Scottish Lakes Hike

Adventure time in the North Cascades! Our 12 mile hike that we planned for Larch Lake yesterday ended up being 21 miles, a 3,000 foot gain in elevation, 12 hours and only seeing Julius Lake. And it would have been longer if not for the kindness of a beautiful soul named Zeke who will be getting a thank you card and care package from the 4 of us. My best friend and her husband laughed at me when I told them we were going on a 12 mile hike, and rightfully so after playing a volleyball tournament the day before. It was about mile 6 that I couldn’t feel my legs or butt anymore. And about mile 9 after 3 miles on a steep incline with one more to go that I finally started having legit pain. I’d say mile 15 was when I would have done anything to get off the mountain.

Things I learned: Do research on more than one trail hiking website. Take the Aleve the first time you say you need to, not when you finally remember at the end of the hike. Your body will put up with a lot more than you think it will. Freeze dried meals aren’t that bad. And hiking poles are amazing. Today, all I can say is I made it out of bed this morning to work not feeling nearly as awful as I thought I would and managed to make some lovely pictures of fall colors.

Fall colors on the hike up the logging road.

Fall colors on the hike up the logging road.

A small lake about midway through the hike.

A small lake about midway through the hike.

Our new chipmunk friend.

Our new chipmunk friend.

Fun Forest my ass.

Fun Forest my ass.

Lake Julius.

Lake Julius.

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Baby Bro

What’s a visit to the Burtis house with out pictures of both kids? Here is Chase who is now 14 months old, walking for the most part on his own, stumbling here and there, eating like a beast, and enjoys crawling up the slide. No, I did not teach him that one.

Chase sliding with Uncle Brandon's help.

Chase sliding with Uncle Brandon’s help.

Chase likes to go up the slide.

Chase likes to go up the slide.

Chase playing.

Chase playing.

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Addi

Addi is now 4 months old and 11 lbs. She’s huge compared to the last time I saw her in July, but still bitty for her age. She’s a happy little girl and is starting to coo and interact with people more. I got to witness her putting her foot in her mouth for the first time today as well as getting thrown up on. As payback, I will be taking embarrassing photos of you for the rest of your life pretty girl!

Addi, 4 months.

Addi, 4 months.

Addi.

Addi.

Addi found her foot for the first time today!

Addi found her foot for the first time today!

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Ryan turns 4!

Granted it was on Wednesday this week, the party was today. There were new friends and presents for Ryan, a Monster’s cake, and lots of family. This kid has lots of love in his life and it shows!

Ryan opening presents.

Ryan opening presents.

Ryan blowing out his candles.

Ryan blowing out his candles.

Mommy and Ryan.

Mommy and Ryan.

Ryan with new friends.

Ryan with new friends.

Mischief.  That kid is going to be trouble.

Mischief. That kid is going to be trouble.

Mommy and Ryan.

Mommy and Ryan.

The cake.  Ryan picked it out himself.

The cake. Ryan picked it out himself.

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Engaged!

Shelbe proposed to Chauntae! And I got to sneak attack it! (This is what I was really doing at Kerry Park last night. I just wasn’t allowed to post.) These two had their first date in Seattle at Kerry Park many, many moons ago and so it seemed a fitting place for Shelbe to propose. They played “I Spy” the first time they visited and again tonight where it ended with a ring. I’m so excited for these two! There will be engagement photos to come in the near future, but in the mean time, share with me the beautiful moment!

I spy.

I spy.

She said yes!

She said yes!

The happy couple.

The happy couple.

The first of many engagement pictures.

The first of many engagement pictures.

Off to have some dinner and celebrate.

Off to have some dinner and celebrate.

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Ocean Shores

I’m just a wee bit behind so I apologize for the mass posting and playing catch up. This was our trip to Ocean Shores back at the end of July. Stayed at a cute little place that was a short walk to the beach, played cards, hung out in the sand, napped. It was the bees knees gang and I will always go back there in a heart beat.

The view from the dunes.

The view from the dunes.

Lebowski.

Lebowski.

Baxter.

Baxter.

Steph with her Mom watching the sunset from the tower on the resort grounds.

Steph with her Mom watching the sunset from the tower on the resort grounds.

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Bubbles

I got to play with the nephews this weekend and Ryan is super in to bubbles. He also likes to run fast like Mommy – who was busy on the treadmill. And this is what happened.

Ryan popping bubbles.

Ryan popping bubbles.

Mowing.

Mowing.

Run!

Run!

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Post Card: Seattle

I love Kerry Park. I don’t know why it took me so long to find that place, I’ve lived here most my life. Despite the rocky start to the weekend weather wise, another beautiful Seattle day is in the books and here’s what I have to show for it.

Seattle from Kerry Park on Sept. 1, 2014.

Seattle from Kerry Park on Sept. 1, 2014.

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4th of July

A little Burtis/Ripley family time for an evening of fireworks made for some fun photos. Morgan and Ryan had a great time and so did the big kids. I really enjoyed watching the kid’s expressions, the wonderment and joy and then the ear covering and jumping. There were lots of photos taken and I’m sure I will get around to putting some on FB for the family, but here are a few to enjoy now that focus on the kids.

Morgan and Ryan.

Morgan and Ryan.

Ryan watching some of the big fireworks.

Ryan watching some of the big fireworks.

So loud!  Morgan and Ryan.

So loud! Morgan and Ryan.

Ryan finally getting the hang of sparklers.

Ryan finally getting the hang of sparklers.

Morgan and Daddy.

Morgan and Daddy.

Morgan and Grandma Marleen.

Morgan and Grandma Marleen.

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Sunsets and S’mores

What a beautiful night for a send off. While I still get to see her at work tomorrow, I’m glad that so many people gathered to show their love and support tonight and send Mo and her family off on their next adventure in Colorado. She will definitely be missed by a lot of people here in the Northwest. Good luck!

Mo passing out kisses.

Mo passing out kisses.

S'mores aftermath.

S’mores aftermath.

Last shot before I left.

Last shot before I left. #nofilter

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