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Pics from Mar 2014

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2014-03-02 15:45 – Alex still loves his trains.

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2014-03-02 20:48 – Now he draws them too.

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2013-03-06 02:11 – Alex and Grandma Ruth’s dog Sara are friends now.

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2013-03-08 04:17 – Hanging out ON Daddy

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2014-03-11 15:22 – Roscoe was nervous because he had to go to the vet for some surgery.

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2014-03-12 00:44 – But while Roscoe was at the vet, Alex’s finger got hurt and we had to go to the ER. I posted the whole story.

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2014-03-12 01:16 (Picture by Amy) – Since we were at the ER, Amy picked Roscoe up from the vet.

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2014-03-12 02:09 – Some sedatives and a couple stitches later, Alex was on the way to healing.

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2014-03-12 05:10 – Roscoe was recovering well from his surgery too, although he was not thrilled with the cone.

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2014-03-15 23:14 – Just a few days later it was time for an expedition with Grandma Ruth to find snow in the mountains

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2014-03-15 23:24 – We ended up at Stevens Pass ski area, but our agenda was not skiing.

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2014-03-15 23:24 – Alex led the way, looking for just the right spot.

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2014-03-15 23:39 – Trudging through the snow, but this isn’t it.

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2014-03-15 23:39 – Right near here though.  We can set up near here for the main event.

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2014-03-15 23:41 – Snow Thomas, Annie and Clarabel all set up to chug through the snow.

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2014-03-15 23:41 – Alex observes to make sure Grandma Ruth gets her turn…  and that she plays the CORRECT way.

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2014-03-15 23:50 – With the day’s goal accomplished, it is time to go.  What is everybody else waiting for?

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2014-03-16 00:02 – Grandma triumphant!

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2014-03-16 01:08 – Down the other side of the mountain now, let me in to the McDonalds!  I want my Happy Meal!

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2014-03-16 01:17 – OK, got my Happy Meal, lets go home!

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2014-03-16 01:38 – A quick look at the mountains before heading back over them to home.

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2014-03-16 20:47 – Back at home, Roscoe has claimed the duck for a nap.

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2014-03-19 13:32 – Alex likes to cuddle with Mommy

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2014-03-23 07:55 – Roscoe and Alex sometimes sleep on the couch too.

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2014-03-24 16:06 – Sometimes he seems angelic, but he really isn’t.

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2014-03-24 21:30 – A trip back to a favorite playground we hadn’t been to since the fall

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2014-03-24 21:45 – Climbing very high

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2014-03-27 07:57 (Picture taken by Amy) – Sometimes it is Daddy and Alex that fall asleep on the couch.

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2014-03-27 07:58 (Picture by Amy) – That is when Amy likes to take selfies (with Dad’s phone) to capture the moment.

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2014-03-28 00:32 – Playing quietly at home… by dumping toys all over the floor.

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2014-03-30 04:50 – Koala sleeping on Alex, sleeping on Amy

Pics from Feb 2014

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2014-02-01 20:58 – Daddy and Alex at a birthday party at Everett Children’s Museum

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2014-02-01 21:13 UTC – Alex perched on Daddy’s head (screen cap from a video)

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2014-02-03 02:23 UTC – Alex with Grandma Ruth watching some TV

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2014-02-04 03:28 UTC – Waxing Crescent Moon

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2014-02-04 03:35 UTC – Two moons

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2014-02-06 03:02 UTC – Grandma Ruth gives a quick pose for the camera

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2014-02-08 06:33 UTC – Alex and Amy at a late dinner

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2014-02-08 18:06 UTC – Alex shows off making a snowman treat he learned how to do in cooking class

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2014-02-09 04:05 UTC – Sweeping the snow away in the back yard

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2014-02-09 04:14 UTC – Walking Roscoe and still sweeping snow

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2014-02-09 17:30 – Ready to attack the morning snow

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2014-02-09 18:00 – A winter weathervane

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2014-02-09 18:02 UTC – Making his own snowball

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2014-02-09 18:40 UTC – Observing the people in the snow

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2014-02-09 22:22 UTC – Proud of the big snowball we made in the back yard which we watched melt for the next few days

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2014-02-13 23:27 UTC – Pic by Brandy – Dentist time for Alex!

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2014-02-14 01:51 UTC – Pic by Brandy – Shopping for screws and nut and bolts

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2014-02-17 22:00 – Pic by Brandy – Nap time

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2014-02-20 05:14 UTC – Pic by Brandy – Snack time

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2014-02-21 01:21 UTC – The new projector screen arrives. Note the fallen boxes in the truck.

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2014-02-22 01:12 UTC – Roscoe lounges

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2014-02-22 18:25 UTC – Step carefully, the porch is slippery!

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2014-02-22 18:25 UTC (posted earlier) – Going for a walk in the flurries

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2014-02-22 18:34 – Umbrella joy

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2014-02-22 18:34 UTC: Umbrellas are fun upside down too

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2014-02-25 04:00 UTC – Watching Ghostbusters

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2014-02-27 02:21 UTC – Rebecca visit selfie

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2014-02-28 18:27 UTC (posted earlier) – Working hard at school

[Edit 20:58 to change the Snack time picture to show it was taken by Brandy, not Amy.]

Christmas Day 2013

I actually wasn’t going to, but I was asked by email for some pictures of actual Christmas events (rather than just the tree in the early morning). So here come a few…

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Alex contemplating the tree.

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The kids with Grandma Ruth. (Amy would like to point out that despite appearances in this picture, she IS wearing pants.)

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Alex with the favorite new toy of the day.

And that’s about it for pictures that came out decent. We actually didn’t take a lot of pictures this time.

Santa Train 2013

As we did last year, we booked tickets for Alex and the family to the Santa Express run by the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad.

So we all hopped into the car on Monday afternoon and headed out to foothills of Mount Rainier…

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Alex and Amy were ready to go…

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This was going to be our engine…

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And this was the train…

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Then we watched the engine couple up to the train…  or “buckle up” as Alex and I sometimes say…

As we got on, I noticed there was a second engine at the other end of the train, so right after we got on I headed to that end to get a quick picture…

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G’ma Ruth and Alex got settled in at a table.

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Amy put on her practiced sullen face.

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I ate my popcorn.

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Soon the train started, and Alex watched out the window intently while perched on my lap.

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Only a few minutes later though, the conductor told us it was our turn for Santa…

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And unlike last time, when I unfortunately his stop on the video right before Alex started to talk to Santa, this time I actually did get the whole thing on video…

Unfortunately, unlike last time, it was much noisier, and it was impossible to hear what Alex said to Santa. (Although, Santa said that Alex said “trains”, which of course would be what he would say.) Also of course, it wasn’t his first time with Santa, and it wasn’t nearly as cute. So I am still very sad about stopping the video early last year.

But we quickly moved on.

Through dirty windows we saw some scenery…

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Last year, we had power outages and never got to the “destination” of the trip. This time we got to the end, which was a little train museum. We got out to look at some of the stuff…

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We saw the engine that had pulled the train last year.

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And a diesel engine with caboose.

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And another old steam engine.

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We could have hopped inside that engine, but Alex just wanted to look through the window.

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There were some old tanker cars too.

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And a repair shed.

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At that point, we went back into the train…

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Right around then, we realized we had lost Brandy! We had no idea where she had gone. One minute she was with us, then the next she was not. We’d hoped she would be waiting for us at our seats, but she was not. For what seemed like hours, but was really only a few minutes, we sat there and wondered where in the world Brandy had gotten to.

As we sat in our seats Alex said, “I think Mommy will be lost FOREVER.”

But, of course, a few minutes before the train was due to head back, Brandy showed up at our seats.

As the train started heading back toward the station, like last time, Alex and I (and Grandma Ruth too this time) went to find one of the spaces at the ends of the cars where there was a waist high door with an open area above so that you could look out without dirty old glass in the way of the view.

Of course, by this time it was dark…

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We could see the stuff right by the side of the tracks because of the lights from the train, and it was exciting when we passed level crossings. But of course I wasn’t going to be able to get any good pictures of that with very low light and everything going by quickly.

But Alex and I stayed, with me holding him up so he could see out, for the whole ride back to the station.

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And then it was over. We headed back to the car for the two hour drive home, with only a quick break for dinner at an Indian restaurant on the way.

It was a fun time, although very different than last time. Will it become a tradition? Talk to us again next year. :-)

At the Library with Grandma Ruth

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Visit with Cousin Holly & Andrew

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Eventful 5th (UTC)

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As we usually do, we went to the Bellevue Family Fourth.

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This time my mom joined us.

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Alex was ready for fireworks.

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If only they weren’t so loud!

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Pretty though.

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Then after the fireworks, while driving home, Amy saw a loose dog running in the road.  A 30 minute pursuit followed, first in the car, then on foot, first on big roads with plenty of traffic, then onto a small residential street.  Toward the end we were joined by the people in a second car.  After much skittishness and running, the dog finally climbed into Amy’s car.  It had no collar or tags.  We ended up taking it to a 24 hour vet recommended by the people at the non-emergency police line.  They confirmed it had no chip identifying it either.  For now they are keeping it, and it will be on all the appropriate lists of missing pets in the morning if the owners call in for it.  We’ll check in on her too to make sure her people find her.  (Roscoe would NOT have been pleased if we had brought her home. :-) )

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In the morning, I assembled the weekly podcast, sometimes with Alex’s help.

After that, we went out for some late breakfast, then headed to my office.  The first stop was the cafe area, where Amy and Alex immediately found Lego…

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This was good, because the original plan to look down from the 9th and 11th floors at construction underway didn’t work out, because apparently the construction folks had the 5th off…

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The Lego building lasted a long time…

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As the 5th ended, Amy and Alex were still playing with Lego.

The usual adventure of train riding was still yet to come.

Sunday at Grandma’s House

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Mom and Sara have arrived!

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