"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

Fun days with family!

We had a wonderful visit with my sister and her family for 5 days last week. We did a lot of fun things together.

The first morning we went to Nicci’s school and played at the playground there. The kids love coming here. They were riding bikes, playing on the playground, walking around the big field and picked lots of blackberries.

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In the afternoon we went and played mini golf. The kids are already asking when we can go back. They absolutely love it. Savannah was running around all over the place. Cutie. The kids found a plum tree and ate some yummy plums. Funny kids!

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The next day we went downtown Silverdale to watch the whaling day parade. I think this is the third year in a row that we have gone to this parade. The kids liked parts of it but I was a little disappointed this year with how the parade was. We still had a nice time though!

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The kids got some balloons that they had fun with!

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We went to the Silverdale waterfront park and the kids had some sandwiches while the adults went and bought some fair food. Yum!

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The kids were so excited they got to go on a ride. Just look at their happy faces!

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In the afternoon we went to the Harborside Fountain park in Bremerton. I was happy that there was not a lot of people there and the kids had so much fun. I have a lot of memories from when the kids were younger and they used to be terrified of the fountains. But not anymore! It was also nice because Isa and I could just sit in our chairs and watch the kids and chat!

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On Sunday we went to church and in the afternoon we had planned to go down to the beach. When we got there we noticed that a wedding was going to take place in just a few minutes…so we were not able to stay for very long. We decided to come back the following night instead.

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Our friends, the Lea’s had invited us on Sunday night to have some woof’ems. When I first read the text and it said, “woof’ems”, I was like “what is that??” It was sooo yummy! I definitely want to make it again! I loved it with lemon filling in it. Thanks again for inviting us!

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The next morning  Isa and I went shopping and the afternoon was spent playing in our backyard. At night, after dinner we went down to our community beach again and the kids went swimming, played in the sand, on the playground and we enjoyed some smores. It was a beautiful night! I love where we live!

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I love the picture to the left that my sister took. So beautiful. Poor Lionel was stung by two bees a couple of minutes after we took these pictures. Poor guy!

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Two pregnant sisters, both expecting boys!

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The next morning while the kids were at a preschool cooking camp, Isa and I went downtown Poulsbo. We bought some food at the Marina market and also stopped by Sluy’s to buy some treats. We sat down on a bench at the waterfront park and enjoyed our treats and the view.

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The kids have loved the cooking camp they have attended this week. On Tuesday they made pizza and came home with these cute hats! I was so glad that Gabriel could join the kids at camp for one day. The other days they have made, muffins, quesadillas, banana bread, food necklaces and fruit salad.

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Here are some pictures of the kids playing in the backyard. They picked lots of blackberries every day and had fun together.

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The days went by so fast.  A couple of nights we played this fun card game called Hanabi. Another night Isa and I watched some old family movies and reminisced about our childhood and some of the trips we took.

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The kids played with play doh together one day. They are all such great friends. Yay for cousins!

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Thanks again for coming! We love you!


I love that Nicci can read books to the younger kids.

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A few weeks ago I went to a miche bag party. It was a fun night! I love my miche bags.

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Savannah’s tanned feet

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Playing with chalk on the road.

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A few weeks ago we went and visited the Melvin’s. We had a fun morning together!

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Savannah at the splash park yesterday. She scared me so bad when I lost her for a minute while we were there. I was so relieved when I found her.

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Nicci and Shanna at the splash park!

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Raab park youth garden

We had a fun morning yesterday. Every Monday morning for a couple of months in the summer the Raab park youth garden has fun activities for the kids. Yesterday was the first time we went. The kids had lots of fun. They got to harvest some beets and green beans, water lots and lots of plants and make three different crafts. The people that worked there were all so nice and patient with the kids. We met some friends there too! We will definitely come back. Yay! for a morning of gardening.

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A day in Sequim

Yesterday we decided to go to the Sequim Lavender festival and the Dungeness spit. The part of the festival that we went to was kind of small, but the kids were thrilled to watch a helicopter land and take off and stand by a big blown up angry bird. We also walked around and looked at different stands. We smelled lavender everywhere and the park we were at was beautiful!

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Then we drove to a lavender field by Graymarsh farm and the kids ran around and had fun and we bought some lavender to bring home. Our car smelled so good because of the flowers. This picture is funny. Savannah fell a second after I took this picture. My little girl. She was fine and kept on running after.

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Belly pic at 21 weeks.

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Love this man!

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Then we went to the Dungeness spit. This is also a place we have been wanting to go to for years and I am so glad we finally made it. The nature and view was breathtaking! The kids had so much fun down at the beach. The waves were kind of big and the kids let the waves chase them over and over again. There is a 5 mile hike out to a light house and we didn’t go all the way out there but we could see the light house from were we were standing. I loved the smell and the sound of the water. I can only imagine how much more beautiful it would have been if the sky had been blue and clear. But don’t get me wrong-it was still beautiful!

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My beautiful kids!

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Missing our little Ollie.

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I decided to write down all the names of our kids. The tide was coming in so after a few minutes all the name had been erased.

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Yep, this is what we are going to name our baby boy!

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On our way back we noticed this funny looking thing. Someone that came before us had built it and the kids thought it was hilarious!

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Beautiful walk down to the beach.

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On our way home we stopped by the “Apple restaurant” aka Applebee’s and had dinner. We came home around 8pm and we were all tired after the day. Such a great day!

Dinner at Bella Luna

One night last week we went to Suquamish and had pizza at Bella Luna. For years people have been telling me about this place but we have just never made it there. I’m glad we finally decided to go.  The restaurant is right by the water and the view was SO beautiful. You could see Mount Rainier and parts of downtown Seattle. We walked out on the dock and the kids watched some people catch crabs. We walked by a house that had an American and Swedish flag outside and it made me happy to see that. I love the weather we have been having and it was so nice to sit and eat dinner outside while listening to the water, smelling and tasting the yummy pizza and listen to some birds sing. I love summer.

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You can see a little bit of Seattle here.

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Mount Rainier.

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Wildcat lake

We always got to wild cat lake at least once every summer. It’s been so warm and sunny so we decided to go there on Saturday. The water was not very cold and the kids had a blast! We met some friends there and chatted a little. There were a ton of people there. I love how swimming lessons have helped the kids feel so comfortable in the water. Savannah was so happy and cute and was floating around in her little life jacket. Such a fun afternoon!

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Going to the movies

Three Wednesdays in a row we have been going to the movie theater with some friends and watched movies. Regal theaters has this summer express program where they show movies for only 1 dollar every Tuesday and Wednesday morning for like 9 weeks. The kids love this! Savannah usually gets a little restless at the end but she usually does pretty well. I’m so glad Regal theater does this!

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China cabinet

We bought this china cabinet a couple of months ago at Goodwill. Back then it looked like this.


We decided to paint it white and put some new knobs and handles on it. Eric has worked hard painting and we are happy it’s done!

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Going to the beach

The weather has been beautiful and sunny this last week. We have enjoyed being outside a lot. The kids love to go to the beach. I love that we have beach access just 1 minute from our house. We went to two different beaches with some friends three days in a row. We have all gotten tanned and have some funny sun tan lines. I have to take a picture to show Savannah’s cute tan lines on her feet from her flip flops.

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On Wednesday we first went to a 1 dollar family movie at the movie theater….then we went to Foul weather bluff preserve and had fun at that beach.

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This is what the weather forecast looks like for this week.  Warm and nice! F89 degrees is like 31 degrees C.

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4th of July!

We attended the annual 4th of July party at uncle Kenny and aunt Denise’s house. We all had a blast as usual. Lots of yummy food, great conversations and fun games. I feel so grateful and happy to live in this wonderful country!

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The kids had lots of fun with Lola. They took her on lots of walks.

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Savannah was dipping her chips in the lemonade and then she ate them.

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Nicci playing with Matthew

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Playing with water balloons is lots of fun!

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Nicci loves the sack races.

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Eric playing tag! It was so fun to watch! They all had clothing pins on the back of their shirts that they were trying to get off.

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Savannah had a yummy smore with grandma

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Savannah played on this trampoline almost all day! She had so much fun. Here uncle Brian was playing ring around the rosie with the kids. So sweet.

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Then it was time for fireworks and sparkles! Yay!

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Elise was so sweet and helped Savannah.

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The kids were soooo tried at the end of the day and they all fell asleep so fast as soon as we started to drive home. What a great day!

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