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Merry Christmas From Our House to Yours ~ 2017

Merry Christmas From Our House to Yours ~ 2017

Can you believe it is near the end of 2017?  It seems the older I get the faster time goes.  It’s been a busy last 6 months since I last posted.  Note to self:  I must get better at posting more often.

The Grandkids have grown so much over this year, as you can see from the above photos.  Our oldest grandson, Kai, who is 19 years old, has grown into a fine young man.  I’m sure the girls are swooning all over him.  We don’t get to see him much as he lives in Japan with his Dad.  We miss them a lot.

Emily and Jake had a lot of fun this past summer.  Emily found a huge slug in the backyard.  She was so enthralled with it.  It certainly was the biggest slug I ever saw! We both hate bugs but we also give exception to ladybugs.  Emily enjoyed them all summer long.  Emily also learned how to climb a tree in the fall and is up there every chance she gets.  Jake joined her in the tree with a little help from his Dad and Grandpa Al and boy, was it hard to get him down.  He loved it up there!

Emily started Kindergarten in September.  She loves school.  She was so excited to ride on a school bus on her field trip.  It was her first time riding on a school bus.  She just recently made “Student of the Month”.  We are so proud of her.

Al and I enjoyed having barbecues and backyard fun with Emily and Jake.  They are so full of energy.  We can’t keep up with them but boy, they leave so many smiles on our face.

For my birthday (61st) this year my son, LeRoy, brought me some beautiful flowers, took me out to lunch, and then the movie “It” which I’ve been wanting to see.  Al and LeRoy made it a beautiful day.  I loved the movie.  I do love scary movies and thrillers.

Life was pretty low key for the next couple of months.  Al and I stayed home for Thanksgiving.  Rachel’s Mom invited us over for dinner but we opted for a quiet evening at home.  Both of us ended up sick so never had the dinner but that’s okay.  We had each other.

Our 1st snow was on Nov 6th this year.

Emily had a sleepover here on December 9th and we had a blast those two days.  We went to McDonald’s for lunch so she could play inside.  It was very cold those days.  Grandpa took her to the park the next morning.  Grandma went for the warmer playground.

After McDonald’s Emily and I headed up the street to visit a couple of reindeer that arrived in Spokane the day before.  She loved them!

We headed home soon after.  Al set up our tree and I fluffed it out and added the lights.  Emily was now ready to decorate the tree.  She did the whole tree and it came out beautiful.  It’s our new family tradition, having Emily and Jake, when he gets older, decorate our tree.  We listened to Christmas music and love was in the air. Grandpa Al hit the sack early.  He usually goes to bed between 7 and 8 pm and gets up very early in the morning.  Emily always tucks him in, giving him a kiss goodnight and putting out the light.  It’s so sweet!

The next morning Grandpa took her to the park.  It was rather cold and there were no kids there so they came home early.  Emily and I spent the rest of the days making sugar cookies.  Emily liked playing in the dough and flour.  We made enough cookies for her to take some home.

Jake got to spend the day with Grandma recently.  He is such a joy to be around.  At two years old he is quite the smart little boy.  When I spend time in the kitchen doing dishes Jake always grabs his little stool and sets it in front of the sink.  He loves to play in the water.  He knocks on Grandpa’s study to get him to play foosball with him.  He is getting the hang of the game really fast.  He loves foosball, and Grandpa, of course.  He is just staring to enjoy doing some puzzles and he yells yahoo! when he gets the pieces in place.

Al and I are heading over to LeRoy’s for Christmas Day dinner.  It will be a low-key day with just them and us.  Rachel celebrates with her family on Christmas Eve.  I’ll be watching Jake for a bit today while LeRoy goes to a teacher conference with Emily.  Afterwards he’ll drop Emily off for some time with Grandma making goodies for Christmas Day.  Mom and Dad have to do some shopping at Costco so the kids being here will make it easier for them.

I hope all of you will be having a wonderful Christmas holiday with your friends and family.


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Hello June

Hello June

Time is flying by!  Summer will officially be here in no time.  Our weather here has been crazy, as it has been in other parts of the country.  One day it’s in the 60’s, the next the 80’s.

 My doctor gave me a higher dose of one of my medications, changed it to extended release and after a week in a half, I feel it’s too much.  I’ve put a request in to lower the amount but haven’t heard back from him yet.  Hopefully, lowering it back down will help.  I’ve been very blah with no motivation to do anything.  I swear, it’s always something.

LeRoy is the Garden Center Manager at his Fred Meyer store.  He loves it.  He loves doing up his yard in the many flowers he sells.  The kids love helping him as you can see in the collage.  Did I ever tell you how much I love these kids? images/smilies/11Love-My-Grandkids.jpg

Speaking of the grandkids, Al and I will be seeing them today.  It’s been about a week.  We got Emily a little Frozen suitcase with wheels and a handle, for when she spends the night.  This will let Emily be able to bring some of her dollies over.  She loves playing dollies.  I think she is going to like it.

My poor Al has been fighting teeth issues on the bottom.  He has all implants on the top.  After another appointment today at 3 pm he should be done with the tooth that was hurting the most.  The dentist filled the others as that is all we could afford at this time.  Some of them need root canals and/or crowns but we have to save to get them done.

I’ve been working hard on trying to get back on track, one thing at a time.  First, I need to get off the Diet Dr. Pepper.  A few once in awhile is okay but I will drink 4-6 cans a day.  I have found if I don’t have any in the house, I will  as long as it’s iced.  I also put Crystal Light in the water sometimes.  My plan is to buy Al his Shasta Diet Cream Soda (he only drinks one with his dinner and popcorn) and not buy any Diet Dr. Pepper, which I love.  I’m hoping this plan will work.  I feel so much better when I drink water.  I didn’t drink any yesterday (ran out of them) and I did have a bad headache when I went to bed so I will have to deal with a caffeine withdrawal to some extent.  I don’t drink coffee but do have an occasional latte (Keurig).

The next think I want to work on is moving more.    Al and I are going to start walking 30 minutes, 3 days a week to start.  If we walk longer that will be good but we want to make sure we do the 30 minutes, 3 days a week to start.  We are planning to have Emily over a lot during the summer as she is a swimmer and loves the pool.  We  have one on the property.  Al is planning on teaching her to swim.  This will give us some more exercise .  When I’m ready I hope to get to the property gym which has a couple ellipticals and treadmills.  They also have a couple handball/racquetball courts that Al would love to use.  We got him some handball stuff and new tennis shoes for that.

This Journey of ours is not an easy one.  There are so many ups and downs and then life throws you a curve ball.  I believe that as long as you never give up wanting that healthy weight and lifestyle you will succeed.  The success may not be when you want it but it will come if you persevere.


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Heading Into Warmer Weather

Heading Into Warmer Weather

Good evening everyone!  I’m up way too late but wanted to stop in and visit with you a bit.  First, I’d like to share some photos of my grandkids.  They sure have put a lot of smiles on our faces.  Emily says the funniest things.  Jake is about a year and a half so isn’t saying much yet but it won’t be long.

Al and I are going to be watching them for a 2-4 hours, 3-4 times a week.  There is some overlap when Rachel goes to work and LeRoy gets home so she’ll drop them off and LeRoy will pick them up.  We are looking forward to having the time with them.  It will be nice to see them on a more regular basis, making memories.

Tomorrow LeRoy, Rachel, Jake and I are going to the Home and Garden Show at the Convention Center.  Emily is going to have an Emily and Grandpa day.  They are really looking forward to that.  She is very close to Grandpa.  LeRoy is the Garden Center manager at Fred Meyers so he is really interested in the show.  I love these kinds of things and the exercise will be good for me.

Concerning the Message Board, I have just purchased an update to vBulletin 5 Connect (we are using v4) which says it includes chat so hopefully we will be able to bring that back soon. I”m hoping this will also fix a lot of bugs on the Message Board we acquired with the migration to the new server.

I’m really trying to hard to focus on more protein and less carbs (under 200/day).  I’m still not doing great on drinking my water, especially when there is Diet Dr. Pepper is available.  The scale has been moving in the right direction, which is a good thing.

The forecast for the next 7 days is showing us in the low 50’s during the day and above freezing at night.  Hopefully the snow will finally go away until next winter.

Time for bed. 

Until next time…


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