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Blueberry Picking

Grammy and Papa came to visit at the end of July. Here are some pics from our afternoon picking blueberries.  We picked a great day to go. The weather was perfect, and we ended up with a ton of berries!
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Notice what a hard worker Kieron is!

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Argggh! Avery’s 6!

Avery turned six on Friday. Six? How is that possible? The math adds up, but… wow, they aren’t kidding when they say “the days are long, but the years are short.” This year Avery lost four teeth, started school, and learned to read and do math. His favorite subjects in school are math, science, and recess. He loves Legos, building, science projects, riding bikes, and camping. You wouldn’t know it from the way he behaves at home, but he is quiet and reserved at school, and follows the rules. He’s athletic, but not that sporty. He loves to build and create, but his coloring and handwriting have a ways to go. Avery is inquisitive, mischievous, silly, and full of energy. He is such a sweet little boy!

Since the day I found out I was having a boy, I’ve been looking forward to throwing a pirate party. I love sailing (even though I don’t get to do it often enough), and Jonathan was in Sea Scouts and rowed on the crew team, so I knew at some point or another, it was bound to happen. Hey, at this rate, with three boys, we may end up having several. When Avery told me he wanted to have a pirate party this year, I was all over it! I started pinning things on Pinterest, and before long we were constructing cardboard pirate ships and painting a plank. Not to toot my own horn, but I think the party came together quite nicely – and the weather even cooperated!

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Captain Avery
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The snacks
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Cupcakes!
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They started the party out by getting tattoos, pirate gear, and making treasure maps
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Dalton
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Brianna
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Brooklyn
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Then it was time for a little “pin the tail on the croc”
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Next up: snacks and cake
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Then we snapped a quick group shot outside
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Before making the kids walk the plank (with style)
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Dalton
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Hayden
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Benjamin
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Hamza
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Finally it was time for a good ‘ole pirate battle! Arrggh!
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Mayhem!
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Avery with three of his buddies from kindergarden, Adam, Gideon & Hamza
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Lindsay & Silas
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Time to open presents
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Gideon & Avery
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Silas walking to Avery
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Some shots of the boys with their mustaches
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Here are a few shots from Avery’s actual birthday, a couple days earlier. I wish I’d gotten a picture of it, but it snowed several inches that morning. Avery must have wished for snow for his birthday.
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Avery brought cookies to school for his birthday. There was one leftover, and he saved it and brought it home for Kieron! How sweet is that?! Melts my heart! Here’s Kieron enjoying it.
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Christmas 2012

We had a full house for Christmas this year. All the grandparents, aunts & uncles, and cousins came to celebrate with us. The last time we hosted was six years ago. Back then we were expecting Avery, and Nicole was the only youngster. It’s hard to believe four more little boys have arrived since! We thoroughly enjoyed having the family all together under one roof. It was chaotic at times, and loud most of the time (as long as the kids were awake) but it was warm and fun and festive – exactly what the holidays should be!

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We took Grammy and Papa to the local brewery for dinner the night they arrived. Jonathan snapped this picture on his phone of Avery looking for my “back eyes,” as he calls them – the eyes in the back of my head.

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Making Christmas cookies!

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There was an ongoing joke not to eat the green frosted cookies. Avery couldn’t stop himself from tasting the frosting while he decorated.

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The kid table

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Sleepover! Oh yeah, these kids look like they’re about to fall fast asleep!

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On Christmas eve day, Silas developed a high fever and double ear infection. Thankfully, our pediatrician squeezed us in so I didn’t have to spend hours at urgent care and got to the pharmacy for antibiotics before they closed.

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The boys enjoying some sparkling cider

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The dice game

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Santa came to visit on Christmas Eve

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I was surprised Kieron got on his lap. Can you tell he was just a little excited?

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Silas, not so much.

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The shark boat!

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Sick Silas taking his antibiotics.

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Twinsies

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Christmas morning mayhem

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It’s never to early to train your child to give back massages

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Si with his aunties

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The Christmas Feast

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And the kid table

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Andrew’s birthday is January 2nd, so we celebrated it at our house before they drove back to Pullman. Can’t believe he’s five already!

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Espresso Roasters

My girlfriend told me this would happen. About a year ago I was telling her about Jonathan’s obsession with the perfect cup of espresso. She told me he would end up roasting his own. Then a couple of weeks ago a large box arrived from Sweet Maria’s. He’d finally done it. Fortunately, it hasn’t been the time drain I was afraid it might be, and Jonathan has done a good job cleaning up after himself. He’s even gotten Avery involved, and now Avery loves to roast coffee! Here are some pics from the first batch:

The green beans


Avery the roasting apprentice






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Christmas Cookies

Avery and I made Christmas cookies together this year. I made the dough the night before, and during Kieron’s a.m. nap we rolled the dough, cut out shapes, and baked the cookies. Then during his p.m. nap, Avery and I decorated them. I have a tendency to be a little OCD, so this process took some letting go on my part. Avery wanted to do much of the rolling and cutting, and if I’d let him, he would have eaten enough dough and frosting to give him a killer stomach ache. He also thought it was acceptable to lick the spatula and then put it back in the frosting. It ended up being quite an endeavor with a 3 1/2 year old, but we had so much fun together and it was worth the trouble.









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