Friday, August 31, 2012

Kate Swims!

Kate had a couple of swim sessions at the YMCA a couple of years ago, which I didn't feel were particularly productive.  This summer we decided to sign her up for Real Live Every Day Swimming Lessons.  In these past four weeks she's suddenly transformed into a little fish.

The day that she learned how to open her eyes under water, she came running out of the pool yelling, "I LOVE SWIMMING LESSONS!"  She was just so excited and so proud of herself.  We dug out the goggles (which, as I recall, were originally purchased with the hope of alleviating some of the hair-washing drama at bath time) and now she likes to stay under even longer, because it's so cool. 

We got some video for her last day.  Lessons are at Kandle Pool, which has a wave generator.  They don't normally have the waves on during swimming lessons, but they turn them on for a bit on the last day of the session.  (Exciting!)

Kate heads into the pool.

She's getting pretty good at this!

Kate's teacher counts a ten-second front float.

Molly Beecher was in the session right after ours, and we got to see her every day as she was coming in and we were going out. Molly has a couple different swimsuits, and one matches Kate's (so of course I had to get a picture).

The zero-depth entry pool is fun because the kids can practice in the really shallow water.  I wish they'd had something like that when I was growing up!

Kate doing her "Underwater Flying Dragon" impression.

Quite a long way from the girl who didn't want to get in the water when she was little!  It's been great for her to have this experience of learning something new and practicing and getting to be good at it, and enjoying it! 

Friday, August 24, 2012

gastropodus visitorius

Behold the lowly slug, who spreads a shiny trail of happiness behind him wherever he goes!

We like to poke slugs (gently) in the eye stalk, and then yell, "AAAAGH!  MY EYE!"  as they retract.  I promise it's hilarious. 

Kate was quite thrilled when this little slug crawled onto her hand, but discovered an inconvenient fact--that slime is hard to wash off!

Jessica Beecher said that her ducks would like to eat Kate's slug.  I told her Kate would certainly disapprove.  Sluggy stayed with us overnight in a jar, and then returned to the great outdoors.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cosmos and Cold Noodles

We went down to Lakewood to get some Korean lunch for my coming-home-from-mission anniversary day. And since we were out of kim (seaweed), we had to stop by Paldo World first to get some. Outside Paldo World was this big stand of cosmos flowers. Cosmos always make me think of Korea in the fall.  It's not quite fall here yet--we've just barely had our Pacific Northwest Summer, during which everyone is miserable for about a week or so because no one has air conditioning here, and then it goes back to normal. 

I got some naeng myun at Chung Ki Wa. By this point the warm weather had broken and Saturday was rather cool, but I'd been thinking about cold noodles all week so I went ahead and got some anyway. (As it turned out it was not the best naeng myun I've had... I like Chung Ki Wa but they seem rather inconsistent. It had apple slices in it instead of pear. I've never seen that.)

The kids mostly ate lots of rice and kim, and whatever else we could tempt them with. I gave Kate the half-a-hard-boiled-egg out of my naeng myun. She has recently discovered that she likes hard boiled eggs. (We hardly ever make them. Doug is not a fan.)

I also got some kimchi jjigae to go, to take home and eat for leftovers. It's always better the next day!

Here I am at Dae Dun San, in Korea, surrounded by cosmos (looks like some daisies in there too).  This was taken in early October, 1992. 

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Basket Case

We use this plastic basket when we go to the pool or the beach.  Andy found another use for it. 

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Five Little Ducks

The Beechers invited us over to see their ducklings and rabbits.  They have their own little backyard menagerie.

Kate gets to hold a duckling.

The ducklings are Khaki Campbells. Aren't they cute?

Andy counted them--"One, two, three, four, five!  Five ducks!"

Andy thinks the ducklings might like a crayon.

They run around on the lawn (with supervision, of course) always keeping together in a flock. Safety in numbers!

Andy and Asher on the trampoline.

More bunny snuggles.

Our own animal experiences have mostly been limited to things that fit in bug jars, so it's fun to be able to spend some time with friends' animals!