Monday, July 10, 2017

4th of July at Snoqualmie Ridge

Dave and I had such a fun day with Pete and Shauna and the girls, and Jason, in their new home. First we walked to the community center as the girls rode their bikes to take part in the kid's parade.

Then the parade:

Where are the girls? I was busy talking to a friend and missed getting their photo!
There were bouncy houses set up all over and free cotton candy and water, music, balloon animals, face painting and LOTS OF YOUNG FAMILIES!

And after the kid's adventures, Pete and Shauna served up some sparkling wine and then BBQed burgers. What a fun day!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Saturday Golf

We never go golfing on the weekend. Because of the weekend crowds and the extra cost. However, we have been receiving text messages from Maplewood (since I'm in the Ladies Club) and yesterday they had a 2 for 1 special for several tee times in the afternoon. Dave called and we got in for a 1:44 tee time. Who knew that it was SO empty at the course! We assumed that with the nice weather those who work during the week would surely be there golfing. We golfed with 2 men who had already golfed 18 and it was amazing. No crowds, no rush and we didn't have to wait anywhere for people ahead of us. 18 holes for the two of us was $42 so it was good all the way around.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Beautiful Seattle - A View From a Boat

Tuesday evening, I was fortunate enough to be invited to be a part of the annual Bunco Afloat hosted by boat owner Sharon M. and her husband. They live on their 54' boat and each June the ladies in the "Dinner Bunco" group that I am involved with are invited to eat a casual dinner onboard as Sharon's husband takes us on a cruise from Lake Union, through the Montlake Cut, under the 520 Bridge and on down to Meydenbaur Bay and back. It was a lovely evening to be out and the sunset was amazing. We were even treated to a double rainbow. One of Sharon's kids owns 100 Pound Clam (restaurant) so she got some of their special clam chowder and it was unlike regular clam chowder and delicious! There were only 10 of us ladies this time and of course, we don't play Bunco because we are too busy enjoying the scenery. Here are some photos of the evening.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ted and Shareen were in town

I am so bad about remembering to take photos! Ted and Shareen were in town to visit with Chip and handle some things for Roger and of spend some time with us! Shareen and I managed to check out 2 quilt shops and she bought some fabric and other items. I resisted temptation since I am in the middle of sewing several projects and can't handle anything more. She and I stopped by to see Shauna and the girls for a bit and then drove back home to relax a bit with Chip, Ted and Dave before we took off for dinner at the Whistle Stop Restaurant in Renton. Bummer. Food was terrible!

That was Thursday. Then yesterday they all arrived at about 11:30 am and we spent the day here watching the US Open golf tournament on TV and talking. I made stuffed spare ribs for dinner and Jason arrived at 5:30 after work and we all sat down to dinner at 6 pm. Fun time visiting. Jason left shortly after dinner and T, S and C stayed until about 9:30 because they needed to try to get some shut-eye at Chips before getting up early to drive back to San Francisco. In one day. Bye until next time!

So those photos. Here is all I managed to take. After dinner. After Jason had left. and I forgot to include Chip. I'm rather pathetic!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Baking Cookies with Hailey

Hailey needed to bring some homemade cookies to school for an event her class was doing, and since her mom had already packed up her Kitchen Aid, I was able to come to the rescue.

What a fun time yesterday with this little munchkin! We made chocolate chip cookies and chocolate marshmallow cookies. Yum Yum.

Little C was feeling bad to be left out of the fun so I made sure to tell her that she and I would make some gluten-free cookies soon. I love this one-on-one time.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Beemer Visited the Vet today

He needed his rabies and DDHP shots today. He weighs 22.5 pounds....WHAT A LAP FULL! He is doing great and didn't even whimper when he got his injections.

I kind of whimpered a bit when I dealt with the receptionist, who had nose rings and 2 other studs above her lip. Then the assistant that brought us in the room had a butch cut and I wasn't sure if it was a guy or gal. And to top it off....the veterinarian was a young woman who had rainbow hair and those stretchy things in her ears making 1/2" size holes. WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!??????

What a world we live in!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Charlotte's Kindergarten Performance

Charlotte was a bit reserved but did great!
"What? Me smile? No way!"

Such a huge Kindergarten performance. Over 100 kids! And they were amazingly well-behaved and cooperative. They knew their songs! So glad to see that this music director always has a fun theme for the kids and she does a great job with such large groups of kids. And the theme? All about getting the kids to appreciate and eat vegetables.

Love, love, love seeing these girls wearing dresses!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Aunt Eileen is back in the hospital

This time it is pneumonia. She was hospitalized with pneumonia several months ago also. It is hard to believe that my aunt is almost 95 years old! She is hard of hearing which causes her much aggravation, but she had difficulty keeping her last pair of hearing aids going, and because they are so very expensive, she goes without.

She was sent to the hospital yesterday by the staff at her facility and after I discovered that she was being admitted, I asked the nurse to tell her I would be in the next day. When I arrived at noon today, she was picking at her lunch (stir-fry) and ready for me to be there! She was feeling much better today, since they began antibiotic treatments and had her sitting up in a chair. When she lays down, her coughing is a real problem. It appears as though she will be sent back home on Friday. She asked if I could take her home because she can't afford the cabulance ride and of course, I told her not to worry that I will be there when she is discharged.

June 23rd is her birthday and she wants to make sure that I order a big cake and bring it in to her assisted living facility to share with everyone there. She mentioned this to me several months ago, so it is on my calendar. I won't be surprised if she makes it to 100! She still has all her faculties but thinks she is really forgetful. I hope I am as lucid as she is should I actually live that long!

Get well, Aunt Eileen!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Grandchildren are the BEST!

Last Friday I got to spend some one-on-one time with Charlotte who is six. What a sweet, innocent age! We went to the park and she enjoyed picking the "flowers" and making a bouquet for her mom.

On Saturday Shauna invited me to go with her and the girls for the day. Annika was spending the weekend with them since Kari drove Saben to Portland for a Rubik's Cube competition. We drove to Snoqualmie Ridge and went past the house they are purchasing and then we walked the wonderful trail right behind their house which eventually took us to a wonderful park, where boys were playing a baseball game and lots of kids playing on the toys. We then walked back to the car and drove to another park in the Ridge which had 2 ziplines and a merry-go-round toy that the girls enjoyed. I brought Beemer with us and he had a fine time getting exercise, laying in the shade and greeting the many dogs we encountered.

From there we went to an ice cream shop in Snoqualmie. yum.

We also stopped at a wine tasting room which was dog friendly (!) and Shauna and I sampled a few varietals. They were also kid friendly. I think Pete and Shauna and the girls are going to LOVE living in that area. It felt like a vacation day!

Then on Sunday Dave and I went to watch Hailey and Charlotte play in their soccer game. What fun! Uncle Jason came to watch as well as Pete's Mom, Cindy and husband Ken.

Annika is growing up!


A balancing act.

Game is over! We won, we won!!

There is Charlotte going backwards.

Hailey with her two-toned hair 

Hailey's team won and they have some super players!