Sunday, September 18, 2022

Saturday lessons


Harrison’s first golf lesson at Interbay Golf Center 

Using Bill’s 20 year old golf cubs!

Lewis’s first swimming lesson at Ballard Pool

Go Lewis go!

Friday, September 16, 2022

Sums up their personalities

This may be my favorite picture…oh how I love these two! 


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Change is HARD for me

Today Lewis started 2nd grade at Matheia School. Those who have been following our school journey may remember the schools we applied for, never leaving the waiting pool. Matheia was not one of them. 

Here is the story:

Last Thursday while I was waiting on Harrison at pick up I started talking to another Billings mom. I mentioned Lewis attending Whittier and being on strike as well as applying to three private elementary schools for Lewis to attend this fall, never leaving the wait pool. She asked if we looked into Matheia School in Ballard. Nope, never ever heard of it. I immediately pulled up their website and read about small class sizes, hands on learning, and social/emotional growth. 

As soon as I got home I inquired about touring the school. Bill, Lewis and I toured the school on Friday afternoon followed by Lewis spending a day there on Monday. 

Lewis enjoyed moving to different classrooms (each teacher specializes in a subject). His favorite was science and that his social studies teacher has a Spock mug as his pencil holder.   

I waited to see if Lewis was accepted and secretly hoped SPS would not start school until after hearing yay or nay. 

SPS started yesterday. With no word from Matheia we had Lewis go to Whittier. After noon we received the acceptance email for Matheia. My heart fell…

Is this really what we want to do? Staying at Whittier would be the easiest choice (no change). I have only known Whittier in the elementary years, what if it doesn’t work out? I want to still volunteer at the library, will that be allowed? Will that be really weird and staff look at me like I am crazy?! Oh the many thoughts and tears. We are never stuck…if Matheia isn’t a good fit for our family we can re-enroll Lewis into public school. God has got this. We have got this. 

Bill and I talked to Lewis and he was ready to make the change to Matheia, enjoying the hands on activities and being part of a small class. 

*I kept this journey pretty quiet as I was scared of disappointment. Scared to have many praying for us and be led to disappointment. God’s plan is ALWAYS bigger then ours! 

Check it out: 

Daddy and Lewis time

First, oh this boy of ours and his tongue! Haha! Harrison was pretty wiped out from not sleeping well and having school so Bill and Lewis went to the Mariners game this past Tuesday.


Harrison’s first day of 7th grade


Harrison started 7th grade last Wednesday.  He wasn’t jumping for joy to start school thought I think he was ready. One week under his belt! 

Bill and I continue to feel the blessing of Billings Middle School. I am looking forward to volunteering and building more community this year. 

Monday, August 29, 2022

Mariner's scoreboard

If you look really close you can see Grandpa and Harrison in the far right corner of the scoreboard

Love this smile! So much excitement for Harrison and Lewis to work the scoreboard. Only two at a time could fit in the scoreboard space. Grandpa and Harrison went first. Daddy and Lewis had their turn after a few innings. Mariners won!


Tuesday, August 23, 2022


ZooTunes + CAKE = AMAZING 
Sunshine and my love 
Great friends and music is priceless! 

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Rode to Midwest and flew back to Seattle

See you soon Space Needle 

And Mount Rainier 

Somewhere along our drive to Midwest. Such amazing beauty from God 

God is truly amazing, even in tough times. God Bless my sweet friend and her family. 


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Salmon ladder


Ballard Locks never gets old! 

Many faces of Lewis

While Harrison and Bill went to the Mariners game last weekend, Lewis and I cuddled and watched Wall-E

Aww the tongue always comes out!

Dragons have become an interest for Lewis. He has been enjoying learning to draw them and loves to multi-task!


Monday, August 8, 2022

Lewis+swim lessons

 Swim lessons was a huge hit this past week! Lewis worked hard and loved it. Last night we went to Lynnwood and it was fun to see Lewis using his skills! 

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Recent happenings

Roblox Christmas toys for the win! 

Love listening to Harrison and Lewis playing. Their imaginations are amazing. 

So good to get back to family games! 

Lewis’s dalek robot 🤖 

Ahhh we arrived home from Indiana on July 20th to Covid positive for Bill and Harrison followed by Me a few days later. Thankfully symptoms were mild and for me exhaustion was intense. Thankful to be back to health!


Thursday, July 21, 2022

Wabash, IN adventures


Mini golf (in Marion) fun, boys were done taking pictures but they did join us in the fun!

Elizabeth and Caroline on Modoc (I loved going to Modoc’s for coffee at least once a day!)

Margaret sweetness 

Harrison patiently talked to Elizabeth and Caroline about a game he’s playing 

Lewis riding Daddy’s bike

Bowling was a lot of fun, some with bumpers and others the regular way

OMG candy galore! .25 for a turn and lots of DumDums given 

Last night in Wabash was a lot of fun at the 4-H Fair…it was a hot sticky fun night together. Fun to see Elizabeth’s junior projects and eat an amazing Elephant Ear…ahh childhood fair memories.

We are at the airport ready to sleep in our beds tonight!

Monday, July 18, 2022


Smiles before 

Being really silly 


Saturday, July 16, 2022

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Train ride in the rain. Better to have rain than really hot sunshine

Surfs up!


Elizabeth is hiding way inside the egg behind Caroline. Love how Harrison and Lewis are in their own zone.

Lewis was a bit hesitate to feed the giraffes and was ready to feed them more after getting over his hesitation. 

Photo by Lewis 

Oh goodness what a huge lion!

Lewis pointed out the butterfly. He has a great eye for things I don’t see 


Friday, July 15, 2022

Water fun

Pool, water battles and Harrison created a water slide. 


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Lots of fun had by all. Harrison and Lewis loved Scooby-Doo exhibit the most. Fun to have Amanda and her boys join us!

A much loved book by Harrison and Lewis 

Space exhibit was also Lewis’s favorite

Pusheen and waiting for eggs to hatch.