Thursday, July 02, 2015

SUMMER!!

Holy Frijole, it’s hot out.

What are you guys doing to survive the heat? I’ve turned into a melting lump of lethargy. Send me on an Antarctic expedition peeps, because I am done with Sea-Town.

92 degrees this weekend? Ugh. (Yes, I’m a wimp. But you try living in a 90 year old house with no AC and then we’ll talk).

We’ve been doing our best to keep cool. Mostly our days revolve around popsicles and water.

The beach at Magnuson Park is rocky but it doesn’t get near as crowded as Matthews Beach. We tend to avoid MB like the plague on these hot summer days.


We also went to Greenlake but the water is a bit scuzzy. And there are legions of ducks...and duck poop. How fowl. :) Ben was not the least bit grossed out. The kid is half fish. 


I have a lounger. This girl is my champion snuggler and sleeper. 


And popsicle eater.

It must run in the family. 





I have no idea what’s going on here. Water planking, clearly. 


Our little Lake City Farmer’s Market is up and running on Thursday afternoons. And we learned that Emma can eat her weight in fresh berries.


We built a 25’ slip ’n slide. It was awesome. More on this later. Another note: see how dry our yard looks. And this was in mid-June. Hot weather is no good for Seattle. It typically only appears this parched in late August. It’s been a weird summer. 



Ben is in Wilderness Camp this week at St. Edwards State Park. Emma and I took advantage of the location to go for a little hike. Emma was enthralled.


Back to lounging. Time to beat the heat in the shade.




We went to Woodland Park Zoo a few weeks ago to see the new tiger exhibit. The tigers were hiding so we spent some time with the peacocks. 


He was showing off for the penguins.



We also fed the giraffes. It was a total hoot! Ben could have stayed all day.



Taken with an iPhone...so not great quality.




We rented a kayak on Greenlake and explored “Treasure Island”. It’s $18/hour and we got a double kayak with a baby seat for Emma. Life jackets and paddles included. If you’re going with a child, put your phone in a plastic baggie. Speaking from experience here.





 In other news, we were at a friend’s pool a few weeks ago and my overconfident son decided to dive into the deep end and show off his ‘swimming’ skills. O’s dad nicely jumped in to fish him out and now Ben is enrolled in private swim lessons at the Swim Guru on Aurora.

He looks like a drunk windmilling tasmanian devil, but the BOY IS SWIMMING. Or at least in the process of learning how to swim. We are now total converts to private instruction, despite the astronomically high price. We simply didn’t have good results with group lessons at our local pool so it’s immensely gratifying to see real progress.

No sprinkler, kiddie pool, or water slide? A cold bath or shower does wonders.


Last weekend we went down to Manchester State Park outside of Port Orchard/Bremerton on the Olympic Peninsula. The company was excellent but we weren’t blown away by the park itself. Sub-par camping sites, small public areas, and short walking trails. It was ok but not fabulous, you know? And it didn’t help that all camp fires are currently banned due to the weather conditions. It made for some pretty sorry smores. Deception Pass State Park would be my pick in an instant, despite the numbers of people. 

“I don’t know Ben, it looks pretty cold..."

“No way. It’s never too cold for me!"








This little girl doesn’t want to be left out of the activities.




And we’re back to water games in the yard. The only way to stay somewhat cool these days. 














We’re finally getting to the point where these two can play together. Hooray. Life is good when you have a buddy. Ben needs constant reminders not to be too rough but he’s getting better every day. Love these two.





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 Have a great weekend, my dears! Have a lovely time and please be safe. And if you live in the West, consider nixing the fireworks in favor of a public show. Your friendly local firefighters will thank you.

xo,

Sonja

Friday, June 26, 2015

House Projects: Upstairs Bathroom Artwork

Here is the project Ben and I threw together this week: our zebra engineering print and frame for the upstairs bathroom. 

This room has a lot of grey and white so it was necessary to add a bit of color. Unfortunately, I wasn’t keen to spend lots o’ moolah so we added color with our old standby: spray paint to the rescue!

The engineering print measures 2x3 and cost $4.60 in printing fees at our local copy shop. The print quality is low so don’t expect fantastic works of art here. 


We already had picture frame pieces leftover from an old chair-rail project. I cut the edges at 45 degrees with the chop saw and glued them together with wood glue. 




I also added a few brackets for good measure. Using trim wood isn’t ideal nowadays as it’s basically sawdust held together with glue. Consequently, it has a tendency to warp over time. If you can afford it, spring for real wood pieces. 



We added some color with a nice tomato red (leftover from Emma’s bench project). I mounted the print on 0.25” plywood with modpodge and then we fitted it into the frame. It’s hung with a single large hanger.



It’s definitely not perfect. Ben and I had a mini modpodge disagreement and thus it’s not quite centered. There is a thin white band on the bottom edge that drives me nuts every time I inspect it closely. But I’m also too lazy to go down to the print store and have another one made up. So we’re going to live with it for a while.