My Loved Ones

After I got home, time in the parkI was a little MIA this last week. Work sent me out of town for most of the week to the eastern seaboard. If you follow my Facebook page or Twitter handle, you know where I was. The trip was great, but I realized something important. It only took me 3 days to really miss my kids. I even missed my husband, though we was able to join me for a bit.

Most of you know my husband travels for work and is gone most of the month. So, things get pretty hectic and stressful with just me juggling a job and the three kids. Well, his job let him travel to the same location while I was back east and we had some nice, quiet couple time. We held hands, went for walks etc. (eye waggle) And, it was nice. I mean really nice, like before we were married and had kids nice. But then he had to leave. That was bummer. I had to work anyway, so it was good to concentrate on that, but still – I missed him when he left for his own trip. But what brought it all home was fish.

Not the fish that you eat, but an aquarium. Close to where I was staying was a really nice aquarium. It was new, had none of the traditional musty smell I associate with leaky aquarium tanks and had some amazing features. We are a water loving family and have always enjoyed aquariums. My husband actually used to be the scuba guy cleaning the tank during college. I enjoyed my tour and the time I spent between the end of my meetings and my flight at the aquarium, but I was more than a little melancholy that I couldn’t share it with all four of my boys (this includes the husband). I knew they would have been so much more enthusiastic about it. I would have enjoyed their giddy excitement as they walked through the underground tunnel. I guess that means I actually do love the buggers, even when they pee all over the toilet seat.

Free summer movie series coming soon to Sunset Park | Auburn

Free summer movie series coming soon to Sunset Park | Entertainment | Auburn News.

Mark your calendars for more free fun coming up this summer with the Summer Sounds & Cinema Series 2012.

Sponsored by the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department, the free summer movie series kicks off at Sunset Park on Aug. 3

Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for a refreshing evening under the stars, according to the city. Food concessions will also be provided for a fee, and are operated by Auburn’s Youth Council and Jamba Juice.

The movies begin at dusk and entertainment begins at 7 p.m.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, August 3 
Sunset Park, 1306 – 69th Street SE @ Lakeland Hills
Concert: No Rules – high powered horn band playing hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
Movie: Tangled (PG)

Friday, August 10
Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth Street SE
Concert: The classic rock sound of One Eyed Jack
Movie: Toy Story (G)

Friday, August 17
Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth Street SE
Concert: Funaddicts – that’s right, FUN! Playing everything from Glenn Miller to Lady Ga-Ga!
Movie: Despicable Me (PG)

Chip in with Metro Parks

CHIP In! > Metro Parks Tacoma I always like a great opportunity to give back, especially to our Parks program, Metro Parks.  The parks program has so much low-cost ways of entertaining our kids in a healthy and engaging way, it can’t be beat!  But, sometimes, they need help too.

There are 3 dates available for volunteering to help clean up Metro Parks areas, facilities and generally lend a helping hand where its needed.  Check the link above, but here are a few details:

  • June 23rd – 9am to noon – Help clean up Titlow Beach off 6th Ave or Point Defiance Marina or Dash Point.
  • July 21st – 9am to noon – Point Defiance off-leash area can use a helping hand.  Bring your pooch, and help keep their space lovable and livable.
  • Sept 21st – United Way Day of Caring – You can collect more information about this great, community-wide event, by emailing

Parks Appreciation Day

Parks Appreciation Day
April 21, 
9 am-Noon

Join thousands of other volunteers to help out in parks throughout Pierce County.  Find a Site

I love Metro Parks. They have such great facilities, workers and my family really enjoys all the activities and programs, especially the zoo they bring to the area.  This is a great way to give back to that same wonderful organization.  You can volunteer to help clean up a park near you.  Parks around the area are closing because they do not have enough funding  for basic maintenance.  Lets show Metro Parks how much we love them and all pitch in!