Sunday, September 20, 2015

Almost fall!

We've been back to school for 3 weeks. It's been so hot, you'd never think the first day of fall is this week.
I miss this little girl so much! She's watching My Little Pony in this pic. She doesn't get to watch much TV, and she really loves it. 
Oscar was never around kids, especially babies. When Garrett fusses, Oscar gets really upset, and looks at us, clearly expecting us to do something!

Right before I left them, Amary went and got her doll's boppy pillow, and sat down with it and wanted to hold Garrett. She looked so pleased with herself!

I've had a busy week- Wednesday was dinner with the nurses, Thursday was dinner with Rosanne, and Friday was dinner with Cookie Swap. By Friday night, I was so tired! 


Monday, September 7, 2015

Jet Lag got me good

I flew to SeaTac to be with Manda and Ben when this little guy was born. I got there at 11 pm on August 11. He was due August 18. August 12, which was Ben's birthday, Ben knocked on my bedroom door at 6 a.m. their time- Manda's water had broken! He called neighbor Sarah to come for Amary, and called Steph and Dan to start up. We got to the hospital at 6:55 a.m, the the baby arrived at 7:23 a.m.!
After a little discussion, Manda and Ben decided to name him Garrett Alexander. He weighed in at 8 lbs, 12 oz, only 2 oz less than big sister Amary weighed. 

The next morning, Amary waited for Mama and Dada to arrive home. We didn't tell her til we knew they were almost home with baby Garrett. 

Garrett wasn't impressed to be home! The first night, his crying kept waking Amary up, not to mention his tired parents. It took a bit before he'd sleep a 3 hour stretch between nursing. 

When he's awake, he's bright eyed and bushy tailed! I got to be there for almost the first three weeks of his life! It was so hard to leave, but I do have a life and a job here! I've been home a week today, and I think I've finally conquered the jet lag.


Thursday, August 6, 2015


I had to have Ralph figure out how to add pix to the blog- what a complicated procedure!

We/he had to save all my pix to some other system- it just got ridiculous. Anyway, that's Sly lounging in the tub, one of his favorite spots.
And here's the hat that I made for Baby Boy, in Husker colors. The diaper cover is made, but I have to sew on the buttons.

Posting now, since this is a trial.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

One week

One week to go til I leave for Mill Creek! I just booked Rapid Rover for pick up and delivery, and I have my list of things to not forget. I won't pack til the day I leave. 

I still have things to do- mainly, quilt Baby Boy's quilt. He's due Aug 18, and Manda is huge. Second pregnancies are harder, since you're chasing around the result of the first pregnancy. Amary hugs and kisses Manda's belly, but I don't think she has any real idea of what's going on. 

We saw them in March, for 2 days. We haven't seen Steph and Dan since early December! 

Yesterday I went to Trader Joe's and Bath and Bodyworks. They have the cutest line of vineyard inspired hand soap, in bottles shaped like wine bottles. And they have fall themed soaps and lotions. And I had a retail me not coupon! 

Our county library does the coolest thing. Every month they have a list up of all the books they've bought that month. I use it to make a list of books I want to read. Some months are a bust, but some months they have tons of good stuff.

It's still hot, 90 every day. The weather pornographers say the heat wave should break soon- probably as soon as I leave for WA. 

And now to get tuit!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Heat wave

It's going to be in the 90's all week. Thank goodness for AC! The PacNW is also having a heat wave- it could be 100 in Portland! And most of those poor people don't have AC. 

Except for the buttons, I finished the football diaper set for Baby Boy. Not long til he's due! I fly out on the 11th, and come back the 31st, have Sept 1 to recover, and back to work Sept 2. 

I'm still working my way thru the In Death series by JD Robb. I love the at home scenes with the cat. 

Today I had some errands to run, so I picked up Chick Fil-et and had lunch with my mom. I brought her an extra sandwich, which she likes to have for later. Ralph was at Krav Maga, and says they gave him a good workout. Now I think I'm in for the day.

I got the panel and backing for Baby Boy's quilt, so I have to get downstairs and get that quilted. 

Not much else going on, I feel like I'm in a holding pattern, waiting to go to Seattle.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summer Mode

I love summer break. If it's practice for retirement, I'll do fine. Ralph gets up around 6 when the Sly alarm goes off- he comes in, jumps on Ralph, and walks around meowing til Ralph gets up and feeds him and lets him out onto the porch. I get up 8ish, which is so much better than 6:30.

A lot of days I make a full breakfast- eggs with pork roll or sausage and toast. Or waffles and sausage. Because of the big breakfast, we either don't have lunch or just something light. 

I found a crockpot rice pudding recipe that we like- Ralph loves rice pudding. I made that for the second time last night. It only takes 2.5 hours on high, and makes a good amount.

After checking email, I piddle around. I've been working in the guest room and sewing room, cleaning and rearranging. I've made one GWL run, and am almost ready for another. At some point, I had bought a bunch of pillow forms. I looked at them and thought, "Nah.". So I gave them away to someone who was happy to get them, and that got them out of the house! 

Since Ralph got the George Foreman grill with removable inserts, we use that at least once a week for burgers, hot dogs or chicken. With just the two of us, it makes plenty, and saves him firing up the propane grill outside. 

I finished and mailed out Baby Boy's afghan. Next up is a diaper cover set in Husker's colors. It took me two days to find where I'd put the pattern. 


Monday, July 13, 2015

Hot, hot, hot!

It's in the 90's right now. Too hot- walking from the garage to the house, my hair was soaked with sweat! I made eggs and sausage for breakfast, then we went out to do errands. 

We did the DNA test for, so we dropped that in the mailbox, got gas, and went to the County Store to get the passport renewal forms. They do the pix right there, and put it all together in an addressed priority envelope, which we then had to go to the post office to mail. I also had to pick up an RX from the foot doc, and drop it at Walgrens. Since we were out, we went to Perk's and did the food shopping. I hope I'm in for the day now, in the AC. 

The guest room is coming along nicely. Ralph has to fix a few tiles, and I want closet doors and another storage cabinet. Now I'm piddling around working in the sewing room, getting that in shape. 

I finished Baby Boy's afghan, and have to start his football diaper cover. He's due in a little over a month! We're hoping he arrives on Ben's birthday. 

And the beat goes on!