Papa, let’s build a house… with a tower!

“Papa B, let’s build a house… with a tower!”

Those were the words that started a summer-long project. Papa B, the construction foreman, and his two apprentices, began to work. They have learned to saw, to pound nails, to use clamps, to measure, and many other valuable things. Thanks, Papa B!

It all started, of course, with some conceptual, semi-architectural drawings of what they wanted.
It all started, of course, with some conceptual, semi-architectural drawings of what they wanted.
Just about the right height for two seven year olds… and don't forget the safety helmet!
Just about the right height for two seven year olds… and don’t forget the safety helmet!
From the side… it even has a window!
From the side… it even has a window!
Using the screw gun!
Using the screw gun!
Everyone get's a turn!
Everyone get’s a turn!
Working with the clamp.
Working with the clamp.
Measuring with their own measuring tapes.
Measuring with their own measuring tapes.
That's loud!
That’s loud!

Summer time and loving it!

Summer in American with the grandparents is a wonderful time. Exploring, learning, tasting, relating. The time is going too fast!

In America and with the Grandparents
In America and with the Grandparents
"We've got some sawing to do boys."
“We’ve got some sawing to do boys.”
Staining the deck… yes, more stain was on the deck than on the kids —barely.
Staining the deck… yes, more stain was on the deck than on the kids —barely.
The kids discovering a genuine American water fountain.
The kids discovering a genuine American water fountain.
Eating at Zeke's. You have to stop at Zeke's when crossing Stevens Pass.
Eating at Zeke’s. You have to stop at Zeke’s when crossing Stevens Pass.
It was delicious, and so was the view.
It was delicious, and so was the view.
Emile and I celebrating our 44th birthday.
Emile and I celebrating our 44th birthday.
A daddy-date at the local malt shop.
A daddy-date at the local malt shop.
"Look ma, I can ride a bike!"
“Look ma, I can ride a bike!”
Tis blackberry season. You should've seen the pie we made!
Tis blackberry season. You should’ve seen the pie we made!
Just beautiful!
Just beautiful!
Papa B's little helper.
Papa B’s little helper.
Did you know it can snow in July?
Did you know it can snow in July?
On a hiking adventure.
On a hiking adventure.
A rest with Papa B.
A rest with Papa B.
Overview of Wenatchee
Overview of Wenatchee

When Gram and Papa B come visiting… 

Planting an apple tree.
Planting an apple tree.
Holding baby.
Holding baby.

Its always wonderful when Gram and Papa B come visiting. On the way home from school one day, Papa B was telling the boys how if you planted an apple core, you might get an apple tree to grow. However, the apples wouldn’t be the same as the one you planted. The boys thought having their very own apple tree would be a good idea. So, when they got home, Papa B got out the spade, and they buried the apple core, watered it, and then put up a sign where we planted it. And now the waiting begins. The boys were sure, they’d see something growing by this summer. We’ll see!

How hard could it be…?

It all started when the boys were very young. They didn’t know how important having wheels are for life, and had to be introduced to the concept. But they quickly caught on… 

Checking out what's behind the curtain.
Checking out what’s behind the curtain.

Soon, however, they outgrew them, and thanks to Papa B, a new set of wheels was provided.

Trying to jump!
Trying to jump!
Daddy and the boys, and a fancy set of wheels.
Daddy and the boys, and a fancy set of wheels.

Not long after that —precisely three sets of crocs which doubled as brakes— the low-riders were replaced by running bikes.

Nearly two years after getting the running bikes. At this point, they are quite proficient. Hi Papa!
Nearly two years after getting the running bikes. At this point, they are quite proficient. Hi Papa!

But after a while, their knees were up to their chins, and it was time, for the BIG JUMP. So, dad, bought two new-used birthday bikes, thinking they were the same size (never trust advertisers), but finding out after the fact that they weren’t, but thankfully that hasn’t made any difference. With many protests (I’m going to fall!), and reassurances (some kind folks at SHSU bought you some cool knee protectors and cool riding gloves), we were finally able to get them on the bikes. After keeping them up on two runs, they were off…

Pedal for all your worth! Never stop!
Pedal for all your worth! Never stop!
Keep going, keep going! Don't stop!
Keep going, keep going! Don’t stop!
Now, they don't want to stop! Nor do they really know how. :D
Now, they don’t want to stop! Nor do they really know how. 😀

My only question is, what next?

What to do when brother gets invited to a birthday party, and *I* don’t…

You throw a surprise party for Papa!

Mom made a chocolate and vanilla cake. And I had mom buy some donuts, because Papa likes donuts.
Mom made a chocolate and vanilla cake. And I had mom buy some donuts, because Papa likes donuts.

We'll blow up some balloons. I guess my sister can play with some of them.
We’ll blow up some balloons. I guess my sister can play with some of them.

I'll color a present for him.
I’ll color a present for him.

We'll all sit and eat cake together, and call up Auntie Stephie on Skype so she can be there, too.
We’ll all sit and eat cake together, and call up Auntie Stephie on Skype so she can be there, too.

And then we'll have a family picture at the end.
And then we’ll have a family picture at the end.