Fort Ward Tour
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Ben at basketball camp over spring break. He is in constant motion!
Boys digging in the mine now that the weather is warming up and much drier!
The trillium is out! Just in time for Easter.
Mom and me before Easter church service.
Mom and Benji!
Dave waiting for us to get in the darn truck. We arrived 40 min before church. Early early!
Some other pictures of me and mom.
Pictures for grandparents - we're stuffing Easter eggs for an egg hunt later.
Eggs ready to hide!
"This is what we do - bounce and bounce!"
Such a nice mommy - expecting her second baby and not feeling well, but out hunting eggs.
Daddy is the Easter bunny, hiding eggs.
Look where he put one! In Sam's hoodie!
The briefing :)
Ready to go!
It was a fast and furious hunt!
You're really close!
AH HA! He found it :)
Gramma and Richard didn't get too many! They were busy spotting :)
Boys doing some quiet reading time...
Sam doing chess.
Richard power washing the deck!
Now we're down at stick and puck.
Ben just needs a practice jersey to go over his pads.
Well - isn't that fun - Coach Brett had a practice jersey outgrown by his son, Carver! It's #4 on the back which is Ben's cubby number at school AND his basketball jersey number!
Sam coming out from the locker room. His bag is 45 pounds - he has roller and ice gear in there (his insistence) so he's ready for anything.
Ben's first day walking home from school all by himself!
Richard going to town on the back deck now!
Gramma getting the boys geared up for a pick-up stick and puck scrimmage.
Hmmm...car door left open for some reason?
The boys playing on the new surface.
It's hot out there!
Back out for more!
It's time to go and the gear is off. But Ben is out there working on his shot some more!
I love this picture :)
Time to sell some eggs!
Leaves are coming back in!
We were out on a Cream Soda Crew job with wonderful sunshine...when all of a sudden a hail storm came through!
The kids were like Oh My GOSH!
We finally finished, soaking wet!
They're enjoying their cream soda in celebration!
Biking home now.
Doing some work on our own property, with Richard as "client." :)
Unique way to rake!
Nice job, Ben!
We're dumping the last load :)
I might have tipped the wheelbarrow over on purpose trying to get it out...Sam thought it was hilarious and wanted to take a picture :)
In the RV with Richard, warming up!
"This is a GREAT channel! It's all about creating things!"
In about 2.25 hours of work, the boys picked up 100+ pine cones, raked, and I weeded. Everything is really spruced up!
They hauled off loads of weeds and dirt.
The garden looks great now!
Now they're all relaxing!
Richard saying job well done, and giving them a handsome reward, including a tip!!
They are very grateful for the opportunity to work hard.
Good job, boys! We're proud of you!
Lessons with Randy...boys learning to play together!
Daddy playing knee hockey.
I laid out a ton of gravel while Richard and Gramma were here. This little extra parking area is coming along...
Some pictures follow of all the gardening work!
Nice to see you guys here, Richard!
Some little folks are NOT so helpful :)
Testing out the new ice court surface.
Heading off to a math competition in Seattle!
It was crowded!
This is the Math is Cool regional championship.
They're in the College Bowl now. They have a string to pull when their team has the answer.
Here are some of the questions!
Our intrepid leader, Judy, with a water bottle for the top performer from the school (Sam). Yay!
On the ferry ride home - some special treats from Coach Holly. Homemade cookies and frosting!
How many combinations can you make with three kinds of cookies and two kinds of frosting?
The sorts of questions they got in just one part of the whole championship. 40 questions!
Roller hockey pickup games.
We've enjoyed being out at the rink these past sunny weekends.
Guarding chickens while playing a game - their prize media time spent being shepherds :)
Time to go in!
Harder than you think!
Here's the action :)
Hey Doug - I've got hockey gear now!
More landscaping pictures.
Lots of bark spread!
Science fair project - Ben's bird observatory
Sam's Minecraft modding using Java.
Playing Magic. The fourth graders are really into this game.
We hosted a gathering here two weeks ago. The moms are rotating the gathering spot on Fridays after school.
What it looks like after snacks are demolished :)
Sam working on a bug at the crowded science fair!
Part of the Fort Ward base - I'm out on a recon jog to plan my Thursday field trip (folder in this album above).
Another historic building at Fort Ward, restored as a home.
Playing Magic together.
Nice boys also having hot chocolate as it's a rather cool day!
Thank you for these mugs, Aunt Diane and Uncle Richie!
Such a great community -two parents pitching in to get Ben's skates tightened.
Heading back to the truck!