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With out fail Northwest Trek is always fun and I always see something new or something I didn't see the last time. This however, we were lucky to see some of the newer babies there, the Ewes and their mommas! It was really cool and Eli just was beside himself and kept saying how cute they were! So fun when the kids get excited.  I think it was even the first thing he came home and told his dad that we saw. Really stuck in his brain! Mommies and babies  An Ewe
 Feeding time!

Big and Little

When I took this picture I didn't see what I just focused on going through my pictures.  Eli his holding fast to his cousin's ... It melted my heart...I love little hands and miss them terribly! Eli's hands are not so little anymore The bigger hand I can't believe is so was just yesterday he was little and I was holding a day or two after he was born.  He's growing into a man and these are what my baby's hands will be...
I know I've said this before and many moms have said it before me and also reminded me...but with out fail, time has continued to  move on, and in snatches of moments (seconds really, right?)  like this, it  shows me just how quickly it does move.  Sigh.......


Not the best picture of everyone but hey, what are family pictures for right? We were blessed to be able to see my nephew and his parents again just a few short weeks later at Crescent Bar!  What a bonus! I think he had fun with the boys...don't you?


Gargles are... the difference between Night and


Could these kids be any goofier looking?  Especially Eli!  However we managed to not have a fight this year over the much coveted and needed gargles! I'm here to tell you people miracles DO happen!

We all had a good time at Crescent Bar and there will be at least another post about it.  I didn't take many photos this year, but that's alright.  Fun was in serious making like it always is when we are there!

Hot Tub

I kid you not, every time we went to the pool at Crescent Bar, with in seconds Eli was asking when we could go into the hot tub.  He was sneaky and I found him in there, funny enough his cousin Samuel was the same way when they came to visit.  Cracked me up! He looks so happy there, cooking himself up.  This year wasn't as hot as it has been the last few so the temperature was just dandy!

What a goofball...but he's all mine!

A Birthday

Fishing Memorial Weekend                                                   Father's Day
                                        4th of July-Seriously he looks like a kid in a candy store (we didn't buy all that...that's 3 family's worth right there)
           Father's day with the boys...what a happy bunch (It's all a lie!)
Frank and I (2012) Happy Birthday Frank!  I won't post this for all to see on FB and I know how much you hate celebrating your birthday...or that people make a fuss over you...I think it's both.  But I do hope you have a good birthday and I love you!

The Look

The Look!

*Mom was not impressed and it was an ugly hike at times....sigh. But hey I got my work out in AND my steps so who cares! HAHAHAHA!

My Heart Just Isn't In It...

I was totally going to write about something else tonight but some bigger, more pressing issues have lent themselves to be a subject.

This last year has been really rough in dealing with a specific issue (Lord knows this year has been chock full of issues, but this one is a biggie), and I feel the need to tread lightly here because the issue has many avenues and a lot of the same people tied to one another...including me.

I had hoped that with the ending of this issue that in time my heart and mind would heal and as the time quickly approaches to choose whether I want to continue on in this journey that has a lot of people tied to one another and to me (the issue is over, so to speak...this just introduces a new issue), I am finding that my heart just isn't there. Time has not healed my heart and mind...and honestly I think that line is a horrible and hurtful lie!  I had hoped the hurt would go away and the ache would go away, but it hasn't. Every time I see a blurb about som…

A Special Visit

In July we had some very special people come to WA for a visit...not just with us but with several friends, we happen to make the list! Well and considering we missed them the last time they were up.  My friend moved, well gosh I want to say 3-4 years ago?? Too long how about that!  However, I will say that are doing well and making all kinds of friends and being social and fitting in so I'm very happy for them and glad everything has fallen into place for them and the family.  I just tend to have a selfish side and miss my friend dearly.  I love writing her and sending her fun cards...writing is such a lost art! Anyway, we got to see them after the 4th of July...well really we ran into them at the town parade!  It was such a surprise...they were standing by the rest of my family and there she was!  Oh I got teary-eyed and pulled myself together of sorts but it was so fun! The next day we met at a park and the kids played together, it was interesting to see them try and figure t…

Too Far Away

I got to see my nephew Samuel a few weeks ago...I miss that family!  They live too far away! BUT...we are working on making sure we at least Skype so that he gets to know us and his cousins better! That is SO important to me!  I also want to be able to have him be comfortable enough (and his parents) to have him come stay for awhile at my house during the summer, it's a dream/goal of mine. So at this picnic all the boys played...I think Samuel thought they were pretty funny to watch and hang around.  And if we are being honest the lot of them are all funny looking in their own familiar way! :)

I love the continuous snapshots of all the boys together....Samuel in these pictures just cracks me up and makes me smile! (that and it's REALLY crazy to see how much Samuel looks like his dad did at that about a trip back in time!).

                                   Love this picture of Lee with of my faves!
And a must have for me, my picture taken with Samuel…

Rattlesnake Ridge

OK, so I need to make this quick.  I totally meant to have this done SO much earlier tonight than I did and now it's late and I just want to get it done and posted.  This will be the short version! A day or 2 after July 4th I drug the kids up yet another mountain trail, much to their horror (and by the time I was done mine too...rotten kids!).  This was the biggest one we'd done yet, 2 miles up and 2 miles down (however you decided to go down...STEEP!). This hike was by my old house in North Bend, called Rattlesnake Ridge (or was it Ledge?  I don't know...lived there for 4 years and never once did I hike this trail...lame I know!).  Alright, let's get back on track.  Off on an adventure we go, grumbling kids and all.  Definitely a tough hike and I was really proud of Eli for making it ALL the way...I wasn't sure I was going to make it...some parts were a tad scary (slippery false step and roll right down the mountain you would!). This picture is when w…