Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Washougal River Fun

 Maddie using her watercolor kit.

 My front door came with this sign that said, "Home is where the Heart is" in this really country looking font with hearts and cutsie all over it. It was cute, just not my style at all. I finally decided to do something about it. And one day I unscrewed it from the door. I knew that would leave a hole that I'd either have to patch or rehang something so that's what kept me from doing it sooner. Well they didn't just screw it in, they glued the thing on for prosperity. I got so mad that I got a crow bar after it and I literally pulled it off the door, doing surprisingly little damage. Nothing a bit of spackle couldn't handle. But the door definately needed to be repainted. Which was fine, because I'd been thinking of painting it blue for awhile. So I did. (Here it is with the sign pulled off and the handle taped off.)

 Izzie and Maddie at the Battleground library.

 And straight home to read!

 My door. I need to take a better photo of it, it's actually a brighter blue than this, but since it was dark out I had to use my flash and well crummy photo. I decided to leave the inset white. It looks cool.

 A little bug that Maddie made. I had to buy this tin of Altoids for her just so she could make this.

 Afternoon at the Washougal River with Esperanza and Hanukkah.

 Days like this are what childhoods should be made of.

 This spot was SO perfect. It isn't well known so we were the only ones there. It had a big calm area and this "mini rapids" spot. It was about 50' that the girls could sort of ride down, get out and do it over and over and over and over! Next summer we need to bring a raft here. If the river is about the same. Each year it has different personalities. So these mini rapids could be bigger next year.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Reptile Man

 Izzie and Maddie

 This Reptile guy came to the Washougal Library. It gave us an excuse to check out a new library, but we were underwhelmed. It was quaint I suppose. The library itself was a small one room building. The reptile show was actually more a part of the community center and outside of the library. Regardless, the show itself was entertaining and educational.

 Maddie took this photo of me.

 Maddie lost a front tooth!

So, I completely forgot that I had scheduled the roofing guys to come out and replace our skylight. I get a knock at 9:30 in the morning and I thought it was the neighborhood kids already ready to play. I answered the door and a guy was standing there. I just gave him a blank stare and he finally said, "uh, I'm here to fix the roof??" And I totally smacked my face and said, "Yikes! I forgot!" I ran to get the one and only tarp we own to put under the skylight in our bathroom, and that is what you see above. Which ended up being way overkill, because I don't think they actually dropped anything in the house. The funniest part of the entire thing was when they left. He knocked again and told me that he was done. So obviously, I went in the bathroom to check it out. I had a split second panic attack because it looked like a hole in the roof. But then I saw a tiny smear on the glass and it dawned on me that I just wasn't used to clean windows. Maddie said the same thing when she came in too, so it wasn't just me!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Millersylvania State Park, year 2

 Getting ready to leave for our Second Annual Camping with the Imes Summer Campout. We decided we weren't quite done with Millersylvania State Park so we decided to go back there again this summer. I don't know how people pack without a minivan!

 The biggest bummer was that we were under a fireban this summer, so I had to learn to use a Coleman Stove. Luckily, Mom and Chris had one I could borrow. It ended up working beautifully. And while, I'll always prefer cooking over a campfire while camping, this stove was pretty nice to have, and it sure boiled water super quickly!

It didn't take long for all the kids to become one with the land.

 Andi and Izzie.


 I'm glad I brought this pop up badminton set.


 Andi and Izzie.

 Maddie, Andi and Izzie.

 Alex and Maddie

 Zelda, Andi, Maddie, Zoe, Izzie and Alex

 Photographic proof I was at camp. Andi, Maddie, Momma, Zoe, Izzie, Alex, Angela, Anderson and Zelda.

 We set up the camera timer and all jumped in the photo.

 This trail was intimidating for Izzie. I think she just felt very small and isolated. The trees were amazingly tall around us and she was very scared we were going to get lost. The trail was very well defined, but she had lots of emotions about the situation. As we were going along, Zelda had an accident so Anderson took her back to the tents to change. Then Maddie really had to go to the bathroom and she wasn't willing to use the woods as her own private bathroom, so I headed back with her and Izzie. Angela, Andi, Alex and Zoe were still exploring. Well as the three of us headed back, I took a wrong turn. Izzie lost it. Poor thing. I tried to tell her we were fine but she was so scared. We finally made it back to the tents, but it wore me out.

 Fairy City and Zelda


 Maddie and Izzie making mud. They made "cookies" and other delectables.

 Laying out the mud cookies.


 Camper switch out! Due to a miscommunication, the Imes had to leave after two nights, but I promised the girls three nights. I didn't want to camp by myself so I gave Mom and Chris a call. They came in and spent the last night with us.