Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My sister stayed until Monday afternoon (July 21)so that morning we decided we'd head down to see Seattle,we rode the monorail, a short little 1 minute ride from the space needle to a shopping center not far from Pikes Place Market) The boys LOVED it! Here a few pics from our adventure.

Space Needle

Andrew on the monorail
There's a little park next to Pikes Place (where they throw the fish) where people go to eat their lunch that overlooks the water and one of the main roads, the boys thought it was a GREAT place to hang out. We heard lots of wow's from Benjamin and Andrew pointed out EVERY bus,taxi and ticklebuggy that he saw. A very enjoyable morning.

This last picture is just of the boys yesterday playing TOGETHER!! No fighting, no whinning, just enjoying each other. I Love it!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Last week my family came to visit. My parents and Connor arrived on Tuesday night. Then on Wednesday we headed to the Seattle temple for a primary tour, sorry, no pics of the temple, they were doing construction on the spire and cleaning angel Moroni. We had so much fun when my parents were here, that these are just pictures from day 1!!

Benjamin and Kylie McKinnon too cute!! Buds since the day they were born, they're only 5 days apart

Andrew's primary, I think Benjamin was DONEThe boys in front of the templeGrandma and Grandpa with ALL their grandkidsAfter we went to the temple, we picked up Bob and went to pick strawberries and raspberries, Benjamin enjoyed the tractor..."WOW" Andrew was very proud of the strawberries he picked
Benjamin's favorite was when Bob would pick a raspberry, he would giggle and clap his hands

Stay tuned for more exciting adventures of the impromptu Pack family reunion

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Here is a fun tag. Here are the rules:1. Add a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments. I can't wait to see what people remember.
Thanks Kassie, this will be fun!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Fun in the SUN!!

We hit the beach this week. These are a few pics from our adventure...
As we were getting ready, I lost sight of Benjamin, this is where I found him, trying to get in his stroller, he was READY TO GO!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Andrew started t-ball last night. He LOVED it! We're enjoying it too, watching a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds try to follow directions.:) They are all too cute!! Benjamin really got into the action too. He liked watching the kids run the bases. Andrew started at first base, after this, I thought oh, no, we have a dandelion picker. He was just bored because no one was hitting the ball to him. But he did really good at doing what his coach asked him too.
Then he got to hit!!! This of course was the BEST part!! He did well and hit the ball everytime.

He really liked to play second base because that's where the ball was hit. All the kids would run to the ball and then run back to there position before throwing it back to the coach. I was proud of him, he really hustled. There was a little boy that came with his own bat, and helmet and everything in a baseball bag, and he would dominate running for the ball, but Andrew didn't give up, he got right in there to try and catch it.

Running for home. The coach had them keep the helmet on, and it must have been pretty heavy because they all ran funny.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

4th of July

We had a great 4th of July.We first hit the parade here in town with some friends. It was a great parade, very culturaly diverse. Andrew really enjoyed the parade, his favorite..according to him...EVERYTHING!! It was a lot of fun. Then that night Bob took us to see the fireworks a top one of the parking garages at the hospital. It was really cool, there was virtually no one there because you have to have a pass to get in the garage. And it's one of the highest buildings in Everett and so we could see A LOT of fireworks, everywhere we turned there were fireworks, we could see all the way across the slough to Lake Stevens and across the Sound on the other side to Whidbey Island the whole horizon was glittering with them. Andrew loved them because they were small and not loud. We headed there because it's just a few blocks from the harbor where one of the biggest displays was going to go off. It was a great site and again Andrew said they were just perfect for him because they weren't to loud. Benjamin was just in awe the whole time. Here are a few pics from the day. These guys had a gun fight in the road in front of us. It was pretty cool

Yes, that is a suped up tractor being pulled by another one because it's to powerful for the street
The motorcycle stunt drivers were really cool too.

This is just an idea of the cultural diversity we saw, there were also chinese dragon dancers, philipina dancers, folk dancers, irish step dancers etc...the african drummers were the boys' favorite, they really got into the drums
This one's for you dad.
The view of the fireworks from the top of the parking garage

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Yes, Another Post

I know I've been posting a lot lately, but we've been doing a lot. We've been trying a new reward system with Andrew, and the result this time was a few hours with just mommy while Benjamin went to a friends house. So, I signed him up for an Explore the Shore class at one of the beaches near our house. I had forgotten how beautiful it is here and how much I really enjoy it.This was the walk to the beach...
You wander through a forest...
Over some train tracks ( Andrew thought it was pretty cool)
Then, on the other side of the tracks, you emerge from the forest to this...
It was pretty foggy this morning, but it's still a pretty spectacular site
Andrew didn't want to touch anything, but he did enjoy looking at everything. Above is a shell of a Dungenous Crab, they shed they're exoskeletons when they've out grown them. Below is a slimy fish they found under a rock.( I can't remember what it was called star something)
I think I got more out of it then he did, but it was still very educational and it was fun to spend a few hours with just Andrew.