Friday, July 22, 2011

Oh, lordy, we're goin' sporty

Picture this truck, except not so shiny and with primer at the tailgate. It's a 1993 Nissan King Cab 4x4 SE. That's what we bought last night.

Now, picture Mick loading it up with this little baby so he doesn't have to ride around in peoples' yards anymore.*

Yes, congratulations, Mick. Now you have everything you've ever dreamed of and you'll never want anything again. Right? Right?

Your ever-lovin' love,

*He doesn't really ride around in peoples' yards, but he did once, above, at his friend Dave's -- in Dave's nice little neighborhood in Sammamish. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wakey Wakey 2011

Dane and Aubrey spent one of their first weeks of summer with the Lanes - at Wakeboarding Camp. Cole, Dane, Aubrey, and Regan (pictured above) got up every morning at 6 a.m., ate a bagel, bundled up in fleece hats and sweatshirts, and zipped off down the hill to Camp Sambica. There, they headed out on the the water with about 6 kids to a boat and wakeboarded for the next hour and a half. After that, they headed in for a quick breakfast and a quick goodbye. 

Most days it was overcast; one day it rained; one day it was sorta sunny. Aubrey actually only wakeboarded two days and sat in the boat freezing and cheering the hard cores on. She says she liked it a lot, but wouldn't mind trying something new next summer if she had to choose. Dane says he'd absolutely do it again! 

When the kids got home from camp, they pretty much played like crazy until bedtime. Here's Dane getting into mischief with the youngest Lane kid, Kai.

One day while the kids played hard, I met up with my mom in Puyallup. After we went to see my grandma in her new home, my mom and I did our naked spa day body scrub. It was so nice and relaxing, especially for mom, who's recovering from rotator cuff surgery. Oh, who am I kidding? It was especially nice for me, too, since the last time I went to the spa was probably 500 days ago.

Another night, I hung with my pal Karen for dinner on the Ballard waterfront where we watched stand-up paddle boarders, a sport neither of us could imagine doing.

Wednesday night Mick flew in to spend the last few days with us, and Friday night we all went to the Ms game at Safeco Field. We met up with Karen and Mike and Jan there, too (Happy Father's Day, Mike!), and cheered and snacked and had -- you guessed it -- a ball.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Front Lawn or Bust

Just got handed a note: "Dear mom, come to the front Lawn. PICNIC."

ABBA concert at the Britt!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A summer ride between Fish Lake and Lake of the Woods - 7.10.11

With my little pal, Aubs, ready for the 7 mile ride.

Uncle Kai and his little toughies.

Dane hustling up a hill.

Through the lava beds. One of the "islands of trees" that survived a lava flow.



Aubs and Dane. Mick's up round the bend.

Attempt at family photo but camera was fuzzy. Too interested in riding to sort it out.

Storks in Lake of the Woods.

Into mosquito territory - with no repellant! Lots of bites to scratch this week...

Self portrait. Not recommended. Almost landed in a heap in some bushes.

At Lake of the Woods for burgers, soft drinks and Mirror Ponds.

Happy boy.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Magic for Muggles and the Fourth of July parade

Hermione with Sirius Black


Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy

Li'tle Tiny 'Arry Po'er

Under the invisibility cloak.

Little League

Little League float.

ScienceWorks Magic for Muggles.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Baseball Fever

Aubs with teammates Julia and Annie.

Dane gets ready to catch.

Our buddy Eli pitches against us.

Grubby Hubby shows up after his Poker Run (motorcycle ride). He worked the Snack Shack like this. Of course.

End of season softball party.

Coach Colette made a team DVD for each girl. It was played over and over and over in our home for weeks to come!