welcome baby peter

My newest nephew, Peter, was born right before my brother Chris and his family moved. I was so happy I could meet Peter in the first few days of his life. He is the sweetest little bundle of love. Holding him just melted my heart into a puddle of tears. He is precious!   I […]

Field trip Friday

I am so happy Lizzy moved here- she is amazing! Not only do we have a fabulous time chatting but she gets me out of my hermit hole with the little girls for Field Trip Friday’s, walks, trips to the park, and library. This past Friday we had fun touring a local pumpkin patch. Cora […]

the fair

   The free day at the fair was a hit! We met up with friends, saw the pig races, hung all over Lizzy’s stroller, thank you!, saw lots of animals and made it out without spending a dime. PHEW! My kids knew not to even ask. What angels!

Jake’s visit

My cousin Jake came for a visit to climb Shuksan with Wes. The few days leading up to the climb they headed to Index to do some trad climbing. One morning  they took Jacob, of course he was thrilled to be with the men. The second day I was lucky to join them on a […]


Summer has been fantastic! Last Friday we returned home from our fourth camping trip this year. We have camped a total of 11 days and 7 nights. And let me tell you, some of those nights have been terribly long and painful with a squirmy fussy baby, but we made it and despite the long […]

Crittenden Reunion

  We decided to maximize our time in Utah. After the Dyer reunion we headed to the farm for the Merkley’s and then stayed for another week with my family for an absolutely fantastic time. It has been my mom’s dream for years for all of us to gather at Grandpa’s farm, it finally happened, […]

a visit with grandma

Between our drive from Bear Lake to the farm we stopped in to visit my Grandma, who is in assisted living. It made me so happy to see her and we had the most delightful time! She has Alzheimer’s. In many ways it is hard to see her that way, but at the same time […]

family tree

Finally after eleven years of marriage, we made it to the Merkley family reunion. I have seen family members over the years, but never at a huge gathering and I was super excited!  We had a fantastic time visiting with everyone, playing games, and reminiscing about Grandma and Grandpa. That is what you call a […]