First day of preschool!

The twins started PRESCHOOL! Woot! Woot! And they LOVED it!

Hello new season of life! Hello a couple of mornings free! Granted the boys are still yet to start school due to the strike, but my day felt different regardless. Nothing like a double tall pumpkin spice latte to celebrate! Cheers!

p.s. Ivy wasn’t quite ready for two new shoes so she opted for only one. She also felt like sticking with her summer uniform of one of two pink hand-me-down leotards would be best. And no, our window in the background is not broken, Roman has just been working on it…which means we may soon have a broken window!


Go Dawgs!

After numerous attempts and help trying to make the Husky “W” with his fingers, Roman settled for the cool guy finger sunglasses instead. He seems pleased!

Off to the game! Go Dawgs!


Our newest family member, Jake

We added a new member to our family.  Josiah has been and is our animal lover and we decided it was time to jump in with him. Josiah is a unique kid and didn’t want just any pet.  If we got a dog he wanted a pit bull.  He didn’t want something everybody else had (reminds me of his grandpa Bruce). So, we got a snake. 

 The great thing about Jake the Snake is he doesn’t  require daily walks, eats only one time per week at the most and never barks.  The down side is not everyone thinks he is cuddly.  
It has been a lot of fun, especially to see and listen to Josiah.  He is soooo excited. He was walking down the stairs the other day and said to me, “I can’t believe I got a snake!”. 


And here is our first feeding of Jake.  I slowed down the strike part of the video.  In real time it was fast…and a little scary.  Viewer discretion advised. 

Welcome to the family Jake!

Our oldest turned 11.

Happy Birthday to our first born, a boy who is truthful and honest, just may love animals more than people, believes he can do anything he sets his mind to, is a WSU Cougar fan, knows he needs alone time, loves to burrow in his blankets while sleeping UNDER his bed, has a fabulous sense of humor and wit, is loyal to his core, has an amazing imagination, isn’t a big fan of change, can climb most anything including our walls and most trees, still has a tendency to wear clothes inside out or backwards, doesn’t spend much time worrying about what others think, loves stories, loves action movies, asked if he could go sky diving for THIS birthday, and is truly, truly a delight to parent! What a privilege and an adventure for Adam and I!



We spent some great time crabbing before the 4th. Thanks to my brother-in-law Jason for the boat,crab pots and know-how.   

  Mt. Rainier

  Boys in the Boat


  Josiah and cousin Jase digging for horse clams

Asher and cousin Jonah digging for clam shells  

  Asher and Jonah enjoying the ride. 

  Fog lifting from Seattle. 
 Josiah and Jase catching horse clams for bait. 

 Pulling up the first pot of the day. 

Enjoying the speed.  

The day.

Today the Seattle Public School’s teachers were on strike so the kids had the day off. I love days off, but they can also be major stressors with my ‘people pleasing’ mom tendencies combined with their ‘never satisfied’ tendencies, along with the fact someone is always upset with the day’s plan (and if they happen to be a twin they feel their opinion is best expressed through screaming and crying…which I find myself tempted to do in return but I digress). So as much as I like days off and the freedom they bring, they also have a tendency to be ‘refining’ to say the least, regardless of how low I aim!

Today my goal was for the big boys to watch Roman at his soccer class (which he refers to as his soccer game). That was my one requirement, the day had to be built around Roman’s soccer and all who came HAD to watch and pay some attention to Roman (Roman knew this and woke up excited that his brothers were going to come watch HIM)! Well, their friends apparently were willing to do anything to play with them, so Roman had quite the cheering squad, which he loved! Mind you, Josiah, at one point in his early years insisted on no clapping or cheering for him on any occasion. If cheering or clapping took place, he either shut down and retreated or cried. Then there is Roman, who’s chest could not have swollen any more as he listened to the other boys chant his name in the car as we drove to soccer! It was priceless! As you’ll see below, the big boys did me proud!

From there we hit the beach – swimming, crayfish, sunburns and all! I even splurged on the ice cream truck!

I had a few ‘moments’ (as did my children) but overall it was a great day! I feel very thankful.