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Saturday, September 13, 2008

At the Sock Hop

The PTA at our elementary schools hosts a sock hop at the end of the first week of classes to celebrate the new year. The tradition is to wear poodle skirts, penny loafers, satin coats, rolled up jeans and leather jackets. We didn't dress the part, but sure enjoyed the event.

We did the stroll, the mashed potato, some twisting and jitterbugged...

Rikard was popular on the dancefloor as most of the other boys didn't want to dance with girls.

At times, he had more dance partners than I could count or fit into the photo. Hopefully this isn't a sign of trouble to come.

Then, we all took a break for an old fashioned root beer float. Yummy!
Our hostess, the PTA president sure was dressed for the part, wasn't she?! Then, it was back to the party. We did the limbo.
This activity was so popular, we did it again! It was challenging for some, but the skill of trying to fit under something was lost of Keeli.
Then, the kids called for a conga line!
And Rikard and I finished up the evening by tearing up the dance floor during the parent/student dance event. I think Tatum did a fantastic job capturing the essence of our dancing skills and talents, don't you?

Monday, September 08, 2008

M's win! (who would-a-thunk-it?)

Sunday we trekked across the state - literally - to watch the Seattle Mariners take on the New York Yankees. And - they won! We booed A-Rod, cheered the M's, watched home runs, ate ourselves silly and had a great time.

The trip over is a bit longer now, there is a lot more sagebrush between us and Seattle. Here's the view from the top of Ryegrass Hill along I-90. That's Mt. Rainier along the horizon. Rikard loves watching the volcanoes as we travel, he's just waiting for one of them to "explode."

The pass was beautiful, all green and lush. The skies were clear and we could see for miles.

Then, the pass dropped down near Issaquah and Renton. This was our dreary welcome to the greater Seattle area.

Our angst over the weather was all for not as Seattle was sunny and warm. We could almost see Mt. Rainier again from the floating bridge.

We parked in Rick's favorite parking lot and headed into Safeco Field. We had to take a bit of a break until the train went through.

We got to the field with plenty of time to explore and we found these awesome moose tracks, leading somewhere. So, Tatum followed them...

And, Keeli followed them...

We found the Moose Den and the Mariner Moose agreed to pose for a picture with the kids. (Keeli was having NOTHING to do with that crazy moose, she was clinging to Rick against the wall while the other two had their photo taken).

When we hit the road to return home, there was one Mariners' fan who was plumb tuckered out.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Back 2 School

Tatum and Rikard started back to school today. Once we arrived, they fell in step with droves of others at their new school, backpacks brimming with new school supplies. Both were anxious about their new schools, new classmates and new teachers.

At the end of the day they had good reports.

Rikard stated that his favorite part of the day was having two recesses and meeting three new friends (two have the same name, but they really are different people, he promises).

Tatum really likes her teacher and brought homework to complete on the first day. Her favorite part of the day was that her first class was P.E.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Our Wild Life

Each day this fellow neighborhood mom brings her children through the yard for a playdate.
We treat them to a little snack.
The run around in the grass with abandon.
And, when it is time to go, she always has to call after a straggler or two.After entertaining our friends today, we went to a nearby park and hiked a mile or two into the wilderness. We didn't happen upon any wildlife.
The views of the river were phenomenal today. The water was a vibrant turquoise blue where it was rushing and a clear, dark blue in the slower areas. We will have to revisit this park and hike a few more trails.