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phil leng: Christmas 2011 Part 3 - The Singing - 12/26/11 12:57 AM
Christmas 2011 Part 3 - The SingingChristmas 2011 Part 3 - The SingingA strong part of Christmas is the music. The Christmas Story has inspired music down through the ages.We have found great joy in singing songs at Christmas time. Many years ago we pulled out shakers and maracas and other rhythm makers for each of the kids. That tradition continues to this day.With this video, you get to participate in the joy and excitement of singing at Christmastime:
phil leng: Christmas 2011 Part 2 - The Christmas Story - 12/26/11 12:56 AM
Christmas 2011 Part 2 - The Christmas StoryThe central part of Christmas is the Christmas Story. Our family has been careful to preserve the centrality of this in our Christmas celebrations.So before the presents. Before the meal. Before anything else, we enact, or read, or present the Christmas Story. God so loved the world that He gave... That was the first gift. All other gifts pale in comparison.God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, will not perish, but will have everlasting life.God in flesh. A babe in a manger. Prophesied dozens (3 comments)
phil leng: Christmas 2011 Part 1 - The Warmup - 12/26/11 12:55 AM
Christmas 2011 Part 1 - The WarmupChristmas 2011 Part 1 - The WarmupWe got to spend the day before Christmas with the family of our younger daughter. It was really a complete Christmas Day, with our Christmas traditions, the singing, the meal, the presents and the desserts!We got there shortly after 11 am, and immediately stepped into the world of a three year old and a six year old. It is hard to describe the joy and anticipation of little ones before Christmas. The excitement is palpable. It is expressed physically, with noise, and with sparkling eyes that light up the (0 comments)
phil leng: 1000 BPOs completed by the Seattle Reo Team in and around Seattle Washington - 04/11/11 12:58 AM
1000 BPOs completed by the Seattle Reo Team in and around Seattle Washington Yesterday we hit a milestone in the Seattle Reo Team. We completed our 1000th BPO as a team. www.seattlereoteam.com What is a BPO? It stands for Broker Price Opinion. When does a bank do a BPO? Banks routinely call for them when a home defaults on payments, again when a short sale offer is made, again when it goes to foreclosure, and again before it is listed by the foreclosure listing agent. Although appraisals cost $450 - $500, the competition among real estate agents has driven the price (3 comments)
phil leng: Feel Better About Where You Live - 08/30/10 05:00 AM
Feel Better About Where You LiveThis video has many uses:1. It will help you feel better about where you live.2. You can use it for your spouse. Whenever he (she) says the house is a mess, just show him (her) this video and say “At least our house is not as bad as the video”!3. You can use it for your teenager. “If you don’t learn to clean up your room, this is what your house is going to look like when you grow up and have your own place!”4. Teenager - you can use it for your parents. “At least (0 comments)
Crestwoods Park Kirkland WashingtonThis is one of the amazing parks in Kirkland Washington.To start with, it spreads out over 26.63 acres. As you might imagine, that leaves room for a variety of activities and amenities.One of the best features of the Crestwoods Park in Kirkland Washington is that it is only accessible on one side. (See the Google map below) There is thick forest to the north, to the east and to the south. There are only two streets that can get you there, and both are deep at the back of the East of Market neighborhood (also known as (2 comments)
The McAuliffe Park Pea Patch is the largest of the three pea patches, or Community Gardens in Kirkland. It has 33 plots, compared to 14 in the Ohde Ave Pea Patch, or 12 in the Tot Lot Pea Patch.It is in the middle of the McAuliffe Park, has lots of space and is fenced. Clearly it is meeting a need, because all of its plots, as well as all the plots in each of the other ones in Kirkland, are all sold out for the 2010 season.The procedure is that you apply for a plot. If you already have had (0 comments)
McAuliffe Park Kirkland WashingtonAny of us who have lived in Kirkland a long time have driven by this beautiful family estate and marvelled at its beauty. As you go by NE 116th Street you see the orchard, the green lawns, the classic house and the expansive lot. I had always assumed that one day the bulldozers would come in and put 100 large houses on tiny little lots, destroying forever the beauty of this place.I could not have been more mistaken. The McAuliffe homestead has only been owned by two different families as far back as 1877. That is a (0 comments)
Brookhaven Park, Kirkland WashingtonBrookhaven Park is a small park off of 100th Ave NE. This park does not have grand illusions or great pretenses.It is .95 acres, but almost half of that amount is taken up by Juanita Creek. Juanita creek gurgles and swishes through the tall forest all across the end of the park that is next to 100th Ave NE. To protect the creek, there are fences on both sides of it. There is a small wooden platform at one point on the west side of the creek where you are allowed to peek through the trees and see (2 comments)
Tot Lot Park Kirkland WashingtonIn the middle of a neighborhood, in the middle of the block, is this delightful little park called Tot Lot Park.It is well named. The size is .52 acre, including the Pea Patch right next to it. It is perfect for tots.The perimeter is entirely fenced, with chain link fence supplementing the three rail log fence. While you are here you can relax with your children, knowing they can’t run out into the street. It is flat and square so you can see them at all times and little toddlers won’t fall down a steep incline. When (6 comments)
Grass Lawn Park Ball Fields Redmond WashingtonDuring the years we have lived in Kirkland we have often gone by the Grass Lawn Park. The most remarkable feature from the road is the soccer play field. It seems like there is never a time during waking hours that a team is not playing on that field.I have clear memories of driving by at 10:00 at night, in the winter. The field is ablaze in light, and teams are playing, in the rain. Or sometimes they are playing in the cold, each breath visible in the bright light.Grass Lawn Park has some (0 comments)
Bank Owned Home in Valley Green, Maple Valley WashingtonThis Bank Owned Home in Valley Green, Maple Valley Washington just came up, so now is your chance to buy a great home in a great neighborhood at a great price.Great!Schneider Homes built this home, which is now owned by the bank and it has quality and appeal throughout. When you step in the front door of this home you immediately notice the hardwood floors running all the way down the hall through to the eating area and kitchen.To the left is the living room, which is sunken for greater effect, and (0 comments)
Tot Lot Pea Patch Kirkland WashingtonThis park has a very unusual name. It derives from a combination of being right next to a park called the Tot Lot. (That is its official name - Really!)It is listed on the roster of Parks in Kirkland. And, of course, being one of the three official pea patch parks in Kirkland. There are .52 acres between this park and the Tot Lot Park next door.The same rules apply here as in the other Pea Patch Parks. You rent your plot for the season. The Season starts March 1 and ends November 1. You (0 comments)
Grass Lawn Park Children's Play Areas and Grassy Fields Redmond WashingtonGrass Lawn Park is on the corner of NE Old Redmond Road and 148th Avenue NE in Redmond. I am including it in the Parks of Kirkland, even though it is in Redmond, because it is close to the edge of Kirkland, and residents of Rose Hill and Bridle Trails neighborhoods use it a lot.Grass Lawn Park is truly one of the most useful and amazing parks in the entire Eastside.It spreads out over 28.5 acres, and includes walking trails, picnic areas and several amazing children’s play areas.The adult ball (5 comments)
Lake Avenue West Park Kirkland WashingtonLake Avenue West Park is clearly one of the smaller parks in the Kirkland system.First, I saw it on the map. Then I discovered it on the City Of Kirkland Online Parks Guide.I could see that it was small, and that it was located just to the north of the huge Heritage Park. One day I parked in the Heritage Park parking lot and decided to find this park on foot. Sure that there was a trail down the embankment, I walked the entire distance along the waterside trail. No way to get down below.The (0 comments)
Taylor Field (Sports) Park, Kirkland WashingtonIt began its life in our area as a landfill. It used to be the Houghton solid waste landfill site. We moved to the area in 1989, and can remember the pipes coming out of the ground burning methane gas even years after it had been closed as a landfill.Way back in 1998 the proposal gained ground to convert part of the 40 acre site into ball fields. The president of the Kirkland American Little League from 1994 to 1999, Tom Dillon, was very influential in promoting the idea of getting baseball and soccer fields (0 comments)
Forbes Creek Park, Kirkland WashingtonTucked away in the northern part of the Highlands, is Forbes Creek Park. It exists on two sides of the road, which is unusual. Traffic is really light at this end of the Highlands, so it is not as much of a hazard as you might think.The park consists of 2.02 acres, and has grassy area, picnic tables, children’s play area, tennis courts and a basketball court.On the upper side of the street is a great play toy area for kids of grade school age. We took our one and a half year old grandson, and (0 comments)
The Kirkland Cemetery, in Rose Hill, is listed on the roster of parks.Why not? It is composed of 6.82 acres of trees and greenery in the middle of South Rose Hill. If you don’t live in that part of Kirkland you may never have seen it. It is right in front of Lake Washington High School. For those of us who live near there, or who have had children who attended there, the Kirkland Cemetery is a familiar site.People have widely divergent views and attitudes about cemeteries, depending largely on ethnicity and religion. I rather enjoy the peaceful serenity. There (0 comments)
Cotton Hill Park Kirkland Washington Cotton Hill Park is somewhat unusual. It is more of a habitat than a park. No swings. No picnic tables. No children’s play area. No large grassy field, no baseball diamond.It has 1.91 acres, but it is contiguous with the abandoned railroad track, and the entire area is heavily wooded, so it feels much bigger.At the very corner of a neighborhood in the Highlands, stands the entrance to Cotton Hill Park. You are immediately hit with an impression. This is a beloved park.The sign is new, and beautiful. Nicely painted and gleaming. Right next to (0 comments)
Highlands Park Kirkland WashingtonThe Highlands Park in the Highlands area of Kirkland is a medium sized park with a diversity of amenities. There are 2.73 acres in this park. I didn't find a sign anywhere in the park. A winding cement pathway leads to a water fountain. Nearby is a “Leave a Bag - Take a Bag” station, indicating that many people walk their dogs here. On this corner of the Highlands Park is a child’s play area. It is in a roomy area, enclosed by two sets of square timbers stacked on top of each other. This provides an effective (0 comments)
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