Sunday, December 21, 2008
We made a snow man in our side yard, and it took about ten minutes to make, literally. The snow was perfect for a snow man, and Hayes was so excited because we have been reading about Frosty, and James and his snow man.
We also tried some snow angels and a little bit of snowball fighting. Hayes decided he wanted to go in after about forty-five minutes, I think that all snow was too much for his little legs to try and maneuver. Hayes and Madison topped off the night with The Grinch, while Joe and I packed for our attempt to flee Seattle tomorrow for the plowed streets of Yakima! Wish us luck!
The kids were pretty excited. Madison got a doctor's kit and has been administering vaccines. Hayes got some Bob the Builder tools, but he liked the orange bow on one of his presents better than anything else. Now we are trying to maintain our Christmas spirit, even though it feels like it is over already for us!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Last night we went to the Bellevue Botanical Gardens for Holiday D'Light. The gardens were covered with twinkle lights formed into trees, animals, plants, flowers, and insects. It was pretty incredible. We had fun walking around and taking in the lights.
This afternoon we decorated some Christmas cookies. I have done some cooking decorating with the kids before so I knew what to expect (or not to expect) but this was a first for Joe. I think he was stressed at first, but got into it. Madison loved putting a lot frosting on the cookies, and Hayes preferred very little frosting, but heavy on the sprinkles.
More adventures to come as we enjoy a full week of vacation time!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
After the shooting we had a good Thanksgiving dinner and then collapsed into a Turkey coma (pictured below). Later that night the cousins, brothers, sisters, and even my grandparents played Apples to Apples which ended up being hilarious.
The Thanksgiving weekend was topped off with Boise State's triumphant win over Fresno State. Here's hoping for a BCS bowl game for the Broncos, my Christmas wish for the year!
Max, Emily, Me, Clare, and Mitch (all my brothers and sisters, with the exception of Alex who is on his mission in Iowa).
Thanksgiving morning we split up into teams and had a treasure hunt. We drove around the extensive trails and roads that cut through the property on John Deere Gators and Suzuki "Scarrys." We had so much fun driving around like maniacs looking for the clues. Pictured left is my team: me, my brother Max, my sister Emily, and my cousin Bryan. We consider ourselves the winners of this challenge!
My brother Mitch in a "Scarry."
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
- Joe's parents came out from Yakima for a weekend visit. We had a fun time going out for seafood (my first time trying mussels, clams, and crabs) and visiting a great farmer's market in Ballard.
- Joe had Veteran's Day off so we visited the outlet mall in Northbend, and Snoqualmie Falls. Joe and I have seen the falls several times, but it was a first for Madison and Hayes. We picked a bad day however, the rain and mist made it almost impossible to see the falls! So, maybe next time (the pictures are from this excursion).
- My mom came to visit us this last weekend, and we had a great time. Joe's sister Melissa babysat the kids so that we could go to Andalucca, an upscale downtown restaurant that participates in a Seattle even where 30 restaurants charge $30 dollars for their swanky 3 course meals, to drum up business and attract new customers to their fine dining. Dinner was fantastic, but nothing could compare to the dessert! We also took my mom to Ikea, and anyone that has been to Ikea knows that it is a totally unique shopping experience! Apparently visitors are good luck because the weather here was perfect when my mom came, so if you are worried about the rain ruining a potential trip to visit your favorite Seattlites (the Deavers, of course) don't!
- I have recently started running with some girls from my ward in the mornings. Our goal is a half-marathon in the spring. We run at six or seven a.m. (I know that no one actually believes that I can get up before nine, but it's true, ask Joe).
Monday, November 3, 2008
Halloween night was also the fifth anniversary of my first date with Joe! Five years later, here we are marching our costumed kids around the block. Who would have thought. For our first date Joe made me a nice home cooked salmon dinner (one of my favorites) and we watched movies at his house and handed out candy to the little trickor treaters in Virginia. So to commemorate the evening this year Joe bought me dinner, we watched a movie at home, and handed out candy to the kids who came by our door. Definitely a fun Halloween!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Five things about Madison:
1. Madison is socially assertive (a euphemism for bossy). It is so funny to hear her out on the playground yelling "Hey Girl" or "Hey Friend do you want to play with me?"
2. She has a hairstyle named for her. She loves to get her hair cut (this appeals to her girly make-up and dress-up nature) and has a specific style called the "Madison," named for her at a salon in Boise this summer because it totally fits her personality.
3. When she gets in trouble and gets a little LauriAnn Lecture she always asks "Mom, are you mean?" I think that she means to ask if I am mad, but it does earn some sympathy points because I don't want to be the mean mom.
4. She is strictly a carnivore. I can't get her to eat fruit or vegetables, but she will eat any kind of meat.
5. Madison vacillates between the desire to be a cheerleader or a doctor when she grows up. She has attended several sporting events with Joe and loves how fun the cheerleaders are. She also knows that Dad is going to be a doctor and goes to college which also sounds appealing to her. Tough decision! I guess we will just have to see how things turn out.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
The ferry was a big hit with the kids. Hayes loves boats, and they both begged to ride again.
We walked around Port Townsend which has a great downtown lined with Victorian architecture and interesting little shops and restaurants.
At Fort Worden we saw a lighthouse and walked around the beach. It was a little on the cold side, but beautiful. We loved the sand and driftwood; the seaweed was kind of creepy. See? If you come to visit us we do fun stuff, so you should come!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The farm had a gigantic corn maze, a tractor ride, a pumpkin gun, and all kinds of fun things for a kid to do, I actually got a kick out of it too! Madison and Hayes rode the "horses," rode in a wagon, jumped in the giant pumpkin, played in the corn box (a sand box filled with died corn kernels), and trudged through the pumpkin patch to select our pumpkins and load them into our little red wagon. It was the perfect fall outing, and I would love to go again!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Later that night he and Madison went to the Mariner's game. Madison must be good luck because they won! She caught a ball (with the help of Joe) during batting practice and won us four free tickets to see a game next summer. They both had a really fun time.
On Saturday, we drove down to Mt. St. Helens. It was the perfect day for the trip, warm and sunny. We got some pretty impressive views of Mt. Rainier as we drove, and now I am yearning to go see it up close. Mt. St. Helens was pretty amazing, there is still not a sign of plant life 28 years later within a five mile radius of the blast zone and you could still see piles of trees just lying on the hillsides. We went and watched a video of the explosion and saw before pictures, which made the reality even more interesting. Madison refers to it as the "mountain that fell down," which is what it looked like with the massive landslide that precipitated the explosion.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote today that the end of summer in Seattle will probably be this weekend. So here is the wrap-up of our Summer. Bring on the rain!
1. The "Splash-Down Park" (as named by Madison) in Boise. We spent a couple of hot afternoons here.
2. Silver City, ID. We took a final trip before leaving Idaho to this ghost town. I loved it. Nothing has been restored, so they just left everything how it was when it was inhabited. I did not realize that we would be driving 20 miles on a dirt road through the Owyhee Mountains to get there (I think Joe got a little exasperated at the difficulty of getting there). No wonder it is a ghost town.
3. After our stint in Silver City we knocked all of that dust off at the YMCA swimming pool. Joe took Madison and Hayes down the slide about 50 times. This was during the Olympics and Madison told Joe that he could probably swim in the Olympics someday.
4. We took the kids to the Western Idaho Fair a couple of days before the big move. We looked at the animals, and went to a petting zoo which was really fun. Madison did a couple of rides and we enjoyed some nice greasy carnival food. It was over 100 degrees that day, so we could only stand so much!
5. One of our first weekends in Seattle we rode the bus out to Ballard to see the Locks with Grandma Kathy and Aunt Melissa. It was really cool to see the boats all dock in the lock, the water level drop, and then watch them sail out to sea. We also saw a fish ladder where the fish were coming through this time of year. A funny experience: We were standing right outside a five million dollar yacht waiting to head out into the lake and we could see right into the main cabin of the boat. Hayes was screaming and crying, so this nice woman asked from the boat if he wanted ice cream. He nodded. She came back and tossed us a box of fudgesicles. Hayes immediately stopped crying and started doing a victory dance. He is out of control.