Today I’m thankful for friends that turn into babysitters! It’s hard for me to believe that I used to babysit Grace when she was a baby and now she’s babysitting Sky for us! So crazy how fast time passes.
It was a happy accident that Friday Night babysitting turned into Grace spending the weekend with us…but it was perfect timing. We didn’t realize how nice it would be to have someone to do all the rides with Sky at the State Fair. It’s a hard no for me when it comes to fair rides, and while Mark can do them he prefers not to. Originally we planned on going just the 3 of us, but having Grace with us made it so much more fun for everyone, especially Sky!
Over the years Grace has been such a joy in our lives. When she was little we’d get our baby/toddle fix when she spent weekends with us. And, during our 3 year+ wait to adopt she was this little voice of support and comfort talking about how amazing the baby we adopted was going to be. It makes my heart happy that she’s such a good friend to Mark and I, and Sky. Plus, it’s always nice to have another trusted babysitting option!
We’ll be booking Grace for fair weekend every year! 🙂
That’s what I heard when I woke her up for school this morning. And, you know what…I need a cuddle day too!
This first month of school is rough, for everyone. I’m not totally back into the school thing for her, or me (working in a school). It doesn’t help that the weather is changing, and while it’s been an easy weather switch so far, still the rainy/grey days we have had don’t help.
It’s getting darker and darker on my way into work in the mornings to, something I’m not happy about. I do love the temp this time of year though, something about sweatshirts with my summer capri pants and shorts just works for me.
But all in all…I think we could all use a cuddle day. Thank goodness for Football Sunday’s! I have no problem cuddling on the couch all day Sunday!
I think we have an official mountain biker on our hands! She is getting to the point where she wants to ride in the woods and down single track trails. Trails that give me pause btw. But, she’s all for it!
She still has trouble here and there, had to hop off a few times on the trail in the picture, it was more technical than what she’s been riding on.
Our summer bike rides have been the highlight of summer for me! For one I’m enjoying being on my bike way more than running (although I’m getting back to running as well) it’s way easier on my bad knee. Second Sky has made huge progress from the beginning of summer to now. She’s so much more self sufficient, getting pretty good at her gears, and willing to take on pretty much anything the park has to offer.
Now we just have to get her some cold weather gear so we can keep up the skills during fall/winter. I hate to start over again in the spring. The winter wind chill on the bike though…that can be pretty cold. For now we are getting in as many family rides as we can while the weather is still accommodating.
I’m not going to lie, when it came down to my last day of summer before heading back to work I wanted to cry. It doesn’t help that I went back to work 5 days before Sky started school. I wanted those last 5 days with her to soak up all the Sky time I could.
But, real life…bills…savings you know. The job has a purpose, so back to school I went.
Mark had the best idea to make the most of that last evening of freedom though…Hydro Flasks full of wine, and an evening playing on the beach in the sun.
Sky managed to make a friend to play with and we got to settle in and relax.
Peace out Summer…on to Fall, or what I call Football Season!
Today I’m thankful for revisiting my childhood! Growing up my family spent a lot of time on the OR coast…I may live in WA, but OR beaches are where it’s at! For real!
Every few months, year round, we’d visit the coast and camp, or during the winter stay in a hotel. I remember several trips to Lincoln City, over Christmas Break, and we’d be the only, or close to it, family in the hotel. My sister and I loved having the indoor pool to ourselves!
I think my most favorite memories though are camping at Ft. Stevens. There are miles of paved walking/biking trails that take you all over the park and various nearby attractions. My sister and I would get up in the morning, hop on our matching BMX bikes and we’d be gone for hours exploring to our hearts content. So many great adventures were had! Plus the ranger presentations were always fun and we learned a lot.
This summer I was really wanting to find some time to camp on the OR Coast and was so excited when a week opened up in August. I figured what better time to go to the coast than August! You stand a pretty good chance of having sunny warm weather (it didn’t totally turn out that way, but it was nice enough for sure).
It’s so interesting to revisit things from childhood. It’s never exactly as you remember it. The bike trails that in my mind took us hours to ride only took me about 20 minutes as an adult, and while the campground is big, it didn’t seem as huge as it did when I was a kid. But, that didn’t take away from the magic of Ft. Stevens at all. I loved it just as much as an adult as I did back in the day. I particularly loved being there with my own kiddo (and her friend).
My heart was happy watching Sky and Faith enjoy the things I enjoyed when I was a kid. I think exploring the batteries is almost more fun as an adult than as a kid…we’re old enough to have fun with it and toss a few scares in there as well!
I’m very thankful I got to revisit such awesome memories from my childhood, I was close to tears of joy and memory a few times during our trip, and just so excited to share such a special thing from my childhood with Sky, and thankful she enjoyed it!
Also, super thankful for our new camp trailer, we’ve camped a lot this summer, and it’s a joy to have such a lovely camping home!
This is my absolute favorite time of year at Fort Steilacoom Park. There are a few leaves starting to change color, it’s sunny, but cooling off in the early evenings, and the smell of rotten fruit is in the air.
It may sound gross, rotten anything is kinda gross….but, I really love it. There are tons of blackberries all through the park, and everywhere you run, walk, or bike you can smell the sweet scent of overripe blackberries in the air.
On one of our last bike rides we rode past the wild/abandoned orchard and Sky really wanted to stop and pick apples…she’s been asking all summer to pick apples, so we promised her a fruit picking trip to the park. A few days ago we grabbed some gloves (very helpful to keep hands stain free while picking blackberries), bags, and some grabby things that reach high, or low, for things and off we went to get some fruit.
We had so much fun picking fruit and climbing trees! I filled a large yogurt container with blackberries and they have been so good in my morning smoothie! Mark and Sky wondered down to the orchard and picked bags and bags of apples, and Mark found a plumb tree! The orchard is untended and very wild, but the fruit is good, and it’s free!
Sky and I made applesauce this afternoon and while a bit runny it’s really good! What a fun way to start winding down summer! I plan on squeezing in more park time to enjoy the scent and maybe eat a few more blackberries before they are gone!
Today I’m thankful for camping trips with friends. We spent last week in Winthrop WA at Silver Line Resort with the Beckham family, and had so much fun!
This is seriously the summer of camping for us. We didn’t plan any other summer vacation other than camping, and we are having so much fun!
Thankfully Silver Line is on a lake because it was hot! Really hot, so we pretty much hung out in the lake every day. We even sprung for a jet boat rental one day, and had so much fun. The kiddos in particular liked being pulled behind. I gave it a go a few times, but let me tell you that is a rough ride! Easy to stay on, but pretty bone jarring….I was more into finding a quiet spot on the lake to cut the engine and take swimming breaks.
We had so much fun we booked an even longer stay at Silver Line next summer! I love that we already have a fun camping trip booked for Summer 2019!