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Tulips 2022

April means a trip up to Mount Vernon to see the tulips. It almost didn’t happen this year. And it kind of only half-happened, since only three kiddos made it up. There wasn’t a day open I had all the

Tulips 2022

April means a trip up to Mount Vernon to see the tulips. It almost didn’t happen this year. And it kind of only half-happened, since only three kiddos made it up. There wasn’t a day open I had all the

Cougar Mountain Zoo

Nothing special about a trip to the zoo. I’m trying to break up our different outings into their own posts since I’m majorly slacking on posting monthly updates. My next monthly update will be six months in one, which is

Cougar Mountain Zoo

Nothing special about a trip to the zoo. I’m trying to break up our different outings into their own posts since I’m majorly slacking on posting monthly updates. My next monthly update will be six months in one, which is

Riverside State Park – Bowl & Pitcher

Sometimes I wonder what it’s like to be Brian. Before any trip, his only responsibility is to pack himself and get us to wherever we’re going. And usually, he has no idea where. In our 26-plus years together, our responsibilities

Riverside State Park – Bowl & Pitcher

Sometimes I wonder what it’s like to be Brian. Before any trip, his only responsibility is to pack himself and get us to wherever we’re going. And usually, he has no idea where. In our 26-plus years together, our responsibilities

Las Vegas

As someone who avoids crowds, we went to Las Vegas. Hahaha. It feels a bit wrong, taking kiddos on vacation to Vegas. Like that one old man unintentionally pointed out as we were waiting for the parking garage elevator at

Las Vegas

As someone who avoids crowds, we went to Las Vegas. Hahaha. It feels a bit wrong, taking kiddos on vacation to Vegas. Like that one old man unintentionally pointed out as we were waiting for the parking garage elevator at

Flowing Lake

On the days Brian’s gone, I find I’m waaaay more productive. I’m not quite sure why this happens; it always has. Even before kiddos. When he’s around, I tend to hang close to him home. He’s the same way. Perhaps

Flowing Lake

On the days Brian’s gone, I find I’m waaaay more productive. I’m not quite sure why this happens; it always has. Even before kiddos. When he’s around, I tend to hang close to him home. He’s the same way. Perhaps

San Diego

Back in 1998 when I flew to San Diego, Southwest wrote Sandy Eggo on the sign at the gate. That’s always stuck with me. That and I was seated next to two 20-something guys who were talking in-depth about the

San Diego

Back in 1998 when I flew to San Diego, Southwest wrote Sandy Eggo on the sign at the gate. That’s always stuck with me. That and I was seated next to two 20-something guys who were talking in-depth about the

Iron Horse & Cedar Butte

Cedar Butte was an accident. Maybe not an accident. Unintentional, unintended? Better words. Although I like how when I Google the definition of accident, the second meaning—an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause—has

Iron Horse & Cedar Butte

Cedar Butte was an accident. Maybe not an accident. Unintentional, unintended? Better words. Although I like how when I Google the definition of accident, the second meaning—an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause—has

Cedar River Watershed Education Center

Not really a hike but kind of a hike. More of an outing. Memories of taking Blaise and Laine to the Cedar River Watershed Education Center as toddlers, when we did anything and everything to get out of the house.

Cedar River Watershed Education Center

Not really a hike but kind of a hike. More of an outing. Memories of taking Blaise and Laine to the Cedar River Watershed Education Center as toddlers, when we did anything and everything to get out of the house.

Maple Valley Gnome Trail

The first kiddo hike of 2022. Finally. Unless hitting the Snoqualmie Valley Trail counts. Except we do that so often it’s not very exciting. Yeah, no—it doesn’t count. At least not toward my goal of taking the kiddos hiking at

Maple Valley Gnome Trail

The first kiddo hike of 2022. Finally. Unless hitting the Snoqualmie Valley Trail counts. Except we do that so often it’s not very exciting. Yeah, no—it doesn’t count. At least not toward my goal of taking the kiddos hiking at

Septober 2021

September and October, in one post. It’s November now, and I have never been happier to welcome November. I’m exhausted. Between summer, birthday season, and everything school and activities, it’s been an exhausting few months. Juggling five kiddos probably has

Septober 2021

September and October, in one post. It’s November now, and I have never been happier to welcome November. I’m exhausted. Between summer, birthday season, and everything school and activities, it’s been an exhausting few months. Juggling five kiddos probably has