July 30, 2009

Revelry. With One "L."

In case you haven't noticed, I'm trying to do a better job of updating my blog. It occurred to me the other day that I really don't need to do monster posts every time I log on; just a snapshot or two of our day, to stay connected to our loved ones far away.
I say a snapshot or two, because that's about all I've got right now.
Today was kind of a busy day. Bethany took the girls over to Josh's house to revel in the joys of air-conditioning, while I braved the heat, not reveling in the insecurity of having the house appraised. :D I couldn't stand the pressure, and called on Jamie and Chantel to come hold my hand through it all--such good friends I have!!!!
After Daniel's early leave from work, we took the girls to the mall for a bit, to revel in the joys of air-conditioning as a family, before heading home, and reveling in the joys of a kiddy pool, complete with bubble-blowing, which is also a joy to be reveled in:
And now, the family is in bed, and I am sitting on the back deck, reveling in a late night cup of coffee I'll probably be regretting in 6 hours or so, and thoroughly enjoying the cool air of the night, and all of creation in general:

Man, I love it here.

How Proper Ladies Spend Their Days in 100 Degree Weather

In an air-conditioned teahouse, of course! :D

The girls and I joined Melanie and her girls for storytime at The Storybook Tea and Boutique in Manette yesterday--what a sweet little place! The girls enjoyed lemonade, stories, and playtime with the wonderful collection of puppets, dollhouses, and other toys just waiting to be discovered. She also has an amazing selection of dress-up things, available for playdates at the teahouse. Just being there made me feel dainty, and that's not a word most would associate with me! ;-9
You'll forgive the mediocre photography; I walk among professionals, so I'm developing a complex. Oh, well. Do what you can.

As you can see, it's a cozy and inviting little place:
Full of things you never knew you wanted:
A lot of the items in her store are created by moms in this area, so you'll find some really unique things; we found a few hair pretties we couldn't leave without.

Here is the owner and gracious hostess, Wendy, reading to the girls, on the floor, barefoot.
Just my style! :D

It was a fun way to spend a sweltering morning; looking forward to our next visit!

July 28, 2009

Dog Days

We're having some amazing weather here in the Pacific Northwest;
this Hawaiian is trying to remember how to live in the sun. The temps have been...hot, :D And I hear tomorrow will be the hottest day this week!
We survived today by hiding out in the movie theater this morning (thanks, Regal Cinema, for your free summer movie series!), and then cruised in our little kiddy pool in the afternoon.
Here are Mikela & Malia, finally cool enough to smile.

And Kiana, slaving over a hot stove. By choice. She makes excellent mac 'n cheese!
Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Quiet Time

Anya, Mikela, & Malia

Enjoying the sunset after dinner

At Kitsap Memorial Park.

(Photo courtesy of Kiana Re' :D)

July 25, 2009

So much to say, so little time...

Well, it's been a glorious summer, and there is much to share, but I don't have the drive to go through my pictures right now...:p. Will catch up this next week, I promise. :D