Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Birthday #5


Our baby girl turned 5 today and she fills those shoes perfectly already. Just in the past month she has increasingly become more independent. Doing tasks all on her own. Problem solving things that she is struggling with. Thinking about other people other then herself. Her interest in the ABC's is slowing increasing. Though she'd prefer to craft or take her "babies" for a stroll then to learn about letters or numbers.

She had a princess tea party birthday bash over the weekend with 11 of her closest friends. They arrived in princess attire and were all giddy to play and eat cake.

Busy crafting their princess crowns while the other half searched for the missing glass slippers. 

 A lot of giggling happened while we played the game "pass the wand".

My favorite game was kiss the frog with real lipstick. A handful of the girls wanted nothing to do with this game while many wanted to play it over and over again. 

 She begged for a princess cake and I pretty much couldn't turn her down. Thanks to Safeway, they whipped one up for us. She picked chocolate with vanilla in the middle. Chocolate is totally not her, but I guess when you are 5 your likes change.

 I let her pick pick the menu. Her must haves included peppers of all colors (though the green were for her friends, 'cause she only likes red, yellow and orange peppers), apples ('cause she is an apple monster), PB and J tea sandwiches. From there we added turkey tea sandwiches, scones, mini popcorn balls and mini brownies.

The little princesses sat so very nicely and ate their snack. 

And they drank their "tea" in fancy tea cups (Adalyn wanted lemonade instead of real tea). 

Time for some cake. Daddy needed to help her blow the candles out. 

Present opening was a hit. Smiles all around.  
Cousin Arli and Adalyn

Korkor and Adalyn

 Sarah and Adalyn

Adalyn and Abby

The party was a hit. The girls had a blast. We feel very blessed that Adalyn has such great friends to share her birthday with and thankful for the people that hoped in to make sure 12 little princesses got everything they needed.

This morning, on her birthday, we spent the first few hours with out power. School was canceled for both kiddos, so the day ended up being quite different then planned. That didn't shake her the least bit. She couldn't believe Brother got her the best stroller in the whole wide world, plus 3 new baby dolls for her birthday equaled one happy little 5 year old girl.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

My CrossFit Kenmore friends had their 2nd annual fire pit gathering at Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch over the weekend. We thought it sounded like a good reason to head out to the pumpkin patch and enjoy some amazing fall weather. Turns out we couldn't have asked for a better day! We'll be talking about this pumpkin patch trip for years to come.

They truly had the best pumpkin patches we've ever seen. You could pick the pumpkins right off the vines and there were so many varieties of pumpkins and gourds to pick from right out there in the fields (they have 3 fields to select from). All the pumpkins were perfect. We spent a lot of time just walking through the fields ohhing and ahhing at the pumpkins.   

If you can't tell, it was SUNNY out. Bright blue skies and down right hot. I was trying to embrace the fall, but turns out for a time there I was way over dressed.  

They had apple or pumpkin cider donuts with either cinnamon sugar, plain or powdered sugar on them. Yum, yum, yum! Nope, not the least bit Whole 30, but I'm all about enjoying life when it comes to my Whole 30 eating habits and fun adventures like these. 

They had this really cool area that had samples of pumpkins and their names. Maybe 50+ different kinds of pumpkins. The kids and I thought that was super cool.

After picking our pumpkins, eating donuts, going through a rope maze (which we totally had to cheat to get to the middle), watching the apple cannon, walking through their country store (BEST no sugar added apple butter. I should have stocked up on this stuff!), eating kettle corn and taking lots of pictures. We took a tractor ride over to the BIG corn maze and fire pits. This year we decided to pass on the corn maze adventure, which takes 30+ minutes to get to the half way mark. We knew that the shortest legs of the family wouldn't have that much walking left in her. We are saving that up for next year. Instead we walked around to the fire pit which had been reserved for the CrossFit group.

We had heard about the potential of hot air balloons and we quickly were not disappointed.  You could see two out in the distance heading our way.

Then bam! It was right over our heads and coming in for a landing. 

We watched them deflate it and unload. Then one of the balloon guys said the kids were more then welcome to come hop into the basket. Shane has ride in a hot air balloon on his bucket list! Super nice guy from Airial Balloon Company in Snohomish if you are looking to enjoy a trip up.

The 2nd balloon came in quickly after the 1st. We had a fabulous time watching the action. 

Then it was bon fire time!  Hot dogs and s'mores all around. I highly recommend reserving yourself a fire bit at Bob's! Since we've been missing out on fires camping the last two summers, this was perfect!

Kenny and the kids had fun jumping around on the big hay bales. Though we were eventually asked to get off of them. It was fun while it lasted.

Can you do it, Shane!?!  It took a lot of hemming and hawing, but eventually he jumped his way across a handful of them.

As we headed back to the tractor for one last ride, the fog started rolling in. 


Shane said, Take one last picture, Mommy! At this point I was getting a lot of hugs, this was the best day evers and I love yous. He was literally on a high from all the fun.

It doesn't happen all that often in our little family of crazies, that we can have an overall good happy adventure for all. This goes down in the record book for sure! We'll be back Bob's! Thanks, CrossFit Kenmore! With out that invite we would have never had this amazing day to look back upon.

Friday, September 18, 2015


Summer has come to an end. Another baseball season has been put behind us. School has started. There is rain falling more often then I'd like. What does all of this add up to? Another soccer season for Shane!

This is Shane's 2nd year playing soccer through Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association. He plays on a U9 team coached by Kenny! Yep. After many attempts to find a coach for his team, Kenny decided to step up and coach a sport he never played. I assist by sending emails, buying soccer jerseys and making snack schedules. Anything to keep me off the field with 8 goofy boys.

They played their first game last week in beautiful sunshine. They held their own, though in the end did lose. Shane really enjoys playing and is always right in the middle of things on the field.

A HUGE thanks goes out to Kenny for taking on the Juanita Cheetahs team this year.