Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer = Balance

So, now that summer has joined us in the Pacific Northwest, we have found a sort of balance between work, the remodel, and play. Mostly we've been celebrating and spending time with family. After my amazing baby shower in California and time with great friends and family, my parents flew up here to celebrate Phil's graduation from his electrical apprenticeship! After the five year program (which Phil passed out of the first year...since he already had three+ years experience in San Diego and Coeur d'Alene) of three months on three months off of all day Friday classes, he did it! There were definitely times where we didn't know if he would stick with it, but he did and things are definitely looking good. Phil is now working on that job at UW, he gets a pay raise for becoming an official journeyman (even though he had passed the test earlier this year), and he has a "lead" position at work where he manages a couple of other guys.

Yea Phil! Congrats!
At the JATC apprenticeship graduation with our mothers
Is that a look of shock that he stuck with it or excitement for a pay increase?
My Dad also came out to support Phil at the dinner/graduation

Finally hosting people in our new kitchen! Phil's graduation brunch with my parents and Anna & Ryan

Papa Jay is ready for his own he is practicing with Isaac

The end of the brunch with Johanne and Krista, Isaac, & Peter

We are also celebrating Phil's mom, Susan, since she completed her year Culinary Program at Edmonds Community College. We always knew she is an amazing and natural baker, but she has become even more amazing and it sounds like she's learned a lot this year about production work and commercial baking among other things. It will be fun to see what she chooses to do now that the program is complete.

All while getting together with family, Phil has been tackling the tile in the master bathroom and making good progress (although it has definitely been Phil's nemesis). He is already almost done with rebuilding our neighbor, Cricket's fence. My parents helped tackle our weed situation and I've been out there for hours too. In an attempt to brighten up the closet in the room that will be the nursery and make it seem larger, I painted it white. It definitely did the trick and I can't wait to start putting shelving and hanging rods in there for all of the stuff we already have for Micah!
The orange mat is the in floor programmable heat

Cricket's fence in progress.


Phil's Gramma Lilly is usually on a fishing boat up in Alaska at this time (yes, she's about 85 and still does commercial fishing!). Well, this year things got off to a rocky start when her heart just didn't feel quite right and so they flew her back to Seattle to Swedish Hospital. Turns out she had a light heart attack and they put stints in her heart. She was a trooper through it all (you'd never know she had just been in a hospital) and we got to spend some quality time with her while she was in town. Phil's cousin Mark and his wife, Kristi, and their son, Marcus, happened to be in town (from Oregon) for the 4th of July and so we had everyone over. It still may be a remodel construction zone, but with such a nice kitchen we can host people again, which is so nice and we love to do it!
Charlie's so cute in the summer with his tongue hanging out all the time

Susan and Gramma Lilly in the garden

Phil & I, Gramma, Susan, and cousins Mark, Marcus, & Kristi

And finally, Phil and I took a little day trip last weekend and went to North Cascades National Park. We explored the dams and saw the big generators, went on a mini 2 mile "hike" around the visitors center, stared up at the amazing jagged glaciated mountains, oooed and aaahhhed at beautiful waterfalls, and stuck our feet in one of the lakes. Thus we found some balance in our lives with family, celebrations, remodel work, and exploring a new place again.
Explorer mode

My handsome hubster

Phil took this awesome shot of the waterfall

cold water relief to my aching feet!

Holy cow! If I didn't think I looked that pregnant, my shadow tells me a different story!

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