Monthly Archives: July 2014

July adventures!

I can’t believe July few by! There are so many great July pictures to share with you here. Here is a selection. July was spent with sports during the week (roller hockey and STEM camp for Sam and soccer/basketball for Ben) and adventuring on the weekends. It is a blur now, but fun every day. I hope you enjoy these shots. Click on the link above to explore the rest of the album.

Mountain biking in Gazzam Preserve.

Mountain biking in Gazzam Preserve.

Roller Hockey rocks!

Roller Hockey rocks!

The Cream Soda Crew hard at work removing rocks from pastures!

The Cream Soda Crew hard at work removing rocks from pastures!

Not worn out by rock removal...the Crew continues with wood chopping!

Not worn out by rock removal…the Crew continues with wood chopping!

Mountain biking in Port Gamble. These were some great single-track trails. Just exhilarating! Sam did great - he's been doing this for a while. But he has a bigger bike so I'm happy to see he can manage an adult-size bike on the more technical trails. Ben was surprisingly adept, but then again - it's Ben. Fearless, unwitting of the danger. That's all you need to barrel over roots. There will come a time when he begins to question his powers over gravity!

Mountain biking in Port Gamble. These were some great single-track trails. Just exhilarating! Sam did great – he’s been doing this for a while. But he has a bigger bike so I’m happy to see he can manage an adult-size bike on the more technical trails. Ben was surprisingly adept, but then again – it’s Ben. Fearless, unwitting of the danger. That’s all you need to barrel over roots. There will come a time when he begins to question his powers over gravity!

Sign Spinner

Ben helping recruit customers to buy eggs donated to a roller hockey team fundraiser!

Ben helping recruit customers to buy eggs donated to a roller hockey team fundraiser!

Here they are talking to a neighbor and team mate, and the car behind them is one of the coaches! Wow - pretty good publicity!

Here they are talking to a neighbor and team mate, and the car behind them is one of the coaches! Wow – pretty good publicity!

This seemed like a decent way to offload a huge pile-up of eggs in our fridge (since I finally went to the market and needed some real estate back!). Turns out Ben is an amazing sales person! He helped pull in the customers, while Sam did the math checking (one person said how much are they and Ben said “Five cents!” – Sam jumped in and corrected that one!). A friend came down in his gear and helped out, too. They were awesome together. Ben was so enthusiastic that one customer turned around and came back. He said “I turned around because of YOU (Ben) and your enthusiasm.” He tipped Ben an extra $2. Isn’t that so nice? He is a science teacher in the district. Another lady bought two dozen but gave the kids $40 – essentially donating $30!!! I wish I could have thanked her but I was inside washing up another two dozen! I was watching Ben from the shadows to be sure his enthusiasm didn’t propel him into the road…we set up a hockey stick on the ground so he wouldn’t get too close. Needless to say…I did not get the office time today that I needed. Oh well. They raised $74!

Enjoy this video 🙂

 

A lovely chicken liver lemonade, please

Today I took two boys for a 4.5 mile jog. We had a wonderful time – it’s awesome here in the Northwest in the summer. And how lucky am I to be a work-from-home mom who can jog with boys? They talk about the oddest things while jogging. Sam thought it would be funny to set up a chicken liver lemonade stand. Hmmm…sounds a bit like what is on offer for dinner around here.

Anyone for soy wasabi almonds and marshmallows for dinner?

It was time for a commissary run. After a two hour hockey practice. Which was after a 3 hour soccer camp (while Sam and I were out running). A tasty high-salt Taco Bell dinner followed by an hour in the air conditioning made sense. So we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Sam got chatty with the guys at the fish counter. Ben asked “Are there any flying fish here?” (I guess he was thinking of Pike Market?) Sam got a taste of smoked salmon belly strips and pronounced them DELICIOUS and so he got some. $386 later we were out the door and loading the car. Which was full of stinking hot hockey gear.

Have you ever smelled the elbow pads of a hockey player? Dave enjoyed helping us unpack!

Here are a few pictures of my lovies from today. I can’t figure out if camps are helpful or a pain in the arse. My head is spinning from the logistics of planning out the moving parts (along with my neighbors and friends – we are all helping each other with the logistics but we need a flight control expert to train us in managing all this!). Today I cancelled a camp. It’s TOO MUCH! I just want my kids with me!!!

The guys out jogging.

The guys out jogging.

Telling an incredible story which lasted a whole 5K!!!

Telling an incredible story which lasted a whole 5K!!!

And the reward :) We found that soda is healthier than ice cream. We'll testify under oath, too, that it's healthier.

And the reward 🙂 We found that soda is healthier than ice cream. We’ll testify under oath, too, that it’s healthier.

Sam at hockey in the blazing sun. What I would give for an ice rink anywhere near Bainbridge. Sam LOVES roller hockey, though, and has gotten so good at skating it's unreal. The league is fantastic! Such nice people.

Sam at hockey in the blazing sun. What I would give for an ice rink anywhere near Bainbridge. Sam LOVES roller hockey, though, and has gotten so good at skating it’s unreal. The league is fantastic! Such nice people.

Mountain biking with boys

Testing out the bikes on a trail which isn't too technical for Ben. Usually I am running alongside but this time I am ALSO on a bike! So Ben has to handle braking and shifting on his own with no mom parachute :)

Testing out the bikes on a trail which isn’t too technical for Ben. Usually I am running alongside but this time I am ALSO on a bike! So Ben has to handle braking and shifting on his own with no mom parachute 🙂

A sweet little meadow along the wooded way.

A sweet little meadow along the wooded way.

Here comes Ben with Daddy behind. He enjoyed time riding with Dave, as did Sam. They each got time with Dave :)

Here comes Ben with Daddy behind. He enjoyed time riding with Dave, as did Sam. They each got time with Dave 🙂

Ben was being his loud self in the truck, singing, as Dave deftly hooked up four bikes to the carrier. It is no easy trick. A young couple came by and got in their Jeep. I could tell by the multiple looks that they were thinking what I used to think upon seeing this sort of scene..."My goodness. Wow. I am not sure I'm ready for ANY of that!"

Ben was being his loud self in the truck, singing, as Dave deftly hooked up four bikes to the carrier. It is no easy trick. A young couple came by and got in their Jeep. I could tell by the multiple looks that they were thinking what I used to think upon seeing this sort of scene…”My goodness. Wow. I am not sure I’m ready for ANY of that!”