Monday, August 25, 2008

Blog Around The world

Welcome all of you wonderful bloggers who are visiting me today. I am so happy you are here visiting with me.
I so enjoy the concept of blogging. I have made new friends and I get to peek into the lives of many I will most likely never meet. I get to see the world through so many eyes. In that respect, I hope you enjoy seeing my corner of the U.S. through my eyes. I will let Tricia and Gina regale you with their witty stories while I show you a bit of the Pacific Northwest. So pull up a chair and lets get going.
Deb, I am sorry I do not have any Diet Coke with lemon. Will Coke Zero do? If so I will run down to the store and get us a couple of lemons. Have been wanting to try it. For those who do not do coke, I do have a few Mikes hard lemonades, but if you are driving you can't have those. If you do coffee, I am afraid you will need to stop at one of our many famous espresso stands. You know we are the home of Starbucks and Tully's so there are some serious coffee folk around. I do not drink it, therefore, I do not know how to make it. Sorry. I also have the delicious rolled dessert I featured on my blog of June 28th, I know you will all enjoy it.
As you probably read, we Washington gals are family. There is Gina, the youngest of my five daughters and Tricia, the fourth of my five daughters . But wait there's more!! Not featured, but still a good read is Kris, the third of my five daughters. She does not post often, but when she does it is always fun and interesting. By doing the math you will see there are two more daughters. Karyn, my eldest daughter and Angela, my second daughter. Preceding all of them is Bryan, my son.
I have been married to my best friend, Stan, for 43 years. We met when we were 15 years old and married two weeks after he turned 19 and two weeks before I turned 19.
As my name indicates, I am Gramma to many. Nineteen at the last count. Ranging in age from 18 years old to 10 months old. They are all the delight of my heart and my reason for being. We are a family who generally enjoys one another's company and have fun when we are together. We just spent a week at the beach at Seaside Oregon. Everyone was not there all of the time, but at any given time, at least 13 of us were.
Washington State is a very diverse state. There is so much to see and do here. We are minutes from the beaches, lakes and rivers. We can go white water rafting, hiking and sometimes skiing all in the same day. Washington is the home of Mt. Rainier. The tallest peak in the continental U.S. A beautiful majestic mountain. We also have the Space Needle
and the Monorail. I saw an the news last night it broke down again and the people had to be rescued by ladder trucks. A common occurrence. Both were built for the 1962 Worlds Fair in Seattle.
We were, until just recently, home to the Super Sonics. We are home of the Mariners and Seahawks. I do not pay much attention to sports so I cannot tell you who is on first.
It is just beginning our Fair Season. First we can go to Monroe for the Evergreen State Fair which is celebrating its 100th year. South of Seattle we can attend the Puyallup Fair. Much larger than the Monroe, but too far for me to drive.
Over Labor Day, you can also travel east of the Mountains to Ellensburg and attend a real Rodeo. Much fun. If you are already east of the Mountains, then you are welcome to cross over and attend our fairs.
During the summer you can also attend SeaFair. A fun time paying homage to all of our water and our lively hood derived from it. It culminates with the Hydro plane races and a spectacular air show by the Blue Angels.
I think, sometimes, living in such a beautiful state, we tend to take it for granted. There is so much more to see and do here than you have time to read, or I have time to tell you about.
Thanks for stopping by and I so hope you visit again. Looking forward to seeing you again. Please be sure to comment so I know you were here.
Gramma

56 comments:

Gina said...

Aren't I just so STINKIN cute?!
We're doing the famous dance here!

Trish said...

those pictures are brutal.
I thought you loved me.


Have fun today!

JourneytoFamily said...

Ha... did your girls know you were going to post their pictures? :)

I only stopped through Washington once, on the way to Victoria, B.C. (well, actually twice, since I stopped on the way back) It sounds lovely. I'd love to go back to visit it properly next time!

Laurie from My Garden To Yours said...

Thanks for the tour of Washington! It sounds like you have a great family and are truly blessed.

Mekhismom said...

Thanks for the great tour of Washington State.

Dawn said...

Great post! Thanks for the tour!! I love big families and you are very lucky!!

Debbie said...

Those pictures made my day....oh yeah....that was a brilliant mom move on her day in the sun. Thanks for the interesting pics and facts about Washington. I have never been to the Pac NW and hope to make it there someday!

Nonna said...

cute pics of the girls! Congrats on being featured today!

Lauren W said...

What a fun post :) I love those pics of your girls. My sister used to have glasses just like those!

Caution Flag said...

Add me to the list of never been there's! But someday, I'll see the Northwest. Oh, yes I will.

Love how nicely adjusted your family seems :)

Ren said...

Washington is so beautiful. I've only been there once, but I remember it well.

Amy said...

Visiting from BATW! Really interesting post about your great state.I am way down south in Louisiana, so I've never had the great pleasure of visiting. Thanks for the tour :D

oº˚ Anissa ˚ºo said...

Thanks for sharing -- Loved reading your daughters blog. I'm stopping in from Louisiana today sending you much love.

Veggie Mom said...

Hey there, Bloggy Friend! Thanks for the tour--isn't Blogging Around the World fun?

Shannon said...

I'm visiting from BATW!
The farthest west I've been is Idaho but I'd love to go to WA someday :) Thanks for the tour!

Lynda said...

Greetings from Texas and BATW. I have been to your beautiful state and enjoyed it tremendously. Your girls were so cute! I am sure they still are {wink}

Karen said...

My husband was born in Idaho, but grew up around the Seattle and Tacoma areas. he tells me it's a lot like New Zealand, where I'm from.

We met in Nevada, where we are now living ... which is probably as far from Washington and New Zealand that you can get, as far as the climate, scenery and greeness goes.

Congratulations on all those grandkids. I now understand what Debbie means about the numbering system!!! So far, we are up to five. They're all back in NZ, so I miss them and am looking forward to the move back home !!!

Congratulations on you big State day !!!

Julie said...

Those are awesome pictures and we all have them of ourselves! I really enjoy getting to know you and your daughters and envy that you all blog. My mom doesn't even read my blog... even though we live in Hungary and she doesn't get to see her grandkids! But I am the only Christian in our family... so she doesn't even know why I am here!

Ronnica said...

Only a mom gets to post such pictures. =) You must be an interesting woman to have raised such characters! (and I mean that in a good way)

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Thank you for the tour of your state! I haven't been there since I was 2, and so want to return and enjoy!!!

And thanks for the pics of your daughters... right now your other kids are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo glad they don't blog.

sassy stephanie said...

How fun that you all blog together! And...19????????? Wow!

Laura said...

Coming by from BATW...nice to meet the matriarch of the clan!! I wish we'd gotten to WA while we were living in MT!

Frizzy and Bird said...

I've seen you around and commented a few times. However, I'm happy to be here once again. What a beautiful family you have. It's been fun getting to know them and you today. I'm sure they're lovin the pics you put up. ;)

I have family in Sequim and Lacey and therefor visit once or twice a year. Who knows, maybe we've passed on the street or a fairy. It's a small world after all!

Thanks for the coke, tour and hospitality. I hope to see more of you while BATW.

New Girl on Post said...

What a beautiful family you have! Washington sounds great! It's one of the two western states I've never had the opportunity to visit.

Tara said...

Loved your post today. The pictures were great! I hope you have fun today! Thanks for hosting us!

Kathi said...

First of all, I wanted to thank you for coming by my blog last week. I hope you have a Happy BATW day!!

We used to live in Everett WA. It was BEATUTIFUL there. I miss the mountains, the trees, the city of Seattle and the crispness of the air. Thanks for posting the pictures.

PS. I didn't realize that the 3 of you were family. That is so neat!!

Kathi said...

PS. AND I miss the price of coffee!! All of that competition ( a latte stand on every corner) meant low prices. Coffee is sooooooo expensive here in MD.

Karen said...

I've caught up on all of your past posts that I've missed by not getting on the computer. How did you meet Msoshi and his wife?
Who's foot was that on the pitch fork?!
Happy Birthday to you, a wonderful person!!!
Yes Washington is a great place to live.
I really like seeing Gina as a little girl! Amara said- that's me!

Leslie said...

Hola and Beunos dias from Santiago, Chile! Thanks for sharing a little of your life with us. I agree and think you truly are blessed to have such a large and close family!

Kat said...

I love Coke zero. And I wish that places carried it instead of Diet Coke. And coffee...don't do that either. It feels like sacrelidge sometimes. That I don't even own a coffee maker. But I don't drink it. Nor would I have any idea as to how to make it.

Breanne Vasquez said...

Oh they were so sweet.

EmmaP said...

Cute Blog - Thanks for letting me stop by! Oh - and I LOVE the pics of the girls! Too funny!

Shell said...

Surfing in from BATW. You are Super Gramma. My mom would be so jealous. I'm still working on at least getting her one. One of my good friends is from Seattle, he is always telling me how beautiful it is. One day, I have to come and visit.

HeathahLee said...

Thank you for the tour! What a blessing to have so many grandchildren! I know my Mom is happy with her two, but I'm sure she wouldn't mind at least a couple more! : )

Betty said...

Seattle sound a lot like Vancouver, where I grew up. I´m still a fan but have my life in Paraguay now. Don´t you just love getting so many comments? I enjoyed your blog today!

Melissa Lester said...

What a legacy you have! It's a good thing you started a blog. You need a place to record all your stories of family life! Those pics of your daughters are precious!

Ashley said...

So we've met your daughters now it's your turn. Great blog! Congrats on your BATW feature!

Mrs_X said...

I've lived on both sides of the Cascades and I cannot say enough about what Washington has to offer. Unfortunately, the Marine Corps will be moving us back to CA soon. I think what I will miss most of all is the CLEAN AIR!

Janet said...

I love WA. I miss WA. My hubby and I lived there 4 years at Ft. Lewis in Tacoma. Wonderful place.

Tracy P. said...

You are all too cute! We got as far as Yellowstone this summer, but didn't have it in us to go to the coast. Ahh, someday! Enjoy your day to shine!

Jen said...

Nice trip over here, Hope you are having fun.

CaraBee said...

Washington sounds wonderful. It is truly somewhere that I have always wanted to visit. Thanks for the tour!

Kelly said...

I am feeling "home" sick...lived in Tacoma for a couple years and experienced some of the fairs East and West of the mountains. I was almost voted mayor of Waterville, but I talked the locals out of it and agreed to be their visiting queen...don't believe me? just ask Snake the Carnie who wanted to make me his wife during fair time in Waterville...
Enjoyed the memories you invoked...

lynn said...

Thanks for the tour of Washington. I have an aunt and uncle who live in Tacoma and have visited a couple times. I loved being able to see Mt. Rainier in the distance every time we went for a drive.

Domestic Executive said...

I'm gobsmacked at your family of bloggers. Great post. My step-sister lives in Seattle and I love to visit, although it's been a while since we moved to New Zealand.

JT (aka www.domestic-executive.com)

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

Oh, Gramma! I love those frames! (and your daughter's comment :) )

GLAD to see you featured!

And yes, Honey, Baby S DID tell me that she felt the connection to the polar bear.

Oh man. That one still gets me.

God love the CFL.
(And you, Gramma. You, especially!)

S'more of my Thoughts said...

Thanks for the great tour!! I was in Oregon about 22 years ago - Crater Lake & Redwoods ... can't wait to go back to the NW and take my family one day (hopefully on our way to an Alaskan Cruise!)

Lady Dorothy said...

Greetings as I come through BATW from California!

I loved that you posted your daughters' pictures! How fun!

I am Nana to 11, soon to be 12. Since the oldest one is only 7, I am almost absolutely sure I will be catching up to you!

Rela Pantaleon-Manigsaca said...

I have visited a couple of times when I was still living in the Philippines and when I was already living in Boise, ID. I love Washington state!

To me, it is the most beautiful state I've visited (and I have visited quite a number already). The image that has been impressed in my head: coniferous trees all over, blue, blue skies, snow-peaked mountains and lots of bodies of water. Beautiful!!!

Jennifer P. said...

Will they ever forgive you for putting up their baby pictures :)?! And look at Trish STILL sporting the crazy glasses!

I love that the 3 of you are connected and use this means to,uh bash....no, PLAY with eachother :)!

Hope you had a great BATW day. Sorry I'm late to the party. That's just me!

Anonymous said...

I'm late to the party too, but since I already live here, maybe you'll forgive me. I've also lived in Oregon, Maryland and Hawaii, but my absolute favorite is right here in the NW corner of the USA. You did a great job of showcasing our state, Evy!

addhumorandfaith said...

To Gramma from Nana --

I came to your blog through your daughter Gin'a, and was delighted to read that you and your husband have been married 43 years -- so have we. And you were young too -- we were 19 and 20. And, we started dating when I was 15! I always say I've been president of his fan club since I was 15 years old. Isn't it great to be at this stage of your life with the man who knew you when you were 15? God has bless us, hasn't he.

Becky Welch said...

what a beautiful state!!! We have the Mariners AA baseball team right down the road from us! My son loves going there! Thanks for sharing!!!

Karen Roper said...

stopping in from Texas with a big hello! Just found out about blog around the world. I'm a real newbie at blogging here and also being a grandmother. Will stop back in soon to look around some more. You have a great blog, lot's of humor. Take care and ya'll come to see us sometime!

Briana said...

We honeymooned in Seattle (Bellevue) and then stayed on the coast of Oregon in Seaside. Reading your posts was like going back in time for me! Thanks for the fun read!

illahee said...

i am late because i am new to BATW (does that make sense?) but luckily debbie put up another link for your BATW spotlight.

i lived in western washington for fifteen years, so i have enjoyed your tour!

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