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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

Lately….

Nicci and Laurie making necklaces.

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Nicci takes the funniest pictures of Tyler. Haha!

Nicci and Tyler playing at Battle point park.

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The kids loved to play in the sand! I’m glad that this park has so many fun sand toys.

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Tyler had a low fever one day. Sweet boy. His two top teeth finally popped through.

One night we went swimming at the YMCA and then surprised the kids and stopped for some yummy frozen yogurt before heading home.

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We attended little Lucy Jayne’s baby blessing last Sunday. Eric and Carrissa have 4 beautiful girls!

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I loved her blessing dress!

Nicci loves to play with Tyler. Here she put him in a box and was pushing him around the house.

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The kids painted with Sean one afternoon.

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We had fun at point no point beach one day with Carrissa, Kelly and Kariann. I love chatting with them!

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Tyler ate a lot of sand. :)

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The kids spent lots of time building things in the sand.

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We took family pictures last week. The day before we were going to take pictures Jordan came home like this from Laurie and Michael’s house. Thank goodness for washable markers. The next day with only like 2 hours before the photo session, Lionel and Jordan smeared blackberries all over themselves when they were out in the backyard. I was not happy. It was everywhere even inside Lionel’s ears. I was very glad I had not yet put them in the clothes they were going to wear for the photo shoot.

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Cool guy!

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Yummy blackberry smoothies!

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We went and played at Mindy’s house last week. It was so fun! I loved chatting with Mindy and Carrissa while the kids played for like 5 hours.

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The kids went to Sean’s 8th birthday party down at the beach. They had a blast!

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We visited my friend Sharene and her 4 kids in Port Orchard. I love hanging out with her. It doesn’t matter how long its been since the last time we have seen each other. We can always pick up where we left off the last time we saw each other and we always have tons to talk about.

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The kids and Sean went out in the backyard and picked blackberries one afternoon and then begged me to make a blackberry crisp….and so I did. YUM!

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We had lots of fun at the splash park this morning with Carrissa and her kids. The weather was beautiful, and hot!

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It’s been a fun and busy week! I love summer!

Video of Tyler crawling

Tyler has been crawling for like 2 weeks now but I finally got it on video. He crawls everywhere!!

Boating

On Friday, Nicci’s friend Kaitlin’s dad John invited us to go fishing with them on their boat. I (Eric) went with Nicci, Lionel and Jordan while Bea stayed home with Savanna and Tyler.  We had a great time.  We were able to catch somewhere around 17 or 18 crabs, 2 salmon and a few flounders.  We kept the crab but the salmon weren’t big enough, so we threw them back.  While at the dock we we watched a little baby seal as a dog tried it’s best to play with it.  I spent most of the time driving while John manned the poles.  Fishing from a boat was much different than what I’m used to. Its a lot more hands off.

When we got back to the dock, there was an old lady.  We started talking to her and it turned out she was waiting for her high school sweet heart to show up. The met at a high school reunion.  I swear it was like a scene out of the movies.  She had a big smile plastered to her face that she couldn’t seem to wipe off.  Ah, Old Love!

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Nicci’s baptism pictures

Our little Nicci Love is getting baptized on August 8th. We are so excited for her! Eric took these pictures one night a few weeks ago down at the beach. Our beautiful little girl.

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Fun with friends :)

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Eric worked sooo hard and built a retaining wall beside the stairs that lead to our front door. He did a great job.

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The rotten wood that used to be there.

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We had a game night with the Staleys and Kebkers. We played Telestrations and Spot it! Now we own Spot it too!

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My new dress from Mikarose. Love this dress!

I took the kids to a “Magic reader show.” They had fun!

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Summer, summer, fun with friends.

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We went to the castle ground park with Mindy, Carrissa and Kariann. The kids love this park. The only annoying thing is that they had removed the bathroom we normally use there. Luckily Mindy lives close by so we took the kids there for bathroom breaks.

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Tyler and Ali. Cuties.

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Playing with play doh

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We had a Friday field trip to the Evergreen park. This park is sooo fun. We had lunch here and it was fun to chat with Julie and Carrissa.

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I love these girls. Shanna is moving to Idaho soon and Nicci wanted to give her a best friend necklace.

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Cute friends. Nicci laughed so hard that she put her chin in the picture.

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We got a pool for the kids in the backyard. They love it!

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Savvy got into my mascara!

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Tyler now sits up, crawls and pulls himself to standing.

Eric had a scout camping trip and he took Jordan with him.

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Eric took this beautiful pic of the sunset.

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Tyler in the swing. It was so hot outside!

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Late, Tyler 7 months

Soooo because of our vacation I am almost a month late with Tyler’s 7 month post.  He has been trying so hard to learn how to sit up and crawl, and about a week ago he learned both. Now we have the baby gate up and he crawls all over the house. He loves to sit and play with toys. He is slowly getting better at eating solids. He finally only wakes up once every night, which is SO nice. He is such a happy and smiley guy….but he has also started to have some separation anxiety when he can’t see me or doesn’t know the person who is holding him. When I try to put him in child watch at the Y he freaks out and starts crying the moment someone takes him away from me. My sweet guy. We love him sooooooo much!!! The kids are constantly holding his hand, kissing or hugging him and wanting to hold him. Nicci is such a great helper with him. Soon he will be 8 months!

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9 years!

Eric and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary on July 8th. We went to the Loft to have dinner and also walked around a little downtown Poulsbo. Next year will be the big 10! So happy!

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Eric always gives me a flower bouquet for our anniversary, and it always had star gazer lilies in it. The flowers smelled so good!

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I’m so happy to be married to Eric! I love you!

Vacation part 8, Utah!

It was so fun to see my family in Utah! I wish we could go back! The first day after we arrived we went to Bridle veil falls. The kids had fun splashing in the water.

Sassy Savvy

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Virginia and Makram

My grandpa and me. It was so fun to see him! We had not see each other since last time I was in Sweden, in 2011. This was his first time visiting the States.

Later we went to Sundance and barbecued for lunch and walked around and looked at the beautiful nature and mountains.

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My cute nephew Charlie!

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This was at my parents house. Savvy and morfar giving each other “high fives”

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Another day we drove up to Nebo loop scenic byway. It was beautiful up in the mountains! We had lunch here and also looked at some red rocks at a placed called “Devil’s kitchen.”

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On our way down we saw a cow.

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After the Nebo loop we went to Young living farm to look at the lavender fields. It was beautiful there. We went on a short tour where they explained how they make essential oil.

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They also had this cool western village where the kids had tons of fun! We also looked at some animals. The kids especially liked the camels.

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Savvy was exhausted after the day.

Another day we went to a splash park in Spanish fork. It was nice for the kids to get wet. It was in the 100s almost the whole time we were in Utah.

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My grandpa with some of his great grandkids.

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One night we drove up to the Y mountain and looked out over Provo.

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We had a lot of fun at the Provo rec center. I wish they had a place like this here. They had both indoor pools and an outdoor splash park.

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Tyler took a nap

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Inside they also had a climbing wall.

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We had yummy tacos for dinner one night.

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The guys!

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Playing wii with LeRoy.

One night we played a game called Telestrations. It was so fun! We later bought it!

One morning we went to a dinosaur museum at BYU.

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After we went to an indoor playground in Provo. Tyler and I took a nap while the kids played and Eric watched them.

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I loved eating at Cafe Rio and at a place called Casa Salsa.

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One night we hung out with my sister in law Tiffany and her husband Kirt. We barbecued and later we watched a 3 d movie when the kids were in bed.

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Nicci and Virginia. I love to see my siblings pay attention and play with my kids.

LeRoy and Tyler

One night we went to a park and played “kubb.” I love this game!

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On the fourth of July we went and watched the parade in Provo!

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Our family

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Dixie!!

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After the parade we went to a beach to have some lunch. It was soooooo windy there! Some food even blew into Savvy’s face and plates and stuff flew everywhere. It was SO funny!! Definitely a day to remember!

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We found some eggs

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We had some old kites in the car that we flew with a little bit. All of them broke because the wind was so strong. Good thing they were cheap!

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My parents with grandkids!

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At night we went to the BYU stadium to watch the fireworks. It was fun! We played some Telestrations before the fireworks started and talked.

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The kids had fun playing with some glow sticks!

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Then the next day it was time to go home. It felt very bittersweet….the end of our 2 week long vacation….time went by so fast! I miss everyone!

The car ride home went well, until we got to Snoqualmie pass when all cars came to a complete standstill because of an accident. Lots of people got out of their cars and stood around and just chatted. I was feeling a little impatient because we were so close to home….but we couldn’t keep going until the accident was cleared up. The kids thought it was exciting to see the tow trucks, ambulances and fire trucks drive by.

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Nicci played with Tyler in the car. She is always so helpful with him.

Potty break while we were at a stand still.

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Haha this pic makes me laugh!

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Vacation part 7, Last day in Anaheim, Pool, Las Vegas

The next morning we lazed around a little, spent some time by the pool and did laundry. We also stopped by some stores to buy some Disney shirts and souvenirs. We left Anaheim in the early afternoon and started to drive to Las Vegas. We had planned to walk downtown and spend some time there but because we left Anaheim a lot later than we thought, it was too late when we arrived in Las Vegas, so we just drove through downtown and then we went to the hotel and crashed in our beds. The next day we decided to just get up and leave so that we could arrive around dinner time in Spanish Fork, UT.

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It was soooo hot outside!

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Vacation part 6, California Adventure!

The next day we went to California Adventure. We got up early and walked the 15 min from the hotel. My legs were still a little sore from all the walking at Disneyland the day before. First we met Olaf! Savvy was soooo excited. She wanted to stay dressed in her Elsa night gown, so we let her. :) We went on some very cool and fun rides during the day and watched some cool shows. It was an awesome day!

We went and met Elsa and Anna. Savvy was a little shy at first. Sweet girl. She loves Frozen so much!

Love this guy!

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We went to a Frozen sing along in an auditorium. It was so fun for the kids to sing the songs with the different characters. At the end some fake snow came down from the ceiling. So cool!

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We had lunch at a yummy restaurant. Some people came and sang and played some music for us!

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We went and watched an Aladdin performance. It was incredible! We loved it!! I wish I could have seen it again, and again!

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It was a very hot day, so the kids had fun at a splash park for a while.

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The kids LOVED Cars land. We went on a really fun ride here. We also had some ice cream and walked around and looked at everything.

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Eric and the boys are in the backseat of the car closest to us.

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We also saw another parade in the afternoon. It was soooo cool!

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Tyler, Savannah, Nicci and I went on the lady bug ride together.

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We went to the Hollywood tower. It was scary, but so fun!!!

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One of Nicci’s favorite things was the Ariel ride, since Ariel is here favorite Disney princess right now. We went on this ride many, many times.

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We went to a really cool light show called, “World of color.” It was amazing!! Perfect ending of the night!

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I am so happy we went to both Disneyland and California adventure. We had such a wonderful time as a family and made so many memories. The kids still talk about our adventures in both parks daily! Wish we could go back and do it all again!

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