8.29.2018

Catching Up: 2018 So Far

It's been a while, huh? Somehow, George is already nine months old.

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As you can probably gather from the fact that I haven't posted here in more than eight months, life with four little kids has been pretty overwhelming. I definitely hope to write more about that, but this update is going to focus on the positive, just in an effort to catch you guys up! 

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George was baptized on his one-month birthday!

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Adam's parents and his younger sister, Katie, came to visit for the occasion.

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My sister, Allison, finished up her two years of service as a missionary nurse at an orphanage in Honduras and moved in with us right before Christmas. It starting snowing on Christmas Eve!

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Adam went back to work in January, after nearly two months of paternity leave, but we got to go sledding over Martin Luther King Day weekend. Claire and Maggie also started Saturday morning swim lessons at the Y.

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At the beginning of February, George got RSV and had to spend four days at the children's hospital. Thankfully, he recovered quickly and we were released in time to celebrate Betsy's second birthday. We had a few friends over for dinner and took her on a special date to get her first haircut.

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We went to the aquarium over mid-winter break and then our hopes of going sledding again were dashed when our kids came down with a stomach bug. Sooooooooo many stomach bugs this year, guys.

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At the end of the month, we took Allie to see Hamilton right before she started her new job as a nurse at a pro-life non-profit women's clinic. It more than exceeded our very high expectations!

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In March, we celebrated Claire's sixth birthday by inviting her kindergarten friends over for a Rainbow Dash themed party and a special ladies' outing to afternoon tea.

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We welcomed spring back to Seattle with a visit to the cherry blossoms at UW.

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We rejoiced in Christ's resurrection on a very, very rainy Easter. We actually had to postpone our egg hunt by a couple days! Just our luck, we had another stomach bug over Easter break.

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At the end of April, Adam and I actually won a hotel stay in Dublin through a Catholic travel company. We found a really great price on airfare (less than $600 per person) and Adam's sister, Katie, generously agreed to watch the girls. George tagged along and was overall such a great travel companion. I'm hoping to share more about our trip soon!

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Oh, May, my favorite month because Adam and I are the same age! I am almost exactly eleven months older. Mother's Day is right in the middle of our birthdays, so we never do much, but I was happy to force my kids to take a semi-ridiculous picture with their mama. It probably won't surprise you at all that we had another stomach bug over Memorial Day.

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Kindergarten and our little preschool activities ended in mid-June. We kicked off summer with strawberry picking and breaking out the kiddie pool. Aunt Allie celebrated a birthday of her own and moved into her own place in the big city.

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We ended the month with a week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with Adam's whole family in honor of his parents' fortieth anniversary! We stayed in a gorgeous staffed villa with delicious meals provided on-site and spent the days hopping between the beach and the pool. We were a bit worried about taking four small children on a beach trip but it went much better than we anticipated.

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Adam used the rest of his paternity leave and took the month of July off. We tried to mostly catch up on life and squeeze in as much summer fun as possible. Tennis camp, raspberry and blueberry picking, camping with our small group from church, weekly visits to the beach and the pool, a day trip to Bainbridge Island. Everything that would be too difficult for me to attempt with four little kids on my own!

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August has understandably been much slower. Claire and Maggie went to bike camp, Betsy potty trained remarkably easily, and all three girls took a few weeks of swim lessons. Weekends have mostly been occupied by showing Daddy their new skills....and foraging for blackberries. The most notable event of the month was saying goodbye to Uncle Scott, as he was in Seattle for a summer internship. He's back at Pitt now for his senior year, but he received a full-time offer so most likely he'll be back for good after he graduates next spring! We're ending the summer with a Labor Day weekend trip to my parents' in Eastern Washington.

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