Sunday, December 28, 2008

From the table to Table Rock

As is usual during the Christmas Season, it seems that we spent more than our share of time at the dinner table. When we arrived at Linda and Mario's home on Christmas Eve, Linda had prepared a wonderful meal for us. And of course on Christmas Day we ate well too. By Friday, the 26th, I felt like I was ready to start rolling rather than walking. Mario went to work and the girls and the little ones went to the mall, so Adrian, Daniel and myself decided to work off a few calories--not that Adrian and Daniel really needed to work them off, but I certainly did.
A few miles north of Medford lie two basalt mesas, appropriately named Table Rock. I've hiked Lower Table Rock a couple of times in the Summer, and it's a beautiful area. We decided to see what it is like during the Winter. About a quarter mile or so up the trail as we started into the madrona woods, we ran into a little snow.

As we got higher into the pines the trail was nearly completely covered in snow. It was not deep, but it added Winter beauty to the landscape. On top of Table Rock there was only a couple of inches of snow, but there was lots of water. I wore hiking boots, so my feet stayed dry, but my silly sons wore tennis shoes. By the time we got to the southern end that overlooks the valley, they had cold, wet feet. We stopped and ate a lunch that Linda had packed for us, and then started back down the mountain. It was nice hike, but I must say that I get out of breath a little faster than my boys do. At least my feet stayed warm and dry. We got back to the parking lot just as it started to rain. It was nice to spend some time with Adrian and Daniel, see some beautiful country and work off some calories hiking Table Rock rather than adding more calories at the other table.

(Judy, now you can't complain that I've never written in the blog. Jack)

Fireplace Builders

The day before Christmas Adam was concerned with the fact that Santa enters homes through the fireplace. The problem was that the Aguirre home has no fireplace. So Adam suggested that Linda help him build a fireplace for Santa. He suggested they use a lot of wood but Linda convinced him that paper would suffice. Adam was very excited for Santa to come.

It worked! Santa came and Adam (and everyone else) was thrilled.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Our family wishes you all a very merry Christmas. May the Lord bless you!

The Walsh Family

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Let It Snow?

To those of you living in places that are used to getting a lot of snow this may seem a little silly. We have had a whole week of snowy weather now and today is the second week in a row that church is canceled. People around here get a little excited when we even just have snow in the forecast, usually they over react and we get the usual winter icy cold rain. This time however, they were right. Yesterday the girls and I ventured out to do some shopping and while we were in the first store the snow started again and the streets were quickly covered in ice. In case you don't already know this, mini vans are terrible in snow! We decided we had better head home especially after we happened to see the front page of the paper. A bus hanging over I-5 is never a good thing, and with a "blizzard" in the future being out on the roads is a crazy place to be.

The snow has a way of making the whole world look different. This is one of the busiest streets in Federal Way and suddenly it looks like a mountain pass.When it first started snowing last Saturday, Laura and her friends were out it about 1/8" of snow making a puney snowman.Then by Sunday there was a little more....This week there is enough to cover everything.Well we can handle another "pajama Sunday" of playing games and making puzzles with the kids.Now as I look out the window, It's snowing again.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Paint, Vinyl and Lots of Work

It has been longer than usual since I have written but life has been more than a little busy. The last couple of weeks we have taken our Windmill Lettering show on the road to some local craft shows.

Our product seems to be quite popular. We have been working sun up to very late at night making all of the cute stuff we sale. I am just glad that Valerie is so organized because we have had quite a few custom orders to fill.

Last week end we did the Peninsula high school annual craft fair. It was in Gig Harbor and is a very big sale. Pam is really good at figuring out what we need to make our stand look great.

These pictures don't do it justice but they give you an idea of why we have been so busy.

To see more pictures of what we sell, click on the Windmill Lettering link.