It seems like it always takes awhile for summer to get rolling. We like a nice schedule so it takes a bit to get into the new routine of no routine. We are into it now though. Lots of hikes, lots of time in the creek and now the girls are starting to roll into their camps.
Rather than waiting until the end of the summer to update our adventures I thought I’d share a bit along the way. Here is the first installment…
We started the summer with our annual movie day. It started out rocky because I asked Madison (Jill’s friend) to bring the first Star Wars to start the day. I meant the REAL first Star Wars, but apparently that is now Star Wars IV (huh?) so Madison naturally brought Star Wars I, the first prequel. But our neighbor saved the day and we continued on. We also watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Lego Movie and Batman (with Michael Keaton). Good stuff!
We also had a great time following the success of the US Men’s soccer team in the World Cup. What a pleasant surprise that we were so competitive! We watched the last game with our good friends and Judith provided some excellent USA snacks. Red Vines, Popcorn and blue Gatorade. This was Ellie’s interpretation of our flag, a la snacks.
For the Fourth of July we went to my parent’s new condo in Kirkland and enjoyed the parade. The kids walked in the kid portion of the parade and then we went up to their deck to watch the rest of the floats. Such fun. We ended our evening hanging out with our neighbors. Just what we wanted to do!
We’ve had plenty of creek time too. This is cheap thrills for us. I go set up my beach chair and watch the kids splashing back and forth over the small rapids. They have a great time and so does Cooper!
We have also gone on a lot of hikes. Allen and I have dragged the girls on a few hikes on our own but we’ve found that if we bring other knuckleheads with us there is way less complaining. That’s a win all the way around!
Last, but definitely not least, Jill and I hiked up to Poo Poo Point this week. For those of you not familiar with this hike it is only 1.8 miles up (3.6 miles round trip) but the elevation gain is 1700 ft. So basically it is straight up the side of a mountain. Not much fun if you ask me but the sense of accomplishment and the view made it worth it! This is what typical Poo Poo Point picture looks like because you can see the eager face of the intrepid hiker and the awesome view.
Being the artsy gals we are, though, Jill and I prefer these pictures. They were Jill’s idea and I LOVE them! (For you photographer types we simply stood in the dark shade of the tree to the left. Since it was brilliantly sunny outside the camera picked us up as silhouettes.)
We are quickly moving into the busy part of summer so stay tuned for more adventures.