Sunday, 18 October 2009

Our Newest Addition

Here are some pictures of the recent addition to our family! We call him "Duke" but his official name is Your Grace, The Duke of Tahoma. David has been waiting many years for a dog and he says it was worth the wait! He is planning on training him for hunting. The kids love him and spend as much time with him as possible!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Welcome Home USS Stennis!

A few weeks ago, the USS Stennis arrived home after being away for six months. We thought they deserved a good welcome home and we were in need of a grand adventure! The Ng family kindly picked up the oldest 4 Pollock children and James (little ones were swimming at Grandma's house) at 5:20am. We headed out to the little town of Manchester which sits right on the water and we knew the ship would be coming through. As we approached the town we saw the ship coming with all the sailors in dress whites outlining the deck. We raced to Manchester State Park where we knew we could stand on the beach. The boys grabbed flags and a home-made banner and raced down to the water. We arrived just in time....the ship was coming around the point. With cheers, waving flags and arms we warmly welcomed them home. As the ship sailed by we jumped back into the van and drove toward Port Orchard, stopping at three more spots to wave flags. Here are some pics from that morning.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Celebrating the Queen's Birthday

I have not posted many re-enacting pictures this year. Here are some pictures from Queen Victoria's Birthday celebration in May. It was very common that everyone celebrated the Queen's birthday. Most of the laborers were given a day off and had a big party and dance. So, this event displays much of the entertainment forms of the 19th century. Dancing, music, croquet, games, singing etc.

Playing croquet to celebrate the Queen's birthday

Two Pipers. No, David did not play :(

Some of the fort ladies, chatting and wearing their lovely dresses!

Dr. Tolmie, the manager of the Fort

Not sure what the "working class" girls are doing on the Tolmie's porch!

19th century table setting display in one of our new buildings


Musicans....and without one.....could........


Virginia Reel

Ending the day with the traditional waltz

Gracie being introduced to the Fort's newest members

James meeting the Fort's "chicks."

Hannah, enjoying the little guys

Saturday, 27 June 2009

My Crazy Life

Wow! I can't believe it has been so long since I have made a post. I have all kinds of pictures to post and will post them when I have time. I am sure most of you know about my Dad and everything our family has been going through. I usually update more often then anything else. Once things are back to normal around here, I hope to return to blogging more frequently.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Love Story

This is an amazing rendition of Taylor Swift's "Love Story." I don't really like Taylor Swift or even "Love Story" but this version is beautiful and these musicans.....amazing. Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

James 2nd Birthday

James celebrated his 2nd birthday last week. It is pretty amazing to think that 2 years of his life have already come and gone! Time does fly by!

We actually celebrated on two different days. Our grandparents came to visit the day before his real birthday, so we celebrated with them and had a family celebration on his real day. Here are some pictures:Opening his present from Grandpa and Grandma"Clothes: It's what I've always wanted!"He needed help opening this oneWhat could it be?His very own tool box!He put it to work right away--trying to fix the broken box!All the pieces

Yummy cupcakes!

The first bite...

The next day, we had a small family celebration. I made a farm cake and we kind of made everything a farm theme. He had a great time and could not wait for the cake!

Having a "bubble bath!"

Waiting for dinner...

His new shirt from Grandma. Very appropriate!

Another present...

Army clothes!

His siblings enjoyed his new toys as well!

The farm cake

He had been practicing blowing for a long time and was ready to do it for real!

A rather large bite!

The tired birthday boy!

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

ER Visit with Grace

Yesterday, while Mom and Dad were at chemo, Grace fell and gashed her forehead pretty bad. She came to me, covered in blood and blood still gushing from her head. I realized that head injuries tend to bleed a lot but I also felt that this was a bad one!

Thankfully, Mrs. Raymond was here dropping off a dinner for our family and offered to help in any way. After talking to my mom on the phone, we decided to take her to the ER. So, we scooped her up and Mrs. Raymond drove us to the ER. We arrived, and the waiting room was pretty full--what's new for Mary Bridge! I had to deal with a bureaucratic check-in woman who was really rude--I was already pretty worked up and she made things so much worse! We then waited for an hour, the whole time getting stares. I am sure people were wondering how we were all related and why is that woman wearing an apron! In all the hurry, Mrs. Raymond was still wearing her apron!

We were then called back for vitals and saw the triage nurse, who thought I was Gracie's Mom. : ) She told us it would be a long wait, but 20 min later they took us back to a room. We then saw another nurse who checked her all out and put some numbing medicine on the wound. She told us it had to sit there for 20 minutes. She asked Grace if she had taken anything and Grace informed her she had taken some Arnica. I was cringing--knowing that homeopathic doesn't go over too well in the hospital. The nurse told her that it was great stuff and had been telling someone about it just recently. I was so thankful! A few minutes later, a student came in and did the same examinations and asked all the same questions--"How did this happen?" "Are you Mom (to me)?" "Where is Grace's Mom?" I don't know how many people listened to Grace's heart, examined her body and asked her how she got her cut. She was an excellent trooper and let everyone poke and prod! I felt like telling them to leave the poor girl alone! After everything she already went through, she did not need everyone bothering her.

About an hour later, the Dr. finally came in with the student. Turns out the Dr. was one we had seen years before--that trip she asked Mom and I if we were Amish! :) I am sure she again thought something was wrong with us. You probably don't see ladies in skirts and modest dress in the ER very often! After the string of questions again and wondering how I could be the sister when we looked so much alike, (I felt like giving them a little lesson on genetics--sisters have the exact same genetic make-up, whereas the mother would only have half the same genetics as the daughter. So, there is a pretty good chance that sisters would look alike! ) and comments on how Grace is so adorable, they finally put their stuff together and got down to business.

Grace is so highly sensitive and I am sure some of the numbing medicine had worn off because of the length of time, so each time they tried to irrigate, she would jump. They paused the irrigation and injected more numbing medication. After that she seemed to not feel as much. The Dr. pulled out all her supplies and sewed up the wound. It took eight stitches and Grace was pretty worn out when everything was done. The Dr. told me to apply Arnica oil, which I could purchase at a health food store, and Basatracin to the wound as much as possibly. She told me the oil is really healing and should help with the scar! So, perhaps the medical community is now seeing some good in the homeopathic remedies! The Dr. offered stickers--wondered if she would like Dora or Scooby Doo stickers. Grace looked at her blankly and said she didn't know. The Dr. asked if she watched TV, I told her no. Grace was then offered an Otter Pop, which she refused and the Dr. mentioned how she was a strange child! :) So here we were, a cute little girl who does not watch TV, refuses popsicles and was extremely polite, coming to the hospital with her sister who was wearing a skirt and was femininely and modestly dressed and the family friend who was also modestly dressed and wearing an apron! I was wondering what they all thought!

I was so thankful to be done and walk out of there! I really hate the hospital and don't like spending any time there at all. I now have another story to tell and it was some really good bonding time for Grace and I. It was a challenge to overcome my fear of blood and injury, but as I look back on everything, I realize I was operating on adrenalin and the strength of the Lord. He is able to give us grace and strength to address any situation.