Wednesday, July 09, 2014

July




Logan and I hanging out a ton. Running through the sprinklers together, splashing in lots of water, exploring, investigating. Snuggling, cuddling and having actual conversations. Random things coming out of his mouth like "let me scrub you" ( my feet were dangling over the tub" 

So much joy in the fun we have together. Playing catch, visiting the chickens...

Struggles too. Totally acting like a two year old...testing limits and getting upset when I follow through with consequences. Trying so hard to be a big kid and then falling big time.

Amazing 


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hmmm...

Well, at least I'm getting these up in the same month that I took them.  Life is busy...we've been out doing a lot of fun things, exploring parks and the like.

Logan has really gotten to the point of going down most big slides by himself...and he wants to take turns with Joe or I.  It's a lot of fun "Come on!".  "Your turn mama!"  I love it.

I think most of these are from Mother's Day weekend or the weekend before.  Time runs together.

Forest Rock Park aka our own private park every time we've gone.


Climbing up!


Swinging big kid style


Down the big slide!



Lion's park, bremerton.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Airplanes!

Logan has spent a lot of time noticing airplanes lately...partly due to Joe talking about me flying in an airplane when I went to Japan and partly because he sees them zipping around.

I didn't have anything planned today after my short 4.5 mile run, so we hopped in the car and went to the airport in Bremerton.  Storms were predicted to be coming in, so I knew it was a little dicey.

But, we lucked out.  Just as we were walking around, a couple came out and made their way to the plane.  We were able to watch them from inspection to take off.  L was so excited when the plane took off - he told the other folks watching "the plane is flying!"  awesome.



We went into the Airport diner to see about lunch, but it was way too crowded...we had talked about having cheeseburgers, so I was backed into a corner...I had a backup plan and it paid off wonderfully.  L had a great time at the Big (or Red?) Apple Diner in Bremerton.  He killed the burger, we stole fries off each other's plate and we jammed to 50's music.




When we got home, L ran into the house "Daddy, I saw planes!  I had cheeseburger!"

The guys...

When I saw these three in the yard sitting and enjoying the wonderful weather this week in the evening, I couldn't help but snap a few shots.



We're on a boat

It's been a little crazy here the last few weeks for no real reason.  I think that with the spring upon us, we've been out and about a little more and I haven't felt like sitting in front of a computer.

Joe had been feverishly getting the boat ready to put in the water for the last couple of months as the weather cooperated.  There was some last minute troubleshooting of electrical components, but he got it all fixed an it successfully went into the water two weeks ago.  Logan and I made an evening of it (post my PR half-marathon!) and took pizza to the boat to enjoy dinner with daddy.  Logan has been itching to get on the boat for ages and he was so thrilled to finally be onboard.


We're on a boat!



Practicing being at the helm.


Down below in the sleeping / eating area. There's another bed right under the helm down below as well.

Logan was so happy to finally get on the boat - he kept talking about it for a week!  And he still talks about our boat being in the water.  Can't wait to take it for a spin...another couple of fixes need to happen (mechanical this time) and then she'll be ready for a ride.


Saturday, April 05, 2014

Opening Day!

Poulsbo Farmer's Market opening day...$10 flowers, uber excited over swedish pancakes (jumping up and down excited), a wonderful cookie and listening to music.







Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Short moments...long memories.

April 1st...a normal evening.  Kiddo and I wandered over to the chickens and we had mud play along the way.  He was so excited because he was just exploring touching, jumping and throwing rocks into it.  I didn't want to try to stop him and really, every kid needs to feel mud.

 I did the bath routine with Logan and Joe had taken care of bed so I could go work out.  As I was coming back in, a little creature was coming out of his room - appearing to Joe as if he had woken up.  I took over and brought the kiddo back into his room.  He tossed and turned, not really settling down and popping back into the house when I'd leave his room.

I'm sitting there, in the dark, silent, waiting for him to settle down to a point where I could leave the room for good.  We're well over 1.25 hours into the bedtime routine now (which is back down to 45 minutes or so).  But, I'm calm...not frustrated.

And then he pops out of bed, comes over to me and shoves his big owl into my lap.  He then goes back for his blankie and puts that on me as well.  And then I open my arms, expecting just a kiss or quick cuddle.  Instead, he hops into my lap and lets me rock him for 10 minutes as he settles down.  I don't get to rock him too much anymore.   I could have stayed there for ages, knowing that these moments are going to be gone quickly.  He was happy and cuddly.  Finally, he stretches out and I ask him if he's ready to settle back into bed.  He walks back to bed... I tuck him in, kiss him goodnight and we're good.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tokyo Disneyland

Wowser...that is my trip to TDL in a word.   More words...insane, overwhelming, exhausting....

I knew heading to the park would be nuts on a weekend in March. I had seen the crowd predictions and I had the choice of either black (10/10) or red (8/10) in terms of crowd levels and the whole month was crazy...as were hotel prices. I went with Sunday, which was supposed to be a little better. I also did a LOT of research. I had park maps printed in case we couldn't find English language maps inside the park (we couldn't and time was ticking away once we walked in the gates). I had cool snacks mapped out...and I had a notional idea of rides to go on.

We took the 0547 train from Yokosuka Chuo station and headed out. One of the quirks in Japan is that a) eating and drinking in public (on the move) is frowned upon and there are no coffee shops open before 7am. At all. If you want coffee that early, you need to get a can from a vending machine.  So, it was a couple of long train rides on minimal caffine.  Sigh.

We arrived at the park around 7:20 in the morning with the park opening at 8am. We were further back in the crowd than I could have imagined....beyond anything I had seen before.  Huh...so this is how today is going to be!




One of the nearest things about TDL (or DisneySea) is how enthusiastic everyone is about dressing up, wearing Mickey or Minnie gear, bringing popcorn buckets (explanation further on) and just the general level of enthusiasm and happiness for Disney. Kids are well behaved...even in line...it's rather remarkable.  But,the crowds are unwieldy on a weekend, for sure.  Minnie Mouse had a line of approximately 150 people (which I have never seen in many times of going to various Disney parks) within 15 minutes of park opening.

It was the finale of the park's 30th birthday and we saw signs and merchandise all over celebrating it...I have to say that I might have picked up a thing or two...






So, my friend Karen and I beelined for the Monsters Inc ride to grab fast passes and then right to Pooh's Hunny Hunt. Out fast pass was for 11:45-12:45...yikes. By the time we made it to Pooh, the wait was 120 minutes. Holy what?!  But, these two rides are unique to TDL resort and were what we wanted to see since we had both been to DisneySea on previous trips. So, we went with it...on a very cold morning....and we waited...and waited...at one point, I finally was desperate for something...anything, so I left line for a few and looked for a snack or hot drinks. The only line that wasn't super long was a matcha tea line...and it was delicious.  Strawberry matcha with a marshmallow and yumminess...it hit the spot and sustained me for the rest of the ride. Luckily we got into some heat towards the end of the wait. 

So, the real question is if a 120 minute wait for a ride is worth it. I would never, EVER wait that long for a ride in the states. But, the Pooh ride was incredible. Delightful, ingeniously designed, perfectly executed. The ride vehicles are trackless, whic makes everything run so smoothly. The storyline is loosely the same as the Pooh ride in the states..but to the next level.  Unfortunately , no photos are allowed in the ride...there was a disco ball park that I really wish I could have taken some video in because of how amazing it was to be in that moment. This exceeded all expectations...






Along the way to Monsters, we were noticing how long waits were and realized that we would get on very few rides today.  Oh well, we knew it would be all about the experience.  Monsters, Inc was delightful. We both wished we could have ridden it again because we were so focused on the game aspect at first, that we missed some of the cool details in the ride.  Fortunately, we found Boo and she was returned to her room safely.






The other rides at TDL are basically the same as their US counterparts. Haunted mansion is in Japanese with minor differences early in the ride, Pirates of the Caribbean is all in English and essentially the same (even with the Blue Bayou restaurant in the ride).

Haunted Mansion

Partners statue and Castle (and a very happy me!)

The view through the castle to the carousel.


Goofy's playhouse in toontown


Canoes in Frontierland.



The highlight, other than the two rides, is definitely the snacks.  Wow! We were getting desperately hungry after Pooh and wandered to find hot dogs wrapped in tortillas. Now, I was skeptical...but these were relish. Spicy, flavorful and perfect with the cheese. Yum! All the snacks went uphill from this.

Pork Mickey Shaped humbow (steamed bun)... They had Minnie ones with strawberry as well. A mango tapioca drink (think bubble tea) with Mickey shaped tapioca.




Little green men (Toy Story) mochi.....



Yummy!


Random humbow with pork and shrimp

So, popcorn. You might think popcorn is no big deal. That isn't the case at TDL or TDS. Popcorn is an event. People collect buckets, which run about $20, and the wait in crazy long lines to refill them for about $5 a pop. And these aren't your normal popcorn flavored, but they have standard caramel corn as well. I can remember seeing curry, soy sauce and butter,  we finally found a short line for popcorn and got some yummy curry popcorn that was a nice snack as we watched the castle light up.











Our dinner was seafood stew in a bread cone from a fun little shop near the entrance (similar to the cones at Cozy Cone Motel at Disneyland in Cali)...what a cute way to end the day...by the time we got home around 10pm, we were both so beat that we didn't even grab a chu-hi in one of the Family Marts!  Now THAT'S tired!

I'm so glad that I had the chance to go to TDL...but I was exhausted after a day of fighting crowds, lines and enjoying great company...

I need to throw out HUGE thanks to the Disney Tourist Blog for the thoughtful, well documented posts about all their Disney adventures.  The Tokyo Disney threads were essential reading for this one day jaunt!