Thursday, July 30, 2009
I have looked at this idea on a few different blogs and it was SOOOOO much fun and so easy. Just fill a plastic container with water and add all sorts of little treasures (we did marbles, bead necklaces, plastic dinosaurs, balls....) Then freeze the container. Once frozen pop it out and let the kids try and get the treasure. We started off with toothbrushes and syringes for our tools but the girls' attention spans are not too great so they quickly progressed to hammer, screwdrivers and hot water. TONS OF FUN for a sunny day!
Monday, July 27, 2009
The girls especially enjoyed playing with them in the pool. They taught them "tricks" like swimming through a hoop. Then the frogs would climb up their legs to get out of the water. They even took them down the little water slide into the pool.No frogs were hurt in the making of this blog post. Well, they may be emotionally scarred for life but they were able to easily hop away on their own free will. I would recommend they hop far far away!!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Other spots on our list for FREE water fun are:
- Mud Mountain wading pool - Enumclaw
- Les Grove Sprinkler Park - Auburn
- Fountain Fun at Seattle Center (did you know there were 6 plus the ones at the Science Center??) - Seattle
- Lake Fun - including Lake Washington, Sammamish, Wilderness, Meridian and more. I will be using this article for reference on different spots to go to each week
- Camping at the Pacific OceanMudd Mountain - summer '08
The not-so-free items on our water fun list are:
One definite for this year is I am keeping a set of beach towels and extra clothes in the car at all times since it seems we often find water fun when we aren't fully prepared for it and this will ensure I don't have to be the mean mom keeping the kids out of the fun!
Monday, July 13, 2009
This is the journal/scrapbook my great-great aunt Nora Harbor (who my own Nora is named for). It was created by her mother starting on the day of her birth in 1894. The things it documents are quite amazing:
Here is my favorite photo of her at age 4.5, all most exactly how old my Nora is currently.
It includes some of her primary school report cards along with class pictures.
And it ends with documentation of their trip from Fort Benton, Montana to Liverpool, England in 1903 including the boat ticket and menu along with many photos and postcards.
This book is so incredible to read. Documentation of trips, weather, parties, illnesses and more. Whenever I think about my scrapbooking I try to remember this and what memories it includes for the future generations. It helps me to remember to not get so obsessed with the embellishing and to really try to put more of an effort into the journaling, which is not my strong point.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
We enjoyed our family barbeque with all the younger generation keeping us entertained with balloon rockets, swimming pool fun and rolling fun down the hill. The best was when the red and blue frosted cupcakes were brought out. Here are the kids modeling their patriotic tongues!
6 children ages 7, 6, 4, 3, 3 and 2 on a 3+ mile hike up Drinking Horse Mountain Trail. We were at least wise enough to have more adults than children (7 total) to make sure we had enough backs and arms for hauling them out. Amazingly, all the children did exceptionally well and were able to do the entire hike (minus the final summit switchbacks) without adult assitance. Even the 2 year old hiked up the mountain under her own power. It may have been a bit more than we signed up for but it really was a great hike and an enjoyable day to spend with family.Nora and Uncle Bob