Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dad gets a fish (or Barbie's last hurrah)

Dad took off for the end of the week/weekend on a fishing adventure... really a mission to catch a salmon.
 So, while he was off on his mission, we had a bit of our own fun.  Mom was finally off of work for a little bit, so she enjoyed a few days just staycationing around Portland, going places that she would rather go on her own (shopping mostly) and spending hours reading books.  When we were home from camp, we managed to spice up her days a fair bit.  First off, Grace and Mom went to the Church's rummage sale and came home with this fantastic parachute.  We can definitely get some good games going with the three of us, but we really need a few more friends to come over!
 It is a rainbow, billowing bunch of fun in the back-yard!  We also celebrated Alice's birthday!

 There was a bunch of running around fun to be had by everyone, plus a great pinata.  Man I love a pinata, though they do make me a little crazy.
 and of course a sweet smiling birthday girl

 with an awesome polka dot cake!
 Soon after we came home from the birthday party, my best bud Aiden from school came over... can you believe it, our first play-date since school was out!  I really missed him and maybe over planned our afternoon together.

After rapid fire jumping from bandalooms, to weaving potholders, to playing with my arduino robot, to playing parachute and trying to catch a chicken... we finally managed to settle down and enjoy some popsicles and raspberries.

 Today was a little quieter, we went to church in the morning, and then headed over for a beautiful day in the Chinese garden.  An artist that Mom admires, SunJae Lee was doing a demo so we go to see him paint.  In a turn of events, I was a little distracted and Grace was fairly entranced with the whole process.  He does some great watercolor scrolls with a bit of a more modern look with more vibrant colors.  We got a painting to hang in our living room.
 We kept checking in on the progression of his paintings throughout the afternoon.
 and spent a lot of the rest of the time enjoying the Garden in its summer beauty.  The water lillies and locusts were lush and in bloom.
 The sun was shining and the day was perfect for getting our drawing supplies out and coloring.

Grace took this pretty seriously and did some fun renditions of the water lillies, even making green out of the yellow and blue pen she brought!
 I finally settled down for a few pencil sketches too, but mostly enjoyed looking for fishes under the lilies.

 After checking in again with Mr. Lee, he gave Grace a hand-painted fan to keep her cool on the hot summer days.  Grace turned around and gave him one of her drawings of the water lilies, it was a very sweet exchange.
 Her barbie also made it out with us and alas lost her head by the end of the day.  I think the neck-grip may have been a bit of a problem in the end.

 We do love hanging out at the garden.  We may need to consider a membership, given we do go a few times a year.
 Dad made it home this afternoon with two fish!  A nice 27" coho
and a really awesome 18lb (34") Chinook.  Nice job Dad!!!  We missed you but so glad you came home with some yummy salmon.

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