Monday, July 23, 2012

Revel’s new house

Almost immediately after we got a dog, Rob decided he wanted to build a dog house.  A design for a simple dog house to keep our puppy dry quickly turned into the Dog-mahal, complete with trim, carpet, lighting, a deck, and painted to match our house.  It turned out great.  Good Job Rob!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon

This year I made the goal to run a 1/2 Marathon.  I had a few girl friends running the Rock N Roll 1/2 in Seattle so I decided to join them.  I was able to convince my Bro-in-law Rod to come down and race with me as well.  This was the first organized race I had ever run in.  It was a blast.  The running part, not so fun, but the atmosphere and people made it worth it. 

The night before the race there was a Expo in Seattle.  We spent several hours, walking around, sampling all the free snacks, and getting as many free things as we could.  We had a blast. 


Halle, Parker and Braden show off some of the freebies we accumulated including t-shirt, sun glasses, headband, medal.  It was never ending.  My nephew Wes was the most successful winning the coveted Tuna t-shirt. 

The next morning, Rod and I got up at 4 am to meet with a group of friends and head down to Seattle for the race.  Traveling with a van full of runners helped us get even more excited and pumped up for what lay ahead.

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Here is Rod and I waiting to get up to the starting line so we could begin the race.  With over 26,000 racers it was quite the process to get parked and make our way to the starting line. 


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Here I am about mile 4. Still smiling… Rob and Wesley cheered me on from the sidelines.  This picture was the start of the steepest hill of the race.  I made them run with me a little bit.  I was glad they were at this point to cheer me on because that hill was STEEP!.

Being my first race, my only goal was a finish.  I did!  My family was at the end to cheer on over the finish line. 


If you want to come and join me next year let me know! 

Friday, July 20, 2012


We adopted a PUPPY! 

Since we got married Rob has wanted a dog.  He finally convinced me and after our yard was finished I made it my mission to find us the perfect dog.  We decided that the perfect breed for our current house and yard would be a Miniature Australian Shepherd and the search began.  We quickly found that buying one of the dogs from a breeder was a little more than we wanted to spend.  One day, after months of search, I heard on the radio that a Puppy Mill had been busted in Bellingham.  They took 48 Mini Aussies from horrible conditions and they were all being housed at the humane society.  We knew one of these dogs should be ours. 

Several applications, emails, faxes, and phone interviews later we were the proud parents of this little guy. We named him Revelstoke (Revel for short).


He was 5 months old when we got him.  They think he was born in December 2011.  He was one of the most shy of all of the puppies.  Having never interacted with humans he is very scared and shy of all people.  We are doing our best to introduce him to as many new people and experiences as possible.  He is doing well at home with Rob and I.  Now that it is summer time and I have more time at home, he has quickly become my shadow as he follows me around everywhere and helps me with all the chores. 

Revel loves the dog park and loves water.  Whether it is chasing the stream from the hose, splashing in a creek, or swimming in Lake Washington, he always wants to be in water.  He is a great jogging partner.  Within the first month with us he was already up to running 6+ miles with me.  His favorite treat is frozen Cantaloupe.  He loves to chew on EVERYTHING, especially our flip flops.

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If you’re in the area come on over and meet our sweet shy little guy. 


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Vegetable Garden

As we were redoing our backyard, was really wanted us to have a space for a vegetable garden.  While my parents were visiting, I had my dad help me plan out and plant a garden.  It is fun watching it grown and being able to get fresh veggies by simply walking into the back yard.


Starting to grow!


Getting bigger!




So far the most delicious part of the garden has been the strawberries.  Lucky for me Rob doesn’t like them so I get to enjoy them all!  They are so sweet and delicious.  Next year I will definitely be planting more.

We’ve been able to use the following so far:  Arugula, Green Onions, Spinach, Radishes, Leaf Lettuce, Cilantro, Strawberries.  We have learned that we are not radish people and will not be planting those again.  We enjoyed the Arugula but planted too much and couldn’t eat it fast enough.  We are looking forward to tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, and peas. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Rob and I had some amazing days on the snowmobiles this winter.  We found a new favorite place to go in Greenwater.  The area is flatter with more opened fields.  On a fresh snow day you can’t ask for more fun in the snow. On this particular day the snow was falling like crazy and the powder was abundant. 


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dirt Biking

Rob and I went up with some friends from  church to check out a off-road park in Belfair, WA.  We brought our dual sport motorcycles and our friends brought their quads.  We had a fun day learning new trails and spending time with friends.  We also had the chance to try out their quads. Lucky for me they brought along a 6 year old so that slowed the crowd down for me.  I still haven’t figured out why all of the activities we do require helmets…



While the rest of the United States was begging for snow, the Northwest was blasted with a huge storm.  First it dumped snow and the snow storm was followed by Freezing Rain. The results we disastrous for much of the area.  As usual, I was rewarded with three days off of work.  Unfortunately, for two of those days we were without power (which was nothing compared to some areas).  Many of our neighbors lost trees and roads were closed all over the place.  Without a 4-wheel drive car you were stuck for several days.  Rob and I made the most of it by skiing, snowmobiling, and even spending one powerless afternoon hanging out at the Old Country Buffet enjoying their power and warm food.  It was a storm we will not soon forget.

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Since we’ve moved in we knew we needed a shed for the backyard.  We needed a place to store all of our yard tools so they didn’t continually make our garage dirty.  Our biggest dilemma was where to put it.  We wanted to use as little yard space as possible but still have enough room for everything we wanted to put in it.  We finally settled on building one off the side of our house. This Winter we had some amazingly sunny days.  Rob made the most of it and built us a shed. He did a great job.  It is the perfect size to hold all of our yard tools. The location we chose was used for nothing else and would otherwise been wasted space.

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We painted it to match the house and it is a perfect match.  You can’t even tell that it wasn’t part of the original structure.  He even added electricity for a light and an outlet. 

Once more I have to say, Good Job Rob!