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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

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.

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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!

Pregnant with baby boy!

I found out I was pregnant on March 23rd, 2014, which is an awesome day because it’s my brother Pierre’s birthday. Eric and I were so excited! I started feeling sick around 7 weeks and the sickness lasted until about 16 weeks. I felt sooooo tired, crampy and nauseus and it was really rough for a while. I tried to rest as much as I could but it’s kind of hard with 4 kids running around and with activities to attend. I survived by sucking on mints and going to bed very early at night. I was so grateful for wonderful friends who helped me out in different ways. I was also very scared and nervous about everything. I saw my Ob for the first time at 1o weeks and had an ultrasound. She also let me have a quick ultrasound around 15 weeks to check the fluid around the baby. I have been counting down the weeks for the anatomy ultrasound. I have been so nervous for it. I was so scared something was going to be wrong with our baby. I didn’t sleep well the night before at all.  It was such a relief on Tuesday to see that everything looks great. We love our baby boy! The kids were very excited to find out we are having a boy! I think Nicci was a liiiittle disappointed at first but she very quickly got used to the idea of having another brother.  Now we need to start to look for a name!

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Baby at 10 weeks

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Baby at 15 weeks

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My friend Kariann made this fun gender reveal cake for the kids. It was very fun to see the kids reactions. I’m glad we did this!

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Some ultrasound pictures of our little guy!

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Weekend trip to Oregon

This past weekend we got together with my sister and her family for the weekend. We had planned to go camping with them but the weather was going to be rainy….so we decided not to and just go and visit them instead. On Friday we went to a place called Slappy cakes in Portland. We got to make our own pancakes at this place. The kids had  a lot of fun and the pancakes were really yummy.

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After our lunch we headed to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). They had a fun dinosaur exhibit and the kids really liked it. Savannah has been a little scared of a toy dinosaur that we have at home, so I really thought she was going to be afraid of the dinosaurs but she did great!

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They also had a fun room full of different activities for the kids to do. The kids were running around everywhere looking and playing with everything.

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Nicci lost a tooth while we were visiting.  I told Eric that we had to remember to put some money under her pillow before we went to bed but of course we forgot. At 1 am I woke up and remembered so I snuck into their room and put the money under her pillow and got her tooth. Phew!

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On Saturday we went to a park in the morning. It was so nice to be outside.

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In the afternoon we went to the mall and the kids played at the indoor playground, and we also had some frozen yogurt. They also had a pet store that we went into and we looked at some cute guinea pigs. My sister and I went back to the mall later that night and did some shopping. Fun, fun!

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Savannah and Matthew

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After church on Sunday we stopped by the Portland temple and walked around a little.

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We had a really nice weekend!

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