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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Day One

Whew! The kids are in bed, asleep, I think. Jill has spent the afternoon and evening with her brother and friends, and is due in about midnight. We're mostly packed for an early departure for Oregon in the morning. I'm having trouble remembering all we did today. I know we had breakfast together and then selected books and toys and games from our supply to take with us to the beach cabin. It looks like we'll have to plan on quite a bit of indoor time. The weather promises to be cold and wet much of the time. The high today was 53, and it rained all morning. I know Irene and I did spend time this morning and again this afternoon in the play house. She loves that place and could spend all of her time there, but after an hour or so I'm needing a change of venue. We spent more time out there this afternoon, and Isaac joined us. He and I played a game while Irene "cooked". Isaac also helped care for the "baby" It's funny how you create an activity based on an experience, and then it becomes a standard. Last June we visited the Seattle aquarium and the waterfront. Then we recreated the scene on the kitchen floor. Irene especially remembers the attendants wearing rubber gloves and feeding the sea animals. We recreated the scene again this year, including aquarium, ferry boats, Totem Pole Park, and the train. We discovered it was fun to make it, but once set up, we quickly lost interest. Is that a common truism? We had an early dinner and then settled in front of the TV to watch a Sounders match. Seattle played the Denver Rapids in Colorado. Jill and the kids passed the team in the airport yesterday as the team were arriving in Denver and they were departing. They boarded the same Alaska Airlines plane the team had flown in on. Kinda' funny, that coincidence. Anyway, the Sounders lost again. Boo hoo. After that it was time to pick up toys and have baths before bedtime. Now I'm just plain tuckered out.

11 comments:

  1. Too bad the weather isn't cooperating. It sounds so cold, being in the 50s. When it hits 55 in Hawaii, we suffer because our homes are not heated as they are on the mainland.

    Good luck in Oregon! Maybe a miracle will happen and the sun will come out.

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  2. I did do lots of work on "tifo", painting and sewing. Maybe to helpful, they expect me back!

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  3. sounds like you are organize for fun even if the weather isn't cooperating.

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  4. Now I am following the Sounders, thanks to you! And I will join you in the boo-hoos. And that playhouse is just the best!

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  5. Oh, what I would have done for a playhouse like that when I was little. Strangely enough that was the last thing my daughters were interested in, but the four of them did play together in the large playroom that we had in our basement when we lived in Montana. The weather during the winter was so cold and they had to stay inside so much of the time that playroom was one of the best things we ever put together. Hope you get some nice weather, but have to admit that it doesn't look too hopeful. I'm so ready for some sun!

    Sylvia

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  6. Isn't it amazing what children remember? I'm so glad Irene is going to have good memories about the play house.

    I wish you the best in Oregon but it doesn't look hopeful.

    I'm looking forward to the next report and more pictures.

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  7. Linda, what fun!! We are having cold, unsettled weather, too. Hope you enjoyed your time at the cabin. Loved hearing all about the playhouse and activities. ~karen

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  8. What beautiful grandchildren, some day I'm hoping for some.
    Great idea to turn your shed into a playhouse. A great place for imaginations to take flight!

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  9. No wonder you're tuckered out! Such fantastic grand parents!!

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  10. Busy, busy days! I love the playhouse and the fact that the grandchildren and grandparents together enjoy it! I would have loved to have had a playhouse like this one, but we always had fun improvising. It is wonderful to see children actually playing together without computers or tv! Have a wonderful time at the cabin.

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  11. You are a very brave person. We visited one grandson in Santa Cruz, and I hope we can grab another one and take him out to dinner before he's off to Afghanistan. You are so special to have them for 3 weeks. :)

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