August 21, 2018

BFF Time


It has been six years since Lisa and her family moved away, and the girls have grown from this…

… to this.

While Ane didn’t know that Lisa was showing up, Lisa didn’t know that we had bought tickets for the Mariners game, so that was her “surprise” in all of this.  Ane was initially stunned because she had no idea that I had bought a ticket for Lisa, too.  Lisa’s mom Beth and I were very proud of our sneaky, sneaky surprises.

Saturday was Tad’s family party (more on that tomorrow), and Lisa and Ane just chilled out together, and had a good time (and were helpful in cleaning up our construction zone disaster of a house).  Sunday, we went to church in the morning, and then I took Lisa past her old house (which her parents now rent out) and her old elementary school (where Tad also went, and where the kids go to swimming lessons) before taking her to Trader Joe’s and buying all sorts of non-perishable treats that she could pack into her suitcase to take home.  Maui may be paradise, but there’s no Trader Joe’s there (Hawaii’s agricultural laws are extremely strict).

The communication between the girls when Lisa moved away was a little hard, because we would arrange Skype dates and while they would spend time chatting, sometimes they would run out of things to talk about.  Once each of them got a device that could text over the last couple of years, they were able to chat about everyday things without having to log into a device.  And now that they are old enough to travel on their own, and Ane has flown to Maui herself, they are eagerly making plans for “the next time.”  Because of course, there will be a next time.

Ane has many friends, and a few dear ones, but she and Lisa have worked hard to stay in touch, and the payoff is a friendship that I hope will last a long, long time.

August 20, 2018



This happened.

Ane received the shock of her summer on Friday morning when, while she was still in bed, I told her that she had company… and Lisa walked in.

Her yelp of “HOLY CRAP!” was so loud that Tad came running.

Later that day, she said to me, “If I had seen your blog, I would have known something was up!”

“That’s why it didn’t post until early Friday morning,” I said with a grin.

Lisa spent the weekend with us while her parents were vacationing, and the girls enjoyed themselves.  More tomorrow on what we did!

August 17, 2018

Flashback Friday


We’re off to another fireworks night this weekend at the Mariners, and I was reminded when this picture popped up….

… that it was just a little over 4 years ago when Ane’s friend Lisa showed up and “surprised” her at the zoo, and then our families arranged to do some fun things together, like go to this baseball game.

Ane then finally got to return the favor this last January, when she “surprised” Lisa by flying to Maui.

It’s fun to have a best friend who lives in paradise!

Maybe someday, one of the girls will get to “surprise” the other again!

August 16, 2018

Thumper and Auntie


Thumper is a cuddler.  He always has been.  He’s just getting taller now.  Fortunately, he’s still a skinny guy, so he’s easy to lift.

Auntie was cuddling him at the party.

One of Thumper’s new “things” is to hold his arm or his hand over part of his field of vision and then stare hard.  I have been seeing him do this a lot lately.  Then he did it to Auntie.

When I took the picture, it looked more like he was about to give her “the people’s elbow,” as Gichan might have said.  But no, he’s just blocking her… mouth?  Chin?  I don’t know.

He’s an odd duck, this kid.