Monday, May 29, 2017

Fort Flagler Camping for Memorial Weekend

After a crazy couple of weeks at work and in the job hunt (more on that in a day or two), we needed a break. We headed out Friday at about 1:30pm for our camping trip, but the ferry line was really long, so we didn't arrive at Fort Flagler until about 5:30pm.  Hours to travel only about 50 miles, but that's what happens when a ferry is involved!

The location is amazing, and the weather was beautiful. We spent some time right away down on the beach, running around, looking for shells, and enjoying the view. There are some campsites right down at the beach, but we were in the upper campground, up in the trees overlooking the bay. It was pretty amazing.

 Aspen came with us and enjoyed herself. She's still excited to be with us and on the go, but it reminded me that she's getting to be a senior citizen too. She still likes to walk and play, but by the end of the day she was stiff and in pain, and she needs help jumping into the car now.

 The beach was pretty cool, with lots of shells and things to look at. There were also lots of pigeon guillemot nesting in the cliffs along the beach and lots of swallows.

 Then, when we went to check out the fort, this guy was sitting in a tree enjoying the scenery. He stood still for quite a few pictures. The zoom on the little camera was able to pick him up, but barely.

As always, Jack enjoyed looking at the military installations. 

 Since we were near the canal, we had to get fresh oysters. Mike ate his raw, but I don't like them much, so I roasted mine for a bit over the fire.

The next day, the boys enjoyed flying their kites at the beach. The wind was just perfect for kite flying!
 Later in the afternoon, we spent some time playing games and fixing dinner.

 We also took a quick trip to the very picturesque town of Port Gamble, where Jackson was excited to find another playground.

 Then, back to the beach for more fun.
We came home pretty early today so that we had some time to clean out the cars, do laundry, and all the prep for another busy week at work. Jackson's Kindergarten has a music concert this week and we have lots going on, so it's going to be another fun week. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April-What a Month

Whew! It's been a whirlwind around here.

At the start of the month, Grandpa Don and Grandma Sue came to visit with Haydn. We had fun going to the zoo, playing at the park, bowling, visiting the sounds in Edmonds, eating out, and just spending time together. The week went very quickly.

We were hoping to go see the Tulips, but they are late coming out this year, so they didn't arrive in time. We'll be doing that at Easter this year.   After Mom and Dad headed home, I had class all day Saturday and then we did Jackson's birthday party on Sunday.

It was quite the hit.  It was a Fire Station party, with a little bit of Stars Wars thrown in to suit Jack. After a little rocky start (we arrived at the fire station and they weren't expect us because our host forgot to look at his schedule), it all worked out really amazingly. We started with making some storm trooper masks while we waited for everyone to arrive, then had a pizza lunch. Then, the firemen took the kids on a tour of the station. They got to climb into the ambulance and fire truck, see the firemen's gear, try out the heat seeking sensors and the fire hose, and check out all the equipment. It was a really great tour. All the kids were loving it except Jackson. He liked the first part and the fire hose, but for half of it, he was complaining that he wanted to go back inside and do cake and a little star wars game we had made.  Sometimes your own child is having the least fun at the party. But, overall it was a really great party, and he did have lots of fun! He had 10 kids from his Kindergarten class attend plus his cousins, so it was a great turn out.

 How many 5-6 year olds can you fit in an ambulance? Turns out about 12...and two firemen.

 By the picture time, Jack was in a bit of a funk, wanting to go back inside.

 On Monday, break was over and Jack headed back to school.  His actual birthday was on Tuesday, which after work/school is swimming lessons, so we had a quick birthday donut and presents after.
Grandma Marie and Papa Tom sent Jack a ToysRUS gift card, which burned a hole in his pocket until we took him to shop with it the next night...where he got another nerf gun and more Legos but not without spending an hour in the store carefully considering all his options! His first nerf gun came from Grandpa Don and Grandma Sue early while they were visiting. He got a fun monster truck from Papa Jefe and Gram Fran, and more legos from Mom and Dad. Plus lots of Legos, a kite, and a light saber from his friends, so he made out well.

Last night, we dyed some Easter Eggs so we are ready for the weekend too. Mike's heading to Italy for work on Sunday morning, so we'll mostly celebrate today.

And, of course, we had to take our annual Easter/Birthday bunny and family pictures.  Jack has become quite the ham...Look at these expressions!  Presenting pictures #7 (Can you believe it!) with the bunny:

Then, we tried the family picture, again to get lots of funny pictures with Jackson. He can't hold still and has all sorts of poses and faces:

 After asking him to hold still and stand up straight once more, we managed two relatively normal pics, but they are all cute!

 And a few more bunny pics for good measure...