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View Out Front

28 Sep

Click on an image below to see a larger view from our front porch.

View Out Front (1 of 3)

View Out Front (1 of 3)

View Out Front (2 of 3)

View Out Front (2 of 3)

View Out Front (3 of 3)

View Out Front (3 of 3)

 
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House Progress

26 Sep

Check out some of these Before & After pics of the house. Removing the old, dirty, smelly carpet and replacing it with nice, new, soft, colorful carpet had made a big improvement. After the wood floors get refinished and walls painted with something other than white, we’ll be looking good. Stay tuned…

 
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Before Photos of House

23 Sep

Some before photos of our house. We’ll be updating flooring and painting and some things in the kitchen. More pics to come…

 
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Labor Day at Birch Bay

20 Sep

Here is where we stayed over Labor Day weekend 2008. It’s located at Birch Bay in Blaine, WA which is just five or so miles south of the USA/Canada border. Thanks Jack!

 
 

Nice Glass!

15 Sep
A Day at the Museum of Glass

A Day at the Museum of Glass

Today, Brandon and I visited the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. It was a great trip for the two of us to spend some very rare and needed one-on-one time together. We talked about a wide variety of topics during our one hour drive to the museum. Brandon set our agenda essentially and we did the things he wanted to do and skipped the items he’d prefer to do without. It worked out pretty well.

Surprisingly, we spent four hours at the Museum of Glass which showcases fine art of all glass types (contemporary, abstract, figurines, etc.) I had know idea what to expect before we arrived. The museum did a very good job of combining hands-on kids’ interactive activities to exhibits that suit all kinds of tastes and even an interesting lecture (we left fairly quick – remember, Brandon’s agenda.) The exhibits meander from within the core of the building to outside with reflecting pools to across the pedestrian bridge which goes over the highway. At the center of this building was a Hot Shop. In this area, we watched glass artists transforming things from non-descript “blobs” of glass to amazing glass, vases, etc. completed forms.

Once we returned home and joined the rest of the family, Brandon suggested that we rate the day on a scale from 1 to 10 for the amount of fun we had. He asked me to go first; I said it was a solid 9. He announced to everyone else that he’d give it an ELEVEN! What a great thing to hear from your child – that you hit a home run by his scorecard. We had such a great time on this trip. We’re both looking forward to having another “Big Boys” trip in the near future!

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Things I Find Weird About Washington

08 Sep

[New photos below…]

I thought I’d document some of the things I’ve been noticing since I’ve moved to Washington from Texas where I lived for more than 10 years before here. These range from the obvious to the very subtle and from the possibly interesting to “who really cares”. I just figure that if I don’t do this now as I’m seeing things for the first time, it will become normal before I realize it. So here we go:

  • The area of the Washington I moved to happens to be ranked 10th as LEAST affordable housing market in the United States.
  • The onramps to the freeways not only have metering (red light/green light) but also have Car Pool lanes which bypass directly to the highway.
  • Home made signs posted for Garage Sales very regularly simply say “G Sale” with the address or directional arrow.
  • The townhouse grass and flower beds where are temporarily living are watered daily rain or shine.
  • There are many more lakes and rivers within 15 minutes drive than I had imagined.
  • Wal-Marts are far and few between.
  • Costcos are plentiful nearby.
  • On a sunny weekend, you’ll see ski boats, sail boats, kayaks and swimmers on Lake Washington. You won’t see jet skis.
  • A large percentage of homes have stairs due to all the sloping hills/mountains.
  • People do not wave back to strangers when walking by or driving by waving.
  • There’s a road between each town which is called by the two connecting towns’ names. E.g. Bothell Everett Hwy, Woodinville Duvall Rd., etc.
  • Most homes do not have air conditioning.
  • Dogs go everywhere – beach, hardware store, grocery store, work, etc.
  • There are Toyota Prius Hybrids everywhere. Incidentally, I have seen three different Ferrari’s within the same 10 mile radius in the last four week (two in one day).
  • There are lots of indian and non-indian casinos nearby. Not just the resort style, several are in strip malls.
  • No place to watch the UFC pay per view fight – that allows kids.
  • Downtown Seattle is a bust on a Monday night.

Update 091608:

  • Blackberries grow extremely well here and can be found virtually everywhere. They are in fact considered to be nuisance weeds!

I’m sure there will be more added to this list as time goes on. Meanwhile, here’s some recent photos.

 
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Labor Day Weekend

03 Sep

Where we stayed…
Birch Bay Panorama

One of the scenes we came across in the Northwest corner of the continental US.
Shipwrecked

 
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