Sunday, September 20, 2009

Wound Tight

When you're fourteen in dog years and you can hardly hear, when it is time for a nap, well... you go for it. It doesn't matter what happened that day, or what is going on around you, you've not a care in the world.

You curl up for a little snooze.

Or, if you're feeling really crazy, you stretch out and do a leg tuck not caring what's happening with your hair, I mean ears.

But, if you're me, I mean Libby, sometimes at the end of the day, you just can't relax - even in your slumber.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Walking for ALS

Saturday, October 3 is the annual Walk to Defeat ALS. This is our fourth year doing the walk. We were fortunate enough to get to walk WITH Mom in 2006 (as pictured with Corey), now we walk in her memory. Please join us in this important fundraiser for ALS. If you can get donations great! If not, please join us anyhow. You can also make a personal contribution on the website or at the park the day of the event. These donations are tax-deductible.

Walkers: There are several changes this year. New location in Fort Steilacoom (closer). Shorter distance (only 2.5 miles this year) and in order to get a free t-shirt you need to raise at least $75.00 a person. Not a big deal if you can't raise the amount!

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2009

Time: Check in begins at 9 a.m. Please arrive before 9:30 a.m. (so you can be in the group photo). Walk begins at 10:00 AM

Distance: SHORTER DISTANCE - 2.5 miles

Location: NEW LOCATION!! Fort Steilacoom - Driving Directions. We will meet at the Martin Way Park-in-Ride at 8:30 a.m. If you want to join the carpool, please reply by comment to this posting.

The walk site is wheelchair and stroller accessible. You can also bring your dog! You don’t need to walk any or all of the route in order to participate.

Click here to join our team - Kathy's Crew.
Click here if you can't join us, but are interested in making a donation to the ALS Evergreen Chapter in support of our team.

Below is last year's team:

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sun... Now that the long weekend's over.

Our Labor Day camping trip was canceled due to the rain forecast. Boy, were we glad we didn't go. We planned to sleep in a tent Saturday. It ended up raining so hard this weekend - it was loud and fierce.

The rain forced us into a pretty quiet weekend. We ran some errands. Cleaned house. Moved furniture. Got Bill's birthday gift (a bike rack).

Wilson was thankful the construction workers were given Labor Day off. He took advantage of an opportunity to soak up some quiet afternoon sun on the windowsill.

They're closing in...

No more having the neighborhood to ourselves. We were the first one to purchase a home in our neighborhood two years ago. We had a short time of having all of this space to ourselves - approximately 80 lots of emptiness. I remember sitting out on our back patio on a lovely August evening - relishing the excitement of being in our new home and the beautiful QUIET!

Our neighbors right next door moved in soon thereafter and we were pretty happy when they moved in. It was actually kind of odd being the only ones out here. But, we were pretty good after that thank-you-very-much. Our next-door neighbors are the only home around us. Houses have popped up sporadically throughout the neighborhood, but none close to us. Not until recently. First, we noticed the "sold" signs on the lots across the street. Then, signs popped up behind us. BEHIND US. The day we were dreading.

Check it out. The house is ours. The dirt piles and construction paraphernalia - that is the future of neighbors behind us.

Do you think there could be any more dirt? Good thing it is cooling down here - we won't be able to open our windows for months. I'm already noticing the dust accumulating on our white blinds. Ugh.

We knew this would happen one day. So, now we're just praying for good neighbors.

As Mister Rogers always said, "Won't YOU be my neighbor?" But, hey - I'm in HR man. Don't be thinking there won't be a thorough reference check.

Friday, September 4, 2009

No Privacy for the Raps

I've told you about my cousin, Anthony, right? He's the one who has Bill's truck now. He came to live with Aunt Sue in July. Well, Anthony wants to be a rapper. Check out his latest Myspace video. This kills me. He and Sue are so goofy.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hello, Sierra!

Here is the truck that made it all OK to say goodbye to the ol' green truck.

Thanks for being willing to sell to us, Brad. Bill loves it - it's going to be a great vehicle for us.

Seattle Sounders

We went to the Seattle Sounders soccer game on Saturday with Corey and Keri. Tom and Molli arranged tickets for us as well as a parking pass and bracelets to the green room with the players, families and coaches. It was our second Sounders game this season, but Corey's first. It was pretty exciting to share this with him and I'm so thankful Tom and Molli shared these passes with us. Thanks, guys!

Corey and Keri took several pictures with the players and coaches. They had a great time.

Side note: the above picture turned out horribly due to the bright sun in the background. This shows how a little photoshopping can fix almost any picture!!

I tried to get pictures of the kids, but they were pretty high on cotton candy.

Second attempt.

And then somehow this one got taken... I can only imagine what I'm saying to them.

But, I looooove this shot of Bill and Maggie. Check out Maggie's freshly applied lip gloss from my purse.

Sounders tied that day, unlike tonight when they won the US Open Cup. Molli flew to DC for the game. So exciting she is there and I can only imagine the celebrations happening tonight. Go Sounders!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

One year ago today...

A year ago today we woke up and had breakfast.

Then, sat on the beach.

Watched as the beach was transformed into our sunset wedding setting.

Had a BBQ lunch - Fiji style.

Went into town to get our marriage license. When we returned, we had a coconut oil couples' massage in the Rainforest Spa deep in the jungle where there was no power.

Returned to our rooms for pampering... Some of us more than others.

Had my prayers answered when my bure was filled with new friends helping me get ready.

More worrying about how my curling iron would function was put to rest when I saw these curls from pink sponge rollers!

The whole primping crew...

I was led across the street to the beach as they were beating the drums to where Bill was waiting for me.


We exchanged our vows.

And were pronounced husband and wife.


So happy.

Came back to our bure to change for dinner. They'd left us fresh fruit.

And petals on the walkway strewn all the way to our bed.

I changed into something more comfortable so we could go have cocktails with our new friends.

Solo named a drink after Bill - or "Will" as he called him.

We had a candlelit lobster dinner on the beach under the arch where we were married.

Returned to the resort to cut our cake to share.

Boys did their thing.

It was the best day of our lives and we will never forget it. All the way in Fiji. All by ourselves. Truly, a dream come true.

Can't believe it has been a year and we've been together almost five years. I married my best friend and it was the best decision I've ever made. I couldn't be happier.


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