Thursday, December 18, 2014

College Update

Drew finished his first semester of college and passed all his classes!  Woohoo!

It was touch and go this week though as he woke up on Saturday morning with a severe case of food poisoning!  I was delighted (not) to be getting moment by moment texts about the intestinal distress.

Luckily his final was not until Weds afternoon and by then he was better.

He also spent his 19th birthday (Tuesday) sick in bed and recovering.   So sad for him!  But not to worry, Jim, me, Tina and Marty went out to dinner to celebrate Drew's birthday without him. 

So - Congrats to Drew for a semester well done and for surviving a bout of food poisoning in the dorms without his mama close!  So much to learn in college!

It's Raining Squirrels

We have been getting a lot of rain lately.  A LOT! 

During a break in the rain, I took the dogs out for a quick walk before work.  They were especially wound up because they have been in so much.

So we are walking along.... on the sidewalk,....right close to our house.... and a squirrel falls from about 15 feet up out of a tree right onto the sidewalk 8 feet in front of us!

All three of us were was the squirrel that landed with a thwud!  Seriously....say the word thwud out loud and that is what is sounded like!

The squirrel jumped up and ran up the tree trunk.

The dogs ran over to the tree and sniffed like mad.  Ahi even stood up on her hind legs and yipped a little.

It was like xmas had come early and Santa was dropping squirrels out of the sky for them!

Sunday, December 14, 2014


The kids like to wind up the weener so that she growls and shows her teeth.  It's a big game.  Today I caught it on film.

Grace is laying on her making kissing noises and Ahi is angry about it!  The funny thing is that as soon as Grace stops they are best friends again!

Underbite - time for some ortho work!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Elf on the Shelf

At Thanksgiving while here in SJ Mimi got an Elf of the Shelf named Penelope.  She went back to EDH and has been pulling all kinds shenanigans!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Pismo - G's 15th birthday trip

Sitting on the patio watching the people
Grace and I are in Pismo for her 2014 birthday weekend (a couple months late....but that's what you get when you play too much soccer).

I picked her up from school at 2:30 and we headed down.  We hit rain just about the whole way and sometimes it was HEAVY!  Grace slept about an hour and the dogs slept the whole way. 

When we got here we went for a walk on the boardwalk and pier and they were doing a xmas production.  Santa was there and they lit up a tree at the end of the pier (see pic).   They also had a choir singing xmas music.  They were really good but Grace and I were totally distracted by a guy who looked just like Dwight from "The Office".  He was playing violin wearing a trench coat.  Then we moved on to giggling about a guys looked like something from a comedy sketch.  We tried to get pics but they walked away before we could!

The dogs were a little unsettled for an hour or so and then they settled right in.  Ahi was in her bed and Daisy was laying by my feet.

We ate some cheese, crackers and salami for dinner, watched the OR vs AZ football game and played some backgammon before crashing for the nite.

I took the dogs for a long walk on the beach in the morning.  Ahi, who hates sand, loved it because it had been raining the day before so the sand was really firm and not flying in her face.  She ran around like crazy and kept running back to be as if to say, "can you believe this?  it's so fun!"

Ahi in her bed

At the end of the pier

Watching the people go by

5:30 am

A nice place to have a cup of tea....or five!

First surf of the weekend

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Thanksgiving Tree

This is our "Thanksgiving Tree 2014".  Everyone wrote what they were thankful for on a leaf and put it on the tree.  A common theme was friends, family and health!  Most notable was "barley and hops" - put on the tree by the TNDC boys.

Daisy and Jonah

Last nite Grace was working on a school project about Jonah and the whale.  She had videos of her and her classmates signing the story and she had to add voice overs and some props.  She was sitting in front of the fireplace working and Daisy was right there having a little snooze.  So Daisy became the ocean in the story.  If you look close you can see Jonah on her shoulder - he is a little Lego man.  The seas got a little rough when the ocean woke up and had a big stretch!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Ugly Xmas Sweater

Grace made this ugly xmas sweater for school.  Grandma Kathy picked up the red sweater at the Thrift Box and Grace used felt and xmas balls to "spruce" it up.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

We hosted Thanksgiving 2014 at our house and had a crab lunch at 12:30 and a traditional turkey dinner at 6:30!  And for good measure, Uncle B and Auntie D made lumpia for an afternoon snack!   It was a beautiful 75 degree day.  We enjoyed a walk in the middle of the day and watched a lot of football.

It was a wonderful day!

My cool new drip candles

Indoor crab

Outdoor crab

Standing room only

Making lumpia

Finished product

Frying up the veggie lumpia

Ready for a crab feed

Working on the turkey

Succulent thief

This accidentally jumped off a plant and into my hands while I was out for a walk.  It was hanging over the sidewalk so it was in danger of being kicked anyway so I feel like I saved its life.  It is a really pretty reddish color.