Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cutie Patootie

Sometimes your kid is just so cute you have to take and then post pictures of his adorableness online.





Yeah, that smile is going to get him out of lots of trouble in the future.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The magical world of books

Books are magical. Bookstores (and libraries) are even better because they are the storehouse for hundreds and hundreds of fantastical worlds. It's my happy place ... or at least it would be if all books were free. As it is, for now I just browse and pretend the bookstores are my own personal library.

There's a dedication in a book (I can't remember which book it came from!) that I absolutely love:

Bookshops are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers, dragon-tamers, dream-catchers, fact-finders, and safe places.

Dragon has, in one way or another, already learned how awesome books are. Some of my favorite moments include peeking in on him and seeing him with a stack of books on his bed, happily and quietly looking through them.

Occasionally, thanks to Dragon, I'll discover a new use for books. .... One I'd never even considered before.


Like a perfect tunnel for a traffic jam of cars, of course.




I'd definitely like to think that creative books do indeed beget more creativity.  ... Even if it's not of a literary nature.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Soccer Star

One beautiful Sunday afternoon we found ourselves at the park near us. As always, there was a ball.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Presenting ....

"Song Show"
by Dragon 



We hope you enjoyed this program. Stay tuned for other shows and shenanigans courtesy of Dragon.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall City 10K

Our first race as a family of four was Saturday at the Fall City Half Marathon & 10K.

I've been having a lot of calf pain lately when I run so I was super nervous about how it would go. Luckily, thanks to a lot of stretching and some pre-race Ibuprofen, it was a blast. 

Before:


If the calf pain thing wasn't enough to make me nervous, the fact that we haven't done over a 3 mile run as a family because Dragon gets bored and wants out to go play made me extra nervous about how this run would go. 

One of the selling points of the race is that it is supposedly the flattest half marathon in Western Washington. When pushing a double stroller, flat is good. Hills are evil. 

Somehow Ben survived the run (while pushing the stroller) even though his training never got him running over 3.5 miles at one time. There was a pretty big hill towards the end and he thought he was done after that but he powered through and we finished! 

I ran a 1.02.24 (9.59m pace) race and Ben ran 1.02.29 (10m pace). 

I was 6th in my age group and Ben was 7th in his. (Of course that doesn't count the overall winners which were probably all from our age divisions but ... still! I took 6th!)

After:



I probably could have run a bit faster pace, looking back, but I was so nervous my calf pain would start up at any minute that I wanted to take it too slow rather than too fast.

After we crossed the finish line and rested for a few minutes I told Ben I was ready to go again! He said he could tell I wasn't pushing myself hard enough when I wouldn't quit talking towards the end of the race. Oops!

I remember training for a race once a long time ago and Ben kept talking to me and I was so exhausted and annoyed at him in that moment so I can probably imagine how he felt.

Another great thing that happened: Dragon stayed in the stroller the entire time and Colt only made happy coos every now and then despite me forgetting to feed him before we started the run. It really couldn't have gone more smoothly.

Besides the almost completely flat race course, the scenery was gorgeous. We were running on some quiet country roads near some big open fields. I  really do kind of want to go do it all again right now and enjoy the scenery more while focusing on surviving the running a little less.

It was a fun, beautiful way to spend a Saturday morning.

Another after shot, in front of the finish line:


Just before we took this picture a WORLD record was broken for fastest half marathon run by an 8 year old girl. That was definitely a fun thing to witness. It's not every day you watch world records being broken and new ones being set. She was about 10 minutes faster than the previous world record. WOW!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pinterest Party

I invited a bunch of people over for a Pinterest Party/Girl's Night the other day. Everyone got their kids ready for bed then headed over. 

Each person was supposed to pick a food from their Pinterest boards they'd never made and try it out and bring whatever the result was for everyone else to try. The hardest part about this task is narrowing down the hundreds of food pins to just one.

Root Beer Float Cookies and Ghost Brownies!


 We had a bunch of other foods but I didn't get pictures. 

All of the food was super yummy. We ate, chatted and worked on a couple of projects from Pinterest. 

I picked a couple of fun projects for us that I thought would be relatively easy, inexpensive and fun:  a State canvas and some block pumpkins, since it's the Halloween season!

We had Washington, Illinois, Utah, Florida, Italy and a dolphin represented. It was so fun to see everyone's take on the projects. "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."

I'm not the most creative person. I see projects and use them to inspire my creativity but I have a pretty hard time just creating something on a whim. Being surrounded by people being creative is definitely my favorite way to work on crafts!  Plus, it makes waiting for paint to dry a lot more fun. 


And, our final products looked something like this:



And, the state project was easy enough that I decided to do Idaho the next night.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

A trip to Rockaway

Turns out, when you have a baby in your arms, it's a lot harder to pull out your camera and get those awesome pictures--especially when that baby is sleeping. As a result, I didn't get nearly as many pictures as I would have liked but we did indeed still have lots of fun.

We got to our rental house just after 4pm on Friday. It was 3 stories high and had another extra set of stairs leading up to a balcony just about as high as the roof that allowed you to see over all the trees. It was a great ocean view that I, once again, didn't get a picture of. But just imagine gorgeous white caps and blue ocean as far as you can see.

The house itself was definitely an interesting layout but there were beds in every nook and cranny of the place so four families could easily fit.

Three of the four families made it there by 6 so we chatted for a bit and then I ran to the nearest real grocery store (30 minutes away when it's not a downpour). As much fun as it is to be so secluded it is a pain when you need something!

The town does have a grocery store but it's tiny and pretty much just carries the very most basic necessities.

I was so glad to finally be done driving in the pouring rain by the time I got back. Plus, it was dinnertime!

We have a great setup where each family is in charge of a breakfast or dinner while we're there. I kind of wish I could have that deal for all meals all the time. It would be nice to just have to cook one meal a week!

On Saturday we all headed to the Neahkahnie trail to do a hike. The kids were all troopers. While the younger ones had to be carried on and off, they still walked quite a bit. The oldest kid in our group is turning 7 in April and the youngest is Colt.


It's fun to have 9 kids just running around playing together; not to mention the great looks and comments from strangers passing by.

In fact, as we were coming up the trail another couple, who turned out to be LDS, was coming down. The sister was from Jerome! I think she said it had been 30ish years since she'd lived there but it was pretty fun to meet someone else from Jerome out there.

We never made it to the intended view point because we took a wrong turn but it was still a fun hike.


After that we headed back to the house and ate lunch then got kid's down for naps while the older kids made kites. Once the kites were ready to fly we all headed down to the beach. And wow! What a windy, perfect day for flying kites!


Flying homemade kites is a lot harder than flying the store bought kind. This video gives you a good idea of how windy it was though.






Action shot: He almost got picked up and carried away by the wind! 



Dragon flying the dragon:



The guys took a dip in the ocean this year but I didn't get any pictures because Colt was warm and sleeping soundly in my arms and I wasn't about to disturb that.

They said it was actually a lot warmer than last year; although, it wouldn't be very hard to top last year's water temp. That was COLD.

On Sunday we packed up and headed to church. After church we all went to a beach in Oswald State Park. It was a hot spot for surfers but I liked it best because the sand was all packed down so it didn't get in EVERY single little thing we had with us.




We spent a few hours here and then said sad goodbyes to our friends and headed home.

Dragon and Colt both crashed in the car. I felt a little bad because I guess Dragon thought we were just driving back to our rental house to be with our friends some more. He woke up about an hour or so from home and when we pulled in the driveway his first reaction was, "NO HOME!!" He was NOT happy to be back home again.

We managed to get home just a little before 7:30 so we made sure Dragon ran around a bunch to stretch his legs before bed.

It was such a fun trip. Definitely worth the drive to see old friends. It's so nice when you can go a year without seeing someone and then just pick up right where you left off. I will always be grateful to our Seattle ward for giving us such great people in our lives. I can't wait until next year!