Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Weekend shots

We headed down to the trestle in Rainer on Sunday so the kids could swim a bit. It was a super hot day, close to 90. Once we got there no one really wanted to swim, weird kids. So we hung out playing with the dogs in the water for a while and then headed back to the house. Morgan's boyfriend came over for dinner and we grilled yummy stuffed cheeseburgers. I love summer, now that it's finally here!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tenino Oregon Trail Days

One of my favorite things about living in a small town is local parades. There are usually two per year and I try to go to both of them. Jim and I went to a few yard sales this morning and then went back home to get the kids. We headed down to town and lined up on the sidewalk with the rest of the town to watch the parade. It was so sunny and hot out, a perfect day for a parade. The first thing out was the honor guard for the armed forces and then the mayor of Tenino. There were lots of fun things coming down the road, my favorite was the huge shopping cart from the local grocery store- they were throwing FOOD at the crowd-hilarious! It was fun watching the little kids run for the candy that was being tossed, I could tell my own kids wanted some but they were way too cool and mature to run out in the road and get candy... so Mom did it for them! After the parade we headed over to the park to check out the booths and get some lunch. We had some yummy BBQ and fries and an Italian icee thing that was delicious. The kids kind of complained about be drug down to the parade and the park but in the end they all had a good time. We laughed, we ate, we were together, it was all good.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

MIA again

I know, I know, I have been a bad blogger. Not many posts lately. I partially blame Facebook. After much prodding by Tiffany, I finally signed up for Facebook and now I find myself there more often than I am at my own blog. I post very little over there, but it's time spent that I should be doing other stuff. I need to work on that.
Monday I took Mike into the doctor for a second biopsy on some lumps on his thyroid. The first biopsy came back with "atypical" cells, meaning they could be something bad, maybe cancer. But they could also be nothing. So , to be sure, we had to do another biopsy. Look how happy Mike looks about that! This time they sampled two of the lumps instead of just one, so he got poked in the neck about 15 times. If you go to my Facebook(there it is again) you can see more pictures of the procedure. I think the doctor thought we were a bit odd when I asked to take pictures but he totally played along anyway. I tried to post them here but I ran out of time, I was doing it before work today. Anyway, we have another appointment with the specialist next Tuesday to get the results. Wish us luck!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Picking up the truck

Wednesday of this week we headed back out to Long Beach to pick up the truck. $550 later, we headed down to the jetty to do some fishing. This was part of the plan for the weekend that we never got to since the truck broke down. It was such a beautiful day, the weather was gorgeous, over 90 degrees at the beach. Jim fished and I hung out watching him, we even saw some dolphins right in front of us. It really was a nice , relaxing few hours. Then we headed up town to get our "Scoopers" ice cream, another one of those things we tried to do on Saturday but the line had about 35 people in it so we gave up. We also stopped at the covered bridge that we always stop at on our way home from Long Beach, Jim wanted to fish but there were kids swimming there. Traffic was good and we got home around 8:00, much better than last Saturday!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Pink Pages

I got a chance to spend some time in the Love Shack this weekend, some on Sunday and then some more today. I don't usually get a chance to use the color pink too often so I really had a good time doing these pages. I love the picture of Teri and I think the page turned out really cute too. The page of Mike turned out good too, him getting his license was a big deal so I'm glad I got it scrapped. So I'm thinking I'm just going to sit around for the rest of the day, maybe take a nap or something. Lazy day..... my favorite kind.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Let's do something today....

Those are my famous last words from Saturday. When Jim and I got up in the morning we talked about going somewhere to "do something" for the day. We talked about MT Rainier or the beach and let Mike decide if Long Beach sounded like a good idea. He agreed to Long Beach so we loaded up Lucy and some fishing poles and headed off down the road. Half way there we heard a weird sound coming from the front tire, so we pulled over to check it out. Jim thought it might be the power steering and that it wouldnt be a problem to get to the beach and back home safely.We got to Long Beach around noon and stopped for lunch at the Crab Pot where Mike and Jim ate a pound of fresh crab. I had grilled cheese,  I just hate seafood! Then we headed up into town to do all the normal tourist stuff we do in Long Beach, the candy store, the arcade, Scoopers, all the fun stuff. BUT.... on the way up town the car started to make a really bad noise from the front tire. It was so bad we went to the auto parts store and tried to take off the tire to see what was wrong. We ended up at an "old school" tire store where an interesting character helped up get the tire off and told us that the wheel bearing was shot. I don't know much about cars but the look on Jim's face said it all- we were in big trouble. The guy couldn't fix it but his friend down the road might be able to so we limped the truck 3 miles down the road to get the bad news. Because it was a holiday weekend he wouldn't be able to get the part until Tuesday or Wednesday. So that meant we either needed to find a place to stay in town ( no way that was going to happen on a holiday weekend, although a nice lady at the thrift store offered to let us use her tent and sleep in her back yard! LOL!) or get someone to come pick us up. So I ended up calling my sister who immediately said she would come to get us, no hesitation. The only problem was how we were all going to fit into her two seater pickup. So that meant she had to go to our house first to get my car and then head to get us. Just so you get how horrible this whole situation was, it's a 2 1/2 hour drive, each way if there are no delays. Once she was on the way we headed down to a lake with Jim's fishing poles to kill some time. And we did, 2 full hours. Then I called my sister to see where she was and she was stopping for gas, and then took a wrong turn and was still over 1 1/2 hours away. We walked back into town and found one restaurant to eat at so we tied Lucy outside and went on in. It was Mexican and it was empty, at dinner time. Kind of a scary thing but the food ended up being good and cheap too, we all ate for $16. So after about another hour, Melissa and Ashleigh made it and picked us up on the street corner. We hadn't even seen the ocean all day so we drove to the beach approach and I hopped out to take a few pictures and everyone else used the bathroom. Finally we were on the road, oh it's like 9:00 pm by now, just so you know. And then to put the icing on the cake Jim got pulled over about 30 minutes outside Long Beach. We were all so exhausted that all we could do is laugh and we even asked the policeman if we could take his picture to mark the event. He was hilarious and totally agreed, he even asked what kind of picture we wanted!! We finally got home at midnight, poor Melissa had to leave from our house to go right home and change for work. I'm sure she was exhausted. I can't say enough how grateful I am that she came to get us, I don't know what we would have done without her. So, to make along story short, I will never again utter those famous last words "let's do something today"......you never know what you might end up doing....