Yes, we know. Family Friday 17 should have been last week. However, squarespace has been having issues lately, which has rendered it inoperable on the laptop. We are not sure why. I don’t know if squarespace knows why. It just goes to show, I should have bitten the proverbial bullet and built this website on wordpress.
But here we are, better late than never, right?
Week before last (12 – 18 Sep, for those keeping score at home) was an eventful one for the Kraeger family. It began with a trip to the Washington State Fair. Kathleen says that is not to be confused with the Evergreen State Fair. Ryan wasn’t confused before because he didn’t know such a thing existed. Now he is confused. He gets that way easily.
Transporting four pizzas in the back of the car. We really need to get around to building the pizza carrier we have been scheming up. Homemade pizza and microbrew is a winning combination.
Wait. Back up one. Friday night, Evie hung out with Grandma and Grandpa, so Mommy and Daddy could pretend to be grownups for a change. Ryan made pizza, and we went to the Odd Otter Brewing Company in Tacoma for microbrews. It is the sort of bar that doesn’t serve food, so you can bring in whatever outside food you want. We brought homemade pizza. This created a bit of a dilemma for the bartenders when a number of other customers tried to order some of that “amazing looking pizza.”
Sorry folks. This pizza is not commercially available… yet. When Aunt Renee gets her restaurant up and running, we’ll send you her way.
Anyway, back to the Fair.
Evie has not napped yet today. You can see it in her eyes
Of course we had to take Evie back to her roots by visiting the livestock. for being such a tired baby girl (she was doing a sleep strike that morning to protest the unfairness of napping) she was still pretty happy and engaged.
Wow, those little horses are almost Evie sized!
We also visited the milking parlor where Evie got to see cows being milked for the first time.
Ryan visited the Marine Corps Recruiters’ pullup bar, twice. The first time he did 22 pullups and got a t-shirt. The second time he did 20 and got a little toiletries bag. Maybe he should join the Marines?
Become a Marine? Please! And give up this awesome facial hair? No thank-you.
One of Ryan’s favorite stops in the fair is the Fred Oldfield Art Exhibit, a showing of cowboy, western, animal and wildlife themed paintings by various artists. One of the artists, Don Crook was there painting when we went by. Last year we bought the “Moby Dick” painting that hangs in our family room from his exhibit. This year we actually got to meet him and listen to him talk about his artwork and painting methods, and the story of the painting we bought.
Mommy, Evie, Don Crook, and four cows.
Mommy and Evie got a picture with him and some of his artwork. He is a cool old man.
And… face plant.
And Evie finally lost the battle against sleep, but instead of laying back on her nice comfortable stroller bed to sleep, she held herself upright to look around until she finally passed out with her head on the tray.
Hello small black ursine friend!
Ryan had to go to the airport Saturday night to fly to Fayetteville North Carolina for medic refresher training. On the way we stopped and had frozen yogurt for supper, and Evie got to hang out with her Black Bear Buddies.
Hmmm… let me see, what am I in the mood for?
She has become increasingly mobile in the last week, and that mobility has brought with it an increased passion for exploring her world, and seeing what lies under, inside, on top of, and behind. It is pretty exciting to watch, especially when she is outside. Unfortunately, it is getting to be fall time in the Pacific Northwest, and that means wet and cold and not the best going outside weather.
Ryan made it to Fayetteville by hook and crook. It was seriously a fiasco, which you can read about here if you are so inclined. The training was supposed to last almost two weeks, and that is a long time for Evie to be without her Daddy, (or for Daddy to be without his Evie) so Mommy and Evie flew out on Thursday night to join Ryan in North Carolina.
It was a red-eye flight, which gave us some pause when we were planning it out. Who knows how a 7 month old baby would do on an airplane and in airports all night?
What’s over there? More people? I love people!
Turns out she did just fine. She hung out and flirted with the people, and then slept for several hours on the plane.
Turns out she is a born traveler, just like her Mommy (and unlike Daddy, who would rather be at the places doing the things, and doesn’t much care for the process of getting there) .
In the meantime, Ryan was hanging out in Fort Bragg and its environs, learning more stuff about medicine, practicing skills long since gone a bit rusty (that’s what happens when you are just a long haired hippie college student all the time). It was a bit surreal, being back in the old stomping grounds, where so many of the most intense years of my life were spent. That’s topic for a whole other can of worms right there.
The best part of being in Fort Bragg. however, was hanging out with Uncle Matthew, who is stationed there now. (Evie’s Uncle Matthew, that is, Ryan’s little brother Matthew).
Attempting 5 consecutive slow reps of the dragon flag. It’s good for what ails you. Especially when what ails you is a weak core.
It is so great working out with someone like Matthew, especially with bodyweight exercises (which is really all we did). He brings such an intensity to everything he does, and he is close to my level of strength, pound for pound (and well past it in a few exercises), that his intensity and energy level rub off on me, and my own workout is so much more effective.
Lean and tough, that’s Matthew. But with some coaching, he has potential to become leaner and tougher and mighty!
And that brings us up to last Thursday night, which is really when Family Friday’s usually cover to. Many more adventures ensued the following day and week, but those will have to wait until next time.
No Pictures, Please.