April 24, 2017

Doctor Who Cosplay Night!


Trivia, discounts, cosplay, prizes, and Doctor Who?  We’re there!

Saturday we took the kids to a trivia and cosplay event at our local ThinkGeek store, and they were ready to participate…

Group picture with a Dalek

… especially when there was a full-size red Dalek parked at the store’s entrance!

Take two

If this Dalek had been for sale, the kids would have been pooling their money together to have a chance to bring it home.

Doctor Tad confronts the Dalek

Fortunately for us, the Dalek was display only.  The trivia night was fun – we won a trivia question and got a $5 gift card! – and the kids quickly discovered just how cool the store was.

Testing the lightsabers

Because when full-size light-up lightsabers, complete with sound effects, are open and available to play with, this makes the store the greatest place ever.  The boys could have stayed there all day playing with those, but it was hard to keep them from reenacting every single lightsaber battle without knocking over shelves.

So we finally tore ourselves away, but we had a great time proving that we are huge nerds!

April 21, 2017

Flashback Friday


The first game of the season is always a fun experience.  Here’s a few past “first games”…


First game of the season!


With the Mariner Moose!


Kids in hats!


The kids visit the Moose


At Safeco Field

Take us out to the ballgame, because we always have a great time!


April 20, 2017

Speedy Girl!


Ane and the Webmaster ran their first 5K of the year on Saturday the 8th, and it was to support the Autism Center!  (I meant to write about it last week, but between Tad getting back from camp and spring break, it slipped my mind.  Bad Mom.)

Ane got a personal best time of 30:46, which she was really happy about!  The park where the 5K was being held is extremely hilly and cross-country like.


But the really fun part arrived this last Monday, when Ane got this in the mail…


Yes, Ane got 1st place in the “female 19 and under” division!  She was a full 8 minutes faster than the next girl in the division.  (Now, let’s keep in mind that there were only 9 runners in her division bracket, and two of them were 4 year olds, according to the race roster, and no one in the division was older than 13.)

Plus, she placed 28th overall out of 111 runners!  The female race winner was Tad’s ABA therapist, with a time of 22:02 (and 4th overall).

She and the Webmaster are running (well, he’s walking – his days of road running are over, per his orthopedic surgeon) their next 5K at the end of this month.  Ane really enjoys it, and it’s a lot of fun for the two of them to do together.

April 19, 2017

Windy Beach


It’s not Hawaii, but it will do in a pinch.  (And I’m not sure why I’m going backward in the events of the last week, but I think this is the last one.)

We spent a windy but pleasant afternoon at Richmond Beach on Friday, where we lounged with Lisa and the Bean.  And the wind was rocking so much that there were several kite surfers in the water.

Ane, Tad, and Thumper went straight for the water.

Thumper in the wind

Tad stands on a rock as the tide comes in


Rerun had no interest in water, unless it was making the sand wet enough to build with.


And then Thumper fell into the surf, requiring a complete change of clothes and the removal of his boots.  His boots were full of water and squishing when he walked.

Change of clothes later...

Then he discovered the sensory value of sand, and got delightfully dirty.

Biggest sensory bin ever

Eventually, Tad and Rerun shed their boots and socks, and everyone needed a shower when we got home.  But it was fun!

Maybe we can have a little less wind next time, though.