Saturday, September 22, 2012


A few fun things for September so far...

Ben and I tried our hand at canning for the first time ever.  His camping stove was the perfect way to water bathe the jars.

Being our first time ever, we decided to just do one things this year.  Peaches was an easy decision- the whole family loves them and we got them for a great deal.

Am I lucky or what?  Ben helped with every hour of canning- almost 12 hours to be exact.  I can't imagine doing it by myself.

 In the end, we had nearly 4 dozen quarts of canned peaches.  After all the exhausting work we put in, I almost don't want to ever open them...

On September 8th, Ben and I went to our first Mariner game of the season.  We weren't sure we were going to make it to a game this year, which is a disgrace for a true baseball fan like myself.  

Before the game, we stopped at a Franz Bread Bakery Outlet in downtown Seattle.  They had amazing deals and we walked out with a cartful of bread and bakery products for $9. 

We sat on the 3rd baseline side of the stadium- a first for us here at Safeco field.  I love the looks of a baseball field and diamond.  It's a true work of art- definitely the coolest looking place to play a game in all of sports (my opinion).]

We scored free tickets this night from the Engineer Union that Ben belongs to at Boeing.  Along with being SPEEA night at the game (SPEEA= Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aersospace).  As the Jumbo -Tron above shows, it was also "Latin American Beisbol Night."  That would have been fine and dandy except that for the entire night, every announcement made over the loud speakers was done in English and then Spanish.  Boy that got really annoying.  I would have almost preferred that the entire commentating/announcing be done all in Spanish.  The 2 repeating announcements got old, really fast.  No beuno.

SPEEA was there and had tables set up passing out free red SPEEA shirts, pins, stickers, signs, etc.  Ben and I wore our SPEEA shirts with pride (even though I went swimming in my XL size- all they had left).

SPEEA is getting ready to sign a new contract with Boeing and their favorite logo "No Nerds No Birds" represents SPEEA frustration with Boeing trying to cut benefits in their contracts.  Without the Engineers (nerds), there would be no airplanes (birds).  See?  Nerds can come up with creative logos. :)  SPEEA is ready to reject Boeing's poor offer, with the unfortunate possibility of a strike in the near future if Boeing refuses to be reasonable.  A strike would not be fun.  Or as our Latin friends at the ball game would have said, "No me gusta el strike."

Half way through the game, we decided to go down closer to the field and sit in some of the many, many empty seats in the stadium.  We found some great seats along the first baseline and enjoyed the rest of the game from there.

Mariners lost, pretty badly, but it was still (always) fun to be at a ball game.  I will never complain about that.

We had a great view of the city at the stadium.

On September 10th, we got a new litter of chocolate lab pups.  Having pups is always a fun and exciting time in our house- the kids love it.  They also become super helpful with the dogs (bonus) and want to hold puppies every minute of the day (not always a bonus).  Sure is cute though.

 Chloe, our puppy pro.  She has been alive for all of our litters.

Bed head and a cute pup

2 cute faces!

 All 9 of our new little pups.  Love how they "dog pile" on top of each other.

 September has also had the most amazing weather.  I am dreading when the sun will go away.  We have tried to enjoy every second of good weather this summer, especially this month.


Tara said...

It's funny that we were at the same game. I noticed all of those red shirts but didn't know you were some of the ones wearing them! I gotta admit, I actually liked the spanish announcer. :)

CharityB said...

So excited for you trying out canning this year! We can't wait for your blog about Disneyland - the kids are so bummed we couldn't make it this time. :(