• Satisfying Sunday

    12.15.14 | Permalink | | 1 Comment

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    We woke up to frost and sunshine this morning and my body was grateful. The Lj’s shuffled out the door, all sullen and grouchy, blinded by the bright sun, unsure if we should even be in the sun anymore. It felt like it had been a long time since we had seen her and we were feeling rather vampiric. I find that when we lay around and don’t do a lot physically we Lj’s get pretty crabby. The kids were picking at one another, irritated at every utterance, every brush, and if I heard ‘he’s touching me!’ type of exclamations one more time… So we got in the car to get on some trails. It took just a few moments until the grouchiness began to fade and we embraced our walk in the woods.

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    It also took just a few steps to realize how out of shape we’ve become during the fall. I mean, we can still get around and we’re not doing terribly, but some people in our family have become more sedentary than others and were kinda outta breath, hating on the hills big time! We made it out just fine, however, with a solid reminder that we ALL need to be getting outside more often.

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    We’ve had some pretty terrific storms around here of late and there was evidence of it all through the park. In addition to the branches strewn about, a number of trees had fallen across the trail, some too large to be moved just yet, so we had to crawl under them; it was pretty exciting and fascinating to see this place we know so well look so different from the last time we had been there.
    We came home, watched Christmas movies, made pizza, made fudge and had a lovely, family day!

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  • Reflections

    12.14.14 | Permalink | | 1 Comment

    Bradley took on the Reflections program at our kids’ school this year. I’m not going to go into the whole story about how a ten hour job turned into about ten times that, but I will say that Bradley put together a lovely program that encouraged the arts for our kids and all of the students at Moorlands. He had over 50 submissions and many went onto district, including our two kids!

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    Gigi earned two trophies for her visual arts: a photo of trees and a toucan painting, while Jude won honorable mention for his bananas line drawing and a trophy for his drawing of lavender! We are proud of our kids and I am also proud of the Papa Bear who ran the program this year!

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  • Kenmore Tree Lighting

    12.13.14 | Permalink | | Comment?

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    We’ve been to them all, ever since the first year it was lit. We moved into Kenmore the same year they built the city hall and erected the tree, and every year it has grown! The line is long, but we wait in it to see Santa. Want to know why? We think he’s the real Santa since we saw him one summer in Fred Meyer and he remembered our kids… Every year… The only change was that this year Gigi sang in the choir and Jude snuck in and sang along to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer too!

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    This is the face of a boy who sees SANTA!

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    Our sweet girl who was so grown up all night that we hardly saw her. She had to be with her friends, twirling, singing and being silly 11 year olds! (It was a pleasure to watch her run so happily and confidently with her friends.)

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    Cute little face. <3 He wants a set of 'Star Wars Barbies', an electric drum set, Skylanders and a wooden boy Barbie house to play with his boy Barbies in. She was focused: Lego Friends sets!
    I think Santa listened well.

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    And the whole family!
    This is the first picture we’ve done like this in a loooong time.
    It was a wonderful night. I used to think events like this were cheesy and lame. Bradley would drag me to tree lightings and I just couldn’t muster a whole lot of enthusiasm for plugging in some tree lights. Whoopie. This year, though, I was so happy to be there. We knew a lot of people so the crowd was fun to walk through. When Santa got off of the fire truck, I was thrilled alongside Jude. When the choir sang, they were so cute and sincere. Santa was as jolly as ever and I actually teared up a little when they turned on the tree lights. Perhaps it was no irony that I happened to be wearing my grinch shirt that night. ;)

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    Whatever it was, no matter why, I was grateful that night for everything there, my family especially, but also the greater community that I actually do feel a part of now.

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  • The Return of the Elves

    12.12.14 | Permalink | | Comment?

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  • Crushing

    11.21.14 | Permalink | | Comments Off

    I went and saw Jordan Knight on Thursday. I can’t even tell you what it is about seeing boy band members live, but seriously. SERIOUSLY!

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    So, yeah, kinda crushing on the whole boy band thing. Sigh. FYI- that was a dreamy sigh…
    It was touch and go there though. I had the stomach flu on Wednesday, stayed home on Thursday too with it, then thanked my lucky stars when 1:00 in the afternoon rolled around and all of my symptoms disappeared. I was so relieved! I spent too much time primping in front of the mirror to get rid of that just-had-the-stomach-flu pallor, but it was worth it. We found the venue only to find out that they had moved the show to a smaller, more intimate setting, so we hightailed it to the right place right as the band started warming up. I planted myself about 20 feet from the stage and got ready.

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    I’m not going to lie. It was loud. Women yell louder than little girls, and when they pack them that tightly into a small facility like that it is pretty intense. And yell they did! It was all for good though. Nick Carter and Jordan Knight worked hard for us. They had their cute little boy band moves down and they were shimmying all over the stage in unison. Nick repeatedly blew kisses and winks into the audience while Jordan vamped it up in the background. I was so close to them that it was no problem to see their faces. And some of the faces they made… Well, let’s just say that it’s clear they usually play bigger arenas where dramatic faces need to be used so the folks in the nosebleeds can tell what’s going on. But I was really close.
    My favorite moment had to be when they started playing some of the older songs from their boy and pasts. Of course, I was prepared for NKOTB music, but when they started singing BSB Larger Than Life and I Want it That Way, Bradley and I started laughing so hard. In our early 20′s we had a Backstreet Boys disc that a friend had given to us. I listened to it but drove Bradley up a wall with it, so to be at a concert, singing along with a real, live Backstreet Boy is something neither of us ever expected!
    Didn’t matter. I smiled the whole time and was so glad to finally cash in my birthday tickets. I’m already looking forward to the next New Kids experience, and Bradley said he’d even come with me. I love that boy and those boys! :)

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    {You can’t see it well, but that’s the Pike Place Market sign behind my lurid husband and I. }

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Gigi Said

  • Topless Tapas 2012-11-03 18:44:52-

    Tami was leaving to go out with her friend and the kids begged to go with her. I said, "you don't want to go with mom, she is going to the Tapas bar and we are going to stay here and play games."

    Gigi stiffened, "That's weird", she said as she blushed. I processed fast and realized the problem. "TAPAS bar. It means 'small plate', not TOPLESS bar!"

Jude Said

  • Nicknames 2013-01-04 21:30:33-

    The checker at the store asked our always conversational little boy what his name was. He replied "Jude" then added "but sometimes they call me pumpkin brown". LOL.

    And they are right. We call him that after the folksong that we sing sometimes.