Saturday, September 14, 2013

Christmas IS Coming


















YES, you read the title right!!!  We are 101 days until Christmas.  Now why is that significant??? Because I have decided to do a 100 Day Challenge and I want to end right before Christmas, so I need to start today.   Here on the blog, I have written about 30 day challenges, and I have even done a couple.   I think I'm ready for a 100 Day Challenge--maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment or I miss those on-line challenges I've done before.  When I first did the 30 day challenge, I only did two or three.  This will  force me to JUST KEEP GOING!!!   If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know I am a list maker.  So I have my list of goals.

I am not going to put my goals here because some are very personal.  I will just say that they include physical fitness, spiritual, and personal.  I will tell you that one of them does involve one treat a day (scary because during that 100 days there will be Halloween, and i am one who has to buy Halloween candy a couple of times if I buy it too early ; )  There will also be Canadian Thanksgiving and American Thanksgiving--yes, we celebrate both, and, of course, all that Christmas baking!!!

I was going to add a goal to practice 15 minutes a day, but I really can't do it with my left wrist ; (  So that will be one for another time!!!  So wish me luck.

Now, speaking of Christmas, I have already started my Christmas shopping.  Yippee!!!


SIDENOTE #1:  It is starting to feel like fall and I love everything about Fall.  The temps, the colors, the smells, making and eating soups, etc.   I can't wait for the trees to start turning.  (I still miss our big beautiful pine tree.)

SIDENOTE #2  I went for my first physical therapy appointment on Wednesday and I asked her why the outside of my wrist is still so painful.  She explained about the bones lining up, etc., and then said, "He did tell you that you broke your wrist in two places, didn't he?"  Now before you think that it was wrong of him not to tell me, let me say, my hearing isn't the greatest.  He very well, could have told me and I just didn't hear him.  I only heard about the inside part of my wrist where the bad break was.  She also explained that it broke at the joint and the reason they waited to permanently cast it was to be sure it didn't move.

She also told me it might not look the same after I'm done.  I told her, no problem, I am not a wrist model ; )  However, when I take off the tensor bandage and realize the things I can't do, it is somewhat discouraging.  Then again, IT'S JUST MY WRIST.  I have friends who are dealing with so much more!!!!

SIDENOTE #3:  Heidi and Brent ran a 5K this morning, and they were amazing.  Heidi finished in 22:30 and Brent finished in 24:50.  I can't believe it!!!  I ran 5 miles today and won't tell you how long it took me!!!

SIDENOTE #4:  My missionary grandson is doing fabulous in the MTC.  He is loving it.  I love reading his e-mails and seeing the pictures.  Here is one with his District and their teacher.




Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Trip to Texas

The end of August, Allan, Kyle, and I travelled to Grand Forks so we could get on a plane--Kyle's final destination would be Utah, and ours would be Texas.  We had a nice dinner together at Olive Garden and then went to the movies.  We went to see Jobs.  No, it wasn't the best movie in the world, but I enjoyed it and learned a lot.  I didn't know much about Steve Jobs, and I have to admit the movie didn't exactly portray him as a stand-up guy, but I sure appreciate his creativity.  Of course, I am a big Apple fan.

Up bright and early to head for the airport and our flight to Denver--we kissed Kyle goodbye and headed or our flights--yes, flights!!!  We saw several soldiers and I went a couple of groups and thanked them for their sacrifice.  (I so appreciate them for what they do)

When we landed in Austin, we had a little greeting part that included Neal, Chris and G-Man.  A quick ride to their house and then we waited!!!!  Yes, I was happy to see everyone, BUT I couldn't wait to see my newest little great grandson Baby L.  I had seen pictures, but as Tammy and Marvin sing, "Ain't Nothin Like the Real Thing, Baby".

And oh, what a cuite he is, and such a good baby.  Look at that face!!!



We had a great time while we were there.  We headed to one of our favorite places to eat--Rudy's Barbeque, and it was AS GOOD AS EVER.  As always, I ate way, way too much.



From Rudy's we went to see the Bat's.  I knew Allan would love it.  It is such an amazing experience.



And since we were still hungry--yeah, sure--we went to an ice cream place.  It was delicious.

The next day was a lovely day at Church.  Gotta love how handsome this little guy and his family were.



Macy fixed a fantastic meal of brisket--YUMMY and a delicious salad.   And then for desert she served frozen berries covered with a hot chocolate sauce--it was PERFECT.

We had an opportunity to ichat with some of the family.

Then after the kids went to bed it was time for a little SCUM.  The evening was full of laughs.
Before we headed out in the morning, I had a chance to hold Baby L and G-Man was taking video of us.  His dad captured this picture, and I am so glad we have it.



We then headed out for a wonderful hike.  First stop was at a park that had some beautiful peacocks.

Love the color of this dragonfly.



We then went over to Mt. Bonnell.  The view was amazing.  The houses were ABSOLUTELY gorgeous.  This was one of my favorites?


Here is the gang:


We then went to an incredible hamburger place--wow, yummy.  Boy did I splurge--I had a hamburger, fries and a milkshake!!!!

Chris, Heather, and Baby L left for home.  So sad to see them go--I just don't know when we'll see them again.

We went back to the house and everyone rested and then went for a swim. I think this little guy had a blast.   


And so did this little one: