Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Week 33

Loose tooth!
Moira got her first loose tooth! She's very excited.

I got an airbrush tattoo at the Google Family Picnic.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Google Family Picnic

We went to the company picnic this year, and there was more then twice as much to do as last year, even though it was the same venue. Of course, there were also much longer lines. I suspect the local offices have grown a lot more then I thought in the last year, but Walker was cagey about that, so I guess I'm not allowed to know.

Firefighter Davis
Davis got to be in a firetruck. When the firefighter asked if was a firefighter too, Davis said yes.

There were a bunch of inflatables, including a water slide they didn't get to go on because I left the bathing suits at home.

Get us more!
This was their favorite, There were holes in the side for adults to push the "boulders" into the kids.

Sand art
They got to make these sand art trucks.

Spin art frisbees
And spin art frisbees.

Pink kitty
Moira got her face painted, and opted for a pink kitty instead of the Elsa tiara 90% of the girls there were choosing.

The longest line, after the one for food, was for the paddle boats, but the kids were mostly okay with the wait.

Hula hooping
They played with the hula hoops while we waited our turn for balloons.

Kitty wand
This line moved much faster this year, because they had a different company doing it, and they only did really simple things. And they didn't want to give balloons to anyone under three, so I lied about how old Davis was. I'm pretty sure the clown knew I was lying, but whatever.

Airbrush tattoo
Moira also got one of the airbrush tattoos before we headed out. Because you can never have too many tattoos.

That's the pile of loot she got at the picnic. It was a little excessive. She's looking at the silly photos we took at the photo booth. I was wearing a green shirt, so when they added the cloudy background, my shirt turned cloudy too.

And Davis, of course, fell asleep. It was a good day.

Monday, August 18, 2014

What we did last week (plus a little of the week before)

Moira and the turtle
We got to go to a release of Western Pond Turtles with the Woodland Park Zoo. Moira started out very nervous, which is what happens, but we had a conversation about how she always asks to do these things and then she lets her fear stop her from participating, and so she should either try touching a turtle or we should stop signing up for these. She opted to touch the turtle, and then decided that it was okay to hold them and let them go. So that was good.

Costume list
We got the Chasing Fireflies catalog and Moira circled half the costumes, then we made a list of all the ideas for her Halloween costume this year so we can winnow the list down. It's two pages long.

Assembling chairs
We got new chairs for our dining room, and the kids were very interested in helping me put them together. Moira was most interested in the little tools that came with them.

New hairdo
Moira really wants to grow her hair out, including her bangs. She's been having trouble with her bangs in her face, and also with tangles in her hair in the morning, so I have been encouraging her to let me use the barrettes and ponytail holders to help her. It only lasted a few days before she went back to long flowing free hair.

Making a smoothie
She checked out a Princess Cookbook from the library and wanted to make lots of things from it. I let her plan a dinner, and she did a big chunk of the actual work this time. Part of that was that Davis was trying to help so I was too busy to take over. But she also just was very capable this time.

Lunch at google
The kids were cranky that Walker was back at work, so we went to have lunch with him at Google. They always insist on sitting with him there.

Davis insisted we play Candyland some more. Lots more.

Coloring along
One time when we were playing, Moira decided to color a picture based on what cards we drew. I didn't catch all the details of her system.

Little builder
The kids helped me clean up their bedroom and play room a little, and I put Davis' tool bench back together. He was very happy because "I a builder!"

Perler beads
The neighbor girls came over for a playdate, and they all made perler bead things.

We found this volunteer sunflower, along with a little friend. Moira correctly figured out why the ladybug was hanging out on this sunflower for so long.

Moira's ladybug
Moira was annoyed that the theme of the parent/child nature class for this week was "Bugs and Slugs" until I pointed out that there were lots of bugs she likes. She really got into it.

Davis was a little slower to warm up to it, but he did enjoy finding bugs, and running around with Moira, along with touching this mushroom.

Moira also made the monkey bread from the princess cookbook, and got really into mixing the flour and butter together. She usually wants to wash her hands five seconds after she touches dough, but this time I had to make her stop.

Davis drew all over our roommate's white couch with a red pen. While the seat was getting washed, Walker suggested that he vacuum the crumbs out. Then he vacuumed everything else.

Mosh pit
We took the kids to their first non Folklife music festival, and Moira decided to try dancing with her friend. Then she didn't want to stop.

Building robots
When we got home the kids decided to make robots with the Ogobild. Moira made a spinning one.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Seventh Mountain Resort

We went on our first big road trip with the Tesla, using the supercharger network last week.
First supercharger
Our first one! It was a mostly pleasant drive, with the kids entertaining themselves pretty well, and the chargers being located in excellent spots for where we were headed. We stopped at the same three both ways, but we probably only needed to stop at two.

Road trip!
I've been trying to teach the kids to pack actually entertaining things in their bags for road trips, but Davis packed the plastic laptop and then refused to put anything else in them (Moira did a lot better) so I packed an extra bag of books and little toys. We moved Moira up next to Davis so she could be more comfortable and hear us better, and the kids could share snacks. Also so there was more room for luggage.

Pot person
That turned out to be an even better idea then expected because the AC quit right before our third charger, in the mountains, in the middle of nowhere. Neither of the kids complained about how hot the car got, after we figured out what happened and started rolling down the window. We also started having a couple of warning messages pop up, probably because it was hot and we were climbing a mountain.

Mika, Shannon & Brandy
We went to the Seventh Mountain Resort, which is a place we used to go when I was a kid, mostly because Mt Bachelor is open for skiing for a really long time, so Dad could ski while Mika, Mom, and I would do summery things. Like horesback ride!

Moira is still too young for the trail rides, but we showed up early for the pony rides, and she got to help get them ready to be ridden, including leading her favorite one out to the pony "trail."

Lawn chairs
Davis wanted nothing to do with the ponies. But he liked these chairs.

What he really loved was the mini golf. Which was much harder then I remembered because the course wasn't paved, so there had been some ground shifting since it was created. I think we all played at least three times, and Davis did five.

Shannon Mini Golf
Me at the version of this same course from the 80's!

Hair flip
We spent a lot of time at the pool on the first day. Davis flat out refused to enjoy it on the second, but Moira got to spend time there on our own for a bit, and then Walker stayed with her while I took Davis back to the room.

There were a number of things we could rent or borrow, we picked croquet, and then Walker insisted that Moira hold her mallet correctly, and the kids got a little squirrely before the end of the game. But we had fun, and we managed to keep Davis from stealing everyone's balls.

Ping pong
There is an "arcade" at the resort too, with an air hockey table, a shooting game, ping pong, a riding rocket ship and then some crane machines. Both kids kept agitating to go back after our first trip, but Walker and I had a better suggestion.

Big prize!
Family Fun Center! Walker and Moira were able to go for a gokart ride in the same kart. Davis and I got started on the arcade games, and he hit a jackpot. We spent awhile there playing various things, including a PacMan themed air hockey table that occasionally filled the table with lots of tiny pucks. It also had four paddles so we could all play.

Big mini golf
And there was a regular sized mini golf course, which was a little too big for how close to dinner it was, but everyone made it through. Moira even made one of the holes in two shots, which beat both Walker and I.

At the Detroit Lake dam
On our way home, I insisted that we stop at least one touristy thing, so we went to the Detroit Lake dam. Moira liked it, but then when strangers offered to take our picture, she decided not to play along and hid behind me.

Swinging high
The rest of the ride home was a little rougher then on the way there, because Davis was overtired and everyone was hot. We ended up having to stop at a random exit in Washington because Davis was screaming "ow ow ow!" and we discovered this little, falling apart playground.

Surprise beach!
The kids got bored of it quickly, and so we suggested we walk down to the river, where there was a surprise beach! That find definitely fixed the cranky moods. When we needed to move on we had to bribe them with milkshakes at the next charger, which turned into icees by request.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Weeks 31 & 32

Deep sea diver
My favorite photo from week 31 was this one of Moira actually wearing the mask that comes with your menu at the fancy Ivar's. She had fun scaring me with it the whole way home.

Bath time
I don't use filters very often lately. I don't know why. Probably it's just that it takes that much extra time.

Riding game
From week 32, we took the kids to a family fun complex and they both took this ridiculous ride/game very seriously.

A wild feminist appears!
One of the ladies from the 365 Feminist Selfie group on Facebook was stopping over night in Seattle on her way to visit a friend, so we got to have a drink and take a picture together. Hooray for internet friends!

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