Sunday, January 31, 2010

Exercise Week 4: Running and Hiking Badger

This week we were able to get out and go running along the river and hike up Badger Mountain.

Date: Sunday January 24, 2010
Activity: Running along on the Columbia River
Distance: ~2.5 miles

Date: Saturday January 30, 2010
Activity: Hiking Badger Mountain
Distance: ~2.2 miles

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They needed help carrying up rocks to line the trail at the top of the stair case, so we used one of the stretchers to carry it up

Rock pile

Throwing it down

At the top

Heading down

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We got to have lunch with Emily and Paige

Thursday, January 28, 2010

January Books and Recipe of the Month

Carolyn’s Book

Nick’s Book


Vietnamese Recipe of the Month

Beef Pho

We used this really big pot

Washing all the cilantro, scallions, bean sprouts, thai basil

We parboiled the beef bones I had to have Nick drain it so I didn’t hurt myself, instead he fogged up his glasses

We used one little piece of rock sugar for the flavoring 

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We had to char the onions and ginger to get that great flavor out

Piece of beef brisket

Dropping it in

Star Anise


Cinnamon Stick….Who would have thought that went in the broth?!

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The food testers

We forgot to take a picture of the final product so I copied this photo from the internet.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Some Recent Activities

I gave baby Paige a sweater and hat I knit

She mostly sleeps when we come.  She’s so sweet.

I finally got to see her eyes! 

Still sleeping

On Saturday Nick and I went hunting for fixtures, quartz and granite counter tops, tile and flooring around town

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We hadn’t stopped by the lot in a couple months so we decided to do a driveby and check things out

We went up to see some of the higher up lots. They have amazing views

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Nick going to the bottom of our lot

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Nick standing on one of our dirt mounds.  Please bring in more dirt!

We have a view of the Mormon Temple and Cathedral of Joy’s garden

We saw a couple dogs on the acesss road

Nick running back up the hill

We went to a hockey game.  Unfortunately the AMS lost against Spokane :(

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One of my favorite things to watch at the game are fights

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Another one of my favorite things to watch is when they play Cotton Eye Joe and all the little kids and apparently grown men take their shirts off and yee haw it!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Birthday Meal #7

I swear birthdays are a week long event.  The weekend before when we went home to Seattle, mom and dad Nguyen made dinner for me (Meal #1).  On Friday January 15th mom and dad Cramer took me to Bone Fish (Meal #2).  On my actual birthday on Monday, Jenny took me to lunch at Subs N Jeans (Meal #3), then Nick took me out to sushi (Meal #4) for dinner.  On Wednesday night, Ryan and Emily made us dinner at their house (Meal #5).  On Thursday, Doug and Naomi took us out to lunch (Meal #6).  On Friday, the whole gang went out to dinner at Picazo 717 (Meal #7)!  So many meals for one birthday.  I was so spoilled.  Here are some pictures from the dinner party.

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Erin and Bob

Avery thinking hard

The lovely Amber

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Cute picture of Wendy and Dave

I chopped 6 inches off my hair!

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Amber, Jenny and I

The whole gang

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Jell-O shots at Lee’s Tahitian