Saturday, February 23, 2008

Amazon fresh bins

Here are those amazon fresh bins I posted about (see

More pictures from our walk

Here are a few more fun pics from our walk.

A picuture of Ethan and Marilee on our walk today

Here is a picture of Ethan riding on Marilee's shoulders today on our
walk around Juanita Bay. We had a very fun time. More to follow...

Friday, February 22, 2008

Amazon Fresh is Fresh indeed

Amazon fresh is awesome. For those of you who haven't heard of it, amazon fresh is an online grocery service provided by You go to their web site, pick the foods you want (just like you would make an order at any e-commerce site) and 12 hours later (or so) the food comes fresh to your doorstep in colorful plastic containers. You take the food and leave the containers to be picked up (off your doorstep) a day or so later. Marilee and I now live in an area that amazon fresh delivers to, and decided to try it out.

In short, we loved it, and there are several reasons why we will continue to use it. First, the food is actually fresh. Our first order consisted of primarily fruits and veggies. Second, we received a complementary selection of fruits and veggies that we didn't order (we presume as a "first time orderer" gift). For those of you who know me, free food quickly softens my sometimes hardheartedness toward anyone who might otherwise try to take my money. Third, no trips to the grocery store are needed. I don't know how long it usually takes most people at the store, but I presume it would be much longer than the 7-10 minutes Marilee spent selecting everything we needed for the week. Lastly, and clearly most important, is that Marilee can see her running total for the order before she checks out. This is a huge plus for me. We try and stick to a pretty tight budget, and for as long as we've been married it's been hard to stay inside our food allotment (much like any budget now days). So now, Marilee knows how much it's going to cost, and if the total price exceeds the budget, she simply removes an item. No embarrassment at the check out counter, no rushing back to a distant aisle because Nate forgot to grab the crushed red peppers, just simple, easy, online shopping. Highly recommended to all readers.

Ethan is still a good sleeper

I love this picture of Ethan. He's a good sleeper :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bring on the Masters Thesis!

So before all of you think that this blog only consists of pictures of Marilee and Ethan, I'm writing this post, and including the picture below:

No, no, I didn't recently graduate. This is a picture of me on the day I graduated with a Bachelors Degree a year and a half ago. See how excited I am? My enthusiasm for school was unrestrained. Unfortunately, with my Masters program, my energy has somewhat faded to that of the girl in the lower left hand corner of the above picture. I really have enjoyed my masters program, with a wonderful advisor, great classes, and a terrific department, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. So, now that I think about it, it really hasn't been the program that has caused my eyes to droop. It has just been the fact that I've tried to do it in addition to working full time (for 90 percent of the duration of my masters degree). It has been very hard, but very enjoyable. I love school, and I love to work. But together, they cause you to lose too much sleep ;) I'm currently in the process of writing up my masters thesis, which I hope to defend in the next two months. As my motivation is needing a boost, I'm posting this picture to remind me of the rewarding feelings of accomplishment. Perhaps if I spend two hours a day writing I'll get it done soon... (Note: this post was created by Nathan even though he was logged in as Marilee)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Downtown Kirkland is so much fun! It's only a few blocks from the waterfront and there are lots of cute little shops and restaurants lining the street. Yesterday, as we were driving down the street I noticed that someone had decorated the iron statue of a cow for the holiday. It's nice to know there are festive people in this town :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Scenic Pictures

Ethan and I discovered a really pretty park near our house a few days ago. It's right on the waterfront and there are several docks that you can walk out on that put you right on the lake. The pictures don't quite do it justice (it was a really beautiful day with pretty grey skies). Anyway, I thought people might enjoy seeing some of our local scenery! The other picture is on our walk yesterday and his little puppy hat is almost too small to wear now so I had to capture the moment! It's kind of comical to be out walking with him wearing that hat because everyone around here is out walking their dog(s)- it's not uncommon to see 3 dogs being walked at one time!- so I feel like I fit right in with my own little "puppy"!

Pictures from our walk at the park

Monday, February 4, 2008

A hard day's work...

Here are some pictures of Ethan enjoying his exersaucer, and as you can see he played until he was so tired that any position was comfortable to fall asleep!!! (And yes, I did check on him several times to make sure he could breathe with his nose smashed against the bumper pad!)