Saturday, January 31, 2009

In Miniature

I was searching through pictures of vases online and I came across this picture of mini, handmade vases! I thought they were so cute and I started to wonder what other pictures might be floating around on the internet of mini objects. I found pictures of miniature books, board games, teacups, furniture, cameras, dolls and food.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Soooooo excited...

Our nice mailman just came to our door to deliver a package to me. Inside is two books, one called "Romantic Home Sewing" by Christina Strutt and the other called "Bend-the-Rules Sewing" by Amy Karol. Amy Karol has a blog called Angry Chicken that I have been enjoying. She has so many crafty sewing ideas and much more. Her book has 30 very cute sewing ideas that can be done following the directions and can be elaborated on to make your very own unique creations. I can't wait to get started! I find out on Tuesday whether I am having a boy or a girl and once I find out I am going to start planning all the sewing I want to do before they arrive. I have a ton of cute girl ideas but I have a feeling I am having a boy so I need to be brainstorming about little boy clothes and other crafty decorations I want to make for a boys room. I also want to be more economical in our ever worsening ecomony and I already have bought some fabric for gifts I am going to making for people. Each item will have cost me all of $2.00 to make when if I had bought them at a boutique or at the mall I would have paid probably five times that much if not more! Be watching for posts of my little creations.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


I know it has been almost a month since Christmas but I am finally posting some pictures. It was a stressful ordeal with all the snow wondering if we were even going to be able to get out of Seattle. But thankfully there was a break in the snow when Daisy and I needed to leave so we made it to LA just fine. Ruh was suppose to come down on Christmas Eve but there was another dumping of snow and he couldn't even make it out of the driveway. Which meant I spent Christmas without my hubby and he spent Christmas at our new house all by himself. I am very much looking forward to next Christmas and us all being together with the new baby! He did make the best of it though and did a ton of painting and put in the new floor in our room. It was hard not seeing him for two weeks. But it was wonderful seeing all my family for Christmas and be in my cousin Eva-Karin's wedding.

The first day I was there all the girls came over to Gramma's and we made Christmas cookies.

We were looking at some hairstyles for the wedding.

Christmas Eve dinner:

Katie thought Ben wasn't coming and was very upset. But he was her surprise Christmas present on Christmas morning. I shot some video of the moment.

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Our family tradition is to sing the Doxology when we are all together after we ask the blessing on the food.

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So Uncle Dave gave Eva-Karin a very special fork for Christmas. We were all sitting there eating breakfast when Melanie lets out a little yell. We look over and Eva-Karin is stealing food off of Melanie's plate with an incredibly long fork!

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Gramma with her grand kids and two great grand kids (one is in my tummy).

Even though my hubby wasn't there I still enjoyed being with my family. This will probably be the last Christmas we will ever ALL be together. It was very special.

(The majority of the pictures were taken by my mom.)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

10 Great Pics from 2008

These are ten of my favorite pictures from 2008. I could have probably put a hundred pictures up but I thought it would be good for me to really try to pick only ten and to limit it to pictures I took. If I had to pick out of all the great pictures my mom has taken my brain would probably explode. These are pictures that bring happy thoughts and fond memories. The majority of them I took and the ones with me in them someone took with my camera.

This picture is of Yosemite Valley. There is no other place like it in the world. I can't wait to go back again.

Here are Taraz and Rahmat on Lake Wenatchee in the early morning fog.

Here is Ruh looking out at Half Dome and Nevada and Vernal Falls in Yosemite. We were up at Glacier Point.

My brother-in-law Taraz at Quincy Lakes in Eastern Washington.
Taraz took this picture of me up near Pebble Creek on Mt. Rainier. I would have to say that hike was one of my favorite from my hikes this summer.
The guys at Mt. Rainier.

The guys again!

I love this picture of my mother-in-law Bonita and her twin Bonnie. When I look at it I feel like I am back camping. I can smell the campfire, hear the crackling logs, hear the water lapping on the shore of the lake and hear the great conversations they both would have.
Here is my mom's side of the family at a beach in Southern California. This was a spur of the moment get together and amazingly EVERYONE made it! With our family that hardly ever happens.
This has to be my most favorite picture from this past year! This was when my little guy was just a little jelly bean. Now the baby is 6 inches long and kicking up a storm! The baby doesn't look like this picture anymore but it still warms my hear to look at it. This ultrasound was taken after some bleeding so the joy and relief of seeing my little sweety-pie all safe and sound was wonderful.
I am looking forward to this next year and all the great memories that will be made and caught on camera!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Coming Soon...

L.A. Christmas and wedding pics coming soon!! I have still been busy unpacking the house and getting things organized. And then, of course, I need to take pictures of the inside of our new house and post them! Lots of stuff coming soon! :)

Friday, January 09, 2009

The Truth of What is Happening in Israel

My mom posted this letter on her blog. A dear friend of her's has friends living in Israel. They sent her this letter on the war going on over there.

Update From Israel

January 2009

Dear Friends,

As you all know, Israel is in a middle of a war. First, we would like to thank you for your prayers and to tell you that we are doing fine.
I know that the news broadcast picture the Palestinians as the victims and us as the aggressors. But the truth must be said.
In the last eight years… eight years! The cities in the south west side of Israel suffer from attacks by the Hamas. Missiles are launched at our cities regularly, on a daily basis. Israel did not react at all. Children in Sderot and other settlements in the region learned to lie down under the desk in school when the alarm goes off. Many families left the area while others stayed and tried to have some kind of normal life. What does it mean? They never take showers that take more than two minuets, the children do not play outside, they drive with open windows to hear the alarm… normal life.
Then, six months ago, Israel signed a cease fire agreement with the Palestinians. Israel did not shoot even one bullet, but Hamas kept sending missiles to Israel. Not a lot, but still few every day. In the mean time the Hamas built tunnels under the border with Egypt and smuggled long range rockets.
Israel knew about it but respected the cease fire. Why? Good question.
As the six month came to an end, the Hamas started a big attack on the southern cities, including Ashkelon, where our church has meetings. For some days Israel waited hoping the Hamas will quit, but they didn't.
Do you know any country in the world that would allow something like that to happen for eight years? The Hamas shoot their missiles in purpose to kill civilians, women and children. Thanks to the Lord, the God of Israel, they have little success. But they definitely are destroying the lives of many.
Two weeks ago Israel said that enough is enough. We attacked with much power and are giving the Hamas a hard lesson. In the mean time Hamas keep shooting missiles and long range rockets to our cities. Now the Grad rockets can reach some 40 KM. That means that they reach even northern than Ashdod. 3 of the missiles landed in Gan Yavne, thank the Lord in open spaces. Few landed in Ashdod and killed a woman who was a secretary in the high school where Amir studied.
It is not fun time in Israel, Now as I write this letter, the alarm in Gan Yavne went off 3 times. Each time all has to go to a shelter and wait there until we hear the explosion.
I am sure you see many pictures in the media of dead civilians on the Palestinian side. This is true. But some thing must be said:
First, Israel never aims at civilians! The Hamas terrorists took of their uniforms and they fight with civilian clothing. So not always when you see civilians they are civilians.
Second, The Hamas uses children and women as human shields. Probably you heard yesterday that the IDF bombed a UN school. The true story is that there were no students there. The place was full with refugees and terrorists. The Hamas launched bombs from the school yard to hit the Israeli soldiers. The IDF had no option but to fire back. We know that the terrorists kidnapped children and they walk from one place to another with children because they know that the Israeli soldiers will not shoot while children are around.
Third, since the terrorists hide behind civilians and since many houses are in fact storage for missiles, Israel has no choice but to bomb the houses. Now listen to that. Before Israel attack a building we warn the people who are inside that we are going to do that and ask them to leave. How do we do that? By sms, telephone calls and by spreading notes from an airplane. We know that many of the terrorists escape because of that, but the IDF has high standards of morality.
Forth, Since the war started the heads of the Hamas disappeared. The fact is that we know where they are. Many of them are in a shelter under the Gaza main hospital. They know that Israel will not bomb a hospital so they use the sick and injured as their shield.
Yes, we are sorry for any civilian that hurt from our activity. It is not our goal. Whenever Palestinian children and women are hurt, the Israelis have real sorrow. When Israeli children suffer, the Paletinians have real happiness. Wars are not nice. The Palestinians civilians have to stand against the Hamas and not allowing them to shoot Israel.
The Israeli army is doing his best to win the battle but is also very careful not to harm innocent people. I don't think that there is any army that would be as careful as the IDF. It should be said that our care for the civilians increase the number of injured and dead on our side.
At the moment the war continues. Israeli soldiers are fighting in Gaza strip while Israel sends humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.
All the schools in the south are closed, so Orit stays at home with the kids. I work almost as usual. We do not have church meetings in Ashkelon now.
Please pray with us that this battle will end with some hope for the two peoples. The situation must be changed. Israel should not agree to have her children under a threat day and night.
We trust the Lord and we know that He is sovereign. Please pray that we will be bold to share the eternal hope with our friends and families especially now.
May our Lord Jesus Christ receive the Glory.

Yours in Him,
Eitan and Orit Kashtan