Monday, May 27, 2013


We bought some lady bugs for our garden today to take care of the little pests eating our plants. Before letting them go we did a bit of research on them and discovered that it's best to release them with moisture. How perfect for a rainy day! We also learned that the babies look like tiny alligators and Oliver has been asking us all afternoon how alligators turn into ladybugs. Wouldn't that be quite a sight! The boys had fun releasing them and Oliver brought a few inside to keep as pets.

low tides

The boys had fun at Golden Gardens on Friday. The tide was really low and there were many creatures to explore in the tide pools! We saw crabs, starfish, geoducks (which are a type of clam), birds and trains.
getting ready to explore
geoduck! Oliver and Tessa had fun poking them and watching them sink back into the sand and spray water over a foot tall.
starfish! we saw several.
looking for more geoducks

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Uncle Evan celebrated his 26th birthday with us yesterday! He went with Oliver to preschool in the morning which made a certain little boy very happy. The boys also helped me make this delicious cake and they could hardly wait to try it.
Uncle lights the candles
ready to blow!
team work!
Uncle makes the first cut
my first four layer cake!
waiting in anticipation
yum! frosting!
and now I'm thirsty

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day 2013: crossfit, walk to farmers market, gardening, salmon, sun and napping kids!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

fire engine man

Someone was awfully happy to have gotten a hold of his brother's fireman hat without him noticing. He even managed to snag the fire truck (aka the wooden airplane that magically transforms into whatever particular vehicle is needed at the moment).

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

backyard fun

As the weather gets warmer, the boys have been enjoying more and more time outside. All it takes is a little water and dirt and they can occupy themselves for hours!

Mr. Cool in his sunglasses
I'm not exactly sure what he's doing here
the teakettle lid makes a nice hat!
Elliott demonstrates hands-free drinking on a tricycle
and again
camera hog
busy mixing mud
fence climbing
hanging out on the slide
They have been enjoying the front yard, too!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

naked baby and a tea kettle

Elliott plays with the newest backyard toy, a tea kettle from goodwill! The boys love to fill it with water and pour it into their dirt pit. I couldn't resist these photos of Elliott.


Watch Elliott disappear as he plays one of his favorite games :)