Here are my excuses for not writing more.

25 09 2012

Summer in Seattle is precious. It’s bright, and magnificent, and perfect in every way except longevity. Good habits and prudence are things for our grey, drizzly days. All Seattleites give way to hedonism with sunshine and warm weather. And this has been the best Seattle summer in at least a decade. It started slow, but dry and clear weather has lingered beyond any reasonable expectation. It’s really hard to sit in front of a computer and type when the outside beckons.

Because of the extended dry weather, we’ve been able to enjoy a lot of outdoor activities on the weekend: Soccer games, bike riding, you get the picture. This past Sunday, we had a particularly nice trip to the zoo. No crowds! Hungry birds! Loud siamangs! (First time in two years I’ve heard them…) 

Someday the rain will return. Someday my kids will no longer want to spend sunny Sundays at the zoo. But until then, I’ll be outside more and writing less…

Alex, Patrick, Cockatiel

Alex and Patrick feed a cockatiel at Willawong Station in the Woodland Park Zoo.

Happy goat.

Patrick and Alex have the petting area all to themselves. This goat obviously enjoyed the attention.





Entering Lake Union

8 09 2012


Entering Lake Union, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey.

We took advantage of the lingering summer weather to take a quick kayak trip through Portage Bay and Lake Union. The kids had a grand time.





Hello, Autumn!

4 09 2012

Every single parent I know is happy school is starting. Somehow, when I was growing up, I completely missed out on this part of back-to-school… Thank God the little rugrats are out of the house!

First Day of School

Alex starts 1st grade, minus a tooth.

But before settling into the comfortable routines of a new school year, I want to remember what an epic summer it was. The kids visited three states, yet we had none of those meltdowns that make parents dread air travel. (Even during the Kafkaesque evening at Dulles airport, the kids remained in good spirits.) We had a fun and sunny weekend camping! And thanks to the hard work of one devoted grandmother, Alex learned to both tie his shoes and ride his bike.

Alex Rides

Add in some of the best Seattle summer weather in years, and there’s nothing to complain about at all! 

Here’s hoping that our autumn is as great as our summer….

Running Through the Spray