The rain woke me up last night. It sounded torrential at 3am. I exercised in clouds with a bit of rain this morning. Then, the sun came out and it turned 80 degrees. I took the kids out for a treat next to the Ballard water park to celebrate our last day of summer where we don't have a planned schedule. I asked if the kids wanted some impromptu park time. Off came the clothes and on went the smiles. The kids put on a good show for all the homeless hanging about.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Up: We completed our (my) goal of reading 100 library books for the summer. Good job Team Hurst:
Down: I weaned my baby. Correction - she weaned herself. She didn't like waiting that long to get food! I was ready for it, but knowing this is my last child makes it bittersweet. Those were some good snuggling days. I got a migraine in the middle of last night. Bum deal. I loved not having migraines for 6 years. Back to the old me. Lame.
Posted by Shannon at 8:50 AM
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Wake Up And Work Day
I found free urbanite on craigslist and hired another guy on craigslist to pick it up in his truck and dump it in our driveway (he wasn't free!) so I can build paths under our backyard tree.
I have been waiting for months for some local stuff to become available in the quantity I wanted:
Jiminy Crickets, it took all day to dig 4" holes for the pavers. I will be busy for a while doing this. The dirt is chock full of root masses because the hill used to be covered in ivy. Use your imagination and hopefully this will be fun when I am finished.
Andrew mentioned renting a sod cutter next week and I encouraged him to think about hiring someone to come in and do it for him (as to preserve some of his back). He said yes, and within an hour I had a guy out to get started on the project.
3 hours later and paying too much, we have our garden. Andrew will be putting up a fence down the line of the garden so we can let the chickens roam. He will be cover cropping the area throughout the winter and will get serious come Spring 2014.
We sold our corn dog trees on craigslist because we are having a fence put up between us and the neighbors. That left gaping holes.
Andrew and the crew filled the holes with the sod so it isn't such a dangerous spot.
Getting up tomorrow to exercise will not be easy.
Posted by Shannon at 7:48 PM
Friday, August 23, 2013
I was worried today was going to be boring. I had totally forgotten that the Google Summer Picnic was slotted for today. Fun surprise. Vasa Park Resort is a great venue and all of us had lots of fun. There was a watermelon theme throughout and the food was super delicious. BBQ ribs, salmon, chicken, pasta salads, grilled veggies, watermelon shooters, ice cream cones, corn on the cob. Tons of activities for the kids (plus a park) and all the kayaks/canoes you could ever want. There was a dock with two slides into the water. Andrew was brave enough to get in the water with the boys for some swimming. It was a nice 75 degrees with overcast skies. Thanks Google, that was fun.
Posted by Shannon at 10:48 PM
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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My neighbor and I have a good thing going. We meet up at 6:45am and do long beach walks followed by weight lifting or other workouts. We put in three mornings this week. Feels great to be exercising again.
Walking from my house to hers:
Jackson's face is the first one I see:
Down the steps and across the tracks to the beach:
The familiar heron:
Trains passing by:
A rock covered in sea anemones:
Ok...time for some stairs...
And the doozy, the fourth set:
Time to head home for push ups and dips!
Posted by Shannon at 2:52 PM
Thursday, August 15, 2013
72 degrees. Humid. Rain.
Time to play outside in rain gear.
We want out too...
Our new tree swing:
P.S. I am embarrassed that our grass has gotten so brown. Everyone in town is laughing at my anxiety over it. My neighbors challenged me to find one house with green grass. I couldn't. They remind me that in two months our grass will be green again. It is still so weird to live in a place that doesn't have sprinklers.
Posted by Shannon at 3:43 PM
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
There has been a blogging lull around here because it has been non-stop fun. So much fun I haven't had time to snap photos. My Aunt came into town (I hadn't seen her for over 10 years) followed by a Sacramento friend, we have spent time down at the beach (I spare you picture after picture of shells and such), and I have been exercising so much the rest of the day is spent trying to walk from room to room without falling over. Maybe I should blog from my beautiful, morning walks. Oh, throw in tons of school stuff. We had Blake's kindergarten pot-luck the other night and today he went for his placement orientation. I thought it was the end of summer, but really it is school prep around here.
Shopping for supplies for the first time:
Posted by Shannon at 12:54 PM
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
My sporty shoe hunt led me to some Jordans. I had planned on buying cheap trainers (as the Brits call them), but even the cheap, ugly shoes (seen here) at Payless Shoes were $35. So I walked into Finish Line and found some Jordan Ace's on sale. Good enough. I played basketball and was in love with Scottie Pippen and would never have been caught dead in Jordans. It is 2013 and I now miss Jordan and Pippen. I felt this was a learning opportunity.
So today, we revisited the past. Can we all celebrate what Jordan was and how there might not be a player like this again in my lifetime. I hope so, but I bet not. He was so skinny and pure before the days of big time doping. Don't get me wrong, I love myself some artificial muscle, but gone are those days! I love, love, love how these guys played:
After watching this video, Blake asked, "Is his bones hollow?"
Posted by Shannon at 1:28 PM
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The older boys are in Sports Camp this whole week so Piper and I get to do girly things like shopping.
Here is footage from her first trip to the mall where she could walk around on her own.
P.S. You might think we are being materialistic, but the truth is my older son has no sporty shoes! I realized he had no tennies on the first day so I sent him in his hip hop Converse. Lets just say we had to use some Band-aids. Bad mom.
Posted by Shannon at 12:50 PM
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Andrew was invited back to Plum Serenity Farm to visit his friend Tyler and help out with the processing of his last batch of roosters. He said there was a high learning curve, but he soon got the hang of things. We now have six roosters to bake/roast/make stock out of. Anyone want to come over for chicken casserole?
Posted by Shannon at 9:36 PM