Monday, July 8, 2013

"A Cats Back."

What a GREAT Independence Day we had! I woke up early on Thursday because I had to work (Womp Womp!) But, I was off fairly early and would be able to spend the day with my family and friends.
Leaving them never gets any easier
My friend Annette was in town from Hawaii and I was really looking forward to seeing her. Annette is one of those types of people that anyone would be fortunate to have as a friend. We go for years without seeing each other but pick right back up where we left off. She's one of those people who makes you immediately feel comfortable and like you can trust her. When we first met in Community College, we instantly connected and became inseparable. I truly truly think of her as one of my soul mates.

Annette's dad has a gorgeous house on Lake Washington so we headed over for a BBQ and way too much food - it was delicious! Since the house is right on the lake, it was a little nerve-wracking trying to make sure the Bambinos didn't fall in which of course meant they wanted to be right at the water line or on the "draw bridge" as they called the dock. It was a constant struggle.

You'd never know he'd already already been given two and thieved another before I moved them out of reach.
When Annette's family moved to Hawaii from Ohio, they were unable to take their cat due to Hawaii's strict animal importing laws. They asked Annette's dad, Mark, if the cat could live with him and now it does. When neighbors were lighting off big fireworks, the cat freaked and ran away and Annette's two girls were running all over trying to find it. As I was holding Peanut, a big firework went off and the cat jumped back over the fence. "The cat's back!" I yelled. Peanut, not realizing what I was saying is now conditioned to say "Acatsback," every time a firework goes off. Everyone else found it funny, it annoyed B a little and I joked that at 60 everyone will think he's a senile old man even though he won't be just because he'll still be repeating, "Acatsback," every time fireworks go off.
I'm not sure what this is about, but it's Bug's new thing and adorable.
Annette's two girls mostly played over at the neighbors house with their kids but Bug & Peanut found plenty to keep them entertained: pool noodles, a clip from a bread bag, plasticware, and of course their beloved Hot Wheels. I think we may have lost some in the process but they'll never know. What they loved most of all though, was the water and all the things that go with it: ducks, heron, eagles, other kinds of birds, inner-tubers and all that other fun stuff. They were mesmerized.

Who would have known pool noodles were so fun?

Even though we don't see each other often, I'm so happy we have a chance to get to know each other's kids.
When it was finally time for fireworks, the 4 of us watched from a blanket in the grass. I kept thinking how fortunate we were to spend this time together and with good friends rather than crowded across the lake on a beach like everyone else was. 

 It was their first time seeing fireworks so we let the Bambinos stay up way past their bedtime, eat way too much junk food and get way too close to the water, but we all had a good time. We didn't get home until 11pm - almost 4 hours past their bed time!

We've been friends for 11 years!
 I love her long time.

Love You Bunches,


  1. Awww good friends are amazing. Love the pics of the kiddos.

  2. What a great way to spend the holiday. I'm so happy you were able to spend time with Annette and the kids. And WHAT a beautiful place to spend time! Love the pics of the boys, as always. I'm mostly so happy you came to see us for the weekend, tho. ;) Love you!


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