Sunday, July 17, 2011

Seeing Thomas

Today Thomas the Tank engine came to visit Seattle, well, Northbend. The kids were thrilled! The major hit of the day, other than the ride, was the garden railroad display at the railroad museum. Big N would have stood there all day if we had let him.

The second big event was having Thomas run over some pennies. The kids thought that was pretty cool.

We are convinced that this may be the last year that the visit to see Thomas is a magical event. Big N enjoyed the visit, but it wasn't quite like the time we saw it when he was three.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


I had planed a long detailed blog post of our vacation, but we sadly came home to find one of our cats was no longer here. We're not sure how or when she got outside, but she has now been missing for three weeks.

The house sitter never remembers seeing more than two cats in our home. I remember checking that all three cats were safely sleeping on the bed before we left. At some point between my check and the Tuesday after we left, she was let out of the house.

I'll miss my buddy. She would sit on my lap while I worked. She also would chatter at the birds from a window. Miss Daisy had the loudest purr I have ever heard from a cat, it was more like an old engine rattling at a stop light then a light purr from a cat. We miss you Daisy.

Attacking my hands from below

As a kitten, she would even play with the dogs

Getting into trouble with her sister

Friday, July 1, 2011

Off to the Park

We have taken a two week vacation! I cannot remember ever taking this much time off in my adult life, other than maternity leave.

We started off heading towards Yellowstone National Park. After a few days, we headed to Rocklake North Dakota. After the trip to North Dakota, we headed to South Dakota to visit My Rushmore. It has been a whirlwind trip. Overall this has been a very positive family vacation.

It did start out a little hard for Little N. We drove two days to go to Yellowstone Park. As we're driving through the park to reach our campground passing herds of Bison and beautiful rivers, we hear from the back, "Where is the slide and the swings at this park?"

Little N was heartbroken to find out that a National Park is a different designation of the word park. She started crying, but we were able to make her smile after that.

Swedish Fish made it better