4th Annual BDB Weekend

This is one of my favorite traditions! (Becky-Debbie-Becky) A couple years into it we decided to make a set date every year, so that we didn’t have to go through all the hassle of trying to coordinate an actual weekend. This year we stayed in an adorable house right near downtown Olympia. We filled our […]

#28: Visit a New Country – Italy (Rome)

Rome has been on my list ever since I decided I wanted to travel. Becky has been there once before, in art school, but didn’t get to do it the way she wanted – they were rushed through everything, never got to stop and enjoy anything, and her schoolmates would go to McDonalds. We wanted […]

#58: Explore Vernon Neighborhood

Earlier this year, we did a true exploration of the Woodstock neighborhood. Well, when the kids had another weekend away at Trackers, we thought maybe we should check out the Vernon neighborhood. This is part of our 100 Things in 2018 challenge. Make sure to click on the photos! Vernon is really close to our […]

#10: Try the World Dinners

At some point, one of my Christmas gifts to Becky was a subscription to Try the World, a subscription service that sends you local foods that you can make into a meal. We didn’t have the emotional bandwidth to make them at the time, but this year we vowed to make it happen. This is […]

August Misc Round Up

We hosted a Jenson family gathering in our new backyard, and the neighborhood kids came over to enjoy it as well. I took the kids on a long bike ride, and lots of games were played. Here are photos from when Will spent the week with his grandfather in Salem: I went on a three-day […]

#97: Becky – Sister Retreat(s)

I have absolutely love having my sister Sarah be a local. Not only do we see each other several times a week, but we can escape for adventures more easily! This is part of our 100 Things in 2018 challenge. Make sure to click on the photos! Our first adventure was a full day at […]

#79: Will Discharge

Will started his work at Sandhill Child Development Center in June of 2016. On the third of July, 2018, he moved back home. This is part of our 100 Things in 2018 challenge. Make sure to click on the photos! We brought Lucy with us to his discharge ceremony. Every kid who’s done at Sandhill […]

June Misc Round Up

Will: enjoyed the runup to his Sandhill discharge with tiny goats and yard work; wrote in his journal; built and made friends with robots at OMSI; and got fitted for his final Isla bike (this is the biggest one they make!). Lucy: went to Black Butte with the Swank/Aldridge clan and had a blast. Lucy […]

May Misc Roundup

Lucy does cartwheels; makes her own lunches for the entire week on Sunday afternoon; was a docent for the Gardner art show; volunteered for what she describes as the “March for Babies”; and went with us to see the RBG documentary. She also earned her blue belt in TKD! Will attended his final treatment-plan review […]

#8: Attempt to Summit Mt. St. Helens

There’s a certain kind of Thing that, when we commit to it, there’s no going back, and we have to plan our entire year around it. This is one of those Things. This is part of our 100 Things in 2018 challenge. Make sure to click on the photos! Our neighbors are involved with the […]