Friday, July 18, 2008

Lake Fair 2008

We took Bree for her first Lake Fair trip on Wednesday. It has changed since I was there last. They have a little kids section at the end of all the "big kid" rides. There are a ton of games and little kid rides...but Bree was only tall enough to pass for the merry-go-round. I think she was probably OLD enough for them, just not quite tall enough! Maybe next year. She still had a blast...eating fair food, riding the ride, playing games with her dad (you get a prize even if you don't really win). Here are a few pics from the fair.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Family Day

It has been so hot out lately as you all know, so the McGovern's set out for a fun family day of hiking and wading...well, sort of, in the lake.

We decided to take a hike on a new trail that was recommended to me by a co-worker. It is right out of our backyard practically. For those of you that know where the Evergreen State College is, this is where the trail starts.

(Please excuse the wonderful grafiti that has been plastered all over this sign)

We had the intention of taking this "little" hike (which ended up being 2 miles each way), all the way down to the water...not even thinking of when the tide would be out. But Bree was determined to get to the water!

The dogs loved being able to just run around, in and out, up and down the trails without a leash on...but they didn't like it so much when we got down to the water and realized...uh oh, the tide is out and there is too much mud to let the dogs run around. So, we turned ourselves around and headed back to the car. It was fun taking Bree for the hike though...she did need a little "pick me up" on the way back to the car...

So, we decided run teh dogs home and take Bree down to Black Lake. Now, mind you she hasn't been in the water before, except for the bathtub, so we were pretty much chancing it on whether or not she would like to swim.

The lake was absolutely perfect!

Except, this was about as far as Bree would let Daddy take her in the water without screaming!

Instead, she would rather spend her time going down the slide

Oh well, whatever floats your boat, right? Oh ya, Bree starts swim lessons on Monday! Wish me luck!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Flower Power

So, for those of you that don't know, we moved a few weeks ago from Rochester to the West Side of Olympia. I felt it was about time to add some color to this was pretty drab in front...and I love flowers! So I took a trip to Home Depot this afternoon while my planting partner (Bree) rested up.

Here are a few BEFORE pics:

And my planting partner...wondering when I am going to stop taking pictures and start planting flowers!

I remembered after accomplishing ONE of these, how much work this was last year when I did this at our old house! Bree was pretty helpful, in her own little way...flinging the drenched moss out of the bucket everywhere, landing on me of course! Wanting to dump the dirt in the planter whenever I did, but never actually getting the dirt IN the planter. Wiping her eyes with her dirt-filled planting gloves on, then screaming that "dirt in my eyes!" I think she realized after getting dirt in her eyes, that she would go ahead and let me handle the rest of the project...I didn't obejct to that. It was 90 degrees out and I wanted to get it done. Plus, I have a cold (yes, crazy when the weather is 90 degrees out, huh?) and bending over for more than 30 seconds resulted in snot dripping out of my nose...gross...well, maybe that helps fertilize the flowers? ha! ha!

Anyway, here are some pictures of our finished project

I had exactly 3 matching plants left over, guess I over-estimated the length of the planters when I was at Home Depot! But it worked our perfect because I had 3 matching plant pots sitting empty on my kitchen window...

Hope you all are enjoying this awesome weather we are having in the great NorthWest!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Happy 4th!

I have to apologize. I have been totally lagging on posting my blogs these days. But I DO have an excuse...well sort of. We moved last weekend, (only from Rochester to the West side of Olympia) so I have been very busy packing, packing, loading U-Hauls, driving back and forth to the old house, unpacking, unpacking, and re-organizing. So I haven't really had much to post about. But now that there has been another holiday recently, I do have a few new pics to share. We didn't do much this year for the 4th of July. Bree and I went to the good 'ole Tumwater parade with Suz and Ryan. Then we pretty much just hung out at home. Nothing to spectacular. Maybe next year we'll do the whole fireworks show thing. I wanted to to go Tumwater Valley gold course where they put on a cool fireworks show, but we weren't really into keeping Bree up till midnight...I know, we are party poopers...but like I said, next year when she is a little older we'll do that. So, here are a few pics from the parade. Enjoy!

Me and Bree at the parade
Bree watching the parade
Suz and Ryan watching the parade with us
And our good friend, Corrine. She is part of the Drill Team Posse. She usually rides her horse, but being 6 months pregnant, maybe being on the "poop patrol" was a better idea.

Hope you all had a fun and safe 4th!