1 Out for an impromptu low tide walk at the marina.
2 These moments of peace are so cherished. I love being with these boys. Sam's nose is almost into the water. They really liked looking down in there and seeing all kinds of fish and sea stars, and especially crabs!
3 One of many many projects Richard has taken on. Incredible amount of work done here. Little things many of them, but they add up so beautifully.
7 Baguettes came out pretty well despite being busy and not having time to fuss over them!
8 Good oven spring!
9 Trying to teach mommy via a 2x2 cube :)
10 Ben is giving us a "tutorial" on solving a cube! "Now counter-clockwise left face 180 degrees. Now top face clockwise." And so on. He sounds so authoritative.
17 A new mailbox and dressed up post!
18 Wowzer! We need a shot with the numbers on the post!
20 The turnaround area.
21 These daphne pop up really well all over. I think some of these would look nice with ferns up by the cedars as you pull in.
23 Archery class!
24 This is at the Sportsmans Club range. They did a really nice job teaching over 50 kids this month!
25 The teachers, one of them anyway, is a world-class archer! They popped a tiny balloon from about 50 yards away.
32 Solved! Sam has really gotten into solving Rubik's cubes. He has done the 3x3, first, then moved onto a 4x4, and just got a 5x5 yesterday. He's already figured out that one - you use some of the same algorithms as a 3x3 (because the center is really a 3x3), then you solve the "tredges" - the three-block edges.
36 Talking about how to solve the 4x4.
39 First rose bloom on a plant given to us by friends! Thank you, Wes and Denise! It was so exciting to know from whom this sweet plant came, and to take good care of it!
40 A little guy on my thistle!
41 A campout in our OWN woods! See the folder dedicated to this campout for more.
43 A cell phone snapshot of the trip to Mt. Rainier.
44 Ben giving an evening uke concert!
45 Sam providing a recital of Andante - it is such a beautiful piece and he has worked on learning the tricky plucking this month with his teacher, Randy.
46 Some cubing on the park bench.
47 A trip to the Fair!!!
48 Waiting for Mom and Ben on a roller coaster date :)
49 There they are!
50 He was so cute!
51 There they are in the back, waving to us!
52 Sticky fingers with cotton candy - JOY for a BOY :)
53 Oh yeah!
54 We had to check out the poultry tent of course.
55 See this little cutie sitting on her mom?
56 Summers-end cubing. So relaxing. Check Sam's lap - there's a 3x3 and a 5x5 there. I think he's working on his 4x4. He also has a 7x7 now.
57 Richard fixing all kinds of little annoying things that break with rough boys!
60 A nice visit with Chris and Dave Cummings!!!
61 Hi CC!
62 We loved seeing you here in our new digz!
63 Out mountain biking with my two men. I love those guys.
64 Then to Bainbridge Bakers for a treat!
65 Helping Eduardo and Mike build the front wall, thanks to Richard and Mom's generosity, it came to fruition!
66 Here's another one!
68 Alpha Rex checking out the beautiful mums Mom brought home. A neat reminder of life as a kid when the mums would arrive with Fall.
69 The finished front area after 17 cubic yards of gravel, and three transplanted ferns!
70 We're hoping they thrive out there.
72 Out to dinner after a long day shoveling and transplanting and trenching a hose...
73 Sam filling in for Daddy - helping move a railroad tie and learning about proper lifting technique.
74 A meet and greet for Sam's teacher and classmates. About 6 families were able to come. This was nice to have because the school ended up not being open in time for the school-wide meet and greet.
75 Glad we were able to fill in the gap for at least a few families.
76 Digging for the fave Otter Pop color!
77 Ben holding Gordon...barely!
78 I ended up being interviewed for the Seattle news about the school not opening on time. Do I have blackberry branches in my hair? I had just emerged from thrashing around in the woods to take a look with Ben...
79 Second part of interview.
80 Bubble head!
81 Another lost tooth!
82 We're sleeping, don't wake us up!
84 The garden!
85 At Bay Hay we found a branch that allowed me to show Ben the Fibonacci sequence using phyllotaxis - leaf growth patterns.
87 At a new road end via bike!
88 Lots of crabs to find and play with.
89 These guys are little isopods. See www.outdoorohana.org for more on them if you wish. Related to the pill bug, and lice. Ick!
90 Cute little guy!
91 School hair cuts!
92 I never tire of seeing this cute head get a hair cut. When will I stop taking pictures of that cute head?
93 This one is handsome!
94 A really weird place we found out on a hike. Full of glass and hypodermics. Some other families were letting the kids run and jump in here. Made my hair stand on end. Let's get outta here! It's an abandoned lumber mill building.
95 Off we go on a hike.
96 Algae covering the entire pond!
97 Nice trail up to Fort Ward from Blakely.
98 And another hike over Labor Day weekend with Daddy! Murhut Falls. Lovely spot out in the boonies via logging road.
99 Steep descent down to see the pools at the bottom of the falls.
102 Big boulders!
105 Sitting on a big log with my buddies. Ben managed to shoot my treking pole down betwixt the logs into the stream. I managed to retrieve it from the murky blackness - wondering how many spiders were down there!
106 Cutie! He was trying to get back up the steep hill, too, and kept flipping backwards!
109 Up we go, like the frog!
110 Cubing at the restaurant! The 7x7! Looks like he's doing it with eyes closed :)
111 Here you get a rare glimpse into the final stages of a SOLVE.