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Putting Mom on Time Out, The Good Kind

Friday, November 18th, 2011

It’s that time of year, isn’t it? I can feel the stress and panic start to creep up behind me like an old, loose pair of underwear. Holidays are coming fast.

Yes, it’s a time to enjoy family and friends and large alcoholic beverages, but somehow for me it turns into striving for the Perfect and completely unobtainable Holiday Experience.

Which is why I am so grateful for the time out I have been putting myself on by going to a moms’ group I love, Mom’s Morning Retreat.

Mothering is, ironically, such an isolating experience. Do you have a supportive group of moms? Maybe you know some moms, but guess what? They are busy moms. Is there any other kind? And your mom friendship consists mainly of comparing notes on best baby foods, best playgrounds, best schools, best healthy lunches or best torture device that leaves no marks.

I have loved having a place to go twice a month where I can talk about real issues about being not just a mom, but being a whole person. Bev Gaines leads the group discussions and gives us all delicious food for thought.

This week we had a service activity of making fleece blankets for foster kids.

Fuzzy fun!

Whether we get deep or just have a laugh, we all leave feeling a little less frazzled and hopefully a little more ourselves.

Which can only help everyone around us, before, during and after the holidays, right?

Mom’s Morning Retreat meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, Sept.-June, on Bainbridge Island and is open to moms of children of all ages. Coffee, snacks and even child care are provided during meetings.


Wendy is a mom, writer, reader, runner and singer of off-key tunes. You can find more of her writings and photos and ramblings at Let the Dog In! and join her on Facebook and Twitter.


Summer in Full Swing

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

This Summer, my family has discovered an extraordinary activity where you drive for miles with all your stuff and then sleep under the stars!  I know camping isn’t a new idea, but it is to us. I know you all must be shocked being that we live in the camping capital of the world (or maybe it just seems like that).

I have no excuse really. Other than I just never did it. My husband and i grew up in Urban NJ very close to NY and camping wasnt a priority in either of our families.

That has all changed! We are hooked. Our girls too.

What a fantastic experience for us all.

We camped at Sol Duc Falls in the Olympic Mountains and it was beautiful! *sigh* If you have never been, it is so worth it!

We were all squished in our 2 person tent, but had a blast eating outside and hiking and even just listening to the quiet.

I know we will do so much more of this before the Summer is over!

You can see more images and read a bit more about it here.

What new things will you try this Summer?

Do you have any favorite places to camp in WA?

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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What’s Up on the KitPen this weekend?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Looking for a few things to do with the family this hopefully sunny and warm weekend? Well, guess what?! There are some!

Saturday, June 4th

Did you know it’s National Trails Day? Well, now we both do! And the City of Poulsbo has Walking Ambassadors on tap to walk you around nine different routes. No pre-registration required! Read more at their site.

Also, Saturday, get your filthy (well, mine IS) car washed and help out the Bainbridge Island School District. Bainbridge Schools Foundation is hosting a car wash from 9am-3pm at the island’s Chevron station. Do good and look good for it!

Sunday, June 5th

Kitsap Mini Maker Faire is happening Sunday and will have all kinds of items made by knitters, welders, inventors, craftsmen, artists, you name it. Plus, a food booth, so who can beat that?! All the stuff I am totally unable to do and totally impressed by those who can!

Once you’ve checked out the Kitsap Maker Faire, save some energy (and $) to come to Bainbridge Schools Foundation Family Fun Fair from 1-5pm. They’ll have a dunk tank, cake walk, crafts for sale, putt putt golf and more, at Bainbridge’s high school.

So, there, you have no excuse not to have fun this weekend and tear yourself away from your yard for a few hours! Enjoy!!


To market, to market!

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

It may be 46 degrees and cloudy, but guess what? Farmers don’t care! Guess what started up again today—-

I checked out Bainbridge Island’s own market, running every Saturday morning now through summer (oh, summer, where are you?!). For the next few weeks, you may want to first shop for fleece at the market!

They even have wool felted soaps in every color–even soap may get cold!

Amazingly enough, there were loads of fresh greens,

and shallots

and even goose eggs (which I am here to tell you, are not a big zero, they are HUGE).

First day of market, everyone comes out, even a 2-day old baby.

Precious, right?

She was born on the island at the wonderful (and extremely hardworking) Port Madison Goat Farm where they make DElicious cheeses (I’m pretty sure they put that ice there; it didn’t just form on its own).
So bring the whole family to come check out the action at the Farmers Market.
You can’t help but feel the love.

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You can read more from Wendy at her blog, Let the dog in!, you can “like” her at facebook.com/letthedogin, and you can also tweet to her at twitter.com/letthedogin and to her dog at twitter.com/beccadog, who is an amazing speller. They’d love to hear from you!


Antiques

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Today I went with a friend to the History and Heritage 2011 Kitsap Antique Show.

It was held at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton by The Kitsap county Historical Society and the Puget Sound Genealogical Society.

We had a blast! Or maybe I should say a blast from the past!

We strolled around and looked at all the different collections, from long ago and not-so-long ago (at least in my mind).

Is it dating myself if I admit to having had one of these when I grew up? I think it might have been pink.

We each brought an item to be appraised.

If you like to see a picture of my script from a Hard Day’s Night head on over to my blog.

We had an educational day filled with stories and tips for storing antiques. Overall it was great to talk with the vendors and stroll down memory lane ~even if it wasn’t mine.

What have you done today?

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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To Bird or Not to Bird

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

I have a family of Birders. Do you know what I mean? People who like to spot and identify birds. Bird Watchers.

I am not. I find it hard to get excited about birds (even though I like our fine feathered friends) but I do appreciate the fact that they get so much enjoyment out of it.

My husband decided, since the sun was out, it was a good day to Bird with the girls today. I decided that I wanted to stay warm, at home. Silly Mama.

He took them to our favorite beach at Point No Point in Hansville. It is the sole reason we decided to move out here. It is that lovely.

They found rocks and shells and driftwood and oysters…and birds. There was so much more than just birding going on. They got some fresh air and spent some quality discovery time out there on the wild beach, together.

The pictures they took for me were filled with so much beauty and awe that I almost felt like I missed it (notice the almost. I still prefer to be warm inside).

It inspired me to share with you. This shows if you just get out (especially when the sun breaks through) even if it is a cold winter’s day, you may be surprised at what you find.

***For all of you birders out there: They spotted 4 Great Blue Herons, 1 Bald Eagle, a Western Gull, a Glaucous Gull, a Brandt’s Cormorant, and a sparrow they couldn’t identify because it was too quick.

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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A Natural Valentine – woven at Islandwood

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

My daughter and I went to Islandwood yesterday for weaving class, and we made this for you!

It’s made from the bark of the cedar tree, which I’m told is not a true cedar tree. We have red cedars in this part of the country, which are a cousin of the cypress tree.

See, now you’ve gone and learned something today, too! That wasn’t so bad!

It’s a long process of pulling the bark off the tree, letting it dry for months and then using it for crafts, so fortunately, Islandwood did all the hard work and we showed up in time for the fun!

We were clearly the beginning level, but they have an expert who made these, too.

Small basket.

Rattles.

But even if you’re not at the post-grad level of weaving, you can take junk mail flyers, old cereal or Kleenex boxes lying around the house and make something like this:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’ve never been, you really should check the offerings at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island. Their family events are affordable (usually $5 donation suggestion), interesting and fun.

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You can read more from Wendy at her blog, Let the dog in!, you can “like” her at facebook.com/letthedogin, and you can tweet her at twitter.com/letthedogin. She’d love the company.


Peter and the Wolf

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Today, I took my family to see a screening of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf put on by the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. This was an amazing blend of onscreen classical music, live puppeteering, and audience engagement.

It warmed my heart to see a packed room (standing room only) with many eager children and adults of all ages waiting to enjoy this classic tale set to beautiful music.

The Kidimu supplied a craft for the children to do before the show started. They all got to make their very own puppets to take home. Fabulous way to direct all of that excited energy!

I actually know a few people in the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, but have not had the pleasure of hearing them perform, until now. They put on a wonderful show and were extremely professional. I really loved sharing this with my girls. Not only was it visually appealing, but our ears were open, taking in the story and lively music, as well.

There was a point where the puppets paraded through the audience so that everyone got to see them up close.

They also had all of the puppets and actors in the lobby afterward so that the kids could ask questions and touch the puppets.

It was a lovely way to spend a morning in our very own community.

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Bella Bella Cupcakes…

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Hey all you Kitsapers…there’s a new gig in town and man-o-man is it sweet.  This past weekend Bella Bella Cupcakes opened a retail shop in Silverdale and of course we had to hop right in the car for a wee bit of dessert.  Head on over to Oh Happy Days for the full report.  After that head on over to Bella Bella Cupcakes (10726 Silverdale Way) for a treat.  You can even host your child’s birthday party there…no muss no fuss and lots of sugar!

(photo courtesy of Bella Bella Cupcakes)
 
 

-Stacey is a mom of two and a wife of one who likes her family (good thing), traveling, reading celebrity gossip (I’m not ashamed), and cooking. You can read more about her and the crew at her blog Oh Happy Days.

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The Rice Report — Mochi Festival Fun!

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

It’s a new year and that means it’s a new Mochi Festival here on Bainbridge Island this past weekend. Have you ever sampled mochi, a sweet rice ball with a tasty bean paste hiding inside?

The Sun article on the event is here with some great shots by Brad Camp in the photo gallery. I also have a little more info here on my own home page.

In case you didn’t make it (*gasp*!!), I’m sharing a few more photos of the rice pounding fun.

There was much shouting and swinging of mallets.

A lot of risk-taking maneuvers, but so far no one has lost any fingers.

Even shorter helpers were enlisted in the fun.

After the rice pounding, the white goo was moved inside, which was great on that chilly day!

Pieces get torn off, balled and shared.

Lots of little hands then wrapped those bean paste balls into their white coats.

There was plenty of fun and rice treats to go around!

As you can see, the Mochi Festival is a great family event here in Kitsap County. If you’ve never been, be sure to check it out next time!
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Wendy is a writer, improviser, wife, and mom of two daughters, one covered in fur and rolling in….um, never mind. She’d love for you to read more of her writings at Let the dog in! and tweet with her on twitter.


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