Friday, December 14, 2018

Gift 13

Tires...SNOW tires to be exact.

I just got snow tires for my car.  This is something new for me.  I've lived in Kansas most my life and know how to drive in winter conditions, safely I might add.  I even lived in Boston for a year and did amazingly.  However, after being here for a few months and listening to several locals, I began to question my own years of driving in snow experience.

So after a week of interviewing several locals and discussing this possible purchase with Jake, I did it.  I bought my car 4 snow tires.

Apparently, they deal with winter roads differently here.  They don't treat the roads with salt or sand.  But this has a positive response, the cars don't have that rusted out bottom look.  The roads are much more hilly than in Kansas or Boston.  In fact, we are planning on heading to the mountains at least once a week this winter season.  So with narrow, curvy roads packed with snow I am confident that this purchase will save us.

I can't wait to try them out.  I already feel like a BAD ASS driving these wet streets just waiting for Mother Nature to hit me with her best shot!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Gift 12

Lunch, not just the meal.  But having lunch with someone.  This was something I did regularly in Wichita.  Sometimes it would be one or two friends.  Other times it would be several people and go on for a few hours.

It wouldn't just be to eat food.  We would catch up, plan, share ideas, give/receive advice or just quietly enjoy the company.  Some of my favorite meals were impromptu ones.  I would decide to go somewhere to grab a bite and send a text to a few people.  Most times, someone would meet me there.

Well, since we moved to Spokane I haven't gone to lunch with anyone.  I did when my sister visited.  And Pops and I have been known to go get something.  But this isn't the same.

Last week I met a small group of physician wives wanting to start a support group for resident spouses.  The coordinator sent me a text that evening thanking me for coming and asking me to lunch sometime to get to know each other better.  Of course I said YES!

So today was the day we picked.  She wanted me to try this new "gem" of a eatery.  We met at 11:30 and left at 12:30.  She hugged me both hello and good bye.  We talked the entire hour, without much silence.  She even made some notes to herself to send me information on some things I was asking.  I got a text tonight thanking me for meeting her and that we should do it again sometime.

I'm not sure where this will go, but it was SO NICE to do something I normally did.  Today's gift is lunch...not just a MEAL, so much more.

Gift 11

Sledding.  This is a childhood dream.  We wish and hope for that morning when we open our eyes and see a thick blanket of fluffy white snow covering every each of this world.  So that we can bundle up and set off on an epic arctic adventure.

Yesterday we accomplished that dream.  It had snowed on Monday, but since it gets dark early we weren't able to go sledding after the dog park.  So as soon as we got home from school, we all bundled up and grabbed our sleds.  We walked to Manito Park, where we had seen a few others sledding the day before.

We got there, and we were the ONLY ones.  There was two hills PERFECT for sledding.  One was big and gradual.  The other was shorter and steeper.  The kids and Jake did the big one a few times first.  Then we finished at the shorter steeper one.  We spent almost a whole hour doing this.

By the time the street lights came on, we were wet from the snow and glistened of perspiration.  The smiles on our faces warmed our bodies all the way to our tingling fingers and toes.  We picked up the sleds and walked home.

My favorite quote of the night, Owen says as we trudge up 18th street home, "This was a childhood dream come true.  The sledding was AWESOME!"

I completely agree.  A gift I will always remember.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Gift 10


We woke up this morning to a blanket of snow.  Not a lot, but enough to cover EVERYTHING!

Pops got to work the new snow blower we bought this fall.  Looks like its the perfect tool to have.

I took the kids to school this morning and the roads were fine.  Until I was driving home from Allie's school in our neighborhood.  I was sliding several times along the roads.  A car behind me ended up in someone's yard, but didn't hit anything.  I came close to a ditch, but was slow enough that the curb stopped me.

The kids and I took the dogs to the dog park so they could enjoy the snow as well.  I can totally say I wore out all 4 kids!

We are used to winter weather, but this is so different.  Snowman Snow and no wind.  We just bundle up and go enjoy this awesome gift...SNOW!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Gift 9

This is the winter hat that my sister bought me when she was visiting back in October for my late birthday gift.  At first I liked how it fit.  Then we liked that it said "Mama Bear" on the front.  Now I just LOVE it.  I get so many compliments on it when I where it around Spokane.

This hat may look like just a hat, but to me it's like a warm hug on a cold day from my sister.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Gift 8

Impromtu dates!

This evening both of my kids wanted to go to a "Mini Con".  A christian youth facility was hosting a 5 hour gamers convention.  They had several TV's set up playing specific games that kids were signing up to play against each other.  I have to admit, the place was REALLY cool looking.  So I dropped them off at 3:30, told them I would pick them up at 5:30.  Unless I heard from them at 5:00, to either get them earlier or ask for more time.  Of course Owen texted at 4:55 to ask if they could stay until 5:45.  I ended up picking them up at 6:00, because Owen was in a Smash Bros tournament. The championship was going on when I walked in.  He was winning it, but then the gaming system error.  When they restarted it, he picked a different character but lost.  He ended up with a tee shirt for qualifying for the final 4.  Allie feel in love with VR, Tilt Brush.  She made a Happy Unicorn.

But while they were there, Jake and I went and tried a new place for dinner.  It's called South Hill Grill, and it's AMAZING!!!!  I easily saw 4 things on the menu I want to try.  The food we did order was really good.  The atmosphere was cozy and original.  I think we have found our NEW fave place to eat.  As a bonus, it was only 5 minutes from our house.

I love being spontaneous to go on dates.  They can be with Jake, Owen or Allie.  Those special, one-on-one times are Devine moments that God puts in my life to allow me to reinvest in the ones I love.

Gift 7

Bonus days!

These are those days when someone gets off early (work or school) or the something (usually weather) makes a regular day get changed.  Today is a bonus day, the kids get out of school early and Jake is off work.  Now the FUN begins!!!

We picked the kids up from school and went to check the "Lights at Manito".  The walk there was brisk, but once we got there inside the green house IT WAS AMAZING!  So many lights!  I even got an idea for some decorations for our outside eating area.

Then we went to the River Front Mall to see movies.  Allie and I went to see the new Grinch movie and the boys went to see Creed II.  Finally we got dinner to go and sat in front of the fire hanging out in our living room.

Today was a good day.  It's such a gift to get a "Bonus Day", we make sure to get the most out of them.