Thursday, December 31, 2015

Slumber Party

Wednesday after brunch I dropped off Declan for a slumber party with Mao and Bop! He was so excited and kept saying "Mao, Bop, show, bopcorn" For some reason he thinks when he has a slumber party that means a movie and popcorn! Mao and Bop indulged him and they watched "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" together with a big buttery bowl of bopcorn! 

While Declan had a slumber party, Brad and I went to dinner and the show Book of Mormon. It was incredible! The actors were so talented we couldn't believe it. We laughed and totally enjoyed the show. It was wonderful to have a date night. 

I picked up Declan the following morning. Bop had gone skiing, so Declan, Mao and I went for a chilly walk on the river in Snohomish. Then we came home and visited with Lucy, Jack, Auntie Sarah and Sheila. We had Christmas cookies and the kids played.
Declan and I went home to see Brad and we made a delicious steak dinner. Declan headed off the bed. Brad and I watched Star Wars. I fell asleep about 8:45 ( yes, on New Years Eve). When I woke up at 10, I couldn't go back to sleep and rang in the new year while Brad and Declan snoozed. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Wednesday morning Declan and I went to Sandi's house to have brunch with the Linns and the Grospes! The kids were in heaven to play with each other and explore every toy in Sage's room! 
We had a delicious brunch of bacon, waffles, fruit and potatoes. It was wonderful to see the kids play and to visit with Sam and Sandi. 

We tried to get a picture of all the kids. Declan was so worn out he could barely smile! Here they are: Declan, Everett, Andria, Avery and Sage! 

Here they are hugging good bye! Best friends! 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Bellevue Botanical Gardens

Monday we went to the Bellevue Botanical Gardens to see the Garden D' Lights. It was beautiful! 

Mao, Paula, Dan and Brad 

The Tropics! 
Pooh Bear 

The underwater lights 
Declan, Dan and Pooh 


Lisa, Brad, Declan and Dan 

After the gardens we had MOD pizza for dinner! 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve we enjoyed a lazy day around the house. Brad and Whitney got up really early to go skiing, but the pass was closed, so they came home and we played with Declan and relaxed at the house. Melissa send us delicious Cheryl's cookies. Declan was so excited he bounced up and down and gobbled a cookie! 

In the evening we headed up to Snohomish to have Christmas Eve at Mao and Bop's house.  Declan was thrilled to wear antlers and a Rudolph nose. 

We had a really fun night, eating, visiting and playing trivia with the Hoods, the Simons, Paula and Dan, Mao and Bop, Sarah and Todd, Scott, Kristine and Elias. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Warm beach

On Wednesday Brad and I took Declan, Whitney and Nana up to Camano Island. We explored the state park. The tide was way in and there was hardly any beach. It was really, really cold, but very beautiful. 

After a chill beach visit, we went to the lodge for a delicious lunch. We ran a couple of errands and then headed out to Warm Beach to see the Lights of Christmas. We thought it was just beautiful lights, but it was so much more! 
Here we are getting ready to ride the train: 

Here's Declan waiting patiently to ride the Polar Express. 

Declan also got to go for his very first pony ride! He loved it! 

We also admired all of the beautiful lights! 

Orca Whales jumping 

Declan loved this beautiful tree! 

The mountains 

It rained almost the entire time at Warm Beach. We were cold and wet but still had a marvelous time! It was a fabulous day!