Month of gratitude: days twenty one – thirty

Post orginally written December 26, 2011:

I still had lots of things in mind that I was grateful for. I even had my final post started…..then the holidays came. 🙂

Christmas time: The most wonderful time of the year. I love the memories of holidays past, from childhood memories, to Chris and I and our first few Christmases, and all of Max’s 8 Christmases. I love the sights of decorations everywhere, the smells, including real trees, peppermint and baking.

I have so many wonderful memories here. As child, teenager/young adult, taking Katelyn as her nanny, bringing Chris, bringing Max, with my parents as all adults. Disney is simply magic to me. I’m so excited to go in a couple of weeks!!

My step-dad’s parents made this a regular vacation spot, and 4 years ago, it became a regular spot for us. We’ve been 3 times, stay on the beach for at least a week, and walk into town daily. It’s a marvelous vacation spot.

Amazing friends, both old and new:
Reminds me of my girl scout song from when I was a kid:
“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”

Thank goodness I grew up with a love of it, and now have a family who loves it to. Some of my very best memories, are in the wilderness of some sort- camping.

Since Costo was on my list, Target needs to be as well. Max asked me the other day what I liked better- Target or Costco? I did have to answer Costco, seeing as I do more shopping there. Target comes in second for sure though. 🙂

My pets- Lucy the cat, and Buddy the dog:
Sometimes, it’s love-hate, but ultimately, I love them to bits.

Just the man for me. Sure, we have our disagreements and daily life sometimes gets in the way of romance, but we are one old married couple (in a good way) that depends on one another and trusts each other fully. Plus, he hangs up Christmas lights in our room and puts them on a timer- because he knows I love it.

How did I get so lucky to have such a great kid?! He is incredibly smart, adorable, so kind and loving. It is no easy feat being a parent, as any parent already knows, but he is my everything.

My family:
I have a wonderful, down to earth, family, which includes great inlaws and step family. I am lucky.


New tradition – 7 days of Fall baking

I made a pumpkin pie on a whim on Saturday. Sunday morning over pancakes no less, I started thinking about what fall thing I could bake. (I gained 5 pounds on vacation; baking should be the last thing on my mind!) However, it’s fall, it’s still in the 90’s outside each day and I want a piece of fall!

Chris suggested I start a tradition. Each year at this time, I do 7 days of baking. (Of course he suggested that!) I doubt it will be 7 days in a row, but we’ll see.

(I was also thinking how I liked Stephanie’s Pumpkin Round-Up, and this is along those lines.)

Day one: Nana’s Pumpkin Pie

It’s actually the pie from the Carnation label from the 50’s. It has more spice than the Libby’s recipe. It’s delicious! It’s been a family tradition until we started buying pumpkin pies at Costco. This year, I vow to make this again instead.

I also used my Nana’s crust recipe: (this is for 2 pies)

2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1 3/4 tsp salt

Use a fork to cut shortening into flour and salt. Do this well. Then add ice water until the dough will form a ball and leave the sides of the bowl. Roll out on floured pastry cloth with a lightly floured covered rolling pin. Brush edges with milk and sprinkle with sugar. (I forgot to do this!)

This is the ONLY thing I will use shortening for. I avoid it otherwise.

The whipping cream lost it’s “whip” by day two since it wasn’t heavy whipping cream. Still delish none the less. I just whipped the cream, added some powdered sugar and vanilla to taste.

Family traditions and fall through to the holiday season…!

Keith Allen Dunlap

We are grieving the loss of my father-in-law, Chris’s Dad, Max’s beloved Grandpa.

We cry often, reminisce and are thankful for the time we did have with him.

It feels unfair to all of us. He was so loved and 66 years is just not enough.

Keith A. Dunlap, 66 years old, passed away on September 6, 2010. Keith was a longtime resident of Lake Stevens.
Born to Al and Jane Ann Dunlap on June 23, 1944 in Snohomish WA, living his young years in Sultan WA, moved at the age of 13 to Lake Stevens.
Keith was a loving and proud husband, father and grandfather. He leaves behind Geri, his loving wife of 45 years, and their four sons and their families. Steven, Teresa, Vaughan and Hannah Dunlap; Mike, Heather, Drew and Claire Dunlap; Chris, Julie and Max Dunlap; Kevin Dunlap; and he also leaves his loyal Lilly.
Keith also leaves behind his beloved siblings, Karan (John) Kronholm; Tom (Cassie) Bernethy; Bob (Lori) Bernethy; and Janet Bernethy.
Keith also has a very large extended family, brother and sister- in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. He leaves his Aunt, Elaine (Ralph) King; his Uncle Jack (Rose) Law, Uncle George Bernethy and also numerous friends all of whom were very dear to Keith.
Keith lived life to the fullest, with his family, through activities including Little League, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and Kevin’s Special Olympic activities. He continued to enjoy many of these activities with his 5 grandchildren.
Keith graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1962. He also took many classes at Everett Community College.
Keith and Geri lived in Fullerton California for the first 4 years of their marriage, where Steve and Mike were born. Keith worked for Southern California Edison. The family moved back to Lake Stevens and Keith started a career at Snohomish County PUD which lasted 30 years, beginning as a meter reader, advancing to draftsman, engineer, and field service manager and culminating as East County Regional Manager.
Services will be held Friday September 24th at 4:00 pm at Machias Community Church, 1615 Virginia St., Snohomish WA 98290.
Remembrances may be sent to the Lake Stevens Special Olympics, P.O. Box 589, Lake Stevens WA 98258.



Christmas is in 2 weeks and 4 days!! What?!?

We had a nice day out and about today. Max spent the day with Grammy and Grampy….while we went out and Christmas shopped for Max. This is the first year we couldn't just sneak things into the cart.

Max is sooo into Christmas this year. The night we were getting the tree ready to decorate, he could not even begin to handle the waiting. He was so into it.

Great memories being made this year.

We made a count down to Christmas garland:

We had a nice Thanksgiving:

Happy Holidays!!