Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A BEAUTIFUL Day with a Beautiful ending.......

As always, this day started at 5am -- "O-dark thirty" as I like to say. Got the girls up for seminary (starts at 5:50am) and began the preparation for Leah's Cross Country team Pasta dinner to start at 6pm. Got the Meat sauce in the crock pot, cooked the pasta, got everything laid out because.....................

I DID the Puyallup today! For our friends outside of Washington - this is the Puyallup Fair. It's pronounced "pew-AL-up". It was an amazing 85* day here! My best neighbor buddy Dawn and I make the 1 hour trek (okay it's really longer than an hour but she made it much faster than that) to the fair today. Dawn is my kindred spirit when it comes to food. She does the fair every year and had the food schedule all mapped out.


  • 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!


Here are some picture of the Dahlia Hall -- Wow!




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

Penny goes to Vegas!



Yes, it's true. I spent the last 4 days in Vegas, without Devon.
It was our Annual Heritage Makers Reunion! What an amazing time I had with 400 other women who are driven and passionate about preserving family heritage. We spent 99% of our time inside the Flamingo hotel but we didn't even notice because we had so much fun, learned so much, were uplifted and edified. Wow, I am so lucky to be doing something I love so much. I can hardly wait to introduce the new products and services I have to offer now!
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I am in the middle and Nancy and Cynthia (2 of my consultants from Idaho) are on either side of me. No, we did not look like this all weekend, just the opening night for our theme "Let's get Loud". The group picture was my team and Kym's team who attended.
It was so fun to go up to someone from our home office (who I knew) and start talking with them. It would take them a few looks and minutes to figure out who I was - ha ha ha hah.
Wow, this little company isn't so little anymore! I just can't believe where we are going. New products, new tools, new features! I LOVE WHAT I DO!
I wish I could have had more time to explore a little bit - outside of the Vegas strip -- yuck. I will NEVER take my family to Vegas (the strip) -- oh so trashy. But I hear that outside of the strip there is so much to do and so much to see. Maybe someday.....


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mi Tierra doesn't really look anything like this -- they did a great job on their website. This use to be called Las Margaritas and when the kids were little - we ate here a lot. Maybe this is why the kids don't like Mexican Food anymore? he he he he. We have many fond family memories of Las Margaritas -- from Lauren breaking out in tears when they sang to her on her 3rd birthday, to Leah and all her little gym buddies eating together, Tanner and his "cheeseburger" (think SNL) and Hannah - - well, we won't go there - she knows the story!
Lauren's 3rd birthday - poor girl! Hannah also cried on one of her birthdays when we celebrated at Cucina Cucina where the waiters sang in Italian! Oh, we are mean.
So upon my return to Woodinville I have to of course, catch up on the excellent grub at this place - even though it's Mi Tierra now, it's the same menu, same wait staff, same incredibly yummy pico de gallo! Thank goodness my buddy Dawn who is also my neighbor likes to meet up with me there frequently!
So, with all that in place I of course had to initiate my little grandboy Ry-guy to this place of Hughes Tradition. He had a marvelous time napping in his stroller ( we ate outside of course) and Lauren and I had a great time -- she still likes Mexican food, thank goodness. I"m just sad I didn't grab someone to take our group photo!