Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Off She Goes!

Sister Sarah Noakes is now officially a missionary! Sister Noakes flew to Salt Lake City early this morning.

Waiting to go through the gate.

Pink polka-dotted luggage. Should be hard to misplace!

Last glimpse ...

Long time, no post!

Well, I am embarrassed at how long it's been since I posted anything. Shoot, I didn't even blog about the election, which is horrible for a lifelong conservative to admit. (Needless to say, not happy about the results!) I am going to try to be better, I really do promise!

So the big news in our family is that Sarah is going on a MISSION! She's been called to serve in the Colorado Denver South Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She will serve for a period of 18 months. We are so proud of her and so excited for her and so nervous about not being able to talk to her (even if it's just texting) on a daily basis. Sarah had spent the last eight months at BYU-Provo for her freshman year of college. She did awesome, really enjoyed it, and made friends that will (hopefully) last a lifetime. Obviously she would be going back this fall except for the announcement about lowering the mission ages. Sarah felt very strongly that she should serve a mission. If you want to read more about her decision process, head on over to HER blog, I'll be maintaining that blog for her while she's away. (Sniff.)

We had some family pictures taken on Sunday. Here are a couple of my personal favorites. (Yes, we are a geeky family, wearing our matching Doctor Who tee shirts and all. It's just how we roll around here.)

L-R Sarah, Paula (me), Alan, Spencer
It's a GIRL! Don't touch me!

The hubs and me. Old gray-haired farts that we are, heh.

So anyway, that's a brief update. I promise to post more later!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Someday, I will actually catch up ...

Someday, I will actually catch up with the whole blogging business. For now, we're doing pretty great! Sarah's been accepted to BYU-Provo (her #1 choice), and is very excited for the new adventure. Spencer's doing much, much better at the new school (Mid-Columbia Partnership). He enjoys the smaller class sizes, likes his classmates, and isn't stressing out (as much) each and every day. Much easier on Mom, too!

Meanwhile, some pics ... Alan & I on our 20th anniversary, ready to go to dinner!

And Christmas photo/Sarah's 18th birthday, December 2011.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Stuff & More Stuff

Yes, I have been neglecting my blog. Sorry about that. I started this as a way to express myself and keep a record of our family's doings, but it's really hard sometimes. I think of things I want to say and I just have a hard time putting them down on "paper." Today at work we had an exercise where we created a "dream board" that's supposed to represent what we love, where we want to be, what inspires us. Mine's kind of pitiful ... but I brought it home to work on some more. So in the meantime, you're stuck with my ramblings and ditzy thoughts at 1:30 in the morning. Maybe tomorrow I'll have something inspiring ... maybe not!

(This has been a thoroughly useless post. But I felt like writing it, and it's my blog ... !!)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Long time, no post

Sorry it's been so long since I've blogged. It's been a long road with the wrist surgery (see my Facebook page!) and job hunting. I do intend to update this blog in the next week or so, hopefully with job-related stories and pictures of my wrist surgery.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Argentine Tango

Oh, I just LOVE this dance! My newest favorite routine from DWTS Season 11, Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) and Derek Hough performing the Argentine Tango. Love it! It got the best scores of the season from the judges (so far).