Saturday, November 12, 2016
Family Time Webb Style
We went for a family hike on Veterans day after I finished my work. The twins had the day off from school, but this year veterans day was not a holiday at my company. We wandered out into the woods on the clearly marked, well groomed trails with Max. There was a particular place where we were surrounded by trees and moss and leaves. Kendra said it looked like a set from Lord of the Rings. I had to zoom in to get our family, but the original pic shows the grandeur of the trees a little better.
Easton and Layla finally experienced what it is like to take a drink from a clean, rushing stream. we've been around water all of their lives, but this is a whole new experience.
I caught this candid picture of Easton as he came running towards kendra with a daisy he picked along side of the trail. He was so proud to give her flowers and she was grateful enough to slide it behind her ear and wear it proudly through the rest of our hike.
At one point this week he asked me to leave his room because he didn't want to be around me. that situation didn't go so well for him, but tonight as we hung out at the hobby shop for a boys night out he said, "dad even when i said I didn't want to be around you the other night, i didn't mean that at all. i love to spend time with you." I will continue to see him as that loving boy who desires to be his father even when his words and responses don't match that.
The other big news, or insignificant detail (depends on who is reading this)... kendra has a new car! Our new battle wagon is a brand new 2016 Honda Odyssey. After being a one-car family for the last few months it was refreshing to have my own set of wheels now to get to works. I happily cruise around in my 13 year old car and I'm super excited for Kendra to have a new ride that will keep her and the twins in business for the next 9 years.
and in other news... This is the new Webb residence! We are downsizing from our home in Phoenix, but this place will work out fine. It is a good compromise for Kendra and I both. Kendra went to view the house, we made an offer, and it was accepted on the first day on the market... without me ever seeing it. I trust her that much. When we did our walk through of it with the real estate guy I was able to see inside and start to imagine the 4 Webbs living in it.
We have been waiting impatiently for the appraisal on our house to complete because that was the final piece to the puzzle for us to be highly confident in the closing process. The house appraised for exactly what we paid (surprise surprise?) and now we just sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting for the closing date, which is exactly the day we will be kicked out of our corporate housing. This is planning for the best and trusting things will work out in the end. Kendra is spending every waking moment planning the remodel work she is hoping we can afford.
This post is just a collection of random pics so I'll jump from buying a house to hanging out with Chewbacca, Kendra bought the mask that makes chewbacca noises when the person wearing it opens their mouth. Easton gave it a try because his pajamas are already a perfect match for the costume. We all had a good laugh with him as we played star wars characters.
Alaysha is becoming a part of our family more all the time. She goes out with Kendra for girl's movie night and hangs out with the twins sometimes when Kendra and I would like to be out running errands or going on a date together. She goes to visit churches with us on Sundays and helps around the house as a part of our great team.
I'm extra happy to have Ouma with us and for our 3 bedroom corporate housing apartment that accommodates everyone. We had a solid week of Ouma time where she was able to spend quality time with Kendra while the kids were in school.
After the rainiest October ever for Seattle, we are happy to be seeing more sunshine in November. That leads to more park days with the twins.
This next picture is one of my favorite of the year. Seeing the twins interacting with the fall weather is a welcomed new experience. The leaves are almost all off the trees and the wind blows a little more often. The sun goes down earlier now that we are shackled by daylight saving time, but that's just a part of life in the NorthWest.
We have no friends, but we have each other and that's good enough for me. Kendra isn't doing as well with the loneliness and I'm concerned about her health, but this is one of the many situations where I am not in control and have no control of the outcome. I accept that, but it doesn't make it any easier for this husband to watch his wife struggle with the massive changes in our lives.
She knows how to keep it together around the kids though, which is good for their stability. We have moments of family togetherness where things feel so right for me. Kendra was reading some science fiction kid's book on a lazy afternoon one day. The four of us cuddled together as we get comfortable in our low-key simple season of life
Easton and Layla are growing so fast that it seems like changes are daily. They get longer and leaner and stronger. Easton puts his hands up to mine every few days just like he has for years. we do this often and he tells me how big his hands are getting. He's got a long way to go, but this is one of our regular routines that I find endearing. he still holds my hand in public. I don't know how much longer that will last, but for now we are both still comfortable with it.
This is taken in front of our current residence in Redmond. Between our downtown corporate housing lifestyle in Bellevue and our home purchase in suburban Bothell, we are gratefully comfy in our three bedroom apartment in Redmond. The kids ride the bus to school every day. That's a huge change from us driving them 20 minutes one way every morning and afternoon. kendra is loving the bus ride schedule...
Layla and Easton are both good readers. Layla is most interested in big books about fairy tales. She burst into our room this week and announced she finished the Emily Windsnap book. sorry it is sideways. i'm too lazy to go fix the orientation because Blogger sucks and doesn't have good tools for managing photos.