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For our final day of vacation we headed north to Hermosa Beach for a day at the beach.  It’s a good thing, too: as it happens we got to LAX very early for our scheduled 7:55 pm flight.  Turns out it was rescheduled to 6:30.  Luckily we made it: a night sleeping in an airport would not have been good.

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Today the family ventured east to Snoqualmie Pass for the kids’ first-ever ski lessons.   Reese and Finn had private lessons with Snoqualmie-based BeyondSki.

The snow wasn’t good or plentiful, but the kids still had a great time.

We thought the kids would be on the magic carpet.  Not.

We thought the kids would be on the magic carpet. Not.

 

That's Reese with her instructor on the chair.

That’s Reese with her instructor on the chair.

 

Finn, too.

Finn, too.

 

Finn in gear.

Finn in gear.

 

 

 

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Reese’s First Goal

While I was busy earning Father of the Year points watching the Seahawks beat the Texans at the UVillage Ram, Reese was playing a soccer game at Eckstein field.  Not just playing but scoring her first-ever goal!

GOAL!

 

I’m seriously bummed I missed this.  Then again had a been there a bunch of six year olds would have seen a grown man cry.

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Well, sort of.

These two Reese pics are what you’d normally think of when you think “first day of school” pics:

First day of first grade.

First day of first grade.

Reese 1

But we forgot to take Finn’s.  Instead, Ronnie snapped a pic of him in the nurse’s office after he got stung by a hornet:

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Avery, Maddie, Pat, Finn, me and Reese.

Avery, Maddie, Pat, Finn, me and Reese.

Tonight the kids and I joined Pat, Avery and Maddie McKay in the grandstands at Safeco Field for the kids’ first-ever Mariners game.  It was two less than powerhouses: the 65-79 Mariners played the even-worse 48-96 Houston Astros.

It’s a good thing we were there for BECU Family Night: according to ESPN, only 9,802 others were in attendance.  I’d say that’s being generous.

We spent as much time in the play area as we did in our seats.

We spent as much time in the play area as we did in our seats.

Speaking of our seats, a view from them.  I was quite happy with them, especially at $10/pop.

Speaking of our seats, a view from them. I was quite happy with them, especially at $10/pop.

With only 9800+ in attendance, the kids had room to roam.

With only 9800+ in attendance, the kids had room to roam.

Modeling their new Mariners lids.

Modeling their new Mariners lids.

With the Mariner moose.

With the Mariner moose.

 

 

 

 

 

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Today Reese took her first swim test — and passed.  She passed her “1’s,” which means she swam from dock to dock at the Laurelhurst Beach Club without trouble or incident.

Reese wasn’t the only achiever today.   Her friend Gracie Boden took the test with her and passed her “3’s,” which meant she swam dock to dock to dock.  Same, too, for their pal Georgia Black.  (I held Reese back on her 3’s: we’ll save that celebration for another day.)

For a gal who couldn’t swim a lick three months ago, that ain’t bad.

Reese (shown here with Gracie Boden) passed her '1's' at the Laurelhurst Beach Club.

Reese (shown here with Gracie Boden) passed her ‘1’s’ at the Laurelhurst Beach Club.

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Today Reese and Finn played their first-ever t-ball game. Their team: the Metropolitan Market Mets. The site: View Ridge Playfield. Their coach: Steve Kelley, dad of Reese’s classmates Carson & Quin (as well as Tanner and Olivia). Their biggest fan: me.

My favorite Mets!

My favorite Mets!

The game lasted two innings. No score kept — for that, I think I’m glad. The other team had a few players who had to have been walking when Finn was born.

Reese (standing on first base) had her first-ever base hit in the first inning.

Reese (standing on first base) had her first-ever base hit in the first inning.

Their next game is on Saturday. Can’t wait.

Reese played pitcher in the first inning.

Reese played pitcher in the first inning.

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