Friday, July 25, 2014

How did we end up here?

Whoa:   How is it that we're staring at the last weekend in July already?  
And that folks are starting to remind me that Sunday is
Yep, my birthday....the last one before I enter a new decade.
So, let's see...how did we get to this point...I'll back up a bit and catch up on what's been happening here at the House of Chang
Last weekend, Thing Two and I joined a few neighborhood friends for an afternoon of culture...
Ok, so the symphony was performing the Music of Harry Potter and as such, it wasn't as cultured of an event as I'm portraying it to be.  But, perfect seats, fabulous music, wonderful friends and shelter from the sweltering heat outside?   Yeah, I'll take it!  
I also found myself with a sippy cup sized just right at our "Coffee Club Happy Hour" last Friday night
Again, a bit misleading, I really only had a small glass of wine and chased it with a couple glasses of water..
But this was our honest to goodness view
*soon after I snapped this we were treated to the most wonderful sunset of oranges and blues...
*Always extra happy when happy hour is within walking distance of my own house.
Saturday evening was our neighborhood's wine tasting evening..
I managed to snap just one photo of S and J before the sun set..
S. and I have spent a lot of time together this summer...
not only reconnecting with a long time friend, but taking care of our bodies..
A couple days a week, we meet and hoof it through this path...
It's a challenging route with some significant hills to climb but each day gets a little easier.

Not everything is going perfect in this quest to find fitness before 50...
 Krispy Kale, sound good, nice crunch to it, but a bit too earthy flavor for me.  
Jogging through a  5k:   went great the first two weeks, but then the knees started to hurt.
Sorry, but sort of need those knees to do their job so I'll stick with walking.
Oh well, I'll keep at it, just have to sort through what works and what doesn't...

In other news, Hubby has a new job, working from home.  But first he had to travel to UT to meet his new team.  While he was gone, this one took over his dad's spot in the family room...

Look at that grin...he does indeed know that he's in his daddy's spot!

Equal billing for the other thing?   Tough to include a photo...he's going through that hibernation mode of the teenager.   He is in driver's ed this week, so I suspect pictures will follow in the weeks to come as he starts taking to the road.

So, yes, this pretty much sums up how we got here, to the final stretch of my summer break.
We haven't taken any exciting trips, but I have slowed down and focused on the details..
spending time with friends
spending time taking care of my body
spending time in the company of a good book
and
 spending time either loving or annoying my family (that changes on an hourly basis....)

Until next time...




Sunday, July 06, 2014

The joy of OPK*

*OPK=Other People's Kids

What's a picture taking fool to do when her own kids decide to play camera shy for the summer of 2014?   Why you turn the camera on the neighborhood kids...
Clearly they didn't mind that crazy neighbor lady snapping away....
Even one of the mamas said "sure" when I asked her to step into the shot...
And let's not forget the joy of OPD...
*other people's dogs...
This is Valkryie...a 2+ year old German Shepherd who was our house guest this past week...
ALWAYS ready for her close up be it in the house..
in the side car...

 or even up on the top of Mount Evans...
 But what about the kids?  
Oh don't worry....Moosey is still around...
He's mastered the art of "selfies"...
Oh you mean the Things?    
Yeah...they are sort of getting tired of Mom and her ever present camera..
I've had to be a bit sneaky about it...
Yes there is a rare sighting of Thing One...awake, moving and OUTSIDE enjoying the fresh mountain air?
Yep, we've got photographic proof that he can survive outdoor activity...

With Thing Two taking his turn at the jousting by side car adventure a few weeks ago...
Yesterday this one...
turned 17....ah yes...another chance to capture him doing something other than 
hibernating for the summer 
(he graciously gave up his bedroom for the various company we've hosted this past week, roughing it in the basement...mini fridge right out of the view of the camera)...
He and Moosey took a trip down Memory Lane...
where he found it rather amusing he's got a relative named Conception?

And while the kid has little interest in cake, he sure does enjoy the presents that come with a birthday...
And equal time for the younger Thing? 
Yeah...he made an appearance and spent some time with the family...
(we've actually seen a lot of him this past week...
ok, so he's been grounded and as such has nothing else to do BUT hang with the old folks)...

As I finish up this post of bits and pieces, I'm reminded of a line I heard on one of my FAVORITE shows. 
(Call the Midwife:   watch it, I promise you'll find it time well spent)
  Nurse Jenny Less reflected 
"For What is Joy if it goes unrecorded and what is love if it is not shared?
Yes, sometimes I'm recording the joy of my own family and sometimes it is the joy of others...but in the end..
it is joy in my life that I take time to reflect on and remember!
Make it a good one! 




Saturday, June 14, 2014

Going Home

Who says you can't go home?   

Yeah, yeah, I get what Thomas Wolfe observed that one can't go home.  That attempts to return to youthful memories will always fail.   But this past weekend, I sure did have a great time connecting with friends and family back "home".  

I was able to spend time with a few favorite couples....



*Not pictured are my aunt and uncle, here's one from last September with my dad
Not sure why I didn't snap a current picture....I think we were so absorbed in visiting that I failed to pull out the camera...


I was able to spend a Sunday with these three forever friends...

Where we toured the Historic home of these Broadway Icons...

 If you are as clueless as I was....that's Lynn Fontaine and Alfred Lund..
and this is their house...
Ten Chimneys...

 tucked away just down the road from where I grew up....
 Yep, that's their restored chicken coop
and this is the bedroom inside of said Chicken Coop
 Yeah, not your average Wisconsin farm that's for sure...


I sampled the good eats found on pretty much every corner....


I enjoyed time with man's best friend...
And of course...there were plenty of reasons to laugh...



And yet....eventually all good fun must come to an end..
 it is indeed time for me to head back home to these guys...

They needed me too.....