Ahh the last days of summer before school. We played hard this Labor Day weekend. Friday I took the day off and we went back to Andrew’s cabin (my co-worker). The water in the reservoir was a bit colder this time, but we still had a great time. We forgot the camera again, unfortunately. The views of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams are incredible up there. Next time.

Saturday we recovered a bit and did some shopping that needed to be done. Sunday was restful as well. Monday we joined the Labor Day crowds and tackled our favorite Columbia Gorge hike, Ponytail Falls (pictures from last time). It was Reece’s first hike, and he slept in the front pack most of the way. Ily carried him. I had Micah in the backpack. He didn’t want to hike at all, and he fell asleep part way through too. A hiking book I had for a while called this hike, “The most waterfall bang for your buck.” You get to see three in less than three miles, and it’s not a very steep climb at all. We love it.

Isaac went to his first day of school today. He said recess was his favorite part and this evening he asked me when he gets to do “real school” with homework. He asked when he gets to learn how to read too. I told him to ask his teacher. This reminds me, did I tell you about the time a few weeks ago when he did some division out of the blue? I was making pancakes one morning and he asked me how many I was going to make. I told him the recipe said there would be 12. He said, “hmm, four of us will be eating, so we each get 3.” Wow, I thought. A few minutes later when I was done I informed him that I had actually made 16. “OK, we each get 4.” he said. Just like that. He’s a genius I tell you. Anyway, he’s excited for school.

Lastly, we had cake and a few presents for Isaac’s sixth birthday this evening. Nothing too exciting there. He got a t-ball stand and a boomerang (that he had begged his mom for the other day). We’ll have to hurry and play with them lots before the rain starts up again.

Pictures, pictures, pictures.


Nolan September 14, 2006 at 8:25 a.m.

I guess you and Ily both passed on those math genes! That's most impressive!

Bryan September 15, 2006 at 11:21 a.m.

I was thinking (hoping?) it was the genes too, but Ily thinks it's just because he watches Cyberchase all the time: