A snowy Saturday

 

Bekah is dressed like Laura Ingalls as we head out to Krispy Kreme

We had already determined that Saturday (2/26) was going to be our trip to Krispy Kreme to redeem our Valentine ‘free doughnut’ coupons, and then it snowed – again. We bundled up, drove to North Seattle, fed our fat cells, and then headed out for a walk.

Fun family morning!

Snowy streets

All loaded up snug as bugs!

Yummm!

The boys

The girls (and the dog)

Feeling daring with her rubber boots on, Ashley descends into the partially frozen ditch.

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First day of spring 2010

It’s warm! Gotta head outside. Once some household stuff was taken care of both in and out of the house we packed up and headed across the way to the Lake Sammamish area and Marymoor Off-Leash Dog Area – one of our favorite places.

And we're off!

Once the sun comes out, all Bekah can think about is water. March 21st and she's got on a swimsuit in Seattle!

She did confess that the water was cold.

Where Bekah thinks water, Jordan's thoughts immediately go to "'throwing rocks in the water', a favorite past time.

As we meandered down the trails, we eventually came to a bird sanctuary where dogs could go but had to be leashed. More water was located...

Ashley took hold of the camera and rock skipping began

It was so amazing to me that the trees could still be so bare and yet the temperatures be so comfortable.

The maiden, stripped to just her swimsuit

Down a great bridge trail with no idea where it went, just hoping we were actually on a 'loop'.

Aha! The Lake! Mom and Bekah at the end of the dock

Willie and Jordan reach the end of the dock

What was intended to be a family photo shoot - cut short by a wicked inch long splinter in Jordan's palm.

The girl with the camera! She did a great job. So many nature shots I could never post them all.

Quite a long walk. Jordan started complaining that his feet hurt. Should have paid a little more attention to that...

The good news: A gorgeous, 71 degree family day

The not so pleasant part was that even by the next morning, Jordan’s right instep looked horrendous. Puffy, purple, really scary. I thought he was going to end up with a serious pressure sore. The last few days have been spent purchasing new shoes he can wear without the splints (which he was rubbing on and caused the skin problem), adjusting the splints, back and forth conversations with physical therapist, and several calls to Children’s to set up appts. with orthopedists. It appears that Jordan’s instep has fallen more than 1/2″ in the last 4-6 weeks. He seems to be hitting a growth spurt that his foot and ankle ligaments just can’t support. Our goal at this point is to “save” the foot as much as possible until he is seen April 8th. Thanks for praying.

Great Wolf Lodge family mini-vacation

More photos of our overnight at Great Wolf.

Bekah Boo

Our 'family suite'

Climbing up into the fort to access some mild slides seemed reasonable with Jordan...

Until we found ourselves in a deluge. Every 3-5 minutes, 10,000 gallons.

The girls enjoyed riding the larger slides with Daddy. This was a 60 foot tall slide called the Howling Tornado.

Bekah and good friends Molly and Mattie whose family we were blessed to enjoy the trip with.

Willie and Jordan on opposite sides of a waterfall.

Ashley relaxing in the wave pool between waves

The GIRLS 🙂

Willie, Bekah, Ashley and friend Mattie

Bekah and a new friend in the wave pool.

So thankful for a little fun, relaxing time away together.

Mariners vs. Yankees 8-15-09

Well, they couldn’t pull out a win for us but it sure was an experience to attend a Yankees game at Safeco Field! Once again, thanks to Starlight Children’s Foundation, we got to take the family to the ballpark for a super fun game. And this time, the Johnson family got to join us.

The beautiful, Safeco Field

The beautiful, Safeco Field

Monopoly money rains down onto the field and into the dugouts when "Pay-Rod" (aka Alex Rodriguez) returns to Seattle.

Monopoly money rains down onto the field and into the dugouts when "Pay-Rod" (aka Alex Rodriguez) returns to Seattle.

This was the first game at Safeco in 10 years which featured former teammates Ken Griffey, Jr. and Alex Rodriguez. The phenoms played together for the M’s for the better part of 5 seasons (1995-1999).

What has caused all this Yankee commotion?

What has caused all this Yankee commotion?

That's right, Jordan!

That's right, Jordan!

Griffey!

Griffey!

Griffey!

Griffey!

Griffey!

Griffey!

Rally caps and cotton candy!

Rally caps and cotton candy!

And this is what it looks like when Griffey strikes out...

And this is what it looks like when Griffey strikes out...

Oh well, we had a ton of fun anyway!

Mommy and Bekah

Mommy and Bekah

Keith and Kim Johnson

Keith and Kim Johnson

The Bodger Girls

The Bodger Girls

Seafair 2009 – part 2

I don’t have pictures of our first parade of the year (Greenwood Neighborhood) because I went to take my first picture and realized at that point that I’d had forgotten my photo card at home. Bummer! And I had the cutest picture of Jordan and Bekah looking over the back of the camp chair at me just prior to the start of the parade. Oh well, one for the memory bank!

Our 3rd Seafair event found us traveling to the shores of Lake Washington on a cooking hot day to watch the Blue Angels do their air show overhead. I have taken the kids to this for most of the years we’ve been able to attend – a.k.a. ‘not sick from cancer or related effects’. After a while it seems that the pictures seem to look the same from year to year, but the sound and maneuvers are still thrilling. And when they make new passes overhead I know they have changed their show from the past years.

Enjoy some of our fun with us – which caused all of us veteran moms to don swimsuits and cool off in the comfortable water. And, not only was there excitement in the air but also on the water (Seattle Fire) and in the water (life guard rescued at 4 y.o. who went out too far and was bobbing – scary!!) Our 25 had a great time!

Cheryl & Rod staked our claim lakeside

Cheryl & Rod staked our claim lakeside

Gilberts, Sessions, Mansfields came down with us

Gilberts, Sessions, Mansfields came down with us

Koltin, Willie and Keith chat

Koltin, Willie and Keith chat

Let the show begin

Let the show begin

Jordan at the lake's edge, his finger in his hearing ear, and towel on his head to wipe the sand off his fingers

Jordan at the lake's edge, his finger in his hearing ear, and towel on his head to wipe the sand off his fingers

Bekah and Kiley swim and swim and swim

Bekah and Kiley swim and swim and swim

Heading off to our left

Heading off to our left

Showing just how slow and low the planes can fly

Showing just how slow and low the planes can fly

Sherice points out the Angels to Matthew

Sherice points out the Angels to Matthew

So cool

So cool

Sherice cools off and relieves Jordan's reddening feet

Sherice cools off and relieves Jordan's reddening feet

Jordan and Bekah snuggle in close for a photo

Jordan and Bekah snuggle in close for a photo

Medic rescue - a double show for us

Medic rescue - a double show for us. Too much alcohol and heat?

No wonder we felt so warm!

No wonder we felt so warm!

We’ll be back!!

Seafair 2009 – part 1

Seafair is Seattle at it’s best (as long as there are no shootings…..), but anyway it is so fun to come together and share the cultures and all that Seattle has to offer. Seafair runs for nearly a month and consists of numerous activities. This year, our family took in the Greenwood community parade, the big downtown Torchlight Parade, and then the Blue Angels air show over Lake Washington.

Seattle Police Drill Team lead off the parade

Seattle Police Drill Team lead off the parade

Torchlight begins officially

Torchlight begins officially

Steph and Willie

Steph and Willie

Parade Marshall: Mike Holmgren (retired Seahawks coach)

Parade Marshall: Mike Holmgren (retired Seahawks coach)

We didn't come prepared for the rain showers!

We didn't come prepared for the rain showers!

Had to improvise

Had to improvise

"Free Willy" or "Wet Willy"?

"Free Willy" or "Wet Willy"?

The girls said this was creepy because you could see the guy standing in there.

The girls said this was creepy because you could see the guy standing in there.

Mansfields (sans John) and Bodgers

Mansfields (sans John) and Bodgers

Goofy girls - Ashley and Rachel

Goofy girls - Ashley and Rachel

Sherice and Steph

Sherice and Steph

One of the best-known pieces of the parade - Running of the Dragon

One of the best-known pieces of the parade - Running of the Dragon

Fun times together!

Uncle Wes & Aunt Kara take the girls to the Tulips

Kara & Wes amongst the beautiful tulips of LaConnor 

 

Kara & Wes amongst the beautiful tulips of LaConnor

My brother, Wes, and his lovely bride of 2 years, Kara, came up from So. California for a perfectly-timed visit Thursday, 4/23 – Sunday, 4/26. Kara’s college friend got married on Saturday and that was a great excuse for an extended weekend visit with us. 

With Jordan’s surgery scheduled for Friday, it was the first time in years that we’ve had family here to care for the girls when Jordan’s been in surgery. And they came ready to spoil those nieces. Friday brought manicures and pedicures followed by a trip up north to The Tulip Festival before scooping up some fresh ice cream and heading home. 

Such relaxation! The entire chair was fit with massagers.

Such relaxation! The entire chair was fit with massagers.

Awwww. Bekah getting her nails done.

Awwww. Bekah getting her nails done.

Bekah's purple nails with flowers on the thumbs. Her toes match.

(Blurry, but you get the idea.) Bekah's purple nails with flowers on the thumbs. Her toes match.

The tulips were soaking up the infrequent NW sun

The tulips loved the rare NW spring sun

The girls with smiles all around

The girls with smiles all around

Aunt and Uncle with their nieces

Aunt and Uncle with their nieces

My Brother!

My Brother!

Bekah in the bulbs

Bekah in the bulbs

They loved this old bus. Ashley and her Uncle.

They loved this old bus. Ashley and her Uncle.

What an amazing day. And then they swung by the grocery store and picked up the fixings for tacos. Willie and I came home from Jordan’s surgery to a Mexican Fiesta. Thanks guys! It was so wonderful to have you here.

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