3 Out for some beach time to see the USS Ronald Reagan pull through then to Island Cool yogurt in Lynwood Center. This newly developed side of the street is cute.
4 Grownup Eagle came along for yogurt. Mommy and Daddy have to dash off to the school auction...in like minutes!
5 Mom sent us a feed to an owl mom hatching her babies, so Ben and I decided to do some play acting. He is a very good character actor.
6 Surprise! Dad's space-a plans came through and he hitched a ride on a C17 yesterday from NJ! We are so delighted to have Dad visit! Here the boys are getting to go into Calico Cat toys and buy a treat with money from Grammie, who unfortunately could not get away to join Dad. We are so grateful she encouraged him to go even though she couldn't come.
7 Here's for you, Grammie! Thank you! Squinting due to rare sunshine :)
8 Out on another low tide beach walk at Fort Ward to look at bunkers.
9 HUGE drift wood.
10 Impressions from shells into the sandstone.
11 Here we are! Then a nice drive up and around the hills of the south end. Got to see the ferry slooping on by against the backdrop of clouds, sun and mountains. Very NW day.
12 The crocuses are popping up all over. I love them!
13 And heather.
14 Dad got into dom time. He was really good at it.
17 And some relaxing after a long day...
18 Out throwing football with the boys.
20 On a jog early in the morning before school. I can see cows out in the field. I just want a pasture so badly. Ben asked today - "Mom, how much does a pasture cost?" He is favoring livestock now...so I nearly have a majority vote. I just need one more voting member. Gordon doesn't count.
21 Buying up heather :)
22 Michael at Bay Hay dug up a crocus for me to take home and transplant.
23 Here it is!
24 Loading up :)
25 Teaching domino tricks to the team leaders prior to Friday's Domino Day in Art Class.
26 This is a fallback.
28 Ben is proud of this mini-mommy house!
29 Learning to build a cube.
30 And a wall.
31 And the rolling stone proved very difficult!
34 Doesn't always work. Even mommy was up at night trying to figure out the spacing.
35 Dad built a Lego template to get the spacing just right for some reliability when we went to Domino Day at school.
36 Ben in swim class. Can you see him, fist up? He is always clowning around!
37 Hmm...for sale!
38 A nice fire with dad.
39 And the chickens :)
40 Hi guys!
41 Yup, good fire.
42 Hi chickens!
43 Mom, the first star came out!
44 Love you, Dad!
45 Making shapes with glowing sticks.
46 Always fun.
47 Especially if you put the really slow timer on. I didn't have time to grab that setting this time.
48 Waiting for the ship to pull through.
50 There she goes!
52 Pretty big compared to the ferry.
53 And Mt. Rainier!
54 Heading back home now. Loved eagle and the flag :)
55 So cute!
57 Time for dinner! Need to do just a tad bit of clearing...
58 Hate to mess this up, though! We pick up 1000 dominoes nightly.
59 These are crazy Ben movies. Sorry if you get no sound. They were chasing me with a box over their heads. The game was called "box tag."
60 He's saying how he makes toys in the box for kids at school.
61 Then the kids broke the toys.
62 And he had to make more.
64 Out for a nice walk and managed to grab three generations in one frame!
65 Not easy to do!
67 Hope you enjoy all these :)
70 I fell off the log as I was taking the shot.
71 Ok! Whew! Made it to the log just in time!
74 I'm talking to Dave about a llama. Can you tell?
77 Sam wasn't feeling well, poor guy.
78 Real season of illness for everyone this year. Months of it.
79 Back home for a fire and more dom time.
80 But this guy isn't slowed down any.
81 Dad managed to catch a flight home from McChord too soon! We RACED down to catch roll call and thankfully it all worked out really well for him. We miss you, though, Dad!
82 Typical table at dinner time.
83 Sam is old enough to work on his laptop at the aquatic center while Ben is in for swimming lessons. Gives Sam some down time before homework.
84 Daffodils by the mailbox are a Bainbridge tradition. Someone went around and planted many many of them.
85 Not sure what shenanigans are going on here.
86 I think Ben is pulling the trash in while Sam is being crazy.
88 New basketball hoop!
89 Out for a hike with a little buddy - the son of the previous owners of our house!
90 Too fun.
91 They had matching colors on.
92 Ben is hiding - he did this a few times and I literally could not find him.
93 Ready to race!
94 "Mom, is it a blurry one?"
95 Two boys racing.
99 Ben blur.
100 Hiding again!
101 Sam practicing guitar.
102 Box tag!
103 Oh no!
104 He got me!
105 Planning a tree house location.
106 Asleep in the tree like Racky was. We used to have a raccoon who snoozed in this tree, higher up.
107 This is a really nice spot, he says. Summer is the time to build. With Richard :)
108 Little man likes it, too.
109 Making sure Daddy is spotting mister crazy.
111 They love having a roosting bar to hang out on in the afternoons. It's like the happy hour spot. All the chickens except Merlin are on this bar and the one below.
112 Baby lambs a few houses away!
113 And cows!!!! I met the farmer by chance while out jogging and later in the day I took the boys over. She invited me back to see the menagerie! We had our neighbor's daughter with us. It was really fun.
114 Hi cows! They drink the milk raw.
115 Baby Katahdin lamb. Very hardy. Need no shelter, and the moms don't need help eweing. Or calving. Or is it lambing? I think it's lambing.
116 Mosstache time! Or is the the wool of the elusive St. Patrick's Day sheep?
117 Ben helping clean our very dirty floor! Lots of foot traffic :)
118 Dentist time!
119 And baby lambs again! Out on a walk with a friend.
120 Randomly stopped by an ambulance crew while on our walk to be given a sticker. Ben is so funny - he said he wasn't interested in a sticker! I said - hey, I'll take it! :)
121 He has this little camera from the dentist's treasure chest of rewards. He took "pictures" all the way down to Bay Hay and back :)
122 And collected earth worms which we marinated in an empty coffee cup. Got a little messy squeezing them through the wire. They knew they didn't want to go through.
123 Come on! See the yicky wet fingers?? ICK!
124 More! Chicken riot going on below.
125 Minecraft is big at school with a group of boys. Have you heard of it? It's a video game. Well, these miners decided it would be fun to dig a real mine shaft. (Sort of mommy's idea, but disguised as their idea. We bought land so they could do this, among other things. How much trouble can two boys make?)
126 An hour later they had a hole 3 ft x 3 ft and 18" deep.
127 And the chickens were delighted with the dustbath trench Ben dug!
128 See? Oh, is this for me? Why thank you!
129 Earthworm while bathing? It's like chicken spa time. The boys had so much fun digging with their fellow "miners."
131 Mommy is hoping we don't get in TOOOO much trouble with Daddy.
132 Gordon overseeing all the nonsense.
133 A friend is over pretending he's a chicken, too!
134 Merlin is watching carefully...the mine shaft is now four feet deep!
135 This is funny. Mommy had an off night. She was audited multiple times with no warning. The inspection just happened spontaneously. Dave has this uncanny way of surgically uncovering deficiencies. We have two kitchen scissors. One was missing. He thought it must be in the dishwasher - it was. But that made him wonder if he could find the other one. He couldn't. Urgh! The ONE time he decides to positively identify the location of BOTH one of them is definitely MIA. I couldn't find it at all. It gets worse from there. I was corrected on proper usage of "brandish." Then the hand soap. We had JUST run low on it. I added a touch of water to extend the life. Dave's pet peeve...he asked "Didn't we buy several of these?" He doesn't like how when you go in for a big bolus of soap, when there is water in it you get shot right in the chest instead of getting the nice blob of soap you'd hoped for. I understand. THEN, he sniffed the whipped cream I'd made for the miners' hot chocolate steamers. I had forgotten to add sugar. I was so peeved by now regarding all the deficiencies that I huffed out to my white board which tracks my entire life and wrote them all down then took a picture. Just in case anyone ever forgets...Dave vouches that he is the most relaxed guy on the planet to live with. He is WONDERFUL - don't get me wrong. This is NOT an indictment. It was funny. He asked why I took a picture and I lied of course. Then I fessed up and we both laughed. He drew the arrows from "Duh!" Love you, honey! Glad I provide such amusement. But the chicken coop runs like clockwork.
136 Cows by Treehouse Cafe! They are back! They disappear for months, then they come back. Or maybe it's a new flock. Herd!
137 Another great day out for many walks, followed by beach time.