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Carley
I am a mama of three who loves to live life through their eyes. I find comfort behind the lense of my camera, cooking in my kitchen, reading books to my kids, hanging with my husband, and having joyful faith.
Interests: photography. organization. cooking. my kids. parenting books. crafting. my husband. down comforter. rainy days. iced coffee. getting mail. laughing uncontrollably. kids books. true love.
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Every year on Mason's birthday I re-watch his birth story and may or many not have a really good cry. (You can watch his birth story here ). I remember him as a baby so vividly. He was big, and laid back, and happy. Mason is still holding strong to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at One Fish Two Fish
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Colton is 6! Last year at this time I was filling out registration paper's for Colton to begin kindergarten. It feels like a lifetime ago! Now, you are wrapping up your kindergarten year and getting ready to head to 1st grade. Couldn't feel more proud of you! You are an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at One Fish Two Fish
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Something feels very nostalgic about your first born celebrating her birthday. In the last couple of years, I have found myself having the same internal conversation. ...Wow, I can't believe she is 10! How can it be? Shes practically a teenager now. And this year....how can it be that the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at One Fish Two Fish
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Ady turned 9 a couple of weeks ago, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to say hello to the ol' blog again. Let me tell you, life is busy with 5 kids and two parents working full time. Here is hoping I can be a little more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at One Fish Two Fish
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We just wrapped up our annual trip to Kalaloch. As a matter of a fact, as I type this my laundry room floor of covered with sand filled blankets and clothes. A little more than a week ago I was full of worry about going to Kalaloch because there is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at One Fish Two Fish
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Over this past weekend we went camping up the Methow Valley. As a family, we have never been up there and exploring the area was on our summer bucket list. It was absolutely beautiful up there. We stopped in Winthrop on our way to the campgrounds. The town was friendly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at One Fish Two Fish
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You would think that when you've already done preschool graduation two times before you would have it down. You know, be the calm mom who can hold it together. I guess that role isn't really for me. I am really good at being the teary eyed mama. My sweet boy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at One Fish Two Fish
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We have a lot of sweet conversations around our China girl on a regular basis. She is so loved by her brothers and sisters and we are all so eager to know more about her. Mason: Mama, is my baby sister from China growing in your tummy yet? Me: No... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at One Fish Two Fish
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It's hard to believe we have been in this adoption process for over a year now. In the adoption world there is a lot of waiting . A lot of waiting and a lot of hoop jumping. At the end of this long roller coaster our daughter will be in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at One Fish Two Fish
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Over Mid Winter break we surprised our kids with a trip to Disneyland. We anticipate this being our last big vacation before we become a family of 7 so we were really excited to make it memorable for the kids! We woke up on a Saturday morning and told the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at One Fish Two Fish
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Wow! Mason is three!! My sweet, precious one. You are full of adventure, mischief, joy, smiles, noise, energy, cuddles, love, and a go-with-the-flow attitude. When you were born you were almost 10 lbs and a week early. (You can watch his birth story here ) You had chubby cheeks and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at One Fish Two Fish
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5 always seems like a big milestone to me. The day that Colton turned 5 I just so happened to be filling out his kindergarten registration forms (gulp). I can't decide what gave me the lump in my throat- if it was the fact that Colton was going to kindergarten... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at One Fish Two Fish
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The one who first made me a mama is 10. How can this be so?! You celebrated your birthday on the basketball courts this year. You were over the moon excited to be playing ball for your day. I feel like it was just minutes ago that I was holding... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at One Fish Two Fish
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I have to take a moment to thank everyone who has donated, through this blog, towards our adoption. Thankful does not begin to describe how we feel. We are humbled to know that so many people love and care for our daughter before she is even in our arms. Thank... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at One Fish Two Fish
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Happy Birthday Ady girl! Your 8th birthday was filled with a lot of celebrating and you deserved it! This was the first year you requested a birthday party. Every year until now you have said that a party would be too embarrassing. We were so thrilled to finally have a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at One Fish Two Fish
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I would say I am more than past due to wrap this Kalaloch series up! I'm sitting her on my couch, curled up in a blanket. Temperatures outside are quickly dropping into the teens and there is a fresh dusting of snow outside. Our stockings are hung and our advent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at One Fish Two Fish
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We have excited news! We received word that our dossier (adoption paperwork) has been translated and logged into China's system. This means our next step is to receive a referral. What is a referral you ask? A referral is when our agency will match us with our daugther. Wowza! We... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at One Fish Two Fish
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Mason: These days you continue to be on laid back dude. You tend to go with the flow about pretty much everything. You love to eat, play super heroes, trains, and play outside. You can make a friend in an instant wherever we go. Wherever your brother is you aren't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at One Fish Two Fish
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Today was the day. I rallied up the troops and gave a little pep talk. The stakes were made clear and simple. You cooperate, there is a bowl of ice cream and "How to Train Your Dragon II" in your future. You see, I am not beyond bribery when it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at One Fish Two Fish
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A few weekends ago we needed to get some specific pictures for our dossier. We are so close to sending our dossier to China its painful. We are waiting for a state certification on our immigration approval and we will be DTC (Dossier To China). After this happens we will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at One Fish Two Fish
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We are in the midst of adjusting to our busy school year schedule. 1 Kindergarten teacher who spends her day with 22 5-6 year olds (seriously, how lucky am I?!), 1 rotating shift work schedule (bananas), 4 kiddos at 2 different schools, 3 soccer teams and 1 dance schedule all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at One Fish Two Fish
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Life is her stage. It is very special to watch your child's dream become reality. For as long as I can remember she has had dance in her step. As a toddler she couldn't make it across a room without doing a twirl. Today, she has replaced those twirls with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at One Fish Two Fish
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We are on the tail end of our document collection for our dossier. Yaahoo! We sent our homestudy paperwork to get immigration approval a couple of weeks ago. We were given a wait time of 1-3 months. Well God certainly had a different plan because two weeks later we were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at One Fish Two Fish
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Seriously, family vacations are where it's at. We have always dreamed of dozens of camping trips each summer while raising kids. Tenting with 4 kids can come with its challenges, and because of that, we were only making 1-2 overnight trips in the mountains every year. Huge bummer. We were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at One Fish Two Fish
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Last week our adoption agency called to let us know our homestudy was ready. Woohoo!! This paper pregnancy stage of adoption is daunting. Imagine yourself in your first months of pregnancy when you have little to show for your growing family. No growing belly or pregnancy glow. You unwillingly hop... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at One Fish Two Fish