Sunday, October 30

The Fair!

We continued our Labor Day tradition of going to the AK State Fair with our friends.  We've been doing this long enough now that the kids rehearse the order of things in the days leading up to the fair. 

First the moms get their Denali Cream Puffs (aka fair day breakfast!)...



Then we go to the petting zoo...



Next up are the huge veggies...


Then we visit other animals...



Then we take some random pictures on our way to eat lunch...


We visit the kids area...


We visit the exhibit halls...


Then it is FINALLY time to ride the rides!



It used to be that at least someone would fall asleep on the way home, but this year they all stayed away.  All the way home!  Impressive, given that I have one kiddo who is a devoted car sleeper. :-)  It's always fun...even if it's a bit wet as it was this year.  Until next year, cream puffs....


Read more about our fair days in 2011201220132014 and 2015.

Monday, October 10

First Day of School

Since we've been in school for almost two months, I figure the time is right to share the girls first day of school pictures...Yikes.  I am so behind!!  I am finishing up first quarter report cards in one window and sharing first day of school pics in another.




It's a good year so far!  I found that the great thing about teaching in a small school is that there isn't that weird first week of school time when you're bonding as a group--we all know each other and any new kids quickly come into the fold.  It's a pretty sweet deal!

Washington Week Three: In Battle Ground

From Ft. Stevens we headed north to Ocean Park.  Scott's sister and her husband have a little beach house there.  We met up with them and Scott's parents to enjoy a weekend at the beach.  We spent a lot of time in the sand...


Which meant that we spent a lot of time cleaning up from the beach!


One highlight for the girls was flying kites.  We drove into Long Beach to a kite shop and picked them out, then took them out to the beach to fly.







Another highlight of the weekend for the girls was the dogs...


They *love* to play with dogs...luckily both my family and Scott's family have plenty of pups to keep them busy!

We headed back to Battle Ground Sunday night and spent the week there.  The kids went to the zoo with Grandma and Grandpa, we played outside in the water, the girls learned to drive the "gator" and did lots of little farm chores with Grandma and Grandpa.  We spent a day on the river when it was so hot we could barely stand to walk on the beach.  I didn't take many pictures because I was handling ropes and such, but the girls wake boarded and skied on the river.



Midweek Scott pulled of the best date ever for my birthday.  Some friends of ours had purchased a beautiful 1952 Cadillac which he arranged to take me for a ride in to a cruise in.  I had the time of my life!


I love old cars, so it was very fun for me to get to ride in one and then walk around the cruise-in.  So fun!



We celebrated my birthday with lots of friends and family.  Scott's folks were so kind and let us host a BBQ at their house.  We had tons of fun with silly string at the beach, so we bought a bunch more and had twice as much fun that night.  It was so fun to celebrate with family!


It was roughly 587 degrees, so this Reeses blizzard cake was a huge hit!  The next day was my 20th high school reunion.  It was lots of fun to catch up with folks.  It was 843 degrees that day, so we all tried to move as little as possible, including not taking any photos.  Yikes!

We had a movie night with Scott's sister and her husband.  Stacy learned to make a phone call...yes, it actually works...


Kelsey kept Freckles company through The Wizard of Oz...


These three do their best to keep Carhartt's t-shirt division in business!


And then it was time for us to head home.  You can always spot the Alaskans at the airport...


Yes.  those are tires.  Not ours, but Amazon wouldn't ship them to our friend here in Whittier, so we had them shipped to Scott's parents' house and then we flew them home.  We love Alaska Airlines and their Club 49 luggage policy!

So long, PDX...until next time!