on monday, while the kids were at school and i was doing stuff around the house, i kept hearing more and more sirens in our neighborhood. so i looked at the seattle police dept twitter account and found out there was a major fire happening at some businesses down on 23rd and market street (a half mile from our house). the smoke got really thick for miles and they had to cancel recesses at the school. this is what it looked like out our window:
it took the fire department hours to contain the fire (which started in one of the roofs). in all, 4 businesses were completely destroyed and 1 other had bad smoke damage. it's a huge loss for the neighborhood.
in happier news, i got a new rug for our living room this week. just like with my clothing choices, i've been more and more drawn to neutral colors when it comes to home decor. i found this beautiful rug on sale at target, so i pulled the trigger. i now call myself the shoe police because if anyone even steps on it by accident with shoes on, i yell at them ;) i love it so much and it has totally transformed the look of the room.
the kids had school off on friday (teacher in service day), so i took them to get our flu shots at bartell drugs. last year neither of them cried, but this year ashford surprised me and got a bit panicky when it was his turn. we all made it through and they got to pick out a treat. the kids wouldn't even let us leave the store without opening and eating their kinder eggs ;)
in the afternoon azalea had a birthday party for one of her friends from school. kids in her grade are turning 9 this year - slow down time!!!! ashford and i went to vanessa and ewan's house for lunch and then went to the playground at discovery park.
saturday morning i got up with the kids just before 7 am and could see this amazing sunrise out the window, so i went outside to take a picture. it was so beautiful! i went to the gym after thatcher got up.
azalea had a soccer game at gilman field at noon. they tied 2-2 with the other time. the girls played really well. just a couple weeks more of soccer to go. in the afternoon i made myself a little afternoon pick-me-up...coffee with pumpkin pie spice added. tis the season!
thatcher met up with a friend from minnesota who was in town and then we all watched "the addams family" (circa 1991) for a family movie night :)
sunday morning we headed to the pumpkin patch. we've gone to bailey farm in snohomish every october that we've lived here....i think. and this time was by far the busiest we've ever seen it, which was sort of a bummer because one of our favorite things about it is that it's usually pretty quiet. but it wasn't unbearable and we still had a good time.
we relaxed at home the rest of the day and made green curry for dinner and apple crisp for dessert.