Summer vacation, 2021 style

This is our summer route. It’s a route instead of a plan, because mostly we don’t have a plan. We’re starting a little later than usual (because Scott is scheduled to get a root canal the first of June), and we have to come back early because Tira’s start date was moved up to allow for some school and district training with regards to new safety and health practices being implemented next year.

So anyway, we have a route but no plan. The only firm part is we have to be in Cedar City (or somewhere with guaranteed internet access) because Tira has 3 mandatory online training classes to do this summer and we’re going to try and knock those out while we’re in that area. But after that… we may or may not hit any of the places marked on the map in our quest for cool weather and high elevations. 🙂

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A visit from the Smiths and a new Grandbaby on the way

This week we were excited to have Jeremiah, Heather and Kayleb by for a visit. Jeremiah was bowling in the USBC Open Championship (often called ‘Nationals’), and Heather drove down with him just to visit.

Jeremiah bowled 1846 for all 9 of his games, 3 as part of a 5-man team, then 3 in doubles and finally 3 games in singles competitions. Overall he bowled very well, he had a couple of standout games but mostly just good solid bowling. As I type this, he’s sitting in the top two hundred in all events with his 1846 total.

While Jeremiah bowled Kayleb played and the rest of us chased. He’s only14 months old and boy howdy he’s active. We had 3 kids and lots of friends and family have babies, but I’ve never seen the like. I don’t mean he’s hyper or anything, he’s just busy. All the time, busy. He’d walk through the kitchen and open every drawer, every cabinet and the pantry just to look inside. Sometimes grab one thing or two things and put them on the floor by the door. Then into the living room while I picked up the kitchen and he’d pull out toys and and play with them by putting some on the TV stand and some on the back of the couch and some in the dog food dish. I’d follow him around picking up kid toys and while I wasn’t looking he was back in the kitchen pulling out pots and pans…

When they left I slept for two days! 🙂


A new grandbaby!

We got the best news this week… Heather and Jeremiah are expecting again! This time, it’s a girl. We’re all very excited, especially The Greats. She’ll be the first great granddaughter, out of 6 great grandchildren. Heather’s due date is 11 Nov 2021.

Best of luck you guys, we love you!

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Covid Vaccines

With tomorrow being the one year anniversary of the start of the pandemic (as announced by the WHO on 11 March), I thought it was time to take action. So, this morning I went into the VA for my first of two shots. I got the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and I’ll get my second shot on 31 March.

No side affects, I did just fine. A little sore at the injection site but that was about it.

Tira on the other hand didn’t do so well. She got her first Pfizer vaccine back on 27 Feb and felt bad for days. On the 28th she had “the worst migraine of her life”. It was about the same for her second shot, thankfully it wasn’t worse like some people experienced.

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We visited Kayleb!

This summer we drove to (socially isolated our way up to) North Dakota to visit the new Grand-baby, Kayleb. We had a great visit (how could we not, there was a new Grand-baby to see!?!) and you can see some of the pictures from the top menu under “Photo Albums”.

This is a quick link to the pictures if you prefer: http://www.alvars.us/blog/pictures/nggallery/picture-albums/first-kayleb-visit

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