We have about two weeks ( if I’m being generous) until school starts.  We startled at this realization since we had pretty well settled into an endless summer sloth of waking, playing, breakfasting, playing, lounging, bronzing, swimming, eating more, laying around more…  you get the idea.  We were being LAZY Littlejohns!  It is easy to get lazy when the kids don’t want to change out of their pajamas, when the sun keeps on shining on those lounge chairs out back, when you have days and days and days ahead of you.  That said, only 3/4 of the Lj’s have really been Lazy, Bradley has been busily finishing up fencing and brainstorming/sketching/drafting new graphics.  I know, poor us.


So upon the realization that our summer was melting away we got our rears in gear and started having super days of fun.  And oh my goodness, they HAVE been exactly that.  These hot summer days turn into beautiful summer nights that are full of warm and energetic air.  THe kind of air that makes you want to throw your arms out to the side and spin in the middle of a field.


So a few days ago we went to the beach, came home and ate lunch, then we went to a park and then we went and saw Madagascar 3 at The Crest.  ALL of it was so fun that when we walked out of the theater we didn’t want it to end.  That soft, warm air made Bradley and I feel like teenagers, it made us want to act like them too.  When we were teenagers on a night like that, with a license and a car at our disposal, we would have headed into the city to see if something was happening.  We did exactly that.  We headed from North Seattle to downtown.  We were going to ride the new sky wheel.  The windows were down and Coldplay magically came on the radio, we sang at the top of our lungs about when we ruled the world, about choirs singing; we felt saturated with joy and youth.  As we got down the 1st Ave the smell hit us first.  Beer.   Liquor.  Weed.  Hempfest!  It was just emptying out people were trickling and wobbling their way down the waterfront.  The sky wheel had a line and the people, while the peaceful variety under the influence, weren’t the crowd we wanted to dive onto with our 8 and 4 year old children.  We quickly changed gears and headed to the Space Needle for Bradley and Jude’s first ever trip to the top of the needle and Gigi’s and my first trip to the top at night.

It was beautiful.


The next night found us making a late night junk food run followed by a sunset skinny dip at Denny Beach.  Could life get any better?  I sure do love my summers with my family.

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Summer Wind Down


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 21:30:33-

    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.

A long time ago…