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July 29, 2008

Timmyism at the Dinner Table

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Last night we had some soup that was given to us free by some good friends.  (The husband is a truck driver, and often times, he is given a bunch of food to take home.  They, in turn, kindly give away what they know they cannot use to friends like us:)   

So, we were sampling some “Subway Broccoli and Cheese Soup” when this conversation happened at the dinner table. . .

Timmy:  “I’m full.”

Caroline:  “But you didn’t eat any.”

Daddy:  “Four more bites, Timmy.”

Timmy:  After taking a bite says, “Ewww . . . gross!”

Daddy:  “Timmy, we don’t say “gross” about our food.  We say something like ‘I don’t really care for this’ . . .okay?”

Timmy:  Ponders this for a moment, then says, “I really don’t care about this . . . does anyone want my left-overs?”

Daddy:  After no one moves, takes Timmy’s bowl and takes a bite.

Timmy:  Then says, “WOW, Daddy, you must be REALLY hungry!”


July 24, 2008

The Critter-Getters and Lessons Learned

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Clamming is fun!


In just the right place, you can collect your legal limit of clams per person in a pretty short amount of time!   Let’s see, that is about 150 clams! (25 X 6 kids)   Way more than we can eat!

Victoria learned that with bigger clams, you have to be careful how you pick them up, because if you pick them up like this . . .

the little creature inside does not like it, and will snap his shell closed on your fingers.   Unfortunately, Victoria learned this the hard way.  Daddy had to get his pocket knife to pry open the shell to release her fingers!  Ouch!

Even Timothy got into the act . . . well, sort-of!  I think he had more fun just playing in the water.  At least he had a good excuse for getting all wet . . . shoes and all!

Little crabs are fun to catch and play with.

And the bigger you are, the more little crabs you can hold in your hand.

When “crabbing” for the big crabs, you can use a crab cage on the end of a fishing pole.  This takes some patience.

Or, you can just scoop them up in a big net! 

This involves getting a little more wet:)! 

Yum!  They’re good eatin’ at the end of the day!

Here, our neighbor girls are helping Timothy sample the catch for the day!

Oysters aren’t as rare or hard to find as we originally thought.  And we learned that their open shells are razor sharp and cut feet in cheap flip-flops very easily:(  Victoria and Valerie especially learned this lesson the hard way and are doctoring several pretty bad cuts on their feet.

Victoria also learned that star fish, once adhered to your fingers, leave a part of themselves with you when you go to put them back into the water! 

July 23, 2008

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

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This is what greeted us in the parking lot at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.   There were several deer in the area.  And we got a special treat of seeing twin fawns!

Aren’t they cute?

I’m afraid this is one of those times when pictures just don’t do the beauty of the real thing justice.   The views were breathtaking.

In the background is the Strait of Juan de Fuca.   There was still snow on the ground in places, and at the same time beautiful wild flowers everywhere!

Our Campsite at Dosewallips State Park

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Here’s a couple pictures at our campsite.  There was a nice grassy area behind us for the dogs to romp and for the kids to play frisbee, etc.  We had a campfire every night, and of course, smores!

Timothy graduated to a “big boy” bike on this trip!  Can you see how happy he is?   He LOVED riding his bike here at the campground.  That’s our campsite in the background (not the trailer in the far background, but the tent, playpen and picnic table . . . the  camper is out of the picture).  All the sites were on dead-end loops, so Timothy was able to ride safely whenever he wanted to . . . which in this case, was even before he got dressed out of his PJ’s!

Our neighbors at the campsite had two girls that brought along some sidewalk chalk.  See what the aspiring artists came up with?   They put their hand prints all over the road!

Well, that’s all for tonight.   I’ll post more photos of our trip tomorrow!

A Little More Fun Before Leaving Bremerton

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 Timothy sure loved swimming again with his “floaties”!  They make swimming . . .before you know how to swim . . . much more fun! 


Joseph loved playing in the fountain right outside the hotel again.   The hotel is in the background.


Where did the water go?  

We found this fountain park near the hotel.  There were about five of these towers.  See the big white spout at the top?

This is what happens every five minutes or so!

Where We left Off!

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The night before we left Bremerton, the kids had fun taking pictures of this little visitor to our camper, right in the hotel parking lot.  He/she was busily cleaning up a few nuggets of dog food, and didn’t even seem to notice the kids.     They really wanted to post these pictures for you to see! 

July 20, 2008

On the Road Again!

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We are leaving soon for the Olympic National Park.  We have reservations for a campsite within one of the State Parks for the next three nights.  But I imagine that they probably won’t have internet service, so this will be our last post until we return home.    

Love you all!


July 19, 2008

Second Day of New Adventure

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Today we headed for Sequim, WA for their lavender festival!  There were lavender farms and lavender products to be purchased EVERYWHERE!

For lunch, Daddy and Kyle wanted to try the famous “The 3 Crabs” restaurant.   It is located in Dungeness,WA on the Strait of Juan de Fuca waterfront.  (Did you know that the Dungeness Crab was named after this little town?) 

They enjoyed quite a smorgeshboard of steamed crab, fish, clams, scallops, and shrimp.

Then we picked strawberries and rasberries at a farm there. 

Here the youngest pickers are getting the “lay of the land” and planning their strategy.

Then, Joseph gleans some strawberry picking tips from his biggest brother.

Ah, he’s going in for the pick!

Success . . . and to be sure, he figures he must taste-test it:)!

Here, Timothy is getting tips from his big sister, Valerie.

How does this one look?

Two strawberry-loving girls hard at work.

This was taken about mid-way through our picking extravaganza! 

And now we are back at the hotel, enjoying the “FRUIT of our labor!”

And swimming:)!

We’re Staying Another Night in Bremerton!

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As we were just finishing up our FREE breakfast, surprisingly, the hotel here had a room come available, and invited us to stay another night!   Yay!   Just wanted to let ya’ll know so that you didn’t worry about our whereabouts tonight!   Not sure what we’ll be doing today, but stay tuned, as I’m sure to post pictures of our next adventure sometime soon!

July 18, 2008

First Day of Our New Adventure!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by onlyonedayliketoday @ 10:19 pm

The first part of the day was spent traveling.  Allie and Timothy slept for a bit:)

As soon as the truck pulled up to our hotel in Bremerton, and as Daddy put together a new “MCU”, guess what the Bowes critter-getters did?   Yep, they went crab hunting!   As you can see, they caught some big ones! 

Here is the new “MCU” . . . the kids are carrying the little princes up quite a few stairs outside our hotel.  It is a cart for pulling behind a bicycle, but it turns into a stroller too.  We thought this would be handy for all the walks/hikes we plan on taking on this trip.  Then, in the future, we are hoping to do some family bike riding with it!

From 6-8pm, we were entertained with a latin salsa/jazz band right in front of our hotel on the waterfront.

 Here are a couple giggly girls, drinking hot cocoa while swimming in the pool!

Joseph really enjoyed the fountain out beside the hotel!

In the right background, you can see a ferry.  There is a ferry terminal just past the hotel, so we can see them coming and going.

 Right in the fountain area beside the hotel is a Taco Del Mar and a Cold Stone Creamery . . . two of our favorite eateries!  So guess what we had for dinner and dessert?:)   Do you see someone missing in the photo?

Kyle enjoyed his ice-cream . . . gameside, by the computer in the lobby!

And as I type this at 10:30pm, the family is watching “Nim’s Island” in our room and Kyle is now listening to the ballgame in its 11th inning via earplugs plugged into my computer! 

And all this fun for a FREE night stay in a fully booked hotel (with a waiting list for tomorrow night!)   And considering Ted made this reservation just yesterday with his “honor points”, we think it is a real blessing from the Lord!

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