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Too many cute ones from this week…
Too hard to limit myself to only one.

20140804-130246-46966428.jpgBlue eyes staring at the blue sky from Dada’s lap.

20140804-130247-46967299.jpgCatching a Silly Jack moment at Carillon Point in Kirkland.

20140804-130248-46968325.jpgSeattle hipster.

20140804-130249-46969138.jpgStaring in awe into the inside of the Mariners dugout! It was so cool to be able to walk out onto the field and to run the bases!

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Any time we drive north, through the gorgeous Skagit Valley, we make a mandatory stop at Snow Goose Produce for some of the best, and definitely the biggest, ice cream around!

Summer Is Here!

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Summer is in full swing here and, so far, it has been superb.

The days have been hot, the evenings have been warm, especially within the walls of our non-air conditioned home.

Bed time has been pushed way back, making mornings a little hard to wake up for.

Faces are sticky with ice cream and melted s’mores.

Jack’s skin constantly smells of sunscreen.

The backyard smells of charcoal mixed with the aroma wafting from a lightly brushed basil plant. And, you will be hard-pressed to find us eating a meal indoors.

I often struggle with life in Seattle. The endless gray and drizzle for much of the year can feel very monotonous.

But in the summer, all of that goes away.

Summer shines in Seattle like nowhere else; there is no place I’d rather be.

We are extending our days with the sun, excited to soak it all up.

Hope you are doing the same.

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This boy…
This view…
This restaurant (Westward on Lake Union)…
Life is pretty grand.

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San Juan Island July 4th camping weekend: this is the trip when these two really bonded.

Heart swell…

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Exploring the tide pools at Olympic Beach in Edmonds and learning how to identify a mottled crab shell (versus a dead crab) plus the crab’s gender.

Plus, those lips…totally dreamy.

Still catching up on our weekly photo series…
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Four weeks ago, we were at Green Lake with some of our best friends, The Gallardos, who were visiting from Florida. The kids were stopping to explore as we walked around the lake and this particular moment of exploration, that we happened to even catch on camera, turned from fun to terrifying really quickly when Jack fell off of the dock edge into the water. (See him in the above photo starting to lose his balance?)
It all happened so quickly, thank goodness, but it was still horrifying thinking about all of the “what ifs…”. Jack was brave, but it also hit him like a wave as his shock wore off and he processed his own fear.
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A few hours after the incident when we were alone, he said to me, “Mama, do you know what I was thinking about when I was in the water? I was thinking I might not ever see my house again…”. Oh, you can believe that I had trouble choking down my emotions with that comment.

This little boy…I love him more than all else. And, sometimes it feels like I can’t possibly keep him close enough.

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