Summer is the busy season around the Tako household. While most of the world is undergoing some form of shutdown because of the pandemic (including our family), we’re still finding a myriad of ways to keep busy.
So much so, that I hardly have time for blogging. I wish I still had the time to crank out a two blog posts per week, but alas, my time is now very limited. The pandemic isn’t making it any easier — I still have to find good ways to keep the kids entertained despite most kid-friendly entertainment being closed.
It’s not easy. Our summer vacation plans were canceled, and no pools, no playgrounds, and no in-person summer camps. I’m doing my best to still give the kids a fun summer, but it’s a challenge.
That’s why today’s post is going to be a little shorter than normal. I was too busy entertaining the kids this week (aka “goofing off” from blogging). The end of the week rolled around and I realized I’d hadn’t prepared a blog post for this week. Ooops!
Oh well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a few photos of what we’re up to this summer…
Hiking and Walking
One of the main activities I’m able to do for the kids this summer is taking them hiking. We walk or hike almost every day. It’s a good way to get the kids out of the house to burn off some energy.
The forest has really become the kid’s playground in 2020. Rocks, stumps and trees have become our new jungle gyms and tree branches have become our monkey-bars.
We’re blessed with plenty of forested trails in the PNW, and I’m taking the kids for as many hikes as I can. In the photo below we found a pond that was *loaded* with frogs and tadpoles. This was a huge hit with the boys.
I tried to take pictures of the frogs, but most were too blurry. See if you can find the frog in this next photo… (Fair warning, it’s not easy. It’s like a super-hard Where’s Waldo puzzle.)
Honestly, the kids are doing really good, all things considered. They’re a little sad they can’t travel, see their friends, or even go swimming this summer, but they’re adapting well to this “new normal”.
Summer is the busy time for DIY projects too. I recently wrote a post about some of my more interesting DIY projects. That post was no joke, I really do a lot of DIY stuff most people would never consider.
This week for example, I was painting doors.
Its taken me a awhile, because our home has A LOT of doors, but I’ve now painted every door in our house. I’m also replacing the 80’s-chic brass door hardware with something a little more contemporary. The new door knobs are ultra fancy!
Gardening is another one of our big summer projects this year. The kids are now old enough to help out, and I try to employ my favorite child laborers whenever possible.
Tako Jr. #1 (for example) likes harvesting the lettuce and arugula from the garden. He’s getting to be a pro.
We’re harvesting LOTS of lettuce these days. Most nights we have enough lettuce to make a salad with dinner.
Both kids love picking snap peas from the garden, which we often use in salads or stir fries. I think they tend to eat a lot of the peas while they pick, but I don’t mind.
Last weekend it was time to harvest the garlic crop. The boys did all the harvesting this year, which was fantastic! It was a decent garlic crop.
The kids harvested around 30-40 bulbs from the little garlic patch in our front yard. Not bad!
Plenty Of Delicious Food
With so much fresh food coming out of the garden recently, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share a few photos of the delicious food we’re making. For example, we’re eating a ton of salads right now. Check out this luxurious beauty…
Sometimes a salad makes-up our entire evening meal. Yep, just a salad… although we do tend to get a little fancier when it’s only a salad. Like this bbq salmon and Walla Walla sweet onion salad. (Don’t forget, I have a recipe for an awesome salad dressing)
Mrs. Tako is a huge fan of taco salads, so inevitably I have taco salads hitting the menu…
And with my basil plants finally producing, I’m been baking some of my specialty thin-crust pizzas with loads of fresh basil from the garden. Yum!!
That’s it for this week folks! Catch you next week!