Friday, August 26, 2011

Mom's an official home owner in Arizona!


We did it! We did it! We found a wonderful new home for my Mom and as of today she officially owns every square inch of it. It will still be awhile before she moves down here, but we so look forward to welcoming her to her new home. For the first time in my adult life, my Mom will live near enough that we can see each other whenever we want....holidays, birthdays, or even on regular old Saturdays. Yay!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Recharged.


We spent the day at Josh's parents' ranch today. It was a nice opportunity to recharge our batteries and spend a little time with family. 

Luke's pool.

Honey recharged her batteries too.






Chubs hiding out.



Yum.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wedding Invites In The Mail - An Apology


I apologize in advance that the rsvp cards did not get stamped. Erin and I were so excited to stuff and seal the  envelopes that we just plum forgot. Oopsie! Hope you have a stamp to spare, dearest family and friends.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Being Alone


I traveled alone last week for work. Jamie was supposed to be with me but had to bow out at the last minute for an emergency. I used to travel alone quite a bit. It was painfully obvious that I'm not used to be alone any more and although I was in one of the most beautiful cities (Seattle), everything seemed a little dull. I started thinking about how my life has changed since I started to share it with Joshua. One thing I know for sure, I always enjoy things better if he is by my side. I'm so glad that I get to spend the rest of my life with him. Being alone is okay, being with someone is better, but being with Joshua is the best!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gig Harbor, Washington Is Gorgeous


Today, I drove out to Gig Harbor, WA for a day with Artbeads. The drive was a treat. Maybe it is my Montana roots, but there is something so refreshing about rural America. This was definitely rural and I definitely loved it!


After my meeting, I took my time driving back to Tacoma. I am obsessed with the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It is gorgeous. So much so, that I stopped at a park to get a better look (Titlow Beach Park). What you can't see in the pictures is that the bridge is a beautiful blue color. The park turned out to be great.








Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Washington Park Arboretum

Clearly the best part of my day, I stopped by the Washington Park Arboretum. My original appointment rescheduled for Friday. So, I visited a bead store in north Seattle on a whim and finished with them right around the time that end-of-the-day commute traffic starts. So instead of sitting in traffic, I decided to go for a walk and get some fresh air. It was a beautiful day. I barely scratched the surface of this park. It's huge!


An owl? He or she was quite beautiful!

Love these colors!



Unintentionally, I found myself in downtown Seattle on the way home. It was not the plan, but was a pleasant surprise. Driving in downtown is complicated, even in a little VW bug. Although, I have to say, Washington drivers are pretty great. I've been quite impressed. I somehow maneuvered my way both in and out of downtown Seattle. I even parked and got a quick bite to eat. I love that it doesn't get dark until 8:30. It feels as if there is so much more time in the day.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tacoma - Museum of Glass


I'm visiting Washington State this week for work. I had some free time today, so I headed to downtown Tacoma to visit the Museum of Glass.

Museum of Glass - Outside

Museum of Glass - Inside Hot Shop


Spinning a platter





I love that old building. We used to do a bead show in it, years ago. There is some amazing Chihuly glass on display in the lobby. The light from the big windows makes the glass feel other worldly. There is something really neat about new, modern art in an old, historic building. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Popcorn, peanuts and cracker jacks



Row 4
D-backs vs. Dodgers
Perfection.

We were so busy this weekend. We really don't like to have so many plans. I think that both Joshua and I prefer unstructured time. We attended a funeral, a graduation part and a ballgame. Also, we picked up and stuffed our wedding invitations. OH, and I had (have) homework. Sheesh - I'm tired just thinking about it all. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Dad's birthday

Today would be my Dad's birthday. I recently scanned the majority of his pictures so that I could share them easily with family. He always loved a good celebration. I can't help to think that he'd want me to always celebrate his life and not be sad about his death, as hard as that may be sometimes. Here are some of my favorite pictures.....

Baby.

Left.


Left.



That's me with my mom and dad.





I tied up the last real loose end yesterday; I closed his bank account. It was tough. I think there was a sense of finality. I realized that it was the last thing that I had to physically go do to tidy up his estate. When you come to the end of the list of things that you have do, what are you supposed to do next? Grieve? Possibly. I'm still working on that. But not today. Today, I am going to do my best to celebrate.

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