Monday, April 9, 2018

Spring Break

The girls are on Spring Break this week.  Normally, we would need a sitter for at least 3 of the days but now that I am able to work from home up to two days per week (I rarely do because I'm so close) I am taking advantage of that opportunity and working from home Tuesday and Friday (my designated days) and took today (Monday) off.  Paul is taking Thursday off and Wednesday is the only day we need a sitter.  Love it.

So today we went to Seattle and had a great time.  We started out at the Seattle Public Library which is known for it's amazing architecture, then we went to the Sky View Observation deck on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Tower, another thing I have never done in all my years in this area.  The views were amazing.

Great Wheel lower left and Space Needle upper right

On the Harbor Steps

Century Link Field (Seahawks) in foreground and Safeco Field (Mariners) behind

Looking down into the library from the Sky View Observatory

Riding the bright yellow escalator in the library

We had wanted to go to Dick's for lunch (a Seattle Icon known for cheap, no-frills but delicious burgers--they've never been) but we would have had to drive and I had already parked the car and didn't want to pay for that, leave, come back and pay again (we still had stuff we wanted to do in the area), so instead we just walked down to the waterfront and ate there at the Crab Pot.  Then we went to a few shops, they each got a new sweatshirt, we got ice cream then came home.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Wednesday the girls turned 10.  Double digits.  A whole decade.  Half way to 20.  More than half way to adulthood.  Crazy.

They didn't want a big party this year.  Instead, they wanted dinner at the Melting Pot with a few close friends and a sleepover with a few other friends.  Done.

So last Saturday we went to the Melting Pot.  Such a fun place and so good, especially the chocolate fondue for dessert!

The girls with our close family friend, Lindsay.

We had Thai take-out (their favorite!) for dinner on their actual birthday on Wednesday and then last night was the sleepover.  And Paul left me alone with them to go night skiing, but that's ok because this morning I am leaving him alone to make breakfast for them while I go to a painting class with a friend.

Their birthday celebrations always seem to drag on for a whole week.  I'm glad it's finally over.

Vanilla ice cream cake

Olivia and her newish friend Leila.  Hard to see, but she got a stuffed pug.  Olivia loves pugs.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

January Recap

It's been a pretty good year so far.  A few weeks ago we bought a new car, a Toyota Highlander Hybrid, to replace our aging Highlander that needed all kinds of things done.  We love it.  It doesn't have all the bells and whistles I was hoping for, like a DVD player, but it has enough (back-up camera, lane departure, etc.), and the girls have iPads and what-not anyway.

Old car

New car (I think one of the girls snapped this)

Kona got spayed, so that's out of the way.

Olivia started dance classes.  Hip hop and dance troupe, which is the group that performs in the annual recital.  Everyone does the recital anyway (well not everyone, but most) but the dance troupe does a big performance at the end that's an actual dance theater number.  One year it was Cinderella, one year it was Alice in Wonderland and this year it is the Little Mermaid.   She has several friends that are doing it to so it should be a lot of fun.

Then last week Kayley had her tooth surgery.  You may recall about a year and a half ago the infamous bike accident of 2016.  She knocked out a permanent tooth.  They were able to put it back but it never really "took", so they ended up transplanting a lower tooth into that spot, and in about 6 months or so they will cap it.  Then she will have braces to close the gap where they pulled the lower tooth (would have had them anyway) and she'll be as good as new.

My birthday was the 24th so Paul and I had a date night the Saturday before and saw the movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  Really good!  Hoping to see the Shape of Water and the Post before the Oscars.

And true to form, the month of January saw me lose 3.8 pounds, gain 5.2, then lose 4.6 for a net loss of -3.2.  I'll take it.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Old Office vs. New Office

I've been at my new office for about 2 1/2 months now and I'm loving the 5 minute commute.  I don't know if this is a trend everywhere or just my company or what, but we are transitioning to smaller workstations (can't really call it a cubicle anymore) with new furniture that includes a sit/stand desk.


Standard cubicle w/upper shelves


New, much smaller workstation

Really close to my neighbor

The view from my seat turning my head to the right a bit.  I'll take it!

The view closer to the window


Tuesday, January 16, 2018


So if you recall, this time last year was crazy busy for us.  Olivia had dance on Mondays, gymnastics on Tuesdays and violin on Wednesdays.  Kayley had piano on Tuesdays, and then they both had Girl Scouts just one Wednesday a month.  It was pretty hectic but the dance was only late January through mid May, so the rest of the year wasn't quite as bad.

But I'm happy to report that this year is much calmer.  Kayley is doing gymnastics and Olivia is doing dance, and that hasn't even started yet (it starts on the 22nd).  That's it.  Other than Olivia is still doing Girl Scouts which is only once a month and she was doing choir but gave that up after Christmas.  And they were both doing soccer but that ended in November.  As much as I would like them to take some sort of music lessons, I'm definitely enjoying the lighter schedule for now.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

White Christmas

We usually get snow a few times a year but hardly ever on Christmas.  And if it does snow on Christmas or Christmas Eve it doesn't stick.  This year it snowed Christmas Eve and stuck around through a few days after!  I couldn't believe it.  And not just at our house but at the in-laws, too.

We went there Christmas Eve and spent the night, came home after a nice turkey dinner and then it was back to work for me on Tuesday, but only for three days and now I have another 4-day weekend!  Woo-hoo!

Olivia got a ukulele...

And a new bike

Kayley got a hoverboard and LOVES it, I might add.

Kona got a toucan

My mantle 

Kayley delivering gifts via hoverboard

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Good Weekend

So I missed a few days of my 25 days of blogging.  Oh well, it was inevitable.

I had been looking forward to this weekend even more than I normally look forward to weekends (which is obvioulsy A LOT) because after a few pretty busy ones we have absolutely nothing going on and I have a new project I started last weekend and couldn’t wait to continue.  I am pretty good about purging my closet a few times a year and donating clothes I don’t wear anymore and what-not, but there are several household items in all parts of the house that I’ve been holding onto thinking that I will get around to using them or selling them but I never do, so my new project that I started last weekend and am going to continue over the next several weekends is going through every. Single. Room. In the entire house and getting rid of absolutely EVERYTHING that we don’t want or use.  Last weekend I did the master closet, Friday evening I did the linen closet and yesterday I did the master bathroom and my bedside table (and Paul did his and his portion of the master closet).  I still have a long ways to go but I'll do a little more today and just keep doing a little every weekend until I've gone through the entire house.

Friday night the girl's school had a Winter Bazaar. The girls and I went and did a little Christmas shopping.  Then one of their friends came home with us for a sleepover, but she ended up going home at midnight (she lives just a few houses away) because she couldn't fall asleep.  But she came back in the morning for breakfast and played some more.

Yesterday afternoon I took a break from my project to take Kona for a walk.  The weather lately has been gorgeous.  A little cold, but sunny.  We walked on some trails around our neighborhood and it was so nice.

It hard to snap a picture while holding your phone and a leash attached to a moving dog in one hand

After dinner we decided last minute to drive around and look at Christmas lights.  We do that every year, but this was pretty short because the girls were going to a friend's to watch a movie, so we will go out again next weekend and do it right

Today the girls get to go visit a friend who moved away in June but is in town visiting other friends.  That means that Paul and I can watch the Seahawks game in peace.  Except I'm still going to be working on my purging project and hopefully wrapping gifts.