The rest of July

Well I’ve once again lost track of time and skipped most of a month so here’s a quick run down of the rest of July.

July 9 – Blue C Sushi for Jason’s birthday 

July 10 – Isaac is so cold at this pool but he loves his coach. 

July 13 – Went Blueberry picking with Julie and Felix and found this seriously cute little snail. 

July 13 – Isaac mapped the galaxy and created a story. 

July 14 – Helped John and Katie butcher their laurel hedge that was as tall as the power lines. 

July 15 – Found our new favorite spot. Edgar’s taco truck in Bothell. Yum!

July 15 – Isaac builds a home for his snail. 

July 16 – I launch the Sensory Box for the Sensory Lending Library

July 17 – Isaac finally gifts a bunch of his matchbox cars to Green Bee. The lady receiving them is going to use them in the shoeboxes for Christmas through her church. 

July 17 – I went Kayaking with my friend Julie. We launched from the houseboat she and her mom are renting! 

July 17 – Patch and Leavenworth look like brother and sister except one is a stuffed dog. 

July 18 – Waterballoons on the cousins’ trampoline. Bonus points because no one got hurt!

July 20 – Mookie tried to remove my eye. Not really but she did fully sink her claw into the soft flesh just under my eye. Katie had to help get her claw unstuck. 

July 20 – Isaac loves to play this game where he stands on a chair and then leaps at me while I try to take a photo of him. He’s usually some sort of creature and we have to do it in this room with this light on. 

July 21 – We found this massive claw at the library. 

July 22 – Discovered RED ROCK SUBS in Everett. They have GF bread!!!!! And al their sodas are NO CORN!!!!!

July 22 – Jason built a Rocket Stove, we tested it out, Isaac created some plant soup concoction and we had a great evening together. 

July 23 – Parkour. Coach Rami was gone this week. Isaac started to freak out and say he wasn’t going to participate and he was going to leave. I told him it was his choice. Totally up to him.  He calmed down and did awesome in the class. 

July 23 – Motorcycling practice. Jason’s a good instructor.  Oh and here’s a close up of my helmet. I love my helmet. Fits so well!

July 24 – Isaac nailed it in swim lesson today. He was working on breathing. 

July 26 – Caught bees with Grandpa and then examined them through the cage with Grandma.  In this photo they are watching the bees eat honey. 

July 26 – Bev and I went for a walk in Mill Creek and saw a bear…

July 29 – Kayaking with Dan and Leah at the Arboretum. Followed by yummy lunch.  I didn’t take any photos. Here are a few from Leah. 

July 29 – Jacob’s birthday party.  Ben and Gloria had three boys from China staying with them for two weeks.  Here are just a few photos form the party. 

July 30 – Parkour for Isaac means workout time for me! 

And that is the end of July.  

July 8 2017 – Happy Birthday Jason and Happy Half-Birthday Isaac

Party Day has finally arrived. After weeks of planning and preparation, the day has come.  The theme this year is Ancient Egypt per Isaac’s request. We started out with arrivals and kids decorating their explorer hats.  Then we ate hotdogs, trout and all the delicious side dishes our friends and family brought. We actually have photos of this year’s event thanks to Dan & Leah as well as Bev Spore. Thanks to them for all these photos. 

After dinner, we began the adventure! I introduced myself as Gertrude VonHousenfield, a museum director, who needed help solving the Mystery of the Missing Sarcophagus.  

First up the kids had to pass an ancient Egyptian test to prove to the modern Egyptians that they were worthy to explore their land. They had to run between two bricks tagging the next runner upon their return. Each runner had to go three times. 
They asked the Egyptians, “Did we pass the test?”  The Egyptians replied, “Yes!” 

Their next task was to find up to 12 Egyptian figurines for the museum director to decipher and figure out the first clue as to where the sarcophagus was hidden. 

They weren’t able to find all 12 but they found enough to figure out the clue which led us to a golden scarab in the sky. 

Inside the Golden Scarab there was treasure and the clue that led them to the shed where their ultimate treasure was hidden. However upon their arrival to the shed, they found it was locked and instead of a key there was another clue that told them to go to the Nile to fish for clues. Each fish has a clue and each crocodile meant your turn was up and you had to find someone with a fish and help them with their clue. They needed to find the pharaoh and his wife, because they held the key to the shed!

Trying to figure out WHO IS THE PHARAOH AND HIS WIFE

It’s finally down to two couples: Uncle Robb & Auntie Crys or Uncle Dan & Tia Leah. 

So raise your hand if you think it is Uncle Robb and Auntie Crystal

Correct and they get they key that opens the shed where the sarcophagus and treasure are hiding!

Alright now off to the cake!  Huge thanks to Gloria Lunsford for sharing her kitchen and all day Thursday baking GF cakes with me for this pyramid cake.  Then she spent all day Friday doing the fondant. Thanks friend! The obelisk says ISAAC in hieroglyphs. 

And that smile says it all. The cake was good. The party was fun. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen especially my loving husband Jason who was celebrating his own birthday but worked a ton to help me make this dream a reality. Happy birthday I love you!

Here are a few random photos:

July 5-7 2017

Hanging out with Grandpa Spore

Chair swing therapy with Patch, Isaac’s favorite cat. 

The amazing Pip flying through the air to catch the hose water. 

Even the rabbits thought it was hot today. Miss Penny is enjoying her ice cube. 

I know this looks a little gross but it’s actually fondant that Gloria and I are attempting to turn into a camel.  I gave up. She muscled through and made a cool cake for the party. 

Wes donated a pressure washer while John and Katie donated a table and chairs. I am now officially in love with pressure washers and Ben and Gloria are getting a nice table and chairs set after the party. 

Isaac loved this how to draw robots book we got from the library. Then I couldn’t find it!  I had to keep renewing it because it was lost!  Finally found it. Phew. Now he loves it again. 

It was a good day of reading Berenstain Bear’s Science & Nature. 

July 4 2017 – A Four- Part Story

John stopped by on Saturday to tell us to go to a particular fireworks stand. When we got there, Isaac’s martial arts instructor (for 2 classes) was there, and I started chatting with him. He gave us some killer discounts and freebies which made the fireworks buying experience so much more pleasant as we definitely have a fairly low budget on fireworks. 

PART ONE – Moving Day

Isaac and I helped Uncle Robb and Auntie Crystal move out of their condo and put their stuff into storage. Then we rushed home to gobble down some lunch before part two. 

PART TWO – Tank Wars with JohnboyJJB and Ella. 

Nothing quite like watching two grown men enjoying a war. 
The kids enjoyed helping to evaluate the damage. 

Yes I was actually present. 
Counting tanks to determine the victor. 

Men. Proud men. Based on removing tanks that would not be allowed back into battle, John was the victor this year. 

PART THREE – Jason and Isaac’s Tank War

Setting up the first battle. 
Check out the action shot. Big men can move fast when explosives are involved. 
Reversed matching outfits. I noticed this as they were battling and thought “I have got to get a picture of this!”

Reviewing the battle and inspecting the damage. 

PART FOUR – Fireworks in the evening with the cousins at their house. 

All eyes are on the guys as they prepare the fireworks. 

Yes. Everyone is waiting for you two. 

Sparkler Cousins

Sometimes the big kids want to play too.

Just liked this picture of Moriah. 

We had a lot of smoke bombs. Ella is enjoying this one up close.

The Bennett women. 

Action shot. 

A common scene. 

These two were like shots out of a cannon at every firework, smoke bomb, sparkler, etc.  Had to run out and see what was up. Love the enthusiasm. 

Dancing and jumping and running through the smoke. 
Love this selfie because I managed to get Katie holding Moriah in the shot as well. Birthday Cousins on their moms’ laps watching fireworks. 

There were more fireworks and sparklers, but I’m going to end with this photo. It reminds me of family who are also friends, and it reminds me of the wonder of childhood and the amazement we seem to often leave behind as we grow up. May we continue to be amazed by the world around us, by fireworks and nature and joy and family and God.