February in Review

Here is what we were up to this month.

Early in February we celebrated my cousin, who is due to have a baby next month. It was nice to gather with family to shower her with gifts. On the same day Andy joined his family in remembering the life of his Grandpa Tye. And later that evening my side of the family met together to celebrate and remember my Grandpa Lars’ life. It was a full day!

We had such a wonderful time getting together with the Lervik side of my family to remember my Grandpa Lars. Much of our family does not live near and so we don’t see each other often; but it was so wonderful to be together again even if we were only together for a few hours. The boys did such a great job out to dinner at a fancy restaurant, visiting with family they don’t see often, and up past their bedtime. I hope that we can all see each other again soon.

I took Eli and Luke to the Marine Life Center. We had fun looking at the different sea creatures. We also saw a train; which is super exciting for them. And we went to lunch at Boundary Bay.

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Eli loves to help Andy in the shop. Here he is measuring wood pieces to build a trellis for above the garage door.

Luke got a hair cut; and would you believe that it is already time for him to get another one.

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Eli  and Luke are becoming the best of buddies. It is so much fun to watch them play, read, laugh and run around together.

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Sunshine means as much outdoor play as possible! The boys love to ride bikes, dig in the garden and play with the neighbors.

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We have been lucky enough to ride bikes to preschool several times this month.

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We also took another trip to the Children’s Museum in Burlington. The boys love to spend time there and so I am getting a few trips in before we start spending every morning at one of the many local parks.

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Andy built us a beautiful new desk for our office. Didn’t he do a great job? I LOVE how it turned out! We need to do a few finishing touches and then I will post more about it.

On Saturday, February 27th Andy and I went on a date to Drizzle in Lynden. We had a multi course dinner, drank delicious wine and enjoyed some olive oil tasting. The food prepared by Chef Andy was superb and the cheese from Ferndale Farmstead Cheese Artisans was delicious! If you live in the area you should surely check them both out; you won’t be disappointed.

We are looking forward to March. We have some fun things planned and we are hopeful we will hear some news about who we are adding to our family through adoption.

We hope that you had a great February! Thanks for following along.

 

 

 

 

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Lola

 

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Lola is our beloved golden retriever. She is turning 10 this Spring and I am feeling bitter sweet about it. We are so thankful for the years we have had with her and her health is still good, but we know that as she ages our time with her will eventually come to an end.

Lola has been our dog for 5 years and before that she belonged to some friends of our friends. She was well loved and well trained by her first owners.

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Lola’s first owners were moving overseas and needed to find a new home for her; even though it was very difficult for them to say goodbye to her. At the time we were expecting our first child, Eli. Our mutual friends encouraged us to consider adopting Lola. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t think adding a dog and a baby to the family at the same time was a stellar plan. Our friends were persistent though and kept telling us what a wonderful dog she was. They encouraged us to at least call, get some information and meet her. And boy am I thankful that we did!!

Lola is such a wonderful dog! I cannot take any credit for her behavior or just how lovely she is. Much of it comes from her temperament but a lot can be credited to her previous owners.

Lola loves to be outside and she is always excited to come along on an adventure with us; be it camping, hiking, snowshoeing or out for a swim. She loves to be in the water and has been known to lay down in even the tiniest of streams.

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Lola is also fantastic with our kids. She is calm and easy going. She is very patient and has NEVER once done anything to make us concerned about having her near children. She loves to be where we are and when things get too noisy for her she finds a quieter space to be. (I am trying to teach the boys to pay attention to this and take note, “If the dog is leaving the room then that is a good sign you should calm down a bit.”).

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Lola learned quickly that if she hangs around these two little guys, especially when there is food involved, she may be in for a treat.

I am so thankful for her temperament and her good behavior. She rarely barks and when she does it is short and to the point, just to let me know that someone is at the door or in the alley. She waits at the door for me to wipe her feet when the weather is wet. She sits when I ask and comes when I call. She is not hyper or in your face with her breath and she doesn’t slobber. Lola has never had an accident in the house and she will even let you know she needs to go out when her tummy is upset. She is so eager to please. She loves a good walk and is well behaved while we are out. Sometimes I accidently leave her in the yard with the gate open and she wanders (it can be easier to loose track of a quiet dog than you think; especially when you have two small children) but she doesn’t ever go far, and often doesn’t even leave the yard.

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I am so thankful that our friends encouraged us to adopt Lola. Having her as part of our family has been so wonderful and so worth it. We hope that she is with us for many many more years!

January in Review

Our January started off with sickness for the entire family. Eli had the worst go of it, but after some antibiotics he is happy to report that he is now 100%!

We’ve spent the rest of the month dreaming of Spring and Summer. My boys love to play outside (me too!) and the short rainy days don’t lend themselves to much outdoor play. We took a quick trip to the city park and let the boys play and ride bikes. We’ve been watching tractor and construction movies, reading books on the couch, building with Legos and doing art. The boys are becoming great playmates and they play very well together during the day.

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The boys had dentist appointments this month and they both were so brave. I do a lot of preparing them for their appointments by talking through each step and helping them to know what to expect ahead of time. Eli is comfortable with these appointments now, but Luke (being only two) is still nervous about them. Both of them did fantastic! They were patient and did such a great job being listening and following directions.

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Notice Eli holding Luke’s hand to help him feel brave.

I have been working on some photo books this month. I am trying to get caught up on photos from a few years ago when Eli was a toddler, Luke was brand new and I didn’t have time to keep up with those things. It is fun to look at pictures of your sweet little babies; but also bittersweet when you realize how quickly time speeds by. I am realizing that what used to take me weeks or months to accomplish because of an older, much slower computer now goes amazingly quickly; it makes me feel so successful to complete projects that have been on my heart and shoulders for a while.

We took the boys out to breakfast at the Old Town Cafe. The food and service was great and we had a nice time getting out for a treat with our boys.

I’ve been trying to get back into a routine at the gym. I am thankful that E2 fitness is so close to our home; that makes a difference when I feel worn out at the end of the day. For now I am starting to take a few classes again; this time Functional Strength Training (FST) and some time to work out on my own.

The boys and I took a long overdue trip to the Children’s Museum in Skagit County. They sure love that place. It was a lot of fun and I wish it wasn’t such a drive.

Andy and I went on a snowshoeing date to Mt. Baker. Andy has been snowshoeing in more recent years but I don’t think I have managed to go since Eli was born. It was beautiful and I was quickly reminded that being outdoors in God’s creation brings me joy.

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Andy made “pancakes supreme” for the boys and they were delighted!

 

This month we are sad to note that we said goodbye to another grandparent. Andy’s Grandpa Tye passed away. He will be greatly missed.

We are still in the “waiting to be matched” phase of our adoption process. We are hopeful that we may hear something soon but also are focusing on the fact that God has the entire process in His hands and that His timing is perfect.

Goodbye January! Happy February everyone!