Saturday, September 24, 2016

Oh the Vashon Island Ferry is a Very Nice Ferry



In need of an outing--something fun but not too far--we decided to take the kids over to Vashon Island. It was a perfect day for it. ("Perfect" for me means not too hot and not too sunny.  I was pleased.)



Heading out from the dock at Point Defiance.



Andy thought the ferry was awesome, but loud!



Coming into Vashon. Kate remembered riding the ferry before, and jumping off a seat and hurting her nose (apparently that rather stuck with her), but only Doug had actually been on the island. We were excited to check it out.



We drove around the island a ways and went to see the Point Robinson Lighthouse.



The beach is covered with driftwood. A lot of it has been made into these cool fort-like structures.



We ate our picnic lunch in this one, for the shade.



Spotting a dead jellyfish in the water.



Shell with barnacles. I liked the texture.



Back on the ferry again.



Mt. Rainier and a container ship. There's some lenticular cloud action going on there.

My post title is a riff on an Arrogant Worms song about the Wolf Island Ferry. We usually end up singing it whenever there's a ferry around. (Kate asked me the other day--"Where is Wolf Island?" It's in Ontario.) There's a verse about lazy seagulls. We sang that one too.

We got home and had a little downtime before Kate and I left for the General Conference Women's Broadcast (first time at the south stake center, since they split the stake). Doug and Andy picked up El Sabor for dinner. Awesome!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

20 years



We've been married twenty years! Welda Jolley came over and took some pictures for us, and actually got Andy to smile for the camera.  (Amazing!)



Does it feel like twenty years?  Maybe--in that weird way where things can feel like a lifetime and like the blink of an eye in the same moment.  On September 6, 1996, Doug and I embarked on this journey of married life.  We spent a few exciting years being foreigners, and then moved on to the exotic adventures of parenting and home ownership, and all the various unending minutiae of Real Life Adult-ing.  There are challenges along the way--both expected and unexpected--and blessings and opportunities and little triumphs.  It's sometimes a little bumpy, sometimes crazy.  I've got a good partner to share the ride. 

 We aren't doing anything major to celebrate (aside from going out to dinner--thanks Mom!)  but looking forward to next year when we're planning our trip to Korea.  Can't wait! 

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

The Bridge at Wapato Park



It's a cool long, narrow bridge, high over wetlands. Kate and I went to Wapato Park for the first time (without the camera) back in June. I had seen some pictures of this bridge but didn't know exactly where it was. We managed to find it along the back edge of the park. We thought Dad and Andy would enjoy it too, so we all went back together.



You're pretty much level with the tree canopy, and the trees are really close, too.  Parts of it are like going through a dense, leafy tunnel.



Andy takes off. Kate is always ready to chase him down.



We walked the rest of the way around the lake and ended up at the playground. Andy had some fun with this animal-mix-up board. We decided the rabbit-turtle combination should be called a harapin. (That's hare-terrapin... I figured I should explain that since we don't use the word terrapin much in the U.S.)




The kids have fun climbing around on the playground. I mostly just putz around with the camera and end up taking weird photos.

Kate spotted several people playing Pokemon Go. The park seems to be a hot spot.

I didn't get any pictures of the lake.  It's a nice walk around.  Pretty park!

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Sunset Ward



With our stake splitting and all the ward boundaries being rearranged, we are now in Sunset Ward, and I've been called as the Relief Society Secretary. We got a presidency pic at church recently--I promise there was no wardrobe consultation, it just happened. (Hopefully this bodes well for our working together! We are in sync!)

After working with the cub scouts for over two years I was hoping to be in Relief Society for a while. I get to take attendance, rather than passing the roll around, so that'll help me get to know people.



One of the things I get to do is send birthday cards to all the sisters, and of course I decided I had to make them myself. This is a job for the gelli plate! And I have a whole ream of cardstock I got for a project recently, that turned out to be too heavy to go through our laser printer, but it makes great cards.



I've been making a lot of foam stamps lately, so it was fun to have a chance to try them out. I really like the way this one turned out. Pretty!

Monday, August 01, 2016

Painting for Fiddler



I got to help out with the painting for the multi-stake production of Fiddler on the Roof. This one was more minimalistic, set wise, but there was still plenty to do! This time we only had about a week and a half to lock up the gym.



Anne Marie and Tracy Del Toro both helped me out. (Anne Marie also did a lot of sewing for the costumes and played the piano for rehearsal--she was super busy!)



I got to use my mad dry-brushing skills, getting that weathered wood effect. (I got lots of practice doing this for Threepenny Opera.)



Sign for the train station, in Cyrillic. (Only two characters don't match up with the English, and those two look like other English letters, so it just ends up looking like it's spelled wrong. Hopefully this was not too confusing!)



Some fun detail on the stove.



I spent the last two days working on this along the front of the stage.  (I guess it came out more or less like I was picturing--it was supposed to be kind of understated, to not draw too much attention.  As it was I don't know if anyone past the first row really saw it at all.  Heh.)



I took Kate and Tavah to the matinee performance on Saturday. We got there early to get a seat (JoLee had asked me if I could take some pictures), so I took the time to explain the plot to the girls so they would understand what was going on with the dream scene.



The papas.



The daughters.



"...And one even longer coming down!" Tevye was perfect.



Fruma Sara was fabulously creepy. (Seriously--this was the coolest part!)



At the train station.



JoLee Watson as Golde, at curtain call. The whole thing was just really well done. Great show.



There are four more shows this week! And it's free!

Fiddler is a family favorite because my brother Peter played Tevye in a high school production.  The fun thing is that his wife Karen was Golde at her high school.  (Clearly, it was meant to be!)

After we got back from Ohio it took me about a week to start feeling somewhat functional again. You know when you're too tired to do anything and then you just feel all bleah from not doing anything? Then I started painting and realized I was still tired. Toward the end I was feeling better, but I had some rough days there!  Laura Call in our ward does personal training--I'm thinking I should do a couple months with her before we go to Korea next year, to keep my energy level up.  The spirit is willing but the flesh is wimpy.