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A Day Out with Auntie


I know this title will just put Madison over the edge because technically I’m just a second cousin, but this is my blog and I’ll call myself Auntie if I want :) now back to the reason for the post….

I had Friday off and offered to take Mason out for the day. I’ve taken Mason on outings many times before but normally I just schlep him along with whatever my plans are (running errands, hanging out at my house, etc.) and normally have his sisters with him. This trip however was just the two of us and I thought it would be fun to take him to the Children’s Museum.

He was super excited when I showed up and was ready to go bye-bye right away. I had to distract him with toys at home for awhile because it was to early to leave, but that didn’t last long.

(I don’t know why the photo flipped, but it looks like I’m in the passenger seat! Don’t worry I was still in the driveway when I took this picture!!)

When we first arrived he was pretty shy and clingy, but quickly warmed up and had a great time!

We drove big busses!

He found a girlfriend and together they drove a tractor, very romantic first date!

We dug for fossils and moved LOTS of woodchip bark around!

We crawled through tunnels!


And played with trains!

And then we hit the water area. I purposely left his area for our final stop of the day because I knew he would love it and I turn get soaked! Having been to this museum before and left with soggy kids, I thought ahead and brought him a new outfit! And my theory was correct, he had a blast and was wet form head to toe!

Mason really enjoyed this water feature that would suck plastic balls up a tube and shoot it down into a large container with a raging water tornado.  He did this over, and over, and over.  It was really cool to see him learning cause and effect right in  front of my eyes!  I was pretty proud of him!


 Don’t you just love his bossy no when the girl tries to join him!

While I was playing alongside of him I realized that I have never been to a kids place like this without bring lots of kids. I’ve done it many times with twins and triplets, plus friends, and spend the entire time counting heads. I never have had the chance to really play and be one-on-one with a child…it was pretty cool and not to mention fun!

This was a great day and I hope to get to do it again soon!


I Spy….


Okay, and Mason & Emma!

What a fun event Eastside Baby Corner was invited to be a part of!




#CatchTheMoment 365–Year in Review


I did it, I finally completed my Catch the Moment 365 Year in Review!  It’s not 100% right, but I’m tired of fighting with the program I’m using to get it perfect and at this point don’t really care.  Okay, that’s not 100% true, more that I’m running out of time before I leave on my cruise on Thursday!

Thank you Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming for being amazing hosts and pushing me to complete the challenge no matter how behind I got!  I’m happy I was able to complete the challenge!

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Now that my photo challenge is over, guess what happens Thursday?!?  I board a plane from Seattle to ROME!!!!

Yes, Rome!

On Saturday I will embark on a 21 day Mediterranean Cruise!  I am so excited and ready to go!  Well, I’m ready to go but I’m not ready to go if you know what I mean!  I’m 85% packed and started prepping all my electronics for the 9.5 hours flight to Amsterdam and then a 1.5 hour flight into Rome.  I hate packing, so this part is extremely painful for me, but this too shall pass and soon I’ll be on my way to the Mediterranean!  Bring it on!

I plan on blogging each night of my cruise; the posts most likely will be quick with just a couple photos, but still fun to post and share.  So make sure you come back and follow my journey!

See you in Rome (or on the way!).

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Energy Sucker

That is what pools are …. energy suckers.


No!  In this instance “energy sucker” is a GOOD thing!

After several days cooped up inside with snow fluttering outside, we were ecstatic to check into a hotel with a nice INDOOR pool!  The kids swam forever while Julia and I lounged in lawn chairs, pretending the sun was shining outside and not snowing! 

The kids had a great time getting the energy sucked out of them…


The twins were so cute and wanted me to record them jumping!  They couldn’t wait to get out of the water to watch what they had just done!



Swimming wears you out, which makes it the best energy sucker ever!

Later that day we had a memorable adventure rock climbing at Wild Walls!!  Can’t wait to post the pictures from the party we had there!  Fun times!

Happy Friday Friends!

Wanna Hear What I Sound Like?

I don’t really care for what I sound like when I’m video-taped.  It’s extremely high pitched and squeaky.  Hurts my ears!  So here is a rare listen of what I sound like!

This video is for an upcoming consignment sale, where I’m teaching sellers how to properly tag (price) and get ready for the sale!!




Emma: Emergency Room Star!

You’d never know from these photos that this little girl was super sick!  When I first arrived at Children’s to visit, Emma and Jaime had already been there for nearly 5 hours.  Emma was exhausted and all she did was cry and chew on her blankie.  It was so sad. 

Why was Emma in the ER?  Her pediatrician feared that her intestines had become intertwined.  If that was the case she would need emergency surgery to fix her intestines.  However, after a painful (for all of us) IV insertion and x-rays, Emma’s medicine and fluids finally kicked in and she was a different child!  I finally got the okay to pull out the camera and take some photos, where she turned into the Emma we all know and love! 


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How cute is she??  She turned a total 180 when her medicine and IV fluids kicked in!! 


Emma’s last test was keeping Gatorade down.  She was supposed to get 5cc every 5minutes from a syringe, after the first 5cc, she started demanding “MORE, MORE, Juice”.  After that there was no holding her back!

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Don’t believe me that she wanted more juice so badly…see for yourself!




Gotta love the diapered hospital gown!


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After she had her Gatorade she was a new woman…she wanted to take off and go for a walk up and down the halls of the hospital.  Yes, bare feet, diaper, gown, IV boarded arm, and all.  The doctors and nurses would ooh and ahh over how adorable she was when she’d go walking by and tell them “hi”!

Oh my favorite part was after every procedure and test, that clearly she disliked and hurt, she would turn to the doctor/nurse/assistant and say [in tears] “thank you!”  That right there, won the hearts of all the hospital staff.  She may have only been there a short time, but I think she became a favorite (okay I might be a little biased!).

In the end they ruled out problems with her intestines.  Her lungs were clear, so no pneumonia.  The final diagnosis was a nasty virus, that’s running it’s course.

I think the hospital visit jump started Emmalee’s immune system, because today she was much better.  Exhausted, but an on the mend baby!

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Jack loves ME MORE!

Here’s my sweet Jackers sharing his love for me with the world!!

Madison’s First Dance Recital!

I spent Saturday playing Backstage Aunt for my niece, Madison’s very first dance recital!  I gotta admit, I was misting up, as I watched her dance from the stage wings!  She did such a great job, I’m so proud of her!!

The quality isn’t great, as it was taken on her dad’s iPhone…but here it is!  Oh and that’s also her daddy cheering her on!!

She’s the cutest, don’t you think!!

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