Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Go M's!

We went to our first M's game of the season a few weeks ago...we all had high hopes that the sun would be shining, our seats would be good (we hadn't sat in the center field bleachers before), and that the Mariners would win. Two out of 3 isn't bad, I guess! The seats were good...but I really don't think there is a bad seat in the house at Safeco. It was sunny when we left our house for the game, but the sun decided to stay hidden, the wind decided to blow, and those of us wearing shorts weren't too warm. And, the M's had their only loss in about 1 1/2 weeks that day. Nonetheless, we all had a good time, and the kids came away with Ichiro jerseys from a Kid's day promotion (which Lauren said she's going to wear as a dress because it's too big right now)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My very talented friend

My unbelievably talented friend recently "dabbled" in sewing and made this adorable shirt...not too bad for dabbling! Check out her amazing work!

Sunday, April 12, 2009


We had a quiet Easter this year. The Easter bunny stopped by late last night and left the kids some goodies. After they opened their loot we headed to church, then back home for an egg hunt. Unfortunately the rain was relentless so we had to have in inside. I don't think the kids minded...they still got the candy! Instead of someone cooking, we went to Owen's favorite place to eat: Hunan Garden. Mim and Pops joined us for all the morning's festivities, and after lunch we came home to a laid-back afternoon.

Weekend in Cashmere

We spent a busy few days in Cashmere over the weekend. Since we wouldn't be with Gramma and Grampa on Easter, the kids had an Easter egg hunt a couple days early in Cashmere. They got way too much candy, but had fun looking for it. Owen and I took a little hike up the hill behind their house too. It's one of his favorite things to do over there, and he even managed to touch a lizard! He tried to catch it but it scurried away just in time.

Camera timers are so cool!

The one that got away...

Just one of the many pieces of candy they ate

Owen looked and looked for the egg that was hidden by that post (look on top of it!)

Lauren colored eggs in her new swimsuit...why? I have no idea!

Fishin' Hole

Ok, so it wasn't really a fishing was a concrete pond that is stocked with trout, but Owen and Lauren didn't care. For the past few years we've gone to this place with Mim and Pops (Abe's parents). The first year Lauren was too little to fish, but she's an old pro at it now. They had a great time feeding the fish, catching the fish, and looking at all the other animals (they had rabbits, peacocks, goats, etc). We managed to keep them at 3 fish each, although I think Lauren would have caught fish until her arms were too tired!

Craft Time

I found this cute Easter egg diorama project in the Family Fun magazine, and the kids were game to make them. I wasn't sure how they'd turn out, considering for 2 days we had wet, sloppy paper mache' dripping all over our table, but they ended up being very cute, and the kids were very proud of their creations!

Friday, April 3, 2009

At the Zoo!

Looking outside and seeing snow come down in April is not what you expect during spring break. Yes, there was snow during Owen's spring break...just plain wrong if you as me! Luckily, the day we planned on going to the zoo was the only day of the week without some sort of liquid falling from the sky. Our friend Connor was on spring break too that week, so he came along with us to Point Defiance. It didn't rain or snow on us, but it was pretty windy and cold. Guess we can't be too picky! The kids all had a great time, but we were all ready to sit in a warm car and thaw out when were were done.

Leprechaun Trap!

Owen's latest project for kindergarten was to create a leprechaun trap. The goal was to try and trap a leprechaun (obviously) and write about the process of making it and trapping him in their scientific journal. Owen had a great time planning it out. We wrapped the shoebox in paper, then cut a hole in the top of it. Then, we made a pot out of a paper cup wrapped in black paper, cut the bottom out of the cup, and stuck it in the hole. Owen taped gold coins to the inside of the shoebox, "So when the leprechaun looks into the pot he'll see the gold, but can't get it out because it's taped." He didn't want the leprechaun to have an easy time accessing the pot of gold, do he made a maze of shamrocks that the little guy had to weave through first. The night before he had to take his trap and journal to school, we set up the trap in the middle of the living room floor, hoping the leprechaun would pay us a visit in the night. The next morning, Owen bolted down the stairs to see. There was a trail of magic green dust leading from the patio door to the trap, through the shamrocks, and all around the pot of gold. There was even some inside the pot, but no sign of the leprechaun. Owen wasn't the least bit disappointed though and said, "Yeah, I've heard that leprechauns are really hard to trap...sneaky little buggers! I'll get one next year!"

Northwest Trek with Gramma and Grampa

For the past few years, Abe and I take a weekend and get away once basketball season is over. Trust me, we both need, because the kids and I go to at least 40 games over the course of the season, and Abe, because it's one LONG season of late nights. This year we took a weekend trip to our old stomping grounds up in Bellingham. We had a great time: hitting all our favorite restaurants, driving by our first home, meeting up with friends, and going on an impromptu sailboat ride (thanks John and Cynthia!) On the way home on Sunday, we went to the last showing of "The Lion King" in Seattle, my Christmas present from Abe. It was a good show...the costumes were amazing!

While were were gone, Gramma and Grampa watched the kids...and they didn't miss us a bit. It was a few days before St. Patrick's Day, so they had a "green" lunch...St. Patty's Day plates, napkins, cups, and green food. They also took a trip to Northwest Trek. Amazingly, the weather cooperated (you never know this winter!) and the animals were out in full force. Of course, the gift store was the first stop, and Gramma and Grampa couldn't say no to 2 new stuffed animals!