Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The New Franklin House

NEWS FLASH!!! The new Mr. and Mrs. Franklin are now homeowners! They've been looking for just the right little starter house, found this one, made an offer and will close by this Friday. It's in Northwest Spokane (Shadle area for those of you who know Spokane). The house is in great shape and really doesn't need anything to be in moving in condition, but since Whit and Trav have three more weeks on their apartment lease, they will do a little painting and sprucing up before they move in. They are very excited and we are excited for them. We're also excited that finally they will have room to store ALL their stuff (some of which has been living in our basement and garage). They are going to let us help them with some painting, yard work and moving so it will be FUN!

Here are a few photos of the new homestead:

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

There's a reason I'm not a nurse...

So my husband who wanted to be a vet left the nursing of the dog to me while he is out of town this week. Now mind you, I can set my mind to doing just about anything I need to when he is gone. However, this is not in my acceptable realm of duties. Changing dressings, checking for infection, wrapping so she can't chew it off.....not my area of expertise. Sydney looks at me pathetically like, "Do you have any idea what you are doing because this isn't how dad does it..."
Examining icky looking things with no skin isn't good with me. However, her leg is starting to fill in and she has feeling in it and her toes are warm, so hopefully it is healing. She hops around on three legs pretty quickly and even chases the goats from time to time. I'll keep you posted on the progress....

Easter was great fun! We all went to church as a family (I LOVE that!), and then Gail and Roch and the girls joined us for Easter buffet. In the evening we went to Jennifer's for dessert. I love the days that the whole family is around. Alex and Travis usually get involved in some kind of sport or video game and I get to visit with my daughter. Life is good!

Whit and Travis are back in the house hunting, but are taking their time to find just the right house for just the right price. They put an offer on one they didn't get, so they know that isn't the one God intended for them to have. It's a fun process, though, looking and planning and dreaming... I said to be sure there is a good spot for a nursery. They just roll their eyes at me!

We're getting some warm sunny days now and I get positively giddy with the idea that summer is just around the corner. I'm ready for deck time, bbqs, long days, walks in the sunshine.....

Monday, April 9, 2007

Disney, Dogs and Drama

We had a grand time in Anaheim with the Mt. Spokane Band! It was fun sharing this last trip with Alex and while it was a whirlwind of activity that resulted in exhaustion - it was a happy tired! Here's the Reader's Digest Version:

Day 1 - arrive in L.A. Take in Long Beach Pier and Medieval Times. Settle in Anaheim Plaza Hotel (one block from the main gate of Disneyland).

Day 2 - Band Competition at Fullerton College. Off to Disneyland for awards ceremony and fireworks. Wind ensemble got a gold award and second place. Alex's percussion ensemble got a gold award and first place! He even got to get his photo taken with Merlin!

Alex and Chris playing "Bejing" (percussion ensemble)

Day 3 - All day at Disney (and I mean ALL day!) 8:00am-12:00 midnight. It is true that it is the happiest place on earth!

Day 4 - The kids all spent the day at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Keith and I (not big coaster fans) did a little shopping at Disney downtown and took a much needed nap.

That's Alex on the left with his drumline buddies!

Day 5 - Back at Disneyland at 8:00am. The band did a neat workshop with the Disney folks where they sight-read music to which the staff put to animation. Very cool! Then it was load up and head to LAX - arrive Spokane 12:00 midnight.

Day 6 - Sleeping in!

Great fun was had by all and it will be a trip Alex will always remember fondly.

For the downside, Whitney and Travis were at home saving Sydney's life and leg. The vet THINKS she may have been bitten by a brown recluse spider (YIKES - I didn't know we had those here!), which turned into a flesh eating infection. We almost lost her, then almost lost her leg. We're still playing doctor every day - she has en eight inch section of leg that has no skin, but she is healing and the prognosis is good. Why do these things always happen when we're out of town!? Poor Whit was beside herself all the while trying not to tell us how bad it really was.

Anyway - life is good and back to normal. Alex is back in school, Keith and I are back at work and it all kind of seems like a dream!