Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hello October -- what did you do with August & September?

Wow, I am having trouble realizing it's nearly the middle of October already!! Between leaving Priest Lake, moving back to Moscow, home ownership, family visits and a new baby, the past two months have zipped by at amazing speed.  The dropping leaves and cooler temperatures (boo!) give me a daily reminder of what is to come -- WINTER -- which I am definitely not ready for.

Here's what we were up to the past two months (other than fixing up our house and having another kid)

Reconnecting with Jason's cousins and their awesome kids when they stopped in Spokane during a massive summer road trip.

That same week ... moving from the stunning Priest Lake, back to smoke-filled Moscow.

Popsicle days in our backyard.

Home renovations with my parents --
The only way the wheel barrow would fit - on top of the car! And my Dad ... always working!

Plus, trips to our favorite Moscow coffee house, Bucer's and getting my Mom & Dad's Dutch Bros fix!

More afternoons enjoying our backyard.

And then, Mabel!

... getting to know grandparents and ...

... Aunt Melody and cousins.

Fall foliage coming on before even before my Mom left.

Mabel's first real bath -- not an immediate fan.

A few fun outings before my Mom left. Ferdinand's creamery on the WSU campus - amazing ice cream! And, a trip to our Moscow farmer's market.

Luke gets a little attention of his own -- being a big brother can be a bit unsettling with the shift of attention. We're fortunate to have many people who've remembered this and worked to make him feel special. It's really nice for him to have Jason's family so close. They've visited many times since we moved back, helping with house repairs, hauling things down to us and spending time with Luke.

Our first non-family guests -- friends from working in China that we hadn't seen in over four years. Kenshi & Richelle were on an incredible road trip and decided to stop in for a couple nights. It was awesome to reconnect with them after so long. Ken is a great cook and in China, he introduced us to a variety of home cooked Japanese cuisine. This visit was no different. He had come prepared to make Okonomiyaki -- a delicious savory pancake that we hadn't enjoyed since visiting Osaka.

Yesterday was Mabel's one month birthday. The month has flown by ... it still seems crazy that she's now part of our lives.

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