September 7, 2016

{Fourth Grade}

{We have a fourth grader} ... these yearly pictures get harder and harder, it cost me a new video game this year, but I guess that's cheaper then hiring a photographer! ... and oh so worth it, to have to look back on ...
... ornery ...
... and a few more ...
Caden started school last Tuesday. He wasn't thrilled about it {honestly, neither was I. The school year routine sucks!}.  The night before school, he went to bed saying, "I don't want tomorrow to be the first day, I want it to be the last" ... oh boy 180 long days ahead of us!

On the way to school, he said, "the nice thing is, there is no state test today" {it really is awful kids have to worry about the pressure of those stupid tests}. In we go ....
However, I think his first day of fourth grade was a-ok. On the way home he told me has the funniest teacher ever {not sure if that is a good thing} ... and then he started to say he had "fun" but realized he was saying that, so he quickly tried to correct himself {ha!}.

Throughout the week, he griped a little more about school. I told him it was my job to help the students and his job to learn.  He said, "it's not a job, I don't get paid" {brat}.  He also stated that he wished he was an Indian because they didn't have to go to school, however, my friend reminded him the Indians didn't have internet ... that wish quickly left his mind {hilarious!}

Friday Afternoon ... four days down...
... onward, into our second week ....
We can do this!

September 5, 2016

{the last half of summer}

We're here .... I had great intentions of keeping caught up when we returned from Boston ... but summer fun kept us busy, and outside! Here's our last half of July and August:

Doing "chores" ... although by the looks of it, we were causing him severe bodily harm ;-)
... where he spent a majority of his summer :on his bike: ...
Many, many mornings spent on the porch. Love it!
Even though he acts all tough, and is 9, he still asks to sit in the shopping cart ... until he sees a classmate, then he wants out, stat!
We got a buddy bike from a friend, spent $75.00 so the seat and pedals could "accommodate" Caden. Not sure if we're keeping it ... it may go in the garage sale pile.
.. because, he has more fun like this.
...we went to a handful of AppleSox Games ...
 ... dinner out back ... and bunches of lettuce, bigger then you find at Fred Meyer ...
... i think i took this front porch view picture at least every other day, if not daily ....
 ... science camp at the dam and fish hatchery ...
 ... driving range with dad ...
It was quite a celebration that Caden is finally tall enough to mow the grass all by himself. As Dan and I watched him go around and around the yard, we reminisced about all the years of attempting to mow the grass with C around ... that needs to be a blog post in itself.
 ... playdates at the park with friends ...
 ... mowed the grass alot ...
 ... love where i live ...
 ... cabbage in our garden, bigger then C's noggin ...
 ... fun in Chelan ...
 ... more lettuce from our garden ...
 ... haning' out at friends' ... and math practice ...
... a quick trip to Bellevue ... PF Changs and the Westin ... 
 ... our light post is finally in ... my fairy tale continues ;-) ...
 ... i gave in ... school supplies were purchased ...
And of course, it wouldn't be August without my birthday month and the Blue Angels!  This year we watched them take off from the Boeing Field side.




... and C got to "meet" a pilot.
A couple months before my "birthday weekend", I had told Dan it would be fun to go to a Mariners game that weekend as well.  Dan didn't seem to thrilled and replied with, "the Mariners are junk this year".  ... I brought it up again, and looked at ticket prices, only to find it was Ken Griffey Jr's Hall of Fame, Number Retirement weekend.  Dan being a huge Griffey Jr fan, then decided, yes it would be fun to go. At this point tickets were sold out, and we decided we wouldn't go ...  until ..
my Dad called the day before the Saturday night game, to say that he scored two tickets to the game from his boss.  ... the kicker, they weren't just "tickets" ... they were tickets to The Diamond Club Seats ...  I kicked off 40 in style ... living like we had oodles of money. ... and we missed my own Birthday BBQ we had planned at my parents.
The tickets had their own private entrance, with unlimited snacks ... complete with a buffet, not just any buffet ... think Prime Rib and Cheesecake ...
We were FIVE rows from home plate!
The ceremony was awesome!  
here comes the "kid"...
... Rick Rizz ...
... Edgar ...
Willie Mays ... in which he gave Griffey a hard time for not returning his call the day he was inducted into the Hall of Fame ... you don't let Willie down ...
... so Griffey called him from the field ...
Gary Payton presenting Griffey the "gold glove"
... retiring his number ... 
... a great speaker ...
What an awesome experience! Definitely once in a lifetime! ... Thanks DAD!
After the excitement of the ceremony, we still had a game to watch ... and the Moose ;-)  with beer and snacks delivered to our seats at no charge {crazy!}
... the next day we headed up to Redmond ... a little shopping and a little biking ...
We also managed to fit in an orthodontic checkup at Children's and birthday retail therapy for me.
It was all fun and games until C became sick late that afternoon, and we had to drive three hours home with a sick kiddo. Thankfully, it was short lived!

... an evening in Leavenworth ... and learning how to "weed wack" ...
The last two summers I missed out on having a garden {just pumpkins last year}.  I didn't realize how much I missed it, until this year! Our bounty has been marvelous. It feels weird skipping buying veggies at the grocery store.
... I even canned peppers ...
... hanging out at the neighbors ... and happy anniversary flowers ... we made it to 13, wahoo! ...
... a bike ride on the trail, with a "swim" in the river after ...
Golf Camp at our backyard golf course.  It turned out to be a great value, the kids received a Nike hat, round of golf for two, three buckets of balls, and Gatorade and popsicle's, perfect! .. and C had fun! He was worried he wouldn't know anyone, but it turned out there was three other kids their whom he already knew from school and the community.  Love Wenatchee! I "borrowed" these pics from their FB page.


He also earned his Big Dragon Yellow Belt.  I was worried about him moving from the little dragons to the big dragons.  The big dragons are older and a little more intense ... but he has proven me wrong and handled his own just fine.
.. 325 straight punches ...
... testing successful, belt earned ...
... one goofy kid ... who keeps us oh so busy! ...
I returned back to work the 15th of August ... I farmed C out to friends a few days, he came with me a few days, and my Mom came over to watch him a couple days (thanks Mom).  It takes a village. The last day of Caden's summer break, Dan took the day off of work to spend with Caden. They went golfing ... I received these pics from the goofballs!
... and just like that eleven weeks gone!  I am lucky to have summers off to spend with this rascal. It was a fun one! .. and makes returning to work and school a little easier!