1 Having a nice home day on Sunday - no electronics. A massive fort was built.
2 And a warm fire :)
3 Cleaning up the woods after Halloween is nice. I enjoy the walk finding 23 lanterns.
4 Ben says these guys look like "a happy priest"!
5 You can see it was rainy on Halloween! But the fire went on with chili that I made myself this year!
6 Sam making some kindling.
7 He is really good at this detail work.
8 Ben loves to chop chop!
9 He's quite good. Very reliable.
10 This was a wonderful lesson, watching the two of them play together.
11 Dominoes are back out for building now that it is winter.
12 A make-up soccer practice - it got cancelled so I organized a little meetup at Wilkes in the covered area. It's really cold out this week so only one other boy showed up, but it was fun for us to get together.
13 I plan to paint these. I love these two old buildings on the farm down the street.
14 Riding down to hockey practice. He earned the hard hat award at the previous game. He really loved wearing it to practice, although he is very humble and nearly foiled my attempt to take a picture.
15 At the Warriors hockey game - the young hockey players like to give knuckles on the way on and off the ice as the big guys go by.
16 Star Spangled Banner - fourth year in a row!
17 Go Sam!
18 KFC! Sam was introduced to KFC by his Thursday night carpool family - Darrel. He loves it!
19 So does you-know-who!
20 Dom master! Remember, he has a YouTube channel DominoDude1000.
21 Ben is into it, too!
22 You will not believe this, but we uncovered a network of German au pairs on the island for our German conversation club. This is Lena, who I had just met a few minutes ago. We were chatting and hockey came up. She goes "I LOVE hockey!" So outside we went!
23 This is the new conversation club facilitated by Nathan, a 24 yr old who studied for a Masters in Physiology in Germany. He's fluent. Lena is helping us.
24 We have about 8 kids who come regularly. It is funded by $10 donation per family.
25 Learning to use colors with a game.
26 Now learning to ask for things politely over a snack.
28 This is pretty cool! We managed to not knock it down for a week!
29 Power Skating Clinic - a fundraiser for our team and attended by 30 kids. Everyone gave it good reviews. There were 8 Warriors on the ice helping run it! Awesome!
30 All kinds of agility drills reinforcing the fundamentals.
31 I even paid and participated.
33 The end!
34 We fed the Warriors volunteers and got them to autograph jerseys and things.
35 Leni getting autographs for Josh!
36 This is Sam's school binder - I grabbed all the autographs for him.
37 Some movies for you hockey fans to see what they were teaching. They are also up on YouTube in a playlist.
38 Ben doing some great building with dominoes, too.
39 Sam is down at hockey practice so I get some time with my little man on Thursday carpool day.
41 The last soccer game. Ben had an epic game - he was organizing plays just before kicking the ball in by faking out the other team to move to the right side of the field then he'd kick it down the left side to a teammate. He also managed to score a goal from a corner kick!
42 Ben building something nice for the chickens to eat a snack out of.
43 Gordon looking on in amusement.
44 The chickens kind of wreck it with scratching.
45 I'm out chopping wood - I love seeing Dave come out with some Duvels!
46 Ben is now done with his little project. He's very creative!
47 My wood pile is growing!
48 I'm making good progress with all the trees we felled over the summer.
49 Thanks for taking a picture of me!
50 Dave out blowing leaves with a Duvel in hand.
51 On our way to a hockey game in Everett! Ferry snacks rock! We are on the 8:45 am ferry. Nice sunrise.
52 We're playing in the Everett Silvertips stadium. It holds 10,000 people!
56 Here are some movies of the game.
57 Tough game, but our kids played really well. We have a relatively young team, with at least half new to ice hockey (came from roller hockey).
59 Out on a run - I liked the sky and Mt. Rainier.
60 I have also been working VERY hard on many tight deadlines over the past 6 weeks. Ben made salad while I edited a big report for a state health department. Thank you, Ben!
61 A hockey practice got cancelled due to broken Zamboni - actually second cancelled practice in a week, with a broken BORROWED Zam - what are the odds of that happening? I mustered a pickup practice on roller blades at Wilkes for the Bainbridge kids. About 6 came and Darrel ran practice and drills. It was great. The kids really hate losing ice time. They're grumpy for hours. Then pizza afterwards.
62 Sent a few pictures to parents who were still at work. This guy needed a helmet - I found one in our truck that his dad had given us to save for Ben. This boy saw it and was like "Oh! My favorite helmet!" Funny!
63 This is what the practice and drills looked like. Ben was bounding a basketball all over the area while kids were skating. It was madness - they fill the place quickly when they are at speed. It's loud, too.
64 Funny - we realized that the hockey families are used to the cold so they show up at a mustered pickup practice whereas the soccer and basketball families take the pass...Ben's basketball was cancelled this evening and I tried to muster a playdate for him but no one was available.
66 Great job, Darrel!
67 Total hockey mom!!!
69 The raffle fundraiser crew rocking it on Friday! We had our last fundraiser and came only $36 shy of raising our full $2400! We think we're the only team who has managed to raise all our funds with fundraisers only, no checks written by parents!
70 The signage, everything, was top notch. Thank you, guys!
71 Sam winning 2nd place in a math competition with the fifth graders the next morning after coming home very late from the hockey game (which we took au pair Lena too, then KFC afterwards). Late night!
72 Sam and his buddies. Great job, guys!
73 This is such a neat group of kids!
74 He got a Mental Math book as his prize, and said upon receiving it "Oh, yeah, I didn't use any scratch paper." He did the whole test in his head.
75 Hockey game after math competition! Whew!
76 Go Sam!
77 Dave watching with the other dads, trying to pretend they don't know us crazy moms yelling and screaming. I am a total hockey nut!
78 Ben found this on the floor "It's a Warriors CheezIt, Mom!"
79 Dave and Ben chillin'!
80 Alex joined us for the game - it was really fun to have him there cheering.
81 Sam walking out...
82 He is really relaxed about scoring, but he is super happy inside.
83 Some video of the game...
84 Sam scored his first goal, but of course that is not on video!!
85 You can hear the screaming!
86 It was such a tight game.
87 Their #17 scored ALL their 6 goals. He was very good. We got 4 goals in.
89 A nice walk down at Fort Ward to have some family time on Sunday.
90 A little parkour looked like fun...
91 The tide was coming in, and a ferry wake tossed a bunch of water up just as I made it through.
92 "Creepy fish!" Ben says ;)
93 I was clean ... this was fun, though!
95 Some great pictures from the previous weekend that another team manager took. Thank you, Sharon!
106 Buying axes at ACE so we can help Sara chop some wood!
107 We choped about 1/2 a cord in an hour! My boys were SO nice about giving up some down time to do this. They worked hard into the dark.
108 Until it wasn't!
109 OMG! But we all made it.
110 Emmy with her fleece on after a workout - she's about to get some carrots - her absolute favorite treat!
111 Learning colors and left, right, hand foot in German with our awesome tutor, Nathan!
112 Nathan got in on the act, too! Sam was calling "linke hand auf blau" etc.!
113 Steve (Emmy's owner) taking a call while trying to keep Jack (big German shepherd) contained in a stall. This is Steve's preferred "office." :)
114 George (Neil Hoffman's dad) and Edie at Thanksgiving dinner!
115 Neil and Edie! Newlyweds!!! Thank you for hosting us at your lovely, warm home! You guys are such wonderful family!
116 Serving up some awesome sides!
117 George and Cindy, Neil and Edie, Dave and I and the kids all enjoyed a great time together.
118 Dave took this shot at home while I was in Portland for the hockey tournament with the boys. Big snow fall (big for around here) and very cold - snow stayed on the ground for a week!
119 Sam developed some ASCII faces - he got started doing this on the way home from Portland. It took forever with post-holiday traffic so he was making faces on my phone and sending them to a friend who was also driving back. Pretty funny labels!
120 One of the iterations of a drawing I have been wanting to make for a long time. These two old barns are nearby on Day Road. They look so restful standing watch over the fallow vineyard.