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Railroad Days

In min-August we went to the annual pancake breakfast at the fire station followed by Railroad Days in downtown Snoqualmie. The weather was beautiful and warm, we saw lots of friends, and enjoyed a yummy breakfast we didn’t have to cook!

Hayden, Sebastian, Avery & Kieron

The boys touring the firetruck

We marched in the parade with our State Senator, Mark Mullet. He owns Zeek’s Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s in Issaquah (which we are known to frequent) and is running for re-election. We helped out with his campaign four years ago, and although things have been a little too hectic at our house to volunteer as much this year, we were happy to join him at the parade. We told him this was the last time we would supply a baby though! 😉

A family affairimg_8632

Her first involvement in local politics

Candy passer-outers
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Me & JacquiIMG_0819

Little boys love trains! #BringbacktheMullet

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Railroad Days Parade

Snoqualmie celebrates Railroad Days over a weekend in mid-July. That Saturday morning, Jonathan took Avery and Kieron to the annual firefighter’s pancake breakfast at our local fire station. Of course, they loved it.

After that, we all headed out to march in the parade with local politician, Mark Mullet, who is running for State Senate in our district. We were lucky enough to be placed between the Seafair Pirates and the unicycle club. The Pirates had a (very loud) cannon, which they set off probably a dozen times throughout the parade. The boys loved seeing the scalawags, but got pretty tired of their mischief. In the end, Avery got a doubloon from one of them, so it all worked out.

5th District friends, vote for Mark Mullet!

Getting our campaign on

Avery enjoyed getting involved

Arg! The Seafair Pirates

Fire in the hole!

Silas, the youngest campaigner

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Visit from Uncle Brian

My Uncle Brian came to visit from Newport Beach, CA last week. We checked out some of the local attractions – Snoqualmie Falls, the Railroad museum, and the Brewery. We also visited the boys at school for lunch one day. It was so fun having him and I really enjoyed watching the boys get to know him (and vice versa).


Silas took to him instantly!IMG_7612

Avery and Kieron were quite impressed by his flight simulator game, and enjoyed bonding over itIMG_7615

At Snoqualmie fallsIMG_7616 IMG_7618 IMG_7619

Homemade pizza!IMG_7620

Visiting the boys at school for lunchIMG_7624 IMG_7625

Dalton, Hayden & AveryIMG_7628

Uncle Brian and me

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Family Portraits

We did family portraits in October. It was actually our first time having official family pictures taken since our wedding nine years ago! My friend from high school, Lyndsey, is a photographer in Utah. We coordinated a shoot while she was out for a weekend visiting. After weeks of sunshine, it started raining the day she arrived. Due to the weather, we ended up switching our destination from the Snoqualmie railroad museum to the Issaquah railroad museum and squeezed photos in between rain showers. They turned out great and we’re thrilled to have a variety of cute pictures of all of us together.

The boys had a fabulous time being models for someone else besides their parents. Avery still talks about it and can hardly wait to do pictures with Lyndsey again!

Friends since jr. high

The boys really wanted to wear their super hero shirts, so we told them if they were good boys for pictures, we would take some in them at the end.

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Dad is Rad

Jonathan and Avery went on a couple of special outings at the end of summer. A few weeks ago they attended their first Seahawks game together. We’re not much of a sports family – never watch games at home – so this was pretty foreign to Avery, not to mention a little noisy/overstimulating. Overall, he seemed to have fun just being out with Dad. Although Jonathan reported later that when they left (right before half-time, Avery was getting tired), he said to Avery, “I had a good time at the game with you,” to which Avery replied, “I didn’t.” Wow, brutal honesty.

The following weekend Jonathan took Avery on his first camping adventure. We surprised him after preschool with a sign that read “We’re going camping!” We sounded it out with him, and his reaction when he finished the last word was so incredibly cute. Shock, excitement, followed by, “let me go get my flashlight!”

They left on a Friday afternoon, and planned to stay one night, two if things went well. Fortunately, Avery was in good hands with his father, the Eagle Scout, and he rated this experience far better than the football game, so they stayed until Sunday. The pair had a blast hiking, exploring, building campfires, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, telling ghost stories, and enjoying each other’s company. Plus, there was the added bonus that without cell reception, Daddy could not possibly be distracted by the iPhone. When it was time to come home, Avery tried to convince Daddy to stay a few extra nights, and even suggested that Daddy could bring his laptop and work from the campsite.

Heading out to their first Seahawks game together

“Camping is so much fun!”

With a railroad tie he found

Collecting wood for the fire

Expert s’more chef

Sunday morning

The boys say bye to Daddy before he leaves for work in the morning

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