Family · Lifestyle

Newport Beach Family Reunion 2017

This year for our family reunion we stayed in a beach house at Newport Beach! It was my first time in California, and the kid’s first time on a plane. Overall, it went pretty well. I mean we survived, so that says a lot right? Both boys loved the plane ride and were super excited to have fun with all their cousins.

We learned that bringing a car seat on an airplane is a pain, but holding Rhett while he screams because he’s not allowed to run amuck on the plane is more of a pain… lesson learned! πŸ˜€

Here are some pictures from the airport, airplane, and shuttle ride.

Once we arrived it was beautiful California weather and beautiful sandy beach fun for days! The water was still way too cold for me, but the boys didn’t seem to mind a bit. All of the older boys enjoyed boogie boarding, and it was so cool to watch them learn together.

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Somewhat blurry but still really cool panorama that Ryan took!
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This is how we got Rhett to nap every day lol

It was a fun adventure but we are happy to be home. More specifically, we are happy to have Rhett back in his own room and bed so he can sleep normal hours again!

We got to spend Ryan’s 28th birthday in Newport. Ryan’s mom and sisters got him a cake and some other goodies, then they watched the boys for us so we could go on a dinner date! We ate at the Old Spaghetti Factory and it was amazing. Best pasta ever. Then we went for a walk on the beach and Ryan bought me a jacket and sunglasses for my half birthday (also known as Ryan’s birthday). Have I got a great guy or what? β™₯

Last but not least, here’s a little video of our trip in a nutshell πŸ™‚

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Family · Lifestyle · Motherhood

Game Farm 2017, Homeschool, & Baby #3

After a week of full day Kindergarten, we decided to homeschool again. We had a lot going on all at once and homeschool was a great way to help reduce some of the stress in our lives. It also gives us the freedom to do this in the middle of the day:

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Last week we took the boys to the Game Farm for the first time and it was a blast! It’s fun to go as a couple, but it’s way more fun to do with kids. The boys were fascinated by all the animals, and they loved getting to feed them.

Rhett even had cute nicknames for some of the animals. He called the peacocks “chickens”, and the oxen were “cows” πŸ˜‰

The llamas were the first thing we saw, and I think they were probably the favorite!

Rhett kept yelling cute things like, “Hey where’s my baby llama??” and “REINDEER!!!!!”

We didn’t get pictures of the lion, tigers, or wolves, but they were pretty awesome to see too. They don’t let you feed those guys though… I guess that makes sense πŸ˜€

This bear was the BEST! Ryan and Kender threw bread into the air and he caught it in his mouth! That explains why he’s so… fluffy. Yeah, we’ll go with fluffy!

To help the boys remember the fun they had, we let them pick out little stuffed animals. Rhett picked a wolf, and Kender picked a bear. I love when they snuggle things! β™₯

One last memory/announcement to record: Rhett is going to be a big brother! Kender can show him how it’s done πŸ˜‰

Baby #3 will be joining us May 23, and we couldn’t be happier β™₯

(This is a 6 week ultrasound – that’s why baby is so tiny!)

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Family · Gardening · Lifestyle

Summertime memories

There have been a lot of fires this summer. The closest one is probably Cle Elum, on the other side of Snoqualmie Pass. It’s been pretty hazy with all the smoke and ash floating around in the air. I’m in awe of all of the natural disasters that have been happening lately, between the PNW fires and Hurricane Harvey and now Irma. My heart goes out to all those who have been affected.

We’ve had a great summer here in Poulsbo and I wanted to document some of our memories. Some of the pictures look cloudy because of the smoke in the air.

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Here’s one of the first harvests from our garden this year. We only have one zucchini plant, but it is really producing for us! The broccoli became infested with aphids, so now I’m just enjoying the pretty yellow flowers that pop out of the florets. Our carrots, green beans, onions, potatoes, spinach, and berries were all awesome this year. Still waiting to see how the corn and pumpkins do…

Kender is pretty proud of his sunflowers. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but this one is almost as tall as him!

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I was so excited to see how this giant, lush sunflower with multiple heads would turn out – it’s the only plant that survived of the seeds I planted from a seed packet (not harvested from last years sunflowers). I was terribly disappointed. Have you ever seen a more deformed sunflower!? There are no petals!

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But our home grown harvest flowers are humongous and beautiful. They help brighten things up with the ashy skies β™₯

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Two things Kender has taken an interest in this summer are: Climbing trees and Baseball! He started throwing the ball around with his cousins and Uncle Scott and he loved it, so we got him his very own lefty glove (not pictured).

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Kender is getting bigger and more handsome every day!

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And Rhett is as cute as ever. Melissa and her family recently moved in, and he and Kender have been overjoyed having their cousins around all the time. We’ve had to set some new boundaries as they all adjust to having each other 24/7, but it’s been good for them. It’s funny listening to Kender and Lucas (ages 5 and 6) have in-depth Minecraft discussions.

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He snuck into the snowmobile trailer and decided to go for his own ride πŸ˜€
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Made his own little chair out of pillows… He melts my heart β™₯

Rhett loves having Leo around too. We think it’s because he doesn’t dwarf him with his size like Sadie does. He loves cuddling and tickling Leo.

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Speaking of doggies, I’ve been in the sketching mood lately and sketched out our sweet pup this past Sunday. I’ve been reflecting on life with Sadie, and I’ve come to the conclusion that although she isn’t as well trained as we’d like (especially outdoors), she does her job as an Emotional Support Animal very well. She always has an abundance of love for any one of us who needs it, and her sweet and goofy personality has brought us tons of joy β™₯

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These pictures are from a few weeks ago, but I think I’ve finally mastered the art of homemade bread!! It tastes amazing. I was trying to make it regularly and use it instead of buying bread, but it gets dry after a day or so. Not quite worth the effort. But I’ll definitely be making it on occasion to enjoy with dinner πŸ™‚

Kender starts Kindergarten on Monday! I know he will do great, and he’s excited to have his best friend in class with him, but I still have that desire to homeschool… We did a little review tonight of his vowels and letter sounds and he just did awesome. I hope helping him with homework is as fulfilling for me as homeschooling was!