Monday, February 21, 2011

Moving Day

Or, perhaps I should call this post, "The Empty Nesters." Because that is what Mike and I are now. Gail and Seth and their two little ones have moved out to an apartment on the east side of town. They have been staying there since last Wednesday. That's not to say that all their stuff is moved, but much of it is and it'll be a while before it 's ALL over there. But they love it. It's roomy and nice. It's right across the (busy) street from Caroline's new school. It's the same ward that Gail was born in and blessed in. It's walking distance to Lin's grocery and the scrapbook store. It's all relative--Cedar's a small town and EVERYTHING is walking distance if you're fit enough and have enough time. ha.

Like today--Caroline and Jonathan and I walked all around our ward boundaries. Then we walked to Cal Ranch to look for seeds. We walked to their Great Grandma's house and said hi. We walked to Big Lots and wandered around. We walked to Sports Authority and said Hi. Then we walked back to my house. We were giving Gail some time to pack boxes into her car.

And Mike and I are all alone in our house until Eric comes home from his mission in 7 or so months. Hmmm. Different. We haven't had this experience since before Damian was born!

After Rob, Janet and Sarah left for Provo, Mike and I settled in to watch a movie. "Inception" and it was "mind Bottling" as Eric would say. ha.

Happy Moving Day, Gail and Seth!! Enjoy your new space, and we'll see you here for Sunday dinners. :-)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Let the Games Begin!

Presidents' Day Weekend at OUR house means we have company! Yea for Robert and his family who travel from Provo every year to spend the long weekend with us. This year's dynamics are quite different. There are very few people. Sarah was the only child to travel with them, although all the others and spouses were invited. We even have room for everyone.
And we play games. Here's the opening game of Boggle Friday night. (We missed you, Jessica!) Most years we try to go south to the next county and hike in the warmer weather, but this weekend is forcasting to be snowy and rainy and cold, so we decided to hunker down and play and eat and sleep and shop and play some more. I think it still sounds fun.

Saturday we played more games, Robert and Mike went to watch a BYU basketball game on a restaurant TV and Janet took Sarah to watch a friend in a rugby match. Like I said, GAMES!
Sometimes they are silly, as this blurry one shows.

Sometimes they are very serious, as Sarah shows us here. :-D We are some serious Bogglers, you know. "Word Nerds" is what Gail calls us.
We even got Grandma Liebhardt in on some of them on Sunday. We're playing Push the Dummy below. Robert and Janet taught us how to play a fun card game called "Ripple."

Sometimes, it's just plain exhausting!

And, on a totally unrelated note, below is a shot of me in the bathroom, modeling the new necklace I got. I had this made from a piece of turquoise that was in a silver ring Mike gave me when we were going steady. We both just always liked the turquoise stone in it, but the ring wasn't usable since way long time ago during a puffy pregnant day and the ring had to be CUT off my finger. So, it has sat in my jewelry box all these years, silver tarnishing, stone untouched. A while a go I took it to our jeweler friend and had him mount it for a necklace and I really like it. I have a LOT of shirts and blouses that it will match.

Also unrelated, I have decided that I must really like Yoga. I can go up to three times a week, thanks to the University's T-FIT program which encourages us to get and remain healthy and fit. So I try to go a few times a week to free sessions offered on campus (VERY convenient). And Mike and I have been walking in the AM fairly regularly. He's been trying to work out more at the Cross Fit gym. We've been changing out eating habits (well, not THIS weekend, but usually!) and the results are beginning to show. Below is something that I like to call "Double Downward Facing Dog". Silly, huh? I don't even do most of the poses at home, but somehow they just must know. ha.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Above is the image on my computer as the wallpaper or background. It's a photo I took last summer when I was in Concord, Massachusetts. I frequently sit at a computer with dual monitors, so there is twice as much river and green sitting in front of me as I work every day.

It's warm and pretty and very refreshing to look at.

I'm not so warm.

Below is what it looks like outside. Not quite so much snow, but close. Brrr.