Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Maybe a little too much fun

It is difficult to describe how much fun we have every single day in this family.  Maybe the pictures will say it better. 
First of all, for all of you Tardy the Turtle fans, "This crayon tastes like purple!"  
 Eloise really gets excited about swimming.  This is her awesome rash guard under the swimming suit look five hours before we were leaving for the beach.  It's never too early to be ready to swim.
 B probably loves the water a little bit less than Jared and Eloise do.  He would be content to spend all of his time at the beach throwing rocks in the water, even on a 90 degree day like this one.
 Jared loves taking pictures.  I like how his hand framed this shot of Eloise.
 When we go to the beach, Jared and Eloise would spend two hours at a time in the water.  I dragged them out for a little snack break when I was tired after an hour.  This is Jared's face when I said he could go back in.
 B loves the camera.  He makes this face every single time he knows I am taking pictures.
 Eloise likes to make silly faces.  She has volunteered to make silly faces for our new baby to help it stop crying when it is born.
 We went to Todd's company picnic last Friday.  Jared had his face painted.  He asked for "A rainbow with a star at the end," which he had seen on someone else's face, and really liked.  This is what he ended up with.  He really, really loved it.
 In addition to the bouncy houses, games, face painting, food, cotton candy, and many other attractions, a Schwann's truck was parked in the middle of the park to hand out ice cream to everyone.  B grabbed a round ice cream sandwich, but he didn't want the cookies on the outside.  He just wanted the ice cream.  It was hilarious watching him try to get the ice cream out.  He set the ice cream sandwich on the table on its side, licked, and got mad when it started to roll away from him.  Eventually he appropriated Daddy's ice cream cone, which was a better way to eat ice cream.
 Why, hello, Mr. Chocolate face.  Here he is with Eloise's pink balloon dog.
 Because we live where we live, the park had a beach.  It never got over 68 degrees outside, so we left the swimming suits in the car.  That didn't stop Eloise from going into the water up to her chest, and Jared stripped to his underwear and went in just past his knees.  B was happy to throw sand.
 B really likes things with wheels.  If he finds anything with a car or a train on it, he has to wear it.  He was already dressed, so I put these car pajama pants on his head.  He hammed it up for the camera, as usual.
 The kids talked me into buying these sunglasses for them.  This was a total impulse buy.
 I do not regret it.

 We met Todd at the beach for Family Home Evening last night.  I got some pictures of B, because he got cold in the water, and wanted to get out and throw sand.  No pictures of anyone else, though, because they spent over an hour in the water, and then it was time to go home.  It was really fun.
 Today we went to the park again to hear Caspar Babypants in concert.  He was awesome, as usual.  We bought a CD and had him sign it, and he was just as cool in person as he is in concert.
 Eloise didn't love the concert because it was too hot.  Girl does not love the heat.
B is a Caspar Babypants fan.  All children are, I think, who have had a chance to hear him.  
 After the concert we had a picnic.
 Eloise put her own shirt on inside out.  I think it is probably best if you just always assume that she has dressed herself, because she has strong opinions about how her clothes should be worn, and that is okay with me.

We want to tell you something

Jared, Eloise, and B would like to announce the upcoming arrival of Baby Knight #4 on or around March 21, 2015.
B wears this shirt at least as well as Jared did, and is equally oblivious to the transformation about to happen in his life.  Jared and Eloise couldn't be more excited.  Jared has already told everyone and their dog about the baby in his mom's tummy.  Eloise consulted a pregnancy book and informed me that the baby will be born in two weeks.

Here is the picture Todd drew to tell the kids about the baby.
They had to guess the news.  Jared said, "There's a baby in Mommy's tummy! . . .  But not really."
We persuaded him eventually that there is really a baby there.  Eloise took a little longer to lose her skepticism, but now she wants to kiss the bab(ies-- she is convinced it is twins)y every day.
Stay tuned for more unbelievable Knight baby sweetness coming next spring!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As much fun as we can cram into a few short summer months

The Christensens are leaving to go back to Utah on August 23.  We have been trying to do one outing a week with them all summer, but with the end of their stay approaching, we have had to step up our efforts to fit everything in.  
We couldn't miss Pike Place Market, hom bow lunch, and donuts as big as B's head.  
 We brought our new friend Sarah with us.  It was great to have another adult along on a very crowded day in the market.
 We tasted things, looked at things, had a picnic, and spent a lot of time listening and dancing to street performers.
 When Max broke down over the wrong flavor of donut, we knew it was time to go home.
 Most of the kids napped on the way home, and then all of the boys wanted their toenails painted, to be like Eloise.  
 As an aside, Eloise and B get along sometimes, now.  They are holding hands in this picture, if you can't tell.  Both of them are totally addicted to blackberries, which are in season now.

We took a trip to the locks to see the salmon run in the fish ladder.  The upstream migration peaks in July and August.
 I had to choose between a picture with Jared looking and a picture with Grant looking.  Who would have thought that the older kids would be the least cooperative for pictures?
 B is a ham.  He loves to pose for pictures.
 Eloise at the fish ladder.  B loved this window full of bubbles.

On another day we drove an hour and a half north (read over two hours with horrible traffic) to Deception Pass State Park for tide pools.
 Barnacles are a hazard for bare legs.  Eloise and Max both got scrapes. The kids loved looking for living surprises in the tide pools.

 We printed out a tide pool treasure hunt, and found nearly everything on it.  When everyone was cold, we changed clothes and went on a little hike before heading home.  Next time I need to remember to bring jackets, even on an 85 degree day.
 We got home really late, but this is definitely an outing that we would attempt again.  The park was beautiful.

We went blueberry picking one hot morning.  We drove to North Bend and picked berries in the shadow of the imposing Mt. Si.  It was very beautiful.
 The berries were big and plentiful.
 B loves everything to do with berries.

 When we had picked our fill, we drove to nearby Snoqualmie Falls.  This turned out to be incredibly crowded for a weekday morning.
 We had a picnic, and then hiked way down through the parking lots to get this view of the falls.

I'm sure I will say it again many times, but we live in the most beautiful place.


On July 4, we welcomed a new niece into the world!  Welcome Megan Campbell! 
Congratulations Colette, Jacob, Rachel, Annie, and Ryan!

On July 8, Jared woke up and announced that today was the day he would begin riding his pedal bike.  And then he did.  Eloise was happy to advance to his balance bike.  
 After only a few days, Jared was riding and braking pretty well.  He is still building his strength for riding up hills, but he is pretty good.
 Of course, now all anyone wants to do is ride their new bikes.  B caught the bike mania from his siblings.  If I leave the front door open, I will find him outside riding his bike on the driveway whether Jared and Eloise are out there or not.
 Jared would NOT let us forget that July 11 is free slurpee day at 7-11.
 This is the only day of the year when we get slurpees, but Jared remembers it vividly enough to tell me that we went to a different store last year.  The slurpee machine was in a different place.
 It was a very hot day, so this worked out nicely.
 We managed to fit in a couple more beach days with the Christensens, once even bringing our boat out.
 We are going to miss swimming with the Christensens in a couple of weeks when they go back to Utah.  B is very attached to Rebecca (he calls her "Detta").
 Grandma Knight came to visit for a week while I went to girls' camp to play with these lovely ladies.
 I was a little bit nervous about spending the week responsible for a dozen 13 year old girls, but it was really a great week.  I got to go horseback riding, tubing, climbed a climbing wall, hiked, swam, did crafts, and had a slumber party every night with some of the other adults.
The house was intact when I returned, and the children had a great week with Grandma.