Sunday, July 27, 2014


Eli and I celebrated 9 years of marriage this last week! Are we really that old?? Afraid so. On our actual anniversary, we stayed home with the kiddos but the evening was a bit more special. We ate dinner and dessert while listening to the CD of music from our wedding. There was even some dancing involved. The girls have this silly, white, wedding dress-up hat that they wore to dance that evening with daddy.

Today, Eli and I left all of the babies for the longest period of time we have had together in a year! I think it might have been 7 hours!  We are working our way up to a whole overnight period :) 
I have been wanting to get out hiking so that's what we did. It was the perfect day and a great hike. It was 2 miles from one lake to another lake and then one mile up to the lookout tower at the top of the peak in the picture below.
The lakes were absolutely gorgeous.
At the top of the peak you can faintly see Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup off in the distance. You can also see about every larger mountain around; Baker, Adams, St. Helens. It looks as if you could throw a rock and hit Mt. Rainier. I would definitely do this one again and it really wasn't too far from our house!
Happy Anniversary my love!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Blue berries and beautiful belly flops

We returned to the sweetest little berry farm that we found last year and this time took friends with us. I kind of wished I owned this farm it is gorgeous. The girls loved it and we could have picked all day.
Ayla is becoming a skilled belly flopper. Haha!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Isaac :: 11 Months

I can hardly believe this guy is almost one!
He is so funny and sweet. He is taking steps now; I counted about ten tonight.  He gets so excited to practice walking and before he attempts, he pants like a puppy with his mouth wide open. It is so hilarious! His toothy smiles kill me. He likes to point and do a quiet golf clap. He mostly only wants to eat food that he can pick up and feed to himself. If I try to give him baby food from a spoon or pouch, he smacks it away making huge messes. He has become Mr. Chatty the last few days! I have started a very gradual weaning process, which I have very mixed emotions about! It's a battle between FREEDOM (like Eli and I could have our first alone date in a year!) and last baby blues. He really wants to be a big kid and do everything his sisters do. This boy is a heartbreaker. We love you so little man.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

David's visit

My brother Dave brought his family from Texas and stayed at my house for a week. We had such a great time getting to know his kids, my niece and nephew. They are 8 and 10 and the last time I saw them I think they were 1 and 3. Ridiculous! (I have decided that living far away from family is stupid.)They are the sweetest, silliest kids and my babies absolutely loved them. It was so fun just hanging out for a week and goofing off.
The whole family!
Splashing in the creek.
instant buddies
more instant buddies
Practice casting before a trip to the lake. Little too close to the fire Grandpa!
Digging fishing worms out of the compost. Haha!
river walking
Mr. Jack
solving world problems around the fire.

Hanging with Dave
cute girls at Owens beach
Rose Garden at Pt. Defiance park.
Baby's first ice cream cone. 
Bffs with the grandma who gave him ice cream.
a trip to Seattle
Sleeping beauty
Baby in a lake.

We can't wait until we get to see them again. After such a fun week maybe they will consider moving!?

Monday, July 7, 2014

July 4th

We had a wonderful long weekend. This was our first 4th of July that we chose to stay home for the evening. We had originally planned to party with friends, but there is something about nap time and a baby who likes to go to bed at 7:30 that makes staying at home extremely tempting.We started our holiday off with a trip to Papa's pool.
After naps, we got our American Independence cheesy-ness on.
Complete with star hair :)
We invited a few people over and played yard games.
Took silly selfies.
Then finished the evening with a few fireworks and got quite the show from neighbors who must have spent thousands on sparkly fire. Crayzee.
God bless America.