Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New House

 We sold our Kansas home last week.  Even better, the sign has been officially changed from "Pending" to "SOLD" on our Washington home, so here are some pictures! 
These are the pictures taken for the MLS after the house was professionally staged.  If you visit us in the next year or two, expect some empty rooms.  ;)

 The natural light of this home was what drew us in.  The sunny lot and expansive windows will help overcome the Seattle dreariness. 
 Over an acre of Punkette paradise in the back yard! 

 We close and take possession the end of June and will move in the first week of July.

Won't you come visit us?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Visiting the Mountains

 Living in the Pacific Northwest is amazing.  Drive about 45 minutes and you find yourself in the mountains! Snow was piled high on the side of the road as we passed through the ski resort Ricky can't wait to take the girls to this winter, Steven's Pass.

 We camped with new friends at the Laevenworth KOA, an incredibly beautiful place.  The girls had fun playing, swimming, and hiking.
 Visiting Deception Falls.  The amount of water rushing over the rocks overwhelming and deafening.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Aliah is 9!

 We spent Aliah's birthday weekend camping with our new church family in Leaveworth, just a few hours away.  Aliah was in heaven, waking up at 6:30 in the morning to go explore by the river near our campsite.

 After our friends woke up, we celebrated with a round of "Happy Birthday" with candles in her breakfast of choice, blueberry muffins.
 Spending time together hiking as a family surrounded by the mountains:

 Exploring and eating in the German town of Leavenworth:

 Aliah choose to go out for supper to a '50's diner where she got a complementary shake from Flo and the staff:
 Violet and Annabelle shared their own shake:
 A birthday she probably won't forget!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Annabelle the Brave

We have always told the Punketes that they had to be in 3rd grade before they got their ears pierced.  (That was the age I got mine pierced when I was a kid.)  Well, we have had a third grader in our family for almost a year now, but she hasn't been interested.  When Annabelle's birthday came around, she asked if she could get it done.  We made the executive decision that she was mature enough to take care of her ears herself and decided that it would be a good birthday present.  Since her birthday fell on the same day we moved out of our home in Kansas, we waited to have her ears pierced until after we settled in Washington.

The BEFORE picture:
and, a couple minutes later, the AFTER picture:  Those petite little lobes called for petite little 14k white gold balls.
Annabelle, who is known to be a risk-taker, stayed super calm.  She had a deer-in-the-headlights look and a goofy toothless smile the whole time.

Not to shabby for just getting a couple of holes in her head!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Our First Hike

Our first Washington hike was a total success!  We met our Seattle friends Melissa and Jake early and hiked all morning.  Over 5 miles all together, with some not-so-easy terrain.

We may not have found the water falls we were looking for, but we did find some trees covered in whimsical moss and this giant tree trunk:

The girls inside of the hollow tree trunk:
Our hiking partners, Melissa and Jake:

We can't wait to come back again!

Friday, May 18, 2012

We're in Seattle

We made it to Seattle in one piece and boy has it been a whirl wind since then. This is the reason I have been MIA on the blog the past week:

The day after we arrived we found a house (and it has some really big trees)!  We are getting close to the end stages the purchasing process and so hopefully in the next few days the purchase agreement will go from "Pending Inspection" to "SOLD."  If all continues to go well, we will move in from our temporary house the beginning of July. 

The girls and I have enjoyed 'God's red carpet treatment' of beautiful sunshine the entire first week of our arrival.  The mountains are beautiful, but the giggles of the girls as they splash in the swimming pool with other Microsoft kiddos from around the world has been even better.  Of the new friends we have made the past week poolside at our temporary housing complex, all but one has moved from another country.

We also attended a church Sunday that turned out to be a perfect fit for us.  Thank you God for your amazing provisions. 

We MISS OUR FAMILY.  That's all I can say about that right now.