Twelve!

Blaise is now 12, one year away from teenage territory. This kid has been top notch since day one. He is kind, caring, empathetic, funny, intelligent, and mature beyond his years… a great kiddo. And the best big brother, mostly.

Twelve!

Blaise is now 12, one year away from teenage territory. This kid has been top notch since day one. He is kind, caring, empathetic, funny, intelligent, and mature beyond his years… a great kiddo. And the best big brother, mostly.

Summer 2022

Summer took forever to start and now it’s taking forever to end. Weather-wise. It’s mid-October now, and the weather hasn’t got the memo that it’s fall. Not cool. Literally and figuratively. And being that it’s mid-October, let’s get right to

Summer 2022

Summer took forever to start and now it’s taking forever to end. Weather-wise. It’s mid-October now, and the weather hasn’t got the memo that it’s fall. Not cool. Literally and figuratively. And being that it’s mid-October, let’s get right to

Leavenworth & Icicle Gorge Nature Loop

At this point—over a month later—the goal here is to get something posted. For memory sake, when we look back in five years. Maybe eight years. Perhaps never. Who knows. Realistically, I’ll look back in like 20 years and wish

Leavenworth & Icicle Gorge Nature Loop

At this point—over a month later—the goal here is to get something posted. For memory sake, when we look back in five years. Maybe eight years. Perhaps never. Who knows. Realistically, I’ll look back in like 20 years and wish

Snoqualmie Tunnel

Apparently August had a train theme. First there was Iron Goat Trail. Then rail riders in Shelton. And then this sucker, the Snoqualmie Tunnel. Trains galore. Maybe we should watch Unstoppable again. Whenever the kids played with train tracks and

Snoqualmie Tunnel

Apparently August had a train theme. First there was Iron Goat Trail. Then rail riders in Shelton. And then this sucker, the Snoqualmie Tunnel. Trains galore. Maybe we should watch Unstoppable again. Whenever the kids played with train tracks and

Shelton

Sometimes I wonder how life would be without the Internet. I mean, I lived without it back in the day. Then came printed MapQuest directions. And AOL messenger. I was brisgrl (Brian and I have been together that long). As

Shelton

Sometimes I wonder how life would be without the Internet. I mean, I lived without it back in the day. Then came printed MapQuest directions. And AOL messenger. I was brisgrl (Brian and I have been together that long). As

Iron Goat Trail

Supposedly the most haunted trail in Washington State. And one of the top haunted trails in the United States, “…hikers share tales of hearing voices, screams, and sounds around the crash site.” Eh, I’m doubtful. I think people who hear

Iron Goat Trail

Supposedly the most haunted trail in Washington State. And one of the top haunted trails in the United States, “…hikers share tales of hearing voices, screams, and sounds around the crash site.” Eh, I’m doubtful. I think people who hear

Gold Creek Pond

This one had been on my list for a few years. It’s a simple sucker, a mile loop. It always seemed a bit far to go with five kiddos for a measly mile. But it was time to check it

Gold Creek Pond

This one had been on my list for a few years. It’s a simple sucker, a mile loop. It always seemed a bit far to go with five kiddos for a measly mile. But it was time to check it

Boulder Garden Loop

Good for kids the WTA hiking description says. It’s called out with a cute little graphic. We took eight kids. They all did fine. But I sure as hell wouldn’t say it’s good for kids. The steep trail with loose

Boulder Garden Loop

Good for kids the WTA hiking description says. It’s called out with a cute little graphic. We took eight kids. They all did fine. But I sure as hell wouldn’t say it’s good for kids. The steep trail with loose

Road Tripping 2022

Sometimes I think I like the idea of things more than actually doing them. Like an 11-day road trip to three locations. It’s not that it was bad, it was fun. But it was too much—and too long—for this homebody.

Road Tripping 2022

Sometimes I think I like the idea of things more than actually doing them. Like an 11-day road trip to three locations. It’s not that it was bad, it was fun. But it was too much—and too long—for this homebody.

Eleven!

Laine is 11! Palindrome territory. With each year, Laine gets quirkier and more entertaining. And more mature, but sometimes that’s questionable. Haha. Nah, Laine is a wonderful 11-year-old, with nothing but a bright future ahead of her. She is confident

Eleven!

Laine is 11! Palindrome territory. With each year, Laine gets quirkier and more entertaining. And more mature, but sometimes that’s questionable. Haha. Nah, Laine is a wonderful 11-year-old, with nothing but a bright future ahead of her. She is confident