Monday, August 27, 2007
1) Getting up to her neck in Lake Washington
2) Scooting out on a low branch that hangs over the lake and swinging around on it
3) Burying herself in the blackberry brambles and shoveling blackberries in her mouth
4) Playing on the playground
5) Climbing higher in the willow tree than she's ever climbed before
1) Hiking in the woods on a beautiful day with my kids and my friend and her kids
2) Watching Lucy do the above things that made her so happy
3) Playing "Peek," "Get you," and "Tag" with Jasper around the hollow tree trunk by the lake
4) Watching Jasper, Shale, and Ryder hanging out together by the lake and realizing how rarely Jasper gets to hang out with other little boys his age or older, and seeing how much he loves it.
5) Feeling Jasper fall asleep on my back as we hiked up the hill
6) Watching Lucy and Shale in front of me as they hiked up the hill, hand in hand
7) Having a nostalgic moment as I realized that life will be changing for us and our little ones when big brother Shale and big sister Lucy both start kindergarten in a few days.
Monday, August 20, 2007
And another aside: here is a rough recipe for a cabbage slaw I made yesterday. Both people who tried it wanted to know what was in it. I am infatuated with our friend the cabbage right now. Not terribly seasonal of me, I know. But here is the recipe:
Pink Thai Cabbage Slaw
1. Shred about 1/2 head of purple cabbage
2. Add salt and 1 - 2 cups of boiling water to the cabbage, stir and drain.
3. Add to drained cabbage: 1/4 cup coconut milk, juice of 1 lime, 2 tbsps tamari, 1 tbsp finely shredded ginger, 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic, 1 tbsp brown rice vinegar, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro.
Last weekend we took off for warmer climes over the mountains on the other side of the state. First stop was Odessa, Washington, where Uncle Mackenzie (Rob's brother) and Gunlis live. For a town of around 1000 in seemlingly the middle of nowhere, it actually has a lot going on. A great little park and pool, an espresso shop that sells beans roasted nearby, a brew pub, a shop that makes their own sausage, a very lively quilting shop. Mac and Gun picked a cool place, which is not surprising because they are very cool people, as you can see for yourself. Their sweet home is on the edge of town on a big chunk of land. They have lots of benches and outdoor seating so they can enjoy the big sky, the birds and the trains going by - Jasper especially loved those too. The slip Lucy is wearing down below was a gift from Gunlis who dyes vintage slips and sells the hither and yon.
Then we went from there back towards Seattle and spent the night at Megan and Keith's farm again. They fed us and sang to us and thrilled the kids with all their critters: dogs, a cat, chickens, goats, and now Fletchers - the bull calf who is only three weeks old. They sent us home with squash, a pumpkin and some lovely apples. Megan and I have lots in common - including a skirt, turns out, as you can see below. It was a nice getaway weekend with something for everyone. Now we're back in rainy and chilly Seattle - where is our summer?? At least we don't have to water the garden...
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Meanwhile, Lucy was having her own fun. Below she is fishing in a fish pond at her school friend George's 5th birthday party. I can't say enough about the huge hit of fish ponds at parties - where little gifts are wrapped and then fished for by the little ones. They love it. Good ol' fashioned fun, I suppose.
We have been having dinner with the (other) Browns since before these two were born. Amanda Brown is quite the sophisticate and she and Lucy obviously share some interests...
We biked in the company of Mt. Si and hiked up to a series of waterfalls called Twin Falls. Jasper snoozed through some of the scenery... but he would wake up occasionally to say "more river, pease."
Saturday, August 4, 2007
I've been reading Alice in Wonderland to Lucy and it is quite something. Lucy and I are incredibly entertained. She deals with the weirdness of it all even better than I do. In fact, she hasn't even let on that she finds it odd and she is definitely tracking on it. I tested her comprehension by asking her how they played croquet and she reported that they used hedgehogs instead of balls, flamingos for mallets and the hoops are made of soldiers bending over. And the queen runs around the whole time saying "Off with their heads!" And Lucy now knows the meaning of the word "execution." Can't wait for that to come up in kindergarten...