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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Harley after a "girl-date"...worn the heck out !!!

Julie and I take Harley on an occasional 'girl-date'.  In the beginning she was happy to paint toe-nails or go to Claire's and try on pretties, followed by a pretzel.  Sometimes we read books at Border's.
We went a couple of times to Olive Garden but that was a little rich.   Been trying to do things fun but not especially costly.  This time we went to Winco and shopped.  Such a BIG store!!  So MANY things to sample!!  We had a bakery treat at the end and a hamburger on the way home.  In the beginning she wasn't too sure that WINCO was a good place for a girl-date, but as we were leaving she said "I wanna live there!"
Had such a good time that she zonked on the way home!
I think that was a good sign.

She wasn't in a hurry to move...

I walked out the front door to go to my car for something and voila...there's a doe.  She was as startled as I was but not in a hurry to get up and leave....
So I talked to her as I went to the far side of my car and got what I needed...continued making small talk with her as I walked back in the house. 
She was really close and I thought pretty bold to stay there but as I kept an eye on her through the window, she eventually got up and went across the yard to a shadier spot...limping.  Apparantly she's been hit by a car and it's painful to move...thus explaining why she wasn't in a hurry to jump up.
Only in North Idaho...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Second Family~~ Second Wind (amended)

  • These darlings rolled around in the back of the station wagon for years, while I spent afternoons transporting the older boys to things like, scouts, hunters safety, football, baseball, wrestling, piano lessons, you name it
  • A friend once asked the kids where they grew up...they shrugged and ran  off to play.  She said to me in an off stage whisper, "I thought they might say~~Chevy, Chevy, Idaho~~".
  • When Travis, Kyle, Greg and Cory had all graduated from High School, I should have been able to breathe, but I looked around me at my younger kids who had just finished 6th, 4th and 2nd grades, and realized, I needed to get my "second wind", I would be going through it all again for the next 10 years!
  • These kids are removed from the "first" family by almost a 6 year gap.
  • As my mom would say, "Those kids are thick as thieves!"
  • I love that they are close and make time to see each other every few weeks.
  • Also am amused that 9 times out of 10 they pose in birth order for pictures.
  • It's like they are Suzi's protectors.  :)
  • I wish my older kids had gotten to be close to her too, although middle child, Cory, did some, and while both Travis and Suzi lived in Boise for a season, Travis did take her out for a lunch date quite frequently (big smile).
  • Love you monkeys!