2 Something's gotta give...gas almost out and check engine is on!
4 Love the fog of fall.
8 Correct position of new noseband.
9 Sam doing homework at soccer...he's getting very good at juggling multiple responsibilities and staying on top of 6th grade work.
11 A blackberry swan!
12 Wheat continues to enjoy separate abode. She's no fool.
15 Dahlias still going!
16 Ben at a soccer tournament. He loved this full day of soccer, emerging from his 7th game asking "Can we do tis next weekend?"
18 Her nighttime routine. Check out the goings on before descending.
19 My workstation on Mondays...while the kids are in PREP.
21 On a shoreline ramble while out running.
23 Calvin, waiting, by day.
24 Wheat roosts with Gordon, by night.
25 The blackberry swan has a platypus mate?
27 Wheat hiding out from the rain.
28 Making some tinctures with material found at Marmot Pass.
29 These may...may...turn into interesting scents.
31 Last bloom!
32 Leni waiting...waiting...waiting for that darn hockey schedule to drop!
33 Mini mommy - for Harvest Fair.
34 Emmy was lame for a few days so I got to try riding this cute pony, PlayDate!
35 It was very interesting to get to know him and his ways. Very educational.
37 First game for Ben!
39 Dave has a new Islanders jersey. This was a crazy drive down to Tacoma and back to Bremerton for Sam's game, all in very hard rain.
43 Waiting around with the kids who wanted to watch the Warriors play. I was at the rink a LONG time.
44 Then they had a sleepover...
45 He scored a hat trick - three goals!
47 This is the next morning.
49 Selling that epic card to raise money for hockey tournaments. Let's hope a Navy guy wants to buy it! The card store is in Bremerton, right by the shipyard.
50 That cedar we were splitting at Janet's? It really took off...so much so that the fire alarm went off and I couldn't get it to quiet. Made for a very celebratory evening, complete with visitors in a red truck!
51 Out shooting with Sam by dusk.
54 Another big pull - a good card in this booster pack! A reward for persisting with learning to use contact lenses. We are so proud of Sam!
55 Wheat update! Enjoying some self time in the run without the crazies.
58 Eating Casa Rojas nachos.
59 Trying to learn how to do a wrister.
60 Sam doing homework - without being asked.
61 Sam pours milk...well...not very well. He actually drives the truck better than he can get milk in a glass. And he can drive a puck at 54 miles an hour into a 6" pocket better than he can get food into his mouth. A great mystery.
63 Fall is beautiful here.
64 A pizza fundraiser during photo night on Thursday. My team is great! They really pulled together to supply food, salad, beverage and dessert.
67 Coach Brett and wife Dee.
68 The entire hockey association going out on the ice.
71 I gave this skateboard a try at Wilkes...
72 Testing out a pumpkin launching catapult.
73 Some spazzing in the process...
74 Sam is very graceful.
76 The boys helped me clean for nearly two hours!
78 Out on a mountain bike ride with the boys.
79 Love this little meadow.
80 Gazzam Lake
82 Found this little guy again - Carver found him on Mount Townsend, and I refound him in my pocket!
83 Sam helping unload groceries...with a milk cup in his nose!
84 Early day going to Kingsgate arena for Sam's game, then to Bremerton for Ben's! Lots of driving! Thought the King's crown would wake everyone up :)
85 Playing cards on the ferry.
86 Really calm waters and subtle grey skies.
87 Ask me about COMPLETE...CONTROL...Bam!
92 Layers of gear. Switched layers halfway through so we could get at Ben's in a flash, as soon as we pulled into Bremerton. We barely made the ferry, but pulled into Bremerton just 2 min after our hoped-for arrival. Thankful for safe travels and good games.
95 The snacks these Mites get after games...
97 Wheat having kale salad.
98 Doing a little wood chopping to refresh ourselves for the evening.
99 The pumpkin continues to grow.
100 Wheat's nighttime routine. I stayed for about 20 min to watch what she does. It was very peaceful. She's looking to see if all the other hens are settled. If not, they will pick on her as she tries to get up on a roost.
101 The coast is almost clear.
102 Just another minute...
103 Last check...
104 About to enjoy a nice rest on her own roost, next to Gordon.
105 Last minute! I missed Sam's top shelf goal...dang it! But it was a close game that we ended up winning 5:3.
106 Ben playing good defense!
108 Funny chest hanging in tree...would be hard to store, or steal, anything from this!
109 Sam helping me get some pucks off the roof.
110 Pictures from Kingsgate - Sunday's game.
118 On a jog up near Port Madison.
119 Wheat getting more and more brave :)
120 My catapult! Practicing for mischief night.
121 A busy spider getting ready for fall.
122 Climbing a boulder in Poulsbo. This is always fun, and always difficult!
123 I made it up, with only a little seagull poop on my hands and clothes to show for it.
126 Decorating for Halloween
127 Big spider at Sara's where we were splitting wood.
128 I love this passage from The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. Worth the read!
129 Score sheet...
130 Stocking up for Halloween!
131 Fires going almost nightly here now.
132 Fall leaves. The rains have begun!
133 The "observant watcher" telling the boys to knock off the ridiculousness in the morning.
134 Tree emoji.
135 Fog low on the fields for soccer practice.
136 New soccer ball for Ben - hope we don't lose this one!
137 This tiny leaf looked just like a rooster crossing the road.
138 Playing matching game at Casa Rojas Express.
139 After the ride. Love a sweaty beast :)
141 A fun ride on Emmy Thursday. One of the other riders was doing this (with two additional poles as well) so I decided to give it a try. Cantering over poles has been on my list for a long time. Emmy would have jumped them if I didn't have her firmly in hand.
142 Ben in his Owen Grady costume (from Jurassic Park World).
143 Cans to hold dry ice...love when a plan comes together without any effort! I was wondering what I'd put the dry ice in. These are chili cans.
144 It's mischief night, but I'm out on a morning jog to conjure ideas...
145 Ben decorating.
146 Fire started at 4pm so it's good and hot by 5pm.
147 Boys clearing trails :)
148 Dry ice vapor that you can hardly see...
149 Ooops. Martha Stewart had an accident.
150 All set!
153 These little tea lights last a long time.
154 Goodnight, fire. You did well!
155 Doug had the great idea to tell me how to build a dry ice bomb.I didn't quite get the proportions right so will have to try again!
156 Everett Youth Hockey Grizzlies game on Halloween. Candy scramble afterwards was fun. These are such nice people.
157 Trick or treating as a team in Mill Creek.
158 And then trunk or treat...CROWDED and LOUD!
160 Taking refuge at Central Market for soup and sushi.
161 And fried chicken stolen from Coach Arlo!
162 Surveying the Mischief Night damage. I am sore from catapulting cornbread and wiping out once on a slippery board doing it. Also sore from pushing parents around in the jogging stroller at a high rate of speed up the driveway. And my eyes are swollen from being hit with toxic rotted green pumpkins, which was apparently the highlight of the evening for 10 yr old hockey boys!! Glad to have made their night, and happy to have some lingering memories of a very fun time with neighbors and friends.
163 Busy spider on the zip line!
164 The catapult resting, and the dry ice bomb waiting for more fuel.
167 The view from the rink parking lot. Pretty nice!