Homecoming 2013

We had an eventful end to last week.  Heavy homework nights due to the end of the quarter drawing close, including huge book report projects that were pushed off until the last minute. Oh, how I love those.

Late Thursday night Bob got up to get a drink and heard a huge pop, which came from his knee. These knees have been through it, let me tell you. Multiple injuries and subsequent surgeries.  The ER docs said the same after looking at his x-rays, when we took him in on Friday due to pain and inability to walk on it.  We were the recipients of an apparent miracle, as we were able to get a follow up appointment to see an ortho doc this coming week. It typically takes weeks to be seen by VA orthopedics. So we counted our blessings as we wheeled him out of the ER and giggled as he tried to get into the car with an immobilizer on his leg (picture a 6'3" big guy here). All of this is a one minute summary of a day spent at the VA from approximately 9:20am to 2:45pm...in the ER. 

We zipped down I-5 in time to pick up the kids and grab an early dinner. 

Josie and I went to the Homecoming game a little while later.  Though I was tired from the days events, I still thought it would be an enjoyable way to end the evening.  And it didn't disappoint!  The coronation ceremony was lovely with all the funny quirks that come with them, like the court being driven around the track in classic cars waving to the crowd, microphones shorting out during speeches, long formal dresses getting stepped on by football cleats, and the crown slipping from the head of the sheepish King, still sweaty from the first half of the game.

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Speaking of the first half... our team was on fire and slayed our poor opponents. Once the coronation was over at half time Josie and I left.  It was a safe bet since this was the scoreboard at half time.

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Overall- a very full, but blessed day to look back on. 



Fall 2013

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We had a few crazy storms this September.  One afternoon we watched the street fill, and the sidewalks disappear in a matter of minutes.  The winds pounded the Summer dust right off the windows and blew down a portion of our backyard fence as well.  Several thunder & lightening storms occurred as well- which we enjoyed!  We don't get those very often in the Pacific Northwest, so when they happen they're a bit of a novelty!

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Our house sits up off the street so we didn't think we had much to worry about...until we went out to the garage, where we discovered water pouring in under our back door from the backyard. Lovely. Especially considering our garage is still full of boxes yet to be unpacked. Then we ventured out into the backyard and found that the gutter was blocked on the corner, and water was hitting the gutter and bouncing out- hitting the ground two stories below so hard that it was throwing mud up onto the side of the house. So FUN! 

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The stormy days meant lots of coffee, cocoa & cider. Stormy weather & warm drinks in mugs go hand in hand, don't they?

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And on those stormy, wet days we all find things that we cozy up and enjoy doing.. reading, watching movies, playing games...

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Probably should've spent more time tackling these boxes that still abound but...nah. They'll keep.

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Here's a few more random shots from around the house...

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 In October, Josie had a birthday party to attend at Bauman Farms.  We had not visited there before but I now plan for us to return as a family to enjoy it. I took a stroll through their garden area before we left. SO beautiful!

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Gorgeous, yes??
I loved all of the succulents and the planters. Beautiful.

'til next time...(whenever that may be)