Monday, September 29, 2014

Eulers Go East--Day 2

After a short drive we stopped at the Tillamook Creamery.  I wasn't familiar with Tillamook cheese until we moved West but here it is all the rage!  They make anything with milk, better.  Cheese, ice cream, yogurt.  Yum!

The factory was small but you were able to see some of the packaging and production.  The boys (especially Stafford) thought it was awesome.  Stafford pointed out the conveyer belt (thanks Mighty Machines) and we watched the cheese go through the factory.  Then we sampled cheese and ice cream.

Peter and I are both suckers for a good view.  We probably stopped more than the average traveler to look at the scenic overlooks but that's ok!  The Oregon Coast was simply breathtaking.

We had the best of intentions on Day two but after way less driving than we planned we had to stop.  The seating arrangement and frequent stops were making for a loud and slow trip!  We stopped in Newport and after checking in to our ocean view hotel headed downtown to check out the sea lions!

Sunset before dinner

S-man now loves sunsets as much as I do.  He will always agree to "chase the sun" when I want to go out at night to find a good place to see the sunset.

Love my big guy!!

Two days on the road and it already kind of felt like two hundred.  Traveling with three little ones is no joke!

Eulers Go East Days 1 & 2

I had the best of intentions.  Blogging our trip each day.  Exercising at night on the road.  I even packed my yoga mat.

Now that you've stopped laughing here are the highlights of our trip.  I'm currently writing a "how to travel with small children" post where I'll share the nitty gritty.  Because honestly most of the trip was that.  I chose to skip the pictures of screaming children and granola bar encrusted car seats.

So sit back and enjoy because despite the craziness we sure did!

We left our house on Monday September 15th.  I started the day by backing into a car in a parking lot.  Not exactly how I envisioned our departure. We had a sweet morning and the boys spent time with our neighbors as I took care of last minute details.  Before lunch we made one last trip to our playground with our dear friends and tried to hold back the tears as we said goodbye.  Fail.  

We left around 2pm and in true fashion we didn't have a hotel reservation.  I assumed we wouldn't have much trouble since school was in session and summer was over.  Thankfully we were able to get a wonderful room at The Lighthouse Inn in Cannon Beach.  It was such a blessing after such an emotional morning and week!

We wanted to walk on the beach that night but hunger won.  We got a quick bite and then headed back to the hotel.  I was pretty excited to find that the huge tub had jets AND they provided bath salts.  After 3 years of living in a house where the tub was too small and the water never got hot I was so very grateful.  

We got up the next morning and had a sumptuous breakfast.  Then we headed to walk on the beach!

I bought Stafford a "spotting scope" and Reed a pair of binoculars for the trip.  They were a hit!

And could that mustache jacket be any cuter?  He loves it!

Cannon Beach was beautiful.  It is a favorite vacation spot of some of our favorite people from Tacoma so it was fun to go there in person.  West Coast beaches are gorgeous and we just marveled at the fact that there were mountains (hills?) right there on the beach!  

Haystack Rock.  Of Goonies fame.

I loved seeing the reflection of the rocks in the water.  

Scoping out the rock from afar.

I finally figured out how to use the panoramic option on my phone.  Prepare for panormia!! (Apparently that's a word because spell check didn't check it.  I thought I had made one up and I was really excited.  You know like panoramic-mania.  Darn!)

A view of the beach looking south from the rock.

Reedster loved his binoculars.  He kept holding them up and saying "Say Cheese!"  

When we say Haystack for the first time Reed looked at it and said, "That's a big rock!"

We spent all morning here and then headed South on Highway 101!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kelsey's Four Month Update

Dear Kelsey Baby,

I can hardly believe I am already writing this. ( And I'm two weeks late so it means you are getting closer to 5 months!!)

The days just seem to fly by.  It hardly seems possible that there was ever life before Kelsey.  You fit into our little family so well.  Your brothers adore you.  You are Mamas little buddy and your Daddy thinks you are the cutest thing ever.  He is right!

You are such a talker.  You love to sit there and chatter to us especially at night.  I love listening to your little sounds.  

You are still in size 1 diapers and have mostly moved to size 3-6 clothes.  You went for your four month appointments and weighed 13 pounds 10 ounces and were 23 inches.  You have the cutest chubby cheeks and legs.  And lots of hair!  

This month we had to go get you checked out for GI issues.  Thankfully there was nothing but reflux.  You spit up a LOT.  The appointment was miserable for both of us.  I hated watching you in distress and you obviously hated the test!!  But I am thankful you have no major issues.  You aren't into the first medicine we tried so we are trying a new hopefully more kid friendly flavor.

You roll over from your back to your front but not the other way.  You don't love to be on your tummy but will stay there if one of the boys is entertaining you.  You also arch your back alot and often times we will find you sleeping on your side.

You are such a smiley little baby.  I love seeing your sweet smile!!!

You are a great sleeper.  You take inconsistent naps because we are on the go alot but at night you generally sleep from 9-6.  You are still sleeping in your Rock N Play but I have a feeling we will have to move you out soon.  I have found you sitting up in it a couple of times and I am afraid you will fall out!

We love you sweet Kelsey baby.  We pray every day that you will grow up and love Jesus.  You are definitely a gift from God to us!

Mama & Daddy

Her first baby doll from her great great Aunt Annette

I love this outfit!!

Pretty blue eyes

Bought this bathing suit right after I found out I was pregnant.  We used it to announce that you were a girl!

i love how you cover your face with your hands when you are going to sleep!

Hating Tacoma

Three years ago yesterday we moved into our sweet little house.  It was the day we found out I was pregnant with the Reedster.  It was the start of a whirlwind month as we counted down the precious days until Peter had to leave for six months.

We found out about his deployment the day we left Charleston.  And that's when it all started.

I hated Tacoma.  Already I hated it.  I hated our future friends, our house, our squadron.  I hated everything about it.  Hated it hated it hated it.  Have I mentioned I'm twelve?

We drove into town and I hated it.

We looked for a house and I hated it.

And finally after two days of searching the Lord just spoke to me.

Trust me.

So I did.

And we found a house.

And I loved it.

And Peter left and came home.

And I survived it.

And we made a new life here together.  Adding Reed and Kelsey.  Making some of the dearest friends we have ever known.  Reuniting with others.  Doing life together through good and bad times.

And now we are leaving.

And I hate it.

So here's to you Tacoma.  The city that I hate.

"I hate the way I don't hate you.  Not even a little bit, not even close, not even at all." (Extra points if you know why that quote is super relevant!)

Our Tacoma Home

Just the three of us (we used this picture to announce to our family that we were having Reed!)

Purple Mountain Majesty

Narrows Bridge

Sunrise from my bedroom window

Sunset over the bridge

I chase the sunset a lot.  It's worth it.

A spot on our favorite walk.

Gorgeous colors...this summer has been filled with beautiful sunsets

God's promise.  I've seen more rainbows in the last three years than I can count.  

Just another beautiful evening on the water can see the hospital where Reed & Kelsey were born in this picture

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Adoption Family

I am so excited to introduce you to my first Rodan + Fields, From Faces to Family, family!! When I started this business in 2013 I had the dream of helping others bring home their children by way of adoption.
It's only fitting that our first family is just that, family! Peter's cousins are in the process of bringing home their third and fourth child!! I am so excited to share their story with you today.

Here is their amazing adoption story!!

We began our adoption journey in 2006 when we started the process to adopt from China. We had no idea that once we entered the program, the wait for a referral would continue to increase for the next several years. While we were waiting, our agency offered a "concurrent adoption" program. In 2009 we began the process of also adopting from Ethiopia, and 16 months later we brought home 16 mo old Natalie Grace in June 2010. Then, 2 years later (Sept 2012), our first China adoption was finally completed when we adopted Josie Noelle, an adorable 17 month little girl who had recently had heart surgery.
As we approached Josie's one-year post placement report, we decided to begin adoption number 3. Initially, we thought we would adopt another infant girl. We quickly learned that greatest need was for families willing to adopt little boys through the "special needs" program. Soon, we were on the path to adopting (we thought!) one infant boy. God continued to guide and redirect. Fve weeks ago, we officially accepted TWO referrals for TODDLER boys in China. The oldest is 2.5 and will require corrective surgery once he is home. The littlest is 19 months old, just 8 months younger, and had a difficult infancy with severe malnutrition and pneumonia, among a few other things. So, adoption number 3 became adoptions number 3 AND 4!!
We are currently waiting for our "official" approval letter from China and then will complete more paperwork to receive our travel approval. We are hoping and praying that we will travel this fall!

I just love Cory & Terri's heart for Jesus and for children!! I am SO excited for them as they expand their family even further!!

Fifty percent of our profits from Rodan + Fields this month will go towards bringing those sweet baby boys home!!!

Interested in helping them out?  
You can.....purchase from me at
You can.....share this post via Facbook, your blog, Instagram, name it!
You can...pray for Cory, Terri, Natalie, Josie & their two boys!
You can...partner with them financially with a gift (email me for details)

Can't wait to see what the Lord will do through this amazing family!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Seattle Birthday Excursion

I asked Stafford what he would like to do for his birthday and he said the zoo.  So we headed up to the Woodland Park Zoo.  Peter was off all last week since he was gone for the 2 weeks prior.  It was so fun to be able to spend this special day together!

Checking out the Bear

Riding the Komodo Dragon

He sits down all the time now and asks for a picture...

Checking out the Fremont Troll

He was amazed at all of the fish at Pike's Market

The waterfront

Seattle's Great Wheel.  We hesitated to go up because Stafford is very timid of heights but he loved it!!!

Kelsey came too!

Gorgeous views!

Mama and the birthday boy

He was SO excited to spot a jellyfish.  It was the first thing he told his teacher at summer camp on Friday.


We were getting tired at this point!

We've mastered the selfie....almost!

Happy Fourth Birthday to my sweet Stafford!!!  I'll be doing another update but just wanted to share these fun shots!


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