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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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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!


Is it That Time Already??

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

I just celebrated my Birthday yesterday. Growing up, I always knew when Summer was ending because it was Birthday time. I even got school supplies for presents. But that’s another story.

As a parent, I see the signs. Literally. Signs in stores for School supplies, Fall clothing,  and New Shoes with buckles. Even though the weather hasn’t changed, we know it’s coming.

I remember having very clear feelings when it came to this. But now, I find myself torn between wanting my kids around all the time and really needing that break.

Honestly, I am enjoying our loose schedule and free-spirited activities (not to forget all the great produce that comes with Summer). At the same time, I also enjoy the schedules and activities that happen in the Fall. See? Torn.

I understand why there are so many people who Home-school or Un-school. What freedom! Then again, would it mean as much if it weren’t ending? Like having Christmas every day. Not so much fun.

I’m feeling like an emotional yo-yo.

So here we are with *gasp* just a few more weeks before our Summer ends, and I am hanging on with one hand. We are eating as much corn as we can, and being outside soaking up that sun, and laughing with each other and friends. Sand in our toes and chlorine in our hair. Oh and Bubbles. Blowing lots of bubbles cause that is really one of the best things to do.

I am putting off buying supplies and clothing for a bit longer.

I suppose living in the moment is the best…for now.

What will you do to keep Summer a little longer?

Are you ready for School to begin?

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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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My Favorite Sign of Summer

Monday, July 19th, 2010

We have many signs of summer in this region of the country, longer daylight hours: less rain, noisy, bobnoxious kids home from school, and bright yellow Goldfinches at the feeders.

But this is my all-time favorite Sign of Summer:

And it’s right here on Bainbridge Island (although there are other, delicious places for U-Pick berries in the area, too).

When I see that sign, I know it invariably leads to this:

A bit of red heavenly goodness. Okay, maybe more than just a bit.

Mmmmmmmmmm.


What are your favorite things to do with these little bits of heaven? Do you have some other favorite sign of summer?

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Fireworks~meh.

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

The Fourth of July is upon us! Independence day. So that means fireworks.

Me and Fireworks have always had a Love/Hate relationship. Except not the Love part. They are Loud, Dangerous, and Stinky. So there. I said it.

It began many moons ago when I saw fireworks with my family. I was the kid with her fingers in her ears, wincing every time something exploded. I asked every few seconds if we could leave, and was holding my breath, waiting until it stopped. A special kind of torture really. It hasn’t changed.

Now, though, I get to calm my youngest down in the middle of the night when someone chooses to “celebrate” at 2:00 am with some rip roaring fireworks. Right. Outside. Our. Window. *blinking eyes*

I realize I am in the minority, but totally fit right in with most dogs. I met a woman yesterday who was driving to Canada with her dog, to avoid the noise because said dog was freaked out. Smart Lady.

The day after is always filled with strewn firecracker remnants, and stories of children losing limbs. UGH. There must be a better way to show our patriotism, no?

On the upside of the holiday, there is a general feeling of camaraderie with fellow countrymen (and women) and passion for this country in which we live. People march in parades and gather to share food and music and pride. Lovely.

I like that part.

So have a great, safe Independence Day today~however you choose to celebrate it!

I’ll be the one under the bed with the dogs.

Photo Credit: pdphoto.org


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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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Dumb Bunny…

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Last week I heard the phrase “rabbits are a**holes” come from my sweet husband’s lips.  Really?  When did we arrive at this point? 

I guess it all started with a little thing we like to call a garden.  Two years ago we had a garden and the production was less than stellar.  This year Jason has been working very hard on creating a space that plants will want to come and hang out a bit.  Where they will invite their friends and have a plant party and reproduce (yeah…like one of those parties in the 1970’s I’ve heard about).  Instead, it turns out, something other than plants is having a party in our garden.  The bunnies have moved in and they are throwing one heck of a rager.  They sent out the evite, waited for the cloak of darkness, and made their move.  I am surprised that we didn’t find tiny beer cans and condom wrappers next to the gnawed off lettuce.  Or a little Lindsay Lohen bunny passed out next to the peas.  Those bunnies know how to whoop it up and in turn our garden was rapidly becoming their own personal above ground rave. 

However, the operative word here is WAS.  Jason shall not be defeated, especially by something so small and cute and furry and defenseless.  He has erected a four foot fence in order to keep the little party animals out.  The first night, however, security had been breached.  They found a hole and the next morning we found our bean plants missing.  Dumb bunnies (us, not them).  Now the fence has been buried and the holes have been patched.  If those bunnies think they are going to get a free meal off us they have another thing coming.  We will take back the night and we shall be victorious.  Yes the spoils will be ours.  Ours I say. 

And mark my words when I say that never again, in this house, will a rabbit be refered to as an a**hole.  Unless, of course, we are talking about the time I got bit by the neighbor’s pet rabbit and it drew blood.  Or the time our cat brought a baby bunny in through the cat door and it pooped all over the trim board in our playroom.  Or the time I applied to be one of Hef’s bunnies and didn’t get picked.  But I digress…that’s a whole ‘nother story for a whole ‘nother time.

-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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Wrapping Up and Gearing Up

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

I am in between. The last days of summer are here and I am finding myself wanting for more.

I’m not done! We’re not done!

Where did Summer go?

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Summer Reading

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

In this tough economy, I find I am always looking for very inexpensive or free things to do with my kids. And now that school is out, there is a lot of “doing” that needs to happen.

Yesterday we went to the library in Poulsbo. I know we are not the only family that has visited the library this summer. This was made obvious because it was hard to find a few of the books we wanted to check out. We had to put 2 on hold because each of those 2 books were checked out in all of the combined KRL libraries.

Did you know you can put books on hold from your computer at home?

I didn’t. I tend to just pick from the offerings available at the branch I visit. I’m not a super-inquisitive type, so I missed this “feature” of our library system. I found I was quite pleased to learn I could do some of our book planning from home. With 3 kids, it sure is nice not to have to make a trip just to return home empty handed. Just visit krl.org to get started!

We visited the library yesterday to get my kids hooked up with the summer reading program. Quoting from their site, “Starting June 13th, read (or be read to) for ten hours and receive a FREE paperback and a Kitsap County Fair & Stampede ticket.” It really is a great program to help incent one’s kids to get their reading on, yo :)

My 7 year old wanted to get set up as soon as it began, but I pushed it off for other “things” we had to do. So when we got home yesterday, she dug into Junie B. Jones and filled in 2 of her 15 minute spots right away. Meanwhile, my 4 year old daughter sat “reading” her big books on the couch.

If you are looking for some free activity options for your kids, the Kitsap Regional Library offers more than shelves of books too! There are fun events (such as puppeteers, magicians and The Reptile Man) throughout the summer at the various libraries in Kitsap. Click here to find the schedule.

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What to do, what to do…

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I hope for this to be the first of many posts of this nature. What is there to do with the kids around here?

The end of school is quickly approaching and if you are like any of the moms I have been chatting with, you may be asking yourself, “What are we going to do when school is out?”

Good question. Are there local activities we can do with our kids when school is out? Of course there are!

Sure, I could load you down with link after link to fun crafts to do over the summer, but I won’t. Nah. I am going to throw two links at you today so you can get those summer activity wheels turning. One link to a website with local resources for moms and families, and one link to a book written by local gals with fantastic ideas for exploring the Kitsap Peninisula. Let’s keep it simple… 

  • PNW Moms. Have you been there yet? It is a FANTASTIC resource. You can locate local play groups, mom groups, library story times, businesses with activities list their programs… There is information on the site about local parks, you can connect with other moms on the site. The options available are many. There are even activites listed for teens… This is not a site only for moms with young or elementary aged children. Take a look. Browse around. Were I a betting woman, I’d bet you’d find something there to look into!
  • Great Adventures for Kitsap Peninsula: Family Fun in the West Sound. It is in it’s 3rd Edition now. I bought myself a copy of the 2nd edition a few years back and I love it. It is a great reference and idea-giver for us Kitsap mamas — and families! I’ve copied a snippet from the Kitsap Adventures website describing the book: Filled with new information about local parks, trails, beaches, museums, and kid friendly activities all packaged as adventures and creative ideas families can do together in our beautiful Kitsap Peninsula

So there you go, families… fellow moms… A starting point to help answer that looming “summer is almost here” question, “What are we going to do???”

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