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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Signs of Spring

Okay, so as my baby sleeps right here next to me and all is calm and quiet, I thought it would be the perfect time to post an update. I’m amazed at how quickly time is flying by. With the sunshine comes a new sense of keeping busy…. there always seems so much to be done.

I am loving the bright days, the sense that spring is on it’s way. Daffodils are starting to sprout, the days are getting longer. There’s something very refreshing about this time of year.
We are doing good, not a whole lot new and exciting. Let’s see, at the beginning of the month, we took part in a fundraiser for Doernbecker sponsored by a local country radio station. Who would have ever guessed that their “bowling tournament” would start at 6:15 in the morning? It did, but it was fun! The live broadcast kept it entertaining, as well as the "build your own bloody mary bar" that kept many around us lively to say the least.
Our team was called “Chelsea Rae’s Calvary Crunch” with Jeff, Tim Ralls, Dave Curtis and Pete Broughal. We were kind of an underdog team, as there were many big name corporations represented... even a military team showing their support.
We hadn’t ever been to “Big Al’s” bowling alley up in Vancouver, and the place was amazing in itself. Like a mini city. Entering it felt like walking into a mountain lodge with large beams and tall ceilings. “Slider Alley” was a second area of lanes with contemporary couches and just a cool place to hang out. The restaurant had a huge 36 FEET by 8 ft screen that looks very inviting for next year’s NFL season… with cool stadium seating and great billiards tables. We’ll definitely go back - a great place to hang with friends. They even do “grown up” birthday packages…. Party packages aren’t just for kids anymore! Themed buffet options and several other treats make it a cool event even more the “biggest” of kids. How cool is that?!

Kati is doing great in preschool. I got to spend the day with her class for their valentine’s party and what a kick that was. Though I’m not sure I liked it much when she ran off on the playground with one of her little friends… a boy… and they were holding hands! Then, to top it off, they got in a little play car and were “cruising”. She’s something else, that’s for sure, and somehow always manages to make me smile.

One of the highlights so far for me this month was when several of our friends got together to make memory books for us. One for Kati, and one for Jeff and me. A huge thanks to Haiden for coordinating such a special project. Linda drove down all the way from Northern Washington, and Dionne made it from central Oregon, and I’m so thankful to them, to all the other ladies who gave their time for this, and to everyone who sent in their story of how Chelsea impacted them. I was able to make it to the “party” on Friday night - we laughed, we cried. It was good. I couldn’t make it back in on Saturday, though many ladies spent their day there working on this heartwarming project. I can’t wait to see the finished result. We are continually amazed and the love and support we receive. Again, thank you.

With that, I will close. I’m feeling good these days and hope to be posting a bit more regularly. We’ll see…

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krissy keelan said...

Spring is in the air. These days of sunshine have been wonderful. Can't wait for summer.

Barb Majors said...

Having seen the "almost finished" memory books, all I can say is WOW! Haiden did a great job of organizing it and I was so honored to be a part of it!

Too funny about Kati running off with that little boy at the Valentines Day party! You're right, she really is something...I love that girl, even if her favorite color is now red!

Love ya,

Anonymous said...

Hey Celeste!
Good to have an update! I am so ready for spring. That's my favorite season and I just want it to hurry up and get it here quick. I love the sunshine. I've been out in it enjoying it as much as I can. Yesterday I went outside instead of cleaning my room, but then, I guess it doesn't take much for me to find an excuse not to clean it :)

Kati is definitely a sweetheart! She certainly has a way of making people smile. One time awhile ago she was coloring and was saying her favorite color is purple, and her friend also said her favorite color is purple. It was so cute, Kati kept insisting that purple is her favorite, and can't be anyone else's. It was too cute, and also pretty funny!

Okay, well, I hope you get a good night's sleep and maybe will see you on Wednesday. I love you guys so much and continue to keep you in my prayers.