Sea lion under a restaurant in Astoria. 

Just sharing some of the random pics I have from summer activities.

Sky Unicorn!


Driving Ms. Sky

Our October has been so nice it sort of feels like summer is just now ending. Today starts a stretch of rainy weather. There’s been a chill in the air in the mornings and evenings as well.

Human Foosball at Chambers Bay Kite Festival.


Winter is coming! I’m ready though…I wasn’t that into it last year, the weather/holidays/snow, but this year I’m feeling it and ready to embrace the Winter months and all they bring.

Sky was invited to cheer with Clover Park Cheer team during a football game…so much fun! She taught her friends the cheer and they learned it so well that they all got to participate. Nicest group of girls and they made Sky feel so welcome and part of the team!
Home project helpers…not so much, but they are cute. 🙂


Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a girl and her dog. I’m pretty sure Sky drives Ruthy crazy with her over the top displays of affection. But, Ruthy takes it all in stride (until she retreats to her crate).


For the most part, it’s mutual love and playing together. While I’m not always as patient with Ruthy as I could/should be I am thankful she’s part of the family, and that she’s so good with Sky. Sky adores her and those two run the house, literally running through the house!




Cuddle Bug

Sky – Mommy I just need a day to cuddle.

I love that’s she’s a cuddle bug! 

That’s what I heard when I woke her up for school this morning. And, you know what…I need a cuddle day too!

This first month of school is rough, for everyone. I’m not totally back into the school thing for her, or me (working in a school). It doesn’t help that the weather is changing, and while it’s been an easy weather switch so far, still the rainy/grey days we have had don’t help.

It’s getting darker and darker on my way into work in the mornings to, something I’m not happy about. I do love the temp this time of year though, something about sweatshirts with my summer capri pants and shorts just works for me.

But all in all…I think we could all use a cuddle day. Thank goodness for Football Sunday’s! I have no problem cuddling on the couch all day Sunday!

Happy cuddling!

Biker Chick

I think we have an official mountain biker on our hands! She is getting to the point where she wants to ride in the woods and down single track trails. Trails that give me pause btw. But, she’s all for it!

She wanted to take on a “hard” trail in the woods. Had to hop off a few times and get going again, but her sense of adventure is so strong!

She still has trouble here and there, had to hop off a few times on the trail in the picture, it was more technical than what she’s been riding on.

Our summer bike rides have been the highlight of summer for me! For one I’m enjoying being on my bike way more than running (although I’m getting back to running as well) it’s way easier on my bad knee. Second Sky has made huge progress from the beginning of summer to now. She’s so much more self sufficient, getting pretty good at her gears, and willing to take on pretty much anything the park has to offer.

Mark gets all the bike riding credit…he is the one that has taught her how to ride her bike, and how to adjust to her new bike with hand brakes and gears. 

Now we just have to get her some cold weather gear so we can keep up the skills during fall/winter. I hate to start over again in the spring. The winter wind chill on the bike though…that can be pretty cold. For now we are getting in as many family rides as we can while the weather is still accommodating.

Happy Biking!

Biting My Tongue

As parents we are supposed to know what’s right, what’s better, offer advice, give direction etc. But, sometimes not saying anything is the best option.

Sky has been in a jazz/tap/ballet combo dance class for a year, and the school was opening up audition for company teams (teams that compete) to kiddos her age. Sky really wanted to audition, I really thought another year of classes would be best, but after talking with her teacher decided it was a great opportunity to find out what being a company dancer means commitment and money wise, and would be a great learning experience for Sky. Sky went into it knowing not everyone would be selected and that it was good practice for her know what the audition process is.

Jazz Recital – last time we’ll see her doing jazz! She was the head of the line in the top pic, center of the group in the two bottom pics.

Sky had her heart set on jazz and jazz was auditioning early in the day, so I figured we’d be in and out pretty quick. Hahaha. Once Sky found out tap was next she wanted to audition for that as well. I so badly wanted to say no, we are not tap fans and paying competition fees for a style we don’t enjoy was not going to happen. But, I figured it was good practice for her to dance in front of judges. So off she went to tap.

Next up was hip-hop and once again Sky wanted to audition. She’s standing there looking at me, begging please with her big eyes, and guys I took a breath and almost crushed her with a big no. I was on the verge of saying “I don’t think that’s the best idea”…mind you she has not had a single hip-hop class, she is getting better – but has a hard time hearing the beat consistently, and I didn’t want to take up the judges time, my time, and Sky’s time auditioning for a dance style that she doesn’t even know what it is. But somewhere between saying “I” and “don’t” I decided to bite my tongue and keep all those thought’s and reasons, and “knowing better” to myself. Instead I said “I think that’s a great idea, go ahead, but remember you only get to be on one company team”. She squealed and jumped up and down and ran into the audition room happy as can be.

So proud of our little dancer!

Parents were not allowed in the auditions, so I stood out in the hallway and peaked through the window to watch all her auditions….I made sure she couldn’t see me though, I didn’t want her to worry about Mommy watching her. During jazz and tap she was pretty serious and seemed a little confused, but hip-hop was totally different. As soon as the music started she had a huge smile in her face, she was feeling it, and while I thought it was her best audition of all I still didn’t think much would come of it.

She ran out of the room saying hip-hop was the only one she wanted, she loved it. Once again in my head I’m thinking it’s not going to happen, she hasn’t been in any of the classes, and is starting from ground zero. Rather than share any of those practical thought, and try and make what I was sure would be disappointment softer, I let her know I hoped she got it  and that she did a great job.

Turns out I didn’t know better, I was not right, and I’m so thankful I bit my tongue and let her audition for hip-hop, because she made the company team! When he name was called she exploded with joy and was jumping and squealing all over the place.

It would have been all too easy to have called it a day after jazz, that was the original plan, but I’m glad we didn’t, and mostly I’m glad I kept all those thought to myself. Sometimes it’s ok to let our kiddos go out on a limb, and try new things, unplanned things and let the chips fall where they may. Especially when it’s something like dance auditions, there was no risk to her safety or well being, other than potential disappointment at not being picked for a team, but that’s part of life and something she will face sooner or later. I’m so proud of her for going for it, even when auditioning and hip-hop were new to her. She handled the whole experience so well, and I can’t wait to see how she progresses in hip-hop!



Settling Into Summer

Even though the last day of school was weeks ago it took me a bit to settle into summer. School may have stopped, but life didn’t. I was finishing up a training program and Sky was in full on dance practice getting ready for a public performance and a recital.

Spray Park fun with friends!

And, it took me a week or two to get back into the full time stay at home mom gig. Even though I work outside the home (during the school year) I still feel like a SAHM, so I was surprised to find myself a little adrift at how to settle back into life with Sky, just the two of us all day, every day. I still feel a little afloat, but we are having fun and managing to get everything done that needs doing.

Fairy Fest…Sky with some of the fairy’s from Charisma School of Dance.

When it’s sunny we are taking our workouts and summer school work outside, hitting the park and spray parks as often as we can, scheduling play dates, and getting in a ton of cuddle time. She still thrives on cuddle time with lot’s of silly conversation and tickles mixed in.

One thing I had no trouble getting back into….long slow lazy starts to the morning. It does take us a very long time to get up and going and out the door. We just enjoy taking our time in the morning, and I’m ok with that. Soon enough it will be back to work/school and back to rushing out the door, so for now we are slowing things down and enjoying the sun, and doing what we want.

Friend time…making sure she gets lot’s of that this summer!

It’s almost time for 4th of July and we have a busy week of vineyard work, visiting with family, and a family reunion that has been in the works since December last year! So excited for all the festivities and family time this week!

Happy Summer, and Happy 4th!


Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for walks at the park. Sky loves going for walks especially when there is no agenda. She loves getting to lead the way and pick every turn and every path. Little stinker though tends to pick the hardest hills she can find, which is super fun when I’ve run the day before or have done a leg workout…but I roll with it.

Walking with my girls.

I have found that we have some of the funniest conversations, and some of the most serious conversations. I think it’s easier sometimes to talk about hard things when we are walking and there isn’t direct eye contact. Less pressure that way.

Mommy let me climb the stump and you take a picture of me…and this is what I get?!

We are so lucky to live close to a park that has so much space that even when there are events going on we still find empty trails to wander. Bonus…with Ruthie she has someone to chase birds and butterfly’s with…which means I tire them both out and they don’t even realize what’s happening! 🙂

…and this…”My mouth needs to breath”.

So thankful I get to wander the park, and life with this little girl, and her dog! 🙂