Saturday, September 10, 2011
Posted by Mary at 9:04 PM
Monday, August 8, 2011
Really? December 2010 was my last post? Ugh. I really dont want to hash about the last 8 months. So just the highlights.
Katie is at this moment in Paris with Florence and her family. Mixed feelings on sending her there but she is having the trip of her lifetime. Making memories for sure. She is gone for a total of 2 weeks...1 more week to go. I really do miss that girl! The constant parenting break has been good though.
My good friends Laura and Murray are here staying the duration of Katies trip. We have had lots of good belly laughs. They enjoy cribbage, backgammon and cards. Whats not to love. Laura is going thru a tough time with Hep.C and starts treatment when she gets home. I hope she is able to catch up lost time with treatment. We have had some good talks.
The garden is producing veges!!! My garden is doing well this year which is making my frame of mind better as well. I love the serenity I get from being in my garden and being rewarded by the produce!
Missing my family as always and wondering if we will ever get everyone together again. We did it so often in the past and I long for those days. I love my family so much. They know how to make me laugh til I cry and then some. Family gives us our deepest pain too because we love them so much and know one day we will have to let them go. Sometimes unbearable. But today I think about the laughter.
We are still a statistic for work. Mike is unemployed a solid year now and we have managed quite well. No accrued debt. We are spending the portion of savings we were hoping to invest into the future. I suppose the future is now. My spirit about good things come to those that wait is waning. I wonder if we will ever get over this hump without major life changing events. I am hanging on....
I hope to get back to doing this more often and post photos as well. Til then. Ciao
Posted by Mary at 9:14 PM
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
|Katie, Bree and Abbey|
|Tumwater High School Football|
|Florence and I never missed a game.|
Posted by Mary at 8:58 PM
Friday, October 29, 2010
|Florence and Katie warding off the aliens with their aluminum hats|
|An afternoon of culture|
|Gerard Schwarz last 25th year as conductor and his last year.|
|Razor Clamming in the worst weather ever @ the beach|
|Friday night football|
Then there was Homecoming. Another American Tradition. There was lots chatter about dates, restaurants, dresses, hair and such for 2 weeks. Poor Mike. He survived and nearly cried when he saw Katie. Now for me I realize how quickly time is moving forward now and I am trying to be in every second of every moment and drink it all in. What a joy.
|Katie's invitation to homecoming umm on my car by the way|
|Two very cool girls w/ dates jackets|
|Yep, couldn't be prouder|
|The Group that went to Homecoming|
Florence talks about missing her family and it makes me really home sick too. I have fantasies of family living close by and having Sunday dinner together and seeing them on a daily basis. I am happy to have the internet now so that I can read the blogs and chat on IM and email and texting and free long distance with the cell phone.But there is nothing like a hug.
This weekend is Halloween then before too long Thanksgiving. Florence will not believe the spread we put out for a holiday of gratitude!
I hope it will not be 2 more months before I post again but...
Posted by Mary at 11:52 AM
Thursday, September 2, 2010
She was quite nervous, understandably. But I am so impressed with her. She seemed very reserved but has since loosened up. Florence speaks English very well. As the days go by more and more without a strong French accent. Within 24 hours she was off to a birthday party with Katie at her friend Reid's house.
They went to the mall to have Reid's nose pierced, shopped then went to Reid's for a BBQ and Birthday Cake!
She fits right in here. When I apologize for Katie and her friends being so goofy and loud she says "This is how I act with my friends too". Good to know.
Each day we learn a little bit more about Belgium and Florence and her family. She has very strong family ties.
|Florence, Reid, Katie, Stephanie|
|Doors of the State Capitol Olympia|
|Trail to the Sound at Burfoot Park|
|Dip into Puget Sound|
|Mike and Katie on the sound.at Harstine Island. Katie skiied for quite some time.|
Posted by Mary at 6:56 AM