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Seattle

Logan and I have been in Seattle for a few days now. The air quality in the entire NW is pretty bad but honestly Seattle is not terrible compared to Portland. And my parent’s house is really good. We don’t smell any smoke inside of the house.

The weekend was pretty foggy and cool. We went down to Edmonds to go to the beach and walk on the pier. We weren’t there for long, maybe 45 minutes or so. No one else was really out. It was smoky and foggy but not horrific. And I could smell the Sound and fish and ocean water, so that was good!

It was good to get out of the house for a little bit. Logan got to run around, play in the sand, throw rocks.

Friday night I made this recipe for rockfish. It turned out pretty good!

Saturday night we had Ivar’s clam chowder for dinner! I love Ivar’s!

Sunday we woke up to mist and fog and it seemed like less smoke. It didn’t smell bad outside and everything felt a little wet.

My dad and I took Logan to the park for a bit Sunday morning. It was nice!

Sunday we had tortilla soup.

I was planning on heading home Monday but the weather report changed and the rain got pushed back another day. The air quality was still terrible at home. I decided to stay one more day. Monday the air quality in Seattle was worse, so we didn’t really play outside this time.

My aunt’s farm and house is still doing ok. After the second wave of fires, it was spared again, so that’s good.

I know a lot of people who were not so lucky. It’s really tragic. I feel so terrible for people who lost everything. I can’t imagine how stressful it is and where do you even start to try and rebuild your life?

I am so ready for rain. Lots and lots of rain.

Camping

We were supposed to go camping at the beginning of summer. I don’t know how it is in your neck of the woods, but here in the NW you book your campgrounds/yurts/cabins 9 months in advance. That’s the window. It’s always a crap shoot. Like, will the weather be good “this weekend” in 9 months? Who knows! Last summer we had a bunch of camping weekends booked and then we sold our house, bought a new house and were moving. I remember we were camping in Eastern Oregon this time last year when we got the phone call from our realtor that our old house had closed!

How could we predict a global pandemic would cancel our camping plans for this year?!

Anyways. I was bummed. I had booked a super awesome cabin at Fort Stevens near Astoria, OR. I went there a bunch of times with my family when I was a kid. I remember it being very fun and cool and my brother and I would just take off riding our bikes on the trails. And there’s a shipwreck on the beach. It’s a cool place. I was so excited to take Logan! Needless to say, huge disappointment when it closed at the beginning of this pandemic.

As campgrounds started opening up in July on a limited basis, and reservations were now 2 weeks in advance only, I thought maybe we could do something. But it wasn’t in the cards. Michael got a new job (which is good) but there was no vacation time. Then Stevie got sick and until this weekend he’s been on a lot medications and I didn’t want to leave him.

Well, we decided to camp in our backyard!

We kept it a secret and then when Logan got up from his nap Saturday afternoon the boys started putting up the tent!

Logan was OVER THE MOON! He was so excited. And you know what? It was good to be outside. He had a lot of screen time when this pandemic started and it was nice to just get outside for many many hours.

He played outside with his toys. We listened to music and had hot dogs for dinner! Plus the most amazing hummus I’ve ever had that we bought that morning at the local farmer’s market.

Logan was so excited about camping he said “let’s go to sleep now!” When it was still light out. LOL We explained we had to wait until dark and that meant he got to stay up past his bedtime.

One thing missing from our campout was a fire pit and s’mores. I’ve wanted a fire pit in our yard for 10+ years. We still haven’t gotten one, hopefully soon! Instead we had yummy popsicles (Logan’s first). And we did some music:

It was finally getting dark. Logan was so excited he went inside and put his PJs on all by himself. He was ready!

We tried to get Bella to go in tent with us (she’s camped with us before) but she didn’t want to do it this time. So she went back in the house with the cats. πŸ˜‰

Camping was a blast. Logan said he wants to do it every day now. hahaha. I’m thinking we’ll do it again before summer is over. Maybe Labor Day weekend! And hopefully we’ll have our fire pit by then.