Sunday, July 27, 2014

Huckleberry Season

Every time we drive in to town or on our way back home, you can see cars parked along the side of the road; drivers out, bucket in hand, collecting berries that are just waiting to be picked.  We are fortunate enough to have those same berries growing on our property.  We had a great time enjoying the outdoors and collecting some of nature's sweet treats.  

30:52 A Portrait A Week

Picking Mountain Huckleberries in her own backyard

Sunday, July 20, 2014


The Dandelion – The Flower of the Military Child
"The official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? Military children bloom everywhere the wind carries them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. Military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely resilient. They learn from an early age that home is where their hearts are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world, and that education doesn't only come from school. They live history. They learn that to survive means to adapt, and that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens up to a new and exciting adventure full of new friends and new experiences."
Cecilia Frances this is you my darling girl.  You inspire me to be all these things and more.  I love you dearly.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Project: House to Home (Cecilia's Room)

As you can imagine moving can be very difficult.  Well try and endure that while being 3.  My little has been a very brave girl, so the moment our things arrived we got started on getting her room in order.  

Daddy putting up wall decals
I got these decals from Zulily for $30
She was so happy to see her keys

Her globe lamp night light
I think the happy face on the chalkboard means she likes her new room
The view from her bedroom window.  She got these window decals from her friend in California.
The couch sits right under that sunny sill with the butterflies.  It's a great place to read books.
This tree stands alone on a wall between her door and closet.  I saved a few more branches as her collection grows.

When Cecilia is happy, we're happy.  It is so nice to know she loves her new home and her room.  We hope you liked the mini tour.

Friday, July 18, 2014

So Long Bellingham: Hello Ketchikan

Bye to Uncle Bobby
Bye Auntie Jo

All aboard

Ketchikan: Home of Discovery's "Alaskan Bush People"

While on the Ferry Brandon built this for Cecilia.  He then asked her "Do you know what that says"?  She replied "ZOO".  OMG!  She's only 3!  Thank you Endless Reader app!

A beautiful trip to Juneau

Second Installment Of Our Trip Through The PNW

As you might have seen before in the earlier installment of our trip to Alaska, there were a lot of goodbyes.  One that was particularly hard for me was saying goodbye to the flowers my Grandma gave me before she passed.  They are now planted in my In-Laws garden.  I used to pick these very flowers out of her garden as a kid, and for the past 2 years my daughter has been able to do the same.

Next stop…. Tacoma

The street I grew up on

My old home.  The window on the tippy top was my room; it over looked the sound.

We then stopped by my step sisters house.  Even though our parents are no longer together she will always be family.  There is nothing like watching our little ones play together.

Sweet cousins

Adrien enjoying some watermelon 

Cecilia and Claire….. Here comes trouble
Cecilia Loved her Auntie Jenn's Pigs
After we said goodbye to them we drove by my High School.

Stadium High School AKA Padua High for those "10 Things I Hate About You" fans

Then off to Opera Alley to have dinner with some friends at my favorite place to eat.

Opera Alley
Over the Moon Cafe has some of the best food in town!!!

Their steak is AMAZING

We then continued to Bellingham, where we spent a few days before boarding the Ferry.

We caught a Bells Game

4th of July Fireworks