On President's Day weekend my family headed down to the beach. My parents were gifted a few nights at a beach house in Netarts Bay, so we all spent the entire weekend doing absolutely nothing. Well, we did eat a ton of amazing food, and we did drink a lot of wine. And we did manage to see the Tillamook Cheese Factory on our way home. But mostly we did nothing and it was fantastic. So, here are a few snap shots from our stormy trip to the Oregon Coast. (Just look at those cute cousins!)
Monday, February 29, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
This year Avery had two pieces of art in the District's Elementary School Art Show at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. Her first piece was a watercolor and Sharpie mixed media painting titled Lizard, and her second was a paper collage of a sugar skull titled Day of the Dead. We were able to celebrate our little artist at the art show reception on Tuesday, and Avery proudly showed her artwork to anyone who asked. We are beyond proud of our wonderful, creative, amazing little girl.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
While it's no longer a surprise to us when Avery receives an award, we're still elated whenever one of these orange Self Manager Awards comes home in her backpack. We know that Avery is very smart, and we know she's driven, competitive, and extremely hard-working. But we also know how important it is to recognize her efforts in the classroom and make sure her love of school and her desire to learn continue in the years to come. And even though I haven't been great this year about documenting her accomplishments on my little corner of the internet, we absolutely treasure these pieces of paper, and couldn't be more proud of our little girl.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Awhile ago, Erik and I were heading out to his parents house when he spotted a sign for a barn sale. Erik loves a good bargain (and riffling through other people's things) so we dropped Avery off at his Mom and Dad's house and headed out into the country. We found a wonderful old barn filled with tools, fishing poles, furniture and countless little knickknacks and antiques. I'll admit we were both in heaven.
About the same time I had been endlessly searching for a cedar chest on Craigslist for storing all of our blankets. They were all over $75 and I never ended up finding one I liked. Of course at the barn sale there happened to be a whole wall of trunks, all different shapes and sizes. Most of them had "sold" signs on them, but one in particular caught my eye and I pointed it out to Erik. Since there wasn't a price on it, he encouraged me to ask how much they were selling it for. I refused, telling him it would be no less than $100 since it was beautifully detailed and much more interesting than any I'd seen before. Erik was determined to get me the trunk, so he asked barn owners how much they were selling it for. When they said $20, my jaw dropped open and I begged them to hold it for us while we made a mad dash to the nearest ATM to get a nice, crisp $20 bill.
The metal work was dull and rusty, so on the way home I promised Erik that he wouldn't have to do a thing to restore it, and that I was going to clean it up myself. Turned out that Erik was just as excited about the trunk as I was, because within minutes of pulling into our driveway he was sanding and cleaning our antique trunk himself. It has been in living room ever since housing all of our quilts and afghans. It's so unique and beautiful that I can't believe I almost left it sitting in that barn. I'm so lucky to have Erik in my corner.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
I could watch this video over and over (and I have) because I'm just so proud of this girl. When I was her age I loved basketball, but I was also pretty timid and would have never taken the ball to the basket against a court full of boys. Nothing stops this girl, and I will never get tired of watching her try new things.
Avery Scores! from Stephanie Seley on Vimeo.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
On Sunday our little corner of the earth turned white. Unlike most of our snow days where I'm glued to the weather reports, waiting with bated breath for the snow to begin, this snow fall came rather unexpectedly (at least to our family). And then on Monday, the day we were supposed to return to school, we had a snow day. And when I say "snow" day, I actually mean "ice" day. Freezing rain had turned our beautiful blanket of powdery snow into a giant sheet of ice. But that didn't stop Avery from being outside at 7:30 am on Monday morning, especially eager to stomp around in our icy yard. So here are some shots from early Monday morning...right before hot cocoa and a marathon of Doris Day movies. A perfect "snow" day.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Avery got a bunch of awards; the Seahawks won the NFC; I turned 34; our nephew was born; Avery went to volleyball camp; we went hiking in the gorge; we went to the beach; Avery swam; we pulled weeds at Sacajawea; we went to a Mariner's game (and then two more); we bought a tent trailer; Avery turned 7; Avery saved for another American Girl doll; we went to Seattle (a lot); Avery and Grandma made a quilt; we planted a garden; we camped in Central Oregon, hiked the Obsidian Lava Flow, saw Crater Lake, hiked Smith Rock, went to the top of Lava Butte, and had snacks at all the best breweries; we harvested vegetables and berries; we camped at Deception Pass, fished in the sound, and saw Lake Campbell from the top of Mt. Erie; we went to the Sprayground in Tacoma; we saw Monet, shopped at Powell's, and ate at Island Cafe; Avery started 2nd grade; Avery earned a medal at the Castle Rock Bike Challenge; we hiked Siouxon; Avery swam; we harvested our apples; we celebrated our 13th anniversary; Avery was voted student council representative; I got a (permanent!) job at Avery's school; we carved pumpkins; I made a Wendy costume; Avery started basketball again; Erik turned 36; we cut down a Christmas tree and built gingerbread houses; Erik and I went to a Seahawks game (courtesy of the Seahawks); we rode the Santa Sounder; and we had a very merry Christmas.
And we loved each other. A lot.