Wow, July seems like ancient history at this point, but let’s see if I can remember anything…

I’m sure it must have started with something fun… like the 4th of July. As always, we went down to the Pancake Breakfast in Winslow and then to the street fair and parade, followed by a small gathering at our house for a barbeque and fireworks.

A patriotic angel.

Pappy's float for the Island Music Center featuring one of Korum's drum students.

Later in the month we were visited by my best friend from growing up in California, Gudrun. It had been many, many, many years since we had been in touch, but thanks to Facebook we reconnected and got to see her for 4 whole days! We went to ZinZanni, toured the island, had a Seattle/Pike Place/Aquarium adventure and she was even in town for my birthday.

Unfortunately, this photo is the ONLY one I was able to capture of Gudrun's visit...

Calder became a chicken whisperer and at the end of the month we got our first egg!

Calder also became an unofficial staff member at Teatro ZinZanni for a week when he attended Camp ZinZanni. He spent so much time there that he got his face on the staff wall and marched with us in the Seafair Torchlight Parade.

Apparently, we spent some time at Seabeck too…

We finally put Garner to task.

And our garden grew…

I guess it was a pretty good month, now that I think about it…


Way back in November(?!), Garner and I got a call to shoot another Kokopax commercial, this one with a more “urban” feel. We rode the ferry to Seattle and then shopped at Pike Place Market with another boy his age named Jack (his “twin” brother) and his mom Makenzie while Keith Brofsky shot video and stills of our day. I’m a little afraid that my reputation in the baby blogosphere might start getting tarnished from my fickleness with the ladies in these commercials, but what can I say? When you’re wearing a Kokopax, you’re irresistable…

Arriving at the Johnson Farm with minutes to spare before the pie contest entry deadline.

I started this post way back in September 2009, right when things were starting to get a little bit crazy…

Yesterday was one of our favorite events of the year, the Harvest Fair on Bainbridge Island, put on by Trust for Working Landscapes at the old Johnson Farm. The fair is special because it is rather small (but growing), is all related to farming and nature, the vendors are local, and the whole thing has a very hand-made touch to it. The wildest ride there is a little riding lawn mower with a trailer. Kids line up to peel an apple. After the big Puyallup Fair, where the don’t “nickle-and-dime” you but “ten-and-twenty” you, it’s refreshing to go somewhere where most activites are free and those that aren’t are only 50 cents.

Calder on the big slide

Every year we look forward to meeting up with old friends and it seems like we know at least half of the people there. Now with Calder in Kindergarten, he’s introducing us to even more of our neighbors. Annual highlights are taking a portrait of Calder and Lola under an apple tree by the pond. It’ll get some love in Photoshop and then added to the collection. We also look forward to hanging out with John Flodin for a good part of the day. The Johnson Farm used to be his family’s and it’s great being there with him and hearing funny stories, seeing old photos and meeting his family. We usually see Rivers and the Logue gang, but this year we only saw Eric.

The annual Calder/Lola shoot

This year we had the honor of visiting with our friends (and my boss) Beth and her daughter Kate. Kate is a little charmer and they came all the way from Seattle for the day and kept us company. It was fun to show them around and give them a glimpse into our non-work lives, although I admit, it must have been hard for them because we had to keep stopping to talk to people and I’m not always the best at remembering to introduce strangers.

Calder and Kate chumming it up.

Kate on the big slide.

Catching air

The highlight of the day was Sara’s win in the pie contest for her Green Tomato pie or the “Recession Special” as she called it. Sadly, I never got to try it, but it was beautiful — perfectly golden crust with chartreuse pie filling spilling out the top. Not only did it look great, but it must have tasted delicious too because Sara was awarded a blue ribbon for her work. She’s already scheming for next year…

Isn't it beautiful?

The judging.

Sara accepting her award.

What a wild summer! I think we set a new world-record for craziness. It all went by in a blur, and getting online long enough to write more than a sentence or two just seemed too overwhelming. So now it’s time to play catch-up.

We tried to get out as much as possible this summer. That meant plenty of trips to one of our favorite picnic spots, Port Gamble. We found a “secret” playground and enjoyed many ice cream cones as well as the peaceful town and it became one of Sara and the kids’ favorite places to go when dad was at work.


Nanny and Pappy’s boat, S/V Gumbo Ya-Ya had to go to the yard in Ballard for some routine maintenance, so Calder got to help take the boat through the Locks. It was really fascinating to see how the water rises up and down and see all of the different kinds of boats. There was even one boat that pumps potties which is pretty funny for a five-year-old.



The Rotary Auction is a sacred holiday in the Bischoff household. This year we managed to not go too far overboard. Here’s Calder with one of his scores…


In June we went through another round of getting Garner to try to sleep on his own. After about and hour of crying, he finally fell asleep in this pose…


Dad marched with his work in the Pride Parade this year. It was a wild day for sure! Calder waved dad along on the sidewalk and was excited to see Batman and Robin. He was just confused about why they were on roller skates and in only underwear….



And that was June!

Garner has hit the big time! He just acted in his first commercial. And like a good dad, I took the money and bought myself something nice… I think I earned it for my cameo. He got his own Kokopax carrier, so I’m not feeling too guilty.

(BTW, the carrier is great! First one he’s liked and we’ve gone through our share… He even sleeps in it!)



Well, there is really no way to recapture the last two months in this sadly neglected blog… but the mama is going to take over here for a while, as the requests from friends and family to update the site have reached critical mass.

All four Bischoffs are well and happy these days. Korum is hard at work at Teatro ZinZanni where they have recently launched a new show. The boys and I had fun attending the Seattle Pride parade last weekend where Korum participated in the ZinZanni float. He wore a purple tutu and a top hat, and looked pretty cute– too bad I can’t figure out how to get the picture off of my cell phone… you’ll have to use your imaginations.

The boys are also both doing well. Calder finished up the baseball season with a party and a trophy. His coach presented him with a certificate bearing the nickname of “Gabby” and awarding him the title of “best attitude.” He was so proud, and has been telling everyone that it is better to have a good attitude than to make a great catch:)

The awards party

The awards party

Calder is looking forward to soccer and swimming in the Fall, and is beside himself to be attending Clowning day camp at ZinZanni in a couple of weeks. We think we have finally found a way to channel some of his zany energy, but we might be creating a monster– we will have to see!

Our zany clown boy

Our zany clown boy

At almost 10 months, Garner is doing new things every day. He is crawling like a champ now, and has begun to make attempts to take steps. He is an adorable baby with the sweetest husky laugh. He eats and enjoys all sorts of foods, and generally seems to find life pretty delightful. We are all feeling very lucky to have him in our family. For the last couple of weeks he has been learning to sleep in his own crib, which has been hard on all of us, but he is starting to adjust and we are all appreciating the improved sleeping arrangements.

The first night the poor little guy cried for an hour and then fell asleep in this yoga position. Thankfully,  he has begun to get the hang of it and is going to sleep now fairly quickly.

The first night the poor little guy cried for an hour and then fell asleep in this yoga position. Thankfully, he has begun to get the hang of it and is going to sleep now fairly quickly.

That’s about it from here. I will try to post holiday weekend photos later in the week. Until then, I hope everyone had a happy 4th of July!

Mom and Garner on the Hood Canal this afternoon

Mom and Garner on the Hood Canal this afternoon

Eating rocks

Eating rocks

Dad and Dodi

Dad and Dodi

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