Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

I have a moment so I thought I’d write a recap of the past few months.

We went to Spokane over the kids spring break – it was a nice time with family. We went to Lake Couer D’Alene for a little bit. We went to parks. And basically hung out with family. My mom was in the hospital for a couple of the days we were there so we saw her there as well. Things are o.k. now.

In June, Benjamin and Ella turned 6. We had a combined birthday party with another set of boy/girl twins that were born 2 days after Benjamin and Ella at the Mountlake Terrace Swimming pool – that party was with our Parkwood Elementary friends. That was a lot of fun! We also had one at our house for our non-Parkwood friends. That was a lot of fun as well.

The twins finished up kindergarten. I took a picture of them on the last day and compared it to their first day and they certainly have grown!

Over the summer, Benjamin will be starting baseball through the YMCA and also taking a soccer class through Shoreline Parks & Rec. Ella is taking swimming lessons at the Y and taking the same soccer class as Benjamin. Nicholas wanted a mom and child swim class but it was already full. Not sure if we’re going to sign him up for anything until he develops more of an interest in things.

At this time of this writing, I have an annoying cold that I hope will go away soon as I’ll be heading over to Spokane next Friday for a cousin’s wedding. I can’t wait to see my family! I’ll just be going on my own as they requested that no children come. It’s o.k. – we’ll all be going over to Spokane in August for a family reunion (but on the other side of the family) so they’ll see everyone then!

And that’s about it for the time being.

And now, I’ll do a recap on all of the books I’ve read since my last post on that. That will probably take a while…


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S is for Spokane

How timely that S lands on the day we are travelling to Spokane to visit my family.

Everyone have a good day!

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P is for Patience

Something I need a lot more of sometimes. I have a feeling my patience will be tested as I drive to Spokane and spend the week there with the 3 kids all on my own, but I am very much looking forward to spending the week with my kids and with my family. I can’t wait until Friday afternoon for my vacation!



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M is for Mine

Real quick as I don’t have much time.

M is for Mine – all parents have heard this one. With three kids, I feel like we hear this a lot along with the other favorite of “that’s not fair”. What phrases do you hear a lot from your kids?

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K is for Kindergarten


I meant to work on this yesterday but work was so crazy so no time for a break and I had a PTA meeting to go to last night. And well, I don’t have much time today either. I’m beginning to think this A-Z challenge is not for me.

Kindergarten. I have twins that are nearing the end of their first year of school. I was so excited for them to start, as were they. They’ve grown a lot and are comfortable with going to their classrooms on their own. ;-(

I remember the first day of dropping them off and taking a ton of pictures. They were so excited to see what this school thing was all about. They felt like big kids and they still do. It is so fun to hear about what they do each day and I had a blast going on one of their recent field trips to see the Seattle Dance Project.

It is so wonderful to see them learning to read and listening to them sound out words that they don’t know. As a book lover, I hope my kids also have a strong love of books too.

The twins are loving school too – I hope that continues too as my husband and I are fans of always learning something new.

I joined the PTA to help make the school a better place for everyone – not just the kids and teachers, but for the parents too. I look forward to doing more with them.


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J is for Joy

I should be joyful all the time since it is my middle name after all. I try but, you know, life has its way of bringing you down sometimes.

I have a lot to be joyful about.

My family – there were several years when I thought our family would just be the two of us but thankfully, that wasn’t the case.

I have a job that seems to be secure for the time being.

I have a house.

I have good friends.

For the most part, all is good.

What brings joy to your life?

(Sorry for the short posts – time is short these days).

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Because I couldn’t think of anything else that started with H that I felt I had something to say – how about an “about me” post?

I’m Heather.

I’ve been married for nearly 15 years to Jon.

I graduated from West Valley HS in Spokane in 1991.

I graduated from University of Washington in 1996 (BA in Political Science and Psychology). I took a year off then went to law school at Seattle University – graduating with honors (yay me).

I have 3 children – Benjamin (born 2007), Ella (born 2007) (yes, they’re twins) and Nicholas (born 2009). We used IVF to get pregnant the first time as we had been trying for several years with no success (and no, it wasn’t stress so please don’t say shit like that- IVF was rather stressful too, FYI). We ended up getting pregnant on our own with Nicholas.

I had a blog called Desperately Seeking Baby that described our time going through infertility and parenting afterwards.

I’ve been working in the legal department of a major company since 2002 (technically 2001 as I started as a temp).

I like to read – though I feel I’m a late bloomer in that respect as for a long time, I didn’t read hardly anything at all except what was assigned to me in school.

I have two cats – Oliver and Sophie – both kitties will be turning 9 this year.


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F is for Fun

This weekend, I have planned:

1) Library Book Sale

2) Ella’s gymnastic’s class

3) Nicholas’s gymnastic’s class

4) Benjamin’s soccer class

5) Church

6) Reading book club book (we meet on Tuesday – can I finish it in time? Great question!)

6) And most of all, some sleep.


Enjoy your weekend!

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E is for Eager

I am very eager for my vacation in a few weeks. My kids have their spring break on April 22-26 and I am taking the kids to visit my family over in Spokane for the week…on my own. Jon can’t get the time off and this seemed like a great opportunity to visit my family. I’m a little nervous about it, but mostly I can’t wait. It will be nice to hang out with everyone for a few days. And well, I’m eager to be away from work for 9 days.


What are you eager about?

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C is for Crazy

There are many things that make me feel crazy – it would take way too long to list them all, so I’m just going to write about what is currently driving me crazy.

1. People who call a meeting and say kids can come as long as the weather is good so they can play outside. Sure, I understand this, but I think they should just say no kids if they don’t want kids to bother us during the meeting. And then suggest I find alternative arrangements for my kids – I am so not paying a babysitter to watch my kids for a meeting. If I’m paying a babysitter, it is because my husband and I are going out on a date. Of course, I don’t want to do that either – I’d rather trade with friends on watching each other’s kids than pay a babysitter – maybe I’m cheap that way. I guess this is why my husband and I don’t go on many dates and well, I’m too nervous/shy to ask others to do so because they are probably really busy.

2. People who say, “I’ll get back to you” and then never do. I do my best to respond to e-mails, phone calls, texts right away – sure, sometimes things keep me busy, but I do my best. I don’t think I can say the same for others.

3. People who complain about others not responding to their evite but then don’t give you the same courtesy.

4. My own insecurities.

5. Children who whine. I love my kids and most of the time, they are great, but wow, when they get into that whiny voice, I just can’t stand it.

6. Shots in the eye (I have an infection in my left eye causing the need to get a shot in it every few months). This drives me temporarily crazy as it hurts/burns. Next appointment in just a mere 17 days!

7. Slow drivers. Drivers who don’t realize that the car manufacturers put in a turn signal for a reason. Drivers who forgot the rules of the road (a five way stop means that all of us stop and take turns). Bicyclists who don’t realize that they are supposed to follow the rules of the road (thinking of you crazy bicyclist from a couple days ago that I almost ran over because I had the green light and you had the red).

8. Surprise car repairs (just spent $730 to fix our minivan). It seems I’ve spent a lot of money recently on car repairs for minivan and for CRV. Universe, can I please be done for a while? A long while?

9. Children who don’t go to bed at a reasonable hour (Nicholas, I love you so very much, but sweetie, this is probably why you are in the 15th percentile in height because you never sleep.) I do not want to hear from people on ways to keep their child in bed – we’ve done them all and nothing works. Well, that’s not true, if I go to bed with him, that works most of the time, but I don’t want to go to bed at 8:30.

10. Alarms as in alarms that wake me up to go to work. Well, car alarms too actually.

And tonight, I will join in a different kind of crazy in going to a Sounders soccer match. That’s the kind of fun I like to have!

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