The kids’ first time Backapcking!

North Fork Trail Head-Wolf Bar Camp 5 miles out and back (2.5 miles each way).  Little elevation gain. Pass-Get back country permits for camping at South Shore Quinault Lake Ranger Station     Difficulty-1/5     Rating-5/5   Chris and I really enjoy backpacking together and we have been looking forward to making a family … [Read more…]

Whistle Lake

Whistle Lake- 4 mile loop, 580 feet elevation gain Pass-none     Difficulty- 3.5/5 (with kids)     Rating-3.5/5 We wanted to do a hike and I had just read about hiking Whistle Lake. (Disclaimer: In that article she said it was almost perfectly flat, but it was not almost perfectly flat. Washington Trails Association … [Read more…]

Schmitz Park

Schmitz Park-1.7 miles there and back. 220 feet elevation gain. Pass-none     Difficulty-1/5     Rating-2/5 When we first moved to Seattle people recommended spending time in Schmitz Park in West Seattle. We checked the weather forcast and saw that we had a not rainy Saturday in February. We all wanted to go on … [Read more…]

First Family trip to….DISNEYLAND

Before we moved from Arizona I had wanted to take our kids to Disneyland. When we lived in Chandler, AZ we were only several hours from Disneyland. (Around 5!) I thought it would be way easier for us to hop in a car and drive a few hours and do Disneyland, than either drive A … [Read more…]


When I lived in China in 2009 I missed a Thanksgiving with my family. Chris missed two when he was on his mission, but this was our first year missing Thanksgiving since we’ve been married. I knew I’d miss everyone, but I didn’t think it would really bother me being away. The whole week before … [Read more…]

10 Months

December 12 will be our 10 month in Washington! Still crazy to me!  We are now in the dark gloomy months that Washington is famous for. I’ve heard November is one of the worst months and we have survived it! It honestly wasn’t as bad I was expecting either. We definitely got a lot of … [Read more…]


We had a great Halloween this year! It was our first Halloween where it wasn’t 90+ degrees out and we didn’t have to worry about the kids costumes being too hot! This was also my first Halloween in over 3 years without having massive allergies! On a more sad note it was also our first … [Read more…]