Insurrection & Inauguration

Still getting  caught up on the blog. There were a number of shots of the TV from January, and as I go though them I can’t help thinking to myself, “wow, that was so scary and I can’t believe we made it through with our democracy intact.” This deserves its own post. In November a lot of us were worried Trump wouldn’t leave office without a fight. But I didn’t see an attack on our Capital coming. Even leading up to his “rally” I never guessed January 6th would turn out the way it did. The biggest surprise to me was how unprepared our Capital Police and National Guard were.

It’s interesting writing about this ten months later. I had been texting my Aunt Julie when The Insurrection started. Out of curiosity, I went back and looked at our thread from that day. She said, “Are you watching?” I replied, “Yes!” We both watched in real time, texting things like, “I can’t believe this”, “Pelosi, Pence, Schumer, they are all in danger”, “Where is the teargas? Rubber bullets? National Guard?!”, “I can’t believe what I’m seeing”, “Omg, they’re breaking windows”, “I’m sick to my stomach”, “I keep imagining how this crowd would be treated if they were not white” and on and on. How anyone can look back on this day and not be disgusted, saddened and angry is beyond me. Here are a few shots I took of the TV while we watched.

What in the actual…?! This was not a protest. It was an attack on democracy.

Whew! Counting the vote.

Cheers to Biden and politicians willing to do the right thing.

Tired dog doesn’t know what she missed.

Oh happy day!

Teared up watching this with my kiddos, especially Layla.

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NYE 2021

We had our good friends, the Lotts, over to ring in the New Year. Silas went to Nana’s to celebrate. Here are a few shots from the night.

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Here’s the rest of what we were up to in December. But first a cute shot of Phoebe!

She went out in her first snow just before Christmas. We went for a drive to look at Christmas lights in the neighborhood right when it started coming down. When we got home we rushed in to find Phoebe and bring her out. She loved it!

We painted our friends, The Lotts, kitchen for them in December

The boys cranked out a lot of reindeer!

Layla was a very helpful cleaner upper

Santa came by in a fire truck picking up food for a local food drive

Phoebe loves the free pupacinos at Starbucks

We heard lots of cheering coming from inside this tent during a Seahawks game. Can’t say we have any interest in going in this tent.

Advent Calendars. Kieron opted for one which featured daily jam varieties

Suki likes to attend Zoom meetings with Silas sometimes

Watching PNB’s The Nutcracker, which featured my ballet teacher, Wade Walthall, as the Nutcracker Prince.

More Barbies

Close encounter

Finally trimming Avery’s pandemic hair.

Playdate and Kiwi crates with Mason

Layla at her new desk

Suki likes the chair

Helping me clean the sink

Zoom story time with Grammy

The pets sharing the kitty condo


Clare and Layla

Wrapping in the “Harry Potter Closet”

Zoom ballet

Avery sent me this photo from his room. Our new neighbors are nice but they watch a lot of Fox News and Avery can see it all from his bed. Oy!

A couple notes we found in Silas’ room!

Banana Foster

An unusual quiet moment in the King house after I picked up library books we had on hold.

Wolfie had been missing for over a month when we found him in the Beanie Baby box!

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Christmas Part 2

Nana came at the end of December to celebrate Christmas with us. The holidays  were so much different due to the pandemic and not having vaccines available yet. We had a great time celebrating together despite it all.

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Christmas Day

Christmas morning at the King house was quieter than normal, but not that quiet.

I think I snapped this pic on Christmas Eve. Avery is in different PJ’s and Layla changed into her Christmas dress right after she woke up. Good thing I remembered to get one the night before!

Every ten-year-old asked for an air fryer this year, right?

Is it Captain or Papa Bear?

Zooming with Nana and the Halverstadts

Yorkshire pudding puffs

Someone almost helped herself to roast

She had to wait until after dinner but she got some evenutally

Playing Bingo with Grammy

Checking out Load Runner online

Building the Lego Technic Jeep. It was completed in under 48 hours

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