1 Out on a jog before heading to Snoqualmie Falls. This is Port Madison. So peaceful!
2 Love this camelia hedge!!!
3 We scooted over to Snoqualmie Falls to wrap up Spring Break. Such a great day!
4 You can feel the power and the spray from far away!
5 Down to the bottom right you can see water emerging from a tunnel that was bored to allow the creation of hydroelectric power.
6 Ben reading to us - love his little finger :)
8 Dave is thinking - we need more adventure time like this as a family. I agree!
9 Another view from access down below the falls.
13 Sam took this shot for us :)
15 Exploring the little town now.
17 Ice cream for two boys!
18 Loafing around on Spring Break - we had gorgeous weather every day! Even the two roosters lounged together. They never take a break and certainly not at the same time, but we were outside helping guard, so they got to lounge a bit. That is nice!
19 There they all are, under their plum tree!
20 Ben loves to kick the soccer ball up against the garage over and over again. I hope that door lasts!
21 Someone pecked out a window, so instead of getting ahead of chores and spring cleanup, I managed to fall behind because I had a chicken pane to replace. Got plexiglass this time!
22 Sam built this Mindcuber for his science project, so he is testing it out.
23 Checking the build instructions.
24 Very happy with himself, as he should be! It took about 4-6 hours over two days.
25 Daddy playing Legos with Ben, too. Still on Spring Break here. So nice to see the family together.
27 I LOVE STRING CHEESE!
28 Ben entertaining neighbor Esther with a VERY long show. 20 min of this.
29 If you decided the movie was too long...here's a sense of it. 20 min of strange stuff!
30 Neighbor Ingunn was able to mow her lawn while Ben kept Esther happy!
32 A typical trip to the commissary. Filling half the cart with produce!
33 At church for PREP - making a crazy egg project!
34 Mrs. Wolansky is very patient!
35 Nice, Connor!
36 At guitar practice. Sam is just really dialing in his skills lately. It's amazing to watch him pick up a piece so quickly.
37 A little bit of what he was doing there.
38 And now Ben's turn, playing the ukulele that Eddie Kamae gave Sam 4 years ago. It is so beautiful!
39 And a snippet of Ben's work.
40 Gearing up for roller hockey!
41 Big guy!
43 On a hike afterwards over in Lynnwood. What is this pose?
45 A nice walk.
49 Umm...didn't bring our water shoes so took a pass on going through here to get to the beach, but was very tempting!
50 Sam at roller hockey evaluations.
51 They assess everyone then create even teams. It is an awesome organization.
53 So proud of Sam for picking this sport up.
56 Go Sam!
57 I thought this was so cute!
58 At a luncheon for Rotarians - Sam demo-ed how robots work and what the grant money that Rotary has donated to his skill can fund (Mindstorms kits like this are now in the schools).
59 His Mindcuber is a huge hit after school.
60 Kids were cheering for Sam and some were cheering for the robot. Sam beat the robot once!
61 More roller hockey!
63 Paulo Younse came for a while three-day tour of Bainbridge Island presenting his work at NASA/JPL on the Mars Rover! He brought a mini rover to drive over Mars "rocks" - eager volunteers!
64 He is such a fantastic presenter! Engaging for all ages - I learned something new in each of his talks.
65 He spoke to 3,700 kids in three days!
67 Plus we got to give him some down time at our house between events. He's watching Sam race the Mindcuber.
68 You can see this time Sam won and his friend, Kai, is very pleased!
69 Ben and Kai are showing Paulo Minecraft!
70 At the Bainbridge Schools Foundation breakfast program.
71 This little boy had robot socks!
73 Paulo at the high school.
74 At the AP Physics class for his final talk.
75 And then just before his plane, we took him for a stand-up paddle. Hard to find something Paulo has not done before!
76 Ben's inspiration for his science fair project - we found thousands of sand dollars on this beach!
77 Beautiful day for Paulo to get some peace and quiet before going home to LA.
78 Go Paulo!
79 Out mountain biking in the rain - so catching a drink!
80 Lots of fun :)
81 Daddy came along for a walk, too!
82 After-school club Destination Imagination - impromptu problem-solving with teams.
83 They liked this one!
84 This is Arch - he carved this himself! I met him on a trail and just loved it.
85 This is a project of Sam's - can you believe in the whirlwind week I have going on here I didn't knock this over once? You know I zoom around like a dirvish - but this speedbump was a welcome reminder of my boy, so I didn't spaz even once.
86 Very precarious, though!
87 Sushi carnage! This was a reward for getting science projects all set up.
88 Some mountain bike jumping - a little impromptu clinic I hosted when 5 neighbor boys showed up:o
89 Down at the mine - they are hunting for anything of value, hoping for more peridotite. Stanley is hoping for garnet!
90 Ben just scored a goal! So psyched about soccer!
91 Hosting a "Minecraft Dinner"! We served all foods available in Minecraft - roast chicken, mushroom stew, beetroot soup and cake!
93 Dave carving up chicken.
94 Patricia putting some fennel on Sam's beetroot soup!
95 A big hit!
96 Yum! Patricia is amazing - we planned this the day before - she just happened to have beets on hand!
97 Look at dessert! Dave found one that really did look like Minecraft cake!