This week Jill went back to work, attending meetings and training sessions, in preparation for the new school year to start next Wednesday. We picked up the kids each morning and and had the pleasure of their company each day.
They had recently spent several weekends with us, and decided that the old toys we had here were not sufficient any more, so on Monday they brought some of their own and set them up in the bedrooms.
Tuesday we went on a field trip to Olympia, the state capitol. "Why do we have to go there? How long will it take?". Yes, we are now in the pre-teen years, at least with 11 year old Isaac. Irene, at 9, is rushing it, but don't tell her that. Anyway, I "made" them go. Irene really liked the capitol building and Isaac asked good questions.
World War II Memorial ↑
The Great Seal of the State of Washington ↑
Tour Director Tom pointing out important stuff ↑
Learning about the legislature and roles of government ↑
Our state namesake has a shiny nose because for some reason it is traditional to touch it when visiting.
Irene took a few photos too.↓The kids found acorns on the ground under that big tree in the background and were as intrigued with them as anything else.
We moved on to the Temple of Justice
and the kids played with their acorn "tops" in the lobby of the state supreme court.
We had lunch at a Subway in Olympia and then drove over to Tumwater Falls on the Deschutes River, site of the first American settlement on Puget Sound, where there was water power to run mills.
The kids were ready to mutiny "Not more walking!", so we let everyone play in the park for a while.
The large building on the right is the Olympia Brewery, now out of business and for sale.
The Upper Falls and the grating covering the rushing water of the fish ladders.
The lower falls - there were middle falls too.
These rubber duckies were apparently left over from a run called the Duck Dash.
Irene found another tree to climb. She analyzes trees based on how good they would be for tree houses.
Isaac was now, as usual, doing everything possible to avoid my camera.
Wednesday morning we loaded up the kids bikes and went to Fort Dent to walk and ride along the Green River trail. Isaac declared he was tired and wasn't having any of it, and refused to budge, so we left him sitting on the curb with his bike and the three of us set off. After about a mile and a half we turned around, and he came riding down the trail to join us.
When we got back to the parking lot the Sounders were coming out of the training facility and heading to the practice field.
Tom and I were wondering a few weeks ago whatever had happened to the old Hat and Boots that were a relic of an old 1950's gas station along Route 99. Then we found an article in a AAA magazine, so we went to find them.
"No more photos!" ↓
We had a snack and then the kids played.
Back home there was more screen time, and in the afternoon the kids played "rugby" in the shade on the lawn and we played a game of Skipbo on the patio.
Thursday morning the kids were happy to hear we wouldn't be going anywhere, but I went out walking and Tom dropped the kids off with their bikes after picking them up, so they rode around the neighborhood park while I walked. Then they spent the rest of the morning here.
This morning Jill went to school to spend a few hours doing some lesson planning and we picked the kids up and took them to Friday morning breakfast with us.
Isaac loved his bacon ↓Jan and Lela were the only two other regulars with us this morning.
Grandma Camp is done. Of course we will see them tomorrow when they go to the Sounders match with us, and Sunday when we are all at the family picnic on Whidbey Island. But I won't be in charge.