Southwest

We’re riding on Southwest airlines to Boise today.  We hope.  A few good things still about Southwest: 

  1. You still don’t have to pay for your first checked bag.  At some “other” airlines you pay $15-$25 to check.
  2. Free beverage and snack packet (ok, so it might be mini, but it’s a packet!)…no meals, so of course you don’t pay!
  3. Just $50 for an oversized bag!  What a bargain!  Delta, American and Hawaiian are going all out with $150 and more each way.  Those gas prices….
  4. No pets allowed….again no fee!
  5. Free unaccompanied minors.  Awesome, you can send you kids away without added cost.  Watch out, Delta, US Airways and United will cost you an extra $99/$100.  Sorry Erika, had to include United in that one.

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Eli and Lucy haven’t always gotten along. At times, like most siblings they can look like they are competing in WWF or smackdown.

Thankfully, during our last week of being fairly snowbound they have entered a new phase in their relationship!

This morning when Lucy came out of her room, Eli ran up and screamed, “Sister” and then proceeded to grab her and give her a huge bearhug. She has now replaced Dad, Mom, Ashley, Eve, Grant, Erika, Caity, Jackson, Lukas, Erin and Chris and cousin Isaac as his “Best friend in the whole world”. As you can see, it’s a title that is quite dependant on mood and proximity!

We have enjoyed the beauty of the snow. I got out for a cross-country ski down our street when they went for bed last night. I felt like I did before kids!

Anyhow, we are enjoying our family time and are excited for our airplane trip to Idaho tomorrow! Pray for lots of deicer at the airport.

Lucy in our backyard

Lucy in our backyard

Eli "working"

Eli "working"

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We had another busy weekend.  Ian’s grandmother who will turn 94 in February had a stroke on Friday and was in the hospital recovering so we decided to make a visit.

As we were checking in at the front, Eli says, “Did great-grandma have a baby?”

What a funny mental picture that created.  I guess it’s a logical question since the only time he’s ever been to the hospital is when I’ve had a baby, or friends have.

Eli made sure to repeat his question for great grandma when we got up to her hospital room.  She laughed.  She’s got a lot of spunk and a great sense of humor.

If you think about it, Sarah and Abraham had their first child at about that age….eli3yr-may08-035-54Oh Eli, you are such a sweet boy.

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Chocolate and dogs

Today was a busy day.  I was awakened to the sound of packing tape being pulled out of the tape holder and crumpled.  But that is not the story.  This is what I saw when I walked into the kitchen:

advent found in trash

advent found in trash

Yes, this is Eli’s advent calender  in the trash can.  You can see it wouldn’t fit.  Today is only the 7th, he SHOULD have 18 days left to open.  Nope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the best part.  This is where the advent calender should have been:

Lucy's calender is still up high

Lucy's calender is still up high

 
The cost for 1) getting the calender down without permission and 2) eating it all……Having to watch Lucy do her calender for the next 18 days, by herself.  Priceless.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Today was also a big day because we took our beloved 2 Boston Terrier dogs to their new home today.  A single gal from Ian’s work was thrilled to take them in and love on them for us.  I would have waited until the last possible week, but Ian thinks that it is better to do the transition early so we don’t have so many losses at once.  So, we took some family photos, Eli and Lucy gave hugs, and we took them for one last walk in the new neighborhood.  Eli and I both cried in the car when we left their new neighborhood without them in the car (not that they didn’t try to sneak back in…totallyheart wrenching!).  Lucy said she “miss them” and Ian had sad eyes too.
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Bye Toby and Sherman….we will miss you!  We hope to have a play date with you soon to see how you are doing without us.
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Friends…

Just reminded tonight how blessed I am to have good friends to share the many ups and downs and all of the crazy comical moments in between with!  Thank you to each and every one of you for the impact you have made in my life as a woman, a mother, a wife and a daughter.  I’ll take any excuse we can find (especially a cookie exchange) to get together and hang out!

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GUM

Today at an outdoor shopping mall I was walking a short distance behind a 3-4 year old girl, and 2 women (I’m guessing her mom and her aunt) who were chatting away.  ALL of a sudden, the little girl bends down and grabs at a huge gob of fresh blue gum stuck to the sidewalk and lifts it up to her mouth….with a string all of the way from her mouth to the sidewalk….that’s right the gum remained stuck to the sidewalk and yet was in her mouth.  At the same moment as I audibly went “UGH”, a couple walking the other direction saw her do this and mouthed, “Did you see that?”  The two women were oblivious to what happened.  The little girl walked off chewing a chunk of blue gum.  It was easily the grossest thing I witnessed today.  In that spirit, here are some other gross gum moments:

If I had had my camera with me today it easily would have been up there in the gross factor with these pictures I found on google.

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