Cooler temperatures and blue skies have been a welcome delight in the PNW and getting out to enjoy these beautiful days have been easy. I wanted to kick off the season with a trip to an apple orchard. Becks has been talking a lot about apples in school, and this was his first trip to a orchard. I have also been enjoying the crisp, sweet taste of our Washington Apples… and my mom makes a mean apple pie that I’m hoping to bribe her into making for me! After some

This little excursion was recommended by several friends, and I’m not one to pass up the opportunity to go kayaking (especially with the hubs, because he does most of the work, ha ha). I love leisurely activities that make me feel like I accomplish something, without having to be in sweaty clothing for hours. This wasn’t what I’d call leisurely, per se, but I did feel pretty accomplished afterward. And, watersports are the easiest sports in which to cool off… did I mention it was HOT in Croatia?!?! We started

Getting to experience Old Town, Dubrovnik was an amazing way to start what will go down as a pretty, special adventure. We embarked on this journey with two other families who are truly the best kind of friends, the friends that have become our family. Or framily, ha ha! It is a extraordinary life that we get to share with these folks… our friendships growing richer and more colorful, our shared interests and beliefs enriching each others families, and getting to witnessing our kiddos interact as friends and combat as

Dear Beckett, You started Kindergarten this morning. Oh my goodness… KINDERGARTEN! I know that you have been anticipating this all summer, and you are ready! You are excited! You make these kinds of days easier on Mommy than they should be. You’re out-going and confident. You make new friends without any trouble and love reconnecting with familiar faces. You are radiant, joyful and your smile lights up any room. You look so handsome. I am so proud of you. There are days that I look back at pictures and videos

Give me an excuse to travel to Vancouver, BC and I’m there! This was a particularly special visit, as I was celebrating a big birthday with one of my bests. And besides eating our faces off (…and you HAVE TO do that in Vancouver, OMG, so yummy!!), we ventured out on this little jaunt and enjoyed some of what the Big White North has to offer in the natural beauty department. Lynn Canyon Park is located Northeast of Vancouver. It’s an easy drive, free parking and there are no admission

San Francisco is easily becoming a city on my favorites list. The city’s walkability (and public transportation), the diversity, the FOOD, and all that water is so compelling!! I should probably also mention that I’ve been extremely lucky in the weather department on all of my visits. Haha. The beauty here is undeniable, these pictures tell the story quite well. I first took a guided bike trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito with the hubs. It was so much fun, easy and straight-forward, that for this trip I

I absolutely love tourist attractions and historically important sites. But, I’m guilty of planning too much and committing to very little when I travel. I really like to feel out the day when I wake up. This is not always conducive to seeing said attractions, so I am working on improvement in this area. Haha. Alcatraz has been on my list for quite some time and I was thrilled to explore it for the first time on such a beautiful day. Alcatraz is also a place you definitely need to

I’ll never forget the day I found out that Taryn was pregnant (she ordered a Sprite with lunch). Then I was pregnant, and we were both having boys. We were so excited to be raising our babies together, instant BFF’s! Well, then we moved… to Washington. It hasn’t been easy living away from so many people we consider family, and a city we love so much. I am thankful for the flexibility to visit often, and the willingness of our San Diego family to take us in. In many ways,

One of the things that I love so much about motherhood is getting to experience things, I’ve done previously, completely differently when I’m with Beckett. This beach hike is a perfect example. The views from here are impressive, it’s undeniable, but with Becks it’s less about the big-picture and more about the little things. It’s the bugs, the flowers, the sounds, the smells. It’s having conversations about zombies, and planets, and firetrucks and chatting with complete strangers (because Becks is about the friendliest kiddo, like ever!). It’s watching his confidence

Beckett is 5

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Five years ago, today, we brought home the most incredible gift from God. A baby boy we named Beckett. *** Beckett, I am forever thankful for the day you were given to your daddy and I. There will never be another day like it. You are everything. Nothing compares to you. Nothing. This is your story. Wednesday, May 2, 2012: After 10 hours of contractions that never seemed to align the way they should, daddy drives me to the hospital, against triage’s advisory. I was prepared to be sent home.

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