Saturday, September 28, 2013

In Lake Oswego

We had breakfast in fashionable Lake Oswego with the adorable Becky and Matt.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Mother Joseph the ingenious

Last on our Vancouver itinerary: the amazing Mother Joseph. She could hold her own against any bishop, priest, or layman in the wild, wild West.

At Fort Vancouver

We visited the old fort and got to talk to two blacksmiths and see them make tools and start a fire with a flint. "So," said the old blacksmith when we said we were from Seattle, "you come down to check on how us southerners live?" M replied, "yes, and it's a lot more primitive than we thought it would be."

In olde Vancouver

We visited historic sites in olde Vancouver today. We saw old St. James, about to be christened "St James Proto-Cathedral." You know what they say, once a cathedral, always a cathedral.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Antiquarians' delight

Today we went to the Archives of the Archdiocese to photograph more historic treasures. We got to hold Father Chirouse's thurible made out of a tin can, and Bishop Blanchet's Oregon Trail diary. A big day for history buffs.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


My job has many perks. Today, we got to visit MOHAI before it opened to photograph Princess Angeline's rosary for the illustrated history project.

Monday, September 23, 2013

An important day

We visited Redmond where preparations for the big day are underway. It will be Viking-themed and Zizi will have her first bite of cake. In the meantime, Zizi is working on expanding her repertoire of facial expressions. We weren't sure what to call this one.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

With the Knights and Ladies

To be filed under the category, "never a dull moment":

Flags of the nation and the Equestrian Order:



Saturday, September 21, 2013

My handsome friend

Hairy, posing for his portrait.

Dinner in Shoreline

Tonight we had dinner with two of the Sokol girls. We got to see Bill Sokol's typewriter where he would write thoughtful cards and letters by the dozens. They are such a lovely family.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

iOS 7 review

I think the new iPhone look is great. Adorable, in fact.


TerryAnn is leaving St James at the end of this month. Last night, the RCIA people presented her with a walking stick as a farewell gift. This morning, the staff are going to give her a picture of the Cathedral. I wonder if the staff should have given her the staff? Hmmm...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Zizi takes on the Cathedral

Sometimes worlds collide. And sometimes they just give each other a little kiss.

Monday, September 16, 2013

At Newcastle

The non-golfers enjoying the view...

And looking for the Cathedral:

At the Golf Tournament

Sophia makes any day a good day.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A busy day

Today we hosted St Therese's writing desk, celebrated Ocktoberfest, and went to a great dinner with accordion recital. It was a busy day.

Father Andrew unpacking Therese's desk:

Ella was willing to leave the bouncy house, but only in exchange for an iPhone.

Julia and her little friend Henry before Henry demonstrated his hugging skills (place hands around friend's neck and squeeze).

We tested Kathy's new kitchen and we peer pressured Max into showing off his progress on the accordion.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Dinner with an old friend

Father Steve marked 25 years as a priest on Tuesday. His new parish threw quite the party for him tonight. Ad multos annos!

Two twins:

Two more twins:

(FYI, Father Steve is one of two sets of Woodland twins!)

Therese is coming

A game of cornhole

Joe is really good at cornhole. Also, he's got style.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Golf season

We put together golf booklets while Mason and Burger faced off in the courtroom. I think Hairy wants to come to the tournament this year.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

On First Hill

Top Pot!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Portrait of Tommie

Isn't she just the mystical divinity of unashamed felinity?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Marching for Peace. Again.

This has been the year for peace marches. Tonight we processed from St James to Temple de Hirsch for peace in Syria. It was a peaceful night... if only it were a peaceful world.

Bonus pic for all the Rabbi W. fans out there.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Movie night with Zizi

Zizi didn't really care whether Scar took over the pride lands. She was much more interested in Dana's pencil case.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Our bell adventure

In observance of his day off, Father Todd wanted to climb to the top of the north tower to see the bells. The bell tower is accessed via four or five (one loses count) terrifying ladders, a couple of which are at least 20 feet tall. But at the top, you get to see the six bells plus the pioneer bell, and for those who went even higher, into the cupola, there was a pretty amazing view.

The bells are named Thomas, Michael, Francesca, James, Anthony, and Raymond.

At the movies

Here's our review of Elysium. It had an excessive number of bombs and even more f-bombs, but we all liked it. It had a great message about immigration (!!!).

Monday, September 2, 2013

Tommie's taste in music

She prefers the low notes.