Gearing up for the Holidays

Just thought I would share a few photos from the last few weeks. We went tree shopping a little early this year. This is Olin’s first Christmas tree. You will also note the great winter gear he is sporting. We have had to take out winter gear to the next level.

We got a bigger tree this year, although it was almost too tall. Chris can be seen putting the angel on the tree this year, luckily we have a mantle strategically place for such an occasion (though I am sure Chris would appreciate if you thought he was that tall). I would also like to note that only a true California boy decorates a Christmas tree in shorts.

Every once and awhile you get a glimpse of Mt. Rainer. I have gotten to see it several times now and each time I see it I am equally impressed. This is a shot from the water tower above our house. Not the clearest view, but still pretty impressive I think.

Olin has just started to enjoy pushing things around so we got out the little Swedish cart. He loves pushing it around. Here Sander is demonstrating how you can also ride in the front. Some how Olin manages to push him.

And finally, big brown eyes? Yes that’s me.

Paper Bags

I know I don’t often post items that are not related to Sander. However, this struck me as interesting this morning and I wanted to share. This artist does a very good job of demonstrating the level of our national consumerism. Certainly gave me pause to realize the volume of what “we” use. You can see more installations from this artist at

Paper Bags, 2007
Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used
in the US every hour.