Friday, July 28, 2017
She’s my only kid who has no desire for extracurriculars during the school year, so she asked to go to a Living History summer camp this summer. Her wish is my command, including getting a hotel for Me & 3 down in Tacoma so she could attend every day. We had great adventures through the week, but I was glad enough to get to Friday and pick Kyla up for the last time before driving home.
During the week, she played old-fashioned games (something about “Where’s the Stone”, made a corn-husk doll, felted a purse, made homemade marbles, went on nature hikes, and cranked out ice cream. She wants to do it all again next year!
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Happy Anniversary, Babe! It’s our first anniversary apart (er, sorry about that), but Friday night is a better night to celebrate anyway. Remember what we were doing a year ago?? (Besides waiting for Hillary to win the election. Ah, the innocence.)
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
In an effort to completely wear ourselves out, we finished our Wednesday in Tacoma by renting a 6 person surrey (with a definite fringe!) with Friend Kristin and her 4.5 year old niece. It somehow pedaled itself to the gelato shop, and neither could we avoid the fantastic views of Mount Rainier. I will admit that Tacoma beats Home in traffic (but not in the good way) and mountain views (these are inarguably better).
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Rather than just spend a day in Tacoma this summer, Kyla signed up for a 4 day camp, so Me & 3 packed up and headed down to south for most of a week. After dropping the eldest at camp, Piper, Wesley and I met friends at the Zoo.
Piper is completely flummoxed at being swallowed by an extinct shark.
My kids always love feeding the bright budgies—and I enjoy watching them!
A highlight for me is the daily show—this year Sheriff Bones had to teach a city slicker how to reuse and recycle. For some reason, a chicken had to blow up the tavern. It was an important plot element.
So was Sheriff Bones flying to the rescue in his hot air balloon.
Wesley spent an enormous amount of time at the “hands-in” sea pools. Perhaps he didn’t realize that it was making him cleaner….
Always glad to see the monkeys!
Thursday, July 20, 2017
The cabin had a few few free nights just as the Island Fair opened, so the kids and I went over Wednesday so we could be there bright and early when it opened today.
This is what a Piper who has just seen an adorable baby goat looks like.
One of our favorite parts is the (free!) balloon animal lady. Piper got a kitty, Wesley a cheetah, A- a scorpion, V- an owl, and little J- an airplane.
And then the rides opened up. Basically, that’s what the kids did for the next 9 hours. Each kid had their Island BFF at the Fair that day, so each had a ride buddy.
Really, at the end of the day, the Fair isn’t about just spending too much money, wondering where your kids are while trying to read a book, or even how to limit really unhealthy food. For us, it’s about friends and our other community. Awww….
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Grandpa and Me & 3 had a few free days to go camping together. We threw our tent and sleeping bags into the camper, climbed in the cab with my dad, and drove off to Deception Pass for 2 nights of camping….
….which was simply the worst location we could have found for those few days. The local navy base was running drills with their biggest, noisiest planes and carriers. Yes, absolutely the sound of freedom, but no less ear-clutching, head-throbbing aural terror every 5-10 minutes up until midnight. We left after one night, and that was 12 hours too long!
All that notwithstanding, the beach down at Deception is fabulous, and I wish we could have stayed longer.
My parents had visited another campground they liked off Highway 2 so we headed there. There we found a spot to do My Favorite Thing—reading on a beach while the kids play in the sand and water. It was a river bank, but it more than suited.
Grandpa already had a fire going when we got back to camp, and we took ready advantage.
We put a new twist on s’mores by taking the brownies Grandma sent, adding a golden marshmallow on top, and sandwiching it with a thin mint cookie. Yeah, it was pretty good.
Once the monkeys were fed, they started climbing the surrounding trees. Can you spot Kyla?