Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas 2015

Time fly's between these posts! It's early in December and the recent weather makes us wish for an early spring. We've really been hit hard with rain and it seems like it will never end. Last weekend we went to Seattle to celebrate the holiday season with Ben & Matt. They hosted a lunch, we drove up to Jake's and helped him with Grace (Em was out of town). Grace was amazing (again), the party was from 1-3 which is right in the middle of her nap time. She smiled and visited with everyone and stole the show!

With each post there seems to be changes. Due to budget constraints at work, I now have Jan-March off. Chris, the boys and I are going to take advantage and head south to Borrego. As I sit here typing, we are having work done at our place. Rosie is working on building concrete patio's and landscaping while Phil is inside repainting. We have a lot of work still to do. New flooring is going to be installed after the painting, new furniture will be delivered when we get down there. Once we get the phone, internet and TV's set up it should be very livable and of course a little warmer than Hoodsport.

Merle & Donna are home for a few weeks, they've been gone since late July. We went over and saw the photo's from their trip across Canada, sounds like they had a great time. Merle shared several of the local beer flavors he acquired during the trip and he brought back several hat clips for me from several of the golf courses as payback for keeping an eye on his place while they were gone.

Back to Grace, she's now walking! She is just so darn cute! She gives us hugs, wet kisses on the cheeks and as the picture above shows, she loves blowing kisses. Jake & Em are doing a great job as mom and dad. Here's another picture of Grace in her evening fur collared coat.

Travis is doing good, he's just moved into his own place and now has a good paying job in a local factory in Wisconsin. His kids are growing fast and as always, keep Travis on his toes. Dillion will be a senior next year, he played football this season. Bailey just got a job at McDonalds.

Ben and Matt are doing incredibly well, both very successful, both very proud of each other. We sure enjoy their visits, they don't stop cooking from the moment they come in. Ben recently opened a new store inside the Roaster in Seattle and yes, that's Howard Shultz with Ben at the grand opening!

Christmas will be pretty low key around here as we make a shift in our lifestyle to spend time in Borrego. We are incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful family, good friends, a fun and diverse lifestyle and our health.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

End of Summer 2015

Six months has flown by since my last posting! Several items to get caught up on. Of course the lead story is Grace, Jake & Em are doing a marvelous job raising her, she is a delight. I'm always after Jake to send me pictures or a video since we don't have much of an opportunity to see them very often. She's not quite walking but she's getting real close, her latest trick is climbing up and now DOWN the stairs.

We had another great time this spring down in Borrego, weather was good, golf was great as they re-opened Rams Hill, a beautiful golf course on par with our Salish cliffs up here. Ben and Matt came down for a week and enjoyed cooking for us and lounging by the pool. We really enjoy getting to spend this time with them as do our friends. It was down in Borrego when we noticed that our good friend Jeff was having issues. Unfortunately his condition got worse when he got home, had an accident and has been hospitalized now for the past 12 weeks. I miss his wry humor, he's in Seattle, which makes it difficult to get time to visit. I hope by my next posting, I'll have good news to report about his recovery. At the end of our Borrego trip, Chis and I decided to invest in a double-wide on the RoadRunner golf course, it needs work and we are preparing to go down this fall to begin making it into our winter home. I think we bought at the right time, I just spoke to our realtor down there and all the golf course homes that were for sale have all been purchased. We'll miss our rental home but it'll be fun having our own place down there.

It's been an extraordinary dry summer, we did not get the typical wet months leading up to summer and it has been hard on the plants, the yard and of course the golf course. It's been a crazy busy summer up at Lake Cushman and now that it's late August, our tournament season is finished and I'm looking forward to working less hours and spending some more time here at home. Business has been very good, hope we have a good labor day and finish the year strong, I think we will. Pretty proud of my self for getting my handicap back down in that 8 or 9 range, finished second gross in the club championship - not bad for a hack!

This July we celebrated Christal's 60th BD, it was fun having Ben, Matt, Jake, Em & Grace over for the weekend. Hard to believe how fast time goes by, I think we are both glad to be working and productive and in reasonably good health. Chris gets the occasional call to help Jake & Em to babysit Grace while Em is away on work, she really enjoys some extended time with Grace.

Didn't do anything new in the yard, with the tough dry & hot summer I postponed any yard rehabilitation projects, maybe I'll do something in the fall.

Other noteworthy items that come to mind...Ben got promoted to a directors position at Starbucks. The stock market is having a tough summer due to issues in China. I traded in my Honda Ridgeline for a new Ford F150 (Seahawk Blue). that should give us the room we need for Carter, Riley, Chris & I to travel together to Borrego. I really like my truck! Donna & Merle are on their 5 month journey across the US & Canada. Donna has started a blog to chronicle their adventure. Bill & Debbie are well underway with their new home, nice to have the Ashby gang up here this summer. Superbowl 49 didn't work out well for the Hawks as Russell threw a pick in the final seconds when they should have given the ball to Beast Mode (we'd be celebrating our second straight championship). Looks like we'll fire up the family feud fantasy league again, I had a good year in 2014-15, not as optimistic for this season but it'll be fun. Good way to stay connected to the kids (Travis is commissioner).