Well! This week was a barrel of monkeys.
Or a bucket of Ellie. Same thing.
We already wrote earlier this week about our visit to the cemetery for Memorial Day. Or rather, the Sunday before Memorial Day. After visiting at the cemetery we went to Deedee and Papa’s house to visit and then visited Dude and Susie.
On memorial day Daddy and Evie did their best to cook the most patriotic and American breakfast we could think of.
Start out with a little bit of red, white and blue…
A.k.a. strawberries, blueberries, and Bisquick.
Add some bacon and a little bit of sausage, and voilà!
Then we went down to Dupont for a hike with our good friends Margie and Dane, and their daughter Zellie.
For our hike we chose sequelachew park which is a 1.5 mile trail from behind the Dupont police station down to the water on the sound.
It is quite a lovely trail, broad and well-maintained, that slopes gently downhill to the water.
It runs down an old railway grade, so the slope is not very dramatic and there is plenty of nature for the little people to hunt.
At the bottom, the trail goes through an old rail tunnel from when they used to have a dock down there.
This is the only place where there’s any track left, but it runs underneath a working railroad track that runs along the edge of the sound from north to south.
Once you go through the tunnel you arrive on the beach which, like most Washington beaches, is entirely composed of rocks of various size. Far from being a disadvantage, this is a most excellent thing when you are small and want to throw rocks in the water. It also works when you are big and want to throw rocks in the water. This beach comes handily supplied with rocks rated for all your rock throwing needs, at least from 18 month girl to 34-year-old BCFF.
There are also some pretty decent rocks that you can climb on.
All in all, for being a 3 mile round-trip, the steady uphill grade for the entire way back makes it a bit of a smoker especially if you are carrying a rucksack with an Ellie on top of it. After our hike, we enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch before heading home to relax for the rest of the day.
Daddy is trying to step up his grill game, so the girls are helping him study.
The neighbor kids came over in the afternoon to test out the sturdiness of the hammock pole after Ryan added three bags of quick-crete. At 50 pounds apiece, that’s 150 pounds of support at the very base of the pole, so it should do the trick.
After nap, Eli wanted to come outside but no one was available to put her shoes on right away, so she helped herself to her sister’s shoes, put them on her self, and walked on outside.
On the wrong feet and everything just like a proper toddler shoe should be. And then she proceeded to get them soaking wet. This is also very right and just for a toddler shoe.
Mommy has been working hard with her new business, selling bags two ladies who need to carry things around in their life. This, in my experience, includes pretty much every lady ever.
Ellie likes to help by explaining the various virtues and benefits of each bag and accessory item.
She’s been getting pretty good responses too, complete with live Facebook videos and other fancy stuff like that.
We spent all day Thursday packing and getting ready for our trip this weekend.
When Evelyn got home from school, she thought that was a good idea so she joined her sister.
In case you were not familiar with this during tale, you may listen to Evelyn’s rendition of it here.
Or not, since the mobile app won’t allow me to paste the link in apparently. You’ll just have to imagine it.While some liberties may have been taken with some aspects of the story, it was, nevertheless, heartwarming and profound as ever.
Last night, we got together for pizza to celebrate Ryan finishing PA school.
It was a surprise get together, Ryan thought we were just getting together with Deedee and Papa before we headed out for the weekend.
Instead, all of these folks showed up…
And piled on top of Deedee.
And we got our party on like we were graduating college.
Then, we went home and finished packing. We staged all of our rucks by the door as they should be.
And then everyone was up bright and early this morning
Ready for our next big adventure.
So have a great weekend everyone, we will see y’all next week.