Weekday Fun in Puyallup

Current Location: Washington State Fair Campground, Puyallup, Washington

The last few days have been filled with grandchild activities, playing outside, playing inside, shopping, making crafts, coloring and other activities.

Dress-up with Scarlet

Dress-up with Scarlet

Outside time with "Pa"

Outside time with “Pa”

On Tuesday, we headed down to the Puyallup park with Elizabeth and the girls for a concert at lunch time. We stopped by McDonalds and picked up food on the way, then spread our blankets out and enjoyed lunch and some good Celtic music. Later in the afternoon, Malcolm headed out with Wayne (Cole’s step-father) for a round of golf at the Tacoma Country Club.

Concert in the park

Concert in the park

This evening, we attended a Tacoma Rainiers baseball game thanks to the Puyallup Library. The girls completed the required amount of reading and got free tickets. The rest of us got tickets and went along with them. They got to parade around the field before the game. Our tickets also allowed us to each get a free meal (assuming you wanted a hot dog, chips and a bottle of water).

Waiting to parade onto the field

Waiting to parade onto the field

Here we go

Here we go

Getting our cheers

Getting our cheers

View from the stands

View from the stands

Dinner time

Dinner time

Noms

Noms

The field

The field

Violet and the team mascot

Violet and the team mascot

Scarlet and Pa's selfie

Scarlet and Pa’s selfie

Weekend at the Island and a Move

Current Location: Washington State Fair Campground, Puyallup, Washington

We have been having a great time out on Fox Island with Cole’s family. So much so that we’ve failed to update our blog. So, here is a catch-up of events.

On Friday, the ladies went out shopping, leaving the grandchildren with Cole and Malcolm. Other family members started showing up on Friday (most of the family spends the weekends out on the island with the grandparents). We prepared and cooked about a dozen hamburger and vegetable packets on the grill for everyone.

On Saturday, we (Malcolm and Val) took Violet with us and went shopping in Gig Harbor. We stopped at Michael’s first, then made a quick trip to Kohl’s. After that, the three of us enjoyed pizza for lunch.

Time for pizza

Time for pizza

After pizza, we headed to a yarn shop that Val wanted to go to. When we pulled up, we found that there was a new toy store next door, so Malcolm and Violet went over there for a while and looked around. Once done at the toy store, we headed back towards the island.

When we got back, we found out that Cole had put the boat in the water and was taking a few others for a ride. When he got back, we swapped around passengers and we had Val, Malcolm, Violet and Scarlet along for the ride. We rode completely around Fox Island. By the time we got back, Violet had nodded off to sleep on Pa’s lap.

Boating

Boating\

Scarlet resting on the boat floor

Scarlet resting on the boat floor

Pa and Sleepy Violet

Pa and Sleepy Violet

Today, we hitched up the trailer and pulled it from Fox Island over to the Washington State Fair campground in Puyallup. Since Violet’s car seat was still in the truck, we took her with us since mommy (Elizabeth) wasn’t feeling well today. Violet helped us get set up then we headed to Five Guys for lunch.

Yummy lunch

Yummy lunch

Zzzz

Zzzz

After lunch, we headed back to Fox Island to visit for the rest of the day. Cole’s parents had come in from a fishing trip and stopped in over at the island to visit. We all visited all evening, then we headed back to our trailer and Cole, Elizabeth and the girls headed home. Cole has to go back to work in the morning. We’ll head over and help Elizabeth with the girls.

 

Arrived at The Island

Current Location: Private Residence, Fox Island, Washington

First of all, here are a few late arrival pictures from yesterday, our last day at Lake Chelan.

Watching Fantasia at Nana's place

Watching Fantasia at Nana’s place

Scarlet wanted a wagon ride, then fell asleep

Scarlet wanted a wagon ride, then fell asleep

Last time to stand in the lake (Malcolm, Val, Elizabeth)

Last time to stand in the lake (Malcolm, Val, Elizabeth)

Last ice cream treat

Last ice cream treat

This morning, we awoke early to thunder. Some decent thunderstorms rolled through early in the morning and the power went out. It was out for a couple hours, but came back on as we were up and stirring around. Tea and coffee were fixed on various gas stoves and swapped between trailers.

The rain quit by around 8:15 or so. Malcolm had started final breakdown activities outside just as it was subsiding. We were all hooked up and ready to roll and Cole wasn’t far behind in getting their trailer ready to go. We pulled out of the campground around 8:45 AM. Shortly after we got on the road we ran into more rain, though it wasn’t too heavy.

Rainy valley

Rainy valley

More rainy travel

More rainy travel

Who is that following Cole and Elizabeth? Nana and Pa!

Who is that following Cole and Elizabeth? Nana and Pa!

We followed Elizabeth and Cole for a while until we got stuck behind a slow vehicle that we didn’t get a chance to pass for quite a while (two-lane road and they were going slow). Eventually, Cole and Elizabeth had a several mile lead on us, which was fine. We knew pretty much where we were going and they could text back to us to advise us on traffic conditions as we got closer to Seattle. We stopped to eat a light lunch just 20 miles or so from our destination, which gave them time to arrive here and set up before we got here.

By the way, “here” is Cole’s grandparents’ home on the Puget Sound. We’ve been here a few times before, but never with our fifth wheel. It took a while to maneuver it down the driveway into position, but we made it. We are hooked up to a 15 amp circuit (extension cord) and water. Fortunately, the weather is cooler here, so we generally won’t miss the air conditioners.

All settled in

All settled in

Cole cooked dinner for us after we got settled in, and we visited with his grandparents for a bit in their home. It threatened to rain a little after we arrived, but cleared up somewhat before we headed to our trailers to settle in for the night.

Last Few Days at the Lake

Current Location: Lake Chelan State Park, Chelan, Washington

The last couple of days have been the typical swimming and relaxing. Yesterday, Malcolm, Val and Elizabeth headed downtown to do a little shopping. Malcolm filled up the truck with fuel before joining Val and Elizabeth at browsing through stores. Dinner was grilled out when we got back.

Last night was the first substantial rain we’ve had since we got here. It was accompanied by thunder and lightning. It was still raining this morning when we got up. The plan was to start breaking everything down (since we’re leaving tomorrow) during the day. However, the rain hung around through mid-morning, so Malcolm and Cole headed into town to fill up Cole’s truck. By the time they got back, the rain had passed and the sun was out.

Malcolm emptied tanks, we broke down the E-Z Up after it dried and put everything away in the rear trailer compartment. Malcolm up the bikes up and covered them. We’re pretty much set outside except for the water and electric. We’ll all heading out tomorrow to head to Fox Island to visit with Cole’s family for a few days.

 

Weekend Activities

Current Location: Lake Chelan State Park, Chelan, Washington

Cole’s brother and family arrived to camp in their tent along with some other friends on Friday night. We visited them a bit and invited one of the families to set up their tent behind our trailer. On Saturday, we mainly stayed around the park and did some swimming and other leisure activities. We had Elizabeth’s birthday dinner – Skyline Chili.

Scarlet

Scarlet

Today, the others were heading to a water park to celebrate a birthday, but we decided to stay around here to accommodate the girls’ schedules. Cole, Elizabeth and the girls went swimming after lunch and then had their naps. After nap-time, we all headed into town for Cole’s birthday dinner at the Apple Cup Cafe. The food was delicious.

Apple Cup Cafe sign

Apple Cup Cafe sign

After dinner, we stopped at WalMart for groceries and other items. Malcolm bought a dremel tool and some carving tips to make our own stamps for letter-boxing. He also picked up a stamp pad and a book for stamping. After shopping, we headed downtown and had an ice cream treat. Back at the campground, we went for a walk around the park before heading in to relax and go to bed.

Two silly girls

Two silly girls

Pa and Violet watching cartoons

Pa and Violet watching cartoons

Walking out the dock

Walking out the dock

Double selfie

Double selfie

Cole and Elizabeth

Cole and Elizabeth

Playing in the sand

Playing in the sand