Best Books for Kids EVER, written by Renee Hazen

Folks there are two things about me when it comes to Christmas shopping.  One, I hate shopping in stores, so I use the online option.  Amazon has become my friend!  Second, being the reader that I am, I like to share books whenever possible, especially with kids.

I am VERY lucky that a great friend of mine, Renee, has written some of the best kidlet books I’ve ever seen.  I wanted to share these with you today as we all start shopping!

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“So this is Christmas” Jim Devitt

(This is a reprint of a blog post from last year, but with holiday shopping going on, and Thanksgiving a week away, it is NOW ok to start getting a new Christmas book for the family!)

I’ve mentioned in the past that I am an avid reader.  I’ve been reading damn near every day since at least the 4th grade, and maybe even before.  Getting a book for my birthday or Christmas was the perfect gift.  What else could you get, for the price of a movie, that gives you many many hours of fun.

Nowadays, I carry my iPad or my Kindle everywhere I go, and I read whenever I get the chance.  I usually have 2 or 3 books going at anyone time.

When asked for gift ideas for people, one of the first things I think of is a book!  Those who can write and get a book published are to be admired.  Which is why I am excited to do this post.  One of my oldest friends, Jim Devitt,  has written  a book that would be perfect for the holidays!

I am lucky enough to have read it and  I can share them with you! Continue reading ““So this is Christmas” Jim Devitt”

Promises are important!

Well, sadly, my week back at home and not training has come to an end.  By the time this publishes (assuming the creek don’t rise or fog doesn’t delay me) I will hopefully be getting ready to board my plane for Spokane.

However, Michelle and I DID squeeze in a lot for this weekend! Continue reading “Promises are important!”

Buying gifts for each other is easy!

In the past, both Michelle and I have had folks in our lives that have said we are hard to buy gifts for.  I think I am prettier easy as a matter of fact, mainly because I really don’t go looking for gifts.  I can easily vouch for Michelle, she is VERY simple to shop for.

Add to it in this day and age of iPads, smart phones and wireless, the searching for, and buying of said gifts can be done in seconds, with the other person being non the wiser.  Which is why one of Michelle’s stocking stuffers was this:

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Santa Knows what is Best.

This will post Christmas day so I want to make it short as we will all be busy.  I’ve share this photo before, but it just fits the occasion.

Somehow, when I was just a tike, Santa knew that I would never stop riding.  He knew that I would always love the freedom of two wheels, the adventure of the next turn, the magic of a long downhill ride, and the challenge of a long climb.

He knew someday I would worry about being old and would need a time machine.  That one item, that when used, would teleport me back to the days of the past.  Waking up, grabbing the bike, and riding till we got hungry.  Scarfing food, and getting back in the saddle again.

He knew someday a 5-year-old would grow up and become Mountainstroh, a guy who will ride anywhere, in any weather, and have a blast while doing it. 

Who knows what I would be if he hadn’t come through?  I don’t wanna know.  I just want to say “Thanks Mom! I mean Santa!” for the most meaningful and important present I could ever have gotten as a kid!

Before I was The Wind! I was little Breeze
Before I was The Wind! I was little Breeze

And they scored!

Folks this weekends sporting events in the Northwest totally suck ass.  My Cougs Coug’d it big time, which is depressing in itself.  Then add to it my Hawks lost at home!  Neither game was good, and one would think I would be bummed.

Well ok, in sports mode I am.  But as we all know, there are much more important things in life.  Today was our Christmas with the boys.  Both Manchild (15) and Mathmajor (20) were up.  Michelle made a fantastic pork loin and I made mashed potatoes! The food was great!

However, as yummy as the food was, it was nuthin compared to watching the kids open the presents! Continue reading “And they scored!”

Christmas Memory

Today was the annual Christmas tradition at work.  It was the passing out of the boxes of Sees candy in the office.  Now lord knows I do not need candy.  There have been too many opportunities to snack on cookies at the office as is.

However, unlike other places I work, the Mighty P does the holiday handouts right.  They are not sent via interoffice mail, or just magically appear.  In my office, the execs on the top floor go all out.  Two of the VPs dress up as Santa and Mrs Claus, and our CEO is Ebenezer. 

The cafeteria is opened up for snacks, and all the execs and their assistants are running around serving snacks to those who show up.  This is seriously not considered a wellness event, there wasn’t veggie in sight!

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Seeing Santa always reminds me of one of my most vivid Christmas memories.  Continue reading “Christmas Memory”

Jingling through town

Y’all have heard me talk about it quite a bit over the last fees weeks and months, well today was finally the day.  The Arthritis Foundation‘s Seattle Jingle Run and Walk!  As usual, the main topic of conversation leading up to today was the weather.  December is NOT our best weather month of the year.  In the past, we have had monsoon rains, snow, wind, and anything else you can think of.

This year was cold!  Here in Seattle, we usually end up in the 40’s at night and maybe 50 during the day.  Then, in a cold snap, we’ll get down to the lower 30s or even (GASP!) upper 20s at night, and get to the 40s in the day.

This week we have been in the teens!  It NEVER gets that cold here.  I even stopped wearing sandals to Starbucks a day or two.  It was that cold.  Last night was no different.  In fact, some places hit single digits.  UGH.  Time to break out the layers.

Michelle and I had a helluva time waking up, but we sucked it up and headed and got our of bed!

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“So This is Christmas” and “Ruby Grace” Excellent gift ideas!

I’ve mentioned in the past that I am an avid reader.  I’ve been reading damn near every day since at least the 4th grade, and maybe even before.  Getting a book for my birthday or Christmas was the perfect gift.  What else could you get, for the price of a movie, that gives you many many hours of fun.

Nowadays, I carry my iPad or my Kindle everywhere I go, and I read whenever I get the chance.  I usually have 2 or 3 books going at anyone time.

When asked for gift ideas for people, one of the first things I think of is a book!  Those who can write and get a book published are to be admired.  Which is why I am excited to do this post.  Two of my friends, Jim Devitt, and Renee Hazen, have each just published a book that would be perfect for the holidays!

I am lucky enough to have read them both and I can share them with you! Continue reading ““So This is Christmas” and “Ruby Grace” Excellent gift ideas!”