August 19, 2014


"Pictures of the everyday once a week in 2014."
1.These cheerful daisies and yellow buttons.
 2.  One day's garden harvest.  Yum!!!  Add to that several handfuls of basil and mint.
 3.  A little sleeping boy.
 4.  This beautiful cream moth sitting just on my doorframe.

What special things characterized your week?

August 18, 2014

Crystal Mountain Gondola

A few weeks ago, with family visiting, we visited Crystal Mountain nestled just outside the NE corner of the Mount Rainier National Park.  
Summer in the Pacific Northwest is absolutely gorgeous! 
This view is free of charge and can be seen outside the park as you skirt the Steven's Canyon Entrance of Mount Rainier traveling North towards Crystal Mountain.   Blue sky, green trees, sparkling white glaciers...
 During the summer, the lift to one of the mountain tops is open as well as the a restaurant...this is the view after clearing the first ridge.
 Little James loved the view, but some others were white-knuckling it the entire ride.
The view from the top was absolutely amazing.  Totally worth the ride.  Do you hear any singing?
 Because I'm pretty sure that some sort of crescendo-ing instrumental should be resounding.
 They even provided chairs for sunbathing/enjoying the view at the top.
Visiting Crystal Mountain is a must do.  Just be sure to literally beat off the chipmunks, they will run all over your bare legs, into your pack, or onto your lap.  They have no fear.  You've been warned.

Have you had a chance to get to the mountains this summer?

August 12, 2014


"Pictures of the everyday once a week in 2014."
1.  The road to Crystal Mountain...for fun with family.
 2.  This colorful thistle, and it reminding me of Scotland and my Scots-Irish roots.
 3.  Picture sent to Brad as a hello during lunch break.
 4.  Someone's new favorite things are pots and pans.

August 11, 2014

Dear James: 11 months

Oops...only fuzzy camera photos this month.

Hello James,

My what a big boy you are!  This past month has been a lot of growth for you!  We reintroduced dairy through me to you, and thus far you've been ok.  HOORAY!!!  I want to eat all the cheese.  You however don't get any for a little bit.  We started sleep training this month because it was time...and you are not longer waking 2-5 times a night to eat, which has been wonderful on everyone.  And in sleeping more through the night, you've decided naps are for infants, and sometimes won't take one all day and be no less happy.  And then some days you take a 2 hour nap.  I definitely see you Dad's sleeping habits forming.  :)  You are SO eager to walk, and I have a feeling that you will be running rather than walking.  You favorite speed is fast.  The other day you were playing in the kitchen while I was washing dishes, and then I noticed how quiet it was.  You were sitting in the cupboard with all the pots and pans licking everything.  It was hilarious!

Sleeping through the night
Saying Mama
Clapping your hands
Walking on all fours like Mogli
Crawling fiend
Cruising around all the things
Standing for a few seeconds

Love you so many loves,
Mama and Daddy

July 31, 2014