Vacation highlights :)

Yehoshua (7)
Yehoshua (7) with a "Jack-in-the-Pulpit" he found outside :)

Thank you so much for the warm welcome back... your sweet comments are such a blessing. :) Here are just a few pictures from our time in Ohio! I'll share more recipes next week. We're having a perfect day here in Seattle -- 70 degrees and brightly sunny! -- and I just want to be outside playing! And after 2 years in an apartment, we are ALL loving being able to go outside in our own little yard! :)

Watching the rain
The children were watching the rain POUR down... much heavier than I've ever seen Seattle rain. ;)

Ohio in May was very rainy! I think it rained probably 3/4 of the days we were there! Of course, that seemed "normal" for spring for us. ;) What didn't seem normal was the one day where it was sunny and 85 degrees! I don't miss that hot weather at all!! :)

Mom and Moshe washing dishes
There were nearly always some dishes needing washed, and Moshe (16 months) loved being the helper! Here he is with my mom one morning. :)

Along with the rainy May, we got a cold (or colds?) that lasted for over 2 weeks! This resulted in some near-sleepless nights and a very fussy Moshe (who just got a new molar in too). Thankfully, we returned home to Joshua well enough that he didn't get sick too. :)

Forgive the blurry picture, but everyone was moving (including me, I guess!). My sister Amy (18) knitted two big ropes for the boys to play Indiana Jones. Here, Eliyahu and Ruth had asked to be leashed like doggies. :)

I thought that a 4-week trip would seem like a long time, but it really didn't. It came to an end, like most things do, even though I forgot it would, and then it was time to come home. Yehoshua was in tears at having to leave his aunts (who still live at my parents' house), as he had spent every day with them.

We made a pinata! (Supplies: 1 balloon, newspaper strips, flour, and water.) It took quite a lot of time. We filled it with things we already had (haha!) and the kids had fun breaking it open. :)

But I love being home and with Joshua again! Joshua missed us as much as we missed him, and had more than a few surprises waiting for me. (I feel very spoiled!) And the first weekend we were back (last weekend), we took a road trip across Washington to visit my brother, his wife, and my new little nephew! :)

The good part about not having internet access at my parents' house was that there wasn't pressure to update this website... except when it was planned ahead and I would be somewhere with internet access. I liked that! The bad part is that not much gets "done" online. ;) Thanks for letting me be "me" -- unprofessional and untimely at times. :)


I am so glad you all are home safely, and that you had a most wonderful time with your family. Your mother is beautiful - her! She must be so proud of you.


Tammy- looks like you had a great time. makes me want a sleep over at my own mom's house, even though she lives only 1/2 an hour away. :)

Welcome back, Tammy! I missed you! :)
So glad you were able to have that nice long (yet goes too fast) visit with your family. You'll treasure that time forever. :)

We had a very rainy May. I was so disappointed we couldn't come and see you all, I was really looking forward to it! We will have to plan for next time...

So glad you had a lovely time, I'm sure your family missed you when you all left. Looks like many special memories were made.

~Tanya - mama to 6 treasures plus one on the way. :)

Welcome back! I think it was a rainy May for everyone.......

~Stacy from Stacy Makes Cents

Looks like you had a great time. And your kids are soooo cute!

~ Courtney

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