On Saturday I had a list of "to do's" as usual. After I got out of the van from taking Sascha and his friend skating, Steve came out onto the front deck with a buzz-headed Apollo. That was one of my to-do's. To give Apollo a buzz. Steve jumped the gun and took it upon himself to do the deed. He actually did a pretty good job.
While we were working on the posters I got a call from Sarah saying she needed a ride home. Her stomach hurt too bad to ride the bus home. Luckily Lindsay was here and I could leave Apollo home (he was napping) so I could go pick up Sarah. Later Sarah woke from sleeping on the couch and started "letting go" right there. Yay. Poor Sarah! She's usually good about running to the bathroom. Luckily we have leather couches. Easy cleanup. I wonder what tomorrow will bring?
...and here's a picture of the famous Point No Point Lighthouse, although I did not take this picture:
Teesha (my niece) and Apollo very much enjoying themselves:
My sis in law-Geeta, nephew-Christian and brother-David. It was their idea to get out today and enjoy some away time. I had planned out a nice day full of pulling up blackberry bushes. I'm very grateful to them for helping me play hooky from yard work.
What a "ham"-ster...
Christian has a tradition of building a fort out of drift logs:
When we got there, the tide was all the way out, which was nice for the kids because the water was actually warm. I've never felt it like that before.
Poor Punkin fell and got a face full of water. He bounced back quick enough though. He LOVED the water, and sand, and rocks and snacks:
Check out the muscles on that kid! Okay, that drift log was actually very light... A fun day was had by all. We ended up spending about three hours there and I think it got into the mid-eighties. We would have stayed longer but Teesha needed to get back home to get ready for her first Freshman dance. Okay, and the tide was coming in too.
P.S. You'll notice that Sarah's not in any of the pictures. She had spent the night at her friend's house and got to go to the Armed Forces Parade with them.
Since we're STILL waiting for this road to be fixed, I thought I'd post this blog piece Steve wrote back in December of last year. The last I heard, it could be after this year until they start any repairs.
Illahee Road near our house. This means our son’s bus ride to school has gone from 10 minutes to a half-hour. Kitsap Sun photo by Larry Steagall.
While in San Diego at Legoland, my brother-in-law sent a picture to my cell phone of a car submerged in water. It was in Silverdale, and the water flow is the worst there when it rains heavily, so I thought perhaps we had a storm that was a little wetter than usual. Then I talked to him and it took me a while, but I eventually understood that the storm this region was getting was significantly bigger than normal. I made some calls to folks from church to make sure they were OK and to see if someone could come sweep some debris out of a couple of storm drains at our house, but one guy I talked to said he didn’t think he could make it. He lives about a 10-minute walk away, but it sounded to him like the road was out.
The picture here is what had happened.
Our house was fine. The water got a few inches deep in the driveway, but none went inside. We didn’t take the laptop with us on our trip, so I wasn’t checking my paper’s Web site for updates. We relied on phone calls and watched Nightline, surprised that rain in the Pacific Northwest merited a segment on the show.
It wasn’t until we got home that I really understood the strength of the storm. The road outage you see here means my son’s bus ride to school has gone from about 10 minutes to about 30 minutes. Not only was this road completely destroyed here, two others that beat a path to the school were partially damaged, enough to close them for a few months.
In short, this was a big deal.
Might I add that I, too am famous. I thought this was definitely blog worthy. This picture of Howard Jones and I was taken at the Admiral Theatre backstage after his fabulous performance. Only select people were allowed backstage and because my friend's sister and her hubby catered the event, they made it so I got to be one of the lucky ones. Yes, this is an older picture. I was about three months pregnant with Apollo.