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.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Back Home

We are back from two weeks in Ohio and I have a ton of things to catch up on. I'm having a little trouble recovering. (Much napping has been happening.) I was looking at this trip as kind of a dry run for taking everyone to Korea next year, and while I am feeling generally positive about it, I'm also really glad that it's next year and not any time soon.

We arrived home in time for the first Sun Sugar tomatoes. This year I bought three plants and started three from seed. It's been pretty cool and rainy since we got home, but now it's warming back up again. Should be good tomato weather.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Porch Pics with Dad

(You never know what you're going to get, photographing these kids!)  Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Going to Mount St. Helens

Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, we took a day trip out to Mount St. Helens. The day started out rainy and we weren't sure how the visibility was going to be, but Doug checked a webcam of the mountain and we decided to go for it.

Doug and Kate went to help clean the church so we didn't get on the road till about 11:00. Doug wanted to drive out through Tenino and see some of the little places that you don't get to see from the highway.  It was really pretty--very green and hilly, and the patchy cloud cover made for some nice lighting.

We stopped to visit Grandma Mary and her new husband, Ed. They have a little place out in the country, south of Chehalis.

We stopped at the first visitor's center (before you get to the actual park), where Doug got a hat pin and Kate found a cute little bat finger puppet. (She's been very interested in bats lately.)

Further up the road is the Forest Learning Center, which has a playground.  We had to stop and let the kids run around for a while.

The central feature of the playground is a big fake volcano, where kids can play "don't touch the lava!"

The view was amazing. (And the lighting made my little Mom-with-camera heart very happy.)

We drove through the reforested area, and then got into some places where you can still see the tree trunks sprawled on the ground, away from the blast.

It was after 4:30 by the time we got to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. That was where most of the people were--they have a big parking lot, and it was pretty full. The mountain was huge and impressive, looming somberly over everything. I imagine it's quite blinding on a clear day.

There were a lot of these red flowers around--I don't know what they are!

A nice man at the top of the ridge took a family picture for us.

Cool clouds on the way back (starting to get dark!)

In the tiny town of Toledo we stopped to get gas and noticed a Mexican restaurant across the street, so we decided to get dinner there.

The restaurant was right next to the Cowlitz river, so we had to go check it out after we ate. Doug stuck a hand in and pronounced it glacially cold. And Andy, of course,  found some rocks to throw in.

We arrived back home after the kids' bedtime.  Long day!  We had a couple of minor meltdowns (and one somewhat-less-minor one) but it was a good trip.