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"If you know someone who has lost a child or anybody who's important to them, and you're afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died, they didn't forget they died. You're not reminding them. What you're reminding them of is that you remembered that they lived, and that's a great, great gift" - Elizabeth Edwards

"The deep hurt is the mirror image of the deep joy that still awaits you." - Bruce C. Hafen

Indian food

Last week Eric and I tried an Indian restaurant downtown. It was delicious! I love curry. The only thing that I was disappointed with was the garlic Naan bread. It was dry and bland. We have been to a different Indian restaurant about 30 min from here before and their Naan bread was so much better. I think we like that place better than this one, but we still enjoyed the food!

We loved this peach Lassi drink.

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Tulip Festival 2014

We had a wonderful time at the tulip festival in Mount Vernon on Saturday. I have been wanting to go there for a few years, and was so excited that we finally decided to go. We took the ferry over to Edmonds and while we were on the ferry the captain announced that there were some orca’s swimming beside the ferry. We all ran out and I got a picture of one of them!

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We were so lucky with the weather. It was sunny and beautiful. It was very windy though! All the tulips were so beautiful and I loved all the sparkling bright colors. One funny or crazy thing that happened was that as soon as we got there Nicci stepped in a big mud puddle and her flip flop got stuck in the mud and she got all muddy on her feet. With some baby wipes we were able to clean it all up.

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Nicci found a tulip laying on the ground.

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The kids loved this cat.

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Since it was so windy, we bought the kids some kites at one of the shops there and they were so excited. They played with their kites for well over an hour. They had a blast.

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After a couple of hours the Lea’s joined us with one of their friends Rachel and her baby girl. They had been stuck in traffic for hours and we were so happy to see them! We went on a tractor ride around the field, played with kites and took some more pictures.

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It was an awesome day. We also enjoyed some yummy ice cream, we got to listen to a guy play the accordion, and he was so talented. I love spending time with family and friends and making wonderful memories. We got home kind of late and the kids went to sleep super fast. What a fun day!

Three pics from the week

The boys were having fun in their preschool fitness class.

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The kids got their team t shirts and hats at their t ball practice on Wed. So cute.

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Fun purses

I really like my miche bags. I think they are so fun. This pink one is one of my new ones. I love to be able to match my outfits with my purses. :)

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Here are some more of my shells…and I want more. ;)

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Spring break-Woodland park zoo

We had a really nice day at the woodland park zoo in Seattle. This was our first time coming here. We usually go to the Point defiance zoo in Tacoma at least once a year.   The kids loved to see all the animals. I loved to see their excitement. I think their favorites were the elephants, giraffes and snow leopard. Savannah did not want to sit in the stroller hardly at all and I was amazed how much she walked and ran without getting tired. We were kind of worried that it was going to rain while we were there but the weather stayed pretty nice with only a little bit of misty rain for a few minutes. Yay for a fun day!

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Cutie Savy

We were at a friend’s house and Savannah was trying to eat an orange with the peel still on. :)

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Fun at the park

We went to the playground at Nicci’s school a lot this spring break. Here the kids had fun riding their bikes with some friends.

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Baby blessing

Eric’s cousin Scott and his wife Sarah had their fourth baby in February. Last Sunday we attended Katelyn Love’s baby blessing in Olympia. She is so cute! We had a great time.

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Pierced ears!

Nicci got her ears pierced on Saturday! She picked out which earrings she wanted and is very happy :) She was very nervous but did great. My little girl is growing up!

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3 years since diagnosis day

Today it’s been 3 years since we found out that Oliver was going to die. Any anniversary that has to do with Oliver is very emotional for me. March 31st, 2011 was the day when my whole world came crashing down. I have changed so much since that day. There are so many memories. It was such an overwhelming day and I felt like I had fallen into a deep hole. The trauma and anxiety from that day were terrible. Even though it’s been 3 years I can still remember how I felt. It makes me feel very anxious to think about it. I still have a hard time wearing the shirt I wore that day. It will always remind me of that day. We wanted our baby so much. We were so excited for this ultrasound, and then it just all turned into a nightmare. I remember almost every word the technician and the radiologist said. I can see Oliver’s heart with the heart defect on the ultrasound screen in my head. Just pure terror of realizing something was very wrong. My precious baby.

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I will never stop wondering how our life would have been if Oliver was here with us. I will always miss him and wish he was here with me. My sweet boy.

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