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I try very hard....

I try very hard to live in the moment with Callie but often find myself occupied with other thoughts. But then I wlll have moments where she and I will be cuddling on the couch, sitting across from each other on the ground or having a rolling race across the living room floor, where everything catches up with me and I realize how truly blessed I am to have such an amazing family! Callie has been such a wonderful blessing that always seems to catch me by surprise.
  • I love how she prefers a waterbottle, washcloth, or bottle lid over any toy
  • I love how she always wakes up with a smile and the kicking of her feet, no matter how short or long it has been
  • I love how we can be sitting in the car and out of nowhere she starts giggling to herself
  • I love how, no matter what she is doing, when she hears the key in the front door she stops and watches and starts smiling for dad (me too!)
  • I love how she flirts with some people and is wary of others
  • I love how when you put her on a big bed she breaks out in a HUGE smile and tons of giggles
  • I love how she lights up when you turn water on - whether its the bath or just the sink, she thinks it is funny
  • I love how she could sit and look out the window all day if you let her
  • I love that she excercieses her right to refuse
  • I love how when she spills food on her tray she thinks it is time to finger paint


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Mothers Day Weekend

We had amazing weather for Mother's Day weekend and tried to enjoy every minute of the summer.

On Sunday, Callie and I ran the color run. A 5k through Seattle which involved a lot of dust and color. It was a lot of fun and  I was super proud of her and how she pushed herself.

Before the race. Shirts are still white and hair is still normal color. We ran with one of Callie's good friends and her mom. 
Bubbles! That was a highlight for Callie, she loved running through the bubbles. 
Done! Color and dust everywhere!

We spent Saturday with Katy and Dennis and explored Renton and a local beach and park.

Callie and Katy
The gang!

Saturday was so beautiful that we actually went home and the kids ran in the sprinklers and played in the bathing suits all day. 

Summer Fun

As I'm getting ready to post this, I realize that I was very bad about taking pictures this summer. None of these pictures capture all of the fun that we had. We hiked, camped, played, and stayed as busy as possible. 
Liam loves his sister so much!
Using a log as a boat - trying his best not to get wet :)
Playground fun
We spent a lot of this summer at the rock climbing gym. They both seem to love it.
Callie married Captain America this summer
This summer we tried the water park down the hill from us with some friends. I was holding off on going because I wasn't sure how I would be able to watch both kiddos and feel that they are safe but it ended up being so much fun and they kids did fabulous. 

One of the hikes we did this summer was to the natural water slides. The kids spent HOURS in the freezing cold water. 
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Sun River 2018

For mid winter break, we headed up to Sun River for the week. As always, it did not disappoint! The kids had a blast spending the week with Grandma and Grandpa, all their cousins, skiing, and playing in the snow. This year we started with no snow on the ground and ended with a blizzard that made driving home very tricky. Liam stayed home with Grandma while Callie and I skied. Although it is always hard to be left behind, he loves his Grandma so much and they had an absolute blast together. I'm also realizing that she took all the pictures so I have very few with her...major bummer!

We celebrated these 2 boys on this trip. 
When there is this many kids, you not only take over the whole run but there it is also very difficult to figure out which way to go....

Grandpa and his gang
Pretty soon we won't all fit on one couch.
Unfortunately our sister/dad ski day did not go as planned. Sarah took a spill the day before and was not able to ski with us for the rest of the trip