Saturday, January 19, 2019

Texting

For many years Beth has answered my texts with one word, usually 'Okay'. Sometimes spelled okey. Sometimes it's Yes or No. Or 'Thanks' or 'Yes I did'. Just simple answers, one or two words.

Beth lives at a slow speed. She walks slower and when she does chores around the house it takes her longer to do them than it would you or me. At the grocery store it takes her a while to get all her groceries on the conveyor belt thing.

But technology isn't something she has to do quickly. She can sit at her desk for as long as she needs to figure out how to send a photo or change her ring tone. And she loves her phone!

We've given her a laptop but she just never used it. We've tried getting her to use our laptop to get on Facebook but she just doesn't want to. But using her phone, that's a whole different story!

To be honest this is something I never even considered when Beth was born. Our concerns were about her sitting up and walking. Not 'Will she be able to navigate the internet?' The internet hadn't even been invented yet! Yet she has just grown with the times and learned the technology right along with the rest of us.   

In the last 6 months or so I've noticed her texts are becoming more complex. She combines two topics and uses various words.

Instead of always answering with 'Okay' now she'll sometime use 'Alright'. And it's spelled right too!

I sent her Diana's birthday list.
"I got it already mothera"

Do you want to watch the movie with us?
"No thanks I'm good"

I tell her I'm going to Safeway.
"Okay and can you get my lunch for Wednesday please"

"Can we go to Safeway and dollar tree after work is done please?"

"I do want to go shopping for groceries and new cd player and batteries to"

It's been kind of fun! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Quiet

Things have been a little quiet around here the last few days. Sharaya and Allie come over for dinner, lunch actually, on Sundays and then sometimes Sharaya will go grocery shopping while we hang out with Allie. I told Sharaya that Allie is 9 now so we're almost beyond the 'babysitting' stage. She's grown up so fast.





We watched Christopher Robin and I got out all my Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals. When I was in high school some friends came up with the Pooh Pack. Each one of us were given a name of one of the characters that matched our personalities and we'd have sleep-overs and parties, all around the Winnie the Pooh theme. Since I was a senior and they were all underclassmen, they would ask my advice on situations at home and help with school so naturally I was Kanga. I've had some of these stuffed animals since high school but the big ones our girls bought when they were little. I just can't bare to part with them!





The weather's been really nice, cold but sunny so I took the cover off the fire ring and when Sharaya got back from the grocery store we sat outside until it got dark, talking and drinking hot chocolate.


Today Beth is at All Aboard and Chuck is working. I've had a few hours to myself, doing laundry, filled the dishwasher, emptied the trash, but no real responsibilities, no deadlines, it's been very nice.

So how's your week going so far?

Saturday, January 12, 2019

One of Her Favorite Things

Beth loves to shop. She'll often ask me if we can go shopping and did you know there are different kinds of shopping?

There's grocery shopping. 



There's running errands where you go to the drug store for cough drops and EmergenC or to Home Depot for a hammer. 

But her all-time, absolutely favorite kind of shopping is 'shopping for fun' as she calls it. That's completely different from all other kinds of shopping! Well, today we went shopping for fun.

And she came home with a brand new phone.



She's been downstairs playing around with it and learning to text again. You should have seen her face when I showed her all the emojis!! She is so happy!

When was the last time you went shopping for something fun?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Lion KIng!

For Beth's birthday back in October we got her tickets to see The Lion King at The Paramount Theater. Our tickets were for January 1st and we were so excited!

Sharaya and Allie came over on the 31st and we celebrated at midnight by clinking our glasses of Sparkling Cider and watching the fireworks at the Space Needle.

(Thanks Google!)


These two pictures are from 2017 but it's pretty much what happened this year too. 😊



We slept in January 1st and just hung out all day. We had a quiet, lazy day, it was nice! Then around 3:00 Beth and I started getting ready. 

I have absolutely NO sense of direction so I had been on the computer and had 'driven' to the theater on google maps. Chuck then gave me some directions and I wrote those down and studied them. Pitiful I know.  😅 But I was so nervous driving downtown by myself!

But we made it!! We sat in the parking garage for a few minutes and even I was surprised at how much I was shaking. I. Do. Not. Like. Driving. Downtown. 

But we were there and were so excited we could barely stand it!



Once we got inside we headed to the merchandise area and bought a mug and Beth got a key chain and a bag... 



When it started Rafiki came out on stage and blew everyone away! The actress was phenomenal! The whole show was amazing! It grabbed you at the very beginning and never let you go! We had so much fun!

  

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The End of a Remarkable Week

Even though we decided to go somewhere together instead of buying gifts, we still did stockings on Christmas Eve. We all bought one or two items for each stocking so that it wasn't left up to one person to do it all.


 
 
Plus Allie got her Christmas Eve pajamas and stuffed animal. It's a tradition Chuck's mom started with our girls when they were little. When Sharaya had Allie she asked if I could carry on this tradition and I was more than happy to!


 1994


 1998


2018 


Allie opened a few more gifts on Christmas morning and Sharaya and Diana fixed dinner for everyone. It was so nice to not have to cook or really have any responsibilities that whole week!

Reading Luke 2, about the birth of Jesus 









We watched home movies... oh my gosh we laughed so hard over those! This one was Christmas morning of 1997 I think. 



Then Sharaya and Diana took a walk down by the lake while Chuck, Beth, Allie and I scrambled to take down all the Christmas stuff and put up birthday decorations! We were trying to make it a surprise but I think Diana probably knew what we were doing. 😁

Her birthday is on December 27 and since we were leaving on the 26th to come back to Seattle and she was flying home, we celebrated her the night before we left. 

Happy Birthday Diana!



 


  
I keep thinking about everything we did and how much we laughed... do you do that too? Go over everything again and again, reliving it because it was just so amazing?!

Monday, December 31, 2018

First Time On Skis

We got to the lodge early on Monday so Sharaya and Allie decided to go tubing. The rest of us stayed inside where it was warm and we just watched.









Can you see the person coming down the hill with their arms up? That's Sharaya! Allie is at the top, about ready to come down.


We were able to buy our passes there at the lodge so we didn't have to wait in line at the start of the trail.

We drove into Leavenworth and rented our equipment: skis, poles and boots. Chuck and Beth decided not to do it so they brought their phones and tablets and hung out in Starbucks while we drove the 10 minutes to the trails. 

We had signed up the day before to get lessons but when we got to the little cabin place, I was told that the form was just to let them know we wanted lessons. Then they would contact us and we could set up a time. But it was Christmas Eve and they weren't giving lessons that day. "But it's really easy and I know you guys will be able to figure it out!"

People will tell you that cross-country skiing is a lot like walking. But they forget to tell you it's a lot like walking... on ice!

This was the very beginning of the cross-country trail.




I fell about 3 yards into it, right away, bam! Down I went! We all took our turns, falling and laughing, falling and laughing!





Sharaya and Allie seemed to get the hang of it really fast and they left Diana and I in the dust. At one point we spotted them across a small, I don't know, a valley thing, they were way ahead of us let me put it that way! So much so that Diana suggested we just take off our skis and run to catch up with them, so we did! It gives a whole new meaning to 'dashing through the snow'!



After a while we all got our rhythm and ended up having such a great time! The scenery was gorgeous, it was so quiet and I sometimes stopped just to take some pictures of our surroundings. I can't remember the last time I tried something new like this! A lifelong memory for sure!