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weekend stills

On Friday, I embarked on another cleaning project and started to clean out the laundry room. The below collage shows how far I got before a baby cried. Good enough for one day, I suppose! (And, obviously the bottom is the “before”…. for some reason the collage app wouldn’t let me put the correct one on top).
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On Saturday, we skipped Lil Kickers and went to the Kirkland Summerfest. There was lots of fun stuff to do and we got some great pics and videos, but they are on Papa’s phone, so I’ll have to grab those and update this later.
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After that, we headed home, where Hutch refused to nap (sigh…) and then we headed to Grasslawn Park to meet up with some of my high school friends who get together each summer to remember Cory, my prom date who died of cancer 8 years ago. I didn’t take any pictures of it, but it was fun to see people that I haven’t seen since 1995. Because of Facebook, it seems like I still see some of them every day. And then, we took Emily to the International District to “Nihon Machi”. It was supposed to be a great festival, but it was pretty small and not much happening. Again, didn’t take any pictures of that, either. Oopsie. Basically, the highlight was getting Hutch some kakigori (shave ice) and getting Emily some shu creams (cream puffs).

On Sunday morning, we got up bright and early and headed to get donuts and then took Emily to the Evergreen Classic, a big horse show out in Carnation. She was in 7th heaven!!!! She’s really been wanting to do some horse stuff since she’s been here and this was one of the first things she’s done, other than petting some horses that live near us. Here are some pictures of the day!
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We are going to Uncle Nick and Aunt Sandy’s farm on Saturday, where she’ll get to ride a horse, so hopefully that’ll be a big highlight of the trip.

After the show, we went to Red Robin to get a burger for Emily because we’d asked what food she was craving and said, “hom-bah-gah?”, which translates to “hamburger” in Japanese and she said “yes”. When we got there, though, Emily ordered mac & cheese. :) And then we headed to Bellevue Square to the Lego store and purchased some fun stuff. When we got home, the gang made cookies.

Here’s Hutch saying he wants “a little tiny one” bite of the cookie dough. I can totally hear him saying it, just from seeing this picture.
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Emily and Hutch had a great time playing with their new sets while watching Garfield. Here’s what Emily made. She really DOES have horses on the brain.
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And then Hutch got tired.
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For dinner, I made some of Emily’s favorite “Japanese” food, a cream stew. It’s not originally Japanese, but is pretty common there now.
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It turn out ok, but probably not as authentic as the “real” stuff (out of a box).

And then the day came to a close, with two tired boys and a tired mama. (Briar’s always tired, so that’s why she doesn’t get a picture or a mention).
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Here’s one more picture. Before we hit up Summerfest on Saturday morning, we were drawing stuff to waste some time. We’ve been reading a book about growing pumpkins, so he has pumpkins om the brain. As we were cutting them, we suggested drawing Jack o’lantern faces on them AND THIS IS WHAT HE DREW:
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O. M. G. When did he start drawing actual things!? Just last week, he was sent home with the below two paintings. There’s a pretty big difference between these pieces of art and the jack o’lanterns. But, i really DO love how those jack o’lanterns somehow look Japanese. Or is it just me??
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Anyway, another long, full weekend. Relatively tantrum free, despite not taking naps either day. We ended it by watching the premiere of the last season of “Breaking Bad”, one of the best shows ever made, but not enough to keep me awake through the whole episode. ;)

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Dat’s Hutchee’s kitchen, Dat’s Mama’s Kitchen!

For Hutch’s birthday, we gave him a workbench set and a kitchen set. When we’d gone to the local playcenter a few months back, they had a play kitchen that was really fun and kind of old-school, retro made of wood and cool font letters/numbers on it. He spent the WHOLE time playing with that kitchen, and he always plays with the one at the Grace house and the Crawford house, so we decided to splurge and get him that and then we threw the workbench on top of it because he was having a recent love affair with screwdrivers and hammers. He hasn’t been old enough yet to understand the “Christmas Reveal”, but this time around he did. Buck stayed up until 2 or 3am putting this thing together and he left it in the middle of the living room. When Hutch wakes up in the morning, he almost always wants to go to the kitchen immediately. Why? I don’t know. But he won’t let me take him back into our bedroom to give Papa a kiss. He MUST go straight to the kitchen. So, today, when I got him up and he wanted to go into the kitchen, I took him out into the hallway and said, “Do you want to go to THAT kitchen? <pointing to our kitchen> or do you want to go to THAT kitchen? <and pointed to the new kitchen in the living room>?” When he saw it, he immediately wiggled out of my arms and ran up to it and was SO excited. He had to turn all the buttons and knobs and, weirdly, this kitchen comes with a cordless phone. So, that ended up being the first thing that grabbed his attention. Most of this video is him talking on the and ordering a pizza, which makes perfect sense since part of the idea of buying a mini-kitchen is to create enthusiasm to cook. :)

Part of this video that’s my favorite is the way he dials the buttons on the phone. He has a very specific way of saying “Beep boh boh beee boh boh”. He does it that way EVERY time with every phone he “dials”.

Anyway, we just learned that Top Chef is going to film their next season in Seattle. Hopefully having this kitchen and watching the next season will create a little chef out of our kiddo!