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Smokey August

If there’s one word I can use to describe our August, it’s “smokey”. Wildfires in Eastern Washington and Canada brought us a ton of smoke and haze. Many days we had to keep our windows shut, and days at the lake often looked like this. We didn’t let it stop us from having fun though!


























Sitting on a mole hill. Happy as a clam.

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More from the Move

Here are a few more pictures from the days following our move. It was an exhausting, emotional roller coaster, and a ton of work, but we got through it!

The boys eating breakfast in the unfurnished family room on the first morning.

A deer visitor wonders what happened to all the tall grass

“Yay! The piano is here!”

I felt sorry for the poor movers when they had to carry the play set around the back yard and set it up. Here’s Layla supervising.

I’m glad we had them do it though. The boys were on it in a hurry.

Unfortunately, not everything fit in the moving trucks, so we had to make a couple trips back up to get our remaining belongings. Here’s the kids last meal at the old house.

Buddha was belted in the U-Haul.

Back at the new house. Avery’s inaugural jump in the lake!

Jonathan with his coffee before departing on his 15 minute commute to a real office! No PJ’s today!

Our sweet neighbors hosted a s’mores party to welcome us to the neighborhood

Layla with the tiger

Playing in the backyard

Best toy ever and we had a house full of them!

“Organizing” her clothes. Love the ruffle butt.

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Move to Bellingham

Jonathan has had his heart set on moving back to Bellingham for a while. I was very happy in Snoqualmie, but he finally found a house that piqued my interest – it had enough bedrooms for our family and lake access. I decided to take a leap of faith. One thing led to another, and by the end of June the moving truck arrived and we headed north.

The truck at our old house

I got pretty sentimental taking my last tour through the boys’ tree fort in the back yard

Look at all their cute little primitive tools and work stations

Ethan stopped by to say “see you later”.

So did Charlotte.

Meanwhile the big boys were at their last day of Camp Invention. They said goodbye to Timber Ridge Elementary.

Then they came home and we had pizza in the house on the empty floor
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Hayden, Brooklyn, & Jacqui stopped by with a gift for Avery

Matching photo collages of their memories together. These two!

We dropped by to see Louis, up the street

And his mom, Emily

Here’s Silas & Bode (who also moved about a month later)

And Caroline and I had an evening out together. Not gonna lie, the boys and I had a tough time saying goodbye to our friends. I see many visits in our future!

Here’s Kieron on his first night at the new house

And here’s Jonathan mowing the grass that had grown very tall before we became owners. More pics of the new house to come in future posts!

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Cub Scout Packnick

At the beginning of June the boys had their annual Cub Scout Packnick, or weekend campout at Valley Camp in North Bend. This is the first time Kieron & Avery were both in Scouts together, and they even brought their little brother along for the fun!

Those eyes!

With his buddy, Logan






My 4 boys

Salmonberries!

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Galatea

At the end of our trip we went out for dinner on Uncle Brad’s boat, Galatea. We had a great time visiting and telling stories while the boys explored the trawler and played hide-and-seek.

Thanks to Avery, here are a couple pictures of all the adults.

Heading out there on another boat

This girl knows her music! She loved dancing to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young!

Pre-dinner cocktail

Meanwhile, in the galley…

The stern of the boat made a perfect playpen for little Layla.

Grillin’

So much fun in the little cabins when you’re a kid!

“I’m the captain!”

“No, I’m the captain!”

These boys melt my heart. Here they are deep in a chess game. (Kieron won this one!)

Silas taking his snack upstairs

The boys were sure they wanted a picture together, Layla, not so much.

These are from an earlier trip on Galatea

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