Thursday, June 23, 2016

Enjoying some HEAT {finally} @ Priest Lake

Earlier this month we had a very impromptu camping trip to Priest Lake. We'd intended to go later in the month, but Jason's work schedule got changed unexpectedly and we weren't going to be able to go as planned. Booo :( But after finding that the weather was going to be good, we were able to reserve one of the few remaining campsites and headed on up. It was a wonderfully WARM weekend with the added bonus of getting to go to one of Luke's friends birthday party and spend time with our awesome Priest Lake community from last summer.

{Since then the weather has been nasty enough that I've had to put our flannel sheets and down comforter back onto our bed - and this is supposed to be summer. Idaho-Grrr!}

Daddy's helper :)

Luke immediately wants to get into his mummy bag even though it was 90 degrees outside.

The beach is a short walk from our campsite.

 Ahhh ... family campground time. So thankful to one of our Priest Lake friends who loaned us the walker/saucer for Mabel to use.

5 am in our tent ...

Love the lake in the morning!

 Awesome boat ride compliments of the Hayes Family!! Mabel was not a fan and cried nearly the whole time until she fell asleep (she DID have a hat on, but it blew off right as we took her picture).

A trip to Priest Lake wouldn't be complete without the trek up to the Lionhead State Park beach with its ultra soft white sand beach and sparkling clear water. We had the beach completely to ourselves & even I couldn't resist getting into the chilly waters for a swim. It was wonderful!!

We are missing this special summer home very much.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Mabel at 9 Months

Mabel passed her nine month mark yesterday. Woo-hoo!

What she's up to?

- sitting-up on her own pretty well (with a pillow behind for when she tips over)
- army crawling / belly scooting everywhere -- I need to get an outfit made out of swifter material so she could be sweeping up while she slides across our floors
- eating a bit of food but still NO teeth
- occasionally says mama and dada in the correct context

Mabel is officially too big/active to sleep in dresser drawers anymore :)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hanging out in Seattle

Jason & I put together a very last minute trip to Seattle for Memorial Day weekend and had a great time (or at least as great a time as one can have with two little children in tow). We were fortunate to stay with Jason's long-time friend, Jeremy & his wife Krista in beautiful Woodinville and also able to connect with several other "west side" friends.

Our first stop was in Kenmore to see our very special friend Allison (from our time in Guatemala) & her wonderful family. I don't know too many three year olds who get to sit in the pilot seat of multiple sea planes ... Luke is a lucky boy - thanks Mark!

Next stop was downtown Seattle for a walking tour day with some friends from Moscow ... the weather was more typical Seattle so I didn't take many pictures ... but we had a great day trekking from Pioneer Square to Pike Place Market to the Olympic Sculpture Park and Seattle Center and back again.

The following day we headed to the Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park in Redmond ... another rainy day, but still fun for Luke to get to interact with some farm animals and for all of us to get to do some light hiking in Seattle's brilliant green.

Our annual trip to Seattle wouldn't be complete without connecting with our Peace Corps friend, Jamie and her beautiful family. It's hard to believe that we've known each other for nearly 10 years now. Luke & Cooper love playing together and we always enjoy catching up.

As we prepared to leave, the sun finally came out and we had a spectacular drive back -- at least until the Cascade Mountains receded into the background and we were left with the long, flat and dry drive back to Moscow.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Reclaiming a life

This is Jason's 10th day of officially being out of school for the summer and it has been great! Of course, he did start his internship last Monday {leaving our house at a very early 5:15 am}. But, it has been SO SO awesome to have two weekends together as a family without any other school/work/travel/visiting commitments -- the first we've had in literally months. I've been reminded how much I enjoy who Jason is and what fun it is to hang out together. Hoping the summer will continue in much the same fashion (only warmer!!!!)

We've been up to Plummer Point on Lake Coeur d'Alene ---

Hiking at Idlers Rest -- Luke is turning into a great hiker!

And even jogging a few times all together --

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Solo road trip (with 2 kiddos)

My first solo road trip with the kids actually went much better than expected. I kept catching myself feeling anxious beforehand and finally just tried to address why I was feeling anxious and to play out what my worst-case scenario looked like ... both kids scream the whole 3+ hours and poop all over themselves and their car seats ... then asked myself if I could deal with that? Decided I could and away we went. So so thankful to the Hayes Family for making this getaway possible!!

We got to stay with one of Luke's most favorite friends, Connor --

We even managed to be there on the right day to participate at the library story/craft time which we'd gone to every week last summer.

And, of course .... plenty of time playing at the lake!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

On our way here!

I'm on my first solo road trip with both kids today -- to Priest Lake!! Thanks to an invite from our lovely friends from last summer who live/work there - thank you Hayes family! Woo-hoo! The weather is supposed to be in the upper-70's and I am THRILLED! 

With Jason making his final push to get projects & presentations done before finals next week, our being gone for a couple days couldn't have come at a better time. Fingers crossed the kids will be good little travelers :) 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Missing my adventure partner

I came to the realization last month (while Jason was gone on yet another weekend school field trip, the 3rd one in a row) that for much of our marriage, we have been involved in somewhat life-changing, shared experiences. Then we moved to Idaho.

It feels like those things that we most loved sharing with each other came to a very sudden and screeching halt. Spending the summer at Priest Lake last summer was really amazing, but during the school year it mostly feels like we are living separate lives. Our "shared experience" now amounts to a hurried and chaotic dinner together with our children where its virtually impossible to carry on any real conversation. Knowing we still have another year of this is a bit daunting...I find myself wondering if we'll know each other when this is over and/or how people go about getting to know each other again?

I don't want to be a person who is constantly looking toward what is next to be the "fix" for our lives or forgetting to SEE all the good things I have right in front of me. I am really thankful that next Friday marks the last day of Jason's semester - hurrah for summer (and hurrah for not having to move anywhere this summer!) My summer goal? Figure out a new/different way for us to have some shared experiences next school year in the midst of our lack of time together. Not sure what that is going to look like exactly?