Friday, July 27, 2012

A Day Downtown

A day trip over to Seattle to show our first Kansas visitor, April, the sights.  Here are the highlights according to the Punkettes.  Of course #1 on the list always includes sitting in the accordion connecting part of the double bus.  A close second is getting Starbucks hot chocolate.
 Making a contribution to the top germiest tourist attraction- the wall of gum outside Pike Place Market.

Warding off the Seattle drizzle on the pier with our raincoats.  Contemplating riding the giant ferris wheel.  (I got out of that one by telling them we needed to buy tickets online to avoid the line- phew!)
 Visiting the Seattle Aquarium which involved petting the starfish and feeding the sea urchins.

Can't wait to hop on the bus again soon!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

In Our Backyard

 In our backyard you will find giant blue hydrangeas the size of dinner plates and purple butterfly bushes that are about 10 feet tall.
Some delicate  lavender hydrangeas
  A winding stream,
with a little boy fishing,
that ends with a round koi pond with a cute little girl to show it off.

Monday, July 16, 2012


This week was VBS at our church, other-wise known as "Mommy-Gets-The-Mornings-To-Unpack-Uninterrupted Week."
 Annabelle received a very special award, Best Listener!  I am super proud of her, especially since she has the propensity to exercise her mouth more than her ears in most situations.
 Violet with her teacher.
The girls in the hot air balloon for the Sky theme.

Friday, July 13, 2012


 "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore!" 

This Saturday, Ricky decided it was time to get me out of the mountains of boxes and packing paper for a family hike to Wallace Falls.

 Aliah kept saying, "I LOVE THIS,"  and kept showing the double-thumbs-up.  Guess she is pretty happy with her new surroundings. 
I do have to concur, God did a pretty fine job.

Chicken, Airplane, Soldier

It's that time of the year, time for swimming lessons.  We are learning about the differences here in the Pacific Northwest.  One difference is that most of the pools and swimming lessons are indoors.  I enrolled the Punkettes in lessons at the Sports Club that Daddy is a member of.  It's the mac-daddy of all sports clubs (since all Microsoft employees get a membership), I've heard it's the largest in the country.  You can seriously get lost there.

Violet's new-found swimming skills have been impressing her teacher.  I probably could have enrolled her in a higher level class, since she miraculously began swimming recently.  She has been practicing her Chicken-Airplane-Soldier (elementary backstroke).
The big girls have enjoyed their semi-private lessons, most weeks by themselves or with only one other child.  They made a lot of gains working on their rhythmic breathing. 
And for a little fun at the end:

Saturday, July 7, 2012

We've Moved!

Thanks to a little effort on our part and lot of effort on Microsoft's part, we are now moved into our new home.  A crew of six guys unloaded our things from three moving trucks.  Our things had been in storage for the past two months inside these giant crates.  You can see that each moving truck held four crates. 

We celebrated by going out to eat at the local Chinese restaurant.  Asian food here is amazing because of the large Asian population.  Although most of the food was "Chinese/American," it was all made from fresh ingredients and was the best Chinese food we have ever had.

It was a long day, and each of the girls were super excited to hit the sack in their own beds in their own new rooms:

You would have thought Mr. Haigh would be sacked out on the couch, but at 11:00 p.m. I found him fixing the wobbly dishwasher handle.  He's a pretty handy guy to have around, not to mention an amazing provider for our family.