friendsfavz, Hosting a Football Party!

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Party time! The NFL football playoffs are happening and we having a party Our favorite team is playing, the Seattle Seahawks! My sister Deena had a fantastic idea on how to feed a large group and be able to enjoy her guest and watch the game too!
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Woodway Class of 1978, 35 year reunion

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Could it really be 35 years ago that I graduated from High School?
I grew up in Edmonds Washington where you can smell the salt air and the beach is just a bike ride away.

I remember high school days when people filled the fountain on Main Street with soap and it would overflow into the street. My friend Val and I would cruise the beaches in her 55 Ford truck and look for our friends, well, really we were looking for cute guys. Everyone would go to the football games then head to Herfy’s for fries and shakes after the game! What fun times and we thought we were so grown up.

Jump ahead 35 years, now many classmates have moved back to Edmonds realizing what a gem it is with the ferry, the sound and the quaint little town. We have gone from a world revolving around us as teens to having navigated through the years of raising kids and are now faced with being empty nesters. I must say that I am looking forward to having hobbies again and having time to reconnect with old friends.

I describe our class as being special with many bonds. We have had great turnouts for our reunions and I know especially as we get older how much we appreciate seeing each other. We have grown past the high school groups and can enjoy our sense of community and building new friendships.

Here are a few snapshots for those of you who were not able to make it to the reunion. Sorry, for the low quality photos and movies. The lighting was not good with our camera phones and everyone was busy visiting so we did not get photos of all who attended.
Hope you are all doing well and see you in five years at the next reunion!

Karen Rae

Vlogging, What type of camera to use!

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What is a Vlog and what is a Vlogger Fair?

I was wondering the same thing a short time ago. To those of us of a more mature age who are just catching up to the trends, it is a video blog.

Who is vlogging you ask? Well, at this fair the popular personalities are under 40, single or families and they are a hit with the young female generation.

I was amazed and intrigued by the following of these You Tube successes. The majority of attendees at the vlogger fair, a two day event with vendors and you tube personalities, were  young, female and very familiar with all the names of the vloggers who were going to be speaking. Many of the You Tube people have vlogs about themselves and their families, kind of like a reality show but without all the drama. They talk about  family, their daily lives and  interesting things happening around them. Some vlogs have a theme, like make-up tutorials, fashion or crafting, but those types of video blogs were not represented at the fair.

I think the vlogs by Chris Pirillo, Shay Carl, Joey Graceffa, Its Judys life, and many others create a sense of community for many of their followers and invite people to be a part of their lives.  I felt they are a much better set of folks to follow than many of the movie, TV, and music celebrities many follow. It was a safe, fun, creative environment for young people to be attending.

If you like wine, listen in as I talk about my new favorite wine store with the biggest selection around.

Happy trails, Karen Rae

friendsfavz at Vlogger Fair

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Vlogger Fair happening June 8-9 in Seattle Wa. If you have a video blog, want to learn or just meet some of the Vloggers from You Tube head on down to Vlogger fair today. Lots of vendors to help you get started. Here is a short snippet of Shay Carl and his interview at the vlogger fair.

New Thing Tuesday

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Lately, I, Karen, have become more spontaneous which is unusual for me. I am usually a planner and have a hard time doing things at the last moment. However, this week I texted my sister-in-laws at the last minute to join me at happy hour at a local winery. We ended up going to an outdoor winery, J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio, next door to the original winery we were planning on going to. The patio area had a nice feel to it and a circular fire pit with tables scattered about. We chose some comfy overstuffed chairs to sit in and sip our newly discovered wines.  I chose a Syrah, Cheryl a Pinot, and Stephanie a Cabernet. The waitress described my wine as a peppery taste but I did not notice that as in some Syrahs. This wine had a warm smooth feel. Slightly peppery but not too much. I thought it was lovely and enjoyed a second glass as much as the first. I believe this is the wine I was enjoying:

2011 Antagonist 100% Syrah

Luckily, the temperature warmed as we sat and chatted and we enjoyed a blue skyed evening in Woodinville, Wa. We were also able to order food from the kitchen of a neighboring winery, Alexandria Nicole. Cheryl and I shared a french dip piled high with roast beef and the best crispy shoesstring french fries ever.

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I am not sure if it because I am getting to a new phase in life but I do cherish the time with the people who are most important to me. My kids are at an age where I am not involved in their lives as much and all of a sudden I have a lot more free time. So, I am able to call people at the last minute now and get together. Is there someone you have not seen for awhile? Reach out and give them a call or text and see if they can go out for coffee or lunch. Even if they are not free they will feel great that you contacted them and made them feel special. If you are able to get together, check out a new spot and let us know the new place you went to and experienced. We are all looking for new place to venture to.

One of the things I enjoyed during my wine tasting was one of the gals that worked at the winery. She was so bubbly and would pop by and ask how we were liking our wine and chat a little. Stephanie complemented her on her very ornate gold necklace and she told us all about where she found it and how it was light weight and easy to wear. Then she said, you know we share all the fun about a purchase and where we got it because we want our friends to beautiful too.

We Share things with our friends because we want them to be beautiful too. 

That describes friendsfavz!

Come share with us so we can all be beautiful and enjoy the best that life has to offer!  -Karen Rae

Kidfavz, Sara and The Bubble

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Kidfavz, Sara and The Bubble

Welcome to kidfavz! On Wednesdays we share our favz that have to do with all the kiddos in our lives.

Today, I decided to share this enchanting photo of my nieces daughter, Sara Rose. I always refer to her as my niece but I am wondering if the correct term is grandniece?  I prefer to be called  Auntie Karen rather than Great Aunt Karen ( it makes me feel younger that way). However, when I was taking one of my other grandnieces to school one day the teachers were a little confused when I said the 3 year old was my niece. I then had to explain to them that she was really my nieces daughter and that her grandmother was my sister and not her mom, all very confusing. Anyway, this lovely photo was taken by Marek Ospaly along with many other photos of their family in a park in Japan recently on a sunny spring day.

They had a photo session in Osaka and Sara was chasing bubbles but they did not show in the photo. Angela, my niece, contacted my son Cameron and he was able to add the bubble back into the photo for them. I love Angela’s comment about the picture of her daughter,”Sara reminds me of a little fairy in the woods here following a magical bubble. I wonder where it will lead her…..”

I feel like we have the beginnings of a story here. Anyone want to add a line? It could be like that game we used to play growing up where each person adds a little to the story.
-Karen

New Thing Tuesday, Adventures with Darla

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Meet my sister Darla!

She went on a huge adventure this last week to Red Mountain Resort in Utah. I am so proud of her and what she has accomplished this last year.
One year ago she was in pain, struggling to move and had just gone through her second surgery which took bone spurs out of her neck. She has always been an advent athlete and she was barely able to get out of bed by herself after her surgeries. I know because I spent many days helping her out of bed and down the stairs. It still brings tears to my eyes thinking about her after her surgeries and seeing first hand how much she had to deal with. The amount of pain she tolerated between her surgeries was incredible, something I surely would not have handled with as much dignity. During my time as nurse, I did enjoy our quiet evenings to catch up and have some quality time with my baby sister. Ok, I have to let you know that I have two baby sisters since she has an identical twin, Deena. Long deep discussions are not something we are able to do at family events since we have six girls in our family. We usually fight to get a word in edgewise and so the conversations tend to be quick and kind of fluffy.

Darla has achieved so much in this last year through perseverance, a lot of hard work and sheer will. She  not only is able to do an average workout but spent a whole week doing multiple workouts daily during her week stay at this health resort. Darla, you are an inspiration to me and next time maybe I can join you on your next adventure! I am not sure I could keep up with you but I would be happy to hang by the pool while you do your five different classes in one day!

Love you lots, your big sister Karen