Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

I didn't take many photos, but we had a good Thanksgiving.  We had the cousins over. I made dinner, which turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. Here's a start to dinner...Colin was upstairs with Alice.



 The boys spread out toys in every room of the house and even the landing off the stairs.
 Alice is getting big and like's to watch the boys play.
 After dinner, we had a few rounds of Uno spin...
 Alice looked on from her high chair and chewed on everything she could reach.


Thankful for family, a warm house (and to be dry! It rained all day), and family fun!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fall Fun

It's been a challenge this fall to find time to update the blog. So, here's what's been going on since school started...homework and work aside, anyway.

The month of October has been very wet. Yesterday, we broke the all time record for rainfall in October at 9 inches in a month, with several days to go. We've had 24 consecutive days of rainfall so far...the record is 25 days, so we might break that one too. I'm very tired of everything being wet. We've been at lots of soccer games in the mud and rain...Jack comes home covered head to toe.





I'm excited that soccer is just about over for this year.  Jack's class mascot came along for yesterday's game.We have to take pictures of him doing activities with us and put them in the class journal. We send it back and another kid takes it home next weekend. So, Sparky is in several of our pics from this weekend.

Friday night, we went to see a Lego Roadshow that has all the different famous American buildings built out of Legos. It was pretty cool actually. Jackson was very impressed. He kept saying that each building had more Legos than he has...











Last weekend, we went and bought our pumpkins on another muddy, wet day. Jackson had trouble and fell in a puddle, but before that he had a good time with some of the farm activities.




Last night, we carved our pumpkins. Of course, Jackson had to pick a super complicated pattern that he couldn't actually do, so mom and dad had to take over. His is the one with the skeleton skull and flames...sigh. They do look pretty cool. I'm hoping tomorrow will stay dry for trick-or-treating. 



Jackson has been enjoying the weekend at home. He's laying on the floor watching football and playing right now.



Monday, September 12, 2016

First day of Kindergarten!

Jackson was fully ready to go by 7:20 this morning.  We managed to stall him until 7:45, but he was so  excited that he just didn't want to wait.  So, we arrived at the school at 7:50am--the school doors don't open until 8:25. We took a few more pics there and then hung out in front of the school chatting with people until time, but it was a LONG wait.  Once he got into his classroom, he was happy, and we said goodbye and left with no fuss. I think we were the first Kindy parents to exit the classroom. He says he had a good first day. He remembers learning about letters (but can't be specific about which ones), and he remembers recess, and eating lunch. He says he knows the name of two kids in his class...not a bad first day. 

Mike has the camera with the pics from school, so I'll have to add those later.  Right now, I'm sitting at soccer practice using my phone. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Larabee State Park

This weekend, we,went on a short camping trip to Larabee State Park, near Bellingham. It's a beautiful area.  We arrived Friday night just in time for sunset...the scenery can't be beat. Saturday morning, we wandered the beach early, then let Jack play for a bit, drove down and had lunch in Fairhaven, and stopped at Taylor Shellfish farms...

We stopped for a bit on the beach to watch this guy...

There were a lot of kids in the camps near us, so Jack had a great time just playing around camp with them.. It was hard to get him to go out exploring much. Since we stopped a shellfish farm, we had an addition to our dinner that was maybe a little unusual for camping.  Mike likes raw on the half shell.  I BBQd mine with garlic, lemon and butter on the campfire...yum.

We came home early today because Jack STARTS KINDERGARTEN TOMORROW, so we had laundr, groceries and the like to get done...he's excited!

Fall Catch up!

Okay, so I might be a little bit behind...we came back from the Tetons/Yellowstone trip, and I immediately went back to work. Then, on top of that, Jack has been in swimming lessons and soccer. Soccer continues, but swimming lessons are over for now. I'll get him in another round when soccer finishes.  He's having fun with his soccer team anyway. The first game was yesterday, but we missed it, opting to get in one last camping trip for the year. But, let's back up a little.

Back at the end of August, we made a quick trip to Nevada/California for Tyler and Joree's wedding. It was great to see everyone, but it was a whirlwind trip...very quick and short. The wedding was lovely. It was an intimate little wedding since it took place on a boat on Lake Tahoe. Somehow or other, all 5 of the siblings actually made it to this one.


Seth and his boys, and grandma

Adam's version of a tie

Jack had a good time even if he had to wear dress clothes.

Even Alice made it.


The groom


Some of the guests



Here comes the bride





The first time grandpa got to meet Alice.









Our cousin, Drew, officiated the ceremony and did a great job.





 Afterward, we took a very quick trip through Virginia City on our way down the hill. Then, Jack and I headed home and Mike headed to New Jersey for work for a week!


The next weekend, we had another busy one. We attended a Mariner's Game to support a Childhood Cancer Research Charity. Jack had a great time there, although we didn't stay until the end.
 He was glad to have his daddy home.
 He was being quite a ham with the photos...






Then, also last weekend, we went to the Evergreen state fair, and while we were there we went to a Demo Derby.   We started with the usual petting zoo, wandering through exhibits, and the hay bale maze. The llama and the cow worked together to get that food cone out of daddy's hand very quickly!





 Jackson decided on two activities for his turn. The first was a roller coaster...he liked it as we went up the first turn, but as soon as it dropped down the other side of that first hill he was scared and done...at the end, he decided he did not like roller coasters. Then, he tried getting in a big ball in a pool of water and rolling around. He thought that was pretty fun...
 After eating way too much junk food, we set out for the demo derby...it was a lot of fun. Apparently I didn't take any pictures of the actual events, but I did take a few selfies...Jack was excited! His favorite event was one where the demo cars tied boat behind their cars and then proceeded to try to crash into each other's boats and destroy them on a figure 8 track. It was pretty wild!

Then, another week of work and soccer practice in the rain!