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Boy Scouts Adventure

Avery’s Boy Scout troop is getting ready for their big 50 mile hike that takes place in July. The weekend after school ended they did a one-night practice run. Avery was SO excited!

Kayden, Owen, Luke, & Avery

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Alumni Day

In mid-April the Western Crew team hosted their annual Alumni Day. Here is a group photo of everyone who rowed that morning.

And here are the alumni who rowed

Jonathan showed the kids the boathouse

This shell is named after Jonathan’s friend, roommate, and teammate. He was killed in a plane crash in Alaska a few years after we graduated.




“Row faster, Daddy!”
    

It’s hard to believe this was the first time our kids ever saw Jonathan row!
    

That evening we went to a BBQ at Russ & Heather’s house. Here are some of the old Varsity crew with their coach, Marty, in the middle.

Ali & Layla

New parents, Mike & Meridith, with baby Miles

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Avery is Eleven!

Avery just celebrated his eleventh revolution around the sun. Time is such a funny thing. It seems like he was just a baby, but at the same time, eleven seems about right. I am so proud of the big boy/young man Avery is becoming. He is smart, kind, and sensitive. One of the things I admire most about him is how fiercely he loves his little brothers and sister. Sure, he enjoys teasing them like any big brother, but he holds Silas’ hand at school and plays Legos with him for hours. He takes care of Layla, reads her stories, and looks out for her. And he loves being outside with Kieron. It’s easy to forget there are three years between those two.

At eleven, Avery loves Legos, chess, the outdoors, and Nerf. He takes pride in the fact that he is one of the fastest boys at school (and a good defender) but he does not want to play team sports or run track (breaking his arm playing soccer didn’t help any). Avery thinks girls are pretty boring, he doesn’t understand why some of the kids at school just walk around and talk at recess, and he is disappointed the middle school does not have a play ground.

This year has easily been the most difficult of Avery’s young life. Moving at the age of ten is hard on a kid (just ask me and Jonathan, we both went through it and swore we wouldn’t do it to our own). But then we did, and it has been just as tough on Avery as I remember it. And making it even harder, we moved from a neighborhood where he could walk to school and most of his friends’ houses to a home where we have to drive ten minutes to get anywhere. Are there advantages, sure, but I just really have to hand it to Avery, he’s been through a lot this year.

And through it all, Avery is excelling in school and has gradually made friends. He also had a really special teacher (who happens to have a son who is in class and friends with Silas). It has been reassuring to have an adult at school who is in Avery’s corner.

I think this next year is going to be really special for Avery. He is SO ready for middle school — even if there isn’t a playground. I’m excited to see what the future holds for him!

Per his request, a Nerf party

Battle face!

We started out with a little target practice

Our neighbor, Shaw

Shaw’s dog, Obie. It’s perfect that our neighbor has a pug who frequents our yard (and parties). Just feels right.

BFF Hayden came for the weekend

Luke & Kieron

Landon captured the flag

Braden & Avery

The gang

The house decked out for the party. Love the pretty sky (mind you, it’s March)!

Jonathan going over rules with the boys

Team A

Team B

Sniper?

Game on!

Jacqui & Layla, watching the action

Time to eat








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Christmas Eve 2017

It all started out with a little baking… (I think this was actually the day before).


“It’s The Avery’s of Pullman are here! Yessss!”

Now time to frost the cookies







Opening one present early

Christmas Eve is also the anniversary of the day this guy asked me to marry him! Fifteen years ago today. So glad I said “yes”!

The granddaughters

Andrew and Avery in the bar

Oh boy, look at them all!

Time for “The Dice Game”!




Layla got the hang of it pretty quick

A little kerfuffle erupted toward the end…

In the end, Jonathan got the big prize

Now onto some ping pong!



Time for the mama’s to rest and let the kids play




Look who showed up!





Layla was not so sure she wanted anything to do with Santa




Our best shot at a photo of all the kids with Santa

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!

And then…

Nana & Grammy outdid themselves!

Do you think we overdid it?

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Maui 2017 Part II

We took so many pictures in Hawaii, I had to split the post up! We went to the Marriott in Wailea that we stayed at a few years ago for the last couple days. Since then they completely redid the pool, and it now has several huge waterslides and an awesome kid pool, which they keep pretty warm. It was perfect for our family, with kids spanning ages 1-10.

Avery & Kieron could hardly wait to go down the big slides. One of them went in loops, and the other had a steep drop.


Tentatively saying “hello” to the turtle

They even had a couple smaller slides for Silas that went into shallower water. It was great, because then he didn’t feel left out of the waterslide thrills.

Layla with Daddy






More slides







Layla & Mommy


Just hanging out

And before we knew it, it was time to head home. Until next time, Maui!


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