Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day at Colin and Terrah's

Sam, Sharon, Terrah, Riley, Colin, Kyler, Natalie

Colin and Terrah were both wearing their footie pj's while cooking breakfast when Kyler and I arrived.  Riley, of course was the center of attention all day.  She was adorable as ever!   She crawled a bit down the hall.  Colin has been watching the food channel and learned how to make a prime rib for our dinner.  It was absolutely delicious!  We had so much fun when we exchanged gifts.  I just felt so blessed this Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve in Kirkland

We had our traditional Christmas Eve fondue dinner. Colin watched football.  Kyler and I hung out with Terrah and played with Riley.  then Sam and Sharon, riley's other Grandparents, arrived.  Dinner was fabulous with a view overlooking the lake.  Terrah got red footie pj's for she and Colin for Christmas morning.  Sooo cute!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Elizabeth and Gracie

Elizabeth and I did errands today.  Just a simple day but it will live in my memory forever.  We had so much fun.  Her cancer has spread to her brain and she has just undergone full brain radiation. Today, we went and got her that sassy wig!  I think she looks cute.  It was fun shopping at the consignment shop and having lunch at Wild Ginger. We got Gracie all cleaned and ready for the holidays at Joel and Carrie's house while Elizabeth went to California for the holidays with her sons. Though she is not in pain, it is hard to see Elizabeth with such grace deal with her prognosis.  My heart aches for her and her family.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jazz Alley filled with Music

I have never been to the historic and famous Jazz Alley in all the 30 years I have lived in this area.  So, I was delighted when Kathleen invited me to a concert with the pianist, David Lanz!  We were joined by Catherine and Pam right at the edge of the stage.  Dinner was delicious.  We had a marvelous time.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Oh... to be Cinderella

If the shoe fits... you might be Cinderella!  Sam and I went to the 5th Avenue Production of the musical Cinderella.  Steve gave us his season tickets as a Christmas gift.  We had dinner at a cute Italian restaurant in Belltown.  We had such a lovely time!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

She called and then she called and then..

Had dinner tonight with some of my girlfriends in Seattle at the Sixth Ave Grill.  Diane called Pam, then Pam called me, then I called Kathleen, then Kathleen called Myrne.  It was a chain of calls that brought us all together within a few hours.  We were telling stories about facebook and online dating.  The guy at the next table almost fell over laughing so hard.   I just feels so good to laugh out loud with girlfriends about some of the absurdities in life.. ok.. many dealing with dating and just men in general.....
We celebrated Diane Cleary's birthday and planned Pam's birthday party in January.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas in the Conservatory

The Conservatory in the park in downtown Spokane is filled with colored lights during the Christmas season.  The greenhouse filled with cactus', poinsettias, ferns and more just glows with lights.  Angie and I with her grandson wandered through just in awe.  I took this photo with my iPhone. 

Afterwards, Angie and I went to see the movie the Descendents and just drooled over George Clooney.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Italian Mama makes me Feel Like Family

Teaching in Spokane is so much fun!  The agents are really nice and appreciative. 

Angie, the Italian Mama, just makes me feel like family when I go over there!  Over the years we have become such great friends!  We met because she got certified to teach clockhour real estate classes and now hardly a week goes by that we don't chat.  We try to get together every couple months because the mountains separate us! When she schedules me to teach, she invites me to stay at her house.  I just become one of the family.  Her son and grandson live in the house. I have watched her grandson grow up over the years and he remembers me when I come to stay!

This week I drove to Spokane and taught three classes that she scheduled.  The largest, at Windermere, was about Facebook.  Those three hours went so fast and we just didn't get to everything.  I always learn so much when I teach and I get to meet so many fascinating real estate agents.
On the trip I also got to meet up with several movers and shakers in the Spokane real estate industry.  I met the incoming Spokane Association of REALTORS president, Marilyn.  I had dinner with Marianne Guenther Bornhoff who is the President Elect.

I chatted with so many people at Inland Professional Title including reps and staff.

It was hard to leave so I stayed on until Saturday morning!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Economic Development Social

Michelle, Jane,

Natalie networking with a graphic artist, real estate agent and small business owner

Who would have thought that a happy hour social for the Seattle office of Economic Development would be so fun!  About a hundred business professionals crowded the Polar Bar at the classic Artic Hotel.  The keyboard filled the room with Christmas and jazzy music by Lance.

Jane and Karen always seem to know the pulse of the city and all the happenings.  We shared wine with other girlfriends and made some business connections.  I hope to have a real estate class soon in a seattle office, have a connection to a graphic artist, and got a lead on a guy who might be able to help a friend make her home more accessible.  I got to know Michelle and Karen better and meet Suzanne.

Then we were off to Belltown to Forte for wine and pizza.  Oh my, that pizza, though quite different from Chicago, was about as great as the pizza at Tom Douglas' restaurant in So Lake Union!  What a fun night!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Riley meets Santa

Terrah and her friend Dana along with their kids took the Santa Train in North Bend.  So, Riley met Santa for the first time.  Riley is about 8 months old here. -

Our kids never remember this but, as parents, it is so fun to get these annual pictures and see their reaction.

Look at Terrah's smile as she holds Riley.  She is such a loving attentive Mom.  Riley is so blessed to be in her arms!  I love my daughter-in-law and grandaughter!

Last year I could only imagine what it would be like to have a grandbaby as I sat next to Terrah and Colin only months from the due date!  What a gift this Christmas!

Brings tears to my eyes when I think about how blessed our family is!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Then Again... Diane Keaton's Memoirs

This book, "Then Again" by Diane Keaton, was almost impossible to put down!  It was thoughtful, engrossing, and memorable. I bought the hard cover version because I wanted to hold it, to look at the photos many times, and be able to share it with someone when I was done.

Her mother left her thousands of pages of her journals including writings and collages.  I can't imagine how incredible that would be to know that much about your mother.  My Mom died two decades ago.  I have her photos and her art and some of her writing.  It was fascinating to see how Diane Keaton would weave the story and memoirs of her mother along with her own stories.

I have boxes of letters that my mom wrote me.  She never put dates but I can guess when they were written. Someday I'll go through all of them!

This blog of mine I publish as a book for myself every year.  Maybe someday those who come after me will be interested in my life and passions!

I sent the book on to my sister as a Christmas present.  I hope she enjoys it as much as I did!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

First Thursday 30 Day Art Challenge

This was the day that the public filled the Gallery at TK artist Lofts on the First Thursday Art Walk.  Even after spending a couple hours in the gallery the night before, there were paintings that I never saw and even ones that I created that I didn't see the first night.  It was fun to have a few friends say that if they were to buy any canvass it would be one of my prints! 
I didn't get many photos because of the crowds.  The group included Kathleen, Pam, and Cathrine as seen above. But, also Jane and Karen and a few others.