Sunday, June 30, 2013


We made our annual summer pilgrimage to Whidbey Island, hitting many of our old favorite spots and checking out a few new fun places and activities, including Double Bluff beach, a fruit-and-ice-cream stand, and hiking at Deception Pass.  Definitely some great additions, and we've already got reservations for next year's trip!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fearless Jumper

Soren has gotten pretty good at swimming too - he certainly has no fear of the water, and he is down to three floaties on his back, so he'll definitely be swimming (or at least dog-paddling) by himself pretty soon!

The Girl Can Swim!

Amelia's weekly swimming lessons have really paid off - she can now swim all by herself!  Our job as parents is now done, right?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day

Amelia and Soren helped Mommy prepare a delicious Father's Day feast for Daddy and Grandpa!  Definitely a great way to celebrate!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Amelia's Spectacle

After all of the birthday excitement, we got to attend the end-of-year musical show Amelia's class put on:  Reves D'Afrique (Dreams of Africa).  Amelia was a hyena (the hand-made hyena bracelets and hyena skirts are the give-away) and sang beautifully, before playing an enthusiastic maraca in the closing song.  In the audience, Soren picked his seat carefully - the color-coordinated Mommy seat - but kept moving closer to the stage during the course of the performance.  Afterwards, we celebrated Amelia's performance and Soren's birthday with the kids' new favorite food, Peruvian chicken.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Birthday Party

Amelia and Soren had a great time celebrating their birthdays at the Sandbox, an indoor beach volleyball  venue.  Lots of their classmates joined the party, and enjoyed playing in the sand, learning how to actually play volleyball from the kids' babysitter Libby, playing ping-pong and foosball, and eating lots of treats and cake.  Hopefully, the kids will still be interested in another fun joint birthday party next year!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Cake Makers

Soren and Amelia took a keen interest in their birthday cakes this year, helping Nana to design, make and decorate them both:  a butterfly (with a butterfinger center) for Amelia, and a friendly tiger (with a gummy bear mouth) for Soren.