Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sunday: house to ourselves.

Still catching up with the blog: 
Sunday was the first (and last) day we had the house to ourselves, and we finally had a chance to start unpacking. We got the kitchen done (it was mostly piled up in the dining room). 

Dining room, before.

Kitchen, before (it actually doesn't look much different now. Note the temporary plywood countertop; we now have a real one -- pics soon).

Loving the pull-out cupboard drawers!
Katie made this potpourri out of the spices. All her own idea and creation!

The kids did a nice job of organizing the cupcake stuff.

Yoga break. I can't believe this girl turns six tomorrow!

By mid-afternoon, we had some space cleared in the dining room.

Then -- woo-hoo -- time to assemble the table.

It is a very solid table. Industrial country?


Poor Fifi made herself sick from all the spinning and could only recover, she said, by lying in the table box.

Katie is quite taken with the table-extension system.

And strong enough to carry those big leaves.

Dining room, after. 
(Is it really unpacking if you just stack it up around the room? Sigh. We'll get there.)
Fifi recovered enough to do herself proud setting the table!

Saturday: Point Roberts

On Saturday, we left the builders to it and drove down to Point Roberts, a little point of US soil at the tip of the Tsawwassen peninsula famous for cross-border postal outlets and sunny beaches. 

We needed to pick up a table and other things we'd had shipped there and thought we'd combine the trip with a little desperately-needed family downtime.

First, the girls tried out the new hair-washing systems.


We rented a van.

And we picked up our new table! Fifi helped Andrew load up while Katie supervised.

Another reason to visit Point Roberts. Katie remembered this farm from a visit two years ago; we had to find them again.

Nice sweater. New ad campaign for the Gap?

Look at the chompers on this thing! Alpaca, is it? Make a nice sweater for the goat.

Fifi was brave. 

There's a nice little cafe down there (with GF menu!). Rare photo of all four of us!

Unexpected treat! The firefighters said it was such a beautiful day, they thought they'd bring the trucks down to the beach for the kids. So sweet: they gave the girls the royal tour. I think it was the whole fleet and the whole crew; not much else for them to do down there.

Fifi was really into it!

Andrew contemplating light fixtures.

The firefighter hats came in handy for beach combing.

Katie added some nice pieces to her extensive rock collection.