2 Out on a hike through Fort Ward on a very rainy day.
3 We enjoyed checking out this little waterfall on a runoff stream.
4 "Mom, it's a little beach!"
5 Sam scaling the side of the waterfall ravine. A bit slippery!
6 He made it, though!
7 Cutie! You are edible!
8 Finding and hauling home a 25 ft long kelp snake!
9 Funny boys.
10 People have been asking how in the world we got this tree in.
11 Dave moved quickly - I barely got the camera going!
12 And voila- it's in!
13 This is how it started...
14 Three guys to hoist it up onto the truck.
16 Math class :)
17 And now it's lit!
18 Ben's little friend, Ruby, comes over for a look.
19 Out getting some new jeans at the Exchange, hoping to save some money. Didn't happen!
20 Sam liked this pea coat, but it didn't make the cut.
21 Out with Ben at free first Thursday at KidiMu - the children's museum.
22 He loved the checkout process :)
23 Part of a birthday present for Daddy - writing down character traits that he demonstrates every day.
24 Mountain biking with Ben. He gets a little tentative the older he gets and realizes what could go wrong!
25 Cuteness! Yes, this is what I was wearing :) A sign said "Barred owls are known to attack" - I wonder if this hat might scare them off? It scared Merlin - he did NOT like my Santa Hat!
26 In Poulsbo with the boys while Dave was at work - look who we found!
27 A horse team and carriage was giving rides!
28 Sam looks like Bieber here!
29 We really enjoyed going into this artists' gallery. This is a wire frame eagle - so amazing!
30 Presents for teachers, made by one of the moms at our school.
31 In Poulsbo - that's a lotta lights!
32 I was out running and found Betsey and her team!
33 More math class - I write up what we did and send it to the teachers.
34 Ordering dominoes from the Netherlands!!!
35 Shepherds in a church pageant :)
36 Can you monetize this skill? It's the letters for the schools foundation here :)
37 Three tries and a winner!
38 A sunny day out with my best buddy.
39 Throwing rocks into the water to test some theories. Do the rings change speed with size of rock? No. Does amplitude of rings change? Yes.
41 Hi seagull!
42 More sand time. We just had such a good time. Then off to a STEM coordinating council meeting.
43 Mom, this volcano is 50,000 feet higher than Mini Mommy.
44 Mom - do you have any scrap wood for a tightrope?
45 Can you limbo under?
46 Ben - don't sneeze!
48 This just CRACKED me up! Made me want to do silly things with a picture of my brother-in-law who is visiting for a month.
49 More math :) This was a really great one. We decided to answer the questions the kids came up with themselves. That meant they were really personally invested in the process. Uh...duh! :)
50 Gordon talking to Ben - he is getting so beautiful! Both of them.
51 Steve chopping wood to make a kindling bin.
52 Out for a walk on the nearby farms to introduce Steve to the area. As luck would have it, we ran into Betsey and she told him about a cane pulling gathering the next day. Since then he's had occasion to talk to a wide variety of farmers here and investigate options for 2014. The boys love puddles. The bigger the better!
53 Ben just torments Steve constantly - he LOVES being thrown around and messed with. Like a puppy!
54 Pageant practice :)
55 Out visiting a friend of mine at his farm. These are his ducks. He's selling me on the idea. They sleep outside, they fly around and land on the roof of your house, they eat slugs and even mice. They seem like the perfect bird - eggs and meat, and little hassle! Dave says no, for now.
56 More of Sam's toppling endeavors...
57 Out with Betsey and the team for some exercise around Rolling Bay.
58 Ben doing Gangnam style :)
59 Sam singing...
63 A fun day in Seattle with Uncle Steve and Daddy. Finishing off some gelati!
64 Eagle has a napkin around him as a blanket. So cute! I will never tire of Eagle coming everywhere with us.
65 The ferris wheel by night!
66 Bought to go with all kinds of cammo gear and guns from Tito Pig and Tita Bear :)
67 Went to an Army surplus store. That was fun...we managed to sneak away from Daddy and Uncle Steve in order to track it down.
68 Out with buddy Finn building forts on Fay Bay beach.
69 We tried to get up to Hurricane Ridge but the road closed just as we got to the guard station, so we went to Lake Crescent for a hike through the Moments in Time trail (old old trees) and then up to Marymere Falls. None of that happened until the pine cone war was over :)
70 They were really flinging them!
72 Look at Ben's happy little face :)
77 Steve looks like he has a tarantula on his hand but it's some moss!
78 Love love this picture. You can see Sam's precious eyelashes, and Ben's face is wonder, portrayed.
79 They just love the water, tromping all the time through it. I guess maybe that comes from spending so much time in the water in Hawaii.
80 Tossing rocks in a creek is always fun, too. How big can you make the plume?
82 Uncle Steve's :)
84 Looking at the waterfall :) Ben is saying "Mom, don't drop your camera!"
86 Getting some quiet time away from the crazy parade :)
87 "Uh, mom. Can we climb up the side of this hill?" ... "Dad says no...but can't we? Please?"
88 "uh, Mom. We're just going up here." OK - so mom went up, too! I can't resist the allure of climbing up something. I understand. I also like to bring huge sticks home from hikes. Just ridiculously long sticks. Jenni remembers one that hung out in front and behind the truck several feet. A bamboo pole.
89 Dave and Steve waiting for us to clamber up a slippery slope and look down.
90 Trying to get the shot right - stream out past the trees, light snaking through the forest canopy.
91 Another try.
92 Crazy cube - solved shortly after this shot taken!
93 See :) Proud guy.
94 Home for pizza, made by Steve.
95 Wow - these were incredible!
96 This was a favorite - sweet potatoes, creme fraiche, bacon and shallots. WOW!
97 Now to Port Townsend on a sunny day - we never realized that we could see Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier and the Olympics all from this pier. Unreal. Sorry you totally can't see but in the middle of this frame and just a hair to the right is Mt Rainier. It is rising from the horizon between the two land masses.
98 Looking up North toward Mt. Baker near the Canadian border. Huge mountain.
99 Not sure what this is about but now we're looking over to the beautiful Olympic Mountain skyline.
100 Snow on all the Cascade peaks.
101 Serious face, huh?
102 Bouldering is fun. I'm relieving Dave and Steve so they can walk around the town a bit. I rather enjoy bouldering with the boys and not managing them in stores they would rather not be in anyway. We had a good time in the sun.
103 Another cool shot if I had something other than a cheapo cell camera - Mt. Rainier through the frame of this dock, just to the left of the sailboat.
104 Ben liked this little train village :)
105 Such a cute town. Something about the gas lamps, the flag and the bricks.
106 Another sunny day spent by bike and foot down at Manitou Beach. That is Seattle in the distance.
107 Catching crabs, of course! What else could be absorbing for hours :)
108 The crab boys - they each have one in hand and are holding up their "claws" like the crabs. Sam loves to find whole "families" and relocate them to "apartments" complete with living rooms and kitchens. Sometimes even a school. When the doors open for recess (i.e., he lifts the rock up) those crabs scatter like kids in a schoolyard!
109 Mommy having fun with her boys. I so love time with them. Just unstructured, unfettered TIME.
110 BIG BIG guy. We tried to put him in my hair like a nice hair clip but then he grabbed Sam hard and we decided against that.
111 Doing Warrior 2 pose :)
112 This is a new math program the kids are doing at school. Can you figure out what it is trying to teach here?