Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

We hope you are all enjoying the peace and renewal that comes with this beautiful season!

Pullman-Moscow Palouse-a

This week, Cait had to travel up for a day of work on location, and (since Mike is off Fridays), we decided to spend the rest of the time with Parrys. We're excited to live near them again.

Thursday night, we got to stay in a hotel. Mike and Cait reminisced about how cool hotels were when we were kids while O ran around, enjoying it.

Also a fun find in the hotel drawer.
Mike and O hung out with Emmaline, who was home sick from school, while Cait went to all of her meetings. Some were productive, some weren't, but it was worth the trip. She is really starting to enjoy her job.

Several people tried to get Cait to come out for the weekly lunch soccer game.

     C: "Oh, no, thank you, I don't do team sports. You wouldn't want me there."

     Others: "So what do you do?"

     C: "I like to run and swim and bike."

     Others: "Running, huh? We actually just had a guy drop out of the Palouse 100K relay tomorrow.        Do you want to take his spot?"

Cait said no, but they persisted, and she ran out of excuses. Next thing she knew, she had committed to the race. She confessed to the Parrys later, "I don't know...I guess I just caved to peer pressure." Emmaline and Brigham looked at her very seriously and said quietly, "You should know peer pressure is bad."

Yes it is, kids. Yes it is.

Cait got up bright and early to run around these beautiful hills. (Also, when someone from Pullman says something is "pretty flat", it's really not. )

For a less-than 24-hour notice, Cait felt pretty good about her performance (57-ish minutes for 5.6 miles). Everyone was very kind and encouraging!

On the way back into Moscow, we saw a sign for a gem show. So we had to go.

It was a one-man show from Oregon but that didn't stop us from enjoying some of his beautiful mineral specimens. The new mineral we learned about this time was vivianite.
They got very involved in their conversation.
To top off the trip, we went out to the Idaho woods to go shooting with Parrys and friends.

Next time we'll be sure to bring our guns too.

He was surprisingly ok with all the noise. He was not really ok with it being in the middle of naptime. 

Madaline mothered O. It was so cute.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Springtime Soccer League

Mike found a soccer league to join and today was the first game. Today he mostly played goalie. He had a great time and is looking forward to the weekly matches in which he will smoke everyone.

O followed around the seagulls instead of watching the game.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fix A Flat

Last week, the tire on the jogging stroller went flat, which has really put a dent in my exercise routine. So, as a strong, independent, woman, I decided I would fix it.

By having Mike help me find the hole.

And by following these internet instructions.

And having an adorable friend sit on my lap, try to eat the glue, pull off the "stickers", and generally make the whole process way harder than it had to be.

So I believe I meant to say as a strong, resourceful, 21st-century woman.

Either way, it's fixed, and we can go jogging again!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Columbia River Park

We took advantage of a SUNNY (whoohoo!) day to explore Columbia Park. We didn't stay long because of the wind, but we are excited to spend a lot of time here. There are so many things to do!

Handsome boys looking at ducks.

Friday, March 31, 2017


We fed the missionaries tonight and we were busy trying to juggle dinner and dessert while Owen repeatedly licked the jam off his biscuit and then loudly demanded more.

M: "Cait, what should I do? He keeps yelling."

C: "I don't know...give him a spoon..." (She thought a spoonful of jam should be sufficient for a nearly two-year-old for a minute.)

Mike turned around and did exactly what Cait said...which made for a very happy kid.

When we say, "Smile", he puts his fingers up to his cheeks and says, "EEEEEZE".

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Style Manuals and Credit Cards

Cait: Hey, do we have a style manual?

Others: Style manual? I'm not sure. I think the last guy had a style sheet for the manuals in LaTeX but it's probably outdated.

C (checks the style sheet and see he referenced Chicago except for a few weird exceptions where he followed the American Geophysical Union)

Me: Is everybody ok if we follow Chicago? It doesn't look like it'll be a change from what you were doing before, and most people in my experience are pretty familiar with it.

Others: We don't care. The web design people do AP and Yahoo, but do whatever you want for the manuals. You're the tech writer.

Me: Awesome. I also think this other book would really help us out on some of your specialized things.

Others: Sure. That sounds great. Whatever you want.

Me: So...can I get the subscriptions?

Others: Ask purchasing!

Late, Purchasing: Ask your department!

Department: Oh, yeah. You can just do that on your own company card (hands over personal company card) and tell us about it later. If it's under $100, you can just buy anything you think you need.

Me (instantly thinking of mini Cadbury eggs): Anything!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Sunday, March 26, 2017


This little guy has been just an awesome kid these past two months.

Our lives have been completely upended and he has handled change, new people, new places, nonexistent routine (missing naps, meals, and life in general), road trips every weekend (including 8 four-state drives), and tons of other stuff with overall good humor. Much better than Cait, most of the time.

This last weekend, he read himself books much of the way, and we tried to capture a little bit of it because we thought it was so adorable. Unfortunately, he got sidetracked by his toe injury from last week (he's perfecting his fake cry every time he remembers it's still hurts, ok? :P )

We are so grateful for this bit of sunshine in our crazy transition!

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Cait sighed as Mike clearly made ready to take time to go inside the gas station. Our road trip progress had been held up by a series of unfortunate events, and Cait was nearing her limit.

C (impatiently): "Let's just gooooo..."

M (in mock seriousness): "Cait, you've got to understand. I need to be in charge of my own Destiny."

C: "Fine. Just as long as you get your Destiny back on the freeway and back to Washington."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Relaxing. Finally.

Mike defended his master's thesis today! He was AMAZING! He confidently explained his research in the 40-minutes presentation and thoroughly answered the questions from the audience. He was flawless. He could not have done any better. Cait could have jumped up and cheered if she thought she could get away with it. Did she mention that Mike did an amazing job?

There is a lot we could say about what this means to us at this point in our life (and we're sure a lot of you are sick of hearing about it). But we'll just say we are so grateful that it went so well and that another hurdle is complete. THANK YOU for all of your loving support!

Time for some more father-son truck bonding time.

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Paddy's Day

Cait got up early to start the celebrations. It took O a moment to adjust to the milk, but he'll love it eventually. At any rate, Mike can't stop me.

O also loved the pancakes. When Mike walked in and saw my shamrocks, he said, in fake surprise, "Weed pancakes?!?!" :|

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Books

I thoroughly enjoyed this. The characters are good, the ties to the traditional tales clever, and the plot twists enough to keep it interesting and engaging. I wish it had a happy ending, but I suppose you can't read the origin story of a villain and expect it to not end badly.

I did finish this, so I found it good enough to keep reading, but I can't say that anything in particular stood out to me...

Inspiring, short messages of comfort from the Book of Psalms. Best in small doses to think over.

I think would also recommend this book. I liked the characters, though there were some scenes I skipped over. A little predictable, but the writing was good.

Very good. Now I know why Natalie and Mike have raved about this for forever. It's probably getting a little dated, but most of the information and stories are still relevant and fascinating.

There were some very good things in this book, and another paradigm shift that I needed. It really helped me decide what kind of parent I wanted to be and the kinds of things I feel are important to emphasize in our home. It's a struggle, but I am getting better at managing my weaknesses each day. There are some repetitive things are and some philosophies that probably don't work for every child. But I think it is worth the read.


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