July, Part I

I had guests in from my parent company for meetings over the week of the fourth of July. I took them to a brewery, and one of them split his head open on reentering my truck. Not serious, but bloody (scalp wounds). Got gauze from the brewery, and a bunch of paper towels. He used the paper towels to tie the gauze on the top of his head, and more paper towels to fashion something similar to a bandanna (this garnered some attention).

Independence Day occurred. My Japanese guests went to a Mariners game (they got free American flag cowboy hats, and not-free ballpark beers). We let the kids stay up late to try and see fireworks for the first time. They were exhausted (like a two minute dropoff to sleep when they finally went to bed). They got to see a tiny bit, and after we exhausted our supply of pop-its, we went to a neighbor’s, and the kids got sparklers for the first time.

Over the course of the day, KrisDi made ribs for dinner (surprisingly, so-so) and a pair of tarts for me to bring to my meetings. On the 5th, I went to more meetings and dinner with my guests, and KrisDi took the kids to the Family Fun Center.

The following weekend was rather busy. We went to a Polish festival on Saturday. It was busy, the food was good, but KrisDi could make any of it better (or P Dubs, in the case of poppy seed cake). The kids got their faces painted, and then we went and bought an expensive cooktop for a reasonable price, a new fridge for the garage, and a new dishwasher to replace the one that I expect to die soon. I spent the weekend removing old appliances and installing new ones.

Of course, Chilkat turned five this week. We had two birthday parties last weekend. KrisDi went overboard (oh my…such a surprise). She took the Thursday and Friday before as vacation days to prepare. For the most part, both of them went pretty well, except Chilkoot had a couple absolute meltdowns at his second one (at Pump It Up). He wanted to race Nana through an obstacle course first, but Chilkat got that honor. Consequently, Chilkoot screamed on the floor. I tried to reason with him (eyeroll). Basically, “So…it’s now impossible for you to do this first. Now, do you want to race Nana? Do something else fun? Or keep rolling around on the floor screaming.” Rolling around screaming on the floor it is.

I tapped out. Rather than creating a screaming spectacle in public, I told KrisDi that she could take over or I could take Chilkoot out of his own party. Later he also freaked out because his sister took off one of her layers of shirts (down to just a t-shirt). He didn’t wear layers, but he wanted to wear a t-shirt, too. Neglectfully, we had not brought one for him, so back on the floor screaming again it was. Of the ~40 minutes available to actually play on the pump it up stuff, he spent about 20 screaming instead of having fun. *shrug* Five year olds.

And finally…some media. First, a video. The Watermelons, Chilkat and Chilkoot’s new band, decided to “cover” (i.e. “lip sync”) the song Drinking the Night Away by the Mad Caddies.

And a story written by Chilkat. “The Weird, Sad Goldfish”

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June Part II

KrisDi’s actual birthday was pretty low key. I gave her two tickets to a Pietasters show on Saturday, August 18th…on a river cruise…in New York City. I have to be at work the Friday before and the Monday after, so it’s going to be a bit of an insane trip. T Dubs will watch the kids for the weekend, we’ll fly out on the redeye on Friday, arrive Saturday morning, probably eat and nap and check in at the hotel, then go to the show, sleep late, and then have lunch and fly home. She seems excited, but I was legitimately concerned she’d be upset about it. We’re spending a lot of money to go to a $40 show.

The day after was Father’s Day, and round two of the Washington Brewers’ Festival. Mom and the kids came with us this time, and KrisDi ran a 5K that as associated with it, as a way of getting into the festival 30 minutes early. It was hot, and it made for an unpleasant run for her. We met up with T-Bone, and with Mr. JJ. P and T Dubs joined us (they both ran the 5K, too). Overall, it was a good time. The kids again decided to wear their German regalia — lederhosen and dirndl.

Chilkat finished 1st Grade. She cried that night because her teacher wasn’t going to be her teacher anymore, but she’s gotten over it since then.

Chilkoot had his preschool (Pre K) graduation. Not really a lot to say about it…a bunch of kids in caps and gowns, singing songs and doing choreographed dances. They were cute, and really only got a little out of hand a couple times.

The next day we went camping. It was an exciting trip. We went to a place called Penrose Point. The False Alarms arrived Friday, we arrived Saturday, they left Sunday, and we left Monday. Of course we did all the standard stuff — campfires, s’mores, chocolate eyes, etc. We went hiking, we walked along the beach, we tried to use our telescope (all we could do was look at houses across Carr Inlet, maybe two miles away).

The False Alarms brought a kayak, and G took all the kids out for short little rides in the bay. While wading, Chilkoot encountered an underwater tree and scratched the living hell out of his leg. He sobbed and required bandaids; we cleaned the False Alarms’ car out of bandaids, and told him he was going to be more bandaid than boy. I think we put at least eleven on him.

The beaches are frequently used for catching oysters, although it was the wrong season while we were there. But, there were tons of shells and crabs and sand dollars and whatnot all over them, which made for many exciting discoveries while we walked around. We even saw a bald eagle hanging around, ignoring the crows that were trying to chase it off. We also saw a slug, strangely doing a tightrope act on a spider web.

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June Part I

Chilkoot had school photos. He dressed up nice for photos, and they put him in a cap and gown.

We started KrisDi’s 40th birthday celebrations. I organized a brunch cruise, with about 20 people attending (see above). We cruised around Lake Washington, ate and drank. We had the cake I made her — ugly but delicious. The next weekend, A False Alarm, Pixel Chick, and Mrs Pope took her out to an improv show, dinner, and drinks. They started out with a shot, and visited the Gum Wall (what the heck is the Gum Wall?).

Chilkat had her Girl Scout bridging ceremony — she went from a “Daisy” to a “Brownie”. Chilkoot decided to wear his lederhosen to school for culture day.

Chilkat and Chilkoot finally expressed enough interest in my old robots for me to do something about it. I ordered a new Arduino Mega, dug out Kiki, cleared out space on my desk, and started working on it. I had to cut off the old control board (replaced with the Arduino powered by a cell phone charging battery) and remove the old cobbled-together motor battery (replaced with a giant lead-acid UPS battery). I was able to dig up the old project report that Ska Yo Yo and I wrote and figure out the motor controller boards pinout to connect them to the new power source and the new controller pins. We got Kiki moving again, but not very well –one wheel moves faster than the other, so she has a tendency to list off to the side.

KrisDi chaperoned Chilkat’s Alki Beach field trip. They saw lots of creatures from various habitats. KrisDi was duped into studying a ~80 slide presentation so she could name the creatures for the children (Alki Beach?)

For the first time (at least since kids), we decided to go to the Washington Brewers’ Festival’s “adult’s only” night. Mom was kind (and brave) enough to watch the kids to allow this. It was disorienting to have both hands free and no one screaming at me. We used Uber on the way out and Lyft on the way back. I got to try my first glitter beer. Someone saw me drinking it and asked if you have to drink it with your pinky up — I said that’s not fancy enough, you need to put three fingers up! And then I demonstrated. He asked me to pose for a photo in the sunlight to accentuate the glitter, and pose I did…I wish I had a copy of that picture.

Finally…Moonface selfies…because?

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May 2018

Man — it has been a long time since I actually posted anything.

Mother’s Day came and went. KrisDi got breakfast in bed, little sculptures from Chilkat, and a blue ring with a red heart from Chilkoot. Chilkoot painted a silver ring blue with nail polish to achieve this. We also did a color run 5K (where they throw colored chalk powder at you so you come out colorful and filthy). Congratulations, Mom, on your first 5K!

We “ran” with the Popes. We separated into two groups: Those who could move sufficiently well to run a little bit (KrisDi, T, Chilkat, and Chilkoot), and those who could not (Pope with a severed achilles tendon; his young daughters; Mrs Pope to herd the three of them, Mom because she’s old, and myself with a “disc issue”). The slow group was almost exactly half as fast as the fast group. Chilkat took a faceplant almost immediately, and despite initial freak-out, survived and finished the 5K. Then we went to dinner at Flying Pie and had terrible service but got a free calzone.

We had our 9th anniversary. I got KrisDi a nice Waterford vase and a flower arrangement based on her bouquet at our wedding. KrisDi got me a Softopper (totally her idea — “Hon, this is the kind of top I’m thinking about for the truck because I can install it and remove easily without help.” “Happy anniversary!” “I hope you were serious because I just bought it.”)

The O family from Oregon visited us; Chilkat and Chilkoot played in a piano recital. They were cute. They were also nervous.

We finally cashed in on the free hotel night KrisDi won in a local community photo contest (we have incredibly cute children and a nice camera). P Dubs and T Dubs watched the kids while we stayed at the Woodmark, wandered around getting food and beer all over the area. It was nice.

I’m sure I missed something. But, I can live with that.

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