Friday, August 22, 2008

Juicy bits of news

I had to go in to DMV the other day to renew my license. Fully expecting to have a longish wait, I was prepared and brought a book. Fortunately for me, it was only about a 10 minute wait before I heard "Number 79" called and I gathered my things. My things were many: large book, diapers and wipes, passport, social security card, proof of residence, old license, checkbook. I wobbled up to the desk and told him what I was there for, commenting that it was about time I got myself a new picture! Clerk said, "Well, ya know, you can change your picture at any time for a small fee of 22 dollars". I said I'd log that information away in case I ever needed it. I wrote my check out for $39.00 and went back to my chair to wait for my name to be called again.

"Christa?" She called and I jumped up, juggling my papers again.
I was nervous.
Here was the big moment.
And I had spent more time than usual to prepare my hair and face for it...
THE picture.

I plopped my things onto her desk, took my place in front of the blue sheet, and smiled at the birdie. What didn't happen was a verbal cue as to when she was shooting the picture. Not even a "Say cheese" was offered to me! I just stood there with my fake smile on until she said "Okay" and I wondered what in the world did I just do? She stared at her computer screen and cocked her head to the left, then to the right, looking, scrutinizing an image that I could not see, but was now highly curious about. She said, "Your head is tilted and I'm not sure if we can use it". Then she called over her supervisor and had him check it out. At this point I should have yelled, "PLEASE, can we just take it again?!!" But I didn't and she didn't.

When she handed me my interim card, I let out a loud guffaw as I looked at the image before me. People are staring at me, nodding, smiling... they know. I am now stuck with a cheesy picture for the next 10 years!!! Unless, that is, I want to pay $22 to get a new one. Hmmm, highly considering it.

In other news, I made this super yummy homemade granola this week and we've already finished it! I can not take credit for this recipe. I got it from a sweet lady at our church. It is super easy, the girls loved making it, and we all enjoyed it for breakfast, especially with fresh fruit on top.

Homemade Granola:
9 cups Oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds (shelled, of course)
1 cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

~ Toss together in a large bowl. In a seperate small bowl, whip together:

1 cup maple syrup (pure would be best)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

~ Pour over mix and mix well.
Divide onto 2 cookie sheets. Bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes, switching the cookie sheets at 20 minutes. Remove from oven, break with a spatula or you will have yourself 2 very large granola bars! Enjoy!

Our house smelled like cinnamon deliciousness the whole day, which was perfect for the cuh-razy fall-like weather we were having all this week. I almost broke out a fall candle, but strongly resisted the urge. Sheesh.

Oh, and one last thing...

We are having a boy!

Are you totally freaking out like I did?
There is no denying it. The evidence was irrefutable! ;-D

Nicely sized! Carter is proud.

Beautiful baby boy

~christa jean


The Everett Family said...

I can't believe the Lewis grandchildren are going to include an equal amount of girls and boys! How quickly that ratio has changed! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Do you have a name?? :)

Kismet said...


It is different, but good .


Youthful One said...



The news stole my breath! (Not sure I have it back yet...) It was the primary reason for me checking your blog today too (after facebook).

I'm SO very delighted for you all!!

My GOODNESS those 3 little boys will surely give your girlies a run for their money! SO exciting!!!

Blessed Mama of 4 said...


I didn't think that could ever happen!! What wonderful news! Congratulations

(on the baby news that is... my condolences on the DL photo)

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday!! what a nice start to a wonderful birthday week!! What a special surprise so happy for you. Love you,

DotBlogger said...

Oh happy day!
Happy birthday!
Happy son!
Happy Happy!
I love you.

Jenny Kay said...

A son. To raise someone's husband... awesome.

angie said...

I'm so glad you stopped by. The granola looks so yummy. I'll have to make it this week. And, your baby boys profile picture is so should see my OR license. Makes me almost want to move out of state just to get a new one. They guy did let me fudge a little bit on my weight though when I told him my twins were only 3 months old and I still had weight to lose. He must have known he had to give me something cause the picture was going to suck. Big time. ha hah.