Building train tracks


Sam has been a little sick for the last two days, so we’re spending some quiet days at home. We’ve spent a lot of time building train tracks. Sometimes Sam even lets me push around his new Mavis train. Never Toby, though. Toby belongs to Sam!

Painting project

We took a trip to Michael’s a few months ago to build a collection of crafts for Sam to do at home. One was a wooden alligator toy. Sam enjoyed painting it yesterday. He was very proud of it. When Dave came home, 6 hours after the project was finished, Sam ran to pick up the alligator and held it up, saying “Daddy, look! I painted the alligator!”

It was a good day, especially since Sam had a good dream at nap time. What do toddlers dream about? Cookies!

The day ended with Sam gorging himself on blackberries. Dave came with us to pick blackberries, which resulted in a big bowl full of them.

Sam’s day

I’m on break again, but the first two days of it were taken up with meetings and appointments (not much fun for Sam). To make up for it, I told Sam we could do anything he wanted today. He chose to ride his tricycle, go to the playground, and see tigers at the zoo.

I dressed him in his Italian car t-shirt from Grandma & Grandpa Castillo. He said “Look! It’s green and white and red cars! I LOVE this shirt!”

On our very long tricycle ride, we stopped by the garden, where he picked a tomato and ate it right away. Of the 4 ripe tomatoes we’ve picked from our garden this year, only one has made it all the way home. Sam loves his “tatos”.

We picked (and ate) a few blackberries on the way to the playground. Apparently, the blackberries were especially good today because Sam kept saying, “Mommy got some awesome blackberries!”

We came home for lunch and made a big mess in the kitchen while making some fried rice. Sam “helped” by taking all of the carrots out of their bag and telling me what to chop. Fried rice is a good food for Sam because he likes poking around in it to find all the goodies. Today the snap peas were a big hit. He kept saying, “Look! There’s peas inside! I can eat the peas!”

Now it’s naptime for Sam, cleanup time for me, and then a trip to the zoo to see some tigers. Busy day!

A Touch of the Devine at Diablo Lake

As I’ve mentioned earlier, we haven’t done a lot of traveling around the state of Washington since we moved here. This year we’ve resolved to change that. Our efforts started out with a trip to Cama Beach last month. This month we joined a friend of Emily’s on their annual trip to Diablo Lake in the north Cascades. Diablo Lake is a glacial lake meaning two things: 1.) the water is COLD, even though it’s only 3-4 feet deep and the temperatures were in the 90s and 2.) the water was this amazing shade of blue as a result of the “rock flour”, finely ground rock dust held in suspension in the water. Absolutely heavenly!

A quick note: apparently resizing the photos down broke WP’s ability to sort the pics by time taken and rotate the portrait-oriented shots and I’m far too lazy to do anything about. I’d apologize, but…well..I’m not gonna…