Thursday, May 28, 2015

Festivals and Animals

 On Sunday of the long weekend, we went to a festival that I had never been to before. In all my years growing up so close and celebrating other aspects of Ski-to-Sea, I'm surprised we had never been to It All Ends in Fairhaven earlier. It was a fun day with beautiful weather.

Sora was fascinated by all of the different Asian dancing and was excited to get a chance to try out the ribbon dancing for herself (she has the orange ribbon in the center).

 Grandma and Sora shared a Seahawks inspired shaved ice. They were big fans. Interestingly, this past month Sora has decided that blue is her new favorite color. She was disappointed her tongue was more green than blue.

 Of course there was a lot of puppy love. Sora loves my parents new dog, Willow, and I think Kyle is also warming up to her. We went down to watch the kayaking leg of the race arrive at the beach, but the dog and grandpa had to hang out in the doggie area. I think Kyle wished he stayed with them instead of braving the crowd to watch a few boaters.

 And, as always, Sora got to ride Milo. She's a big fan although it turns out that strawberry shortcake trumps Milo. Good to know. Also, Sora's growing - this helmet is finally too small for her! It works out well since my parents will need a bigger helmet for Sora's older cousin this summer anyway. Perfect timing!
On Monday morning, we ate a delicious breakfast at a new restaurant in town before heading home. I had wanted to stop and try on shoes on the way home which Kyle was not excited about but amazingly the drive was quick, there was virtually no traffic, and the parking spot we got at the mall just happened to be right next to the entrance by the shoe department (and bathrooms). Score!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rock Trail and Tidepooling

 This weekend we went to visit my parents to celebrate my birthday Memorial Day. I was stoked that there was no traffic at all going through Seattle which never happens on a Friday night! On Saturday, we all went up to one of my favorite state parks and explored a trail we hadn't taken before.
Sora was entertained with all of the rocks, boulders and caves and barely even complained about hiking!
 There were a ton of stairs and switchbacks. Luckily, we started off high so we went down first which made for better attitudes than an uphill climb right away.

 Sora loved looking at all of the different rocks and conglomerates.

 Oh, and we got to take the adorable puppy with us, which always helps everyone's mood.

While in that part of town, we got to see the only positive claim to fame that my great-grandpa left me. It's hard to read, but if you look closely it says "Beacon Road to Lawrence Pullar Estates". My great-grandpa was a forward thinker and bought up some property during the great depression, even though he was dirt poor. He had some very long story about collecting shells on the beach for chickens as a job, but I didn't fully understand it. Anyway, one of the pieces of land he owned was in a very beautiful scenic area that was finally developed after he sold the land off near his death (he lived to be like 100 or something crazy).
 After our hike, we hit the rocky beach to go tide pooling. We saw anemones, sea slugs, star fish, crabs and more!
 Sora's favorite find was the shells of course. She also loved climbing up the big boulders but I didn't get any good pictures of that.

 We went at the lowest tide of the weekend and we timed it perfectly! A wonderful birthday present to me.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pink Eye and More...

This spring has been really busy at our house. Sora started swim class in April and has been going twice a week. She loves it! Lately they've been working on stuff that freaks me out in the deep end. She can swim by herself a little bit and her teacher, Hector, has been trying to teach them the finer points of diving. Sora's in the blue swimsuit all set for a dive:
But of course when it comes time to go in the water, it's really more of a jump.
Last week (luckily on a non-swim day), Sora's school had their spring open house. The oldest kids played a very complex piece on some cool instruments, the lower elementary did a folk dance, and then everyone made rain and sang a butterfly song. Sora's in there somewhere, I promise. She spent most of her time trying to figure out where we were and boss her friends around rather than actually participate.
Afterwards, we went to her room and Sora showed us and Grandma McPherson her favorite works. Her first was watercolor painting.
This in her words was "exploration with shapes".
Okay, this was just a fun picture to show off camp's new hats.
On Monday, Kyle had to get Sora early because she had pink eye (I swear she was fine when I dropped her off). He took her to the doctor and they figured out she has a UTI also, so now she's on meds for both and feeling much better. She did have to miss her only field trip this year (on Tuesday), but we had a lot of fun staying home. We watched a lot of TV, picked strawberries from our garden, did laundry by hand (which apparently they do at school so she was a pro),  and played around with pulleys.
We set up both a double and single pulley and tried to see if there was any difference. She played with this for over an hour. Big hit!
Sora was very disappointed about missing her field trip, but didn't mention it once on Tuesday (the day she missed) and was over it by Wednesday. She's back to normal (mostly) and life is moving on.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Screen Free Week

Sora's school celebrated screen free week this past week. The past few years we made a big deal of this week, with new toys and fun activities, but this year it just snuck up on us. Also, during the school year, Sora only gets screen time on the weekends so it doesn't seem like as big of a deal.

Anyway, to celebrate this weekend we tried to do some fun things outside. Sora went on a photo scavenger hunt at the arboretum. We went on a hunt there during spring break, but this list was different and Sora had fun with my phone taking pictures.

 I learned this was called a samara and only Maple trees have double samaras!

We also drove across town to the best playground in the city. We don't go often because it's like 15 minutes from our house (it's crazy how your perspective changes when you move to a small town where everything is less than 5 min. away).

 Sora and I climbed to the very top of the spider web. It's hard to tell, but it's WAY up there!

After the park, we went to dinner to celebrate Kyle's cousin's new job and to wish him good luck on his new journey. Sora discovered the art of the selfie and was excited to take pictures with everyone.

After dinner, we sweet talked my father-in-law and two of Kyle's staff members into helping us move this piano we found on craigslist. The guy who was selling it had gotten it when he moved into his new house and didn't want it. Somehow with my sweet talking personality he decided to give it to us for free.

Sora is super excited about the piano and we're working on some beginning skills so that when she starts lessons in the fall she has a little knowledge already.