Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I can't get enough!

It's weird how quickly the last two weeks have passed. Everything has been such a blur. Now that my family has gone back to Washington and Brad has gone back to work, Kaiya and I have just been able to hang out for the past couple of days and I'm loving it. I've finally gotten around to taking some pictures of my girl (luckily my sisters are on top of things). Anyway - here is a sampling.

Kaiya is seriously such a well-tempered baby. My only complaint is that she either peed, pooped, or spit up on FOUR outfits today. And she only has three that really fit.

She is hilarious. I put her on her back but apparently she prefers her side, since she keeps rolling over to her left shoulder.

Isabel was giving Laurel and me knuckles today and kept trying to give them to a sleeping Kaiya. Fine holiday fun.

I love her big brown eyes; she looks so much like her daddy.

I saved the best for last!

p.s. Thanks for all of your kind comments! I'm so grateful to have such a great support system.

Monday, December 22, 2008

more Kaiya

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Kaiya Walker!

December 18, 2008
9:29 am
6 pounds 13 ounces
19 inches long

Laurel here. Michelle and Baby are now doing awesome, and are both amazingly beautiful!!! (Like we'd expect anything less from Michelle...) Sorry for the sub-par pictures from my camera phone -- there will be more to come when either Michelle or I aren't doing this from a work computer. :D LOVE this family!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's snowing!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

When is Christmas break?

I don't know if it's the pregnancy hormones, anxiety getting sub stuff ready, the prospect of being able to ditch them soon, or if it's just my impatient, bratty self... but I seriously want to strangle all of my students.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Almost done...

Everybody keeps telling me I need a "belly pic" (why anyone wants photo documentation of their fat selves I'll never know)... so here's Michelle in her too-tight shirt, encroaching on week 39 of the pregnancy. Enjoy.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Merry (early) Christmas to me!

I'm too lazy to take a picture of the real thing... but I feel the need to show off our latest, and theoretically final, baby purchase. I was so psyched to go pick up our car seat/stroller Saturday night. I was worried that it looked a little boyish, so I got a pink BundleMe to go with it. Fun stuff! I figure my stroller and my diaper bag (which I LOVE - thank you Becca and Anjalee) will pretty much be my identity for the next couple of years.

It's funny - we walked into the store intending to buy a different travel system, but changed our minds when we saw - and actually agreed on - this one. It's really the first thing Brad and I have agreed on in a long time. Too bad we're still working on that baby name.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My happy place

Okay, so this is not a cute - nor a recent - picture. Sorry, Alicia. (The rest of you, lay off, we were roadtrippin'.) I'm posting it because this is my favorite view in the world. It's the Columbia River Gorge just outside of Washougal on Highway 14. Throughout high school, whenever I was sad, frustrated, or just contemplative, I'd go for a drive. I'd usually make a big loop around the Washougal River Road and end up heading east on Highway 14 until I found my happy place. This happy place.

Even now, I usually make Brad take the "long way" to I-84 when we're heading home from my parents', just so I can see this view.

Now, here's my point. Check out the opening shot of the Twilight trailer. (Pause the video at 7 seconds to get the full effect.)


Pretty cool, right? There are actually a couple other shots of the gorge throughout the trailer... a fact which gets me anxious to see the movie.

At first I was super-excited to see my happy place on the big screen, but the more I watch the trailer, the more I'm feeling a sense of loss... like my happy place has been sold out to "the man". Is this sense of ownership totally unjustified? Probably.

Oh well. I've decided that I might as well jump on the bandwagon and claim some bragging rights.

Monday, November 10, 2008

"I shouldn't be wearing white, and we can't afford no ring."

I'm aware that Halloween was over a week ago. I swear, I had the best of intentions to post pictures promptly. Oh well.

Just in case you still care, here's our tribute to knocked up brides everywhere.

And yes, Brad insisted on making that face for every picture. Memories of his hair and teeth still haunt my dreams... but it's all about attention to detail. Also noteworthy: Brad's socks and Tivas, my butterfly jewelry, Brad's pegged pants, and my hairdo that Megan thought was a wig. I don't know whether to be flattered or offended.

I had to include this picture to showcase my tights and boots.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Best political commentary ever.

Keep in mind this is an alien posing as a presidential candidate... which makes it even better.

No one is forcing you to read this.

This is an email forward I got today. I hardly ever fill out forwards like this, because I never know who to send them to. I always wonder, Who would really want to read this?? So, instead of stuffing your inboxes with my self-centered ramblings, I move to my primary avenue of communication these days: the blog.

Because I've posted this on the blog, you are not forced to delete my unwanted email or condemn it to your spam folder. You are not made to feel guilty for not responding or forwarding my message (no "bad luck" warnings or "Bill Gates's fortunes" here).... In fact, if you don't want to read ahead, simply hit the back button on your browser and look at someone else's baby's pictures.

Here it goes. Read the following list if you feel like it. Fill out one of your own if you have the inclination. You're only allowed to use one word answers.

1. Where is your cell phone? ear
2. Your significant other? hilarious
3. Your hair? frizzy
4. Your mother? friend
5. Your father? sport
6. Your favorite thing? sleep
7. Your dream last night? TWINS!!
8. Your favorite drink? caffeinated
9. Your dream/goal? difference
10. The room you're in? office
11. Your fear? widow
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? home
13. Where were you last night? basement
14. What you're not? organized
15. Muffins? chocolate
16. One of your wish list items? projector
17. Where you grew up? college
18. What are you wearing? boots
19. Your pet! BOO!
20. Your computer? temperamental
21. Your life? easy
22. Your mood? cheesy
23. Missing someone? many
24. Your car? blemished
25. Favorite thing to wear? jeans
26. Favorite Store? Target
27. Your summer? lazy
28. Your favorite color? blue
29. When is the last time you laughed? barely
30. Where do you go over and over? Camas
31. Where would you like to go right now? shopping
32. Who will re-post this? dunno

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

CDs and Hormones

I think that I’m one of five Americans between the ages of 15-30 who doesn’t own an ipod. Therefore, I still like making mix CDs… and naming them, of course. These aren’t just your run-of-the-mill “Michelle’s awesome mix” and “Michelle’s radical mix” titles, my friends. A lot of thought – and alliteration – goes into the naming process.

Anyhoo, I’m trying to create a CD with good, happy baby songs...not for the baby to listen to, but for me. (As if I’m not emotional enough already, let's stick 20 sentimental songs in the CD player and see what happens.)

Here are some ideas that I have so far: Tim McGraw-“My Little Girl”, John Mayer -“Daughters”, James Taylor-“Sweet Baby James”.

Does anybody have any other ideas for me?

Monday, October 13, 2008


I finally finished painting and furnishing the nursery last week. And yes - I'm looking for compliments here, because Brad thinks the stripes are weird. I'm still looking for something to hang above the crib... maybe vinyl lettering? maybe three big, cherry picture frames? I don't know.

p.s. Zoom in on the crib bedding... I have such a crush on it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Reality just set in.

I'm going to have a baby. Soon. Why is this just hitting me? I'm kind of freaking out. Someone tell me why this is a good idea, again.

Monday, October 6, 2008

"If my eyes should ever turn brown, my career is shot to hell."

This is a bit belated... but I just need to express my sincere sadnesss over Butch Cassidy's death. I have such a crush on Paul Newman, that I often buy his salad dressing just to see his picture smiling at me from the inside of my refridgerater door. Here's to one of the good ones.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Punctuality is for suckers.

School starts at 7:55, but I'm supposed to be here by 7:30. Yeah right. I've been shuffling in at about 7:45 since I started at PHS, and for the most part I've gotten away with it. (I was in a portable, and I have a sneaking suspision that nobody would have noticed if I didn't even show up.) Except that this year, I'm struggling to get here before the tardy bell. You know - the one that I pretend is such a big deal when I'm docking my students' attendance grades? It's pretty embarrassing when 35 kids are standing in the hallway at 7:52, waiting for their hypocrite teacher to come unlock her door. When questioned by students in the past, I've been known to lie about morning meetings, making copies, etc.

This morning, I worked so so hard to get here on time. I pulled in at 7:35, and I'm totally proud of myself. Because in my deluded mind, that's 20 minutes early.

What's wrong with me?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Getting There

Before you get too excited, this is not a post about the Olsen twins' classic Salt Lake olympics road trip movie. But I'll post a picture of that magical moment in cinematic history anyway.

I'm here to boast about the latest accomplishment in my semi-finished basement. We have walls. It will be at least a year before we have cabinets, carpet, or furniture down there... but it's exciting to at least have some rooms. First and foremeost: The Billiard Room.

Yes, that's what I will call it. Eventually this ginormous family room will house a projector, the computer, and I'm envisioning a play kitchen or something in the corner for the wee ones.

Then we have the two bedrooms. The first one is bigger to accomodate a queen bed. Check out the killer double-closet! Finally... somewhere clean to store all our winter gear.

And here's a crappy picture of the other bedroom. This one will have cool built-in shelves for toys and whatnot. (We're thinking this will be the official "play room" for many years to come.)

And last but not least, the bano.

I shudder to think about teenage girls having to share this Barbie Dream House sized bathroom... but oh well. Who knows? Maybe we still won't have it finished by then; bathrooms are freakin' expensive. Talk about a money pit!

Not to be confused with the original Money Pit. Only in this case, I'm serious about using the word "classic". Come on... Tom Hanks singing "banana nana fo fana" while stuck chest-deep in a rug in a hole in the floor? Priceless.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Jacob Blaine Carter

I stole these pictures from Laurel's blog, since I'm an idiot and didn't take any pictures yesterday. Anyhoo - my big sister Alicia had her little boy early yesterday morning and he is perfect! I wasn't weirded out being at the hospital (being due in 3 1/2 months myself) until Markelle mentioned it... thanks :)

Blaine, Alicia, and Jake.

And how cute is my mom with her two grandkids?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

High School Tag

1. Did you date someone from your school?
Um… who else was there to date? I guess I “went out” with a few people for short amounts of time, but the only one that amounted to anything was Cass. We dated for about a year, and then I kissed someone else. I’m such a jerk.

2. What kind of car did you drive?
A sky blue slash rust Chevy Cavalier. I tried unsuccessfully to kill it. My best memories of that car involve stealing gas from my dad’s lawnmower cans when I was broke…. which was always, as I was too lazy to ever get a real job.

3. What was the most embarrassing moment of high school?
Farting – loudly – during silent reading in Mr. Hine’s class. In front of Jonathan Carlson. (Rachael just had to bring that one up the last time I saw her.)

4. Were you a party animal?
I attended parties, but no, I don’t think so.

5. Were you considered a flirt?
Seriously, I’ve NEVER known how to flirt… which is why I probably didn’t date much.

6. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
I was in choir for one year; my sanity couldn’t handle any more than that. My teacher was “Mrs. Washington U.S. Globe”, and reminded us of her title daily. She even gave us all 8x10 autographed pictures of herself, wearing her crown, on yearbook day.

7. Were you a nerd?
Well – I dabbled in drama, so what does that tell you?

8. Were you on any varsity teams?
Unless you count the two weeks Rachael, Shawna, and I were on the girls’ golf team (no tryouts necessary). We thought it would be funny. It wasn’t.

9. Did you get suspended/ expelled?
No. But I did go to detention for attempting to attend softball playoffs without my dad’s permission. It’s a long, funny story.

10. Can you still sing the fight song?
Did we have a fight song?

11. Who were your favorite teachers?
Mrs. Kimball and Mr. Harvey. Both crazy hippies.

12. Where did you sit during lunch?
At a table near the ASB room in the cafeteria. Unless it was $2.99 Tuesday at Subway!

13. What was your school's full name?
Camas High School

14. School mascot?
The Papermakers. Yep. You heard me.

15. Did you go to Homecoming and who with?
Once with Steven White and once with Jacob Englund. They were both shorter than me, but at least Steven was fun.

16. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
No! I seriously loved high school, but I feel like I learned from my good times and my regrets, and I’m much happier with who I am and where I’m at now. I always tell my students to live it up while they can, but there’s also so much more to life… it’s a fine line.

17. What do you remember most about graduation?
I was late to graduation practice (surprised?) so they wouldn’t let me sit by my friends at graduation. My “escort” and I (we got to choose who to walk with…it was like having a weird date to graduation) were pretty much by ourselves.

18. Where did you go senior skip day?
School. We were all way too scared of the attendance policy, and the fear of losing grad night, to attempt it.

19. Were you in a club?
I was in Key Club junior year for the free lunches on Thursdays, and I think I was in Drama Club by default for being enrolled in class. But I don’t think those count.

20. Have you gained some weight since then?
I’m taller. But my driver license was a lie then, and it’s a lie now.

21. Who was your prom date?
I went once with Cass Zawacki and once with Travis Eubanks. My parents had to lure Travis with a free refrigerator full of cokes to take me. Sad.

22. Are you planning on going to your 10 year reunion?
Of course! My chances of running into Camasonians in Payson is pretty slim.

23. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself?
I would have had better relationships with my teachers. It’s interesting being on this “side” now… I am so much nicer to the kids who at least pretend to care about school.

I tag: Mandy, Jessica, any other high school friends who read this, and anyone else who just has some time to kill.

Monday, August 25, 2008

I think I've decided on a name for my daughter.

I have a student named Thor. Really. I can't say his name without thinking of Sara from Adventures in Babysitting, with her official Thor helmet, cape, and hammer. I'm urged to write one of two things on his next paper: either, "Thor's my hero!" or, "Thor's a homo." I can't decide.

Oh man, that's a fantastic movie.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sharpen your pencils...

Today is the first day of school. I'm talking too fast. I'm stuttering. I'm spitting. I'm running into my podium. I'm making jokes where I'm the only one laughing. I'm slacking doing actual "work" during prep and blogging instead. And I'm loving every minute of it.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Rites of passage?

So, I realized three things yesterday:
1) I officially can't fit into any of my pants.
2) I cry over hymns.
3) Apparently I pee a little bit when I sneeze.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

So much to say, so much to say, so much to say...

Wow - these last couple weeks have been crazy. First, I went to Washington for a week. The day I got back, we had our 20 week ultrasound. Then Brad and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary yesterday! Let's go in order.

Here's my mom and me at Cape Meares near Tillamook, Oregon.

And this is me having a "razzle dazzle day" at the lighthouse. (Megan, my mom, and I were having way too much fun reinacting Pete's Dragon.)

Then Mandy and Michael's big day was the 26th!

The reception was at Fort Vancouver; I thought this carriage was so cool.

It was so much fun seeing all the girls. I'm bummed I have to miss Rachael's wedding next weekend.

Gotta love Jacqueline and Mandy gettin' down.

Red drink. White dress. Very careful sips.

On to item number two... it's a girl!

I think this picture is hilarious. How can that possibly be comfortable? But she refused to move from that position the entire time. (Of course I get the lazy baby... wonder where she gets that from?)

I had originally planned on doing my nursery gender-neutral, but the more girly stuff I see, the more appealing it is. I think I'm sold on this bedding... whaddya think?

And I don't have any pictures for my last item of business (they'd probably be dirty). So I'll just be vain and post a wedding day one. Remember this?

But I do want to say happy anniversary to my awesome husband. It's weird... it feels like three years have flown by, and yet I feel like I've known him forever. I love being married to my best friend! And he's been so great about my pregnancy. He was able to feel the baby move for the first time a couple days ago - and aside from being totally weirded out at first - he gets more and more excited every day. I can't wait to see him spoil his little girl. He is so sweet.

p.s. Jeff was right... I totally got the Juno quote wrong.