Monday, September 29, 2008

Camp Orkila

Alexi and Abbott spent the weekend at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island together with their Y Guides group.

Abbott enjoying the ferry ride to Orcas Island.

the cabin

Activities were numerous; here's a look at some of what they did:

Friday, September 26, 2008

soccer season

I've learned many valuable things from my experiences with team sports; for example, that hard work always pays off, how to work with a team, that you have to give if you ever want to receive. It makes me very happy that Abbott and Cal have an early opportunity to learn some of these things.

Cal is playing soccer once a week in a class setting with friends from his preschool:

Alexi is coaching Abbott's team. Here's an excerpt from an email he wrote to the team parents before the first game:

"Hello Soccer fans,

Hooray, our first game is nearly here!...

The C family will be bringing a bag of lollipops and handing out a lollipop to any of us (coaches included!!) who instructs from the sidelines. Cheering (yeah! well done!, etc.) is encouraged. Instructing (go! run! shoot! pass! kick it!, etc.) is prohibited, for many reasons.

Kids two or more years older than our children will be refereeing. Needless to say, we'll go with the flow. Please direct any concerns about the officiating to me. Please remind your son that we will thank the referee after the game...

After the game, I hope your questions for your son will be along the lines of "Did you have fun?" and not "Did you win?" If your son says he did not have fun, please send me an email or give me a call. If anyone asks me the score, my answer will be something along the lines of, "435 to 7008." I hope your answers will be similar."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Olympic Sculpture Park part II

Here I am in front of Wake

Curve XXIV, Richard Kelly

Split, 2003, Roxy Paine

My favorite sculpture: Typewriter Eraser, Scale X

Monday, September 22, 2008

the weekend according to first graders

Here's a look at what Abbott's classmates reported about their weekend last Monday. Abbott's is the fourth from the top, initials AP. I'm curious to see what the Monday Morning News will be like this week.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


We spent Saturday enjoying the Puyallup Fair...

Lots of eating....

Alexi's choice - elephant ears


Amazing produce....


Things to buy...


baby quail

baby chicks

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Center of the Universe

Like many cities, Seattle is full of neighborhoods with very distinct personalities. Fremont prides itself in its eclectic, artsy nature.


Waiting for the Interurban has been described as a "community comedy magnet" and "a statue that encourages art attacks by creative vandals". This is one of Seattle's most popular sculptures.

Fremont Rocket

click to enlarge