During the salmon run, John’s dad and Vera made the trip up to go fishing with us in the Sound. We learned a new fishing technique called “mooching.” It’s a technique unique to the PNW. According to our boat’s captain, they hold competition each year in hopes of keeping it alive (many people have abandoned mooching in favor of the more popular trolling method). Our captain was really knowledgeable about the local species, I enjoyed gleaning that information from him. It rained, hard, off and on throughout the day. We managed to catch three salmon that we could keep (4 would’ve been our limit), and see some other wildlife while we were out.


john fish


At our twenty week ultrasound we learned we have a healthy baby girl! She was doing great and moving around the whole time.



In November we visited Franklin Falls. It’s a short hike, and for the minimal effort you get a great view from the base of the fall.

franklin falls

For thanksgiving we headed over to Bainbridge again to spend time with the Harrison’s. We enjoyed a big meal, watched football, and played games on Thursday. Friday morning we had plans to drive out and pick out a Christmas tree together. We woke up to freezing rain, so the trip was shorter than expected as we rushed to find a tree. We did make it home with exactly what I was wanting despite the hurried search!

We had a low key December as I couldn’t travel far. We celebrated my birthday on Friday night, at home with my favorite meal, just the two of us.
John’s company Christmas Party was my actual birthday, so we got fancied up and headed into Seattle for that. We had a great time enjoying the casino, photo booth, caricatures, and food that was ever present.


With all the snow falling, I’d been begging John to take me to the mountains. So, we headed out for some light hiking for some exercise one weekend. I cannot remember where we went :/


On Christmas Eve, we had an early dinner and attended our new church’s Christmas Eve Service. Afterwards, we came back home for desserts and presents.

Christmas Day we woke up early and headed out to Crystal as fresh snow was falling so John could ski. I spent the day sipping hot chocolate and reading in the lodge. While it was a nice relaxing holiday, I’m looking forward to next year when we will be surrounded by our families and celebrating with our sweet little girl!

Lake Talapus

Summers around here may be the best kept secret of the Pacific Northwest. After struggling through sevenish months of grey, spring comes overnight. The skies brighten, the rain lifts, the temperatures climb to a comfortable 70 degrees, and you remember how great the next few months will be.


When summer comes, there is nothing I’d rather be doing than spending time outside, soaking in the season. For that reason, we headed out to Granite Mountain for the weekend.


Four miles in, we reached beautiful Lake Talapus and set up camp. I was in love with the driftwood gathering along the banks and the picturesque mountains reflecting of the surface. This place is magical.