This weekend: wafflemaking, Alki Beach-wandering, bakery lunching, dog park visiting, burger-eating, grilled corn on the cob tooth-picking, bright-red Kool-Aid mustaching, blueberry pancake flipping, farmer’s market browsing, playground galloping, wild rabbit viewing, hours of backyard lolling, ill-advised Sunday evening chocolate chip cookie baking.








And yours?


43 Responses to “Weekenderies, again”

  1. Marolyn on July 19th, 2009 10:01 pm

    Packing & Selling Stuff on Craig’s List ~ ugh

  2. justmouse on July 19th, 2009 10:05 pm

    putting cornrows in a 48-year-old caucasian man’s hair, sleeping in, going to the bar and drinking with my bro for about 7 HOURS, having coffee with my mother, trying not to strangle my mother, going to see Ice Age III (by myself), going to pub to have baked french onion soup & cesar salad, soaking in a bubbly bath until i was basically a giant pink raisin, snuggling with the husband, then weeping this morning when my alarm went off at 6 am and i had to go back to work.

  3. Annagrace on July 19th, 2009 10:12 pm

    Early-morning writing time at favorite coffee shop; grocery shopping alone; laundry; girl-child emotions; kids that refuse to eat because they’re tired and then don’t sleep because they’re hungry; out-town-guests; in-law situations; more coffee; dreaming about our one-day garden; dreaming about my one-day rehabilitated green thumb; stolen moments in good murder mystery (book).

    I love how completely happy you guys look together… Ah, fambly…

  4. Kristin on July 19th, 2009 10:22 pm

    Playing rock band; homemade enchiladas; Lobster pasta in a garlic cream sauce; Les Mis in the second row; local fair; fireworks. Good days.

  5. Dominique on July 20th, 2009 12:58 am

    Sleeping in till 11am on sat, then getting ready for a wedding. Sleeping in till noon on Sunday then over to a friends house for an impromptu pool party and bbq.

  6. Maria on July 20th, 2009 4:22 am

    I need to take more group photos.

  7. Niki P on July 20th, 2009 4:48 am

    Not as good as yours.

  8. Cookie on July 20th, 2009 4:57 am

    Date with my husband, seeing Harry Potter, eating pizza (and ice cream) urgent care visit (for me), grocery shopping, eating carry out, fast food breakfast, meeting friends to see Ice Age III, pushing toddler around movie theater, packing lunches, doing homework.

  9. Erin on July 20th, 2009 5:05 am

    cycling (toddler in trailer); wandering the farmer’s market; micro-brew festivals; balloons; too-short naps; lots of take-out food; splashing at a lake; toddler’s first canoe trip (there were some tears; play date; DH made dinner; happy exhaustion.

  10. Michelle on July 20th, 2009 5:22 am

    Sleeping in, good coffee drinking, good book finishing, laundry (ugh), grocery shopping, movie watching, new recipe trying, kitties snoozing, over too soon.

  11. kakaty on July 20th, 2009 5:25 am

    farmers market, blueberry pancakes w/local maple syurp, street fair, corn on the cob + local pasture raised pork -both on the grill, bontanical gardens, another street fair, free concert in the park and a girl who blissfully slept in until 8 each day.

  12. Eric's Mommy on July 20th, 2009 5:41 am

    New pet buying (2 tiger salamanders), Dogs running in tennis courts, Sitting by the lake, Watching Son swim, Frog catching, Lobster rolls

    Our yard is full of wild rabbits, I love watching them.

  13. Eva on July 20th, 2009 6:19 am

    You certainly seem to find a lot of neat places to go to. Whenever I visit my dad in Seattle we don’t do any of this stuff. I’ll be there in September. Maybe you can do a post, or just let me know, some fun things to do with my three-year-old?

  14. Teralyne on July 20th, 2009 6:22 am

    Son had kidney stone blasted I waited and waited all day. Son slept all day I took care of his kids all day such fun ages 9, 3 and 17mos. Laundry, cooking, computer messing around, and fun kid time.

  15. Val on July 20th, 2009 6:31 am

    Nana visiting, grandma babysitting, time with my girlfriends, Smirnoff Ice drinking, roller derby watching, hootin’ and hollerin’, sweating buckets in hot bleachers, going out for drinks/dinner after derby, staying out late sans kids, up too early Sunday, union clambake eating too much, laughing at the mullet sightings, home to digest a while, up too late helping husband write a paper, what back to work already time?

  16. warcrygirl on July 20th, 2009 6:40 am

    Movie watching with the Pack, listening to my boys play together nicely for a change, lounging on the couch with a coffee and the Sunday paper, lamenting about the amount of housework that needed to be done last week, and right now: not liking the quiet house that resulted from both boys going to 4H camp this week. Oh look! Time to dust!

  17. Joanne on July 20th, 2009 6:46 am

    Jealous, jealous. Your weekends always look ridiculously fun!

  18. Andrea on July 20th, 2009 6:52 am

    Mine? Mud volleyball watching, muddy kid cleaning, giant pizza eating (29″ pizza for 8 people, swear to God best thing evah), picture editing, nice weather enjoying, mother-son catch playing, neighborhood walking, movie watching, popcorn eating, grilled-cheese-and-tomato-soup-comfort-dinner, and I had a pretty fine time of it myself.

    All I’m missing is the beach. Alas…

  19. Jan Ross on July 20th, 2009 6:53 am

    Went to see Harry Potter and we are apparently 2 of 79 billion people who thought it was just “meh”, had dinner at our daughter’s house and have I done anything better than raise a daughter who is a MUCH better cook than me? I don’t think so. She had TWO homemade desserts to offer. TWO.

  20. christie on July 20th, 2009 7:05 am

    awww such cute photos!

  21. Tony on July 20th, 2009 7:10 am

    You can add 2 more. I always thought the first kiss of Harry and Ginny was the most memorable part of the book and they totally changed it….in a bad way. There was no aftermath of the Sectum Sempra spell. It was like the teachers ignored it. I thought the addition of the Burrow scene was useless. And I was sitting there saying to myself, “you know magic, don’t stare at it PUT OUT THE FIRE!” “Incendia Putitoutus!” :)

    At least you didn’t have to wait an hour in traffic afterwards. Note to self. Before going to Patriot Place Cinema (Gillette Stadium), check the concert schedule. Traffic for an Elton John/Billy Joel concert tends to be a little rough.

  22. Shelly on July 20th, 2009 7:17 am

    rushing to get out to campsite friday evening before dark, failing and taking the wrong turn and showing up at 11PM, having a much needed beverage after being frustrated in the car for 4 hours with my boyfriend, boating, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, inhaling 253 gallons of lakewater, burgers, burning my buttcheeks and having problems sitting, sleeping in the hammock, played with chubby babies, laughing with family, sleep, now at work wishing I was inhaling 253 gallons of water. Sigh.

  23. MzEll on July 20th, 2009 7:28 am

    Playdough, puzzles, pretend mailmen, chefs, and Handy Manny, castles and coloring, high school picture viewing, farmers’ market finds, Target tripping, fishy slunch and homemade oatmeal cookies.

  24. Kelli on July 20th, 2009 7:51 am

    OMG! In that 2nd to last photo Dylan looks like such a little BOY – a baby no longer!

  25. Laurie on July 20th, 2009 8:16 am

    zoo, swimming, hugging, laughing…a great one! But as usual, too short!

  26. Amy M. on July 20th, 2009 8:22 am

    Harry Potter (much better than the last movie!) & dinner out, playing in the park with my kids, swimming lessons & lots of book-reading. Who would’ve thought it’d be in the 60s in JULY?!?!?

  27. Allison on July 20th, 2009 9:09 am

    Surprisingly, almost the same thing…. Minus the rabbits, and sub s’mores for the cookies. Gotta love the lake.

  28. Peggasus on July 20th, 2009 9:18 am

    Camping at Lake Shelbyville, Il with my cousin and her family, another friend and her family and some other friends too! Pontoon & speedboats on the lake all day, kids tubing, grilling steaks and corn-on-the cob for dinner, sitting around the campfire until 2:30 am drinking wine and talking. Yesterday lunch on the lake at Skeeter’s, pork tenderloin/walleye/catfish sandwiches, drinking beers on the dock and playing old songs on the jukebox until it was time to head home. It was delightful.

  29. telegirl on July 20th, 2009 9:22 am

    Fish, fish, FISH! Jesus, who knew that setting up a 10 gallon tropical fish tank would take all frigging weekend?! I sure as hell didn’t. And, to top it off, our 2 1/2 year old (other than an initial spark of interest) doesn’t seem to care and it was really all for him.

    Oh, and potties! Looks like he’s ready for potty training so we spent lots of time in the bathroom. That part? I’m OK with! :o)

  30. Tiffany Miller on July 20th, 2009 9:37 am

    My birthday was Friday – FANTASTIC steak dinner on the grill thanks to my wonderful husband – impromptu kidless Saturday afternoon to include toenail painting and eyebrow plucking – 40th B-day party for my BFF on Saturday night – karaoke & dancing – kids slept in on Sunday – Buffalo burgers Sunday on the grill – early bed time for kids and mom. It was a GREAT weekend!

  31. Lisa B in Kirkland on July 20th, 2009 10:37 am

    Well, you *did* take Dog to Marymoor in the summer – that’s a guaranteed stomach issue for my dog, too. To say nothing of the general smell she comes back with – phew! :)
    We were at Marymoor for Decemberists and then again for Death Cab. Left the doggins at home, however – those sensitive doggy ears, ya know!

  32. Jen L on July 20th, 2009 10:40 am

    You were in our neck of the woods! We were down at Alki too for a while on Saturday afternoon. They have a nice playground there just a block off the beach with a big boat and whale tail sculpture that my three year old loves. This followed by pizza eating and barefoot sand-walking and high-pitched giggling while wave-dodging. Followed by meltdown that surprised absolutely no one when it was time to go home.

    Sunday was the best though! My husband took both girls on for a few hours and I got to wander the Fremont Market – all. by. myself. Joy!

    So, all in all, a nice blend of family fun and sanity-saving alone time. Everyone wins!

  33. Maria on July 20th, 2009 10:43 am

    Kids weekend away at their grandparents’ packing, Kohls clearance shopping, Harry Potter watching (YAY!!!), BSG Netflixing, very bad golfing, Sunday dinner with parents and children eating, totally not worth it diet strawberry short cake swallowing, early to bed much needed sleeping.

  34. Val on July 20th, 2009 11:37 am

    Not nearly as nice as yours except the 4-hour Sunday afternoon nap taking…

  35. AndreAnna on July 20th, 2009 12:25 pm

    I’m too tired to remember. I recall the days when weekends were slow and relaxing and something to look forward to. Often, now, I find myself craving Mondays.

  36. spacegeek on July 20th, 2009 12:50 pm

    why was the cookie making ill-advised?

  37. Gwen on July 20th, 2009 2:34 pm

    We went on a geocaching road trip to Gold Country.

  38. Kristin on July 20th, 2009 4:02 pm

    I tried to leave a comment and somehow failed…trying again. Your weekend sounds awesome. My weekend was a little different. I know it’s rude to pimp out your blog on someone else’s site, but the contrast is too funny. Sane person having fun with family vs. 39 weeks pregnant woman taken leave of senses. I’m sure my family wishes they lived with you!

  39. Tessa on July 20th, 2009 5:47 pm

    I love these entries!

    Irish pub dinner, Harry Potter, bacon-wrapped-cream cheese-stuffed jalapenos!!, family taco night, swimming in bathwater, lots of sleeping, finally paying off the blessed credit card, grocery shopping in 119 degree heat, ice cream eating!

  40. Carol on July 20th, 2009 10:42 pm

    … just butting in to ask if… you could possibly email me the type of camera you use? (or if you have a spare one lying around… I wouldn’t be opposed to you mailing it to me… I’d supply the cost of postage, of course… I mean… I’m not cheap!) Your photos are always so beautiful!

    P.S. LOVE your blogs! I’ve been an amalah reader for years and since the “Night at the Museum” premiere she’s got me hooked on you!

  41. Lori O on July 21st, 2009 9:43 am


    It was gorgeous weather in Kansas too, but our way of dealing with it was to go to the park on Saturday, and then lounge in our inflatable baby pool on Sunday. CLASSY.

  42. Adrien on July 21st, 2009 1:02 pm

    I was all “la la la nice, nice, cute, OMG LOOK AT HER LEGS.”

    Sundry, you look amazing!

  43. Smileen on August 29th, 2009 1:08 pm

    do you use a photo editing program at all, like for contrast and colors and stuff? Whatever its called, der, Im not down with photography lingo, or any lingo, unless it comes out of urban, thus me saying “down with”. Gawd, thatwasa longazz way of me saying.

    I like how your pictures pop!

    I just love the one with all your boys, great framable shot!

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