More catching up to do here...
Jeff went on a Scout camp for almost a week in July and was away for another few days to climb Mt.Baker again, so the Skinners needed some serious family-time. We took the August long weekend to hang out with the boys and first headed south to the Seattle zoo, but it was quite hot that day and they seemed to prefer hanging it out in the shade with statues of animals to looking at the real thing. Or eating cold snacks, like Dippin'Dots.
We met up with our Seattle buddies, Dave & Alyce Elton and their kids, to visit Seattle center, where there was an awesome water-play park and the playground next to the EMP.
We also went to a park with the Elton's, to have a picnic to eat our ultimate favourite Thai food including "Crack" chicken (it's actually Chili-basil chicken, or something, but we call it "crack" because it tastes so good you get addicted to it like crazy!!). Then we spent the night in an inconvenient hotel in Bellevue. We had a yummy crepe breakfast before heading to the Cascade mountains.
We drove to Baker Lake, a new destination for us, chosen for the fact that there is a lake you could swim in and it actually had vacant camp sites on a long weekend. It turned out to be exactly what we needed - chillin' out for 3 days with some relaxing on the beach, a lot of swimming and evening card games in the tent.
It was a great time.
Back in White Rock, Callum and Max did a skateboard camp. Again, I tried to put Simon in a Sports camp, but he refused to join in (apparently, playing soccer with his 2 older brothers has trained him to hate soccer, since soccer to Simon is more like rugby with a lot of yelling and getting hurt because that's how Callum and Max play it together!).
Meanwhile, I was busy planning a party - Jeff and I decided a last "Hurrah" would be a good idea to say goodbye to all our White Rock friends. A Saturday party for school and work friends, then a Sunday party for family and church friends... More on that later.