Sunday, October 21, 2012


Due to my blog being "over capacity", I have decided to log off this account and start a new blog that will just serve as a sequel to this blog.  To continue following me and seeing our Family Circus in action, you will have to go to to see postings from now on.  This blog will remain visible, though.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chelan County Fair

We went to the Chelan County Fair in Cashmere a few weeks ago.  I can't even remember where the older two kids were but somehow we ended up with just the younger two kids.
They enjoyed seeing all of the animals and we bought them a few tickets
to go on 4 rides each.  Cohen wanted a pony ride, but Chezney
was okay watching her brother from the sidelines.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Smoke on the Water... Fire in the Sky

Several weeks ago, on September 8th, a thunderstorm caused many fires.  
At one point I heard about 80 fires started across eastern Washington.
And more came in the days to follow.  
The Wenatchee Valley filled with smoke and soon we
found our day to day normal being numbers.  Small talk
was about the air quality levels and we all became
versed in what the levels mean.  It was an eerie "normal"
as it lasted over a month.

Things are dying down now.  We've had THREE
whole days of fabulous air- and I will never again
underestimate the beauty of seeing the world from
a crisp- clean air- perspective.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Not too long ago we decided to go hang out at Smallwoods for the day.  It seems, from the picture,
that this was a long time ago, as we were in summer clothes and everything was green.  In fact this was
maybe 3 weeks or 4 weeks ago. The season has changed now, 
making this photo seem even more aged.

It was a fun afternoon of petting and feeding animals, getting some peaches, and hanging out
on the fun grounds they have.  This duck pond is something we just discovered.
We had never seen it at smallwoods before, probably
because there is a small hike to get there.  It's not in view so 
you would never even have known it was there... but now we know.
And it was so pretty... there's a picnic table and I could have sat there all day.

Monday, September 24, 2012


Ethan was missing his daddy and Mike had to work so Ethan decided he would rather stay home than to go to Westport with mama and the rest of the family.  SO I took Chezney and Cohen with me, and Danissa went with Grandma and Grandpa a few days earlier, so she could go out on the charter fishing boats.  She caught LOTS of fish, and had a great time.  She got a little sick at first, as did Breanna and Evan, but soon they all had their sea legs and were off catching their quotas.

A Little Flash Back

Below is a picture of Danissas first day of Kinder-prep when she was 5 years old. 
 Ethan- then 2- was obviously pretty mad that he wasn't allowed to be in the picture.

SOOO in commemoration of the past, we decided to do another first day of school picture
of these two in the same spots as before.  My how they have grown... LOL

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hidden Lake

We set off for another hike- this time at the Bygone Byways- but soon realized that Bygone Byways is nothing more than about a quarter mile loop trail-... no hike at all.  

So after completing that, we drove as we debated where to go now.  We ended up at Hidden Lake Trailhead.  That was a gorgeous hike and is only about 1.5 miles in.  Its a great destination but once you get there, space is limited to just one side of the lake so if there are many people up there, it can get crowded.  The kids had a blast, though, and it was such a beautiful location... one I will definitely want to do again!