Saturday, November 14, 2009
I have SERIOUSLY been missing the sun around here! I thought it was gone forever until I went onto my iggogle page and saw my various cities I want to see the weather in! Looks like I am living in the WRONG place. Yes, Provo and Rexburg are a bit colder but there is SUN! Big round shiny sunshine.
I guess I'd just rather have the humidity in the form of snow than rain!
The funny thing is, last week Woodinville looked just like it does this week.....they could leave those dark rainy pictures on for WEEKS!
But, on those occassional winter days when the sun pops out -- I could just sit by the window all day long!
The sunshine is just such a big deal for me - emotionally. I bought some "happy lites" at costco to see if the exposure would lift my spirits a bit and make me a bit more motivated. The only problem is, is that they sit at my desk - no where else to put them - and I detest sitting at my desk. I'm a couch/laptop girl! I need one of these special lights that just hangs over the couch:).
I really need to retire to a sunny place - that is for sure. Or, just travel a lot in the winter - maybe that is the solution. Because WHEN it's sunny and warm here (August 20-Sept 20) there is not another more beautiful place to be.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
- We started with the famous Scones -- she had to have her coffee and scones and she even brought me an herbal tea bag so I wouldn't feel left out....... aaawww, what a sweetie.
- 2 hours later, we hit Pete's BBQ for ribs, corn on the cob and a soda. We shared the meal because there was MORE fair food to consume of course.
- our early mid afternoon snack was those beer batter onion rings..........good and greasy. YUM.
- Upon our leaving, we had to grab an ice cream bar, dipped in chocolate and nuts. We didn't share those :).
Oh, the fair? It was fun to people watch of course. This year we were so intent on finding the next morsel of food that we didn't focus too much on the bizarreness of people who come to the fair (ourselves not include). Although we do wonder how many people REALLY buy a hot tub at the fair -- SO many hot tub booths! We did see a pregnant lady smoking, a cowgirl in cut off jeans and a group of what looked to be possibly a Christian group of homeschoolers. Dawn figured that because the beef cattle weren't being show today, that was why there weren't as many people. I have never come to the fair to see the cattle:).
We enjoyed all the quilts and needlework, all the funny booths of "cheap bling", the Dahlia Hall, the bunnies and piglets, some of those crazy vendors booths with everything from tools to make up and ...........did I mention we had some food? ha ha hah
This is what I felt like today while eating! This will be me tonight. These little piglets were just days old and so darn cute. The momma pig? Another story. Old and tired looking, very "saggy" and well, just plum tuckered out!
So, we left the Fair so I had enough time to come home and feed those little Cross County Runners their high carb loading meal of pasta before their Meet tomorrow. Low, and behold! While they were eating outside, a hot air balloon flew over and VERY low -- having them fly over is an almost nightly event here but not this low! We actually were talking to them and they wanted to join us for dinner! ha ha. What a great day!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I had to snap this slumbering shot as he has not been doing much of that these days! He got a kick out of Poppa - these two guys like each other - maybe it's there "bald connection". Okay my dad's not bald but it sure is thin these days! Devon had fun to with Ryan - they have really taken to each other -- oh if only you could hear Devon's "baby voice".....very cute.
The little guy has been pretty miserable, making his mommy and daddy miserable as well. I urged Lauren to be persistent with finding out what was wrong - why he cries so much and sleeps so little. The latest diagnosis and one that seems to fit is GERD . https://www.google.com/health/ref/Gastroesophageal+reflux+disease Basically, it's intense heart burn. Poor guy. He had his first dose of the special antacid and slept for nearly 12 hours that night. Lauren was one happy momma!
I had not been on a bike for.......like......uh......well, since I started driving a car, so that is a long time. I thought I was going to die! Brian and Dawn are avid bikers so they were just cruising along while Hannah and I were having cardiac arrests! We had a great time and after burning all those calories (did I mention it was in the 90's that day?) we went to Costco for a big 'ol hot dog/soda drink for a buck fifty -- that's the life! Hannah was the only kid that came with us -- she was a real trooper considering she had been having some chest pains (pleurisy - they thought). It was a good thing she had to stop and rest -- if she didn't, I would have died for sure. My bum was pretty sore the next day from the riding. I guess I need to get in shape! ha ha
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
On Wednesday we left Rexburg to return back to Woodinville, WA. I never would have believed that we'd be moving back "home". After 5 years in Rexburg however, I feel I can call it home as well. Many life long friendships were developed over that very short time. Coming back to the same neighborhood is a little odd and yet comforting. Don't get me wrong -- we love it here but it's like we've been in a time warp for 5 years.
We have had record heat here in Washington -- 105 degrees to be exact. Did I mention that we don't have air conditioning? It was a little over 100 on the actual day we moved into the house. I felt so terrible for the movers -- they sweated on just about every box/item they carried into the house - which was a balmy 8 degrees with 50% humidity. So, yes they were HOT!
We are settling in a bit -- okay - not really. I have boxes everywhere!
I'll post more later!!!!!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
After seeing our wonderful friend Eric who happens to be a Podiatrist, we learned that she does not walk correctly - not her fault. To spare you all the details of how a foot actually function (it's totallly amazing) I'll just say that after a year of Leah running Cross Country they really jsut blew out. So, she had to have surgery to correct the spreading of her bones and remove the bunions.
This is what her feet looked like for the first 2 weeks (that we just ended). She has incisions on both sides of her feet where they went in, scraped the bunions, removed some bone and then added some screws to do some repositiong. Now to keep it all in place she had some orthotics made that she must wear until she dies! This will correct how her foot is landing. Here are her beautiful sandals that she wears for 6 weeks to protect her incisions.
At her one week post op appointment, we got to see the incisions -- WOW! And they took an x-ray to make sure all was well. LOOKING GOOD!
This is the pre sugery shot. This is the post surgery shot.
Pretty amazing, huh? Look at how crooked her feet were before the procedure -- I am in awe of how incredible these x-rays are! All they did was put a couple of screws in each side -- you can see them in the x-ray.
Week one was some major laying around for her -- not her style. And oh yes, the Frankenstein walk. Week 2 was a little better. At her 2 week appointment, they changed the bandages and reduced the thickness of them - much more comfortable. But she still has to wear her funky sandals for 4 more weeks.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
On June 20th we celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary in Salt Lake City. We had a beautiful room at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, complete with a wonderful dinner. Nearly 85 of us were together to celebrate and share memories of my parents - an evening we will never forget.
Here is the whole clan (minus one grand daughter and great grand daughter - Lindsey and Lucy).
Then there is my little family - and of course, the debut of the little man - Ryan Douglas Alberts who was one month old. From left to right:
Bradley Alberts, Devon, Tanner
Hannah, LaurenAlberts, Baby Ryan, Me, Leah.
It was a whirlwind weekend in Utah and we had RAIN! There we were - on the beautiful Temple grounds of SLC and we could not even go out for pictures! Luckily the inside of the JSMB is stunning. Check out my Leaves of Legacy Blog to see some of the things I had on display for night.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Not that our life is so exciting that you can't wait to read the next post! This is more of a way for me to journal our lives so I can make our family yearbook at the end of each year.
Once I started facebook in January I pretty much stopped blogging. Caryn was disappointed that I had done this -- she even left me a comment on a post of mine - the LAST post I did. funny. She was saying that she thought blogging was so much better than facebook -- which I have discovered is TRUE. Thanks Caryn! Facebook is fun but just a little too fun with not much depth.
As you can see, my last post was in FEBRUARY on my blog http://pennysprose.blogspot.com/. I have imported it here. If you want to continue to follow that blog, please do. However, it will be more of my personal place versus the happenings of my family.
And so I return - to blogging. A much more personal way to share my life.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Grandma's health is failing terribly and she has been in a nursing home since last march. It was heart breaking to see this once strong and contributing woman be so feeble and fragile. It was truly heart wrenching for us all. Pami brought her home each day to visit with us, eat lunch/dinner and nap.