Posts tagged ‘Heather Reynolds’

Early Christmas with my kids

LJ and dad on their way out for a walk

LJ and dad on their way out for a walk

This year I won’t be able to spend Christmas with my family so my kids and I had an early Christmas.  We gathered at my daughter Heather and family’s home in Lynnwood.  Heathers dad, brother Ben and wife Wendy and their grandson Mason all came.

Mason and LJ playing in the tunnel

Mason and LJ playing in the tunnel

It was fun watching the boys play!

Ben and Wendy enjoying the day

Ben and Wendy enjoying the day

After a nice brunch everyone started opening their presents.

Mason like his Rescue Bots!

Mason likes his Rescue Bots!

LJ playing with his zoo

LJ playing with his zoo

DSC08006We all had a really nice time visiting but the mountain passes were bad and all too soon it was time for Ben and his family to make their way back to Wenatchee.

After they left we all got bundled up and took a walk.

LJ warm and cozy in his new "bear" snowsuit from Ben & Wendy

LJ warm and cozy in his new “bear” snowsuit from Ben & Wendy

After our walk and LJ’s nap, guess which “toy” he decided he liked the best?


Here’s hoping all of you have a wonderful Christmas this year and are able to spend it with the ones you love.


December 24, 2012 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

Friday tip of the day – How pet insurance can save you money

Here is a guest post written by my daughter, Heather Kalinowski.   As the mom of a fifteen-month-old boy and two dogs, she is always looking for ways to be thrifty.   She works for Trupanion pet insurance and truly believes in the benefits – both financial and emotional – a pet insurance policy can provide.


In today’s economy everyone is looking for ways to save money. For pet owners, saving money requires evaluating even more things, including pet food, grooming costs, boarding or pet sitting expenses, and veterinary care.

dog at vet

Unfortunately, for many pet owners, veterinary care is the biggest thing that digs into the family budget. While expected expenses such as yearly exams, vaccinations, monthly flea medications, and dental care can be easily factored into the budget, the unexpected expenses like major injuries and illnesses can cause a huge amount of financial strain and can lead to heart-breaking decisions.

dog in surgery 2

Pet insurance is one way pet owners can help protect their finances in these difficult situations. When a major medical condition develops in their pet, pet owners with insurance can easily and immediately opt for the best medical treatment available without worry of cost.

When you are trying to be thrifty, it can seem counter-intuitive to pay an insurance company a premium every month on the chance that it will pay off in the end. However, pet owners who cherish their pets as part of the family and who may not be independently wealthy need the financial reassurance that if something catastrophic does happen with their pet, they will be covered.

It makes a lot of sense when you consider how veterinary treatment has advanced in recent years and the increase in expense that comes with those advances. Medical conditions that were once thought to be fatal in pets like cancer and diabetes are now curable with veterinary care that rivals that available to humans.

trupanion insured cat

But if you don’t have the funds to pay for these advanced services, you only have two choices – max out as many credit cards as possible, plunging yourself into debt, or make the heart-wrenching decision to leave your pet untreated. With pet insurance, you don’t have to worry about making this decision – you are financially covered and in the end, you end up saving up to thousands of dollars.

Trupanion insured dog 3

December 21, 2012 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival

The Apple Blossom Festival has been a tradition since 1920 and was originated to celebrate the importance of the apple industry in Wenatchee, Washington the Apple Capital of the World.  It was voted as one of the top 10 Best Spring Festivals for Families in 2011.  I grew up in Wenatchee and for many, many years attended the annual Apple Blossom Festival and have many great memories.  When I was in grade school through Junior High I was in school band and marched in the parade.  In the early 60’s I saw my first hippies during Apple Blossom.  Quite a sight for someone from this little town.  The best part of the festival for me as a child was the carnival!  After the parade dad would take my sisters and I down to ride the rides, oh how exciting!!!

Cruising was a big part of Apple Blossom.  During Friday and Saturday nights everyone hopped in their cars and “cruised the ave”.  That tradition held over until after I was married with children.  We packed up the kids and headed to the avenue.  It was so much fun.  EVERYONE you knew was there.  We all ended up at Dustys and the Arctic Circle, our local drive-ins.  Of course in the 90’s too much alcohol was involved and the police outlawed cruising so my kids weren’t able to continue the tradition.  So sad.  It started out as such good clean fun.  These days there is the Classy Chassis parade so everyone can still polish up their old cars and drive them down the street.

Although it’s an absolutely beautiful time of the year in Wenatchee, I haven’t been to an Apple Blossom Festival for many, many years now.  Even when I was still living in Wenatchee I tended to stay away from the festivities.  After all,  you can only see SO many parades, go to SO many carnivals, eat SO many corn dogs at the food fair, and look through SO many booths at the art fair as well as all the other activities during that time.

This year I literally had about two hours in Wenatchee during the festival before heading down to Portland to pet sit.  My daughter Heather and her husband surprised me and said they wanted to come for the festival with their baby boy.  So we all headed to the Kids Parade.  LJ absolutely LOVED listening to the bands and watching all the people.  Even though they don’t live in Wenatchee, Heather has fond memories of all of the years she enjoyed Apple Blossom and wants her little boy to have the same experience.  So this was the first of many years he’ll be coming and enjoying the fun that his mom and grandma had over the years.

My grandson Christian and Granddaughters husband Nathen drove the Fred Meyer float.   It sure looked like Christian was having a good time!

Mason my great-grandson was riding in the back.  He’s the cute little smiley boy in the middle!

I’ve decided it’s time to start attending the festival again.  At least part of it.  They say when you get older you start to enjoy the simple things in life again.  That’s my goal.  So I’m planning on being in Wenatchee to watch my youngest grandson and great-grandson enjoy their years of Apple Blossom, and who knows, you just might see me riding those carnival rides again!

April 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment