Friday, December 20, 2013

Snow Day

This morning was full of firsts for our family. Brady was kind enough to wake up with Tessa at six this morning and let me sleep in. That's not a first, by the way. He woke me up at about 7:45 to say Tessa was about to play in the snow for the first time. Last winter she was just a baby in a bundle of blankets and so she's never really seen snow. It's also the first snow "storm" we've had since living in Washington. It was a whopping inch-and-a-half which meant no school. 

A snow day. 

The back yard was full of giddy children. We used to laugh at the thought of a whole city shutting down because of two inches of snow. I guess that's because of the I-had-to-trudge-through-nine-feet-of-snow-for-a-solid-month-to-get-to-school-and-it-was-the-middle-of-april mentality we adopted in Utah. Now that we're living here, we know that the roads can be pretty scary. Black ice is inevitable and the hills are steep steep STEEP.  I know I really don't need to tell you that Tessa loved everything about this morning but... she loved everything about this morning! 
^The majority of these pictures look like they were taken at night. That's Seattle for you.^
^Maybe we'll have a white Christmas after all.^
^Shaking hands with Frosty.^
^In desperate need of a tissue.^
^Post snow and pre bath. Frozen fingers and toes.^

It was the perfect amount of snow, for me at least. I think all of the kids, especially Tessa, thought today was the best day yet. It definitely didn't look like the picture my friend just sent me from Utah:
or the winter wonderland we experienced back here but to a child snow is snow. And snow is magical. Here is a video I made this morning of Tessa. Hope you enjoy. If you're family could you upload the video to facebook so others could see it? Happy Friday!

Friday, December 6, 2013


Hey all! Can you believe Thanksgiving and November have already come and gone? I can't tell you how excited I am that Christmas is literally just around the corner! The holidays are a busy time for everyone and I've found it very difficult to keep this blog updated on the daily. I know many of you (by many I mean Ron) check this blog multiple times a day to get updates on our family. I know you've been very disappointed at the lack thereof. So how do we find a balance? How do I keep you updated on all the daily happenings while still juggling the busyness of our lives? 

The solution?


On the right side of the page you'll see a little icon of a camera. That little camera will take you straight to my instagram page. I've normally kept that page private and just used it to edit pictures that I later put on my blog. Yesterday I decided to take pictures with Instagram, add a caption right next to those pictures and *VOILA* I found myself with a bunch of mini blog posts documenting our day, each taking only a few seconds. It was so easy!

Wait, Kate! What about the blog?
Well, I plan on doing a post at least once a week but the majority of the updates you'll find on my instagram page. I'll even let you know via Instagram when I post an actual blog here so you don't have to try visiting both sites daily.

Like I said before, I really only used my instagram to edit pictures, so all of the pictures before December won't have any captions and there will be multiple pictures of the same event. To make each photo bigger and to see what I've written just click on the picture.

Don't worry guys. This is going to be fabulous and everyone gets their fill of Tessa, Kate and Brady.

This post at a glance:
Instagram icon on the right. Click it.
There will be multiple pics daily so stop by often.
Captions starting in December.

And most importantly... LEAVE A COMMENT!
I love them :)

Happy Holidays everyone!

Also, look at this pic of Brady opening his mission call when he was 19. Aw, he's just a baby!

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