Thursday, July 12, 2007

Playing catch-up...with a prize

Lordy! I haven't posted since when?!? So many things have been going on around here that I've wanted to post about, and the longer I've waited the longer the list has grown. So, sorry people but this is going to be a list-type post: the past seven (!) weeks in abbreviated review. Some of these items really deserve a post entirely of their own, but seeing that life just keeps propelling us forward, um, yeah, it's likely not gonna' happen. So without further ado:


Made five teacher gifts: two Stash and Dash bags (I love that pattern!), one bag of my own creation, as well as a larger and a smaller framed version of this Kindergarten auction project for the teachers to keep.

Hosted a 1950's themed Women's Poker Night as an auction item for the Preschool. Remember the one last year?

















Graduated a Kindergartener!


Ran the Helvetia Half Marathon with Sarah. Sorry, no Chariot's of Fire-type photo for this one.


















Had a super great visit with Grandpa Jim and Grandma Reni from Indiana, as well as Auntie Andrea from Pasadena.



With Sarah, competed in...and WON(!!!) Portland's Rose City Runaround: patterned after The Amazing Race, 25 two-person teams in a five-hour city-wide challenge. I have never, ever done anything harder in my entire life, and that includes running five marathons and birthing three children. A very, very sweet victory! Am I letting you guys in on my competitive side a little bit? Yep, I think so.





Celebrated my birthday...37 years! A morning treasure-hunt with a new Wii as our pot of gold, a delicious pajama brunch (cooked by Eric) with my girlfriends, a lovely new hammock for the side-porch, and a great whole-family celebration in the evening with my very favorite blueberry pie ever.




Enjoyed a rocket-filled Fourth of July with family, friends, lots of kids, great food, legal and illegal (shhhhh...) fireworks, and a funny red, white and blue photo session.



Celebrated our anniversary...10 years! An awesome new handheld GPS (I've finally decided to embrace the fact that, yes, I'm a geeky gadget girl...you wanna make somethin' of it?), some family geocaching (so awesome!), a long lingering dinner with Eric at Jake's, and some photobooth time at the new Ace Hotel.

And I think that covers it. If you've made it this far you deserve a reward, and a reward you may receive. Tomorrow marks my two-years-of-blogging anniversary, and in honor of this I'm going to do my very first-ever giveaway. Leave a comment sometime between now and, say, Tuesday. On Wednesday I'll randomly select a name and the winner will receive a custom-made Stash and Dash bag of their very own. Your chances of winning are pretty darn good, I would imagine. I'm not exactly the most prolific blogger around, and I'm sure most people gave up on me a long time ago. So, give it a whirl.

And in honor of my blogiversary, I need to give all of you out there a big "Thank You" from the bottom of my heart for reading, commenting and generally supporting my blogging endeavor. This blog has been the most amazing outlet for me. It's enabled me to stop (albeit infrequently), celebrate and reflect on the moments in life that might otherwise not receive special notice. I was originally inspired by this lovely friend of mine, who is now continually amazing me with her adventures in China. Along the way I've made some fun, lovely, creative, smart, virtual connections, as well as some real- live human connections to boot! I've bugged a few other crazy souls until they joined in the fray. Had some fun with family blogging. And even re-connected with a friend from college. Who knew?

My heartfelt love and thanks to all for a fantastic two years!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm just commenting to get in on the possible door prize. Any points for being first? This was a great entry for you Meegan. I was breathless after reading it, pant! pant!
Love, Poppy

Anonymous said...

Umm can I get that stash bag in camo or something butch. Maybe something for Tina... Jack Hanselman

Obviously things are slow here at the office today...

I enjoy the blog. You do really nice work.

Siew said...

Its been fun watching your kids grow up. My daughter is 2.5 year old and I've been coveting some of your sewn things for Zoe. Can't believe you have the time to train, run around and win things!

Toss my name into the hat for a bag.

Angela said...

Happy 2 years! Given up on you? Never. :)
That was a wonderful, speedy update. Life looks good over your way. Hope the rest of your summer is just as bright. :)
-LOVED the 50's photo!!

Crabby Amy said...

Yay for a new post....yes I watch frequently! Of course you always have inspirational ideas too! :) Happy Blogiversary!!

Amy said...

Congrats on your 2 year blogiversary! I love keeping tabs on what you and yours are up to, especially this past year as I haven't seen you as much. I'm really looking forward to connecting every Tuesday & Thursday this fall, and getting to know Miss Zoe Dott better! (I know she's going to make an excellent assistant!) Thanks so much for sharing your adventures and creativity with your minions.

xo- "Teacher" Amy

jojo* said...

Gosh, Meegan. I LOVE your model of blogging. Seven weeks off and then a super-duper interesting post. That's probably why you (unlike me) manage to get so much done. Congrats on 2 years of blogging!

daria said...

I just got back from extended blog absence myself, & was wondering about you! good to see you! I love how crazy jam-packed this post is, though the jello mold scares me a tiny bit.

beki said...

Sounds like a whirlwind of activities these last few weeks, whew!!! Happy 2 years, has it been that long already? Now you have me wondering when my bloggiversary is.

Kai in Portland said...

Hey Meegan! Loved the update. I miss - this visiting only via blog has got to stop. Glad to see you and the gang are enjoying a great summer. xoxo Kai

Kari said...

Wow! A birthday, anniversary, and blog anniversary...congratulations!The bags are beautiful!

Kari

Alicia A. said...

Ok. That video of you all taking the pictures is hilarious! LOVE it.

Anyway, thank YOU, Meegan. Congrats on the victory, the anniversary, the gradutaion and HAPPY (late) BIRTHDAY!

Fiona said...

Congratulations on all accounts.
I know what you mean about blogs being great outlets. Although I don't write much, I love to post pictures. My kids think I'm made but I love either showing my sewing or my life pics.
Love to you all xx

sarah said...

You have been a very busy girl. I look like a total dork in that hat. Why didn't someone tell me. I'm so glad that you're special week was soooo fun. Love and miss you!

Anonymous said...

Wow... you have been busy my friend! Congrats on the 2 years--seems like just yesterday you were telling me about your brand new blog at Oaks Park! It's been a lot of fun to keep up on all your projects and live vicariously through your craftiness. Hope to see you soon!

Amber

Hola, I'm JMac: said...

wow! You've been one busy bee! Happy birthday and blogiversary and I'm in awe that you ran a half marathon...I was trying to train for the half on Sauvie over the 4th but chickened out. Your jello looks awesome!! Hope to see you guys around this summer, pool pal :-)

Anonymous said...

I miss you! Can not believe how fast the kids are growing, and how you have the time to sew those bags! Kisses to all...Laura Phelps

deb said...

That first picture is just so cute!

ticky said...

Oh, Meegan, right back at you! I'm like you, I don't manage to blog much, but I always love seeing familiar names stopping by when I do ... so thank YOU!