Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thrice Blessed

How so?  Randy's recent home leave of 2 weeks was chock full of family time--and so very intentional--leaving me blessed with 1) God's goodness displayed in and through our wonderful family 2) the grand time we had in the moment and 3) the memories I'm left with!

This blog is a wee bit late and I can blame it on this beautiful new baby:

Yes, I have crossed over into Mac land and am infatuated with this little (and super light) Mac Book Air.  However, we are still bonding; and while I've adapted great with email, general navigation, etc., transferring pictures and such has been a bit more challenging.  Good thing I signed up for classes, eh?

Without further ado, here are the pics from our week in the TriCity area of WA state with Jana & Ben's bunch followed by our week in Colo with Nikki & Casey's munchkins.

Cooking with the masters :D

Much more fun....and....

Such sisters--brings back some memories, hmm?

2 engineers hard at it--truly

Papa showing love by fixing everything in sight :)

How could my grandchildren not be gorgeous--look at the gene pool!

OK, a disclaimer here--for some weird reason, I don't have near the pics in Colo that I have from Washington.  Hmm...could it be that the camera man (ME) was distracted and busy with other things?  Ah well, the gene pool is the same as evidenced by the Mother's Day pic :)  Casey's absence was due to the Army (he says he was in Nebraska but we are suspecting he was in Special Ops seeing to that Bin Laden thing... :)

"Papa, come help me do what I can't do"   xxoo :)

Kelby got a Papa-esque hair cut :)

Good-bye's are never easy

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ready, Set...Exhale!


As wonderful as the last 5 weeks have been (OK, excluding the Nomad Adventure of choosing paint, wallpaper, etc., --twice--and packing up COMPLETELY the apartment in UB for remodeling--being with Randy was great despite all that ;) I am ready for some serious downtime.  As in lots of quiet interspersed with loud music, sleep, and, well, solitude.  Just enough to catch my breath.  Not that I would ever trade time with Randy--he is the ultimate "back door company," you know?

The 2 weeks of Randy's home leave were wonderful.  Chock full of family and each other.  Every moment intentional.  Every moment wonderful.

I took Randy to the the airport at 5 am this morning.  Sigh.  Alone again.  Sigh.  What's a gal to do?  Take a walk around the lake.  Have an absolutely quiet quiet time.  Whip through some housework.  Make appointments for hair and manicure/pedicure for today, hello:)   Buy a ton of annuals.  Appreciate all the eye popping green around me.  Grill some fish and veggies.  Watch a chick flick.  Yes!!
1 of 4 windows in my sewing loft--yep, all the same:  GREEN!
Geranium destined for the patio garden tomorrow--shh--it doesn't suspect a thing

This time last year, due to some personal & painful stuff, I knew that I would be all right in Jesus.  At this time, I feel I am all right.  Subtle, but substantial, difference.  Praise His name.

Tomorrow:  sleep till I'm done.  Play in the the dirt and plant flowers.  Sew!  Off the clock.  Blog about the last 2 weeks!  Great fun.  Good for the heart.

Stay tuned :)