Sunday, November 22, 2015

The First Basket

Today Avery made her first basket. I thought it might happen today...she's been taking shots on offense and I've been trying to record every second of the game so Erik wouldn't miss it since he has to work on Saturdays. Right before this play I told my mom that I was getting nervous that it would happen when I wasn't filming, and I desperately wanted Erik to be able to see it in some way. Luckily less than a minute later I managed to record this moment...

I think my favorite part (beside the actual basket) was seeing her best friend, Ava, standing up and cheering on the bench. What a lucky girl Avery is to have such a sweet friend. Plus Avery's joy after the game was obvious. She couldn't wait to call Erik and tell him the big news. It was a pretty great day!


Saturday, November 7, 2015


Erik bday (2)

Yesterday Erik turned 36. There's so much I would like to say about Erik, but there is no way to sum him up in a paragraph, or even two or three. I was trying to find pictures of Erik from this past year to share on his birthday, and I figured I'd have a hard time finding one because he hates pictures. Instead, I found an abundance of pictures of Erik doing all kinds of different things...planting the garden, building doll furniture, cutting down a tree, organizing the garage, teaching Avery how to fish, hiking, camping, going to Mariners games, reading books to Avery, listening to Avery read books to him, chopping wood, mowing the lawn...there is nothing he doesn't do (and apparently there is nothing that I don't photograph).

Erik is amazing. He's an amazing dad. He's an amazing husband. He's an amazing friend. He's funny, smart, loyal, and fun to be around. He loves people, and people LOVE Erik. They are drawn to him, because he is open to everyone and willing to befriend literally anyone he meets. He walks around the neighborhood meeting people, offering help, asking questions, and just befriending those around him. As an introvert I have literally no idea why or how he does this, but it's incredibly endearing.

Luckily Erik belongs to Avery and I. People love Erik, but no one more than the two of us. He loves us unconditionally, pushes us to do our best, offers endless encouragement, and makes us laugh even when life seems bleak. He taught Avery how to plant seeds, how to shoot a basket, how to use power tools, how to play ping pong, how to multiply numbers, how to never give up, and how to work hard for what you want. And he taught me how to relax, how to not take life so seriously, how to enjoy the little things, and how to let my guard down for the people I love. He is everything a good person should be and so, SO much more.

There are so many more things I could say about Erik but, like I said, he can't be summed up in a few words. So I'll just say happy birthday to my wonderful husband. You are loved more than words could ever say.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

It's a Wendy Bird!

This year for Halloween Avery decided to be Wendy from Peter Pan. I was Wendy years and years ago and it was my absolute favorite costume ever. I got Avery's costume fabric on sale for $4, used the same pattern I used for these night gowns (but shortened the sleeves), and tied it at the waist with an old spool of ribbon leftover from my brother and sister-in-law's wedding. She went trick-or-treating with a neighbor friend, who was Alice from Alice in Wonderland. We laughed that the girls both went with old school, non-princess Disney characters. And even though they ended up soaking wet after going out in the pouring rain, they had a great time.

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Oh, this girl. She's just the most incredible little person 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Fall Leaves and Pumpkins

All the fall things seemed to happen all at once, starting with our annual leaf jumping photo shoot. Last year our stormy weather blew away all of our birch leaves before the photo shoot could take place. This year we made sure to get some pictures taken before the leaves were gone. Piles of golden leaves, my favorite free spirited little bird, and working in our yard on the perfect fall afternoon. It doesn't get much better than that.

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Last Saturday we made a quick trip to the pumpkin patch at Velvet Acres Gardens with our good friends. We went on a hay ride, watched the girls play in the barn, went to the petting zoo, and saw the most incredible sunset. It was a pretty great evening.

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And Monday night we carved our pumpkins. We roasted the seeds, and took our annual family picture on the kitchen floor with our pumpkins. The older Avery gets the more meaningful these little traditions become. I desperately wish time would slow down so I could linger in these moments just a little longer before they're just memories. 

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But they're pretty great memories.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Garden Harvest

Summer flew by without a single update on our garden. Our little seedlings loved our warmer-than-usual spring, and even the abnormally warm early summer. However, once the record breaking heat started in July it was a little more difficult to keep our little veggies happy. Somehow we managed, and most of our plants produced more than we had expected during the Drought of 2015. 

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We didn't get as many beans or peas, and one of our cucumber plants produced exactly two cucumbers before drying up. Some of our herbs never sprouted at all, and our tomatoes had all sorts of trouble in the late summer. BUT, we still had more than enough for our family and our neighbors, so all was right in our world.


We also had our annual harvest of blueberries, apples and plums. We even had two pears for the first time on our espaliered tree. Our blueberry harvest was about half of what it usually is, but it was still enough to fill our freezer for the fall and winter.


The only really sad thing about our summer harvest was saying goodbye to our plum tree. I remember the previous owner telling us about the tree when we bought the house over five years ago, and we have enjoyed so many plums over the years, and so many jars of plum jam. Each year we've lost a section of the tree as it's crumpled under the weight of the plums, and this year it became obvious that it was time to say goodbye. It hurt my heart a little to watch it come down.

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We didn't have quite enough of a harvest to put much in the freezer, but I was able to freeze a lot of muffins, breakfast cookies, and tomato sauces. It's been great for Avery's lunches (since she doesn't eat much, but she will eat a zucchini-carrot-apple muffin). And I love the zucchini-oatmeal-chocolate chip breakfast cookies. It's like eating a healthy spice cake with chocolate chips. 

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So it was a pretty great year once again in our little northwest garden. 


It always is.