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The Big one

So the kids all agree that there favorite thing we did in MD was go crabbing.  We did this in Ocean Pines where we stayed while visiting Ocean City. We were catching Maryland Blue Crabs.

Yeah ok so we didn’t REALLY crab.  We fished for crabs with string and ham.  Hanging ham tied to string in the water and waiting till we felt a tug then slowly pulling the string up. We were  just catching, looking, taking pictures and releasing.  But it was a ton of fun.

Mary caught the biggest.  This Crab has become bigger and bigger in the stories that are being told about it. Willoweve’s hands spread a little wider every time she shows the size and it has become our families very own fish story.  But I have proof of actual size. Here we go… the “big” one.

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Coming out of the water – you can tell he’s a boy by the shape of his apron – you can make it out in this picture.

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hanging on the string

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Running to hide – look at his color isn’t he beautiful.

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Trying to hide from us, the kids were all hovering around him yelling and jumping.

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Running back towards the water Bye Bye big guy.

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And the SPLASH as he returned to the water.

Tomorrow I will post some pictures of the KIDS from when we were crabbing.

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Counting Down

Oh – right – by the way – we’re home from Maryland :)

Ok so I’m not even sure if anyone reads this blog – but I am going to try to post on a more regular basis because my entire life is about to change.

No – I’m not being melodramatic.

After nine years of being a Stay at Home Mom to my kids In five days I am going to become a full time working mom.

To be completely fair I worked for Habitat for Humanity for about 15 months in 2006-2007, but I took Willoweve and Quinn with me to work every day and I worked around Xavier’s school schedule.

This will be different, I’m not working around the kids schedule they will be working around mine, I will be working from 6:00am to 4:30pm Monday thru Friday.

This is hugely exciting – for lots of reasons and I am really looking forward to it.  I am none the less nervous.  I hope that I do well in this new role and endeavor.  So if you read this blog look for more info to come – also if you have a minute say a quick prayer or send me good wishes as I start this adventure.


4 days till Maryland

Gulp, in four days I fly – alone with the kids – to MD for a 21 day stay.  Yes – I am nervous – terrified actually.

Then I come home and the REAL work begins. :)

More details to come. This is just to tease you – life is going to radically change in the first week of August.  And by radical – I mean RADICAL.

Yeah – terrified. How exciting.

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Back to the gym and stuff.

So this week I went back to the gym after for the first time after my ankle/foot/leg surgery. 


As per my doctor and physical therapists orders I am taking things nice and slow. I am only doing weight machines that involve my upper body – mostly arms and abs. I am walking – very slowly – on the treadmill and I am riding the exercise bike. 


It isn’t much – but I have to say it feels good to move again.


My goal is to get to the gym 4 times a week between now and when we leave for MD.  Then again when we get home.  If I can go to the gym when we get home. 


If we make one set of decisions the gym will be nothing but a memory.


I have to admit I am a little nervous about the future right now. I have no idea what is going to happen and if I think about it too much I get really, well,  I’m not sure what the right word is.   But I hope that Jason and I will have wisdom to make the right decision. 


God I’m scared.  Yeah that’s the word I’m looking for – scared…..

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30 Days to go

In thirty days we are going to Maryland – just the kids and I – Jason will be taking a pass on this trip.  He doesn’t really have enough leave from work yet and airline tickets are pricey.


I am very excited – there is so much cool stuff going on while we are visiting.  I am going to get to go to the ocean and eat crabs and see my grandmother. 


I’m a little nervous too though about three weeks alone with the kids, and I seriously expect I am going to come home exhausted and totally ready for school to start…with over a month before it does.


I also suspect I am going to be desperate to see Jason by the time we get home.  This will be the longest I have been away from him since we got married 14 years ago.  I have to admit I am bummed he isn’t coming. I really thought that he would be able to come for a week while we are there and I was really looking forward to hanging out with all our friends together and visiting his family with him.


Had I known he really wouldn’t be able to come I probably would only have planned to stay 10 to 14 days instead of 21, but I thought that he would be with us for a week of it.  The idea of being alone with the kids for 21 days is intimidating.  The idea of being without my best friend for 21 days is terrifying. 


At the same time – I am so excited to see all my friends and family in MD.  There are so many people I want to spend time with and so much I want to do while we are there.  Three weeks hardly seems like enough time.


Anyway 30 days to go and we will be in MD – YAY!!!

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The house across the street from us just went up for sale. Less then an hour ago. 

I cannot tell you how much I am currently coveting that house. Yeah yeah – it’s a christianese word – but in this case it fits.

The house is 1,000 sq ft bigger then them one we live in now – has 4 bedrooms, 3.75 bathrooms, a REAL dining room – one where we could put our actual dining room table and seat our entire family around it, and a two car garage.  It isn’t beautiful, but, it is big.

I wish we could buy it

Unfortunately we cannot. Just too much money.

It seems so perfect though – exactly where we want to live, down to the neighborhood, the right size – right number of bedrooms, perfect.

Except, well, we don’t NEED it.  I should be content where we are.  This house is fine for us. We have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, exactly what we need.

Sometimes it feels a little small.  And yeah our entire family can’t sit at our dining room table at the same time.  And the basement is unfinished giving it spider issues, and…

No I need to stop. NOW.  Our house is fine. It meets out needs keeps us warm at night and has everything we require.  Every time I get upset I need to think about the people who live in Nickelsville in there pink tents, without a shower or indoor plumbing. I have to remind myself that just because I think I need something that doesn’t mean I do.

We have so much more than so many and today I need to consciously remind myself of that. Being grateful is sometimes a choice.  So today I am grateful for this house that God gave us. It has been so perfect and wonderful for us for the past two years, and will continue to be for the next two years.  The location couldn’t be better, the landlord is good and when it’s a clear day we can watch the sun set over the Olympic mountains.  God gave us all this and we never even saw it until after we signed the lease and moved across the country.


Thank you God for our wonderful home.


Knowing your limits

Went to the doctor today – all excited hoping he would tell me I could drive and walk and be you know human again.


Uh-huh – nope – it was not to be.


In fact instead he told me I had pushed myself to hard, overdone it.  The tendons in my ankle are inflamed, and there not suppose to be.  So for the next 5-7 days instead of moving forward I am moving back. 

Back from one crutch to two crutches, back from moving around freely to being confined to the sitting with my foot up for “most” of the day. 


And no driving for me… :(


I promised myself that if I was going to have this surgery I was going to do EVERYTHING in my power to recover from it the right way so I could have a full and complete recovery. In the past week I have been over doing it.   I need to relax and let myself heal.


So, I am going to take a step back – know my limits and be patient.  I might have set my recovery behind a week or so, but I haven’t blown it out of the water and I won’t.

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Slowly but surely

That’s the way healing goes, slowly but surely – at least for me.

I went to the doctors for my four week follow up today and it was a good visit. The doctor said I can start bearing weight today – about 25% for today and tomorrow, then if that isn’t painful I can go up to 50% for a few days  then 75% then eventually 100%. He said it could take up to 10 days to be walking fully without the crutches. 


I JUST WALKED ACROSS THE LIVING ROOM!!!!!!! Very slowly with the help of two crutches – but I did it!!!!

I also have to keep the walking to a minimum and move slowly – no sprints or even long distance walks – but I can walk around my house.


You can’t hear me but I am singing the Hallelujah chorus right now. :)


No driving yet so still pretty much stuck in the house since I am not ready to do hills yet. However I can go to the gym if someone (like my hubby) drives me – I can do upper body exercise and even ride the exercise bike – WITH MY BOOT ON – not riding the bike without the book and absolutely NO OTHER LEG exercise for that my right leg – he was pretty clear on that. 


Overall it was a great doctors visit and I am very excited about all the things I get to do and how much more movement I will be able to incorporate into my life over the next two weeks.

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Visiting MD

So the kids and I are visiting MD this summer – weather or not Jason is coming  is still up in the air.

While I would like him to join us it is not an absolute necessity.

The truth is he and I have very different views on visiting MD.  I cannot wait to go back, there are so many people I want to see and so many things I want to do.  I am planing to be back for three weeks and hoping I can squeeze everything into that time.

The hardest thing is Jason has asked – and argued – and logically pointed out – that this will have to be our last trip to MD for a while.  In fact until 2012.

I have to admit it hurts me just to say that.  Two and a half years is such a long time to be away from so many people I love.

In fact trips back to MD have become one of the few things Jason and I fight about.  I wish I could go “Back East” every year, and several of my good friends out here who are from the East Coast do – it seems so unfair that I am the only one who doesn’t get to go back.

But the truth is our financial system just doesn’t allow it. So as hard as it is for me to face the truth I have to – our trip this summer will be the last until the summer of 2012.

Until then all of you – my friends and family have an open standing invitation to come and visit us in Seattle – We don’t have a ton of room but we will make it work if you come!!!

I miss you all and love you… and I cannot wait to see and hang out with you this summer – 20 full days in MD….  I am so looking forward to the sun and the warmth and all the familiar faces.

Start looking for e-mails over the next few days/weeks setting up times and dates to hang out with us.

Love you all.

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It’s march and it is going to be a crazy month. 

Thursday is Willoweve’s birthday – Friday is Jason’s.  Then the 11th I will be having surgery on my foot.


Then I will have as my doctor puts it – Two weeks of being completely useless. Then two weeks of being ALMOST completely useless.


March is also Rachel, Amy, and Deb’s birthday as well.  Apparently I get along well with people who were born in March :)


Happy Birthday everyone.


To all my friends – If you live in the area please stop by and visit me this month while I am laying around being useless. ;) I am sure I will need all the company I can get.

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