Tuesday, July 30, 2013

6 months ago we went to Palouse Falls.

Well, I can't be the only one on the planet with an album of old pictures on their computer that give me a guilt trip every time I see said album because I have yet to blog about it. Bah! Sooo, if you were wondering
a- what my kids looked like last February
b- if the Palouse Falls is pretty
c-what we look like posing in front of the Palouse Falls from like 20 angles
d- how you can waste the next 5 minutes of your day...
Have I got a post for you!!
Here is the waterfall.  I thought it was pretty! There were a lot of fun trails around it, so it was fun to go explore for a couple hours.
This is us. John hates this picture because are in front of a fence and he thinks that tacky. Most people would be like, "Oh a fence, I feel safe." John's like, "Oh a fence, this was a waste of time."
So we found place that didn't have a fence...I actually really love this picture! John looks so handsome! The cliffs were kind of scary with two little kids, especially since every fifth step of Caity's is a stumble- ha ha.

This was a really cool railroad we hiked down to.  John missed my real jump, I was actually about six feet higher than what is shown in the picture. #notreally. #bringinghashtagstoblogger

Aaaaand here is a terrible picture of John and I! BUT who knows, maybe some day we will look back and we like- wow we looked so good! #notcountingonit #hashtaggingisforwinners

I LOVE this picture with Johnny- his smile just melts my heart!  I a definitely making sure this one ends up in his wedding slide show.

Another one on the tracks...this was a really cute moment to watch- I am not much of a capture-it-perfectly-on-camera kind of girl, but I still remember it in my head and it was a really perfect little time has stopped moment.

I love her smile! John wondered what I was trying to get a picture of in this picture behind Caity- you know, besides the really awesome telephone pole. You guys see the dinosaur in the background right? #don'tlooktoohard #useyourimagination

Oh! He is so handsome!! I am just the luckiest!

I can NOT for the life of e get a normal picture of these two! Ha ha, I guess this is their normal anyhow! They are so fun together.

My little man!!

It was a really fun family outing and I am excited to do it again.  We played games, had a picnic and just enjoyed spending the day together! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

A good day.

Today we woke up, picked up some running boards for our Land Cruiser in Seattle- for FREE :) Yay.
John got frustrated because we "got lost" on the way, for me it was fun to explore! I just love Seattle, my little city, the skyline makes me smile and the people make me want sit on a bench and observe city life for the day...like a creeper. On a bench or something.  I like the old buildings, I like the busy people rushing around, as well as the not so busy people playing guitar on the street corner with a marijana bandana, I like the sailboats and the fancy condos, I like the modern art and smell of the Puget Sound.
While we were lost we drove past the Fremont Troll and that thing just makes me pretend I am artistic and can fully appreciate it- though I probably can't.  I do have a great imagination though- and I am all about trolls living under bridges- so I said "hi." (In a very quiet, don't bother John who is lost sort of way.)

Then, we went to Alki Beach in Seattle.  We walked a mile on the board walk, danced in the waves, dug a really deep hole, then chased the waves some more. I love the beach. This was probably my favorite part of the summer so far.

Then, we went to Dick's Drive-In. I haven't been there in about 10 years, though it was a favorite in high school (yes, I am old, apparently.) The first time I went they were celebrating their 50th anniversary and this time it was their 60th- that was kinda cool.  Dick's Drive-In is similar to In-N-Out but...well, better and more original and more Seattle than California.  It was so fun to go with John and my kids and was a total stroll down memory lane.

Then, we got home- put the kids in bed for a nap and made chocolate banana milk shakes. The baby and I liked that.

Dinner, Taco Soup, is in the crockpot (aren't those always the best days?)

For family night tonight we are painting wooden cars and going to the library, then head on over the park.

Guess what? This is basically my last week of classes until January!  I am so excited I could throw my computer against the wall and yell "Good riddance, online classes!" but then I wouldn't have a computer, and online classes would still exist because the internet doesn't live exclusively in my computer. Also, I wouldn't be able to play Candy Crush.
Sad, my pictures are on the other laptop- I will post some soon, PROMISE! (Soon being relative of course!) (Update: pictures below!)
Another side note- yesterday at church there were like three new babies- like two/three weeks old kind of new babies- and I just wanted to run up and beg to hold the sweet little things, but I refrained because I have only been to this congregation like twice and am a complete stranger. BUT in two months I get to snuggle my heart's content and I just can't wait. (I hope that wasn't gloating- not my intention, I just have to tell someone I am excited!)

Here are so pictures from our walk and the beach:

This is one of my favorites, it just captures a moment for me!

Building Sandcastles.

Oh, let me just walk down these stairs to my utter DEATH.

Our family of four and half.
This house was buried between all these high rise apartments and it had the most beautiful flowers.

He loves his Dad.

I love this picture. My little ocean-dancer.

Our hole was SO deep!

And a couple videos for my sake- I love capturing their little personalities, they change so fast.

video video

And then some pictures from the park:

And that's a wrap!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Little Things the Kids do.

I woke up at 5 this morning and couldn't sleep, so I snuck out of bed to do some homework when I passed the kids room they were wide awake whispering to each other and giggling. It was probably about the sweetest thing I have ever seen. Unfortunately both cameras were in their bedroom. But it will always be a photograph in my mind.

Probably my favorite thing Johnny does lately is when I say "I love you," he says "I love you too, Mom." Then when I say "I love you more," he says "I love you most!" It just melts my heart.

As Caity gets into her nightgown at night and twirls "like a princess," Johnny begs and begs to also dress up like a princess. Sometimes I can convince him to dress like Spiderman (with whom he is OBSESSED) and other days I put him in John's T-shirt and let him twirl his little heart out.

Caity and Johnny's senses of humor crack me up.  Johnny is a tease and Caity makes the funniest faces ever.  Johnny will pretend he someone he isn't and start laughing and Caity crosses her eyes while she puffs up her cheeks- that one gets me every time.

When Johnny gets nervous he makes this weird face where he opens his eyes really wide scrunches up his nose so he looks kind of like a dinosaur and sticks his tongue in and out and just stares at you. Its weird. But it is also kind of funny.

In our current living situation while on internship, we don't have any immediate access to a yard or anything. So every time we go to a park or something Johnny yells, "GRASS" and takes off his shoes and runs in circles and flops on the grass and rolls around. Like a dog. Just kidding- like a two year old! It is so cute and makes me excited to get back to Moscow so we can have grass again.

For the 4th of July Johnny was terrified of the fireworks. Nothing John and I did seemed to calm his anxiety, then up comes Caity- her little brother's hero- and she explains to him what fireworks are and gets him all excited and they start yelling the colors of each fire work together. It was so sweet to see how much he trusted his big sister. She is such a sweet girl.

Last night we got home late and had Mac and Cheese for dinner. I was the hero. My kids chanted my name and marched in circles saying how awesome I was and it wasn't hard to forget that every health blogger on pinterest would cringe at the sight of my dinner plans.

When Caity went to Kid Camp a week ago, Johnny and I would drop her off and Johnny would cry (literally) for the entire two hours she was gone. "I miss my Caity so much. I want my sister so much." It was so sweet.

They love their dad. Their whole day revolves around when he comes home.

Caity has a little engineer mind, she is always concocting interesting ways to perform a task like putting her blocks away, like if she the block in a the first bucket it will tip into the second and then tip into the final destination.  She is always exploring with things like that.

Whenever Johnny is in trouble he always makes light out of it and it makes me laugh- every time. Like for the umpteenth time we tell him to go to bed and he looks at us like "Well why didn't you say so?" and says, "Oh!!! Its bedtime? Hehe- OK! Goodnight! Love you too mom!" Then start snoring. He will do this like three times in a row. Or its "OOOOH! Clean my roooom? OK! Love you too mom!" haha. Its hard to explain but it makes me smile.

These kids LIVE for primary.

Caity thinks my pregnancy belly is the most wonderful, magical thing in the world, and though she is right- it is hard to think that way as clothes shrink before my very eyes- it nice for the reminder, "Mom! You are getting SO big! It is just beautiful!" So of course I am obligated to say, "Yes, it is!"  Which helps me believe it for myself!
(An old. year-old picture, but it makes me smile.)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cougar Mountain Trails

Just a mile from our apartment in Newcastle, there are all these old mining trails.  It is absolutely breathtaking.  All the trails ranging from about a mile to three mile loops, without a ton of incline so the kids (who am I kidding...so I) could handle them pretty well.  We'd go hike these a couple time a week and it was so relaxing.  As soon as we would start on a trail, it was like we were in fantasy world, so much green! I loved it.

Me and Baby trailing at the end of the pack, always! 

Happiest without shoes on!

We took a ton of videos and hope to some day learn how to put them all together to music. Until then, I at least want one on here, so I can remember the mannerisms the kids have.  They are just so little!
Oh, it was just so convenient and beautiful, it is what I miss most about living in Seattle, so glad we were able to find our oasis from the city.

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