Saturday, August 05, 2006

The blog days of summer....

I haven't been good about updating lately. /hangs head in shame.

It's not that like there hasn't been anything going on, in fact, it's been quite the opposite-everyone has been busy.

I figured I would put a picture in here that Phil sent me on my cell phone yesterday. He and Sebastian were hard at work sanding our deck, and he snapped a picture of Seb sanding away. They got a lot done, too....they got the entire back side of the deck done and they're halfway through the portion of the deck that runs along the side of the house. Seb thought it was great stuff.

We've had some really nice weather here this summer. It's been nice to have it be warm, but without the humidity. The only bad thing is that our place really retains the heat, so when we had a pretty significant heatwave, we were strategically placing fans throughout the house to get some air to circulate.

The kids didn't mind, though. When Annie called me up and we were trying to brainstorm something to do that would A.) Keep the kids cool and B.) Keep them out of our hair for a while, we tossed a few ideas around, like the park or the lake etc, but in the end we just set up the pool and the slip and slide in our back yard and sent the sunblocked kids over to play, and then we parked our butts on the deck under some shade.

If you ask me, the kids had a blast. The slip and slide was a hit as you can see by the picture. That's Blake on the left, and Sebastian on the right. You always know which one is Sebastian, he's always in his Spiderman swim trunks. ;)

Even the pool was a hit, which was kind of a suprise, but I guess the fact that it wasn't a "baby" pool helped matters. I guess those plastic pools with the fish all over them aren't the "in" thing anymore. This particular weekend, WalMart and Target were out of everything warm weather air conditioners, no fans, and no pools or pool toys. As luck would have it, this was a pool that we had bought in New Jersey and had never used, so we put it on the moving truck still in it's original box, so that worked out really well. The only thing we couldn't do was find little pool toys, but in the overall scheme of things, those didn't matter one little bit.

Annie and I signed up at Curves together last week, and yesterday was our 8th workout. I think that my body is in shock, because before this, my idea of exercise was to knit and to purl, or to walk into a Starbucks to order coffee three times a day. We've gone from that to a 5 day a week work-out routine, and hopefully by doing that and making some diet changes, I can work on getting rid of some of the weight that I have gained since I quit smoking. This also means that I have switched from my Venti Banana Mocha Frap at Starbucks to a fat free sugar free drink that's like a tongue twister to try to order. Poor Phil has to carry a notecard around with my drink order on it for when he's out and about and stops by to get me coffee.

Here's a picture of Annie and I, on the day we had the kids out in the pool and on the slip and slide. A really bad picture, actually. It was like 100 degrees out and even though there wasn't any humidity, it was still fairly miserable. Anyway, this is the picture that inspired me to sign up at a tanning place, and spend daily time with my Total Gym. ><

Incidentally, this is also the same day that she called me to tell me that she had cut off her hair--just as Andrea was on her way to my house armed with her scissors to cut off mine and color it. Poor Andrea has been by a couple times a week since then, always taking a little bit more off, because although I wanted it a lot shorter than it is in the picture above, I was taking the weenie way out by having it done in stages. She came by yesterday and cut it again, and now I think it's finally perfect. And Andrea is still speaking to me, lols.

Well, I'm off. Got laundry to do, and hopefully a little bit of knitting somewhere in there.


1 comment:

lordoWA said...

Nic - Funny world! Just as you moved home from Jersey, Caroline and I up and left Seattle to move back 'home' as well. We're both now in Wahkiakum county on Puget Island. It's a long story, but I believe my wife has summed it up well:

Take care, and fire me an e-mail sometime at if you'd like.

Loren aka McT in a previous life