Hats and Boots

As the saying goes: When in Rome… So when at the Ellensburg rodeo, hats and boots are required.




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Little Campers at Baker Lake

In early May, we jumped on some excellent weather and took the kids camping at Baker Lake. Nothing could have made them happier.

The moment we arrived they wanted to put up the tent and make a fire so that we could have s’mores. We held them off the best we could on the fire and s’mores while ran, jumped, climbed on logs and rocks, threw rocks in the lake, etc. Leighton was besides himself the entire time with the abundance of sticks and rocks.

We even went for a hike to the Baker River foot bridge. The kids insisted on wearing a backpack and stuffing them full. Along the way, Leighton found more sticks and lots of bugs. Molly found an enormous tree and earned a blister.

If you asked them, I am sure that they would say that there isn’t such a thing as too much camping.

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The Candy Jar

I guess that it is okay to help yourself to the candy jar after you play baseball for hours during and are in motion for nearly every other waking minute during the day.

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Our little girl is seven years old. So big and so little all at once. A terrific age indeed. While it gives us a view into the future, we still get to enjoy the little kid in her.

This birthday brought a sleep-over party, earrings, pedicures – big girl stuff. She also got a Seahawks sweatshirt, which she has been requesting for months so that she can put it on in the evenings “just like dad”. All of this is a reminder to enjoy this time because it is fleeting, and we only get it once.

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Learning to Read


verb \ˈlərn\

1 a (1) :  to gain knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience

It is a great joy to watch the kids learn and Molly has been learning a lot lately. Most importantly, learning to read. As with learning nearly all thing for the first time, it has come with its moments of enlightenment and joy, as well as the other side of the process of learning, great challenge and frustration.

I’ve really enjoyed seeing her learn to read, especially at this time when it has given Molly a whole new world of communication and discovery. It seems to have come rather suddenly. Just a couple of months ago she could she could identify a few words and put them to use, but in general words were not much use to her. Now, it seems nearly out of the blue, she can readily read and comprehend much of what is common around us. The world of reading is expanding rapidly and has caught me by surprise a few times, bringing a little smile to my face to see the discoveries she is having. No longer is she naïve to something that we are surrounded by most of us take for granted – written words. It opens a whole new way for her to be entertained, learn, and communicate, just as I am doing now.

Now that she is learning to read, she can learn to do anything. I am eager to see what else she will learn and discover with reading.

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Superheros start their day with a good breakfast.

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A Pile Of Leaves

A pile of leaves is all that you need.

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The First Day of School That Wasn’t

Today was supposed to be the Molly’s first day of first grade. She woke early and in high spirits and was quickly dressed in the outfit that she had picked for the big day. Not too long later I called the kids to the table for breakfast. Molly came to the table, took one look at the French toast, said “I don’t feel good”, and laid down on the couch. Trina and I looked at each other with the same though of “Uh. Oh.” We knew that she wasn’t fooling since Leighton had woke us at 3:00 a.m. sick to his stomach only two nights ago.

At one point she thought she felt well enough to go to school, and then it got real. That sealed the deal and she stayed home.

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Trina helped her switch to some comfortable princess pajamas and she settled into the basement to have an all day “Jessie” marathon on Netflix. Late in the morning she requested that I make mac & cheese for lunch; so I did. When it was ready, she made it to the top of the top of the stairs and reported “Daddy, I don’t feel good. I can’t eat.” That definitely isn’t her style.

Her voice sounds bright and sharp and she was up for a short while to draw some pictures of our family, only to get knocked back down. This little ambitious and energetic girl stayed on the couch all but a few moments all day. I’ll bet she is quickly back on her feet since she doesn’t like to be held down.

Tomorrow will be a better day.

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We always love to watch our kids sleep. They look so peaceful.

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And then there is the moment that you are caught. It is almost just as priceless.

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A good soaking.

It’s clear that Oscar and Daisy don’t feel that a good soaking is the best way to handle the heat.
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