Saturday, January 09, 2016


wow where does time go? I just realized the other day that kem is 5 and it went super fast and in 5 more years she will be 10. Wow. 

Tonight I found out that a friend of mine was just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She had no idea it was coming. My heart is sad and I cant stop thinking about her 5 beautiful children and the confusion they must feel. It made me want to give my babies an extra kiss goodnight tonight. I cant believe how they have grown and I feel privileged to be there mom and watch them grow.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Light Housing

I know I say it a lot, but I love where we live.

Across the river from us is a state park in Washington called Cape Disappointment. It is called that because the sailor who discovered it was trying to find the columbia river, passed the entrance to it and landed here. He was disappointed that he missed his mark.

There are two light houses here, one being the oldest working lighthouse on the west coast. It is also the only place on the west coast with two lighthouses within two miles. The second was built because the first was too far in the river cove and boats coming from the North could not see it.

I also learned that all light houses have unique light patterns and day marks that are its own unlike any other light house. that is why some light houses have stripes and some are plain and some are red and some black or blue.

There is a large possibility that my love for lighthouses came from my mother. She loves the beach and the ocean and lighthouses. It was fun exploring them with her.

Fish! for the sisters.

We have a sister missionary from Tahiti. She is a hoot. it is always cold here even if it is 75 degrees and she absolutly refuses to wear a coat, even if it is 39 degrees. 

I attempted to make a dish from home. I cant remember what it was called but it has raw tuna in it. It was interesting and I think somewhat accurate. A fun experiment for sure. 

Her companion wasn't actually her companion, but she was on splits. I felt bad for the poor sister who had to eat dinner with us that night. She was from Utah and had never even tried crab. What an interesting experiment for her as well.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Did I mention we moved to the beach?

And they we are living every moment of it so far. 

Getting ready for Halloween

Last night, we got out the Halloween box to pick out costumes and put out some decorations. In the middle of the box was a trick or treat bag full of last years Halloween candy. 

I'm not gunna lie, I did wonder last year who ate all the candy when it was gone earlier than usual but I didn't expect this. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Here fishy fishy

We have a few seafood lovers at our house. We spent a few days this summer fishing. Some of those days were relaxing and lovely, other were rough and horrible. lets just put it this way, I will never go deep sea fishing again...
Jared and his spoils...

It was so much fun to spend this time with RL and Joanne. We are going to miss their family so much.


I may look somewhat happy, but trust me, I am not. It was awful, terrible, absolutely horrible. I was sea sick almost the whole time and the waves were so bumpy that I was sore for two days after. I fell at one point and completely bruised the back and front of my thigh. I thought I broke something because it hurt so bad.
Jared wasn't sick at all. Not one bit. He loved every minute of it.

Sadle mountain

This hike was rated as difficult. I didn't mean to test the person who was paid to rate this hike, but I did doubt it it a tiny bit. We decided to drag the kiddos on this hike despite the sign at the beginning of the hike stating the severity. 2 miles and 2000 ft elevation gain. 
After several pep talks and lessons on self talk, they made it. It was a wonderful day. 

The cutest hiker ever to live. "My heart is beeping. Can you feel my heart beeping."  I don't have the heart to tell her she is saying the wrong word. I love it. 

Kindergarten girl

I didn't cry. Not one bit.
But she is adorable and I can't believe she is big enough to be in school. She was so ready for school and so excited to be a big girl. She insists on riding the bus and dressing pretty. She feels so spe

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New friends

It is, at most, 75 degrees here on a given summer day. And these kiddos insist on swimming in the 50 degree water til their lips turn blue. We just recently moved to the coast and have spent half of our waking moments on the beach. We have been so lucky to meet and become friends with an awesome family that have made our transition so much smoother. Everyone needs a friend who will swim in the ocean with you when its cold out.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Maui - flowers for Kem Kem

Every time I saw a flower I thought how much Kem would love to see them, so I took pictures of tons of flowers. She would have loved to see the plant life. Definitely glad we went without kiddos, but I plan on taking them to Maui in a few years.