6. Hurrah, Josh finished his math book! We celebrated with a trip down to the pool in Usk with some friends. See the long line going up the stairs? Oh wait, there isn’t one. As usual, we had the place to ourselves (for $5 per kid and $10 for Mommy). So cool. I don’t know how they stay in business, but rock on. And it’s especially cool because there are floor-to-ceiling windows on one side, so you can stare out at the freshly falling snow as you frolick in the tropical humidity. Yes, be jealous.
7. Flower lives in our barn. Doesn’t seem too bothered by Mingo, or the kids, or the kittens. At least, not so far. Mingo doesn’t give him any what-for, and generously shares his food. Smart dog. Speaking of our smart dog, our kittens are now getting very frisky and wanting to be out of their two-story kennel. But they’re kind of a pain to catch, because they know they’re going back in there. Mingo figured out very quickly one day that we were trying to catch the very elusive kittens, and after us trying and trying and following them all over the barn with them staying just out of reach, it took him about three seconds to corner them and make them freeze and puff up so we could walk up and get them. He gives them lots of kisses and they purr and purr, so they don’t seem to mind. Now he does it every time they’re being pills and it makes the catching quite easy. But he knows not to try that with Flower. More dog food, Flower?
8. Seriously, I almost feel bad about this. But we wake up lots of days with this view:
And then we drive into town, and this is the view:
If you live near us and it’s foggy at your place, call me. If it’s sunny here you’re welcome to come up for a fix.
11. Sam, Josh and I had a fun day at the mall in Spokane while Kerry had shoulder surgery. No bottoms were sucked into the escalator teeth, and we enjoyed the movie “Penguins of Madagascar,” and various forms of sugar. (I’m shocked at the price of movies though!) Kerry’s surgery went well, and Ethan and Ellie had a great time with friends in Kettle Falls.