New Car!

After thirteen years the time finally came to replace the van. After a lot of research I decided on a Volvo XC90. Here’s the new ride. I love it!

I had the following to say about getting rid of the minivan: It’s the end of an era. Just like that my minivan is gone after thirteen years of dutifully toting my family around. I never wanted it to begin with. My very first car was my parents Plymouth Voyager, so when Jonathan and I purchased the van when we were expecting our first child, what I really wanted was an SUV – something that didn’t say “mom” quite so loud. But those sliding doors and the built-in DVD player were pretty sleek and practicality won out. I drove home in a Honda Odyssey The car salesman called it “the Ferrari of minivans!” We got off to a bumpy start when less than a month later we were rear-ended driving Avery, our newborn, home from the hospital. I was half asleep in the middle row beside him and burst into tears when I realized what had happened. It was traumatizing, and although we were all fine, I’m pretty sure I traumatized the poor driver of the vehicle that hit us. A new mother, my perception of control and being able to keep my family safe was shattered quickly. We never fixed the rear bumper. It still has a small “bellybutton” dimple from that day. We drove that van 165k mi, brought three more babies home from the hospital, I nursed many hours it it, we changed a lot of diapers in the back, and we pulled over on countless country roads so our boys could pee. It was bittersweet saying goodbye today, but I was really glad to see it go to a nice family who needed it. Selling the van was another reminder that we’re gradually moving to the next chapter of our lives. Guess it’s finally time I get my SUV!

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April in Quarantine

Here are (quite) a few pics from April. We started the month off with an indoor scavenger hunt through Compass Outdoor Adventures, located in North Bend. It was fun, but unfortunately they were bombarded with participants which really slowed down phones so we dropped out after about 45 minutes. Here’s the selfie we had to take at the beginning:

We had to take a picture of a family member in a hiding spot

This was reenacting a famous scene, the three monkeys

Avery drew a picture of somewhere he wants to go

Avery’s birthday present from Nana arrived in the mail

A new, big boy suitcase!

Phoebe took the box

Then she was joined by roommates

He approves!

Making a house

I was tucking Layla in one night when Yoshi appeared to be in trouble

He managed to do this!

Another day, another puzzle

Hiking the Deep Creek Trail

You can see Snoqualmie Falls from here

Getting my hair did

Setting up an epic battle

Chalk art

The School District decided to do a boundary change in the midst of a pandemic. It was pretty upsetting.

It’s 60! Get the pool out!

Playing soccer with the dog

Drive-by visit from Clare and Caroline

Love this girl!

This face!

Social distance play date

When the golf course is closed they open the paths to walkers and bikers!

Avery created a Lego version of the Fortnite world

Quarantine find!

We got tagged by Ethan and Clare!

Another walk on the golf course. The girls were expert social distancers

Learning to ride!

Quarantine is a great time to finally break out the old Barbie Dreamhouse

My puzzler

Home project: pantry shelves!


Back yard progress

On the golf course again. The house to the left is being rebuilt after burning down TWICE!

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Homeschool in April

April brought more homeschool with it. Here are some pics of what we were up to:

Zoom meetings!

Layla wanted to attend circle time as “Coronation Elsa”




Layla’s preschool put these signs in our yards.


This was part of a teacher appreciation week photo mashup  we did.

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Porch Pics

We did some Porch Pics in April to commemorate our time in quarantine. I think they turned out really cute!

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Easter in Quarantine

Easter was more subdued this year than in years past, but it turns out the Easter Bunny does not have to social distance, so it was largely the same (minus the neighborhood egg hunt). We were happy to have sunshine and be together.

Layla, sporting one of my old dresses.

Eggs a ‘la goldenrod for breakfast

And Easter buns

Opening Easter baskets from Nana

We spied the Easter Bunny on our walk/bike ride around the neighborhood

When we got home we found he had visited us while we were away

Training Phoebe

A memorable thing happened Easter evening. Phoebe came around the corner of our yard with a dead bird in her mouth. We got it away from her and Jonathan got a shovel to launch it into the woods…

Buuuut the bird got stuck in a tree just beyond the fence! (You can sort of make him out in the picture a little bit above Layla’s head.) He stayed there for two days! We could even see him from our dinner table. We named him Bernie and the kids watched “Weekend at Bernies” that night.

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