Saturday, 20 December 2008

HUGE Update!!

My goodness...time really flies by! Okay is the big update! Hope this makes you happy!!

The week before Thanksgiving, I took the train down to Oregon to spend a week with my grandparents helping them clean out my great-grandmother's condo. She is 94 and was recently moved to group home with 24 hour care. It was a huge project since grandma saved many things over the 94 years of her life! Part of it was like a treasure hunt--opening a box and not exactly knowing what you might find! :) We found quite a few family items such as pictures, quilts, journals, birth and death certificates, bibles etc. which are really special to have and which have helped us in our genealogy. The family drove down on Friday and my mom helped us clean out the condo and pick out the things she wanted to keep. We went back home on Saturday and left the following Tuesday to spend a few extra days with my grandparents before Thanksgiving.
During our trips to Oregon, we were introduced to our grandpa's furry friend. This friendly squirrel sits on his back step right outside his back door begging for peanuts. You have to be very careful that it doesn't run inside. Here are some pictures I took on Thanksgiving.

This pic was taken through the window on the back door

Gracie watching the squirrel--notice the peanut on the door!Isn't it cute??

We had a nice Thanksgiving--we made the whole meal including Jacqueline's sweet potato recipe which was a hit! All the kids took a walk with grandma right before dinner and then we came back and sat down to a lovely feast. After dinner, clean up and dessert, we played games and talked. Here are some pictures from our before dinner walk and Thanksgiving meal.

Here are some dinner pictures..... I didn't take very many....

Jonathan thinks his hair looks really good in the following picture
The next morning three kids and my grandma woke up sick. We all thought it must be some kind of food poisoning and we tried to figure out what made everyone sick. Grandpa was convinced it was the sweet potatoes since the Bittner's sent them to us--the mailman must have spit on them! :) Thankfully it was a short illness and everyone was feeling better the next morning. Saturday night as we were packing the van to leave....Gracie fell ill. After much discussion we decided to drive home even though she was sick. She wanted me to sit next to her so I helped her as she threw up about every 10 min. the whole two hour trip home!! We made it home safely and were all thankful to be home! The next morning I fell ill proving it could not have been something we ate! For the next week everyone had their turn--leaving only my mom and grandpa still standing!!

Christmas Decorating

It took a long time to convince the boys to put up our outside Christmas decorations. Once they started--it was completely comical. James loved to help--he loves cords and thought having so many was wonderful! : ) Here is a slide show which tells the story...

19th Century Christmas at the Fort

The following Saturday, Jonathan, Josiah, Daniel and I re-enacted at a Christmas event out at the Fort. We participated in many activities including 19th century dancing and much music! The rest of the family attended a Celtic event in Gig Harbor where David was piping and Esther danced. We all really enjoyed our respective activities. Unfortunately, I don't have many pics from this weekend. :(

Homeless Care Packages

The next Thursday we went to a friends house to help them pack care packages for the homeless. The dad is a police officer and knows many homeless people in his area. He decided to put these together to give him witnessing opportunities. We were very excited to be part of this project. Having many helping hands made the project go by quickly! We also enjoyed fellowship over pizza! : )

Dialtone Movie Premier

After about a year in production Dialtone is finally finished and we attended the premier last Saturday. It was well attended and it was great to see it on the big screen especially since there are many people in it that we personally know! My dad is an extra and so are quiet a few people from our church. Dialtone has also been accepted in the San Antonio Christian Film Festival and we are hoping it places well. If you would like to buy a copy of Dialtone or would like to find out more about it you can check out the website at It makes a wonderful Christmas gift!

Christmas at Fort Steilacoom

After the premiere we headed to Ft. Nisqually to make a short appearance at a Christmas party and then headed over to Ft. Steilacoom for a Civil Era Christmas re-enactment. Jonathan fiddled all evening and David and I participated in the dancing. We had a good number of re-enactors this year and enjoyed our time. Most of the girls wore silk ballgowns and the guys were dressed as soldiers. The room was lit by candlelight and we stayed (for the most part) in first person. Toward the end of the event it started to snow, so we all went outside and took pictures. I didn't have my camera with me but Nona has a few pics on her blog

Church Christmas Party

The next morning was our church Christmas party. Due to snow and ice, some families were not able to attend and a few came late after it had warmed up some. We had a normal church service and after church each family decorated and set their table. The menu was prime rib and turkey, green beans, roasted poatoes, salad, bread and all kinds of desserts. After people were finished eating, we had a time of family sharing. We shared our music--Jonathan on the violin, David on the pipes, Josiah and I played a duet and the little ones sang a carol. It was really great to see everyone sharing together. After clean up, we did English Country Dancing for a couple hours. By then the snow was coming down again and we left before it was too slick. Even though we left early, we still drove 15mph on the freeway and some people were still sliding on the ice! Thankfully, everyone arrived home safely!

Daniel's Birthday

Daniel turned 9 on Tuesday. He went out to lunch with Mom and Dad and ordered a special dinner of Teriyaki chicken with vegtables and rice and he chose Boiled Cake for dessert. After dinner he decorated a gingerbread train, which I think is all eaten by now!

Notice the beautiful wrapping job? David was proud of his work!

The coat was way too big!!


It is still snowing as I write this. It snowed all day yesterday and we were supposed to have a couple days break, is back! I think we received about 5 inches of snow--most all came yesterday! The roads are very slick and we are really enjoying being at home, playing games, watching movies etc. We are supposed to have another large storm starting tomorrow night and snow is in the forecast all next week except Christmas. Hopefully, we will still have some on the ground so we can call it a white christmas!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

James First Suit

I caught these pictures a few Sundays ago when James wore his first suit. He was such a dapper little fellow!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Big Update....Coming Soon....

Hello Readers! Sorry for my long "vacation" from blogging! My life has been really crazy--including spending just about two weeks in Oregon with my grandparents. More about that later.... In the meantime, winter has arrived and Christmas is in the air! Hence, the new look and music. Hope you all stay warm and have a joyous Christmas season! Keep checking update is coming soon....

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Col. Hoganmeier and His Friends

The younger Pollock children were invited to a friends "soldier" theme birthday party. They decided that it would be really fun to dress up. So, this morning we tried to come up with military themed costumes. They all turned out really cute and I took a few minutes to take their pictures.
Col. Hoganmeier....for those Hogan's Hero's fans out there.....

Suzanne --member of the French Underground

Private First Class Pollock--Good old American!

Hannah RN--our little nurse! And last but not least...

Rosie the Riveter--"We Can Do It!"

The whole outfit--we could not get Gracie to be

Everyone smiled :)

They are still at their party.....but I am sure they are having fun. I know I had a blast putting these costumes together.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Semi-Finished Bathroom!

Our bathroom project has been semi-finished for the past month or so. It has a working toilet and sink which is a blessing. The tub and shower still need to be tiled but everything will happen in due time! Here are some pictures of the semi-finished project.

The walls are two tone brown and the white stripe will be a tile chair rail which matches the shower tiles.The light fixture is a bronze color Here is the vanity top and faucet Up-close detail on the shower curtianNew bathroom!!!

The warm brown tones and really nice. And.....just so we don't forget...

...the door is still pink! Hopefully, not for long....

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Death Comes in Three

I am sure you all have heard the saying "death comes in three." I have no idea why it works this way, but usually three people die at the same time. Well, this week we have two funerals to attend and today we had an election! This election is worth more then one death though. Pretty disappointing to have almost everyone and everything you support, die! Well, it is time to tighten the boot straps and look forward to 2012! Hopefully, over the next four years the republicans will strengthen their party and prepare a conservative candidate, someone we could all get behind and support.

We had a great time working in a couple different campaigns this year and have made many memories. I guess you could say we try to fight for lost causes! Our local senator who is running against a long time incumbent lost really bad. The numbers right now are: Debbie Regala (incumbent) 70.88% and Larry Faulk 29.12%. I am so thankful that Mr. Faulk tried! No one has even considered running against Regala for years! Perhaps someone else will take the challenge and in four years the Pollock's will have 2 more voters!!! Although, I hope we will have moved by then!

Don Benton's senate race is much closer. I am not able to find very up to date numbers, but he is losing by only 147 votes. Hopefully, they will do a re-count and declare Benton the winner! We can't lose another senate seat. I also hope Rossi can pull it off. It would be wonderful to have a republican governor for a change! Especially since they will probably try to pass legalized gay marriage this session. All we can do is pray! God is still on His throne and He knows what He is doing!

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Monday, 20 October 2008

What Are Your Thoughts?

I found this interesting video this morning. It takes a few seconds to load--but it is worth the wait! Perhaps this guy is an Obama plant. Watch the video and let me know your thoughts.

Friday, 17 October 2008

I've Been Tagged!!

Lissa tagged me! I am supposed to share 6 random things about myself. Here are the rules: Link to the person who tagged you, list the rules, write six random things about yourself, tag six or so people by leaving comments on their blogs and let the person who tagged you know that you've written the post. This will be great! Now for some random things.....

~ 1 I am related to Sherwood Bonney who settled in the Pierce County area. Bonney Lake was named after him and his wife started the first organized school in Steilacoom. They had such a large house (two rooms!) and they didn't know what to do with all the space and so the school was started! Go Figure!! :)

~ 2 I love to cook--especially gourmet and ethnic dishes. I think Thai is my favorite--right now at least!

~ 3 I am currently reading The Return of Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse and am absolutly loving it! I have become a Wodehouse fan! Thank you Cassie!! :) BTW--the Jeeves and Wooster TV show is a hoot too!

~ 4 I love politics! I attended my county convention last spring as a delegate and was the youngest from my district by about 40 years! It was a great experience and quite unforgetable--especially when the power went out! For those of you who my be wondering.....I will be voting for McCain and Palin!!

~ 5 I take a shower every day--except when camping!

~ 6 I have known Melissa her whole life and have many stories....any takers??

I am tagging:
I hope you all will participate!!

Monday, 13 October 2008

Candlelight Tour 2008

Last weekend was Candlelight Tour, our first person re-enactment event. As I said in a recent post, I was not able to attend the first evening due to illness, but was very happy to be there on Saturday! It was a great time like every year! Hannah re-enacted at this event for the first time and did a wonderful job!

Rag curls took forever to put in! Here we are halfway done!

Completly finished! Looking like a rag doll!

Daniel, portraying William Tolmie. Son of Dr. Tolmie, the man in charge of the Fort. In his lovely night shirt

Esther portraying Cecila Work, the second youngest sister of Dr. Tolmie's wife. Wearing the beautiful dress Melissa made her. Hannah portraying, Mary Finlayson. Cousin of Daniel (William) and neice to Esther (Cecila).

The children with the young ladies who would be watching them for the evening.

Young Ladies--Taylor, me, Melissa, Nona and Monica

Cassie and Nona waiting for the evening to begin

Listening to people speak during the flag pole meeting

All the Pollock children doing a quick photo right before everything starts!

Must have been tired of acting like a lady!

Still looking like a little lady!

Glazed eyes--must have had too much fiddling and dancing!

"It's all over!!"