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Easter Eve 2017

Easter is kind of a marker for me! It was the last Holiday we actually celebrated on Nellie Ct and although we faked Christmas at our new house this will be the first Holiday we actually celebrate in the new house!  

Once again we dyed our eggs with food coloring and rice! I haven’t found a cleaner way to do it and they always turn out great! 

Looking forward to the bunny visiting tonight and the big egg hunt tomorrow! 


Spring Break – Day 3 Science Center, Pike Street, & Space Needle

Day three…We enjoyed the Pacific Science center, the market, and space needle! All the kids spent a lot of time learning at the science center,  which my kids loved! They are famous for requesting “Sunday Science” experiments in our house, so it seemed like they were in heaven!  Kiersten’s favorite thing was the gravity mirrors while Katelyn loved an experiment to test her noses smelling capability!  Enjoy the pictures from our “Science Monday”! My favorite by far was the butterfly exhibit, while I’m sure George’s favorites were the experiments to see how strong he was! In typical man fashion him and Bret had to one up each other! Comical, how things haven’t changed in all these years I’m sure! We had a great time with the Miller family! 

After that we Ubered down to Pikes Street Market!  I could spend hours there, but everyone else seemed to get bored quick!  I love all the vender booths and the flowers!! Of course we couldn’t miss the famous fish throwers! 

The last part of the day we visited the space needle at night! We went up the needle 5 years ago, during the day, and I have to say at night it’s much prettier!  The twinkling city lights are my favorite!! 

Spring Break – Day 2 Bass Pro Shop, aquarium, & cruise

Bass Pro Shop was the destination of the morning! At 9 am we hit the not so open road to Tacoma! We didn’t purchase much but bass pro is an adventure and the kids enjoyed all the sights! 

After Bass Pro Shop we became true tourists again, rode the monorail, enjoyed the sights of the Seattle aquarium, and then we went out on Argosy boat cruise out into Elliot bay!  Once back in dry land we indulged at The Crab Pot!!

Spring Break – Day 1 Woodland Zoo

This spring break we took time off but didn’t know if we were going to do anything! Last minute some great friends got ahold of us to plan a last minute trip to Seattle!  So we didn’t tell the kids, but as soon as they called it a night on Friday my work began! I went shopping for last minute rain ponchos (after all it is Seattle), snacks and got everything packed for a fun few days away! The alarms buzzed loudly at 5am and the fun began!  Waking the kids up and telling them to get up and get dressed for vacation was an amazing surprise! Their eyes sparkled with excitement!  We hit the road after enjoying some gooey cinnamon rolls! 

 This vacation is all about surprising the kids and when the gps said “Woodland park zoo will be on your left”… they were shocked! We walked aprox 4.5 miles at the zoo and saw some beautiful animals! 

We then came back and enjoyed an hour or so of swimming!  

Only to crash out as soon as we hit the bed!

From This House – Welcome to our new phase! 

December 2015 was a month of tough decisions, we decided to put our first home, that held all of our family memories, on the market! This was where our family began, so you can imagine how tough that was! As time had passed, and the years flew by, we were outgrowing our house on Nellie Ct. With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes we signed the papers that officially listed our home!  

A few months prior we chatted about building our future dream home with a local builder, but without a new house to move into, it was a huge challenge to be excited! It made putting our home on the market that much harder for me!  When the end of December came, we put up what we knew to be our last Christmas tree for this phase of our lives! 

Thank goodness for so many decisions that needed to be made at the beginning, as I know this and seeing our future house plans is what helped get me through those tearful first days!!

In April of the following year, we moved our family into a rental, where we thought we would be for four short months! Four months turned into nine long months!  On July 8th we finally were able sign paperwork to start our new house! In September of of 2016 we broke ground and literally watched our dream come alive! 

The builders and our family worked hard over the next few months and we gained a little sweat equity into our future home! We stained all the beams and peaks, did the rock work on the exterior, the trex deck, and our gas fireplace rockwork, hearth, and mantel!

The end of December arrived, and it was time to let the packing begin! We started packing Dec 26th and signed on Dec 29th!   Some of the most amazing friends and family literally moved our whole house in a day and we were setup after the weekend!!

On December 30th we set up the Christmas tree and celebrated Christmas morning on December 31st, as the kids refused to do Christmas in the rental! 

That night, we also had a New Years sledding party with all our friends! Not one picture was taken. It was a whirlwind moving in and getting settled, but we had the best family and friends to help us, and this place already feels like home! Looking back, all the tears of putting our first home on the market were so worth it! Now… welcome to our new house and our new blog… “From This House”

Ps.  The house will get paint when the weather gets better!! 

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