Friday, March 27, 2009

High Winds

Last night the news reported Chandler has high winds of 50 miles per hour. This is what our pool looked like this morning.

At least it blew into the pool and didn't knock the fence down. By the time we got it out of the water the pool was dirty and green. It will probably take all weekend to get it sparkling again.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our visit to SEATTLE!

Alvin and I planned a spring break trip to Seattle to visit Cody, Chelsea, Carter and Cash. We decided we would take Gretchen with us and then invited Chandler and Cooper so they could be reunited with their cousins since they haven't seen them since October. The boys were rather excited for their first airplane ride! We left Tatum, Chelsea and Stephen home so they could finish painting the interior of their home.

We spent four days going strong with late night bed times but all the kids were just great and didn't mind being taken from place to place. Of course everything we did was "kid friendly." Upon arriving on Wednesday around noon we rented a car and drove to Gig Harbor where Cody lives. Alvin met up with Cody and followed him around for the afternoon with things he had to do for work. We checked out our "cabin next to a lake" which wasn't the greatest. The location was beautiful but the cabin itself was just OK. Anyway, we didn't spend much time there! We bought groceries so I could fix breakfast each morning, went to Target and then went back to Chelsea and Cody's home to have a cousins birthday party. When Cody and Pa returned home we went out to look for "star fish." This was the most important thing to do in Chandler's mind.

Thursday we were lazy in the morning and didn't arrive back at Cody's until way too late. Carter and Cash had been waiting not so patiently for us to return. Anyway, we headed to downtown Seattle via the ferry which was a 1 hour ride. It was fun.

The Space Needle intrigued the little boys and they rode it to the top with Chelsea and Gretchen.

On Friday we headed back to downtown Seattle. There is so much to do there and in two days still didn't see it all. We all really liked the downtown area. Alvin referred to it has a "calmed down New York". Alvin and I visited some public art facility where they give ceramic lessons and everyone else went to the Pacific Science Center. Everyone must know that when the Pace's go anywhere we have to always visit a ceramic facility or view a ceramic exhibit. Gretchen says the science center is way bigger and better than the Phoenix facility so they spent a great deal of the morning viewing most everything but not all.

We rode the monarail.

We visited the "troll under the bridge" which was in the art district of Seattle. This is a sculpture project many years ago that was sponsored by some art group so we added some culture to our day. However, they need to clean the troll area - it was very dirty - could have been a nice thing.

And, anyone going to Seattle must visit the Pike Place Market and see the flying fish. We did see it, ate cookies, and pasted gum on the gum wall. Also, a fun place.

Saturday was a sunny day all day and we spent the morning on a beach looking for interesting fish, shells, rocks and wading in the water. The afternoon we walked the downtown streets of Gig Harbor to see all the boats and creatures in the water and then returned to Cody's big yard so the kids could finally run and play.

We had a great time visiting Cody and Chelsea and the boys and like their new area so much we will visit often. Thanks guys for a very good visit!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Alvin and I still had some credit on our birthday gift card for "reflexology". So, we went today for the 2nd time. Do you know what reflexology is? Here is a defnition:

Reflexology, or zone therapy, is the physical practice of massaging, squeezing, or pushing on parts of the feet, or sometimes the hands and ears, with the goal of encouraging a beneficial effect on other parts of the body, or to improve general health. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.

You relax in these lazyboy type chairs and the room has soft music and dimmed lights. The first time we had men doing the therapy but today we had women. Actually the women were much harder in their technique and had a somewhat different approach. You can request low, medium or strong massaging and I always request low because I am a whimp when it comes to any type of rubbing.

So, they first do your face, head, neck and than shoulders and arms. The head and neck feels good! Then they proceed to your feet and legs below the knees (not quite as good for me). Guess who went to sleep and SNORED during this part of the massaging? Alvin gets so relaxed and falls asleep so easily it is obviously easy for him to zone out. So, then they flip you over to do your back side so that is when they woke him up. They could of just quit the massaging and woke him up up after an hour and said they were finished. Alvin obviously loves it (so he says even though he only can remember half of it) and says he felt like butter when we left and didn't want to drive. I don't actually enjoy it that much so probably won't do it again but Alvin will. Why, when you fall asleep!