Friday, May 22, 2015

Eight is great!

Jason and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary on Tuesday. The passing of time is such a weird thing ... hard to believe it's really been that long, but also feels like not so long. We'd made a very fast trip to Seattle to pick up essential baby items that our Peace Corps friend Jamie had received extras of for her recent addition and also to visit some other friends, so hadn't really done any planning for something special. But as we were driving back we realized we'd be going right past the turn off for Palouse Falls. A place neither of us had ever been before. A perfect way to celebrate -- exploring somewhere new together :)

About 15 miles off the highway (out in the literal middle of NO WHERE, in an incredibly desolate setting) lies this super cool waterfall.

Looking very pregnant!

A final celebration treat -- milkshakes from Zips {and we each got our own flavor instead of sharing one ... it was an exciting day :) )

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sunsets & more sunsets ...

Since we moved into our little garage/cabin here I've been frustrated that our camera was not able to capture the gorgeous sunsets we see. For months, Jason encouraged me to find a camera that would work and last month (with the sun finally far enough north to see again) I finally did it!

The new camera comes with a lot more bells & whistles than I'm used to so it will take me some time to really use it properly ... but in the meantime I've been loving having something that picks up the glorious end that God gives us to each day.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Coming this Fall ...

... someone who will be needing this!

Yes! Jason & I have been blessed with a second pregnancy! We've been told by the ultrasound technician that all looks healthy and we should expect a girl to arrive mid-September. We're terrified and excited; interested to see what God has for us in this next phase of our adventure together.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

The lilacs here (and so so many other flowers) are in wonderful, FULL bloom and although these don't last long as cut flowers, I can't resist bringing them inside and enjoying their lovely beauty and scent.

Jason (& Luke) got me an awesome (albeit non-traditional) gift today ... a bicycle!! I'm super excited as I haven't had a bike since we moved back from China and miss it a ton. We're hoping to move into town before the beginning of the next school year which among other things will give us access to miles and miles of bike trails. Woo-hoo!

We had a fun surprise a few days ago -- I glanced out the kitchen window to see this guy coming out of the bushes. I ran to get Luke and Jason, then my camera ...

... when he headed out of window-view range, I couldn't resist running outside to catch a few more shots (keeping the jeep between us). Why do bears look sooo cuddly??

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Visitors from California & Luke turns TWO

This month feels like it is sort of flying by. My parents flew up and spent a week with us, celebrating Luke's birthday and Easter together, then it was time to get my very belated taxes done and now kind of recovering as we move into the "what's next?" for our summer {more on that to come soon!} It has been a good month and as things s-l-o-w-l-y warm up here it is easy to find joy is so many simple things. I am SO thankful for Spring!!

Luke's birthday was chilly. We'd had snow that morning which didn't bode well for the park play-date I'd scheduled with some of his friends. Most everyone showed up though which was great!

(A note for future cold weather parties ... rice crispy treats do not do well in the cold!)

Weekend family gathering for Luke's birthday -- the first time both our parents have been together since our wedding day nearly 8 years ago!

Easter Sunday -- all ready to go to church but our Jeep wouldn't start and our neighbors couldn't get it jumped :(

Little exploring of our area -- lovely town of Troy, playing at the park with Papa and hiking at Phillips Farm Park.

Goodbye to Nana & Papa! (Snow again, of course!)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hanging out in McCall, Idaho

Last month we had an awesome, long weekend with Jason's parents in McCall. A place three hours south of us that we'd heard was beautiful, but had yet to visit. This ski town is really pretty ... mountains, lake, trees ... what's not to like. We went in the middle of rain season however, so perhaps not quite as pretty as it could have been, but still great to do some exploring in this big state of ours.

 Jason was excited to see a Foresters Club ;-)

On our way home we made a stop in Riggins, ID ... home to some very good white water rafting. It is also in an unusual warm pocket and Spring was definitely arriving which was such a joy to see after our months of dreary weather and dead landscape.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Snow and Peeps

Feels like we've been running around a little bit crazy for the past month and have a lot of catching up to do. Hope to post pictures this week of a trip to McCall, Idaho with Jason's parents, my parents visit here, Luke's birthday, Easter and more ... but for now, this is what we woke up to this morning {super pretty, but's the middle of APRIL and I am very ready for warmer weather!)

On another note ... last week, I finally let Luke have a go at the pure sugar that are Peeps candies -- he bit the head off of each one and loved it!