Hello little blog…

Well hello little blog. Did you think I had forgotten about you? No, not forgotten, but in the flurry of getting ready for the wedding and ensuing visitors etc., something had to give.  But I have missed you, and the chance to record and share the busy happenings around here.

Since last we spoke, we’ve visited family and friends in California, played a season of softball, had a 9th Grade Dance and moved up to high school, finished up a huge list of home improvements, welcomed family and friends to Woodinville, are hosting our exchange student’s sister for a month and had a daughter get married.   Include in that a little sewing, reading, grocery shopping… living our regular life as well.  I guess it was kind of busy here!

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Here are a few snapshots of our time and also of some improvements I’ll blog about in a little more detail soon:

 

Softball from under the umbrella.
Softball from under the umbrella.
Catching
Catching
The Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood Sign
Driving around the Warner Bros' back lot.
Driving around the Warner Bros’ back lot.

 

Pick up soccer game at LMU
Pick up soccer game at LMU
Taking the teen-ager to my old school.
Taking the teen-ager to my old school.
Adding some art to the balcony, though we haven't had rain for months now.
Adding some art to the balcony, though we haven’t had rain for months now.
Guest room desk
Updating in the guest room

 

Before: Mail box update
Before: Mail box update
playhouse
Freshening up the paint on the playhouse.

 

Painting garage doors.  By hand!
Painting garage doors. By hand!
Updating an old garden table.
Updating an old garden table.
finals
Studying for finals. It’s been so warm!

 

Removing the old mercury light
Removing the old mercury light
Fixing the new (old) kitchen chairs
Fixing the new (old) kitchen chairs
Finishing off the school year like champs with an ice cream cone.
Finishing off the school year like champs with an ice cream cone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What has been my favorite project so far?  Hands down, it has to be painting the barn.  Although poor Karlo had to do most of the painting, it made the biggest impact and turned out perfectly.  I hope to blog about that soon.

Dog helping to keep drop cloth in place during barn painting.
Dog helping to keep drop cloth in place during barn painting.

Lately we’ve been to Pike Place Market, Bellingham, Velodrome races, swimming and fishing at nearby lakes, camping! (ok, I stay home on those trips), to the mall, the Nordstrom sale (twice!), the One Direction concert in Seattle (so dreamy!), Wild Waves,  the Experience Music Project.  Right now the high schoolers are in Portland, OR with my beautiful teacher daughter, seeing the sights and checking out her new classroom for the new school year.  (I’m trying to do laundry and giving the house a lick and a promise for cleaning.)  This week includes a trip to Vancouver British Columbia, sailing on Lake Washington, a Mariner’s game, kayaking, and a visit to the Olympic Sculpture Park and Theo’s Chocolate in Seattle.  Whew, that sounds like a lot!  It’s been busy but I wouldn’t change a thing.

Visiting Seattle
Visiting Seattle
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“Tattoos” for the OneDirection concert

 

Feeding the giraffes at Woodland Park Zoo
Feeding the giraffes at Woodland Park Zoo

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