in the morning to help wake me up.
40. I love that your hair is a crazy mess in the morning and you look 10 yrs old.
41. I love that you make me feel comfortable and safe.
42. I love that you are the most fun person to be around.

43. I love that we write each other love notes.
44. I love your handsome face.
45. I love that you laugh out loud when you watch something funny.
46. I love that you don't get mad that I keep losing cameras.
47. I love that our legs are always touching when we go to sleep.
48. I love that we hold hands in the car.
49. I love that you are my best friend.
50. I love that you love me back.
Happy Birthday Sweetheart. I love you in a million ways.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Nothing Special, Everything Special

Today was a wonderful day of nothingness. I got to sleep in then lazily get ready while drinking cup after cup of coffee and watching Golden Girls (one of my all time faves).

Jim and I had lunch at Olive Garden (another Angie fave) then did a little light shopping. Jim was happy to find the final movie to complete his Dirty Harry DVD collection.

I read one time that when you think back on the happiest times in your life, it's not typically a Birthday or a Christmas or another "big" day that you think of. It's the little everyday things that mean the most. Today was like that.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Week of Birthdays

Wednesday was my 31st Birthday. Jim made me a wonderful Birthday Cake (complete with tons of sprinkles) and I finally got a new camera to replace the one I lost. I researched cameras for several weeks before I finally decided which one to get. It's a Sony DSC H50 and I LOVE IT!
Yesterday was Big Jim's 76th Birthday. So, we had MORE cake (yum). He just had some blood work done and he's healthy as a horse, not even high cholesterol which is pretty amazing because he eats bacon or sausage almost daily.

And finally, today is my Mom's Birthday. I'm pretty sure I'd get in trouble if I revealed her age on this site, so let's just say she's a year older than she was, but as beautiful as ever. I wish I could give her a big hug and kiss, but we're in Washington and she's in Missouri. A phone conversation and long distance love will have to do for now. Love you Mom.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Dream Team

We had a funny conversation last night while lying in bed. It went something like this...
Jim: Goodnight Turd.
Angie: Goodnight Baby, love you.
Jim: What are you going to dream about?
Angie: Blogs and scrapbooking and paint colors.
Jim: We must be really stupid when we're asleep. We'd never fall for all that stuff in real life.
This made me laugh hysterically because it's true. Then we had a good time laughing about how serious, or scary, or interesting dreams are when you first wake up, then how they make no sense at all once your brain starts functioning normally again. We are funny creatures.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Our First Blog!

It started out innocently enough.
I happened onto a blog and the next thing I knew I was looking it up nearly every day to see what was new in their world. No, I didn't know them. Yes, that probably means I'm too nosey.
Now I have about 5 blogs that I check on a consistent basis. If you're a blog addict then you get what I'm saying. If you're not (yet), prepare yourself.
I'm excited to have a place to record our day to day life (we're watching Three's Company right now) and also to share some creative ideas.
So, welcome to our new online home!