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Museum of Flight

We went on a family outing the Museum of Flight one day over mid-winter break. The boys loved checking out all the aircraft. We could have spent a lot more time exploring everything if not for our tired baby girl. There is so much to see and do there, especially on a rainy winter day!

Around the World in 80 Days!

Avery & Kieron loved the flight simulator! It was Kieron’s first time in and we were excited to see what he would think. Avery piloted and Kieron was the gunner. The second they got in they started doing barrel rolls, and continued to do so for pretty much the duration. Despite this they still had three kills and both came out smiling!


“Yes, I’d like to order a pizza…”

In front of a B-17 Flying Fortress, the same aircraft their great-grandfather commanded during WWII

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Salt Lake City

In early February Jonathan and I flew to Salt Lake City with Layla for his company’s annual spouse dinner. We arrived on a Friday and spent the weekend there. Saturday morning we were having breakfast at a delicious hippie joint when we noticed people passing by with signs we liked. So naturally, we followed them. Pretty soon we were at the Federal Building with a sign in hand marching to the capital in solidarity with refugees.

Jonathan and I have wanted to join in on the protests and marches since, um, November. But when you’re living in the suburbs with a job and four little kids, it is not an easy thing to do. Randomly happening on this march (in a pretty conservative state, no less) was perfect, and incredibly inspiring. There was a huge turnout, everyone was peaceful and civil, there were people of every color and age, and we did not see anger, but fear, love and hope. It was a great experience and we will march again.

We started at the Federal Building

Her first march! After today Layla’s first words may be “No hate, no fear! Refugees are welcome here!”

Descending on the capitol

I liked the Mango Mussolini sign. Another of my favorites was held by a girl of about twelve, which said “if you build a wall my generation will knock it down”

She’s got him wrapped around her finger!

A dinner out with our little girl

Here we are at the spouse dinner. It’s such a fun event and I’m glad Jonathan’s company hosts one each year. It gives me an opportunity to meet and get to know some of the people he works with on a regular basis. I wish Layla’s dress was down, but this was the only picture we got that night, so it will have to do!

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Christmas 2016

This was our first Christmas morning completely on our own, just our “little” King family. It was nice having a relatively quiet house in the morning and doing our own thing, although we missed our family and having everyone together for a full house on the holiday. Fortunately we didn’t have to wait long. Grammy & Papa, Nana, Uncle Scott & Aunt Manivanh, and Nicole & Andrew joined us late in the morning for the rest of the day’s festivities.

Snapped this pic from up above of the boys discovering their presents under the tree

Of course we told them they could open their presents after they posed for one quick photo-op in their Christmas jammies

Later in the day… all the cousins

“It’s my first Christmas!”


The kid table

And the adult table

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Christmas Eve

Grammy & Papa hosted Christmas Eve at their new house this year.  We had a fun time being together. Santa even stopped by to say “hi” on his way through Washington.

Look at that giggly face! She loves her Auntie!

Nicole is getting so grown up!

The boys

Posing with Grammy

Time for “the dice game”!


Looking out the window for Santa’s sleigh

All six cousins in their Christmas jammies!

Back at home…

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Santa and His Reindeer

We returned to the Cougar Mountain Zoo for their annual Reindeer Festival and to see Santa. The kids had a lot of fun. Layla was completely unfazed by Santa. Silas insisted on wearing his elf hat and seeing if Santa could “make it magic so he could fly.” He was starstruck and would have chatted with Santa all day if he could have. Avery and Kieron played it cool. So far Avery is the only one “in” on the big secret. Kieron is asking a few more questions these days, but our answers were satisfactory to him.

Layla was all business with the man in red. We’ll see how she does next year.

Feeding the reindeer

The cougar looking all regal

The tigers got very close, and one even sprayed right in front of us.

Just the boys

The wolves really liked Silas. In fact, we’re pretty sure they thought he looked delicious. They weren’t even near the fence when we walked up. Then one noticed him. Pretty soon another joined him and they followed Silas the perimeter of the fence as he ran up and down exclaiming “look, I made some friends!”

Silas was feeling pretty wild on this particular day.


“Look! I’m picking his nose!”

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