August 3, 2008

They grow up so fast :(

Posted in Guide Dogs for the Blind tagged , , at 7:14 pm by smilinshell11

This weekend we had Simmons again.  I can’t believe he is already over 6 months old: He’s such a great dog.  Last night we went to the Mariner’s Game and even though they lost, he seemed to have a pretty good time.  I also forgot that we had Colby who was around 3 months (our youngest and first female house guest) a couple of weeks ago.  She is a solid sleeper that’s for sure.  We were the ones having to get HER up to eat, instead of the dog waking us up!  The first few pictures are of Simmons at the Mariner’s Game and the last one is of Colby.

 Simmons at Safeco FieldSimmons watching the MarinersSimmons at Safeco Field

Colby in her jacket


August 1, 2008

Lopez Island

Posted in Family, Food, Travel tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:38 am by smilinshell11

Every year my family tries to go on a local get away.  Last year we went to Pt. Townsend and this year we went up to the San Juan Islands and stayed on Lopez Island.  The only other time I had been to the Suan Juans was for running camp at Camp Casey during High School on Whidbey Island. Lopez Island is pretty small, but great for a weekend get away (if you don’t mind lots of waiting in line for the ferries).  There is some beautiful wild life and scenery on the Island.  Here are some pictures:


Shark Reef


Waiting for Ferry


Star Fish

Wood Pecker


The last night we were there for dinner, my sister and her boyfriend (along with some old guy who was a neighbor at the place we were staying) had caught fresh dungeness crab.  Can we say delicious? We also had checked out a local winery and bought a bottle of wine.


I’ll leave you with two reasons (in pictures) that I love living in the Northwest. The summers are so beautiful.


Ferry & Mt. Baker

Picture Update

Posted in Food, Mr. Charming, Stores, Travel, Video Games, Wedding tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:03 am by smilinshell11

My sister was at Best Buy one night and picked this up for me. I did pay her back, but that reminds me, she still owes me money. Anyways, it’s a lot of fun and is really accurate. My balance sucks.

Wii Fit

Over the 4th of July weekend, Mr. Charming and I decided we would head over to Leavenworth.  We did some hiking and tubed the Icicle River (there is a reason they call it the Icicle River). This is a picture of the ski jump on the hike we went on. I think Mr. Charming was trying to kill me The hill was like this: | instead of \.

 Ski Hill

Picture of Leavenworth from our hike:


The entrance to our Bed and Breakfast. We have been there 3 times and love it.

Bed & Breakfast

The garden my Dad planted for me is finally in season.  We have been enjoying the raspberries and blueberries so far (especially since they are so expensive in the stores).  The corn is almost ready and the carrots and onions are getting bigger.

Berries & Veggies

We also had our annual BBQ and went to a wedding down in Vancouver. It was SO hot the weekend of the wedding and every place we went either had no A/C or it was broken. I don’t remember the last time I sweated that much. My next update in pictures will be about our weekend to Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands with my family.