Sunday, August 20, 2017

What-What?! Week of August 20th

So I spent all day yesterday sewing costumes for an SCA event next weekend.  I've made it through shirts for the husband and boys, and dresses for Saffron and me.  Still have three pairs of pants, some accessories, and then I actually have to hem everything... but I hate hemming, so that can wait 'til later. >.>

Other than that, the weather here has been pretty lovely.  I walked down to the county park with the kids earlier in the week, and we played with our Frisbee and giant bouncy ball.  The blackberries around here are ripe, and there are thickets fricken' everywhere, so we picked and ate some of those, too.

You can see the giant blackberry thicket on the right.  This also brings up the only thing I really do not like about this park -- you can see directly into one family's backyard.  We stay away from that corner generally, because they deserve some privacy.


The big kids spent some time watching the clouds.

Mom!  Take my picture with the ball!

Mom!  Take my picture with the Frisbee!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

What-What?! Week of August 13th

Yesterday, we spent the day moving around furniture, assembling furniture, and hacking at blackberry vines.  I found one blackberry vine had actually started to grow up underneath (!!!) the siding at the front of the house.

Today, I don't know what we're doing.  The husband and I need to work on costumes for an SCA event later this month.  So far, I have a shirt for him all ready to be sewn, but nothing for anyone else...  I don't even have fabric for the two boys.  But that's alright, 'cuz I still have over a week.

It also rained last night, which was actually nice because it's beaten a lot of the smoke and smog down.

It can go back to being sunny now.

...any minute.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

What-What?! Week of August 6th

This weekend and last weekend we visited Kayak Point, which sits along the coast overlooking the sound.  It's got a nice beach, play ground, and some short trails.  Last weekend when we went, it was super hot and extremely busy; we parked at the top of the hill in the overflow parking and had to walk a ways down the trails to the beach.  We still had a good time.

Yesterday when we went, we came early in the day and brought a picnic lunch.  When we arrived, the tide was very low, so we got to investigate the tide pools.

This was last weekend -- you can see how clear it was.

The trails are very steep.

Yesterday -- there was lots of parking down by the beach, and we even got our own picnic table.


You see how the sky is all grey?  That's not fog -- it's smog.  The air quality has been horrendous here, with winds pushing smoke down from wildfires in Canada, then that air getting trapped.  There's one little valley I drive through everyday going to work, and Thursday you couldn't look across the valley and see the hills on the other side.  I had never seen that before.

The husband climbed to the top of the rope climb-y thing, 'cuz he could.

Eatin' lunch -- hotdogs, chips, and grapes.  We cooked the hotdogs at home and packed them in a cooler to keep warm -- it was a good thing, too, since fires are not allowed right now.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

What-What?! Week of July 23rd

Yesterday was the neighbor boy's birthday party, so we headed next door and played with squirt guns, water balloons, and a piƱata.  It was a good time.

Otherwise, just summer stuff this week -- playing in the backyard, going to the park, etc.
Bucket head

I had taken the kids to a park early in the week which has a short trail near it.  We found these wild raspberries along a less-traveled portion of the trail.

We now have an official county park down the street from us, so I took our kids and the neighbor's boy to play over there with our new Frisbee.  It's just a big open field right now, so pretty much perfect for what we wanted to do.

It's starting to get pretty cool in the evenings here, so the sweaters are starting to come out again.

Our Frisbee has the most ridiculous spinning fan thing on it.

This method of throwing the Frisbee was actually pretty successful for Osric.

Hanging out by the trees which surround one half of the park.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

What-What?! Week of July 16th

I'm not going to work tomorrow, so I forgot today is Sunday.

We haven't done anything too interesting this weekend; cleaned up the boys room, and gathered up a bunch of toys to go to the thrift store.  Of course, we cleaned up after we'd already been to the thrift store, and came home with a bunch of books... and a Playmobil pirate ship.  That's just how we roll.

Next weekend, we might actually, really, truly do some work on the house.  Maybe.

...Maybe we'll just go hiking.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

What-What?! Week of July 9th

So this past week, I did a puzzle:

Ozzy helped... mostly be playing with cars and occasionally playing with puzzle pieces.

Skagit Highland Games in Mount Vernon

This weekend, though, we went to the Highland Games in Mount Vernon.  We had a fairly good time, though Osric wasn't feeling well after a while, so we left pretty early.

Waiting for sheepdog trials.  By the time we left, these still hadn't started yet, despite it being over an hour after the starting time.  So mostly, we watched sheep walk around.

Husband. <3

Ready for her closeup.

By the time we got to the firetruck, Osric wasn't feeling well.  Poor sweetie, he was really looking forward to it.

He was feeling well enough to do some crafts in the tent, though.  He made himself a necklace.

Corwin made a shield.

There was a kiddie pool with bubble stuff and bubble wands in it, this was a good time, if a bit wet.

Corwin did not play with bubbles -- he spent the whole time climbing on the firetruck.

After seeing Corwin's shield, he wanted to make himself one too.

We might head back there again later today to see more of the sights -- we didn't get to see any of the dancing, nor the sheepdog trials.  Hopefully we'll be able to go to more events that this group runs, since we got the membership.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

What-What?! Week of July 2nd

Summer!  It's finally kind of here, if you ignore the clouds and the days that it's still cold...

Yesterday, the kids did some little painting kits:
Oh, Osric has short hair now... it is crazy how different he looks now.

No, they are not wearing shirts.  Yes, they did get paint on their bodies.

Osric's happy cupcake.

Painting her kitty.

Later that day, we went to a little wooded park on the East side of Marysville.

Reading the plaque on the bridge that crosses the little creek there -- this was built by boy scouts.

Watching the creek.

There were tons and tons of Morning Glories everywhere.

The place used to be a Christmas tree farm before it was donated to the city, so all the fir trees are planted in perfect rows.  Out beyond this, there's a little meadow area, which would probably be lovely for picnics.

The park doesn't have a playground, so afterwards we went down the road to Jennings Park, which does.  We found out that the Marysville Historical Museum is right next to it, and is now open, so we're planning on taking a trip there sometime soon.