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Feeling Beachy

16 Mar
A couple weekends ago we drove down to Grayland, WA (near Westport, WA)  to visit my grandparents.

The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful for an early March day, it was close to 70 degrees…Beautiful! Kaeden really enjoyed the time on the beach and loved looking for treasures! I can’t wait to go back!

Peace Surfer Dudes!

Some 'gulls enjoying the low tide tasty treats!


Kaeden checking out his treasures!


JR playing in the shallow water


Bristol checking out the rocks


Tiny Footprints in the sand






We will be back!



25 Feb

Here are our little Valentine’s.

Kaeden was trying to get her to sit with him, only the first picture actually worked 🙂

I hope you all were able to spend time with those you love on Valentine’s day!

Merry Christmas (yes, I know I am late!)

27 Jan


Christmas Morning. Kaeden was very excited to rip into all the presents that “santa” brought him. Bristol was more interested in the paper he was tearing off the presents!

I will be sure to post more soon. So much to write, but so little time 🙂

So, until then: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Groundhog Day and probably Happy Valentines day!

Picture Day :)

15 Jun

On Friday we took the kids to see Kayla Bosma, a friend from high school that has opened her own photography studio. She has posted a little peek on her website for all to see. While you are there, be sure to check out the rest of her work!

Some pictures

15 Jun

Kaeden comes face to face with a horse at Forrest Park
Kaeden comes face to face with a horse at Forrest Park
Bristol and Daddy crashed out on the couch

Bristol and Daddy crashed out on the couch

"Hi Daddy"

"Hi Daddy"

Baby Girl

Baby Girl


Blahdity Blah blah blah (and 1 month check up day)

15 Jun

(Please excuse the randomness)

Yesterday, Pastor Dean’s message was about “sameness”. I see the value of “sameness” in life. He read us a amazing little blurb from the book “The Soloist” which brought tears to my eyes (now I want to read the book). Yesterday I thought “this is the way to world peace”. The things that we have in common make us one and bring us together. Today, however, I am focused on differences. Today Bristol had her one month well baby check. The last couple days we have been guessing at her weight (we figured about 10 pounds) and talking about how different she is from Kaeden. The things that make them special and unique, individuals. I know what is the same about my children, their looks for starters (especially their noses). But their differences are just as obvious, I can’t help but notice.

At 37 weeks pregnant, we learned that Kaeden had some birth defects, not life threatening, but life changing. Bristol, as far as we know so far, is completely healthy. Kaeden was 6 lbs 13 oz at birth and he did not make it back to birth weight until 3 weeks. Bristol was 7 lbs 14 oz and made birth weight by 10 days! Kaeden was 18.5 inches and Bristol was 20 inches.  At Kaeden’s 1 month check he was 8 lbs 2 oz and 19.5 inches long. Today, Bristol is 10 lbs 14 ounces and 22 inches long. Our big girl is already wearing size 3 months and is ready to go into size 2 diapers. So on and so on.

Our friend has two beautiful daughters, one is petite and the other stalky. At first glance you think they could be twins, but they are 13 months appart. I imagine this is how my children will be. By the time Bristol is 2 or 3 she will be the same size as Kaeden and people will be asking if they are twins. Our family doctor wisely advised that, although you wouldn’t initially think so, it will be easier for Kaeden to have a sister that is taller than a little brother. Boys, Brothers, are more competitive than a brother and a sister are.

Lord, I pray we are always able to see their differences and encourage their individuality and uniqueness.

I am overwhelmed lately with the love flowing out of my heart. My bf’s back in the day and I had a saying (we got it from a Precious Moments coloring book but I just googled it and see that it’s a song, see here for lyrics.) “My Cup Runneth Over”. As a mother, I definitely feel as if my heart is overflowing with love for my children.


Four Weeks!

8 Jun

Bristol is 4 weeks old today! Amazing, time sure flies! She is eating more, less often (which I like!) and staying awake more during the day (luckily, not staying awake at night!) She is growing so fast, almost out of all of her size newborn clothes already! Soon, too soon, I will be back at work and she will be with Neil all day…I am going to have to do a practice run and leave him alone with her for a couple of hours, we’ll see how that goes.

Thursday, she will be one month old. We are taking her and Kaeden to get their pictures taken. A dear friend from high school, Kayla Bosma,  is a fantastic photographer with a studio in Monroe. We are so excited, I know that the pictures will be fantastic!

I don’t have any recent pictures right now, the camera is in the car, but I will post some soon!