Archive for October, 2010

Deception Pass

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

I thought I’d do an old time, “Photos Now Captions Later” post on the blog. Usually they have way too many photos, but I’m completely OK with that.

We had a Port Townshend and Deception Pass outing today.


Group setting out: Cora, Dale, Darren, Carly and Koen, Diederick


Potty break stop. A, “I asked you five minutes about that” kind of deal.

After 10 minutes of walking we reached a picnick area down by the water where we walked a bit. Diederick would have liked to stay longer, but with the cold breeze coming off the water and lunch time approaching he was a bit short changed on the beach experience. I’m happy for the pictures I got–a nicely overcast day, not too much interruption by sunny glare.



I handed the camera over to Darren and asked for some pictures of myself with the kids. After he’d handed it back, Carly tried to get Deeder to sit with her again. Poor girl, it just didn’t happen. Then while trying to climb to where he’d scrambled up she got stuck and needed to be lifted down–I suppose she must take after my fear of heights.

Once we settled back into the stroller and walking up the hill, arriving in one piece (an adventure all of it’s own) we managed to find our way to the ferry four minutes before the departure time.

This last picture reminds me of the video I took when we lived in Vt where Darren was throwing snowballs at little Diederick. Equal laughing and excitement coming from Baby and that silly Daddy. :) Maybe if I find the video I’ll put the link in.

When we got off at Port Townshend I left my camera in the van, and am glad that I did. The kids were arguing about who ought to sit in the stroller and Darren and his folks couldn’t agree on where to eat. We ended up at a little cafe that reminded me so much of both my favorite places to eat when we lived in Brattleboro. Excellent food, and similar decore as well. A pleasant piece of the past.

We were home by 6:30pm. Diederick hardly had his teeth brushed and jammies on before he dropped into bed 20 minutes after we arrived home. Carly and Koen slept on the drive home and happily followed me around as I picked up around the house. They’ve been asleep since 10pm, which isn’t bad at all.

A happy, busy day. Grandpa and Grandma Harr return to their snowy blowy North Dakota after a two we stay with us Washingtonians.

All Things Lovely

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

The last few days have been really full. Melt downs, and me sounding more demanding here and there than I’d like to hear from myself. My kids yelling at each other and my yelling at them not to yell.
Right now, I’m reflecting on it half full rather than empty. There was a lot of fun, and even accomplishments.

To start off I have had an annoying bit of head cold, nearly flu type groggies over the past ten days. After starting off with shivers and weakness I found myself grounded on the couch with a bad headache and sinus pain. On Friday per my mom’s suggestion I went to the doctor and got antibiotics for the sinus issue, the results have been amazing.

Despite feeling under the weather the kids and I have been working out the trouble transition spots in our day, like bed time. We start out bed time prep stuff at 7:30 and I have them for sure asleep by 9pm–every night. It can get noisy and rambunctious, but that’s par for us. After the children are packed away for the night my evening shift of chores commence, if I can stay on task with that dishes and last sweep ups of the night along with laundry folding I am done by 11pm. That is absolutely excellent. On Saturday I accidentally fell asleep with Carly, I woke up with her drooling on me and a book half propped open laying between the two of us.

Koen learned to crawl down the stairs backward this week. I will have to get pictures of that–it’s absolutely adorable how happy he is with himself.
Diederick, Carly and I sorted and cleaned almost all of the toys. That was a three day project–lots of team work and quite a satisfying feeling to the whole deal. :)

My title for this post is, “All things lovely” as I’m trying to join myself with the positive side of how my life feels. There are emotionally irritating struggles that stress myself and my children out, they’re problems that I’m not sure what to do with. In the end of it, I can only hope for a higher level of patience. I don’t want to leave a bitter taste in these early childhood years for my dear children.

There’ll be tomorrow and with it all the same concerns as yesterday–for now anyway. Then all of the sudden I know it will be gone, and I’ll wonder what I did with all of that time. I do try to fill the children’s day with the things that they enjoy, it’s just so overwhelming sometimes. Arg! I didn’t mean for this to be a negative post…

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day.
It’s the day before Grampa and Grandma Harr arrive for a two week visit.
So aside from another madness Monday it’s last minute clean and meal plan event.