Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Happy Halloween!

We have lots of candy at our house. Kids were up late. Fun day. I've decided that Halloween should always be celebrated on weekends.

A "nice spider bride" who "shoots black widows out of her hands"

Lindsey at preschool. Check out Rachel's dress :)

Kids with Lou- their children's leader at church. She is moving to San Francisco later this month and our family will definitely miss her.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

I am getting behind! When this happens, it really drives home to me the main reason we do "The Hazard Chronicles" in the first place. See, it's been over two weeks since I wrote on here- two weeks full of activity and good times and funny episodes and meaningful conversations and noteworthy events. When I try to remember this all though, it sort of just blurs together. I have pictures, sure, but I don't have the emotional context for those pictures any more so I can't write much about them.

What I remember for the family is that we have spent a lot of time out in the beautiful Autumn weather we are having. For me, there has been a resurgence in my interest in rock climbing, and I have gone eight times since the last post. Rachel and I have each had a chance to be out with our respective groups of friends and there have been some good times there. We also went out together to the Banff Mountain Film Festival, and as a family to meet some new friends in Spokane.

It's been an eventful couple of weeks, but most of these events took place close to home, and for whatever reason this makes it more difficult to record things. These are the things, however, that become our building blocks, individually and as a family. The small things that, in the day to day don't seem to amount to much, but which collectively represent some of the most significant parts of who we are.

For whatever reason, we feel like it is important to record these things. It gives us a way to look back and see where we have come from. And it is fun. And it is us.

On to the pictures!

Rach made a sign with her friends. It will go in our back yard.

We have spent some good time outside.

Apple picking!
Have a good week!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

This post will be brief, but there are lots of good pictures:

On Friday afternoon I loaded the four oldest kids in the car and started driving toward the North Cascades. We were meeting friends at a campsite, and the next two-and-a-half days would be spent in exploration of this beautiful corner of the world.

We got amazing weather while we were there. The fall colors mixed with the rugged terrain left me speechless on many occasions.
Some of the best times were had just sitting around the fire or playing in the woods around the campsite.

One story I have to include here:

All the kids sleep next to their water-bottles in case they get thirsty in the night. Well, one of the mornings, Maren wakes up and says "Dad, can I have some of your water? My water tastes gross."

"What's wrong with your water, Maren? It came from the same place mine did."

"I don't know," she responds. "It just tastes yucky." She pulls her water bottle out, and now that it is light we can see a distinct yellow tint tint coming from inside the container. "Look!" she cries, "It's all yellow!"

I try to hide my look of shock as I glance over at Jackson who is unsuccessfully trying to make himself disappear into his sleeping bag. Finally, he meets my gaze. "What?" he asks. "It was so cold last night. So cold, and, you know..." he trails off.

Oh, I know. Say no more. "Here Maren," I hand her my water bottle. "drink my water. As much as you want."

I don't think she ever put two and two together. 

That is probably a good thing.

Five adults and ten kids. We descend on the campsite like a hoard of army ants :)

The dog's name is Kenai (I have no idea if I spelled that right). Our kids fell in love and cried when it was time to say goodbye. Now they think we are getting a dog. Keep dreaming, kids. Keep dreaming.
Early on the first day we took a short drive up to look at Liberty Bell and the surrounding peaks. It is impossible for me to look at these mountains without subconsciously asking myself when I can come back to climb them.

Although we didn't spend any time on the big mountains, we did climb quite a bit on lower crags. I haven't climbed at my limit at all in over a year, and I had mixed feelings about my performance- I led 5.11, and I top-roped some 12s (it was pretty ugly though). If anything, it was motivation to get back into shape. The kids all did okay too, but I think they had more fun running around with the dog or building forts than they did on the rock.

When we got home, Rachel and I went out together to watch a screening of "The Dawn Wall," a climbing film about a book that I just finished.

It was a good weekend.

Rachel and Lindsey had fun at home while we were out exploring. They went out to breakfast, painted pumpkins, went swimming, and went to the movie theater. 
Have a good week!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Maren ran in her first cross country meet the other day. She was pretty upset for a little while that she didn't win, but went up to her two friends anyway and congratulated them on their first and second place standings. I'm proud of her. When asked how she felt after the race, she responded without hesitation:

"I feel like I swallowed a goose!"

What?!!! Um, alright Mar- whatever you say. It made me happy.

She's so limber! 

Jackson also ran in the meet. He said he did his hair in a racetrack pattern in honor of the event. To be honest, I'm not seeing it, but it still looks...interesting.

Here he is, coming in strong and giving out high fives. He came in seventh, which is the best any of our kids did.
Miss Adalie coming in with a smile.


Lindsey was really tired the other day. When she gets this way she sometimes gets whiny and cranky. She is starting to realize that this comes from lack of sleep. It was during this time that she came up to Rach:

Lindsdy: "Mom, I know why I'm so tired."
Rach: "Why?"
L: "Because I woke up in the middle of the night last night and went outside and played for a long time in the backyard and then went back to bed."

...Uhhh, yep- that will do it.

Children are funny.

Lindsey is crazy!


The big event of the week was our trip down to Utah for Brandon and Kendra's wedding (Rachel's brother). It is fun to get a new member of the family, and it was really fun to re-connect with friends and extended family who we haven't seen in a long time.

Here are some pictures:

Have a good week!

Friday, September 28, 2018

These two kids are awesome!

Addy and Jack were born on 9/9/09 at 9:00, and they turned 9 this month. It was a special day.

Just like last year, we tried bribing them into having their party at a no-stress location like a skating rink or swimming pool or climbing gym or something- the kind of place where the venue pretty much does everything for you and the parents just show up. And just like last year, they didn't want anything to do with that. Instead, they chose an obscure theme that they wanted for their party at home.


I have no idea where they came up with that.

Rach was a champion mom though, and pulled off a great party with all the fixings. Very fun.


Rach made the cake. The footprints are made with edible paper. I did not know that was a thing.

This was the headquarters where each kid received their "mission" and their supplies.

There were lots of games and not enough pictures to show them

The "stolen treasure" (just a bunch of M&Ms) were found inside the cake.
The party really was a hit.

Also, the kids have started up extracurricular activities again. Evelyn is in STEM, Challenge, and Safety patrol. Jackson does STEM and cross country. Addy does Challenge and cross country, and will soon be back in gymnastics. Maren does cross country and jazz dancing at a "real" dance studio and is absolutely loving it. Miss Lindsey is just starting gymnastics and has fun trying to keep up with her older siblings. Our family definately stays busy.

Here's Ev and Jack building robots in STEM

With October just around the corner the fall season is getting well underway. It is by far my favorite time of year, and I am excited to feel a slight chill in the air in the morning times. However, the coming of Fall also means the end of boating season. We went out for one last ride the other day- an evening run down the river as the sun cast golden rays on the water. 

It was beautiful. 

After taking out we drove straight to the marina to get the boat winterized. It'll be ready for us in the Spring.

We're excited to see some of you next weekend down in Utah! Until then...Have a good week!
Rachel went shopping with her sisters. I think she's considering a new look...
...or not.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

It's been nice to get back into the swing of things with school and everything. Life has calmed down for us...

A little bit.

Right now, Rachel is in Utah for a bike ride/race she is doing with her mom and sisters. From all accounts, they had a good time and had quite an "epic" time. I guess they got lost on the course or something. All's well that ends well though, and I think that this is only the first of many rides they will do together.

Meanwhile, the kids and I are just relaxing at home. We went swimming and rock climbing, and had our traditional "mom-isn't-here-so-we-can-eat-seafood" meal. It's been fun.

In other news, Rachel and I hosted a BBQ get-together at our house that had between 40 and 50 people showing up. Good times.

Also, Evelyn and I went to Silverwood for a day to ourselves. Ev overcame her fear of big rides and did "spin-cycle" (she had talked herself out of it last time she went). She had so much fun that she went back and did it four more times. It was a fun day.

Well...that's about it for this post. Have a good week!