Here and Now…

We’ve been home from England for 10 days now and all I’ve been sharing are posts from our time in England but it’s time to show what’s happening in the here and now…

bath reno 017The bathroom renovation is moving along. What that means for me is that I’m pretty much home bound while the workers are here. The workers show up sometime between eight and eight thirty in the morning and then leave anytime from two and four in the afternoon. That great big bathtub delayed work for a day because there was a glitch in the ordering of it. When it finally came the plumbing work could proceed.

Last Sunday my niece’s family arrived for a little vacation here in Seattle from Southern California for a week. They have been keeping me company some days while the workers have been here. We’ve tried to fit in as many meals around the table together as we can. They are staying at my sister’s house since all her bathrooms are intake. After a very rainy Wednesday and Thursday, Friday dawned dry and sunny!

On Friday my niece Michelle, my dil Laura, my grand niece Avery and I went to Country Village in Bothell for a little shopping and fun.

Country VAvery and I first concentrated on ponies that needed our help to make them move. Boy did I get my exercise and I think I might have earned my “Great” Aunt status.

Country V1When we were done with the not real horses we got free tickets to ride the little train that goes all around Country Village. Avery really enjoyed the train ride. I was amazed I could get in and out of that little car we rode in. While on the train Avery spotted the REAL ponies.

Country V2Yep! We had to have a real pony ride, too. At least on this ride I could just stand and watch and click some pictures. No running and pushing or climbing in and out required.

Country V3We also got to sit in the shade and watch all the ducks in the pond. Avery’s mom and my dil Laura found some fun items to buy while we were busy and we made it home just as the guys returned from their afternoon adventure at an indoor shooting range. It was a win win day for the guys and the gals.

On Saturday we made reservations for 10 at Cactus Restaurant in Kirkland to celebrate my sister Lana’s birthday. What a beautiful day.

P1050563Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews, Moms, Dads, Brothers, Sisters, Husbands, Wives, enjoying time with each other.

P1050558A very Happy Birthday to my sister Lana and her twin, my brother Leonard on the 29th of July!

P1050564We continue to enjoy some wonderful weather here in the Puget Sound area of Washington.

Monday night Josh, Ryan, Jackson and I are going to a Sounders Soccer Game against the L.A. Galaxy. Then Tuesday morning my niece’s family makes the long trek south to California. We are hoping the bathroom work might be wrapped up by Friday of this week. Time will tell. Hard to believe we are entering the last week of July.

What’s new in your neck of the woods?

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

11 thoughts on “Here and Now…

  1. Ellen, I believe that you did indeed earn your “great” aunt status by riding those springy ponies!!
    It looks like you all had some good family times this week, in spite of being housebound for much of it.

    Can’t wait to see that bathroom! It’s looking great so far!

  2. Bathroom fixtures and patio fixtures…you really go out don’t you?
    We will all be expecting a big party to help you celebrate your new ‘digs’

  3. Good to see the latest updates to your home. Soon, everything will have been replaced or renovated! Loved seeing all the smiling faces for your family gathering.

  4. Your family takes great group shots! Someone must know how or something! Busy as ever, Ellen, you are! Hope that bath gets completed soon so that you can get your life back. =D

  5. I always love seeing your family pictures, Ellen. I can’t believe how big Avery is. I remember her as a little newborn!!! Fun times indeed.

    Trying to get a few things pushed through at my end, and then, plan for a pre-back-to-school bash!

  6. Fun times….and always a lot going on over there! Great Auntie Ellen…looks good on you. The bathroom upgrade will soon be completed…and you can relax and enjoy!

  7. Just reading and seeing the park pictures has me smiling and wanting to find a train to ride and perhaps a pony too! Beautiful little faces and smiles on your family! You are blessed to have such a great family!

  8. This looked like such a fun day out! Happy belated birthday to your sister. I can’t believe you are doing another bathroom make over–you have been on a house renovation spree, Ellen 🙂 Your home will look brand new when all is completed!

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