Friday, December 19, 2014

Savvy baby

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   Lindsay texts me pics of baby Savana a few times/wk. I wish it were a few times/DAY. I adore this baby!! Can't wait til they arrive next week for Christmas.  In this one she's wearing the same Christmas dress Charity wore last year ☺  

Biz trips

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   Brian sent me this good morning photo from his hotel gym. In Yakima I think. Maybe Richland. Not sure... I cant keep track. And I  cant keep the house together when he does these multi-night outta towners!! Ugh. It's haaard. So many kids, so many dishes, so much laundry... I'm drowning! Glad he'll be home in a few hours. Then I pass the minis off to him and I can get to work putting this place back in order.   

Sunday, December 14, 2014

VBS - Christmas style

A local Lutheran church put on a great "Christmas for Kids" Saturday activity! 
I wonder if we were the only non-members there? ☺ 
The kids loved it! Crafts, games, songs, with a cute concert at the end!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I go {book} clubbing

I was a bit surprised when my friend Kim Wells invited me to join her Book Club. I haven't ever thought of myself as the book-club type. But here I am, book clubbin' it....
I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would! Super great ladies, awesome convo, great brunch.
Looking forward to next month!

(we read Mitch Albom's The Time Keeper...and all agreed Dor's punishment was waaaay too harsh and Sarah's character wasn't believable and we all need to live in the moment more!)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Cards!

I think this is the final product! I reallyreallyreally do NOT like having to write Happy Holidays on it, instead of MERRY CHRISTMAS...but we have to give these out to Brian's business accounts (100 of them, along w/ gifts) and the company is paying for it... so we gotta make it PC. Blah.
But I WILL be writing MERRY CHRISTMAS on the back of all the ones I send to our friends & fam :)   Want one? Send me your address and we'll put one in the mail for ya! Or if you're related to us... you have no choice. You WILL receive one. :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I love Zaycon

So random - my favorite bulk-food co-op gave out free cases of amazing chicken broth!! I got 48 containers of it! These guys are great. I think I'll order salmon from them too.
I loved getting my neighbors together last month and picking up 240 lbs of natural hormone free chicken breasts to split up. $1.89/lb, cant beat that!
And the parking lot pickup is actually kinda fun :)

  If anyone wants to do an order in the future, please use me as your referral!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The photographer sent me a preview...

If only we could see Charity's face a little more, this one would be perfect!! I love the kids' action running. So REAL for them :)
I love Charity's face here! I'm excited to see what the photo looks like in full color. 

I have a love/hate with family pictures, for the obvious and usual reason: it's hard to get everyone ready and a little stressful to make sure they're all happy at the same time and for a solid 30 minutes or so.
Bribing usually has to be employed, which I don't like doing.
But to get a decent final product, it's worth it!
The twins get the gold star award - they were happy the whole time.
 It was Brianna who got a little sassy.
 But hopefully when we get the full CD this weekend,there will at least be a few usable ones!
Choosing to have the photoshoot at home was a great idea. I think it makes it so much easier.And it feels more REAL.  I'm totally not into all those pictures posing in front of some old barn or random fence or bridge. They're cute for sure... but so CONTRIVED. I wanted something more natural, less posed. But still cute, of course - I wouldn't want pictures TOO real.... like me in my sweat pants, kids in whatever random clothes they choose, house a mess, etc :) Now THAT would be real, but we want to at least pretend for a day that we've got it all together better than that. :)
The walking path pic above is right in our backyard park. Love that place. The reading pics are in our front room, and of course here we are are on our front porch!
Now I gotta attempt to make a decent Christmas card out of these and whatever else comes on that full disc....

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pony friend!

Attempting to clear out my always-overflowed-inbox (someday.... someday...), I found this gem that Meredith had text-emailed to me and I forgot to post!
Over the summer, Brianna was invited to a friend's birthday party. This little girl is an excellent friend to have, because not only is she a sweet person... her grandparents have THE BEST backyard EVER! Think waterfalls, huge playground, lounge, gorgeous garden, farm animals, mini golf, and PONIES! 
Brianna had a magical day. And the twins got to go along too! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

More from Seattle!

Group shot! Hanging out at Dave's after church on Sunday. We're just missing Meg & kids, Becky's kids, Sammy and Mere. OH, and Dave. Cuz he was still at church! Life of a Bishopric member! I love Dave's home. So cozy.
Brian made the interesting observation that Smith post-baby-blessing get-togethers look a LOT different than others.....
Lunch consisted of a delicious soup. And that was it! No trays of treats sitting around everywhere being mindlessly eaten.
Cousins 10 months apart. It makes a big difference in size
NOW, but in a few years.... they'll be BFFs. I'm so glad
Charity has cousins close to her age on both sides!

ISN'T SHE JUST GORGEOUS?!! I love little Savana!!
I'm so glad her Baby Blessing day gave us all the excuse
to head over to Seattle for the weekend!
The cousins! Believe it or not, this picture is still missing TEN of my parent's grandchildren! Lots of fun little ones here.

Saturday night - we volunteered to treat the group to dinner.
Going OUT to a restaurant made zero sense with all these kids, so we found a better quality pizza place and ordered FIVE larges and 4 big salads.
It all got gobbled up pretty fast!
After this, the kids hit the pool, the guys went out to a movie, and the girls stayed up playing games :)  [with one exception - my Brian watched our kids so I could play - love that man!]

It's so GREEN here...


I love the thick foliage in seattle.
Seeing dark green leaves like this reminds me of my early childhood growing up here! Playing in the big backyard woods behind our home in Redmond... lots of thick shiny foliage like this.  Outside of Seattle (though maybe in Hawaii) I haven't seen anything like it! 

At the hotel

I'm glad the twins don't mind sharing a tiny pull out bed together!
They were SO exhausted though.... they could've slept anywhere.
It was a full day for them, starting early w/ breakfast at the hotel w/ Papa, then swimming for 3 HOURS, then off to the Seattle Center for Cougar's Christmas concert (where we met up w/ them), then playing around downtown, back to the hotel for dinner+crazy cousin play time.... these 4 yr olds were zonked!

Quiddler at Dave's!

Quiddler = super fun family car game. Mom's favorite. I prefer Bananagrams, but this is fun too.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mug Shots!

Their Papa found these tees at Pike Place Market and couldn't resist :)
Nonny coached them into their poker faces....kinda disturbing!

Car napping

We got to drive to Seattle with JUST Charity and Brianna!
It was so weird just having two!
I definitely felt like we were missing people.
Two of them, to be exact.
But it was also very nice being able to drive Brian's car (better gas mileage), and having more time to play with these girls. 
The twin apparently didn't miss me at all - they loved making the journey over a couple days earlier with Nonny and Papa and Lily!
I'm so grateful all my children are GREAT car travelers. They sleep, snack, and play well on roadtrips, for the most part.


We sure know how to live it up when it comes to roadtrip snacks...
I might go really wild and bust out the celery sticks and apple slices next! 

Friday, December 5, 2014


Brianna volunteered to get Charity dressed.
This was the result.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

At THE Davenport

 Took this selfie on our way out of the fancy-schmaniest date we've been to in a loooooong time!
Brian took me to the Washington Health Care Association's annual Awards night dinner.  Huge business opportunity for him, as many of the Directors of the health care facilities he targets were there.  Lots of schmoozing to do.  And that's the main reason he wanted to bring me along.... to help with the schmoozing.   Which was utterly boring to me, but I put on a happy face and did my best to converse with these people and help him look good. 
For the disgusting price of $50/plate, it would've been nice to have better quality food, but I suppose they put most of that money towards the open bar, which obviously didn't benefit us.
Oh well. Nice to have an elegant evening out.
And nice that at least our babysitters weren't expensive! :)  

On to a new holiday!

  Had to snap a quick pic of the Thanksgiving art wall before we took it down. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

We're trying....

THIS is what rounding up everyone for Family Prayer looks like... on a *good* night!

Friday, November 28, 2014


I really love playing Laser Tag! It's best a Laser Quest downtown, but Wonderland's Laser Tag is closer and better priced, so we headed there for our post-Thanksgiving fun!

MY creations

I'm pretty proud of myself! They aren't perfect, but they're pretty good for *ME* ! 2 pumpkin pies, 2 apple pies - 100% from scratch. No refined sugars at all - pumpkin pie sweetened w/ maple syrup, apple pie w/ concentrated apple juice. They were TOO delicious, I ate way too much. Oh well. Enjoyed every bite :) And the turkey-shaped veggie platter and turkey centerpiece - Pinterest inspired, of course. Where else do people get ideas these days?! They were fun to put together with the kids' help. Thanksgiving this year was awesome!! Loved being with my parents. And Lindsay, Dave, and Mere's families. First time for me to be in Spokane on Turkey day in probably.... 7 years?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SAVANA!!! and lindsay

I'm so happy to finally meet my newest niece!!!
It's been killing me not to have seen her yet. Lindsay texted me cute pics of her almost everyday, but I wanted so bad to HOLD the little squishy in real life.
And now I have.
And it makes MY baby seem HUUUUUGE.

Savana is such a doll. A sweet, mild-tempered perfect little baby. I love her. And my Lindsay!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


If I had my way I'd spend all day sitting on this couch with my girls.

Gratitude Tree!

We made and decorated this tree last week for Family Night. We talked about the importance of having thankful hearts. Everyone wrote their names and what they're grateful for on the leaves.
Brianna worked hard to write and mail out 5 letters to relatives, sending them leaves and a SASE so they can add to our tree!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Turkey hats at childcare

 I love that our YMCA does crafts with the kids while I go workout!
 Mere and I tried out a new class today - Athletic Training - did 100 burpees, pushups, flys, plank walks, etc in sets of 10 with high knees cardio bursts in between.
Kicked my trash!  

Friday, November 21, 2014

Dinner Party 2!

I am really liking this dinner party group we joined.
We get together once a month with 4 other couples, rotate the host and dinner assignments.
It's so fun to play games afterwards! We played one called Definitions tonight that had everyone rolling.
We were in charge of hosting tonight and decided to host up at my parents house :-) Much more space :-)

8 kids!

This is what happens when i say YES to everyone who wants someone to watch their kids... :)
It was wild!
I still haven't brought myself to go look at the playroom downstairs... I'm sure it looks like a tornado went thru!

Shopping buddy

I'm so grateful that our local Fred Meyers has drop-in child care.
The twins love it!
But they don't take kids until they're 2 years old so Charity stays with me. I don't mind - I adore my shopping pal.
But I will be happy to pretend she's 2 starting sometime this Spring :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

First snow!

Pretty sweet to see their excited little faces look out the window and catch a glimpse of the white stuff.
I'm not personally a huge fan of it but I'm a huge fan of seeing my kids so happy!


This warms my heart.
And almost makes me forget how much we're spending to keep this thing heated throughout the frigid winter...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Couch monkeys

I try to teach them to respect furniture. I really do.
 Obviously I don't do a great job at it though....

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bizzy kids

They're messy...but it's worth the mess to see them playing so well together!

Brussels Sprouts!

I didn't even know till now that this is how they grow.
On a big stick!
Who knew.
I've always just got them in a bag from Costco pre-picked.

   I love to cut them in half, toss them with coconut oil and sea salt, then roast them on my cast iron skillet in the oven. Yum!

Monday, November 17, 2014


Sleepover attempt fail

I'm not sure whose idea this was...but they both seemed pretty happy about it so we let them try!

The fun lasted about 20 minutes.
Then we couldn't handle their loud arguing over blankets/space/breathing and made Brianna return to her quarters.

Family Gratitude Tree

coming out of the closet.....

And then one day I walked into my closet and discovered that my shirts had multiplied out of control.  

I counted.  97 of them. Not even joking. This is ridiculous.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Your highness....

The girls got invited to their friend Maddie's birthday party. 
Princess themed, of course. 
Attendees encouraged to adorn their finest princess attire. 
Like every other little girl's birthday party. 
 What's up with this?? 
I don't remember ever doing this as a child! Is it just me?? 
Has the whole world of girls under 9 gone princess-crazy?!
 Or was I just deprived of it as a child.... 
Are there going to be any long term weird repercussions of this?! 
Or am I sillily overanalyzing things... and inventing words like sillily in the process... :)  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Too early

By 7am, all but my dependable sleep-in-er (courtney!) are in my bed playing.