November in Review

Here is a quick recap of our November.

We had quite a bit of rain at the end of October and the beginning of November. We made the most of it by splashing in puddles.

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Eli and Luke run to find puddles after an early November rain storm.
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Splish! Splash! (They were takin’ a bath — right after this….)

The boys and I took a trip to Boulevard park early this November. It was chilly out but they enjoyed riding their bikes along the boulevard, playing on the playground and throwing rocks into the water. We had an extra special treat too; a family of nine river otters were feasting on fish and crab, swimming and vocalizing all along the shore. We were able to see them again and again; it was quite a sight!

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Eli at Boulevard Park
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Luke at Boulevard Park
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Look closely; river otters at Boulevard Park
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River otters at Boulevard Park.

Andy and the boys removed the carpet on the basement stairs this fall and all November I have been working to get them back in shape. They are now painted and awaiting a carpet runner! I’ll share the process and progress with you in a separate blog post once I’ve completed the project.

I made these tasty pumpkin scones with this recipe. They weren’t too sweet but had nice flavor and they were quick and easy to make.

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Pumpkin Scones with a Maple Glaze

I also tried out my new mini-loaf pans with a pumpkin bread recipe. It was fun to bake a small-sized treat. I dressed them up a bit and Eli shared them with his preschool teachers.

Andy took Eli to the Everett Children’s Museum while Luke and I stuck closer to home and went to the Bellingham FIG (Family Interactive Gallery). The big boys had a great time and afterwards they had lunch and visited the Lego Store!

We took the boys to Marine Park in Blaine. They have a new pirate ship playground and lighthouse playground. We had a blast playing together and since the weather was chilly we had the playground to ourselves. The park setting is beautiful. There is also a path, picnic tables, and some fun sculptures of fish and orcas. I can’t wait to visit again in the spring and summer once the weather warms; then we can take a trip up the road to Edaleen Dairy for ice cream!

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Andy and Luke
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Andy and Eli race down the slides
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Eli
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Eli learns how to use the camera
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Eli and Luke take a break from bike riding to help rake leaves.

The day after Thanksgiving we went in search of the perfect Christmas tree. It was harder to find than we expected but we eventually found what we were looking for at Noon Road Tree Farm.

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Luke at Noon Road Tree Farm
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With our Tree

The boys were feeling under the weather this weekend with cold symptoms and low grade fevers, but they still wanted to participate in decorating the tree. Our house is now decorated for Christmas on the inside and we are hoping to put up some lights on the exterior soon!

Other notable events this month:

This month our Dossier for our adoption arrived in China and was logged in. We continue to wait to be matched with a child.

Eli participated in a mini-basketball camp through the YMCA with other kids his age. He learned some basic basketball skills and had a great time.

Andy learned in October that his employer CH2M Hill would be closing their Bellingham office. His last day at CH2M Hill was Friday Nov. 20th; he worked for CH2M Hill (previously Veco Engineering) for the past 9 years. This month Andy received and accepted a job offer from an engineering company, AECOM, where he will continue work in the same field.

I am extremely proud of Andy; he continues to be a hard working employee and spectacular husband and father. It has become exceedingly clear to me that he is well liked in his field and that he is an excellent employee. I am so thankful that he provides for us, his family, so well. I feel extremely blessed to be married to him. I also feel so thankful that the Lord has provided a job for Andy; it can be a big deal to change jobs during the adoption process and an even bigger paperwork mess had we needed to move for a new job. Every detail of the job finding process has worked out well and is very clearly in HIS hands.

We celebrated two Thanksgiving dinner’s this year; one with Andy’s family and one with mine.; what a blessing it is to have family close to home. We had a great time seeing our families, enjoying delicious food and quality time (in between chasing children around) and we cannot wait to spend time together again. We continue to be so blessed each day and we are very thankful for all that we have; our family, friends, health and so much more.

We hope that each of you had a wonderful November as well. Looking forward to sharing with you more this next month and hopefully we will have some news about the newest member of our family!

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