Saturday, August 22, 2009

Our little driver

Quincy inspecting the damage he caused.Here's Quincy...looks like he is almost boastful!

Good News!

Got some great news late last night...The twins might be able to go to preschool. The school where Finn went has scholarships available (for families that can't afford us!) for preschool. Since there are only 7 kids in the afternoon class, they are willing to accept Paxton and Quincy even though their birthday is 17 days past the cut off.

And the boys are now FULLY potty trained. They only have accidents when they are playing too hard (won't that happen at school?). I have to be willing to come change them if they did have an accident, but since the school is only a few miles away, I am happy to oblige.

The only slight problem is that school for Finn gets out earlier than last year and he should be getting off the bus the same time as I'd have to pick up the little ones. And that doesn't leave much time for my "free time". But who cares...they might go to schol. I thought this wouldn't happen for another year!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I've been meaning to post stuff on here lately, but other things take top priority. Since it was hot today, the boys ran through the sprinklers and I took pictures.

Our well is close to dry because we have not had much rain this year and the sprinklers looked like such a waste of water, but it was at my parents and they don't have to worry like we do. I've taken my laundry to my parents, showered at the public pool and even bought paper plates. I figure if I conserve now, I can still flush toilets, and have water to drink, but I don't know for how long. Good thing we don't have downstairs neighbors right now.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Well, no one got hurt.

Just yesterday, our "new" neighbor Sheri told me that Quincy reminds her of the little boy at the begining of Speed Racer when he drives around the driveway in his little Gator. I saw part of the movie, but I don't recall the first part: I am going to have to rent it now.

Quincy (not quite 3) loves to drive. He loves to drive on my lap, up or down my parents driveway. He loves to play in the front seat when the car is parked in the driveway. A few weeks ago, he became fascinated with keys, putting the car keys in the ignition. He even got my parents riding lawn mower started...since Finn can't figure it out, I am stumped. Every day, since Alvin has been working next door, Quincy waits for Alvin to say it's time to go home and he hops in dads truck and waits for the short ride home.

Guess today, he couldn't wait. He got into the truck and Alvin had to run upstairs for something. Alvin hears a loud crash and looks out the window to see his truck rolling into the horse pasture behind my parents house.

At the same time, "new" neighbor Brad looks out his kitchen window, sees the truck going past, and starts yelling for Quincy to put on the brakes. Sheri hears him yelling, and goes running.

By the time Alvin is out to the fence, Sheri has made it to the truck and pulls a scared, but uninjured little boy out. When Alvin gets there, he jumps into Alvin arms and wouldn't let go. Apparently, Quincy had peed his pants before and was coming home to change, but what's a little pee when your little guy is scared. Luckily, none of the other kids there were close by and the horses were off in the distance.

It's now 9:30 at night and Alvin is still over there fixing the fence. make a mental note, when visiting here, don't leave your keys in the ignition. Here't the damage..

Well, not so easy to see, because Sheri and Brad are holding up the fence so the horses can't get out. But see the tire tracks.I'll post pictures of Alvin's truck later....but don't you think the auto body place should give us a good deal if we bring in 2 cars?

Salt Lake Layover

When I arrived at the Reno Airport, I was told that my flight from Salt lake City to Seattle had been cancelled. I could stay in Reno and head out in the morning at 7:00am, or continue on to SLC, spend the night there, and fly home at 9:40am first class. Of course I picked the latter. I was able to fly home with a sister in law, and pick up the 4 pounds of Chocolate covered cinnamon bears her husband was bringing me.

When I got the news, I called my friend Shannon and asked her if she wanted to go swimming...something we used to do together. I called Chris and invited him. We all met up about 9pm, had my favorite dinner from Cafe Rio and hit the pool.
We swam until 11:30, went back to my hotel room and I didn't make it to bed until after 12:30. (that's Shannons daughter Tanner and Chris and I.)

I am so lucky to have such great friends who will come to see me, even when it's late and we all had to be up early the next morning.

Tahoe Getaway

Last weekend, I was able to get out of town and join my sisters in law for a fantastic weekend in Tahoe. All of us share the same last name; all married into the family. Debbie organized the trip and since we had a few hours to kill, we went bowling. I haven't bowled since my first date with Alvin...and I played like it. We had a few meals out, a few we cooked in,

We took a cruise on the Tahoe Queen, a paddle boat across the south shore of the lake, up to Emerald Bay. It was a beautiful day and the lake was amazingly blue.

We witnessed some amazing sunsets (and moon rises)
And found a shirt for Debbie at the airport.

It was a great trip, nice to be away from the boys, but even nicer to develop relationships with these 3 great women.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

And the winner is...

Herbsgirl (Patti)! She guessed $976 and we actually pay.....$1154 a month.

Maybe government health care isn't the answer, but something must be done. $14,000 a year for a few trips to the doctor and What If' protection is too high and that is why I think we need some intervention. And you wonder why so many people are going with out health insurance...because it costs as much as our rent, more than our last house payment and more than my car payment and insurance combined.

I don't know the solution, and I don't even know if we can afford insurance nest month, but I do know that I am sending Patti some delicious pacific northwest strawberry jam.

In reading all your comments again, as well as reading my post, I think Patti also said it best, "the screwed up Insurance Industry should be completely revamped" and we all know that they certainly aren't going to do that on their own.

Alvin and I had a heated disagreement on the issue today, and I acknowledge that I know very little about the plans the government has, but maybe they could interfere and help get the the screwed up Insurance Industry completely revamped.

Jenny, we have regence. It's a 80/20 plan, but with a $500/$1500 deductible... They no longer offer this plan and I think they keep raising our rates, in hopes that we will change plans. And I don't know if they have HSA's for the self employeed.

Interestingly, did you know that my family of 5 pays the same amount as a family of 10, 12 or even 16? Maybe I should have more's not going to cost anymore (but if it did, it would certainly be a factor in my decision). Now, don't get me started on the issue of illegals (I am very opinionated).