Another quiet week here in lake Wobegone

Literally a very regular week!

At school the boys had a Doctor Seuss week. They read his books, made artwork about the stories, and even went to a library on a bus! I heard all about that adventure. :) Apparently they both got the coveted “window seats”.

On Thursday it was still pretty warm out so Lisa set up the sprinkler and let the boys cool off the old school way.

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As for Saturday, they went to get a tire changed first before getting donuts at Top Pot!

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Later they met up with Bridget, AJ, Ruby, and Harper at Remlinger farms! An obvious blast was had. :)

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On Sunday it was time to bake! Muffins and donuts. And for dinner that night? Waffles! Brilliant!

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Obviously, a very fun and busy weekend. Turtle needed a nap after all of that:

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Captain Out

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Science and exploration weekend

This weekend the boys and I decided to continue their science experiments they were doing in school through the weekend. Including body wellness, fossils, space, physics, and chemistry.

On Saturday morning we got up early and headed out to Discovery Park to go to their play structure. Along the way we stopped and watched each bird we came across. The most interesting was the woodpecker. We watched it for a while before heading on to get some wiggles out before it got too hot.

While we were there Oliver overcame two fears he had at that play structure. Climbing an odd ladder and sliding down a pole!

We then headed downtown to the Pacific Science Center where we went through and learned all about dinosaurs, body wellness, some chemistry, and physics. We discussed the different types of dinosaurs they had there and the theory that some of them evolved into birds.

Lunch came early as we had a 3D IMAX movie to catch about the cosmos. Several times William and I would look at each other with our mouths open, so surprised about what we learned. It was a great way to spend the day.

And as an added bonus (what kind of daddy day would it be without something odd to report) we got to see two knights dueling on our way to our car. :)

Today started the same as yesterday, we got out to Discovery Park to get our wiggles out while it was still cool. This time, however, I let them lead the way. Allowing us to explore places I had never been before and somehow finding the quickest route from the parking lot we were at to the sand dunes. (Still quite a trek)

Once we had finished playing in the dune for a while, we headed back. But again, I let them lead the way. Trying to help them learn about direction sense and remembering land marks.

Four hours after getting their we finally headed home. It was time for lunch and then, as we promised Oliver earlier today, playing with Legos.

The afternoon sped by and out of nowhere it was time for dinner. Lisa had made a wonderful dinner for us to eat outside. It was a wonderful weekend all around.

Captain Out

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Taurean’s last day

This Monday was Taurean’s last day with the boys. What an incredible journey she’s been on with us. For four years she’s been apart of their lives and ours. We’ll miss seeing her every week but we’ll still ask her to babysit from time to time. :)

Some pics from our days with Taurean:

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The next day William wasn’t feeling so well, I had to drop Oliver off at school then stop by work for a bit before we headed back home.

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This Friday was the forth of July! Lisa had the great idea for us all to go to Remlinger Farms. As always, it was a lot of fun!

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Afterwards Lisa and the boys headed over to hang out with Bridget, AJ, Ruby, and Harper for dinner and fireworks!

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That evening, the boys wanted to sleep in the same bed. It’s as cute as you can imagine. :)

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This weekend, Lisa got Oliver new Superman pajamas. Now he has the whole outfit. You can not be any more over the moon as he is in this picture.

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On Saturday, Lisa and the boys hung out with Great Grandma Gwen. They got some pretty cool spinning toys and even had ice cream!

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As for today, Lisa cut down an old tree branch… With some help. Safety first!

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Then, this evening, Lisa and the boys went to go bowling with Katie and Dylan. So fun!

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Tucker’s birthday surprise

This weekend was Tucker’s birthday. And what better gift to give him than the gift of friendship? So, Lisa and Matt secretly planned for her to fly out and surprise him. This was the result:

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They have had lots of great adventures out there! Looks like so much fun. :)

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Back in Seattle we were also having fun. The boys are both really close to making their breakfast all by themselves! And making coffee for me! (All part of my master plan. Muwahahahaha!)

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The next morning William woke up first and asked if he could snuggle Oliver awake. How could I say no?!

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When Oliver woke up he wasn’t feeling so well and still had some coughs from the last evening. William offered to make him a drawing to help him feel better. After he organized his crayons:

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He made this (a robot making French toast):

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Giving it to Oliver then giving him a hug to help him feel better:

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This week we had surprise guests for the boys, grandma and grandpa Schlichting were staying with us! There was a car show, lots of parks with swings, some restaurants, ice cream, it was pretty great! The boys sure do love when grandma and grandpa are in town. :)

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Once again, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TUCKER!”

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Sort of Pre-School graduation

As many of you know, the boys will be doing another year of preschool. At the end of the school year the preschool staff always does a “congratulations” ceremony to celebrate those who are matriculating into kindergarten. To make it easier, all the kids get to perform and get their own little roll of paper. It’s pretty cute. :)

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The boys, having a “super” day! ;)

At the ceremony, they started with their yoga song:

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They then prepared to do their rendition of “Mr. Sun.”

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Finally, the graduation ceremony!

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Oliver inspects his degree:

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Now it’s William’s turn:

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And as you can imagine, after the teacher calls out, “William Schlichting!” William walks over, takes his paper, then corrects the teacher on her performance, “You were supposed to say ‘William DANIEL Schlichting’.” :)

This weekend Lisa and the boys kept pretty busy and stayed outside as much as they could! They walked to Top Banana to get some fruit for Lisa’s crisps in a jar she’s making. Yum! Oliver helped with the taste testing. :)

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After that they walked all the way to Salmon Bay for some more outside fun.

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The next day they also spent the day outside. This time at a park in Magnolia with their bikes. When they got home William was so tired he took a nap, while Oliver played in the pool and carved pumpkins. :)

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When William woke up he had some nails to paint! It’s flip-flop season after all!

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At least we can say that he didn’t miss any spots! :)

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Captain out

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Big week, super late, I’ll be brief

Sorry about the late post. I was nearly asleep when I realized that “someone” hadn’t written the blog yet. :) That guy needs to get on it! Ok, here we go, it’s been a big week so strap your reading glasses on it’s time to et to business.

Earlier this week Lisa took the boys to a work “shin-dig” (could have been a hoot-n-nanny but I wasn’t there so I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a hoot or nanny, so we’ll move on). The guys had a pretty fun time and got to play tic-tac-toe against people with masters degrees. I can only assume William let them win so they wouldn’t feel bad. Which, to me, was a rather decent thing to do. ;)

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On to a celebration for Lisa’s good friend Anne. She just finished her last bit of schooling and the boys could not have been happier for her. Especially since she had two cats. Oliver loved that fact. :)

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Speaking of cats, two cool cats got together again to go see a movie together. I am of course referring to Hermes and myself. It had been a while and it was good to catch up and see a great nerdy movie.

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Now to skip ahead to Thursday. A day that will live in infamy (meaning “more than famous”, Three Amigos quote). Anyways, Lisa and I got a call from school saying that Oliver was not feeling well and he had a fever.

By the time I was off the phone I was in my car. I rushed in… Calmly… And asked Oliver how he was feeling. After he bounced off a child sized couch and ran over to me, he said he was feeling fine. My suspicions rose. I did the standard once over, typical dad/doctoring, “Where does it hurt? When did it start hurting? Why does it hurt?”

However, before Oliver even had a moment to respond to my myriad of questions I noticed that there was something in his nose. Upon first glimpse, as he was in typical Oliver form and quite squiggly, I thought it was snot. Upon closer inspection, the blockage was indeed neon green and therefor not snot (unless Oliver was insanely ill or an alien).

Having never had to deal with this type of situation before I decided to ask the teachers of his preschool what the next course of action should be. Surely, they must have dealt with this copious amounts of times as they are literally surrounded by potential nose blockage victims all day!

Never had this happen before.

I kid you not. Oliver was the first kid that these two particular teachers had ever had stick something up his nose before. Of course he was.

Very well, we’ll pack up his stuff and head to the doctor’s office just a block away. I informed William where we were going and why and without skipping a beat he grabbed his coat and joined us, as if to say, “I gotta see this!” :)

The actual doctor experience was rather anticlimactic I’m afraid. Also, much to William’s chagrin. He was hoping they would get out the large vacuum they mentioned could be an option. Instead, a pair of tweezers and steady hands were enough to do the job. I held Oliver still, the doctor worked his magic, and William was right under the doctor’s arm getting as close to the action as possible.

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That same evening, Oliver and I were downstairs while William was getting into his pajamas when we heard, “Daddy, I can’t reach my underwear!”

Now, as a parent you learn to expect the unexpected. Less and less tends to phase you… Except silence, never trust silence. But hearing “Daddy, I can’t reach my underwear!” Begs so many questions. You brain starts to try to put together what kind of scenario would end up with a four year old needing to shout these words to his parent.

My curiosity peeked, and Oliver’s too, we headed upstairs to discover what would lead William to utter that particular phrase:

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Having had QUITE the day, both boys were naturally asleep almost two hours after I put them to bed.

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As for their week with Taurean, they enjoyed a lot of fun things like bubble blowing, bus riding, and petting a “red spotted tortoise” (as William would say).

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This week my family unfortunately lost a wonderful member of my grandparent’s generation, Uncle Joe. Or or me, great Uncle Joe. So, the boys and I headed to Portland for his wake.

It was of course sad that he left this world but it brought the whole family together again. And this family loves gatherings. :) It was such a great crowd of people, so full of love and genuine good will. It was easy to see the effect Joe’s generation had left on their descendants. Such good people.

And, as the boys could attest to, really great selection of cookies.

Today we got to meet up with Mike and Jenny. The boys always love seeing them even though it was short it was wonderful as always. We’re all fortunate to have them in our lives.

Before we headed back to Seattle we made one last stop by my grandma’s to see her and Auntie Barb. The boys of course got to pull her fingers and get slathered with kisses from great grandma’s and Auntie Barb’s dogs. Oh, and from Great Grandma and Auntie Barb. ;)

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Time for summer

It’s amazing how great the weather has been. Lisa and the boys even had some things to pick from their garden they planted!

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Just look at how gorgeous Seattle is!

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The boys are still crazy about books. Which is awesome! This was how excited they were or story time one night this week :

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This weekend, Lisa took the boys to a water park with Katie an Dylan. So much fun!

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Oliver even ate almost half a cantaloupe this week as well as almost half a watermelon. :) While William has been showing of his cool bike riding skills.

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Today they went to a birthday party for one of their fellow preschoolers. Sounds like they had a great time. :)

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