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Mariner’s Win!

I was able to take Julie to her first Major League Baseball game on Sunday. We had a ton of fun. Hot dogs were eaten, King Felix towels were waved and the Mariners came through with a 4 to 1 win over the Angels!

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Family Weekend Getaway Part 1: Mt. St. Helens

This last weekend was a wonderfully rejuvenating time for our family of three.  Brandon took off Monday from work, and we had an exciting little road trip where we made some great memories together!

Our first strop was Mt. St. Helens.  Neither Brandon or I had ever been, and we were excited to see this unique mountain up close.  It was awe-inspiring to see how the landscape was still greatly affected by the mountain’s eruption 34 years earlier.  The contrast from the old forest, and the new vegetation was breathtaking.


We ended up going on a hike, which ended up being a bit more ambitious than we had planned.  But, it was a fun challenge, and it felt really good to be out in nature, exploring.  I was so grateful that my body was feeling good, and I had energy to spare as we walked the trail, as a couple of weeks earlier I had made a couple trips to the ER for Ulcerative Colitis issues.  While I was definitely out of shape, I was pleasantly surprised at how I was able to complete this trail, and enjoy the beautiful scenery that it took us through!



We hiked the Lava Canyon loop trail.  It was stunning to see the rushing river carving out a path through the islands of hardened lava left from St. Helens’ eruption.  At some places the water was so clear it looked like a hot tub you might like to relax in with all the nice bubbles.  But, I have a feeling it might have been a bit cold.


Julie enjoyed picking up sticks and pine cones along the trail, looking down at the rushing river from on the bridge, and riding on Daddy’s shoulders as we hiked along.  She also did a little hiking of her own.  When we were nearly to the end of the loop she was climbing up the path, on rather tired toddler legs.  She fell down abruptly, and scraped both her knees for the first time.  Then, she stood right up, dusted herself off, and kept walking without so much as one tear.  We were very proud of our little trooper!


The trail took us over a fun suspension bridge.  Julie was even a brave little girl and began to walk out on it with Daddy’s help, but she quickly decided that it was better for Daddy to carry her little toddler self across the swinging, wobbly bridge.


One of the funniest moments of our trip was on the car ride the first day.  Julie was fussing a bit in the car before lunch, and we weren’t sure what was wrong.  She had been playing with the velcro on her new shoes.  When I went to get her out of the car, I saw that she had velcroed one foot to the other, and was unable to get them apart!  I laughed until I cried at that.  Poor baby girl was frustrated because she stuck her feet together. Haha.

All in all, we loved Mt. St. Helens, and look forward to visiting again.  There is a lot more to see there!  Such a beautiful place to enjoy God’s creation!  Perhaps a camping trip will be in our future.  We didn’t spot Sasquatch, but maybe next time.


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Road Trip to Boise

We took a road trip to Boise to visit Brandon’s parents over the long weekend for July 4th.  It was a great trip and a very eventful weekend for Julie.  Julie had a few firsts while we were in Boise, which we caught on camera.

Julie ate in a restaurant high chair for the first time, with the help of Grandma Paulette’s purse propping her up.  She liked to try to grab everything on the table, making things quite a challenge for our server.



We got some relaxing downtime.  Here’s Julie hanging out with Daddy.  We had a very busy weekend and poor Julie would fall asleep in the car just as we were arriving somewhere and we’d wake her up again.  She has been catching up on her sleep since arriving back home.

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She swam in a pool for the first time at Aunt Nicole’s new apartment.  She loved the water, and enjoyed making as big of splashes as she could.

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She also saw her first fireworks.

Julie hung out with her cousins.  It’s challenging to get a good picture of three kids under age 2.

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Here we are driving home with Julie Mae.

This is how Julie likes to nap in the car.

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Happy Father’s Day, Brandon!

I have absolutely love watching my husband be a wonderful Daddy to our little girl.  Julie is a total Daddy’s girl.  Just the site of him makes her light up with joy.  And it fills my heart with joy to see them together.  Here are a couple of my favorite pictures of them together so far.

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Julie Mae is 6 Months Old!

These last 6 months have been some of the fastest, busiest, and most joyful months of our lives.  I can’t believe that Julie is 6 months old already!  The time has absolutely flown by.  I’m amazed at how much Julie has grown and changed in such a short amount of time.  I am grateful that I get to spend my days with her, watching learn new things and discover the world around her.  Being a Mama is very rewarding!

We have taken many, many photos of Julie since she’s been born. I looked back through the photos from when she was a little newborn until now, and picked out some of my favorites.

The day we brought her home from the hospital.

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The day I had to go back into the hospital, where Julie turned 1 month old.

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This adorable princess outfit fit her about 3 times before she got too big.

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She became so expressive in her 3rd month of life.

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Butterflies everywhere.

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The night we left her with a babysitter for the very first time.

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Now our big 6 month old!

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Julie Mae, you’re such a blessing and a joy!  We love you more and more each day, and we’re so grateful God allowed us to be your parents!