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Thanksgiving Fun

This Thanksgiving turned into a relaxing weekend of family, hiking, and delicious food. We headed to the Knowles side of the family for Thanksgiving dinner. We played many games inside and lucked out with some cold but sunny weather outside. It was a wonderful day and I couldn't have asked for a better time.
Liam spent some time pushing grandma's gardening wagon around the neighborhood
We played a ton of games outside, including capture the flag and red light, green light Maya and Callie were a team and Preston and Laurel were a team. 
I love this picture - Preston and Laurel (on Preston's back) are sneaking up on the 2 girls
Enjoying some grandpa snuggles
After dinner, we headed over to Hoodsport to spend a quiet weekend at the cabin. We hit up some local hiking trails and spent some time at the beach throwing rocks in the water. The way home from the cabin, we decided to find a u-cut tree farm to get our Christmas tree. We kept with the Knowles tradition of getting lost …


This Halloween, was extremely wet but very fun. We lucked out this year and went out trick or treating during the one hour (all day) that the rain stopped. We opted to go to a truck or treat - kind of the best of both worlds; trucks for Liam and candy for Callie. We gave Callie the option when we got home to either watch a movie or go treat or treating in the neighborhood - she opted for a movie and we were very happy with that choice. I didn't take many pictures, it was a bit too wet to carry a camera around. Callie wanted to go with Anna this year and we picked a cowboy for Liam. Surprisingly he wore the horse most of the time; surprising because the horse scared him straight for a month straight.

 Carving pumpkins was very fun this year. We grew the pumpkins again in our garden and ended up with some pretty big ones. Callie was all about the goop which was pretty fun to watch and Liam just wanted to roll all over the pumpkins.

Callie's pick 
Liam's pick
Callie opted thi…


It seems to have taken a long time for fall to creep up on us but I think it officially has. Fall is my favorite season and have been trying to enjoy every moment of it. We've enjoyed the parks, the pumpkin patches and the leaves to their fullest. With Callie in school 4 days, Friday is our day to really play. Here are some of our adventures!

We headed to the pumpkin patch on a non school day (for both Maya and Callie). Since we grew our own pumpkins this year, we headed to a farm that was more about rides and entertainment than pumpkins. The kids had a blast - although you wouldn't know it by looking at Liam. Ha.

Liam is getting his 2 year molars and WILL NOT take his fingers, shirts, coats, out of his mouth. It is driving me bonkers!
The girls were so sweet to ride the toddler rides with Liam so that he felt comfortable. This was by far his favorite thing - I just love how the girls were willing to cram themselves into the train cars. 

The hay was not my kids favorite thing …

Some Random Pics

My two little kids have bonded quite a bit this summer. I love that they want to play together and my favorite sound is the two of them giggling together. I cannot imagine my life without these two monkeys!

Here's some super random pics of my two:
The weather in Washington has totally changed and Callie has been more than happy to teach Liam the best way to jump in the puddles that inevitably happen in Washington. 

 They have recently discovered Grandpa's harmonica that Granny Pat gave me. We talked a lot about what the harmonica means to me (I think Callie understands a bit) and LOVE to play it....

 And again, some random pics :)

Year 2 of Preschool

Callie has started in her "four year old school" and LOVES it! She comes home everyday beaming about her day....We have her enrolled in an inclusive preschool and she is considered a peer model in her classroom. The school has truly introduced her to the public school setting, complete with recess, gym, and library. Her first day of school was a bit nerve wracking from me but she was extremely brave and strong! Dropping her off at school now consists of me pulling up to the front of the school, opening the car door, kissing her goodbye and watching her walk in all by herself.

In front of her school - Meadowcrest Early Learning Center


My how time flies. My little girl turned four a couple days ago and I can't believe it. I have enjoyed watching her mature into a caring, spunky big girl. By far, I have loved the change in her as she has gone from a single child to a big sister. She is the best big sister one could ask for.

She lives to love life and is a very content little girl. She is excited to be growing up and can't wait until she hits kindergarten (one more year to go...eeek). She is spunky and creative. One of her favorite things to do is make up songs and stories. Sometimes they make sense, and sometimes, not so much. She would spend all day being read to if we let her (which I love) and we often spend our car rides listening to books on CD. She has a passion for learning new things and sharing them with those around her. She can be timid until she is comfortable and the she doesn't hold anything back. I love her with everything I have! I stole Sarah's idea and interviewed Callie - I figured …