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Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

No Alone Time

If you've read this blog even a couple of times you know my family is pretty much my everything.  I love the 4 grands and try and be there to help out 24/7, 365.  This may sound a tad bit excessive, but I know the time spent with them is a privilege most of the time.

If you're a grandparent, you know what I mean by the last four words of that last sentence!

Our older grands, Dylan and Aidan, are now at that "tween" age.  The times where they are now taller than me (I do realize that at a firm 5' nothing that's an easy accomplishment) and their mouths and hormones are making it very difficult for them to behave during our extremely hot Arizona summers.

Even though we have fantastic amenities here in our outskirts of the outskirts, honestly, they  can't really use them.  Take this last week-with temps hovering well over 118 and no monsoon to even wet things down, we can't just say-let's go to the water park (or the pool, or the splash pads).  Yes, we have "sails" and umbrellas allover the areas but we have the hot sun slicing in sideways ALL day long.

Truth be told, my 9 a.m. water aerobics class is a great way for me to stay comfortable for at least the hour but all of us tend to do a lot of sweating in that pool-regardless!  One of the perks of this class is that truly, "no one can see you sweat".

So what's a grandma to do?  Aidan asked me to show him how to make banana bread.  I am so NOT turning on an oven.  Poor Steve!  We do a lot of grilling around the old homestead.  I prepare the food, he grills it.  Know what it's like tending a grill in 118 even at 7 o'clock at night?

Back to the boys.  Yesterday (as you can see from the photo I put on here) was magician day at the library.  It was a full auditorium with kids, parents and a lot of my fellow grandparents as well.  Hey, the young man was entertaining, the a/c was cranked up and it was out of the house.  Who in their right mind wouldn't take advantage of a free event like this one???

Today, I had to skip my class.  I'm pretty upset by that because it's my one fun thing to do for me besides walking the pups.  But alas, Adam's second fridge was just fixed and the computer chip blew right back out and he had to go to work.  Steve's working on this "day off" as well so I'm here trying to stop the boys from killing each other.  (Chess is supposed to be a calm, thinking game, isn't it?) I'm also waiting for the "word" that the repair person is on the way and I need to walk down to the other side of the block with the boys to let them in for a third try at making the box cool instead of heat of the food.

Any bets on how much whining and complaining I will endure during the 2-1/2 minute walk?

I'm pretty sure the heat will not be the only thing making things miserable...

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

Magician Day at the Library

Eric Gilliam posing with the boys after Dylan helped him on stage.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 

Too Darn Hot

At 118 degrees for Lucky wants nothing more than to just sleep it away.


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Monday, June 19, 2017

 

Having Some Daddy Time


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

 

Sharing is caring

Sunshine thinks Lucky's snuggle toy is good for her too.

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Cousin Love

Aidan and Bryce sharing a moment


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Friday, June 16, 2017

 

Meeting Up With My Past

I thought before I wish all the dads in cyberspace a very Happy Father's Day-I'd tell you about my latest "Blast from the Past" event!  Nothing like one of Stacia Deutsch's kids time travel books, but still the title fits.

About two years ago I somehow found a place on my FaceBook site that had some in-read and actually never before known about private messages to me just sitting there!  The others were junk, but one was from my best friend in 3rd and 4th grade!

They were a Navy family and lived just 3 doors down from my family in Los Alamitos.  There were 4 kids.  The eldest was a girl just my age and we became very fast friends.  Here only brother was about 2 years younger.  Then came her younger sisters that were about the same age as my "little" sister.  All four parents became fast friends as well. 

Once they moved, we stayed in touch until we were about 17.  Remember, there was no such thing as the internet-just plain old snail mail and dial-up phones.

Speed up about 40 or so years-and thanks to Google, Facebook and a bit of a nudge from NPR my friend found me!

We started e-mailing each other after I explained how I had been thinking about her and wondering if I could find her!  We seem to be taking up right where we had left off.

About three months ago she let me know that she and a close friend would be visiting another friend and hoped we could get together.  We made plans to meet at Steve and my favorite breakfast/brunch place in Scottsdale-Eggstasy. 

(If any of you are ever in our neck of the woods-this is a must try!  We have two others for your morning meal as well!)

Believe it or not-outside of looking older, we still look the same.  We could've easily picked each other out of a crowd and known that it was us.  Of course my other bestie and I said the same thing.  Thinking about the facts that three women look the same as when they were not even teenagers could either be considered a really good thing or pathetic...

Back to our day with my past.  "Dede" and I were non-stop chatterboxes and Steve and Dede's significant other, Gary got along quite well.  We met at 8:30 in the morning and finally had to part at 4 p.m.

"Had too", mainly because Adam had been pottying the dogs for us and they now needed to be fed-as did Pepper.  Then we were also booked to watch Jackson and Bryce for the evening while Adam and Sam went out their monthly dinner club/date night!

It was a wonderful day-only wished we could've had more time with them!  Here's hoping there's a way in the near future to see my childhood friend again soon!  Since we have no cruise booked in 2018-maybe we'll plan that anniversary for the east coast?

And now may I wish a very Happy Father's Day to any dad/grandpa reading this and especially to my own dad, Steve and our son Adam!

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

 

Hairy, Scary Tarantulas

Obviously the boys are interested.  Even waited  in line to pet them. Ew!


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Tarantula day at the library


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Getting in the Swim of Things

Thanks to a stern suggestion from my "knee/shoulder" guy last year, I found water aerobics. 

Here in the desert we are blessed with quite a bit of sunny pool time weather for much of the year.  I started at the beginning of April last year and continued to all but the very last day at the end of November last year.

The reason I didn't go to that last class?  I'm a cold weather weenie.  While our community pool was nicely heated for all of us water "babies" to a comfortable 90 degrees by that point, the outside temperatures on that last of November morning was a very painful 40!

The week before (my birthday) it was a very perfect and respectable outside temperature of 80 degrees.  That's how it is here in the Sonoran desert-we can go from sunny and warm one day and switch it for a humid and unbearable monsoon (complete with gale strength winds) or a literal frosty day in under an afternoon.

This year, the last day of our ever so brief "winter" was hitting a high of 90, so our coach Janet sent us all a note at the beginning of March letting us know that it was time to get out our suits and water shoes and join her for the start of classes.

Yeah!  The first three weeks it was just one day a week, then we went to twice.  Once all the schools let out around mid-May we were told our class was getting only 2 lanes.  It's okay-we'll enjoy the class no matter how much "personal space" there will be surrounding us.

Since last year our beloved leader, Janet, took some master courses on how to step up the workouts and even managed to get our twice a week classes extended to three days a week for the "shallow" class and keep the one in the evenings for the braver devotees who want to work out in the deep end.

I know what you're thinking-so I'm going to all 4 classes.  No, besides the cold, I'm also a weenie about wearing a floaty belt and trying to get my frail knees, hips and back to work out in 7' water.  There are certain movements that have my eyes crossing due to the sharp pains that hit those areas in my part of the pool that says, "3'6"". 

All that said, I'm still loving the class, the ladies in it and of course our fantastic teacher that gets all of us involved feeling fit and pretty much like regular everyday people who can move just like our much younger and less "challenged" counterparts.

So, I'm firmly in the "swim of things".  The only difference from last year is because of my recent skin cancer scare, I've moved from 30+ SPF to 50.  Here's hoping that like last year I'll still be enjoying it for my 60th birthday and beyond.

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