Doing Life with Company

I’m sitting at the orthodontist playing with my phone while Adrienne  gets her every 6 week lube and oil. I’m having one of those days wherein we will finish school just in time for dinner, crossing the finishline on fumes. I started out pretty well. But around 12:30, the truck hit me and I have since tanked. It will take all my determination to finish school and get something resembling dinner on the table for my people. If I had had a boy home this afternoon, I wouldn’t have driven. So, armed with a diet pop, a cell phone loaded with apps and a helluva lotta pluck, I find myself in the land of Tweeners and their parents, waiting for the nice man to check the progress of straightening teeth.

Getting back to Eric’s parents. They were here last week for a few days to do life with us. We took them to Fairhaven right off cuz it’s our favorite and we knew they would love it.

There was a Farmers market on the green-every Wednesday afternoon in the summer.

Nicole and Jude met us there so they could meet Jude for the very first time.

We stopped for Rocket Doughnuts….

  …played around with the bronze statue of JJ Donovan….


…and had coffee on the top floor of Village Books.   
 And we headed to Boulevard to visit the fake beach. For those of you that don’t know, Washington beaches are mostly rocky. They aren’t sandy like those California or Oregon beaches. So Boulevard took out a bunch of rocks and dumped a bunch of sand and now it looks and feels like you’re at the real beach. Sorta cool when you get over how funny it is. Anyway, I caught Eric and his folks walking on the path over the water, so I snapped a pic.  


It was a beautiful day and we were glad Len and Candy were here to live it with us.

Well, new bands are on and my girl is done for another couple months. Hope you’re having a lovely day.

Don’t forget to own it.

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What is happening?  

Things are wonky with me these last few weeks. It started when Chris gave me a ride on his new motorcycle and I managed to lay that baby right down on its side at the gas station…with Chris on it. In my defense, I hadn’t been on a bike since high school. But still. It was one of those moments when as you’re doing the thing you know exactly how badly it’s gonna turn out but there’s nothing you can do to stop it. 

Thankfully, The bike was fine. I was fine. Chris was fine. And gracious. That boy is super gracious. 

The wonky comtined when I went to my cousin’s wedding in Tacoma. Dylan was driving and I was co-piloting, mesmerized by the little moving blip on my phone following the blue line that was leading us to the wedding. Suddenly the blue line went one way and the little blip went another because I had forgotton it was my job to tell the blip where to go. Dylan and I had a lovely drive round and round downtown Tacoma trying to get that blip back on that line. (Okay that’s harder than it sounds.) Thankfully, Dylan is a good sport and not easily irritated. He has also mastered the art of not laughing at his mother outloud in front of her. Bless him. 
Then, last week, I went to set a table upright again and reasoned the 20 lb wooden shelf that rests underneath would just fall back into place as I was working with gravity and all. Gravity bit me in the hiney, and as I was setting the thing up and the shelf began to fall and, as there was nothing I could do to stop it I thought, “this is not gonna end well”.  I ended up with 2 black and blue toes and walking in 5/8 time-(I’m rockin the whole limping thing)…the day before Eric’s parents came for a visit. 

Yesterday, I did a magnificent front flip double axle that was Olympic worthy as I tripped over the basket of Jude toys that I set on the floor next to the couch. 

One thing after another. I’m dropping stuff and forgetting stuff and if I didn’t know better I would think I’m pregnant. (Gosh I was a clumsy pregnant woman) My advice to everyone around me is if I’m carrying hot liquid or something sharp, best to give me a wide berth till this thing passes. 

On the upside, my hundreds of sticky notes and alarms on my phone helped me pull off another Korean Thanksgiving. 

The food was really really good. The sauces for the meat were from a jar at Safeway and we were all super impressed. We had Korean BBQ chicken and Sesame Ginger Pork. Oh. My. Goodness. SO good. 

I really love celebrating Korean (Asian) holidays. For one, I simply love other cultures and especially my girl’s. For another, many follow the lunar calendar so the dates vary each year. Love the randomness of it all. And by celebrating Thanksgiving in September or October, I can start decorating for Christmas early November and get 2 months of sparkly happy Christmasy stuff instead of only 1.  I win all around. (Quit groaning, I can hear you.)

We celebrated Welcome Home Day with our annual trip to the bakery. 

And we celebrated Molly’s 6th birthday. 

And it only took 132 sticky notes and 43 phone reminders to make it happen. We’re off to do school and hit the Firehall today. I’m going to try to get there without tripping, spilling coffee on anyone, or stabbing myself with a fork. 

Own the Day!

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The Last First

Eric’s parents came to visit. I’m going to try blogging from my new phone. I edited all photos on my phone that I took with my phone. Being part of the 21st century is exciting but has quite a learning curve when you’ve not used anything but a “dumbphone”. Bear with me.


On their last day with us we headed for -you got it-Port Townsend.  They hadn’t been here for nearly 10 yrs so we couldn’t leave out a ride on the boat.

Our first stop was lunch at Hillbottom pie.



Pizza is The Best I’ve ever eaten. $13 for a pie is more than enough for 2.



Eric and Len were so funny comparing and talking phones together.


I love this old bank building especially with the bikes out front.  Beautiful architecture.


But this is my favorite building right now  since someone loved it enough to repaint it.


 Don’t you love the old building advertising?


…and how about this Grand Old Lady? Ain’t she a beauty?

We strolled. We drank coffee. We window shopped. We ate pizza and bought chocolate at the candy store.  We laughed and ooohed over how cute Jude is. We got hot chocolate on the ferry.


We are glad they got to come and do life with us for a few days.  More to come. Now to hit publish and find out if I did it right-all from my phone!


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Owning Mundane Errands

We went to run errands.

I’m still learning about my new old phone. I am the proud owner of an iphone 4 that was Chris’s 5 years ago, and then Eric’s.  So I’m learning how to use it.  Today I learned that I don’t want to email pictures within the gmail program on the phone.  They turn out awful.  You’ll see what I mean as you read on.  So I had to do some playing around with them just to make them kinda fit to put on the blog.  I owned it.  The day, the camera, the bad pictures.  We must adapt, roll with it, be flexible.

So today I needed to run errands.  Just Ye Olde Boring Mundane Errands in Bellingham.  But I had all 3 of my kids home at the same time, which is a rarity, so we all went together. And having my kids with me makes it a thing.  An event.  An Adventure.

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First, I made homemade iced lattes for everyone.

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(look at how dead our poor grass is.) And head for Costco.  Adrienne and I start the Costco shopping, whilst the boys hit Office Depot:


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I’m sure the Home Depot people had no idea what was going on.

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Then we ran into an old friend at Costco!  (we actually saw 3 friends, but I only made one of them take a picture with me).  Kim and I have known each other since before there was Dylan, but we don’t see each other very often.  Fun to run into her. She showed me a cool list-making app I can get for my phone….

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and after we bought groceries, we had lunch.

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…and then pushed our load to the car.  We are SO dramatic.

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Then we headed to the bead store to pick up some pendants so I can make some Seahawks necklaces.

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And we found beads that the boys wanted made into necklaces, which I was more than happy to oblige.  Aren’t the skulls cool?


After the bead store, we go to Michaels for yarn that wasn’t there.

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…so we had to go to Joann’s

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where we found fun people to play with

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After that, our errands were done and we were on our way home when we realized we needed baby kisses. So we stopped at Nicole’s who had no idea we were coming and found us like this at her door–

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We each held and smooched on cute baby and his sweet mama.

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We arrived home, unloaded 1200 pounds of groceries and called our adventure a good day.

And we didn’t forget Eric–I bought his favorite:

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A day of mundane errands became a Grand Adventure because we chose to enjoy each other and Own It.

Whatever you’re doing today, Own It.

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Two Weeks Already

Can you believe it’s been two weeks since this little dude was born?  The weeks before the birth always seem to slow to a crawl, and then after the baby comes, those first couple weeks blur by no matter how hard we try to slow them down.

It took entire week for me to recover from the “jet lag” that being up all night caused.  A week before I didn’t need a nap till 3 p.m. after several mornings of being back in bed by 930 a.m.  I did pilates. I walked on the treadmill.  I weeded the front flowerbed.  And Adrienne and I met Eric in town for dinner and movie.

It’s crazy the difference in my health from day to day.  Crazy I say.

Enough of that.  That’s not why you’re here.  You’re here to see pictures of a cute baby. I shall not disappoint you. So, as Eric and Adrienne watch Pirates of the Caribbean (her favorite next to Jurassic Park), I have put together a little blog post for you full of Cute Baby Pictures.


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You deserve a couple pics from the hospital I didn’t post last time.  Last time was all about sweetness and the miracle of life.  Today is all about the reality that is us.  Here’s Papa in all his goofy glory while I was trying to get “Sweet 1st Grandpa and Jude Pictures” in the hospital. This is what I was dealing with:



As you can see by Jude’s face, he wasn’t terribly impressed with his first moments with his Grandfather.  But he’ll learn.  Eric will teach him all the goofy faces and how not to look normal for pictures.  Or Darren.  Neither of them can look normal for pictures.  That’s what we love about them.

Then Chris and Amanda came to meet Jude.



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And we played a little cards…


…while Jude had Daddy time.  See that face?  Jude will come by it honestly.


And Chris introduced Eric to a new game…we now have “New Game Syndrome” as we call it at our house.  The air has that New Game smell.  (Some of you know exactly what I mean.)

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I snuggled with Jude.

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And then Jude slept in the cradle.  This is the cradle that was built for me when I was expecting Nicole.  Each of our babies slept in it.  Now grandbabies will sleep here.



I’m off to run errands with all 3 kids today and Owning my Day means it’s a party.   Celebrate everything.  Even running errands with your kids.   I hope you’re having a lovely day.  Own It.

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Jude Charles Wright

I don’t even know where to begin.

Jude was born: 4:10 p.m.

7 lbs. 4 oz.

20 inches tall

on Tuesday, July 7th,

not moving, not breathing, gray…they whisked him away for a couple hours.  And we waited.  Nicole waited.  We waited for them to bring him back and say that he was going to be okay.


And when Darren was finally able to bring him back to her this happened…

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..and later, when we could hold him, this….

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…big strong 18 yr old uncle, all sweet and gentle

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and his auntie that can’t wait till he’s old to play video games…

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…and Dylan, so obviously delighted.




By 730 the next evening, Jude was home.  And then we got to love all over him…

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Welcome to the world, precious boy.  We are so glad you’re here.

You are so very loved.

Own the Day.

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They’re My Favorite

The house is quiet.  Summertime at my house means after Eric leaves for work at 7, I don’t see anyone till close to noon.  Teenagers and college students have close personal relationships with sleep.  I’m debating my day–whether to make scones and heat the house up on a day when the temps in my house will hover around 87 degrees, I really want to drive into town and buy yarn for a baby blanket for a friend that’s due in September, maybe stopping by and having lunch with Eric….so many choices, so little energy.

Today I want to tell you about a weekend we spent in Port Orchard hanging out with Chris and Amanda. They’re my favorite.

(And, because I know people will misunderstand me, let me be clear: They are ALL my favorite.   All the kids are favorite.  And they know it.  And they know what I mean when I say one is my favorite today.)

This weekend, we went to stay with Chris and Amanda; they were my favorite.  Both favorite.

They live in Port Orchard now, (after moving back from their 2 years in Arizona), which is on the same side of the water as Port Townsend.  It’s not urban like the Seattle side. It’s much quieter and slower and beautiful. They live on a gorgeous piece of property in the woods.


In the 25 years we’ve been in the PNW, Eric and I have never explored Port Orchard or Bremerton.  Look at this spectacular view of Seattle from across the water!!!  Do you see the Space Needle?


We drove to Bremerton next.  Amanda and I had found a Naval Museum online that we wanted to explore, so we parked and walked.  Look at my people! Aren’t they beautiful?



The Puget Sound Navy Museum is fantastic.  If you get a chance, do it. Go there. It’s completely free, updated with interactive computer things, interesting exhibits.  You feel like you’re on a ship.  And it’s in a cool old building with lovely people to answer your questions.


The exhibit that drew us there was the history of the connection of tattoos with the Navy called,”Skin Deep: The Nautical Roots of Tattoo Culture” .

There were 3 different themes to the exhibit:  Nautical Roots of Tattoo Culture, Tattoo Culture in War from the Civil War through WWII, and Renowned Sailors in Tattoo Culture.

They had lots of artifacts on display including an antique tattoo kit estimated to be from the 1920s and an interactive display where you can sit in a vintage chair and select a Sailor tattoo to be projected on your arm.   I tried to get a picture of that, but it was too dark in there, so I grabbed one off the internet so you could see:


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“A sailor without a tattoo is like a ship without grog: not seaworthy.”

~~19th century New York City Tattooist Samuel O’ Reilly


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Of course, we also goofed around on the displays.


We headed back to the car and ate our picnic lunch.  Then we headed to Kitsap Humane Society so Chris and Amanda could look at the dogs, not really planning on adopting, just wanting to look and dream a little….


…..and then they met Maddie and before we knew it we were doggy grandparents!  It was such a special thing to be there when Maddie first became part of the family.


A lovely visit with our favorite people.  We stayed 2 nights and then headed north and took the Port Townsend ferry back.  I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the area with them.

Time to drop some chicken in the crock and make those scones while it’s still cool enough.

Own the Day!

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