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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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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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Ten of my favorite things about Willoweve

In honor of her birthday here is my list of ten or so of Jason and I’s favorite things about Willoweve…

This is of course not an exhaustive list.  There are so very many things to love about Willoweve also this list is in no particular order.

1) Her imagination – Willoweve puts my imagination to shame and that takes some work.  :)

2) The child is beyond lovely.  I love her curls and her bright blue eyes. I know every parent thinks there child is beautiful but she really is.  Take a look:

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3) She loves pink – I swear before Willoweve was born I could count the pink things in our house on one hand – now – uhm – well… yeah I don’t think I could count them.

4) Willoweve is resilient and determined.  She doesn’t quit and she doesn’t let setbacks stop her.

5) She loves Horses – no elaboration needed.

6) She isn’t a morning person – like her daddy – she would rather stay up late at night then get up early in the morning.  Most days I have to wake her up – which I get to do by going into her room and snuggling her awake.

7) She says the most amazing things.  For example the other day we are in the car and she brought like five stuffed cats with her.  When I laughingly ask her about them she says, in a matter of fact voice and with a casual shrug. “I just feel comfortable around kitty’s.”  Uhm…. ok… I was laughing to hard to really reply to this.

8) She loves her friends and she wants to make them happy.  She would go out of her way to make her friends happy.

8.5) She is a princess.  She wants to act like a princess and dress like a princess… she does a pretty good job of it most of the time too.  Like when I hear her ordering her brothers about when they are “helping” her clean her room.  To solve that problem we had to ban her brothers from helping her… they weren’t to devastated.

9) She’s just a little shy of people she doesn’t know.  She gets over it pretty quick though – especially if she has something to talk to them about. And she really does love to talk – amazing for a little girl who did two and a half years of speech therapy.

9.5) She gives great hugs.

10) Willoweve is caring, companionate and smart.   She loves to play with others and also craves her own personal space and distance from others.  She is a great deal like Jason and at the same time so very much like me.  In many ways of our three children I would say she is the one who blends the two of us the most.  Willoweve is going to grow up to be an amazing, strong, and loving woman who will touch the world and change it for the better.

To summarize Willoweve is a wonderful person.

Happy Birthday Willoweve – Daddy and I love you so much and we are honored to be your parents.

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More snow…really???

I have to admit I have been looking forward to the kids return to school tomorrow. I love being home with them, playing with them in the snow and all but… they have been home since December 17th. It’s time for school to start again.


As we drove home from church up in Everett this afternoon watching the grey heavy sky all around us my fear began to built. We saw the first few flurries as we drove up the hill into West Seattle. Now when I look out the window it is more like terror. 

Is it really snowing – again – in Seattle? 


Do we really have another two inches of snow on the ground? 


Are they going to **shudder** – close school tomorrow?


I guess I will just have to wait and see what happens – but I swear if the phone rings at 5am I am going to cry.  Seriously. 

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Playing in the snow.

Today the kids and I played in the snow. We build three snowmen – a daddy a mommy and a baby.

We knocked iceciklles (Sp?) off the down spouts and put them in front of the kids bedroom window so they could watch them melt.

We raked snow- Quinn’s idea and he seemed to have fun with it and Willoweve ate snow.  I gave her very careful and specific direction on what snow was safe to eat and what wasn’t.


Here are a few pictures of our snow filled afternoon.


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The kids and there snow man family.




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I hope everyone has a happy Monday and a wonderful Three days before Christmas. 

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Yup, I am on the PTA. I am going to the first PTA meeting of the school year tonight.

I NEVER imagined I would be an active part of the PTA.  I mean… well it just seems so “grown up”.  And yeah, I know I am a grown up but I have to admit there are still some days I wake up and feel like I am just playing house.  I never imagined myself a PTA parent.  I mean the PTA is well… an organization.  And it’s well not… I can’t even think of the right word.   I never pictured myself as the PTA type.

Weirder still, I am actually excited about it. I have put every single PTA meeting for the school year on my calendar.  I mean how bizarre is that.

The thing is I really like Alki.  It is a great school and I am so glad that my kids get to go there.  I know you all know the story of getting Xavier into Alki and how wonderful a blessing it was for God to put us into that particular school.  So I won’t bore you with it again.

I will say that after a year and a half at Alki I love it more then I did before and I am even more glad to be an Alki parent and to have my kids in school there.

That is why I want to be part of the PTA, why I want to be active and involved.  Because I think that the staff, teachers and students at Alki are all worth the time and effort to support and I think it is a wonderful community to be a part of.

So yeah, the PTA. Who would’ve thunk it?  :)

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The first day of school

Yes…I cried, but I did it last night after Willoweve was in bed and wouldn’t be upset by it.

So today was the first day of school.

Xavier started third grade.

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Here he is conspiring with a fried.

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And here he is taking care of his sister.

Willoweve started Kindergarten today.

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she is so cute.

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at her locker

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and with daddy

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then finally at her desk.  She looks so tiny behind her desk.  (Note Quinn in the back corner of the first picture – he noticed himself right away in this picture. :) )

So they are off, and Quinn is enjoying time alone with me and being able to play with any toy he wants.

Overall I think it is a good first day of school.

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25 days….

Life is going to change forever in just 25 short days.

My baby girl is going to start school. This is just impossible.  I mean look at her.


This was our first visit to Xavier’s preschool class room in 2004 – she was about 16 months old.


August 2004 – Willoweve is about 17 months old here. This is at the Maryland Ren Fest.


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Willoweve at about 18 months – pretending to be all grown up – note the phone- the bag and the hat.  What a doll.


And – one of my favorite pictures of me with Willoweve and Xavier – Quinn is in this picture too although even Jason and I didn’t know it at the time.  We found out almost a week after this picture was taken I was pregnant with him.  Willoweve is 14 months old in this picture.

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And yeah I know she’s  a little bit bigger now… here she is turning 5….

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And even more recently on her last day of preschool with her wonderful teacher Ms. Judy.

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How can my tiny beautiful little girl really be old enough – big enough to go to school all day.  She is too small, too young.


I remember feeling very similar to this when Xavier started school three years ago – OMG was it really 3 years ago.  He was so small then.  Now he won’t let me call him bug-a-boo-boy any more or let me or his grand mother hug him in public.  Do I only have three more years to call Willoweve muffin and hug her in the morning before school.

I guess I had better enjoy it while I can.  Only 25 days…..

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Jason home and sick kids

Last night was crazy.  Jason’s flight from Maryland was scheduled to arrive at 10:40pm.  I had babysitting set up and planned to go pick him up. 


At 7:30pm we were outside playing with our neighbor and their baby (very cute) in her little pool.  Everything was fine.  Then Willoweve started to cry and flip out complaining her eyes hurt. She sat in my lap for the next few minutes crying on and off. 


We came in at 7:50 and I carried Willoweve into the house because she had her shoes off and was still upset.  I noticed she was really hot.  REALLY HOT.  She was also starting to complain that she felt like she was going to throw up.  Not that her stomach was upset but that she thought she was going to throw up.


Inside I took her temp.  104.  YUP, I had a sick kid. 


I was hesitant to give her anything as she was still complaining she thought she was going to throw up. I fed the boys dinner and put them to bed.  By then her eyes were really red and her breathing rapid and her fever still up over 103.  So I called the doctor. Now normally I would not do this – but this hit so fast – she was literarily FINE one minute and miserable the next.   They recommended  I try to give her Tylenol. 


I did, fifteen minutes later she threw up. Amy showed up just before she started puking.  The Tylenol apparently helped though as over the next two hours Willoweve’s fever crept down to a very manageable 101.5.


Amy is a good friend and the mother of one of Willoweve’s good friend. Being such a good friend she kindly offered to go to the airport and get Jason so I could stay with Willoweve who really wanted to be with me.


I really appreciated her help.

So Jason arrived home safely and today Willoweve is recovering – and Quinn is getting sick apparently. 


So in honor of my two sick kids here is a picture of them playing on the beach one day when they were not sick.


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Day out with Thomas

On July 18th Jason’s mom and I took the kids up to Snoqualmie where Thomas the Train was visiting the Northwest Train Museum.  When he got off work Jason came up and met us then we all went and had dinner.


It was a really fun day and Quinn got a kick out of riding on Thomas and meeting Sir Topam(Sp?) Hat.   Here are some of the pictures we took while we were visiting Thomas. 

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Xavier and Quinn playing while we waited to enter the train area.

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Willoweve with mommy pony- feeding her a chocolate chip cookie.

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Quinn holding his ticket – he really liked his ticket. :)

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Willoweve looking out the train window while we rode Thomas

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Quinn doing the same.  Note he is still holding the ticket. :)

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A side ways river – oh- no wait this is the view from the train window.

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Meeting Sir Topam Hat – Quinn was thrilled – Willoweve less so.


It was a great day and one they will no doubt be talking about for a very long time.

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