Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Busy Times

Nothing really exciting to talk about.  Just the usual busy weekdays and some weekend fun too.

The weather is cooler with rain sometimes but not miserable yet.  The bright sunny days are worth waiting for, and we treasure them.  One morning, just as we got to school, the pouring rain changed to little bits of hail while we were walking in.  Then by the afternoon the sun was out, and the girls were able to enjoy the afternoon outside playing in the leaves and digging and cooking.

I have very few pictures of things we did - just didn't have my phone handy or didn't remember.  I have to depend on the ones other people send me.

We did go to Remlinger Farms last weekend.  This is a really neat place not too far from us in Carnation, WA.  There seems to be a lot more to it than what we saw.  I'd like to go back again and visit the market and just look around.  We loaded up the car and drove with a lot of singing and excitement to "get pumpkins."  The event we went to was very well organized with plenty of parking and a close walk from the car to the pumpkins.  Each child under a certain age got to pick one to take home.  After that, we ate lunch.  There were hamburgers and hot dogs being cooked, and it smelled delicious.  We loaded our plates and headed to the picnic area.  On the way, Graysen ran into two of her school friends, and we stopped to chat with them and meet other family members.  So sweet.

After the lunch, we went to the amusement park, and for me, it was very nice, sitting on the bench with all the "stuff" and sometimes Kate while the others rode the roller coaster and pumpkin rides.  Kate rode the pumpkin one too.  We met up with Jessica, Chad, Paige, and James, and that was more fun to have friends along.  They went through the hay maze and petting zoo and bouncy house and whatever else the girls wanted to do.

Emily enjoyed the rides a lot more than the children, I think.  Behind them are all the Kilbournes.




Sweet best friends - Paige and Graysen.




Sunday afternoon I was invited to a Halloween tea party.  With sparkly pumpkins, spider tablecloth, and a real china tea-set.


Emily and the girls had made and decorated some cookies earlier.


Katherine was napping for the first part, but Graysen and her mom LOVE a good tea party.  They chose black dresses and shoes to start with, but Graysen decided the weather called for a sundress.  As long as you have on the right jewels.







Yesterday we went to North Bend to the home of friends so Graysen and Brooklyn could spend some time playing away from school.  I think they had a really good time - we never heard them the whole time - and Carrie and I spent some time having grownup time.  I was disappointed that I didn't take pictures, but I solved that.  I went to Carrie's FB page and stole some.

Their house is in a beautiful setting with a creek running through the back yard and huge tress surrounding it.  Here is the front entry, and the inside is decorated for fall and so cozy and welcoming.


This is Brooklyn and Reuben.  While the older girls played, Kate stayed close by me because a 72-pound dog trying to lick you is a little scary.  The peanut butter and pretzels on her hands kept him pretty interested in her.  Reuben asked for and got lots of loving from me though.  Those eyes!


It was such a good visit, and I hope we will make time to do it again.  

It's THIS kind of day today, drippy and gray, but still beautiful.  We're supposed to have storms this week, so I'm glad I got me some serious rain boots.  



Now that the new Safeway and other stores are finished, work has started on a new 5-story hotel.  Little town is growing, and I don't mind a bit of convenience.  The view is still beautiful all around us, and it's nice to have a grocery store a couple of blocks away instead of 10 miles away.





I like to try to take a few pictures when I can to send Emily at work.  The girls were cheerful and excited this morning.  Graysen is always excited to get to school, and Kate actually said good-bye to us this morning without crying or being sad.  Makes me happy!



They love to pick the white berries at school (snow berries, we call them) and throw them mindlessly.  Whatever gives them a thrill!








I have just a couple of hours left of my free day to enjoy listening to the rain and reading.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pretty things

My street this morning.


Grandma Bindert brought playdoh that looks very seasonal.  Playing first thing before getting dressed. 


 We're all missing Grandma and Grandpa this week.

Emily's dahlias are lovely this year and lots of buds too.


Someone looks happy to be going to work.


Roz started this.



This was highly recommended as a healthy, although vile-tasting, remedy for helping prevent cold symptoms last year when I couldn't seem to get over one cold after another.

I decided I'd rather be sick than undergo another spoonful of this.  Emily is up for (almost) anything after the couple of weeks we've had.

We're off to gymnastics again in a few minutes.  I want to enjoy the pretty weather while I can.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Thankful

For so many things! 

For this sky!  After no rain all summer to a couple of days of constant gray skies and downpours, we get days of pure beauty.  



That was my view from the balcony yesterday, and it's even better this morning.  


I took an excellent cup of coffee and all my reading material out to sit and enjoy the fresh air, but it was a little too chilly to enjoy long.


My Gratitude Journal and "A Life God Rewards" from Debby to Elise and me."

"Ageless Body, Timeless Mind" by Deepak Chopra.  Both my girls are working on making me more mindful and getting me to meditate and work on some of my fears and anxiety.  Love them, but I'm not sure how much this aging mind can absorb.


Then I have my Southern Living and that perfect cup of coffee.  

Thankful for friends and family who keep on caring about me, although I haven't been too chatty lately.  

For a good 2 weeks of school for this sweetie.



The ducks have a new pond, and I'm not sure who is enjoying it more - the ducks or the kids.




Graysen is hot and exhausted when we pick her up at 3:00.  I guess this is one reason why.



 I don't think she has gotten up the courage to pick up a chicken yet.  
 

BFF Brooklyn has to problem with it though.  You have to wonder how much the chickens and ducks enjoy this togetherness.


Thankful for pumpkin bread and breakfast with friends/family.


Ryan's parents, Mille and Allen, are here for a visit and brought this delicious pumpkin bread.  Elise and I enjoyed it a LOT, and I've heard there is more over on Steller.

The three of us took Graysen to school yesterday morning, so they could get a look at her school and her morning routine.  Then we went to North Bend and had breakfast at Twede's Cafe.  It was nice.  Good conversation and coffee.  We talked about going back for some of their famous cherry pie that is a must for Twin Peaks followers - which is not us.  But it was convenient, and we enjoyed a short walk in the fresh morning air.

Millie rode with me to pick up Graysen after school, and I think she was pretty excited to see both grandmothers there.  I dropped them off and came home.  I have to say I'm enjoying my free time while they're here.

Grandma and Tampa always think of the best surprises.


Katherine is getting used to her school.  She doesn't go in without a few tears every morning, but they are fewer and fewer, and she even told me this week that she wanted to "go play with my friends."  The teachers say she is fine after a few minutes and is very attentive and quiet during stories and participates in songs and activities.

We got to see these beautiful creatures as we drove up to her school last week.  One of them looked right into the car and made us so happy.



Friday is Seahawks Day.


 Mama too!










I'm planning on starting on the girls' quilts again.  It's so easy to put things aside and avoid going back to them.  The fabrics are a joy to work with, so I just need to make myself get started.  I took the squares over to Emily's and let her help me put them in a pleasant pattern.  She took a picture, so now I won't get confused when I start piecing.



I'm working on my life and trying to make the most of it - even if it's not the way I wanted to spend these years.  Mike is constantly in our thoughts and conversations, and we're trying to find the best way of going on without him.  We can finally talk about memories without that debilitating sadness - usually.