Pier Peer with Metro Parks

Metro Parks

We are still not old enough to go, but wish we could! Pier peer allows you to see what goes on underwater, at night. A ton of fun!

February 2 7:30-9:00pm Pt Defiance Marina
February 23 7:30-9:00pm Foss Waterway Seaport
March 2 7:30-9:00pm Pt Defiance Marina

Sponsored jointly by Foss Waterway Seaport and Metro Parks Tacoma, these popular programs are a great way to see the sea life in your area. Bring your family and join us for an aquatic night-time adventure as you explore hundreds of mysterious life forms below the docks with experienced naturalists!

See and touch creatures brought up from the deep by local divers. Participate in a plankton tow.  After this exciting outdoor adventure, we’ll go inside to warm up, drink hot cocoa and talk about what we saw.

Dress for the weather – the docks can be wet – and bring your own flashlights. We provide life jackets as well as scoops to catch sea creatures. Reservations requested.

  • Ages 8 and up ONLY!
  • $8.00/person
  • Each child requires one adult companion.
  • Pre-registration required.
  • Bring a flashlight or headlamp.
  • Personal flotation devices (life-jackets) will be provided and required, but feel free to bring your own.
  • Wear good shoes and warm clothes. Docks may be wet and slippery!

via Pier Peer > Metro Parks Tacoma.

Tacoma Mountaineers Club: Family Oriented Event

ImageAs all of you know, I love getting out of doors with my kiddos. Helps us all burn off steam, and frankly – its a great excuse not to do chores! (Who else hates housework, because I certainly do!) Go to the meeting, meet up with other who also like the out of doors, make some friends to go out and have fun! I hope they have all skill levels, because THIS girl is a Novice!

Upcoming Family Oriented Events

The Tacoma Mountaineers Family Activities invites you to come and meet other like-minded families, and help plan winter and spring outings. Light snacks and kids activities will be provided.

Please join us at the following meet-up at the Tacoma Program Center:

Sunday January 27, 2-4 PM

RSVP not required, but it would be helpful to know how many folks will be joining us. If you and your family plan to attend, please contact either Nathan Bomer nbomer@gmail.com for attending on January 13th, or Kris Paynter kjp4861@hotmail.com for attending on January 27th.

The Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

2302 North 30th Street

Tacoma WA 98403


via Welcome to The Mountaineers Tacoma Branch.

Bad Mommy Days

Image borrowed from Blondie McBattlefield

Yesterday was a bad day. I don’t know why, it started out on the wrong note. I had a bad mommy day.

For those of you that know me personally, you know change has come to our house. My husband got a job! We are excited for this, it has been a long 2.5 years! But, his new job takes him travelling a good deal and so it is just me, myself and I (and you by virtue of reading my posts) with the 3 kiddos. (ages 6, 6, and 2) Between working full time, cooking and choosing which toilet to scrub, it gets to be a little much some days. Yesterday was a day like that.

I was told the reason the 6 year olds were not dressed was because they didn’t have any school-worthy pants. But I had just washed EVERYTHING 1 day prior. Then, when I asked Archie to check if he had flushed the toilet. He was tired and refused. Such a simple request. But he is 6 and I didn’t ask him to explain himself. (He didn’t want to get his hands dirty and have to wash them again.) I lost it and yelled. Not an auspicious start to the day.

My reaction plagued me throughout the work day. I didn’t want to yell. I didn’t want to react, but we were running late and I had just been told that I needed to do laundry – again. As the morning kept running through my head I thought: “How can I be better?” This situation is going to last a long time and I need to manage this.

So I did 4 things, and so far (for 1 day anyway) its working:

  1. I apologized. I don’t think this shows weakness, but strength of character when own your mistakes.
  2. I made a plan to change. I told my kids “Mommy had a bad start to the day, but I am making it better.”
  3. I asked for help. I prayed a bit. Looking for peace, knowing that the house won’t fall down around my ears if I don’t vacuum this week or pick up toys or if my kids eat breakfast for dinner. (its fast, healthy and delicious)
  4. I asked my kids for help. “Mommy is going to try really hard to let you know when I need a little bit of extra help from you to make it a good day. Can you listen when I ask?”

I was happy and surprised to get hugs from all three boys, 2 – ‘I love you’s and 1- Cha Choo

(aka: ‘Me too’ from the 2 year old) I don’t know how I managed it, but for having a bad mommy day, my boys are pretty awesome. 

Do you have days like this? If so, I would love to hear how you manage!

I LOVE musical theater! Who doesn’t? In an effort to shove culture down my kids throat give my kids exciting experiences they can use to become well rounded adults, I might just do this. It’s free, except for the time involved in waiting in line. So, the real question is ‘Will I have enough patience and serenity to deal with what I expect will be hoards of people?’ Lets hope so!

Seattle Pockets


See The Music Man at Seattle’s The 5th Avenue Theatre for FREE – just stand in line on Saturday, January 26th (limit 4 per household, while supplies last) for February 10th performance! Details, here.

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Circus Oz – FREE


For my South-enders! This looks so amazing, and its free! Mark your calendars for a free while tickets at the Pantages range from $39-$129 ($129 price includes a meet and greet) If the timing isn’t right for you to see the free one, you can still score a 20% discount online by clicking the link below and follow the prompts to order tickets online.

Wednesday, January 30

Broadway Center presents CIRCUS OZ: From the Ground Up.

Join us for a FREE preview with Circus Oz Members:

Wednesday, January 30

4:30 pm

Star Center, 3873 S. 66th, Tacoma (253) 404-3939

Get ready for the beautiful and the absurd, the downright kooky and breathtakingly brilliant thrills with Australia’s National Circus – a rock ‘n’ roll, animal-free circus show! Known as Australia’s National Circus, Circus Oz features powerful acrobatics that defy gravity, graceful aerial artists who will win your heart, knock-about comedy that will bowl you over and live musicians that energize the whole show.

Join this wildly popular company in a glorious rebellion against the generic as they deliver a delightfully ridiculous show generally appropriate for all ages.

No tickets are necessary for this free preview,

just mark your calendar, load the kids in the car and show up!

via Metro Parks Tacoma.