Friday, February 28

Hey there.

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It's been a while, because now Sam is 19 months! What a kid. He is crazy, but in the best possible way. He is "talking" up a storm, has some very interesting dance moves, and is such a happy soul. Every day is a new adventure for him (and for me). I don't like seeing him grow and become so independent, but I love that with that growth and independence comes more FUN!

Life is really, really good up here, but busy and overwhelming. At times it feels like it's completely out of our hands.  Okay, most of the time it feels that way but it always works out, right? We're realizing (again) that sometimes you all you can do is do your best and then have the faith that the Lord will make up the difference between what you're able to do and what you're not able to do. I think that's a Ezra Taft Benson quote? 

Cue the iPhone photo dump:
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This past month we had an overnight snowstorm (Sam's first snowman!) and a Russian feast of borscht and piroshkies (and Taylor's favorite Russian ketchup Chumak) to celebrate the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics. Taylor and I had a rare date night and got to see Sting & Paul Simon in concert together (Taylor's Christmas present). Amazing!

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We also got to have our dear 39er friend Becca and her little boy T visit for a week while Tyler worked a 110+ hour week down in California. It was fun taking them around the city, showing them our favorite parks, and of course eating some of our favorite foods. My favorite day may have been our day trip up to Bellingham where we stopped at Whatcom Falls and drove home on Chuckanut Drive, along the coast. It was beautiful, and so great to have that time to catch up with Becca. What a wonderful friend and person she is! Why didn't we get a picture together, Becca?!

Showing people our city makes me fall in love with Seattle all over again, so I've decided to dedicate March to sharing some of our favorite things about Seattle. Our own little love note to Seattle, I guess. March is when the Spring magic comes to Seattle - the sun reemerges, the blossoms come out, and it's the most beautiful place to be. 

So, look forward to some Seattle posts coming your way!

Oh, and the quote from President Ezra Taft Benson:

"I work as hard as I can, and then I try my best to be obedient so that the Lord knows I am mindful of Him. Then, I have the faith that He will make up the difference between what I am able to do, and what I am not able to do. And He always does."