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NEW SCHOOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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we got an extra long summer in 2015. we ended in may back in az and seattle doesn’t start until september. the teachers ended up on strike so we got an extra 9 days of summer. we’ll make up for them over the school year and will have a shorter summer this year. we walked by the school when all the teachers were marching out front. elle’s teacher spotted us from across the road and yelled out elle. we ran over to chat with her. elle thought it was so great she saw her new teacher. thankfully everything got sorted out and we started school. the kids have really enjoyed their new school. they’ve made friends and all the families are really great.

 

 

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the first year we’ve ever worn winter clothes to school. we live close enough to walk to school. we’ve never been able to do that. it feels really nice to have that time to talk about their day with no interruptions. for some reason they start fighting in the car. the walk home is always enjoyable.

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i snapped a quick pic and sent this to my sister. this was for elle’s kindergarten class. read the last line -no weapons. i know this isn’t a joking matter and its very serious but i didn’t get that on my older kids homework. really, kindergarteners?? coming from the suburbs already worrying about raising kids in the city i saw this and was like what??? well i can now say with confidence these are the same sweet kindergarteners i saw living back in the 3rd safest city in the country.

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the girls started ballet. they are so sweet together. ava gets to help in elle’s class and she loves that. i took them to the nutcracker this year and we had a really great time. the production amazing and the dancing so beautiful.

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henri finished an entire soccer season. i felt like shouting from the roof tops “he did it” he’s never ever finished a season. two games in his asthma flares and he’s done. this year nothing! not a cough a sneeze or wheeze, nothing. i imagine if we had always lived here he wouldn’t have asthma. i want to tell all asthma sufferers if you suffer from environmental allergies and asthma (not mold, if you suffer from mold allergies this is the last place you want to live. az might be the place for you) move to seattle! your life with drastically improve. you will be able to breathe without an inhaler or steroids. i feel beyond blessed to have been able to pick up our family and make this transition. it hasn’t been easy, most days ava dreams about moving back home. but it was so worth it.

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SUMMER IN THE CITY

we made our way through every park in the city this summer. we’ve got a list of favorites now that i keep handy when we need a day out. summer in seattle is the greatest! i say this now as i sit here in a down jacket freezing in my house. gosh i’m a wimp! i give everyone a good laugh with my 3 jackets, wool socks, beanie, scarf and anything else i can get on. its that arizona blood. its been in the low 40’s and sunny this past week. so yes i know it’s not really cold. just cold for me. i sit and dream of summer. i can’t wait for more days spent in short sleeves at the park.

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we spent lots of time at the movie theater this summer. that popcorn is as big as elle! ha! waiting for the bus is always an interesting time.

 

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lots of bus rides. jack thinks its the greatest time ever. he just sprawls out on those seats like he owns the place. i’m asked daily if i’m the nanny? if all those kids are mine? if they’re biologically mine? how old am i cause i look way too young? i laugh everytime one of elle’s friends ask me if i’m her nanny. i just clarified to a group of moms at school that i am indeed the mom and not the nanny. they didn’t believe me. we really are a sight to see wandering the city. i feel like i’m herding cats. they’re starting to get the hang of it though. they now know we don’t just dart into traffic. theres no running around in the road. back home our street was quiet and you could ride your scooter around. its fun to see them all race up to the edge of the sidewalk, stop and turn around to wait for me to catch up. they are actually listening and learning something! now if i can just get them to put their dishes in the sink without me asking. i think we are getting this place down.

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i really miss the neighborhood farmers market. i think they re-open in april and we will be there! after henri’s soccer practice we’d walk over to have dinner on the lawn with the rest of the neighborhood. the kids would run around with all their friends from school. i love the sense of community in our neighborhood. we live in what feels like a small town in this big city.

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Z FAMILY VISITS

my sister came for a visit way back in august, i think. gosh i’m so far behind. we’ve been having too much fun in seattle and i’ve been slacking on documenting it. i don’t know how long we are here, it could be forever it could be a few years. i’m going to make a better effort at documenting our life here. if for nothing other than being able to look back at these years in this city with these babes and of course for you mom and kellie! my sister lives in orange county and was the first of our visitors. we were so excited to have them come up. my kids look at her kids like their own sibling and have so much fun with them. we took them around the city and did all the touristy things. of course we had only been here a month at that time so i really feel like they need to come back up and i can give them an even better tour of the city!

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the gum wall! because you can’t come to seattle and not see the gum wall. they just cleaned it all off a month or so ago. it needed a cleaning it was pretty gross.

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theses girls!! i can’t take it, they are so cute together and i think they look like sister. we wandered volunteer park. the kids climbed the trees for hours. such a beautiful park.

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we made a trip down to portland. ate tacos at porque no because why not?! wandered the city for a while and then headed back. portland is great but really seattle is better!! i say that with love. lots of it.

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a trip to golden gardens for a fire in the pit and dinner at sunset. i can’t believe the kids get in that icy water and really this beach is nothing compared to where my sister lives but hey its close by and watching the sailboats is pretty great. you can also see an orca every so often.

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the mother load of all fountains! the international fountain at the seattle center is so much fun. initially jack was a little nervous but he eventually warmed up and was in heaven. the water shoots something like 120 feet in the air. its pretty crazy and a great place to spend a warm afternoon.

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just look at that face! so happy!! andrea come back and visit! i promise i’ll show you even more of this great city. or just move here i’d love that even more. i know california’s weather can’t be beat but seattle summers are where its at.

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DINER EN BLANC

a few months back we were lucky enough to be invited to diner en blanc in seattle by a friend. i had never heard of the diner but quickly looked it up after she extended the invite. i thought it sounded really fun and said yes right away. diner en blanc is an invite only pop up dinner. you wear all white and bring everything you would need for a dinner, from a white table and white chairs to drinks and food. we were all given a portion of the meal to prepare. we were in charge of the dessert, my favorite to eat and prepare! we made creme brûlée, i made julia child’s recipe and let me tell you it was the best! easier than i thought too. we brought a torch with us and let everyone torch their own, that was a fun addition to the night! between each course you wave your napkin in the air and everyone shouts out. the whole thing is pretty great!

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all the people dressed in white, eating fantastic food with great friends. oh and the best part is you don’t find out your location until last minute, like 20 minutes before. each year they switch up where it will be hosted. this year it ended up being at volunteer park. we drove in and followed the sea of white, carrying our chairs and dessert. this was one of our first outings in seattle and felt like a great way to experience the city. the night was topped off with sparklers. thanks steph for a great night! so glad we were part of it and got to meet some of what are now our dearest friends in seattle. i really do love this city!

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