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June 29, 2009

Sunsets, Woodwork, and Camping (June 2009)

Pictures from June

We see many beautiful sunsets aboard Ghost and most of them right here from the dock, but don't take many pictures of them.  Why?......I don't know, but this month I got the camera out and got some great shots:

We've also started the task of restoring our woodwork aboard Ghost.  This is my new favorite thing to do and I'm really loving how it's turning out.  We are trying something new this year called Semco.  It has a very natural finish.  We'll see how it holds up against the elements this winter.

Before

In the Process (almost finished)

We still have quite a bit to do, so we'll show some finished pictures later on.

Camping on Ghost?......yes, we can do that:

The kids wanted to sleep up on deck in the tent and had a pretty good setup.  It looked pretty cozy in there.  They lasted until around 9pm and got a little scared and came down below.  The weather wasn't all that great for it either, so maybe next time.

It's been a great start to the summer.  Our Seattle weather has been amazing and we have been enjoying it to the fullest.

June 28, 2009

May 2009 Update (Part Two)

Pictures from May 2009  (if you've read the previous post, these are the same pictures)

May was a busy month, so we had to break it up into two posts.  For Memorial Day weekend my parents flew out and my brother and family drove out from Idaho and my Dad's cousin, Claudia, flew up from Portland.  We had a great weekend of hanging out on the dock and spent a lovely day on the water aboard Ghost.  My brother took some wonderful pictures, so check them out via the link above and I'll post a couple favorites here:

My brother, Kerry, and his wife, Amanda:

Heading out for a day sail:

Amanda with Zak & Ellie and their cousins, Jeff and Josh:

Mom and Claudia visiting while underway:

Dad and I down below while underway:

Josh at the helm:

Jeff while underway:

Really, there are so many great pictures, you just have to check them all out.  My dad's cousins, Steve and family came over when we returned from the sail and we enjoyed a very nice dock party with everyone.  It was a quick trip, but it was so great having everyone around.  Hope they will come to visit again soon.  (hint, hint)

The next weekend was our 11th wedding anniversary.  My boss had given us tickets to a Sounders game and we left the kids with Scott's parents.  We met up with our friend's CB & Tawn for some drinks and then headed to the game.  This was our first soccer game and I have to say, it was a little confusing.  We just didn't know everything that was happening, but it was still fun.

That about does it for May. 

June 19, 2009

May 2009 Update (Part One)

Pictures from May 2009

Ahhhh........the start of summer finally hit Seattle.  After one of the worst winters that I have experienced in the city, we were all anxious to have some nice weather.  We had had a couple dock parties in April, but the 1st day of May was one of the best to date.  We decided to jump in the dinghies and do a dinghy float outside the marina.  Just sit and watch the sun go down.  It was so relaxing and wonderful:

The night was extremely calm and perfect for just sitting on the water.  And people wonder why we live the way we do.  The next night Scott and I had a date.  It was the 1st time in quite a while that we dressed up and went out.  It was the kids' school auction and we met up with some other parents and enjoyed a great night out:

We ended up spending WAY too much money, but it was for a good cause and we had so much fun! 

We sailed over to Port Madison for Mother's Day weekend this year.  It was a great sail over and a nice weekend:

Zak and Ellie spent most of Saturday practicing their rowing around the harbor with the dinghy and kayak:

On Sunday, we took the dinghy over to Faye Bainbridge State Park.  It has a great beach and we found tons of beach glass.  It was great.  A perfect Mother's Day.  Somebody else left a message for their Mom or loved one:

Later that month, the kids and I went to the Sytten de Mai Parade (17th of May), a Norwegian Independance Day.  Our neighborhood of Ballard has a very strong Norwegian influence and we could definitely see the Norwegian pride and spirit at the parade:

Zak's girlfriend, Miriam was in the Parade, as well:

Guess What?  We had babies this month.......ok, butterflies.  We decided to try to hatch some butterflies and they actually hatched:

But, unfortunately they didn't last too long.  It was a sad thing.  They kept getting their wings into the orange slices and sugar water they told us to put in the Butterlfy Bungalow and they all ended up passing on.  Poor things.  The kids were really bummed, but Ellie has since turned the Butterlfy bungalow into a ladybug bungalow.  They seem much happier in the small space than the butterlfies did. 

I'm going to stop this here and cover the rest of May in another blog post.  My family came to visit and there is just too much excitement and fun to ramble on about in this post.

Computer Issues

So, we've been having some computer issues and have lost some recent emails.  There was one in particular that I really wanted to answer, but it was deleted.  If you've sent an email recently about living aboard with a family or soon to be family, please email back.  I really would like to chat.

Thank you so much!!!

June 03, 2009

April 2009 Update

Pictures from April 2009

Ok, so I've started this entry about 2-3 times and have forgotten to save it before the computer crashes, so I'm hoping this time will be "IT".

The first part of April, we were still in Boise for Spring Break.  We had a great visit with my family and a nice drive back home to Seattle.  We celebrated Scott's birthday this month, but he was out of town working, so not much happened.

We did, however, end up getting of the dock....FINALLY!  We headed over to Poulsbo for Easter weekend and all had a wonderful time:

The kids were able to join in an Easter Egg Hunt in the park right by the marina:

Easter in Poulsbo is always fun.  The next weekend we headed to Whidbey Island for some exploring and a Latitudes and Attitudes gathering in Cornet Bay.  It was another great weekend doing what we love (exploring, beachcombing, and partying):

There's quite a bit more that happened during the month, but since I'm so far behind, this is the shortened version.  May will be much more in depth.  Hope everyone is doing well.  I'll sign off with this picture of a boat pulling in one evening after a stiff breeze came up:

Hate to be them.

 


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