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Uh oh…

We just need to calm down…  Take a step back and chill…  We are in Denver for the week.  Our second grandchild has just arrived.  Very cool.  Chaos is happening all around.  It happens.  We know it.  Nothing new.  It is what it is.  It reminds me of that scene in Airplane the movie where he says – picked a bad week to give up smoking…

On a good note – we played pickleball the other night -very fun.  Had a great time doing that.  Might have to play that instead of golf.  Or might have to do both.  Who knows?

We took a walk this afternoon in the mountains.  That was relaxing.  Saw our first snake.  With a mouse in its mouth.  That was not.  All about the circle of life…  As long as I don’t see it…🙂  Will post pictures later…

We have dropped the last one off at college.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought.  I didn’t even shed a tear.  I did during church the Sunday before.  It  was more thinking about how life had changed and more out of pride for our kids than of sadness.  Just proud that they are able to be on their own and are happy.  Don’t get me wrong.  They all have their days.  They all complain.  They get sad.  They have money troubles, anxiety, fight, feel stupid, don’t want to be grown ups, are too fat, don’t exercise enough, their friends all post things that are perfect…  But they are dealing with it.  A day at time.  It isn’t always perfect.  But we live as best we can and rely on each other.  Learning to live with a new roommate…  Wouldn’t wanna do it…  She is already having troubles with a statistics class.  She took one last year – it was all online.  So, she took it again, and this one too is online.  So, she wants to drop it cause it is the exact same class.  Can’t say I blame her.  Always something…  She doesn’t meet with her advisor until tomorrow.  She will work it out.  Ugh.

I have been playing a lot of tennis…  My body is telling me it is getting older.  I don’t like that so much.  Luckily I can put KT tape on places and still run around…

 

Siesta

It has been a busy summer.  We just got back from a week at the beach.  It was such a relaxing week. Three of the kids were able to come with us.   There is just something therapeutic about sitting and watching the waves.  We took a tent, chairs, cooler, bocce, books and floaties down every day.

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We have been back to work for a couple weeks now.  We were unplugged while there and mostly since we we have been back with the olympics on.

We found a new way to exercise this past weekend.  We tried kayaking for the first time.  Lots of fun.  We want to find some less populated places to go to try it out – but we both enjoyed it so much.  Gives you a good core work out.  We need to find an activity that doesn’t require so much space for storage…

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This is definitely something we need to try in Denver…  Of course I wore my good tennis shoes not even thinking about the fact that my feet might get wet…  Can’t wait to go again.  I will admit at one point that it would be a good idea to put a motor on it…

We walk the dogs before work each morning.  This week we have seen:  two fox, a deer, a mama deer and a baby deer,  and a skunk.  Quite a plethora of wild life and it is only Wednesday!

We have made it back to the gym.  They have new weight machines.  We are becoming friends.

They make iced mocha coffee in a carton…  It is a pretty tasty treat at night…

Denver

We finally made it to Denver.  Our spring break trip finally happened…  It was action packed and a lot of fun.  We didn’t get to celebrate kid birthdays but we did celebrate America’s…  We were on the go from the time we landed until we left – so it is good to be back home and into our routine.  Although I do miss our lil’ peanut.  We rented a Jeep Grand Cherokee – and we liked it a lot – something to look into when we turn in our lease.  I know it isn’t environmentally friendly, nor very practical, but we liked it…  I am sure we will run the gamut when we do go looking…  Anyway… we went up into the Rocky Mountains, into Golden, into Westminster for fireworks, attended a block party, went to the zoo, played and played and played…

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As the end of the fiscal year will be here in two days…  So much is going on.  Between work – graduations – orientations – enlisting –  yard work – masters – moving kids – healing friends – this that and the other…  I have  upped my tennis to two nights a week.  It is so nice.  A good stress reliever.

No worries…

No deadlines…

No hurt feelings…

No time limit…

No politics…

No procedures…

No budget…

Nobody coming to my desk…

No needs…

No software…

No internet…

No new tools…

Those are all things I am grateful for – but for two hours a day I like unplugging…

 

 

Found it

As the last three kids graduate high school, I have done a book of their life through graduation and had it printed for them.  Now that we are on the last kid, the years where pictures are old school (actual prints) are fewer and where they are digital are more.  I have always  liked to take pictures – and everyone who knows me, knows to just be quiet and pose and move on.  So much so that at the last graduation I was the only one with a camera.  With share sites there is no need for everyone to take them individually.  Anyway…  Isabelle wanted to help me scan pictures for her book.  So, she did.  Problem is she put them all in one folder.  It is hard to determine what is one year versus the next year, etc.  Well, things that I see as milestones to include she didn’t necessarily – like her birthday…  Long story short – I am spending so much time trying to figure out what goes where and in what order that I should have just rescanned them.  I am on the last two years of print photos.  Then I found this app.  It takes a picture of the photo album page, crops the pics and lets you edit them – saves them to your phone camera roll and I can use them right away (cause my phone is hooked up to my mac).  This eliminates the step of trying to pull the picture off the sticky stuff on the photo page and scanning it…

It will also allow me to quickly take pics of the 70 plus photo albums that I have and make them digital and store them on an external drive with the kids – so they have their own copy…  When I get that free time🙂

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