Monday, July 27, 2015

8 years and Lake Chelan

On July 14th, Drew and I celebrated our 8th anniversary and got to do so with the boys in the beautiful Lake Chelan. Many thanks to my parents for letting us use their time share.  We had an AMAZING 5 days away together as a family and loved every second of it!  We swam, multiple times a day, multiples hours a time - the boys adored the pool and splash park and even enjoyed the steps of the hot tub to appease mom and dad occasionally!  We bowled, played at parks, Drew and Crosby did a putting golf course (twice - Crosby was obsessed), shopped around town, ate some great food and channeled Papa for ice cream/shakes on a daily basis.  What a wonderful time escaping the demands of life and regrouping for lots of laughter, snuggles and smiles. We will definitely go back!

And let me just say that 8 years with Drew? A delight. Love this man and love our crew!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Camp CIBJESS 2015

We just got back from a wonderful weekend up on Camano Island with my Aunt Diane and Uncle Darrel, my cousins and the whole Nelson/Miller crew.

We "camped" in their 5th wheel, and Greg's crew brought up their new camper as well. The kids had the time of their lives!  We had water wars, swam, played corn hole, rode lawn mowers, a tractor and a quad, played baseball, shot BB guns, made a fort, watched an outdoor movie, played carnival games, had a bonfire, watched fireworks, stayed up way too late and had great BBQ food.  Seriously little boy paradise and they already want to go back!!

My cousin Neil also took us to his fire station again and the kids got to ride in the truck, climb in all the vehicles, and spray the hose. The boys LOVED it and it  didn't want to leave!

Thank you so much for the amazing weekend Diane and Darrel!! You truly made the 4th of July spectacular!  We can't wait for next year...we might need a nap first though, we got all tuckered out!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer, summer, summertime...

Well, we are a few weeks into summer break and loving every minute! Crosby had a great year in Kindergarten, and though we are sad to leave a teacher and class we love, he is very excited about first grade as well!

Our first two weeks in summer we started swimming lessons again for the boys, they've loved being in the water again and our park playtime afterwards. Jack is far more concerned with playing than actually learning to swim, but Crosby is making good progress with his side breathing and even learning to tread water.

Crosby also started ice skating lessons, so far we are two lessons in and he has done a whole lot of falling. But our boy has shown a great resilience and we are so proud that he keeps a great attitude and continues to get up and keep trying! We have a little more work before he's in the NHL for sure :) He is in the red shirt in the center below.

Other than lessons we've kept our pace slow this year. The heat alone has kept us from over scheduling! We've been reading lots of books, playing lots of playdoh and sports and taking any excuse to get wet to beat the heat!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Father's Day and a ballgame.

We've had some really fun weekends around here lately! On Father's Day we decided to do something Drew (and the boys) love - go to the Museum of Flight! We all had a wonderful time! They boys loved exploring planes, playing in the control tower, and there was even a Lego display and Father's Day craft to do! Drew got to see a special plane take off and it was such a fun way to spend our morning!

The next weekend we got to go to a Rainier's game with my parents. We were supposed to go a few months ago with Crosby's baseball team, but he got really sick that weekend and the Rainier's staff graciously let us pick a different day to come. 

We all had a blast!! Crosby loved every second and was super into the game. We even picked a great night as we won 14-4!  Jack did really good for his first sporting event. He spent most of his time eating a soft pretzel or snacks and spraying us all (and those around us) with a misting water bottle. Thankfully it was hot, so we got no complaints!

Saturday, June 20, 2015


Since Greg, Amanda and the kids are moving at the end of the summer, we are taking every opportunity possible to spend time with them.  So when they invited us to the zoo with Grammie and Papa to, we immediately said yes!

The kids had a great time exploring together! They saw baby snow leopards, fed budgie buddies, and enjoyed chasing each other around.

Afterwards we decided to hit up the new Chick-Fil-A which was enjoyed by all!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Coming to an end....

Last Friday we got to spend the evening at Crosby's school for the Kindergarten Showcase.  Crosby and the rest of the Kindergartners sang songs, recited poems and showed off their awesome 6 year old skills.  It was very fun to see them all - and to be reminded of how distracted 6 year olds can become :) Of course Crosby was the tallest in his class - top of the risers for that boy!

I can't believe this school year is coming to a close!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The May that got away....

May has FLOWN by.  The end of the school year is fast approaching and we are looking forward to embracing summer and all it has to offer!  Our road there this month has been filled with 2 more stomach bugs (seriously?!), a ton of baseball games, getting outside as much as we can and a lot of sick snuggle time. We also had a wonderful Mother's Day!  I am so blessed by my boys and SO happy to be their Mommy.

Crosby: How he has managed to get 2 more tummy bugs (perhaps they were the same one with a 5 day good stretch in the middle?) I have no clue.  But we are all healthy and PRAYING to stay that way. He is currently enamored with baseball, Stanley Cup playoffs, Connect 4, and crafts. He just lost another tooth the other night.  2 down!  He is doing wonderful in school but has already made a list of the things he can't wait for about summer.

Jackson:  He has managed to avoid the worst of the sicknesses, and has been a trooper during our few weekends of confinement.  He is currently enamored with: Blaze and the Monster Machine, playdoh, bubbles, anything water or outdoors, Gatorade (purchased for said tummy bugs) and snuggling.

Despite the illnesses we had a great dentist visit for the boys last week - they both did wonderfully and had a positive report all around.  We have also filled our planters with flowers (not pictured below), done some spring cleaning (clean windows!) and lysoled and sanitized everything in the house multiple times over.  Now on to Summer, heat, and no more illnesses!