Finding Refuge in our Backyard Swing Set

For Stella's sixth birthday, her grandfather gave her a swing set. For anyone that knows Stella, her energy is endless. The swing set is such a blessing, we can now come home at the end of the day, instead of having to stop at a park to burn off energy. We can just be. Every time …

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Spring Break 2014 Review In Pictures

Spring Break 2014! It started with Easter and ended with my Grandmother's 85th Birthday Party.  I took a few days off and Stella and I made the best of the week. Instead of just writing about it, I decided it would be better to show in pictures. It all started with a visit from the …

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The Sign of a Completely Successful Day

Stella participated in an Art Camp awhile back.  It was basically a days worth of art projects and play. The best part was the paint room, where the children could paint on the wall.  There were balls they could dip in the paint and throw on the wall, or they could paint with brushes or …

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Climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower (of sorts)

It has been a very mild December, and winter thus far, and Stella and I have taken advantage of every minute of it. Winter here is usually very rainy and dreary, making it hard to go outside and play. Stella is blessed with copious amounts of energy, something that will serve her well in life, …

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Soaking Up the Last Days of Summer

We have been blessed - Seattle had a beautiful summer.  Warm weather, lots of sun and very little rain. Stella and I tried to take advantage of every minute of it.  We spent a lot of time outdoors.  I have sandal tan-lines, which to me is a sign of a good summer. Recently, we headed …

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A Day at the Seattle Zoo with Old Friends

Stella has one friend that she has known since birth.  He is a few months older than her and lives in Portland.  But every once in a while, we get together to catch-up and let the kids play. This time, Alex and his family came to Seattle, so we met for a morning at the …

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A Barbie Party!

Stella is very lucky little girl - she has the Barbie Dream House, along with about a dozen or so Barbies and tons of clothes and accessories. I decided that her collection was a great cause for a Barbie Party: a play-date/party that is completely Barbie themed.  Stella was super excited by the idea, so …

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