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Pre-K Graduation day

It’s a very bitter sweet moment in our lives! My girls are growing up.  Katelyn will be entering Kinergarten and with that, we say goodbye to ABCD Daycare.  Katelyn is very excited to start Kindergarden but we have known ABCD for 7 years total and it was a very sad day when I picked Katelyn up for the last time! They have been a part of our extended family and have helped raise both my girls!  Ms. Connie and Ms. Nicole did and excellent job at pre-k graduation!  

Take a moment and enjoy the picture of our Sassy Pre- K graduate…. and then celebrate with me, For the first time in five years I’ll have one drop off!

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Paint on the house

When we closed back in December, we closed with the outside of the house unpainted because of the weather! We were ready to have our house color a little different than everyone else’s in the neighborhood!   We went with a Tan with chocolate brown trim! As it was going on we cringed… the tan was looking gold! Uuuhhhgggg!  

Once the chocolate trim went on it, thank goodness, took some of the gold out of the tan color! 

The Drake Flock

I have been wanting chickens for as long as I can remember and I knew when we moved out on property I would maybe get to have some! After months and months of begging george, in one weak moment he agreed! I think it was a “fine, get them if you want but I’m not taking care of them comment.”
I took that as a YES! That was a Saturday and by the next morning the kids and I had a plan for getting and raising chicks! 
Sunday we made a trip to North40 and got us, Bella, Lilly, Pepper, Blacky, Oreo, and  Cocoa! 



We kept them inside in a self made brooder (rubbermade tote and heat lamp). We raised them in the garage for the first 8 weeks. During this eight weeks we went back and forth between building and buying a coop!! We ended up doing a combination! We found a coop on Craigslist that turned out being awesome! We bought it, put it in place, built a run around it and painted and trimmed out the coop to look like our main house! 

It turned out awesome and the girls LOVE their new home! 

Easter 2017

George has dreamed about this day for many years! Growing up, they always had a big egg hunt out at his grandma’s ranch! Those memories live on and he always wanted a big hunt for his kids! This year is the first of many!

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! 

Back to Seattle We Go

George and I both love watching the Supercross races! So we are headed back to Seattle with friend to have a weekend of fun!

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!

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