I think it is safe to say that Spring Break is a misnomer; there is no break while school is out. Enter stage right: niece and nephew (ages 8 and 13), and mother-in-law needing to reconnect after six-months in Haiti (where it is a lot warmer than Seattle last week); enter stage left: sister-in-law with adorable girls (ages 2 years and 5 months); stir these two groups together with my two children (ages 5 and 7) for the better part of seven days and you have a very noisy soup!
Since this started as a knitting blog, I have to begin with pictures of my knitting spotted in the wild. Abigail is wearing a hat designed by Sophie last spring (isn’t she a cutie?), based on a sampler by Philosopher’s Wool. Everyone should read Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified by Eugene and Ann Bourgeois, if only for the jolt you will get from reading Eugene’s introduction; I photocopied the introduction and sent it to my brother-in-law, a self-employed landscape designer. Eugene describes in detail the process that took them from city folks who just wanted to live a simpler life to full time wool producers, knitwear designers and beyond. Eugene is not one to look at a tangent sideways; be prepared to learn all about post and beam construction, how many transmissions it takes to drive to Pennsylvania and the best starter mix for mushrooms.
I’m holding Abigail’s baby sister, Riley at Sunset Bowl, wearing my most beloved and despised knitting project, Blaze. The full tale of my agony is chronicled for those interested in the details. Riley is a cuddly, sweet-natured baby, full of giggles and goos.
We spent our days on field trips; excursions on foot, scooter and bicycle; playing card games and board games; feeding the hungry hordes, swapping loads of laundry and cuddling cute babes. Some pictures from our days around the city follow:
Christopher, Owen and Athena climb to the top of a play structure at St. John’s newly renovated Officer Jackson Lone Memorial Playground.
Athena and Sophie share a chair at Santoro’s Books on Greenwood Ave.
Abigail and Owen perform a musical puppet show, using the space behind our sofa as their staging area. We were treated to multiple performances every day; it was one of Abigail’s favorite activities.
Abigail, Michele, Athena, Owen and Sophie balance on the playground at Greenwood Elementary.
Owen, Athena and Sophie explore the back woods of Woodland Park.
Owen delights in his baby cousin, Riley.
Michele’s children and grandchildren pose for a group photo under our cherry tree. This one is for you, Maria.