Monday, June 29, 2009

Water (pool and melon)

Brandt had his third swim lesson at the Mounger pool in Magnolia this afternoon and he loves it! It's amazing what a difference a warm pool makes. He didn't hate our Green Lake pool, but he wasn't ecstatic to be in the cool water. Now he giggles the entire half hour and tries everything. I never would have attempted to dunk him in the old pool, but now he'll slide down the little pool-edge slide (yeah, very distracting for them to leave the slide set up during swim class!) and I let him sink all the way in before I scoop him up. He loves it! I'm [wisely] too scared to bring the nice camera to the pool so unless I can get a good iPhone photo, you'll just have to imagine how cool it all is.
It has been really hot out so it's definitely watermelon season. The baby-to-be even likes it. He had been demanding I eat chocolate, but now he's content with watermelon. And where have I been that I didn't know the trick of freezing watermelon slices? It's the best! I'm trying to do most of my watermelon eating while Brandt is napping or asleep at night so I don't have to share...or deal with hosing him down afterwards.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Green Lake Open Water Swim

Dan and Brandt were my cheering section for the one-mile swim in the lake this morning. It was big fun, though it didn't quite go according to plan. Too embarrassing to write about twice so you'll have to read the details on MyGreenLake.com.
I was a little scared of the water quality, but the Friends of Green Lake people assured me it was nice and clean. I'm not sure I'll make a habit out of swimming in the lake, but I'll hop in now and then and let Brandt do the same.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Seattle Gymnastics Academy

Today was Brandt's last day of gymnastics class. It's amazing how much of a climbing monkey the class has turned him into. But at the same time I can convince him to sit on the floor and demonstrate straddles, tucks, and pikes which keeps him in one spot for a few minutes. So you gotta take the good with the bad.
We're taking the summer off from classes, but hopefully we'll do another session soon because he really loves it. The last two classes he's been a bit grumpy and sleep-deprived on the way over (I've taped garbage bags up in the windows so hopefully things will turn around--the sun was waking him up at 5am!) and he still has a terrific time once we get there.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tide pools

Today was beach day at Itty Bitty Camp. It was a little cool out and everyone got soaking wet (you'd see if the photo showed the back of Brandt), but it was great fun. Brandt is holding his "tub of life" in which we put crabs and hermit crabs and rocks. The sea anemones were a big hit, too.
There was one casualty at beach day: I dropped the camera in a tide pool. Everyone was very impressed with how relaxed I was about killing the camera so I had to admit I'd already dropped it on the asphalt at Elbow Eye Park a week ago and broken the display. It still worked for a while after it's dip in the pool, but now it's dead dead. Fortunately (and not surprisingly) Dan thinks he paid for an extended warranty so hopefully we can send it back for repairs again.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fremont Solstice Parade

Brandt and I rode the bus for the first time (finally!) today. We were fortunate enough to ride with seasoned vets, Sloane and her mama, Amy. Actually, I think it was little Sloane's first time on the bus, too, but at least one of us knew what was what. The kids loved the bus ride, of course. We'll definitely have to do that more often.
Don't let the picture mislead you--Fremont was packed. We arrived a bit early so we could watch the Recess Monkeys perform and that got packed fairly quickly, too. As you can imagine, we saw a lot of naked people. Most were covered in paint, but there's a lot you just can't hide with paint.
Sloane impressed us by learning her first brand: Puma. Brandt's current shoes are Pumas so I tried to teach the word to him, too. Unfortunately he signed and said "poo" and then pointed at me and said "ma." I should have known this would happen because a few days ago he was watching with interest as I got my hair washed at the hair dresser and since I didn't know the sign for shampoo he decided he'd call it poo-hair. Great.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Itty Bitty Camp

Brandt's enrolled in a very cool nature camp called Itty Bitty Camp on Mondays. We meet in a different part of Discovery Park every week. Today was pond day and since our focus was on dragonflies, our art project at the end was dragonfly wings (I don't know the sign for dragonfly so we just called them butterfly wings).
Yesterday we drove the bikes down to Seward Park for the weekly Lake Washington Boulevard bike ride. Every Sunday (Mother's Day through September) cars are banned so families can bike up and down. There was also a small Family Biking Expo going on. We didn't see anything new, but realized just how popular Xtracycles are up here.
We rode through Seward Park to finish up the day and saw a kid fall off his little bike and hurt his elbow. This happened moments before Dan got a bug in his eye so the park will forever now be called "Elbow Eye Park" because Brandt keeps saying "elbow eye, elbow eye" (and sometimes "papa bug eye, elbow eye").

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Kidical Mass 2

This morning was the second Seattle Kidical Mass. We met up at a park in Ballard and made our way to Golden Gardens for a beach party. The water was freezing (I don't know if I'm allowed to call it the ocean or if I have to refer to it as the sound or The Sound...I'll look into that), but Brandt dashed around in the surf, getting his feet and hands wet.
The ride home wasn't bad at all. I even made it up Stone Ave. with no break and didn't have to resort to my granny gear. So funny that cycling up hills is fine, but walking up a flight of stairs makes me feel like I'm about to pass out. We even had energy to hit the park in the afternoon. Dan and Brandt did most of the running around while I lolled in the grass.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Shades of the past

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The two-year molars are taking forever to come in. They're not a huge pain to Brandt, but there's the occasional drool and chewing. The bottom left one is poking through a bit, but the other three are nowhere to be seen.
This new play center (I have no idea what these things are called) was our big score from the Daniel Bagley rummage sale a week ago. The sticker (which I knew was incorrect) said 50¢ so it didn't feel so exciting when it was really $5. And I can't find it online so I can't boast about how much I saved on it. But he loves it. And I love Daniel Bagley Elementary School. Hopefully we can move a few blocks north and get into their school zone. I hear it's one of the few public schools in the area worth attending. They even have a Montessori program!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dutch Heritage Celebration, Twilight Crit

Brandt and I drove almost two hours this morning to Lynden, WA, Dutch capital of the Pacific Northwest. It is a different world up there. The parade was great, but very farming-oriented. The beauty queen was called the Whatcom County Dairy Ambassador and rode in a convertible flanked by two people in cow costumes. And the majority of the parade acts were farming equipment...so of course Brandt loved it. The Taste of Lynden food area had poffertjes, but no pickled herring :(
By far, Brandt's favorite part was the $3 rickety train ride. He enjoyed it too much, in fact, and got incredibly angry when I removed him at the end of the ride. Fortunately I took a video of the whole thing so we can replay it to his heart's content.
I was worn out from the big morning so Dan and Brandt rode to Ballard for the Second Ascent Twilight Criterium without me. They had a great time and I had a great nap so it all worked out in the end. And maybe next year we can watch Dan ride in the crit!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Dapper dude

Behold the greatest invention known to momkind: the Dapper Snapper. It's a half-belt so Brandt can wear all his too-big pants. Not such a big deal with shorts, but before now all the pants that fit him in the waist were way too short.