a few friends invited us to meet up with them at the museum of flight in seattle. they offer free admission the first thursday of the month from 5-9pm. we had never been so we thought it sounded like a fun idea. the kids loved it! i thought it was pretty great too. the museum was packed i’m guessing since the admission was free. those crowds are so not ivan’s thing but he made it out alive. he’s the type that would rather pay triple to avoid the swarms of people. i’m pretty proud of how well he dealt with it.


this picture is so dead on. we took one where we were all facing the camera, but this one is so perfectly my life that i had to share. it makes me laugh! everyone in a different direction.

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the drive down was at rush hour. can you call it rush hour when the traffic is always bad? it does seem to be exceptionally bad around 4-7pm. i know i’ve said this already but its worth repeating, it took us 1hr 45min to get 12.8 miles!! that was rough.

the museum is definitely worth visiting, especially if you have little ones that are plane fanatics like my jack is.

IMG_9412apparently this is a Lockheed sr-71 blackbird. its speed is classified and i might have been more excited to see it than the kids. pretty cool stuff.




we took the the ferry over to bainbridge for the day to do some exploring. the ferry is quick, maybe 30 minutes. you can drive right on and then get out and hang on the upper decks. the weather was amazing so we went to the very top and waved goodbye to the city. i had done a little research and found a great little italian restaurant for us to stop in at and grab some lunch. all of the food ended up being fantastic! we finished off every last bite then made our way to the water.

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jack fell asleep after lunch so i sat on a log holding him while the kids played in the water. they used their imaginations and played with sticks and rocks for hours. jack woke up and skipped rocks with ivan. well jack dumped rocks in the water while ivan skipped rocks.


bainbridge feels like a small town and i guess it probably is. its quaint + the downtown is charming. the houses all along the water are beautiful with the most stunning views of the city. its very green + woodsy. i wouldn’t mind spending a little more time exploring the island.

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if you get the chance you should take the ferry over to bainbridge and do a little exploring. it really is beautiful and the views of the city can’t be beat!




i wanted to catch up on a few posts i’ve had in the works with some really fun things we’ve done in seattle lately but i find myself sitting here with the need to journal whats going on right now. i keep getting that feeling that i need to put it out there so i’m listening to that voice and the other posts will have to wait.


a few months ago my dad found out he had a tumor in his chest. the exact location was unclear. most likely his lungs. my parents didn’t tell us until they were certain what it was. he didn’t want us to worry. he was worried enough. he and my mom visited doctor after doctor, specialist after specialist. initially they were told it was a tumor the size of a golf ball then a softball. he had a biopsy and was told it wasn’t cancer. they decided to tell us once they had a clear diagnosis. so we knew it was a tumor the size of a softball in his airway above his lung. when i heard this i was obviously shocked but also relieved, it could have been so much worse. he had a scan of his entire body and this is the only one they found.


so we wait for more doctors appointments. different doctors tell us different things but mostly he needs to see another doctor more skilled in this department. he’s told he needs surgery to remove it, there is no other option. the first surgeon he sees tells him he’s going to have to remove his entire lung. after all the ups and downs and finally some definite answers this came as a huge shock. thats a lot to take in. we are so thankful its benign and we assume the surgery will be fairly easy until we hear that. the surgeon says he can refer him to another surgeon that is more qualified to do this type of surgery. apparently the type of tumor he has is very slow growing, the best tumor you can have but also extremely rare to develop in the spot he developed his. as in 1% of the time this tumor grows near the lungs. so the first surgeon has not had a lot of practice removing this tumor in that spot.


he sees the new surgeon. this has all been going on for 4 months. you can image all the emotions that go along with all the doctors visits. sometimes we are on such a high with the good news and other times the news leaves us feeling defeated. the surgeon tells him he thinks he can save the lung and remove the tumor but he won’t know for sure until he gets in there. he also calls the tumor cancer. but we already had the biopsy. they said it wasn’t cancer. he continues to call the tumor cancer and says they will biopsy it during the surgery.


i flew into az monday around 11:30. i didn’t sleep the night before and woke up monday morning feeling awful. my stomach was upset. i was extremely nauseous, my head hurt. ivan kept telling me to stop worrying and that it was my nerves. i am just like my dad. anxious + a worrier. i’ve calmed since having jack but in situations like this it flares back up. i stress, i don’t eat, i don’t get emotional. i sort of turn into a functioning zombie. its awful, i put on a brave face for the kids while i feel like i’m dying inside. my oldest sister is much more rational. she’s like my mom. level headed + lets not worry until we know type of person. she also got her sleeping habits from my mom and could sleep through a hurricane blowing through her bedroom. i wake at the drop of a pin and cannot fall back asleep after i’m woken, just like my dad. the entire plane ride i’m holding back getting sick in that tiny paper bag. i keep thinking is this motion sickness? i barely ate that morning and i took ibuprofen for the headache, could that be it? the nausea came and went. if you know me then you know i have a weak stomach so this could potential be the flu or just totally normal. i grab lunch with my sisters and the entire time i’m feeling awful but i eat thinking it might help. we stop at a gas station on the way up to my sister in laws and i get completely sick in the trash can. have you thrown up a salad? it might just be the worst thing ever!! a nice lady brings me water and tissues. the rest of the day was bad. i felt sick and went to bed at 7.


i woke up tuesday morning around 6. my dads surgery was scheduled for 7:30 but i couldn’t go because i didn’t want to risk getting him sick if i had a bug. i still don’t know if it was stress and nerves or if i was sick. i talked to my mom and she said if i felt fine to come down. we sat together, my mom, 2 sisters and me. we got updates throughout the surgery. it ran longer than they expected. the surgeon came out and said it went great. we were so relieved. finally months of stress lifted away. i’ve felt like i was drowning and now i could come up for air. its weird worrying about a parent. i went through hell and back with jack but it was such a whirlwind from the beginning i didn’t have the chance to get second opinions or have to wait weeks on end to get into the next doctor. this waiting has been the hardest part. i can’t imagine what my dad has felt thorough this whole thing. he’s not a share your feelings kind of guy. he’s goofy and a jokester. he likes to avoid the bad situation and pretend its not happening. i get that from him too. its hard to face challenges head on. especially when it comes to your health. not knowing what your future holds is a hard reality to face. luckily my dad has my mom. a rock + always strong and positive. she doesn’t crumble and she will make sure you don’t either.


while this trip back home isn’t for the vacation i wish it was, i am so gratefully for an amazing husband that lets me leave for 6 days and takes care of our 4 babies without missing a beat. for a family that rallies around each other and is right there when we need them. i’ve only grown up with my immediate family for the most part. my parents and 2 sisters but we are closer than any family i know. we have each others backs and will drop everything to be right there. trials are hard but they bring us closer together and make us realize what is truly important and for that i am grateful. my dad is in the hospital and on the road to recovery. he’s making great progress every day. before i know it he will be back to his old self cracking jokes and making us all laugh.



we are settling nicely into city living. i’m learning to live with the little quirks that initially drove me crazy. like the smell of the downtown city target. its a burning rubber smell, possibly the escalator?? that same target charges more than the target north of seattle. i guess because seattles minimum wage is higher than anywhere else in the state they pass the cost down to the consumer. or the bad traffic. you know we sat on mercer st for 25 min and did not move more than 6 inches. not once. we watched light cycle after light cycle and didn’t move. its mind boggling. why aren’t we moving?? at all?? how is everyone stopped and not progressing forward even a little bit? now we know, don’t take mercer ever. we went to the air museum last week with friends. it took us 1 hr 45 min to get 12.8 miles. yep you read that right. so when you’re sitting in traffic just know it could be worse you could be sitting in seattle traffic. the museum itself was really fun and is free the first thursday of the month from 5-9pm.


i’m falling even more in love with seattle every day. i love that we spend so much time outside. i love that its not 115 so we can spend time outside. we walk so much more than we ever have. i took the bus the other day downtown. all by myself and it felt like a small victory. i love driving, pretty much anywhere in the city and seeing water + the space needle + tall buildings. everywhere i look its beautiful. i love the parks. mostly i love that henri is doing so well. its amazing to see your typically sick baby completely healthy. no allergy medicine no breathing machine, steroids or inhalers. i pray it stays this way.


we witnessed someone steal from the grocery store the other day. that was shocking. he jumped in his volvo suv and drove away. it was bizarre. the kids and i just stood there picking our jaws up off the sidewalk and looking at each other. we also got to see someone use the side of the road as their toilet. i don’t mean number 1 either. another interesting first.


the water in seattle tastes so much better than back home. the nights get cool and the tourists are in droves downtown. not that i can blame them, the weather is so nice right now. food costs are double and somehow i forget my reusable grocery bags every single time. so i have to pay for paper and feel bad i’m being wasteful. our ward is quickly becoming one of my favorites. we had a block party and got to meet a lot of our neighbors. all of them were so nice! i love that everything i need is in walking distance. i really don’t ever have to leave my neighborhood. seattle i like you. i like you a lot!

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