• Spring Break: Friday

    04.13.14 | Permalink | | Comment?

    Friday started with a cookie baking session. Jude and I made Gigi’s yummiest-ever, chocolate chip, peanut butter cookies and delivered them in fancy boxes to their teachers and a little box for Gigi. It was a fun delivery moment. After we dropped the boy and cookies off, Bradley and I headed to St. Edwards for a run/walk/hike and back home to collect the babies. We spent the evening watching the newest Scooby Doo cartoon and eating pizza. The kids were thrilled to start their Spring Break!>

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  • Spring Break: Thursday

    04.10.14 | Permalink | | Comments Off

    Today was a pretty average day off. We woke up, took girly to school, walked Jude and Martha, then we headed to the plant store to load up on our spring garden! We got our salad garden all purchased and ready to plant this weekend. After we took Jude to school, we went for a run, soaked some hot tub time and it was back into the family stream again. An easy, mellow day. :)


  • Spring Break: Wednesday

    04.09.14 | Permalink | | Comments Off

    We headed up to the tulips on Wednesday. We pulled the kids out of school for the afternoon and, first, headed up the Skagit Valley to walk among the tulips, then to Deception Pass and Fort Ebey. I guess you could say we are starting a tradition of doing this.

    Jude was the cutest ever as he packed a backpack full of things he might need. Bradley and I kept looking at one another in amazement as he pulled one thing after another out of his pack that were totally appropriate. When we got to the bridge, he pulled out a spyglass. At the beach, he miraculously had flippies and sand toys. He had sunglasses, snacks, books and toys all nestled in there. I was so impressed at his forethought!

    When we got the the pass, our kids stripped right down to their bathing suits (unbeknownst to me, Jude was prepared and had his under his clothes) and didn’t hesitate to go in the water. Who says it needs to be 70 degrees or more? 58 degrees is the perfect temperature for taking a dip into the ocean, right?!



    On our way to the ferry, we stopped at Fort Ebey to take in the view. Fort Ebey trumps Camp Casey, in my humble opinion, because it is much more user friendly. Instead of just a bunch of creepy rooms to go in and out of, you get a giant, creepy tunnel that, if you’re courageous enough, you can walk through from one light source to the next. When I was a kid, it was terrifying and marvelous. It is also way less visited than Camp Casey, so you can go at your own pace without having to contend with droves of families around you hollering or playing laser tag. I sound like a grumpy old lady, but when I was little, all that additional commotion made me more nervous about the camp. Fort Ebey allowed me to take it in at my own pace. After exploring the gun battery, we headed to the sniper lookout and sat on the edge of the world, overlooking where the Pacific Ocean meets the Puget Sound. It was breathtaking.

    All in all, it was a fabulous day. The cap it off, on the Mukilteo Ferry on the way home we were lucky enough to see a pod of Orcas swimming, splashing, founting and showing off for us. The perfect end to an amazing day!


  • Spring Break: Tuesday

    04.08.14 | Permalink | | Comments Off

    Today was all about school! It was 100 Day for the half day kinders, so Jude and Bradley spent their morning putting the final touches on Jude’s 100 Day Pokemon project. The kid drew and named around 60 Pokemon- we helped him with the rest. I was impressed at his endurance! I went for a run in the morning, during which I finally found my running legs again. It was a great, confidence building run! Then we were off to the schools where I ate lunch with Gigi and volunteered in Jude’s classroom for a few hours. We topped the day off with the fourth grade music performance. This day was exhausting but incredibly satisfying.


  • Spring Break: Monday

    04.07.14 | Permalink | | Comments Off

    Today started out with a trip to the school to drop off the girl, then off to a friend’s house (where we lost our Jude to an unplanned play date, lucky boy!), and finally off to Costco and Target. Scintillating, I know. From there, the afternoon looked like this:

    We ran three and walked one mile, we climbed a giant hill, hot tubbed then collected the babies from their classrooms. After some playground time, we came home to fire up the barbecue for the first night we could dine outdoors in the magical sunshine this year! Still, the sunshine called to us again, after dinner, so around the block we went again. It was a beautiful day for which I am incredibly grateful. Sunshine is so healing! We finished the day with a marathon drawing session to finish up Jude’s 100 Pokemon drawings for hundred day!


Gigi Said

  • Topless Tapas 2012-11-03 18:44:52-

    Tami was leaving to go out with her friend and the kids begged to go with her. I said, "you don't want to go with mom, she is going to the Tapas bar and we are going to stay here and play games."

    Gigi stiffened, "That's weird", she said as she blushed. I processed fast and realized the problem. "TAPAS bar. It means 'small plate', not TOPLESS bar!"

Jude Said

  • Nicknames 2013-01-04 13:30:33-

    The checker at the store asked our always conversational little boy what his name was. He replied "Jude" then added "but sometimes they call me pumpkin brown". LOL.

    And they are right. We call him that after the folksong that we sing sometimes.