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Avery’s of Pullman Visit

My brother and his family came to visit at the beginning of August. We had beautiful weather, no smoke, and played on the water as much as we could!

It’s in her blood. Nicole, a natural at the helm.

The honeymoon is over for Layla and she’s tired of sailing!

We ran out of gas right after we took the sails down. We were so close to shore though, it didn’t make sense to put them back up. Out came the paddle!

Kayaking duo, Manivanh & Nicole

Jonathan took the Avery’s for a tour of the lake on the little aluminum boat

We picked up another sailboat that weekend, a cute little Sabot for the boys to putter around in.

Dinner at Bellingham’s newest brewery, Twin Sisters

Another day on the Sabot. I love these pics of the kids!

Just me, my boy, and a boat

This pic just makes me laugh! Layla looks so fierce!

“There is nothing–absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” – Kenneth Grahame, The Wind and the Willows

The adults

Before heading out for sailing camp

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Here is the rest of what we were up to in July:

On the North Lake Whatcom Trail with Kayden & Eli

Sleepy selfie with my little girl

Ice cream on the deck

Jonathan and his team did an axe throwing team building activity while he was in Salt Lake City. He came in an impressive 2nd.

Layla tired out on a walk, so Bjorn gave her a lift

And so did I

Dr. King

They came home with their faces painted at the end of camp

At Boundary

At the Silver Beach playground

I did a little painting project in the basement

When the lake is too far… cooling off on the deck

Dance party

Layla is fearless on the playgrounds. Ladders and two-story slides don’t intimidate this girl a bit.

At Waypoint Park

Layla loves Maui & Whidbey

Showing Grammy his ants

Found these two in the workshop one afternoon. Glad they’re being safe!

At the Pride parade.

Silas checking out the old RV at Nana’s barn before both were sold

Nana took Silas to OMSI. Here’s one of the robots they saw.

Back to Waypoint Park

Microwave s’mores

Avery, the smoothie chef

Layla checking out Avery’s ants

Root beers with Henry (they thought it was so funny to turn the bottles around).


More fishing

This girl loves corn on the cob!


When she plays Duplo, she’s all about the animals!

She can go in the field now!

Smiley girl

At one of our favorite parks in Snoqualmie

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Independence Day 2018

Our family was split up this Fourth of July. Avery and Layla were at home with us, Silas was in Neskowin with Nana, and Kieron was in Eastern Washington with Grammy, Papa, and the Avery’s of Pullman.

Avery loved the bottled root beer!

We hung out at the house early in the day

Then went to the beach

Doing fireworks and bottle rockets at the beach

The watermelon monster

Layla got sleepy, so I took her home shortly after this. Avery and Jonathan stayed up doing fireworks with the neighbors.

Here’s Silas at the Oregon coast with Nana

And here’s Kieron & Andrew in downtown Pullman

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Here’s what we were up to in between end-of-the-school-year activities, birthday celebrations, and camping trips. Grammy and Papa came for a visit and brought their brand new kittens, Maui & Whidbey, with them.


Papa was opening a bottle of wine when Avery sprang up and said, “Papa, can I open that? I’ve never used the cork screw on my pocket knife before!” Papa was happy to oblige.


Kitten hunting (their heads are to the left of Layla).

“Can I carry that?!”

Our butterflies hatched! Time to release them!

Picnic at the beach 

Avery taking Layla for a paddle

That’s Layla throwing a fit on the way back up the hill. In case you’re wondering, I ended up carrying her.

Avery became very interested in ants toward the end of the school year, and decided he wanted to start his own colony. We told him he could, he’d just need to figure out what he needed and purchase supplies. Here is his supply list:

And here he is constructing the habitat with his brothers

It’s ready for The Queen to move in!

One weekend day Jonathan and I divided and conquered, so I took Silas & Kieron to the Sehome Arboretum for a little hike

Then we walked around the Western campus for a while

These two had a great time, and I think they really bonded on this little adventure

We’ve been working on potty training

Playing with Matchbox cars

Mother/daughter selfie

It’s warming up, so we are taking the aluminum boat out more.

On this particular day the boys were excited to find a dead fish.

Some sailing…

Yoga with my girl

Jonathan and Avery, out for a paddle together

Checking out the new Waypoint Park

Look who woke up from her nap while we were working in the yard!

Jonathan and me, out at the Silver Beach Elementary auction

Caroline and the kids came for a visit over Layla’s birthday. Here are the littles at lunch the following day.

Kieron and Silas, playing with Layla’s makeup kit.

Silas reading to Layla

Practicing riding her new bike!

She wasn’t too happy when Avery demonstrated.

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Layla Turns Two

Layla turned two on June 10th. There was so much anticipation leading up to her birth, it’s hard to believe she’s not a baby anymore, but becoming a little girl. At two she is so sweet and easy-going, but I can see she’s starting to flex her muscles and show her independence already. She adores her brothers, and loves holding everyone’s attention.

Layla loves babies and animals… especially baby animals. She enjoys listening to nursery rhymes, dancing, tumbling, and doing yoga with me. She also enjoys playing Duplo (or Legos when she can get her hands on them), running, sliding, climbing, swinging, swimming and kayaking. She prefers drawing with a pen rather than with a marker or crayon — too babyish, I guess.

After raising three boys, I am constantly surprised by how closely Layla watches and imitates me. She notices and does things her brothers never have — like wiping up the floor when she spills something, washing her hands without being asked, or looking after her dolls and stuffed animals. And on the flip side, she’s not that interested in stacking blocks or playing with cars (although she does like boats).

We celebrated Layla’s birthday with a small party with friends and family. No special theme, just lots of pink! Happy birthday, Layla Blythe! We love you!




With Kampbell & Knox

That’s Addie on the left

Me, Carolyn, Grammy, & Caroline

Ethan & Silas

Shortly after Layla was born, I met Laura, whose Daughter, Georgia, became a playmate. Laura also has two older boys about Kieron & Silas’ ages. We instantly hit it off. When we moved last summer, she brought me this box, to open one year later! Of course I was tempted to open it a number of times over the past year, but I made it. In fact, I forgot about it on Layla’s birthday, and remembered a few days later…

This is such a cool idea! It was so much fun wondering what was in the box!

This is what it was!

Ruffles and pearls!

Miss thang, acting like a boss!

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