Thursday, June 26, 2008

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The weather is finally looking like summer and so we took advantage of the beauty and headed to Vancouver lake for some fun in the sun. It is one of the many local lakes that I used to go to growing up. And check out the views of Mt. St. Helens & Mt. Hood-does it get any better than this?? There are plenty of great places to play in the water here and the kids said it was almost as fun as the German Schwimbads-if only it had a waterslide!!

Savannah & Caitlyn

David making friends

The girls are digging all day

Benj chillin in the shade

Monday I was making cookies for family night with Bella's help. We had gotten all the ingriedients in and were getting ready to do a final mix, I turned my back for one second and when I turned around the bowl was full of pink lemonade. Bella says, ''mom the cookies were thirsty"-this girl has an excuse for everything. I mixed them up anyway, they were a little flatter than normal but tasted grrreat!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Monday marked 6 years that Dave has been in the Army and a promotion from Captain to Major, and then Monday night at 11:59 he was officially honorably discharged from the Army. Cheers and Hooah's were said and the end of a wonderful/frustrating adventure was celebrated with a lot of food and visiting. Dave also gave us a great family home evening lesson on the military and his experiences in it.

The military has been frustrating and hard but it has also given us the chance to see the world, grow up a bit and meet some of the most wonderful people in the world. So for that we are thankful.

Dave put together a slide show to show the family and here are some pictures from it...unfortunately we didn't get a digital camera until we got to Germany so I don't have many pics from NC and few pictures from 07-08 since they are in storage...oh well.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Home Sweet Home

So we have been stressing about finding a home, not that we don't love mooching off my parents-but frankly a family of 6 needs their own space and so do the angels who have taken us we made an offer last week and it was accepted and we are SO EXCITED to have a place of our own. We move in July 18th! Here are some pictures of the lovely domicile

It is on the same street as my aunt Kim who has kids the same ages as mine & a wonderful babysitter I am sure we will be taking advantage of (thanks Talia...)

I think this is what drew us the most...the yard isn't huge but the wetland behind us is govt owned so there won't be any houses on it ever. YEAH! So the kids have their own private wilderness and there are some planned trails and a new park going in on one side of the wetland.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Welcome Welcome Sabbath Morning

I love Sundays, especially when we have 9:00 church. The sun is shining, which is rare since instead of June it is Junuary here in the Pacific Northwest. So the kids are enjoying a rare chance to play outside and I am enjoying a quiet house. What better way to feel the spirit, reflect on your day than to listen to music while the sun shines in your window on a Sunday morning.

Things are progressing slowly with the purchase of the practice -I had no idea all the detail that went into buying & starting your own business. So complicated. We have found a few homes we like So we need to buckle down and make decisions. Oh the pressure. This will be our first home-Dave & I have been married 12 years, and since we won't be moving again for a long time...I am feeling so much pressure to get it JUST RIGHT! It has been really fun looking though, so maybe I will look for another week or so before making a decision.

Benj is growing too fast, he got his first taste of solids a few weeks ago and LOVED IT. He can't get enough of food, and always begs for more when the little dish is empty. He is really a good natured baby, except when he is teething. He got his first tooth last week and has been working on his second. SO FUN!

Here are some pictures from the last few weeks:

Benjamin enjoying his first meal!

Bowling on a rainy memorial day
Bella gets a strike!
Bella & Gabby fighting over balls-soon they will be fighting over boys!
My Grandpa Teuscher turned 80 so we had a surprise birthday party for him!
Bella taking Kroll for a walk at the party
David & Rick enjoying the sunshine & warm weather
My gorgous grandma

The lovely magicians assistant Savannah