Sunday, July 20, 2014


Friday we took off from work early and made our way to Wenatchee's Wish Poosh campground with friends from the boys' school.  All in there were 10 kids ranging - a lot!  We all had a blast hiking around, splashing around in a nearby lake, and just "relaxing" in the trees.  IMO, camping isn't really relaxing, but being with friends is.

Day 1 we walked down to a beach/mud area to find sticks:
 Matt and the boys from some good ones!

For dinner one of the dads made amazing skewers and baked beans.  My favorite part of camping ... good food!
We left Saturday afternoon and a couple of the families were going to stick around another night but unfortunately it started raining too hard :(

All in, a good time. 

Pics are from our friend Mica because we forgot our camera.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weekend roundup: 4th of July fun!

My mom was in town this weekend and we got out and enjoyed Seattle.  As it's now July, the rain is finally stopping and we're getting some awesome weather.

Thursday I took the day off work and my mom and I hit up some museums and art galleries in Seattle.  Friday was the 4th and in the morning we made our way to Carkeek Park for some beach time. 

 My mom and I took turns making the teeter totter rock in the park, then we all ran down to the beach for sand castle building.

For dinner we had a great time at the beach and then BBQ'ing an amazing dinner of steak, oysters, corn, and then lots of salads on the side.

Saturday my mom and I brought Wilson to the Snoqualmie Falls, then we went for a super fancy brunch at the Salish Lodge.

Sunday we wrapped up the weekend with another beach and lots of sand castle building, then slip 'n slide and pool time at our friends.

All in, it was a spectacular weekend.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weekend roundup: carnival and splashing around

Days are long, nights are short, and the boys are running wild and having a great time doing it!  Friday was carnival at the boys' pre-school - a time to eat ice cream, jump in the bouncy house, watch magic tricks including balancing spoons on noses, and face painting (that's impossible to get off). 

Yes, Wilson is wearing an aloha shirt and camo shorts with pink hearts on his face. 

 Saturday was a mellow day in the house with the boys painting trim for our basement, and me doing laundry.  Very domestic bliss ... and I loved it.  Today we woke up to a somewhat sunny morning and decided it was time to start tri prepping ... the problem is my ankle is still blue and green and not functioning quite right.  We made our way to Green Lake where I attempted laps with arms only.  Many things wrong with this scenario; namely: (a) the sleeves on my wetsuite are baggy - weird, yes? (b) the water is nasty, (c). it's REALLY hard to swim without legs if there's nothing binding your feet.  They just have a mind of their own and want to kick!  After a failed attempt at laps between buoys,  I met up with the boys at the playground where I found Cole looking longingly at the boats.  Matt decided to rent a sailboat and I nabbed a kayak and we made our way around the lake.  Great times! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ankle sprain from trail race

I haven't twisted my ankle since highschool - and that was too long ago to put numbers in a blog counting the years.  This weekend I did the second in the Cougar Mt. trail race series - an 8mi run through the hills.  Cougar Mt. is one of my favorite NW trail races with a beautiful forest, steep rooty hills, an

d birds that seem to chirp constantly from hiding (I always hear them, never see them).  This race I started out OK - I was in 2nd place for the women by about mile 5 and had just decided to kill my music in favor of listening to the birds ... when it happened.  I was on a downward slope rounding a turn when my ankle rounded the turn more than my body - in other words, major twist.  I fell the the ground yelling cuss words (F word in the interest of full transparency) - I've never felt such immediate searing pain.  Then a minute or so later people behind me caught up and stopped - at that point is was embarrassment + pain + I just wanted to get out of the way (a single track trail race course is not the ideal place to get hurt). 

Two women stopped completely and made me sit - one of them was like Wonder Woman - with full strength she picked me up and said "can you stand?"  Sobbing I nodded yes.  As the women held me and helped me hobble a bit along the trail, in the span of 10min as I stood on the side of the course, 4 different people ran by and asked "Amber?  Amazon?"  I really hope they didn't hear my profanities earlier - it seems a lot of Amazonians run the trails around Seattle.  I told the women to go on ahead - partially because I didn't want to be the hurt one on the trail and partially because I wanted to hobble faster than someone with a fresh sprain probably should, and I didn't want anyone telling me to stop.  A lanky recent college grad and trail volunteer then came running up, "Amber?"  He asked.  Another person to hobble with me.  His first statement as we walked along the trail was, "you're pretty competitive, eh?"  I nodded yes.  Not sure if he asked this because (a) of how upset I was to get hurt mid-race, or (b) because of how fast I insisted on getting off the course.

After getting off the trail finally (a 3mi walk back to my car), I drove home to meet the boys who were helping build a play set at their school (seriously).  The rest of the weekend was spent with arnica and ice - and a lot of "I can't believe I did that" statements.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Spring garden fun

We're just on the cusp of summer and in these final days of spring I am loving our garden.  As soon as the days peak in length, and the rain really stops (believe it or not, it's supposed to rain all weekend after a sunny week), our garden will dry out.  For now, though, it's perfect.

Artichokes and tomatoes:
 Flowers, flowers, flowers!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Real athlete?

I haven't been running as much as I'd love.  Last weekend I went to get a pedicure with a girlfriend who commented "wow, your feet look great."  The funny thing was this made me feel awful!  I miss the day of 9 toenails and giant blisters. Good thing I have a trail race this weekend.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Weekend roundup: BBQs and waterfalls

Last weekend I was exhausted by the end of the 2-days from chasing the boys.  This weekend after 3-days I'm totally reinvigorated and realizing we need more long weekends, more staycations, and a couple vacations thrown into the mix.  Friday was mellow - going to Oaxaca (where we've gone every Friday for the past 3-years - no joke). 

Saturday we went to the library downtown where the boys raced up and down and then tried out the Olympic club.  The downtown library is beautiful - amazing architecture and room after room of old and new books.  It's quirky, though, as next to the collectible book room is a library section.  Olympic club too is quirky with a posh gym in an old hotel.

Sunday we met up with the boys' friend Jonny from school for a fun playdate.  Most of the time was girls chasing the boys, then the boys chasing the girls ... hm, foreboding I guess.  Saturday evening we had the boys' friend Ella and her twin brothers over for BBQ - unfortunately it started raining just as we wanted to start cooking so we found an overhang for the BBQ.

Today we chased the rainbow and went to the Sammamish waterfalls where we made up our own hike amid blueberry bushes and trees.  The falls were amazing and I can't wait to go back! 

The boys dressed themselves for the hike - Wilson was bummed he couldn't wear his cowboy boots hiking arguing that "cowboys where boots to hike" - but he wore his "pirate shorts" and sweatshirt.  This evening we went to another BBQ at our friend's house just outside of Green Lake.  The weather fairies were on our side and the BBQ was perfect.

All in, a great weekend!  I'm ready for another :)