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September 16, 2007

August 2007 Part One

Pictures for the first part of August:  http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v299/sailormomma/August%202007/?start=0

August was an extremely busy month for us this year, so I'll have to break it up into 2 entries.  This was the first year that we were home when the Blue Angels came into town, so we had to make a trip down to Lake Washington so Zak could see them.  He loves anything to do with airplanes and has loved the Blue Angels pretty much from birth, so it was a very special day for him.  I have to admit, I had fun, too! 

Then we set out for Poulsbo for our annual Latitude and Attitude's Cruiser's Party.  On the way over we met up with our friends, Bob, Shari, Sydney, & Annie (and of course Tabor) aboard S/V Pearl.  It was the first time we have been able to sail together, so it was absolutely wonderful having both boats together.

When we arrived at the dock at Poulsbo there were quite a few Lats and Atts boats already there.  The kids didn't waste any time getting on the dock and checking out the sea life:

They found nudibranchs (I had never heard of these creatures, but Zak assured me that was what they were), fish, eals, and even this cool little starfish:

The party was great!  Friday night there was open-mike night on the dock and Dave Calhoun played some great trop-rock jams.  The kids really got into it and started dancing on the pilothouse on Ghost:

And once it was dark we had movies on the mainsail of Ghost.  This has been something that we have done for the past 3 years and it's usually a hit.  Once again on my night (Ang's), we watched Captain Ron.  Scott and I take turns.  One night we take care of the movies and the kids aboard Ghost and the other we get to go out with our friends and enjoy the adult scene.  It works o.k., but hopefully one of these years we can hang out together.

Saturday was full of activities.  The kids enjoyed dinghy rides with Big John, a pinata, waterfights, and a treasure hunt ending with a treasure chest full of toys:

And the adults enjoyed blind-folded dinghy races, a potluck on the dock, and the big annual Lats and Atts party with Eric Stone and raffle drawings.  It's such a fun weekend for the whole crew.  It takes about a week for us all to recuperate afterwards, though.

On Sunday we enjoyed a leisurely sail back home with S/V Pearl close by.  This was the first time that Bob & Shari and the rest of the crew were able to attend the Lats and Atts party, so it was so much fun having them there with us. 

Later in the week Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain showed up at our marina:

The are both such beautiful ships and it's always fun seeing pirate ships! 

To round out the first half of August, the kids and I went to visit Grandma & Grandpa (Scott's parents) in Long Beach, WA.  The annual kite festival was happening and it was such a great time.  I never would have thought kites could be so much fun!  I think we are going to have to make this an annual event to attend:

The day after we got back we headed up to meet S/V Pearl in the San Juan Islands.  This time we didnt' take Ghost.  It was our turn to be the guests aboard Bob & Shari's boat.  More to come on that later.  Hope everyone is doing well! 

September 10, 2007

July 2007

Photos and slideshow for July:  http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v299/sailormomma/July%202007/?action=view&current=68372152.pbw

We spent the 3rd of July in Liberty Bay/Poulsbo again this year!  It's a huge celebration and always so much fun.  The fireworks are amazing and it's always so nice to get together with some of our closest friends.  On the fourth we took Ghost back to our slip and drove down to Olympia to head out on our friends Bob, Shari, Sydney, & Annie's boat S/V Pearl.  We spend the night of the 4th at Boston Harbor, a small anchorage and marina just outside of Olympia.  The kids spent the evening watching the various private firework displays that surrounded the harbor:












The next day we headed to McMicken Island.  We all headed ashore to do some exploring.  The kids were so happy to be together:

S/V Pearl at McMicken Island:

It was a beautiful day and when we all returned to the boat, everyone decided to go for a swim:


Shari ended the day painting one of her beautiful paintings aboard Pearl.  It's such a cool thing watching her create these priceless pieces of art:

It was a short trip with the Buelt gang, but we enjoyed ourselves immensely aboard Pearl.

Later in the week Scott and Zak headed up to the Arlington Air Show to spend a boys day filled with airplanes, airplanes, and more airplanes:

Towards the end of the month, Scott's parents left Wisconsin in their brand new home (a Dutch Star Motorhome) to begin their own adventure since retiring.  You can check out their travels through their website, www.tininthewind.com .  The kids were so excited for Grandma & Grandpa to arrive at Scott's brother's house in Maple Valley:

We have been having so much fun hanging out with them in the parks around the Seattle area:

It's really good having them around and July was a great month.  Like every month, it went by way too fast.

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