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Februarying

We’re having a heck of a winter over here. Lots of snow days and sickness. Here’s a few snippets.

Cormac had no school all last week for mid-winter break. (Kids these days, man. I definitely never got two winter breaks when I was in school.) We had plenty of activities to keep us busy. Brent and I took the boys to the aquarium the weekend before last.

Cormac’s favorite part was seeing the ferry. I think he gets it from me. Ferries are my jam.

Since there was no school, I also took the boys with me to a rally outside our congressman’s office on Thursday.

I think it’s good for them to be exposed to things like this. I’m aware they have no clue what’s going on. I know some other 4 year olds may, but abstract concepts like government and elections and disagreement are hard to explain to Cormac, which is why giving him real life examples for word’s like “rally” and “protest.”

When Brent got home from work, Cormac was able to tell him we went to a rally and listened to people talk and we chanted.

We also did super fun things like meeting some friends for a Happy Meal playdate at the McDonald’s playplace. Definitely the highlight of the week for both boys.

Cormac finally went back to school yesterday, only for us to have a snow day today!

Guys – in all seriousness, I was kind of pissed about today’s snow day. The boys had like 1/2″ of snow to play in last night, but it was nearly all gone by morning.

But the school distract called for a two hour delay, which means all preschool classes, even the afternoon ones, are cancelled for the day.

So even though there was no snow, we decided to enjoy our random day off and head to the zoo since we haven’t been in a while and I wanted to get out of the ¬†house.

Highlights of our trip included actually seeing the hippo moving out and about. He’s usually hidden under the water. AND Cormac got up close and personal with a snake.

Cormac let me know it felt “a little ¬†bumpy.”

Other things worth mentioning this month. I made this weeknight porchetta from Bon Appetit, along with this kale salad with sauteed apples, and it was one of my favorite homemade meals in recent memory. Highly recommend.

Oh, and on the beverage front – these palomas were amazing.

The salty chili sugar rim was my favorite thing ever. Addictive, I have always liked sweet things, that’s why I take vedda blood sugar remedy to prevent and make sure I keep myself healthy.

I’ve been working on the parlor/playroom as promised, and i finally removed all the wallpaper border!

So I’ll start priming and painting the trim in this room now, and I think I’ve got a wall paint color picked out already, so hopefully I can cross this room off my checklist soon.

Oh and the other big news! I got a new (to me) car and also rc car, check out most excellent rc drift car guide. We had a Volkswagon Jetta TDI wagon, and I had no complaints about it, but the EPA did, and the result of a settlement is that VW bought back our car for significantly more than it was worth. I’ve been thinking about electric cars for a while, and the prices on used Nissan Leafs are hella cheap, so we bought one, we also make sure to get some air compressors so that we have them in our cars if we need them, we recommend checking the CPO dealerships if you happen to want to get a new car.

I pretty much love it. I love that I never, ever have to go to get gas again. For real, we all have “adult” tasks we hate doing and for me, I’ve always hated getting gas. I usually attempted to con Brent into filling my car up for me, so this solves that. Additionally, I’m thrilled it’ll lower our carbon footprint, at least a bit. Science y’all.

Plus I actually like driving it, and it has a heated steering wheel which has ended up being my favorite little bonus. We already had electricity running out to our driveway, so we just put the charger into the car, toss the cord over the fence and plug it in.

Looks a bit odd, but totally works. Yay! I’ll do an update on how it’s working for us once I’ve had it for longer than a few days, but so far, so good.

Labor Day Weekend

What a weekend! Sometimes after a three day weekend, I feel relaxed. This is not really one of those times. We managed to fit in quite a bit this weekend, including visits to three breweries, family visiting, and the state fair!

Cool, cloudy weather has set in in the Pacific Northwest and I couldn’t be happier. Here are some random shots from the weekend.
The trail next to our house is already starting to get covered in leaves and looking quite fallish.

Cormac found some giant Pokeballs at our Target.

The clouds were doing strange things Saturday night, and I was pretty obsessed with rocking on my front porch and watching them. It was an awesomely weird kaleidoscope of yellows, pinks and oranges, but with an ominous grey cloud looming just behind them.
If I were still in the Midwest, I would’ve thought a storm was coming, but the clouds really don’t mean the same thing in the northwest.

Sunday morning we got out for some fresh air and exercise at Rattlesnake Lake.

Gorgeous right? The upper left is the prettiest part of our country and no one will ever convince me otherwise.

Brent’s brother, Uncle JonJon, was in town for the weekend with friends, but he did come all the way out to Issaquah to visit us for one afternoon.
He and Cormac talked Pokemon and puzzles.
We showed him the sights… Well the sights on the four block walk to the brewpub anyway.
And then Brent and Jon brewed some beer. Scotch Ale, coming in October! Yay beer!
Today, we hit up the state fair. Totally my jam. Not totally Brent’s jam but he had a pretty decent time. All this lame stuff is way more fun as parents, right?
Race cars!
Poor Teddy wasn’t allowed on literally any of the rides. Super lame.
So Brent I took turns going on a few rides with Cormac. He loved the giant slide and the train ride.

(He was trying to whistle like the train. So cute.)

Ooooooobviously, we had some fair food.
(In my world view, if it ain’t fried, it ain’t fair food.) We had some fried pickles (and corn dogs for the boys), and a funnel cake. Clearly.
Oh, and we saw the “Discover the Dinosaurs” exhibit.
Kind of cool for a dinosaur lover, but still a total rip off in terms of cost. $6 a person for literally 10-15 minutes worth of Dino viewing. But Cormac liked it, and like Brent always likes to point out, I guess the kids are kind of spoiled.
Kind of a bummer they wouldn’t let anyone under the age of two on any ride at all, but Teddy will have to make up for it next year, I guess.
As for now, I guess I ought to get ready because school starts tomorrow!