Sunday, November 5, 2017


As my favorite holiday, I was excited for Halloween this year, but with the new baby my energy levels are a little less then sparkling. Luckily 3 of the kids decided to get costumes from Costco so I didn't have to make them. I already had something for Henry so just Lizzy needed a costume. As usual her requests kept pouring in. I patiently waited, (did nothing) while she made up her mind as to what character she really wanted to portray. I was not prepared for her final answer: Pachi a character from a little known and relatively new to us TV show called Mix Master. Here's a screen shot so you know what I was working with.
 Image result for patchi mix master
Lizzy had lots of ideas about how to put it together, her suggestion to use a hoodie was genius. So I got looking and finally found one online. Getting the right color took a bit of searching. When it arrived, we went to the fabric store for some fur and  appendages fabric. I searched online for days for inspiration or advice, but it seems that no one had made this character before. Or if they did they were holding out on me! Finally the week before Halloween I got to work, Lizzy helped me draft the patterns and gave me encouragement as I tried to make her costume come to life. In the end I am pretty pleased with the final result and Lizzy loves it, so my work here is done!

We never get many trick or treaters here, but this year was so sad. I had 4. Four people! Oh well. Daniel had put up this way cool projector with funny skeletons and creepy scenes. We did have one car stop and watch for a while, but thy didn't have trick or treaters. Oh well. the kids had a great time.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

And Then There Was Seven

 On September 5th at 6:30 in the morning Daniel and I entered the Legacy Hospital to prepare for my 5th C-section. (Mostly that means waiting around. Although we had to shower with special soap in the morning and the night before.) After some time and more prepping, Daniel got into his spiffy outfit and I headed to the OR. By now I think I have been in all their operating rooms.
   I sat on the table and had my spinal inserted. It was the fastest easiest one I have ever experienced. So much so that I was shocked when he said it was done. That was a good sign. Then, as I lay down and got to the numbing, the team got working and then Daniel was allowed in. I convinced them to let me have the little window in the drape open the whole time so I could sort of see what was going on. Besides having over double the amount of amniotic fluid, everything went according to plan and at 9:36 AM Henry was born. He wailed and wailed so his lungs were clear! He was 8 lbs. 2 oz and 21 in long. By far my biggest baby. He was so covered in vernix he cheesed the plastic window.

 I was so excited to hold him! He's just perfect. He eats like a champ and has no shortage of diapers! We had been struggling to name him. We agreed to Henry as a middle name, but couldn't agree to his first name. Daniel was rooting for Fitz, but I was unconvinced. We kept thinking. In the meantime, we had some visitors, my sister and her kids came. I don't have any photos, but they were so cute with him.

 I had Daniel put together my Mother's day gift, portal figures! Lego for the win!
  On our last day at the hospital, the nurse came in and asked if we had a name yet. I sighed, "No" and she said, "It's funny, I keep wanting to call him Henry." It was the light bulb going off. She didn't know that we were thinking of Henry as a middle name. When Daniel returned I told him about it and he agreed that his name should be Henry and said that we should have Gomez as his middle name. It was so perfect. I immediately agreed. Gomez is my father's middle name. It's my Grandma's maiden name. It felt right. I was so happy that we were not leaving the hospital with an unnamed baby. 
Ready for his first trip home.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

School Is In Session

   Ahh, September, the harbinger of fall and all things autumnal. But especially School! This year Lizzy is in 4th grade and Charles is in 1st. We just got Devon into preschool this week so it's fairly quiet around the house. The kids love learning and the teachers at Felida are amazing.

Here's to a successful year!

Devon was so excited I couldn't get him to stand still. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The "Rain Forest"

  Pregnancy does crazy things to a person. For example it makes me do the things I wouldn't do normally, like hiking in a rain forest. I have wanted to visit the Hoh Rain forest for several years now and never got around to it. Daniel and I decided it was time. We arraigned to meet up with my sister in the camp ground and since Lizzy was so upset about missing 2 days of summer reading camp, we left after her school got out on Thursday and headed up. From our house it took about 4 hrs along the coast to drive up. It was a beautiful day and the scenes were beautiful. I must admit I was excited when we first glimpsed the Pacific Ocean through the trees! It was amazing. We met up with Jessica and set about making dinner and setting up camp.
The kids played statues.

The next day we went on our hike. The rangers were very accommodating and showed us the best path to see the rain forest. It was beautiful, but I do admit to being a little disappointed that it didn't even sprinkle. Where's the rain? I asked the ranger about how the warmer weather was affecting the rain forest and she said they had had an influx of rain this year and average about 14 feet of rain a year! I was shocked! I can't imagine what 14 feet of rain is like and I'm a Washingtonian! 

I loved the shadow play.

In my lumbering condition I was naturally slower then the rest of the group. Jessica, Junon and Makayla graciously stayed with me. Poor Daniel had to corral the others on his own. 

There were tiny salmon fry in the creek. They will stay until about a year old then head out to the ocean for 4 years and then return and spawn.

   We finally all met up again. The kids loved doing the junior ranger packets.  Next we played in the Hoh River. Daniel freed a log to make a primitive canoe. The kids loved playing on it. The water was freezing, but refreshing too. 

I don't know if Daniel's toes have fully recovered from the shock. We spent the rest of the night playing at the camp and then went to a ranger camp fireside. The kids got to learn about moss and pretend to be trees and dance. They had a great time. I stayed behind and had a much needed rest.

 Making popcorn.

   I didn't get a picture, but the night sky was amazing. I could see the milky way and so many stars. I couldn't remember the last time I could see so many. When we go back I want to bring the telescope. It was majestic. Our final morning we went to the ocean and played in the eddies on Ruby Beach. It was beautiful.

Cooking the breakfast of champions!

The weather was perfect, the company divine. All in all a great trip. Sorry for the picture overload, but you know me. Have to document everything. Til next time!


As my favorite holiday, I was excited for Halloween this year, but with the new baby my energy levels are a little less then sparkling. Luc...