Monthly Archives: August 2018


Here’s what our family was up to in August. A walk on the North Lake Whatcom Trail.

The waterfall dried up, so we were able to climb up it. The boys loved it!

Playing chess downtown

This cradle once belonged to my childhood best friend, Aron, who passed away a few years ago. She was a few years older than me, so when she outgrew it, her mom passed it on to me. It’s been refurbished since then, but still always reminds me of her. I love seeing Layla play with it.

Layla playing Legos. Her brothers built her this home for her Lego animals. It’s so cute to see how she plays with the Legos differently. She definitely cares more about the people and animals than she does about he engineering!

Kennedy, Kambell, & Layla

Layla and Silas, watching Avery at sailing camp.

Layla & Clare, a tea party

Silas & Ethan, with trucks

Sprinkler fun!

Movie night at Caroline & Chad’s — The Greatest Showman

Walking to Swenson Park with the Maresca boys.

Ben & Layla

Silas was invited to a birthday party for a girl in his class

End of summer BBQ with the neighbors

Worst snow cone machine ever

At the pet shop

Target run

Our friends, Laura & Georgia, visited from Snoqualmie

I discovered a lizard on our living room floor. He ran under the couch…

…never to be seen again!

Floating the Bismarck

Feisty girl playing dress-up

Zonked out

The boys playing Dungeons & Dragons

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Layla’s First Day of Preschool

And just like that it’s time for Layla to start preschool. (Well, technically it’s called playgroup, and is only for two hours, twice a week.) She started in Mrs. Beth’s class at the end of August and has three friends, Addi, Knox, and Kampbell, in class with her. She loves it!

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Fort Vancouver HS 20 Year Reunion

Jonathan had his 20th high school reunion at the end of August. We had such a fun time visiting with old friends. It’s hard to believe it’s been so long!

With Ashlee & Joe
Chris & Joe
Adam, Tim & his wife
Joe & Aaron
Joe & Angie
Chris, Jake, Joe, Brice, Tim, Jono & Pete
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We welcomed a new member to the family at the end of the month. It all started when I found kittens for Grammy and Papa in the spring. Well, really, before that — I grew up with cats and always wanted to have one again. And with Layla turning two, we were now out of baby territory and ready for someone or something to cuddle with. Somewhere along the line I mentioned to the breeder that we may be interested in kittens in the future, and she told me she had another litter (from a different mother) due in July, and they would be ready for adoption at the end of summer. So we kept in touch and I pursued the subject with the lone holdout, Jonathan. (He says he’s not a cat guy, but I saw him with my cats when we were dating, and he sure seemed to like them.)

I don’t know how, but somehow Jonathan agreed to adopt a kitten! The timing couldn’t have been better, with school starting the following week so the kids wouldn’t be all over him at all hours.

So between the Smashing Pumpkin concert and Jonathan’s 20 year reunion, we met the breeder at the North Bend Outlet Mall and picked up our new fur baby, Yoshi. He’s about 2 lbs of furry, cuddly cuteness!

So far it’s turned out to be such a positive thing for the kids already! Kieron and Avery are splitting feeding responsibilities, and Silas vacuums around the litter box daily. They are all learning how to hold, care for, and play with the little guy.

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Summer Concerts

Jonathan and I saw Smashing Pumpkins at The Key Arena at the end of the month. It was a fun concert, and they played all our favorite songs of theirs!

Lucky Jonathan got to go see Pearl Jam at Safeco Field with his coworkers. I was so jealous, but glad he got to go!

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