Friday, August 19, 2011


We finally had a beautiful weekend here in Washington so we decided to stick close to home and have a little adventure. A trip to the tide pools was in order so we strapped on our waterproof shoes and headed into the slimy green sludge of Puget Sound.

The girls were fascinated by the chitons, crabs, sea anemones and seaweed we found.

After a yummy lunch at the fish bar on the wharf the girls enjoyed their first ever taste of soft serve ice cream. The sticky drips were everywhere!

Then it was back home for a camp out! Isabelle has only been camping once and Madeleine never has, facts made clear when I told them to get ready for bed in their nice warm camping clothes. Maddy heard the word warm and paired her wool-lined boots with shortie pajamas...
...while Isabelle decided ballet shoes and a gown would be appropriate attire.
Of course there was a campfire to warm our hands by...

...and spooky ghost stories, including the legendary tale of "The Creeping Hand" (my family will know this of course morphed into "The Creeping Behind" when the mood needed to be lightened. After all, how scary can a creeping behind be? :)
Snuggled in cozy for the night.

I'd love to share pictures of our chocolate chip pancake breakfast but that would also subject you to pictures of morning camping head (at least 100 times worse than regular bed head) - only our closest neighbors were privy to that.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Did You Hear the News?

I have a precious new nephew!
Born at home (to my superstar sister) on July 24th
Shepard Miles
9 lbs. 4 oz.

Look who's delighted!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Disney Wrap-Up

By the end of our week at Disneyland the girls weren't having any problems sleeping soundly (and sideways).
Madeleine especially enjoyed waking up each morning in her sister's arms. (Slumber parties have continued since we came home just because they like to be snuggle bugs.)
The day before we left we explored the Downtown Disney area and stopped in at the giant Build-a-Bear-Workshop to stuff a new friend or two.

Sadly, our last day came and we started the morning with Mickey Mouse pancakes at the Riverbelle Terrace. Yum!
There was one final meet and greet with the princesses. Thank goodness we finally found one of our favorites - Princess Tiana!
Isabelle practiced her curtsies as a princess-in-training...
...and the girls danced around the Maypole.
A little more adventure...

...and it was time to say goodbye...

...and not a moment too soon.
Of course the other highlight of our week was the mid-afternoon swim. While the girls aspired to look like bathing beauties...
...they usually looked like space creatures from another planet.