"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

Tyler 10 months (late again)

Tyler turned 10 months on September 21st. We love our happy boy. He is learning and growing. Tyler was sooo picky with baby food that we started mashing and cutting up our food instead and he loves almost everything. His favorite food is spaghetti and meat sauce. He got a new tooth so he has 5 teeth now. He had a fever for four days but finally feels better. He loves to follow his siblings around and he loves to play with the dishwasher when I put plates and silverware in it. He used to be scared of the  vacuum but now whenever I turn it on he crawls as fast as he can to me. Little cutie.

IMG_3368 (960x1280)

Pumpkin patch

We had a nice afternoon at the pumpkin patch a few days ago. :-)

IMG_3232 (1280x960)

IMG_3239 (1280x960)

IMG_3240 (1280x960)

IMG_3244 (1280x960)

IMG_3246 (1280x960)

IMG_3247 (1280x960)

IMG_3249 (1280x960)

IMG_3251 (1280x960)

IMG_3276 (1280x960)

IMG_3277 (1280x960)

IMG_3281 (1280x960)

IMG_3288 (1280x960)

IMG_3292 (1280x960)

IMG_3295 (1280x1119)

IMG_3297 (1280x960)

IMG_3299 (1280x960)

IMG_3307 (1280x960)


Salt Creek

Last Saturday we went to the Salt Creek rec area in Port Angeles. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the view was breathtaking! We really live in such a beautiful place. We went on a short hike, looked at a cool bunker from world war II and the kids had fun skipping and climbing on the big rocks and bluffs. I love days like this, exploring and spending time together! On the way home we stopped by a fun park in Port Angeles and let the kids play and we also had dinner at a restaurant. Such a fun day!

1EM_3546 (1280x853)

1EM_3550 (1280x853)

1EM_3561 (1280x853)

1EM_3562 (1280x853)

1EM_3573 (1280x853)

1EM_3575 (1280x853)

1EM_3578 (1280x853)

1EM_3581 (853x1280)

1EM_3591 (853x1280)

1EM_3593 (1280x853)

1EM_3597 (1280x853)

1EM_3604 (1280x853)

1EM_3607 (1280x853)

1EM_3609 (853x1280)

1EM_3612 (1280x853)

1EM_3617 (1280x853)

Funny pic

My little sleeping cutie!


Sick baby

Tyler has been sick all week with a fever…my poor baby.

Dentist visit

No cavities for all the kids, yay! The kids got to help the dental hygienist a lot. It was cute :)

IMG_3190 (1280x960)

IMG_3192 (1280x960)

IMG_3195 (1280x960)

Savannah cut her hair

Our crazy little Savy! On Saturday morning I was shopping for a little bit when I got a text from Eric that Savannah had cut her hair. Nicci found her alone in her room with a scissors and lots of hair on the ground. I was sooo sad because I love her long hair, especially her ringlet curls. We took her to the hairdresser and her hair is to her shoulders now. “It’s okay mom,” she kept telling me-haha. I hope her hair will grow out fast! I don’t remember cutting my own hair as a kid but I do remember cutting my brother’s hair one time, and I tried to hide the hair behind some toys in his bookcase. Hehe, my mom found out!! ūüėČ

IMG_3140 (1280x1280)

IMG_20150919_095458285 (1280x720)

IMG_20150919_095706558 (720x1280)



Geeks in the woods

Every year I (Eric)¬†go on a retreat to Doe Bay Resort on Orca Island with my¬†company, TUNE. ¬†We call it Geeks in the Woods. ¬†The premise is to take internet into nature and geek out to tech presentations, hacking, and enjoying the great outdoors. This year was another amazing experience, despite some rain. Here’s the executive summary. ¬†Wed we took a charter boat from Anacortes, WA to the resort. ¬†Upon arriving we set up camp. ¬†Next we played Volleyball, Frisbee, bean bag toss and just hung out until dinner. After dinner there was a band and time to socialize. ¬†Some of went to the beach to view the bio luminescence (light caused by organisms in the sound when disturbed). ¬†We also spent some time in the hot tub before bed.

The next day was filled with good food, lots of tech speakers, and more music in the evening along with some console gaming.  We also went on a Zelda-themed scavenger hunt that was a blast.

The last day was packing up, closing speakers, and a¬†didgeridoo workshop, followed by a boat ride home that came almost 2 hours late. And now for some pictures…


Lunch on the way there. I had a Jalapeno Popper burger.

IMG_20150916_120609728 (1280x720)

View leaving Anacortes

IMG_20150916_145829919 (1280x720)

Night view from my tent

IMG_20150916_194534170 (1280x720)

view from beach of Doe Bay Resort

IMG_20150917_163430015_HDR (1280x720)


IMG_20150917_205138188 (1280x720)

Main tent area where speakers, food and hacking took place

IMG_20150917_205159742 (1280x720)

Main stage with bands

IMG_20150917_212001035 (1280x720)

IMG_20150918_081622138_HDR (1280x720)

IMG_20150918_081638415_HDR (1280x720)

requisite deer selfie

IMG_20150918_092554335 (1280x720)

didgeridoo workshop. An Australian instrument.

IMG_20150918_145031808 (1280x720)

Saying goodbye

IMG_20150918_183622557 (1280x720)

IMG_20150918_184127862_HDR (1280x720)


One day the kids dressed up with their friends. So funny.

IMG_2923 (1280x960)

Jordan and I built this puzzle together. There was one piece missing!!! aaaaaa

IMG_2925 (1280x960)

Yummy pumpkin blizzard from Dairy queen!


We had fun at the Silverdale waterfront park one day. We used to come here a lot when we lived in Silverdale.

IMG_2953 (960x1280)

Jordan built a train track all the way down the hall. He loves to do this.

IMG_2954 (960x1280)

Nicci and Kaitlin dressed up one of ¬†Nicci’s stuffed animals.



I love to watch the kids build things together.


Nicci’s “It’s great to be 8” necklace my mom gave her. :) She wore it to church last Sunday.


Nicci built this for Luna.


The neighbor finally came and cleared up the tree that had fallen into our yard during a windstorm weeks ago.

IMG_3109 (1280x960) (1280x960)

Savannah and I made some chocolate banana bread the other day.

Pics I took during Savannah’s swimming lesson. She cried a little the first time but now she loves it!

IMG_3113 (960x1280)

IMG_3117 (960x1280)

Jordan had his first soccer game. He scored a couple of goals and was so excited! It was raining on and off during the game and we were soaking wet when we came home.

IMG_3125 (1280x960)

IMG_3130 (1280x960)

Savannah and Chloe are so cute!

IMG_3132 (960x1280)


Poulsbo Kids day

The kids had fun at Poulsbo Kids Day last Saturday. They had a drawing there and we ended up winning a gift card to a frozen yogurt place. Yay!

IMG_3052 (1280x960)

IMG_3054 (1280x960)

IMG_3056 (1280x960)

IMG_3059 (1280x960)

IMG_3065 (1280x960)

IMG_3066 (1280x960)

IMG_3067 (1280x960)

I bought a crimping iron for the girls. It’s been fun to use it!

IMG_3071 (960x1280)

Our Family

Beatrice and Eric





Read posts about Oliver here
Read Oliver's story here