Monthly Archives: May 2020

May in Quarantine

I have so many pictures from May! Here’s what we were up to during another month in quarantine.

Playing in the back yard with Phoebe

Box forts

The boys love Dungeons and Dragons

Brushin’ her hair

Nana made a mask for her dolly, Sally

Swim team is about to begin for these three (once we move to phase 2)

Layla helped Avery with a science experiment for school.

Kieron’s caramel and apples

We ran 2.23 miles for Ahmaud Arbery

Found a snake along the way

Timber Ridge Elementary had a parade where all the staff and teachers drove by their students homes. It was SO sweet!

Silas’ teacher, Mrs. Kilian

Little Suki

Dog walkers

Layla is so much help setting the table

These two are becoming friends!

Playing Mother, May I? In the back yard.

Helping Avery with another science experiment

We did an experiment of our own with water, vegetable oil, food coloring, and alka selzter

Checking out something interesting together

23&Me kits for the boys

Getting puppy snuggles

A drop arrived from Hayden – an invite to his Fortnite birthday party

Full of party snacks!

They played Fortnite for a while, then did a scavenger hunt over Zoom. Meanwhile look who was getting into the party drop!

Cake time!

Layla loves her Elsa braids.


Trying out filters with Caroline

We went to Issaquah for pizza one day

Never eaten in the parking garage before

Eye doctor visits

This girl cheats at Memory!

Pantry home improvement project completed

Outside Home Depot

Thanks to me taking a grass plant from a friend, when Jonathan went to dig a hole for it we discovered a buried drain in our back yard! This should solve our standing water problem.

Homemade sour dough

Practicing parkour rolls

Horse riding with Flash

At the car wash, baby

We took the kids for a big outing in Seattle. Picked up Dick’s to-go and picnicked in the Woodland Park Zoo parking lot along with a few other families who had the same idea. Saw zero exotic animals. Did see a few squirrels though.

Frenchies love French fries!

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Sun Lakes

In May we went to Sun Lakes, in Eastern Washington, with a couple of friends and their families. It was our first time venturing out with others since this whole Covid debacle began and it felt a bit surreal. It was the resort’s first weekend open, and most people there were not wearing masks. There was social distancing and lots of sanitizing going though. We did our best to stay away from others and just stick with our little group. The weekend ended up feeling even stranger because it’s when the protests and looting really got underway. We had no TV’s and very spotty Wifi, but we understood Seattle was on fire and a curfew was in place. Things really spiraled that weekend, but it was a fun getaway and we all came home healthy!


“Oh Chad!”

We had three cabins on the end with the Melbys and the Christians

Heading out for a hike up those hills

It was a scramble getting back down!


Mini golf!


Water balloon wars were a hit

Top & tail

At the Grand Coulee Dam

All tired out. I love that she’s wearing her Wonder Woman shirt and holding Wonder Bunny!


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Layla Rides a Bike!

Guess who learned to ride a bike during quarantine! When she heard her best friend, Clare, had just learned to ride, Layla became committed to figuring it out. We capitalized on the peer pressure and worked with her. It just took a few days without training wheels and she was off!

Riding with the neighborhood kids

Our four kids on eight wheels

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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!

Saying goodbye to the old ride

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Mother’s Day 2020

I great a nice Mother’s Day this year, despite Covid. This year Mother’s Day fell directly on Kieron’s birthday, so most of the day was about celebrating his milestone birthday. The kids made sweet cards for me and in the afternoon Grammy and Papa came to visit and celebrate in the backyard. The weather cooperated.

No hugs this Mother’s Day

Socially distanced pictures always look so weird. We tried to fake that we had our arms around each other. It sorta works.

Mimosas for Moms

Grammy and Papa brought a kite for Avery so we took it to Carmichael Park to fly.

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