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SPRING BREAK RECAP…

So, last week came in like a lamb and out like a lion which I guess is appropriate for Spring break :) We had lots of rainy days in the beginning so took it slow and had a lot of dance parties. But then the sun decided to join us so we were able to do some adventuring towards the end! Overall we ate yummy food, kept the kids up way past their bedtime and ignored the mountain of laundry so I would say it was a successful (and always needed) break from school and our normal routine.

A few pics from our week!

Lunch at a favorite spot in Tacoma, Shake Shake Shake. The best fries and shakes! The younger kids got corn dogs and the older ones ordered giant cheese burgers. Can’t remember the last time we all ate that much… I thought we would be rolling people out of there!

Ketchup art by Griffin but Tilly would like to take credit for inspiring the idea. She would like to take credit for this next shot too… :)

Espen will be 11 this year which totally and completely blows my mind! He’s the sweetest most helpful and positive person I know and I just can’t get enough of those freckles on his nose.

My favorite thing to do after eating way too much is get some fresh air and go for a walk so the fam bam obliged and we headed to Pointe Rustin to walk along the beach and play at the playground and then ultimately wound up searching for crabs. Washington beaches aren’t often sandy or sunbathing worthy, but they sure to occupy the kids and it’s always so fun to see their excitement!

Or total horror, LOL. Poppy spent most of the time deciding whether she liked the crabs or was scared of them. I don’t blame her one bit. The next pic is me feeling very proud of myself for holding a non-pinching baby crab, the size of an almond, in my hand. If any of our kids end up being total whimps I will be to blame for sure.

Feels so good to be outside without having to bundle up to stay warm and dry!

It wasn’t long before someone drove by in a golf cart and asked us not to throw rocks in the water. Oops. We tried really hard to follow these instructions but srsly, how do you keep 5 kids from throwing rocks in a body of water? Let’s just say, many reminders were needed.

Almost forgot! Ozzie’s High School team was able to play 3 games over break which must be some kinda early spring record! Griff was thrilled about it, obvi. I honestly think the hardest part about having various age kids playing sports is making sure the younger ones don’t get totally burnt out or resentful.

On one of the rainier days we decided to take a quick outing to visit the lake near our house, dream about summer days, and also get donuts. It was a couple hours very well spent.

As you can see, our spring break was kinda random and with all the bad weather, somedays didn’t feel as much like a break as I usually like. Luckily (if you saw this post on Instagram, then you already know), I messed up our calendar and booked our spring break vacay for later this month. We’ll be headed to the ocean in a couple weeks for a second (shorter) spring break! I felt terrible at first but think it will end up being a really good thing.

Have any spring travel plans?

xo, Rae

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FEBRUARY ARROW PROJECT: HOT COCOA STAND

Hey friends, happy February 1st!
We’re kicking this month off with an arrow project that I’m super excited to share. The combination of the state of our country and middle of winter weather (hurry up spring!) is enough to throw anyone into a downward spiral, but there is one thing that always restores sanity… connecting with people and chocolate! They are seriously the best medicine. So for our service project this month  Tilly + Griffin put on a pop-up hot cocoa stand in my parent’s neighborhood. Lemonade stands are one of their favorite summertime activities so I knew they would love it! Although their faces in the pic above suggest otherwise, LOL.
A few more pics from our time serving up cocoa…
Filming their sales pitch on Instagram stories and making a sign!
The secret shopper, director of quality control and social media strategist. Little people doing big things, ha! But seriously, don’t you see it?
Tilly + Griffin’s work relationship was slightly explosive. Both control freaks with easy to push buttons. But we lived, still had fun and met some new friends in the process!! It was really a great way to spend the afternoon.
I read a graphic the other day that said, “There is so much life to be lived in the in-between”. Can’t think of a better way to describe this season and put things into perspective.
Here’s to living a full life in the in-between. And lots of yummy hot cocoa.
XO, Rae
P.S. – You guys have been keeping me so busy with Valentine orders and I’m so very grateful! It really is my favorite project of the year!!!
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