Thursday, May 15, 2014

Meanwhile,

Uncle Seth left on his mission on May 6.  He made it to Chile, and is studying the gospel and the Spanish language according to Chileans.  We had a family hangout the night before he left, after he was set apart.  He is going to be an amazing missionary.  
Our friends, the Christensens, came for a summer internship.  Their big boys, Grant and Max, are on Jared's soccer team.  We are going to be spending a lot of time with them this summer.

After they arrived, they took a quick trip to Portland to visit Cambell's grandma.  While they were gone, we went to Ikea for a few things that we needed.  That place is a maze.  After meandering through the showrooms as quickly as we could, we hit the restaurant before we got a cart and grabbed our items.
 It was a relatively quick trip to Ikea.  Including driving time, it only took us 4.5 hours.
This is why we only go to Ikea once every five years.  The kids held up really well, and I got some benches and a bookcase that we needed.  

Eloise finally has enough hair to pull it all into one ponytail.
 This means that it is also long enough to braid.
 Eloise is very patient with me as I learn to braid very fine hair.
 Our neighborhood had a cinco de mayo party that we didn't attend.  Since none of the kids in the neighborhood showed up, there was a pinata waiting for a less rainy day to break.  Our neighbors brought it to our driveway to break it.  And then two of the kids cried when it was broken.  Maybe we should have let them hit it longer before we broke it for them.

I got a trampoline for Mothers' day/my birthday.  I love it so much.  I just wish I didn't have to share it with all of these little people.
 The kids would be on it 10 hours a day if we let them.

In other news, our car does fit six carseats.  Rebecca and I took the children to the farm park while Todd and Cambell used their car to drive to their Seattle office.
 It was a tight fit, but it was a really fun trip to the farm.  We even brought the dog.
 

 The weather has warmed up again for the week, so we put on our naturalist hats and went to Juanita Bay Park to look for wildlife.  We were not disappointed.  We saw ducklings, red winged blackbirds, a bald eagle, robins,
 a dozen turtles, and Rebecca and I saw a muskrat or something like it swimming under the boardwalk.
 Jared brought some notebooks, pencils, and a field guide to the Pacific Northwest.
 When we were done walking the park, we sat down in the shade and the kids wrote/drew pictures of things that they saw.

 I predict that we will be seeing a lot of this as the summer goes on:

Heat Wave!

In between week-long rainstorms, we have enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather.  The temperature soared over 80 degrees in APRIL!  That never happens here.  So, of course, we spent a lot of time outside, thawing our frozen bones.
 Meet Eloise "Jam-face" Knight,
 and her brother, Benjamin "Dirt-face" Knight.
 Don't forget their brother,
 Jared "The Nose" Knight.
 If we have one warm day, we can spend it doing yard work, but the second day (in April) over 80 degrees, we must go to the beach.  As you can see, most of Kirkland had the same idea we had.
 Eloise insisted on wearing her new swim suit, even though it is too big, and she had to pull the bottoms up a lot.
 I love Jared's pink goggles. I believe he did actually put his face in the frigid water for a moment.  He was definitely in the water long enough not to notice the cold anymore.
 As soon as he got out of the water, he got hot, and had to get back in.
 We got to the beach pretty late, so Todd met us there on his way home from work.
 The only thing better than a beach day in April is a beach day in April with Daddy.
Can I just mention again how amazing this place where we live is?  I even like it when it doesn't surprise us with an April thaw.

On our third day in a row of unseasonable heat, after a morning trip to the dentist,
Eloise climbed up on Jared's exam table with him during his cleaning so that she could watch his movie with him.  B was not at all impressed with his first trip to the dentist.  
we got out the little pool.
We had a great time with the little pool and and with the sprinkler, especially when our neighbor, Owen, came over.
I didn't get very many pictures because my phone battery died, but popsicles and fun were had by all, and the rain returned too soon.  

Jordanne's Visit

We were lucky to have a visit from Jordanne and her brother, Colin, at the end of April.  Colin had reached the end of his full time army obligation in Hawaii, and had his car shipped back to the mainland.  He had to pick it up in Seattle, so Jordanne came with him so that she could visit us.  Jordanne and Colin did a lot of sightseeing without us, but Jordanne did come to Jared's first soccer game, we dragged Colin out on a stroll through our beautiful woods, and, on April 29, we all went to the locks together.
 It was a perfect day for the locks.  We saw tugboats pulling barges, pleasure boats, enormous fishing boats, sailing boats, and army corps of engineers barges working on the spillway. The fish ladder was a little disappointing, but we saw a couple of fish.
 Colin has gotten tall since I saw him last.  He was great with B.
 After we saw the locks, and the locks museum, we went to our favorite restaurant by the locks for lunch.  Lo, the nicest proprietor on the planet, outdid himself for niceness this time.  He had a large group eating ahead of us, so Jordanne and Colin, who stayed and waited to order, got their lunch for free.  We went down the street to the children's consignment store to play with toys while we waited.
 This was yet another outing in our lives where B came home with no pants on, and Eloise was so tired that she couldn't sit up by the time we left.
 It was great to catch up with Jordanne, who haven't seen since she came home from her mission in Chile a few months ago.  It was great to get to go to the temple with her, and to eat her delicious fry bread.
Come again soon, Jordanne!  We miss you.