Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Croatia + Montenegro

Deciding last minute to take a trip to Croatia and Montenegro this summer was probably the most spontaneous thing we have done since becoming parents (and man, was it great!)

A couple weeks before our anniversary we talked to Kevin's parents about babysitting for a week and were set on going to New Orleans.  We loved the idea of getting away to celebrate our anniversary, but airfare seemed expensive for what we were getting.

This of course started a different conversation: why not spend that money on something bigger and better.

After a talk with my parents about an additional week of babysitting, and without much more than a second of thought, we booked airfare to Dubrovnik!

In all, we spent a little over two weeks traveling through Croatia and Montenegro - it was the first time in either country for both of us, so seeing it together added an additional layer of excitement.

After arriving in Dubrovnik late the first night, we booked a room near the ferry terminal, then headed to the island Korcula first thing in the morning!

The view from our overnight in Dubrovnik

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Victor and Catherine Get Hitched!

My baby brother is married - can you believe it?!?

I suppose you should because I'm 37 and he's only 4 years younger than me, but gosh, it was so fun watching my little Vico tie the knot.

Victor and Catherine were married on September 9th in Leavenworth, and just as promised, it was a laid back affair.  My parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at the house and the next day Victor and Catherine were married at Red Tail Canyon Farm (a place whose owners were good friends with my Grandpa - that sweet Leavenworth connection).

George and Abigail were both in the wedding as Flower Girl and Ring Bearer and were so excited about their roles.

Here are some pictures from the big day:

Checkin' for booze

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ben is Two

...and now I'm a mother of either toddlers or little kids, but no babies.  It's been an odd few months not pregnant or with a newborn, but it's also been nice to slow down a bit and focus on each kid and their growth.

And Ben, have you ever grown!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Labor Day Weekend, 2017

We enjoyed a relaxing Labor Day weekend with close friends at a cabin on Lake Cavanaugh this year.

Somewhat last minute, Kevin found a rental house on the lake and we spent three days and two nights playing in the water, relaxing on the dock, and enjoying great food and company.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

George is Four!

My smart, amazing middle man turned four this past weekend and we were so excited to celebrate him!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

George is in Pre 4!

G-man is moving right along in the ranking, going from Pre3 to Pre4s this year!

He has many of the same friends in his class this year with the addition of a few more students (this year's class has 19 kids!) and a new teacher: Mrs Rowe.

Tomorrow is his birthday, so we've picked out some cool Power Rangers napkins, masks, and cookies to bring for his school party.

So far his friends this year are Charlie and Oscar; he still seems to be holding a grudge against his friend "hun-tor" (Hunter) who he got in a fight with last year over Wishbone doggy.

Boys 😉

Here are some pictures from George's first week!

Posing with his supplies before Open House

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Abigail is a Kindergartener!

I can hardly believe it, but it's true - my baby girl is now in Kindergarten.

We are happily cruising into our second week and she comes home most every day happy and full of news (usually about after school snacks or what she did on the playground that day).

Mrs Bechtol is her teacher and Abigail adores her.  She is the epitome of a Kindergarten teacher: kind, nurturing, and thoughtful - Abigail can't seem to get enough of her!

She was excited to start the year with two of her friends from PreK (Rhys and Samantha) and had the extra bonus of sitting next to Rhys in class at the red table.

Oh, to be 6 and full of Kindie joy again!

Here are some pictures from the past couple of weeks:

We received a letter in the mail from Mrs Bechtol a couple days before school

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Happy Birthday, Kevin

Today is Kevin's birthday and there is more than one reason to celebrate.

A couple weeks ago he was offered a job at Amazon as a Senior Project Manager in the AWS division (Amazon Web Services).  I am so proud of the time and dedication he has made to his career in order to get to this place.

Add to that a freshly minted 36 year old, and I feel brimming with reasons to celebrate!

Since he worked today we joined him for lunch at the new digs.  The kids and I parked at Pacific Place and took a roundtrip monorail ride as well - a highlight for them!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Abigail is 6!

It seems impossible, right?  But it's true!  Our baby is now a caring, thoughtful, and kind little six year old girl.

Friday, August 11, 2017


The kids celebrated my birthday this morning with breakfast in bed, and I'm off to Leavenworth with Steph and Kristin this weekend to celebrate.

Thank you all for the kind Instagram messages and texts / calls so far today!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Splashing into Six

This year we celebrated Abigail's birthday with a pool party!

(I seriously cannot get over how adorable this picture is)

We are forunte to have two pools here in our community, so we decided that with a summer birthday (plus a little girl who learned how to swim this summer!) it'd be fun to celebrate there.

Abigail invited all her friends and family (for the most part, I left the invite list up to her!) and we spent the afternoon playing in the pool, eating Jimmy John's and cake (a watermelon cake made by Mamie!), and opening presents.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The 4th of July

We enjoyed another great 4th at Alderbrook this year!

The daytime entertainment (live music, oyster eating contest, crafts for the kids) was wonderful, the fireworks show was amazing, and the parade the following morning was again a huge highlight for the kids (for Kevin too, who got to sing the Star Spangled Banner while standing next to Melinda Gates!)

George loved running around on stage with the other boys and all three loved dancing to the music.  George, Ben, and Kevin even made a cameo in the local newspaper (although we have yet to receive copies).

This is a tradition we hope to continue for a long time!

Here are some pictures from this year:

Monday, June 26, 2017


I'm finally getting around to the Disneyland post.  It was crazy timing with our trip planned the day after Mother's Day, and it seems summer started as soon as we got back, but I'm here at long last.

Being a crazed fan of surprises I knew I wanted to surprise the kids with this trip.  It was a bit much putting the kids down Mother's Day evening then spending the night packing, wrapping a surprise box, and getting everything ticked off the to-do list, but I honestly love nothing more.

We farmed off both Mabel and Ben the night before, so Monday morning we asked the kids to sit in the living room while we brought them a surprise.  With one of them on both sides of the box they opened it and out popped a Mickey Mouse balloon!