Saturday, July 30, 2016

drained it

For Mom's birthday this year we took alllll the kids mini golfing. Papa had a crazy idea to keep track of the hole-in-one count per team. Yeah, right, like a bunch of kids and I are going to get any holes-in-one.

Well actually we ended up getting like 12. Happy birthday Mom!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

last day of summer cake - reno edition

Our last day of summer cake this year was vegan - for Caleb - and we were happy to share with the cousins! We had a party at the park with tag, volleyball and hacky sack.

Saturday, July 16, 2016


                             Do you see it? He's 10. 
We moved the week of Grant's birthday so he had a party with friends in Oregon and family here. We worked hard to hook him up with a super nice bright blue bedroom with a big loft bed and desk. He's a great kid and I am so proud of how he treats others and keeps himself so cool and collected. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016


(1) While Tim was in San Diego and I was in Portland we bought a house in Reno. What?!
We were approved for $500 more loan than we needed and we put the offer in within 8 hours of the listing going live. This house lets us be 9 houses away from my brother who recently became a single Dad of 4 and needed help.

(2) After we got the house Tim got the perfect job at Renown. I met the sister of his new boss right before the interview. (weird right?) She put in a good word along with like 5 other people Tim knew. Her inside info after the interview was - "They really want him!"

(3) When closing on the house we had about 5 catastrophic hiccups - but by 2:00pm on July 8th, 2016 all the money was in. All the papers were signed. And it was ours!

(4) Within the first month of living here the Judge gave Dawson full custody of the kids for 6+ months - and we are here - for baseball games, volleyball classes, movies, sleepovers, giant dinners, and more.

So we miss Portland but God obviously brought us here. And that's enough for us. 

Thursday, July 07, 2016

the last beach trip

The move is coming and we had to say goodbye to Cannon Beach. I just LOVE the memories we've had here. The kids like to giggle in the waves and the parents like to watch the kids giggling in the waves. We love the candy stores, Tom's Fish and Chips, and the toy shop. Oh and we love the corner seat at Insomnia Coffee Co. Yes, we almost got stuck outside in a downpour when we walked a mile down the beach to Mo's - but we made it! We often win at the beach!

    These smiles are brought to you by Running and Tide pools.

    Our walk to Mo's. (Calli was happy the whole time except for this picture where she got a sudden    2-minute-worst-tummy-ache-known-to-mankind)

   Bye Oregon Coast! We super love you!

Friday, July 01, 2016

great wolf lodge - washington

We spent a few days at Great Wolf Lodge in WA with Dallas and Family. It's definitely a place you want to bring friends! We played so hard (in under 2 days) that I took about 10 pictures and it seems I've lost half of those - but this will give you an idea of how much they liked it.

I wish I could show you their faces on these rides! These were not baby water slides!

The only downside we found to spending 30 hours straight in a pool is that your skin will start to shred. Calli got the pool leprosy the worst - but on the upside there were chairs and all you can drink soda. 

And the only thing that could possibly be better than water for my kids - ROCKS - so we hung out a few times in the mining room. Here's the beautiful Reese girl with a big find.