Each year we hang a few decorations to celebrate the season. This week Judy got busy after work and got The Burrow PNW in the mood.
October 21, 2014
October 11, 2014
Today Étienne ran his third cross country meet:
CASCADE STRIDERS 2014
Flying Feet Cross Country Invitational
Each meet he is more determined and setting personal records. Todays meet was through the beautiful grounds of Wilburton Hill Park, Bellevue, WA. This setting reminds us all that the Seattle metropolitan area is labeled The Emerald City. The lush green grassy fields framed deep woods and manicured sports fields. A true delight for all the runners and spectators.
We have a three day weekend and Carl got an invite to sail with our good friends the Weinerts. Dylan is a classmate from last year but attends a different middle school this year. During this three day cruise, the father sent me a few posts:
The adventure began with a proper barefoot cruise. A romp through the forest soon followed.
The left picture is my clear favorite. That must be the sailboat in the background. That picture says to me, “Fun with My Friend”. Thank you Weinert family, I cant believe Dylan’s mom took on a three day cruise with five boys.
August 24, 2014
Carl explains what is really going on in the picture below. The counselor, Gabe, saw the photo lady approaching and gathered up Carl and Jack (Jack is on the left in the picture) for this quick pose. “Carl, Jack, quick, lets muditate!!” As it turns out, Carl was not thinking of a perfectly cooked bone in rib eye. He tells me that giant lollipops were on his mind.
After the mud-fest, the campers normally jump into the Sound to wash off. On this day, the kids were about to hit the showers instead. The counselors said, “No way, you will clog the drain with mud!” So the staff set to washing the group with a hose. After much complaining and bitter cold, the group finally hit the showers and clogged the drains with mud.
Today I must have cleaned a teaspoon of soil from each ear of the boys. I felt bad digging out dirt and rocks with a cotton swab but there was just so much! Perhaps after a week of tub soaks and showers we will get the dirt out. At least the odor does not make my eyes water anymore.
We love having the boys home again.
August 23, 2014
Carl takes the clean shirt request to a new level.
At Orkila, the campers get one day in the mud before jumping into the sound to wash off. I fear that may be the boy’s only cleaning. It is my expert opinion, Carl is the one on the right. He is meditating the religious attributes of a 16 ounce ribeye.
I left this picture at full resolution so you can expand it to find Carl. I think this mud is therapeutic, much like a mask you may get at a beauty salon. Carl will return two years younger…does this mean we get to relive the past couple years?!
Today the boys finally come home. Judy is already fuming with the possibility that Étienne will still be wearing the blue shirt we put on him one week ago. We both dread the odor they may come home with. We stocked up on bubble bath and soft scrub to clean the inevitable bathtub ring. I think we may pick them up on the bicycle and throw them in the sound before letting them in the house. Most of all, we look forward to hearing the stories, laughs, and joys they bring home. It is a happy day at the burrow.
August 21, 2014
August 20, 2014
Tuesday we catch Étienne playing GaGa Ball.
The rules are simple and Carl tells us it is the most fun. Players must use their hand only to hit the ball trying to knock out competitors like dodge-ball. The boys usually end play with very dirty hands, torn pants, dirt covered shoes, and a giant smile.
Later in the day Étienne is painting something.
All we get are the pictures on Smugmug, no captions or descriptions. I look forward to quizzing Étienne about this activity when he returns home. Most interesting will be his explanation as to why he is wearing the same shirt he wore Saturday! Caught-Ya!!
August 19, 2014
On Sunday, August 3, we said goodbye to our Japanese student. Before leaving, we did get Shoichi out on the water.
We spent lunch on Grant’s sailboat docked in Shilshole. Carl took Shoichi out on the dinghy for a short tour of the marina. Grant is prepping the boat for a week long sailing trip with his family. Today a new stove and navigation systems were getting installed.
Now we are off to return Shoichi and pick up Veronica from Kenmore Air, Lake Washington.
On Friday August 1, Jane stopped by to pick up Veronica for the weekend. What Veronica did not know was that they were flying Kenmore Air from Lake Washington to Victoria BC. Yes, we let Jane take Veronica out of the country on a water plane! I can only imagine the look on Veronica’s face when they pulled up to the air terminal and checked in. Kenmore flies both turboprop and radial engine float planes. It is a noisy but short hop from Seattle to Victoira. The clear and calm weather allowed beautiful views of the surrounding country.
While there, the girls enjoyed afternoon tea, botanical gardens, and fireworks.
On the return trip the girls were the only passengers. Jane sat up front and enjoyed views out the front windscreen. They made a short stop at Lake Union and cleared customs before splashing down at the North end of Lake Washington.
August 17, 2014
Salish: Veronica is happy to have more girls in her group. Last year she was one of only two girls biking. Now she has about a week of sailing the San Juan islands. The weather forecast looks great for the whole week.