Saturday, August 29, 2015

2015 is Summer of Swimming

finally, finally, finally.....the boys are swimmers!  it's been my fault that it has taken us this long to get these kids comfortable swimming.  we tried a few times,  we did some private lessons, but it always just seemed to be a drag.  well, finally...we all had enough.  the kids needed to learn to swim for safety reasons and finally, they were on board. fully.  in a few short months, my kids went from barely comfortable enough to put their heads in the full on JUMP action into the deep end.  i've truly enjoyed watching this progression-  and i'm always amazed by the ability of kids to just DO IT.  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jess Rocks

let me just say this as plain as possible, no frills, no fancy words or clever sentences.  jess thomson rocks.  she's a friend of mine, of aaron's, of our kids.  she's a mom to luca's bff graham, and a wife to jim (we love this entire family).  jess has many many, many more titles (author, blogger, etc), but mostly to us, she's a good friend.
jess is also one of the most selfless persons i have ever encountered.  she gives completely of herself with her many talents to her family, to her friends (close and even not so close), to her community. everybody else comes first-  she fits her own needs in here and there...if there is any time left. she's athletic, she's funny, she's pretty, she's crazy smart, she's motivated, she's stylish, she's...jess. she rocks.
so, it's kinda funny that one weekend a year that jess makes all about jess.  her birthday weekend camp extravaganza...which of course she organizes to amuse her family, her friends, and herself.  we have group meals, planned activities, lots of pink wine and food that you would expect out of a chef's kitchen...not a coleman grill located at a dusty campsite.  it's hands down, one of my favorite weekends of the summer.
here's to you jess. you rock.
in the car and ready to head out! complete with dicks for dinner

campsite made bow and arrows

target practice

true and i decided to ride mountain bikes...

this kid loves singe track!

kids group breakfast

thomson family- love this crew

lake wenatchee was a little smokey from many eastern fires, but not so that we didn't enjoy ourselves

story time at the campsite

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Prom night 2025

poor luca.  we will show this video to his high school prom date.  good times and jess thomson birthday camp extravaganza!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

in defense of cuteness

in defense of cuteness by jess thomson

read that!  its all about food and kids and being cute.  like luca.

Monday, August 3, 2015

non stop summer fun

fantastic summer weekend in's monday and we are all so tired from two days of fun fun fun fun.  it just never ends!
first up-  private movie at the north bend theater for david jr!  we had the place to ourselves (that happens when you rent out the theater), and the small crowd of boys were all of david's best buddies. Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom was a lot scarier than i remember! i spent a great deal of the movie with my hands over luca's ears, and his hands over his he'd just get a enough to know what was going on, but not too much to overwhelm him.

the party didn't stop there....after the movie we went to the park for pizza, pinata, and medieval foam sword battles.  normally i'm pretty against anything remotely close to battles, wargames, fighting, etc...but i have to admit, this was a load of fun.
after we battled for a few hours in 95 degree heat, it was off to alpental for swimming and a sleep over. the pool never felt better!
 rather than head back to hot seattle on sunday, we took the day to go hiking and swimming in denny creek (which is really more of a river!).  while we weren't the only ones on the trail by any means, we still felt a million miles away from the city. below, true tries the natural rock slide into the pool of cold water.  one brave dad stood in the current for 45 minutes, catching kids and plopping back to safe waters.