Wednesday, November 2, 2011


We had fun visiting a local pumpkin patch and trick-or-treating this year! Emily went as a princess vampira and Brayden went as Tow Mater from the CARS movie. Pretty cute!

In the field picking our pumpkins
Our collection of pumpkins and squash
Emily and Brayden riding the animal train

We were very creative this year and had fun carving!
Emily and Brayden were very proud and excited for Halloween
Emily the princess vampira and Brayden as Mater


Wow! We had beautiful weather and spent a lot of time enjoying our new environment in Sammamish. Pine Lake has become a new favorite destination spot and it's only 5 minutes from the house! Emily has taken up fishing and managed to catch a crayfish!
Emily and Brayden taking advantage of the nice weather!
A scenic view from the beach
Playing on the play structure at Pine Lake Park
Emily has taken up fishing and managed to catch a crayfish at the lake. What a surprise that was! We named him Frankie and he only lasted a few days :(

Emily's first day of 3rd grade at Christa McAuliffe Elementary


This was the biggest month for us full of unexpected turns and surprises! We found out we were going to be moving to Seattle! We had to pack up, rent out or home, and find a house in our new area in a month or less! WHEW! What an emotional ride that was! We managed to pull it all together and celebrate Emily's 8th birthday with her close friends before we left.

Emily playing video games at the bowling alley before her friends arrived

The girls had a blast bowling and actually did quite well!

Getting ready for the ice cream cake and opening presents

Emily opening up her gifts

Emily and Emily

The Gang!


We had a great time enjoying Central Oregon with my parents at EagleCrest Resort. What a fun week! The weather was perfect and we had a blast. The kids LOVED to swim and Brayden did so well getting used to the water!

In the midst of it all the fun,we could not forget our beloved Taz. He went into heart failure before we left for vacation and found out he had a murmer, kidney disease and pancreatitis. The poor cat. He is still hanging on....


June brought some warmer weather but we still had a lot of rain! Jade managed to get out mountain biking more and Emily also concluded her 2nd grade at Chinook Elementary
Jade at one of this favorite spots...a little piece of heaven!
Emily's last day of 2nd grade


We had a very full month! We had our trip to Lake Chelan, WA for spring break, Brayden's 3rd birthday, spring soccer and Easter! Whew!
Lake Chelan
Brayden playing in the sand
Emily and I playing mini-golf by the lake
Celebrating Brayden's 3rd birthday while we were on vacation
Emily playing spring soccer, her last season with the Pixie Chicks


The kids sure enjoyed what little snow we got this winter!

Where Do I Begin?

It has been far too long since I have posted. Since the holiday season is soon upon us, I reflect back on the year so far and feel so blessed in many ways. I promise to those near and far that I will do a better job at this! I will do separate postings to catch up as it might take a while. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Man am I behind on my blogging! Here is a run down of the past 3 months! One of my goals for 2011 is to get back into montly updates. Wish me luck!

In Oct. Emily concluded her 3rd season of soccer with the Pixie Chicks. She is doing so well and proving to be quite the athlete!

For Halloween Emily was a cow girl and Brayden a rooster. Emily had a lot of fun showing her brother the ropes when it came to trick or treating. I think we wore poor Brayden out!

In November Emily participated in a Masquarade Party with her brownie's troop. She chose to go as a black cat and I got my face painting skills on and went to town! For Thanksgiving my parents came for a visit and it was really nice to see them but their travels proved to be quite stressful with the weird winter weather we've had.

Early December we ventured out to Thorton's Tree Farm to cut down our tree. What an adventure! Both kids enjoyed a hay ride, warm cider and a visit to the farm's Llama. Emily even picked out our tree and it's the best one we've had in a long time!

We took pictures for this years Christmas Card and after many poses we got it just right. This is one that didn't make the card but it was cute :)

In December Emily was "Mary" in our church's Christmas Pageant. She had a lot of fun and it was a great experience for her. We couldn't be more proud! It's nice to have found a great church and I really want to make it a regular fixture in our life!