November 3, 2008

A drizzly day in Oregon

Where we live in the Willamette Valley, it rains more or less nonstop for about 8 months...November through June. October was absolutely beautiful this year...crisp mornings, sunny & warm afternoons, gorgeous foliage on the trees. But November 1 brought rain. Nov 2--more rain. Nov 3--more rain. And our 7 day forcase? Yep, more rain. I guess winter has finally shown up! It does have it's advantages, though. The rain cleans our world, makes it fresh and new. It also makes the valley very green. Grass grows year-round (#1 grass seed grower in the world!) and we have lots of evergreen trees. Flowers even bloom year-round. We live in a beautiful area. If you can stand the rain!

Our daughter, Camille, started preschool last week. She was on a wait list and they finally called with an opening. She now goes to school Tuesdays and Thursdays. Last week she could hardly sit still she was so excited. She has a little pink backpack with Belle, Cinderella, and Aurora. (For those of you without 3-year-old daughters, Aurora is Sleeping Beauty).

Today Camille is with Grandma. Grandma picks her up most Mondays for a day of cookie-baking and Tinkerbell-watching. She LOVES Tinkerbell right now and is thrilled with the new movie that just came out.

Speaking of Tinkerbell, here's a favorite "Camille-ism": several months ago Camille was back-talking me. I told her she was being a stinkerbell. She thinks for a minute and says "Mommy, I'm not Stinker-Belle. I'm Stinker-Snow White!" It's pretty hard to keep a straight face with something like that!