September 6, 2016

Life Update, Weekend In Review & Hiking The Thurston Hills

I have a little bit more time as of late to blog. The lumber industry has recently taken a dive, rumor is that it's due to the upcoming election. As a result, I am on layoff status- this may end up being a blessing in disguise for us.

We closed on our first home about a week and a half ago and things have been crazy! Lots of painting, small fixes, and deep cleaning going on here. Nothing like finding cat hair in your freezer and oven or sand in your cupboards. We hope to have things where we want them in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, everything is literally everywhere.


We grabbed a bite to eat and spent the evening at the hardware store picking out paint samples-- it's what married people do for date night.


My aunt and uncle were passing thought town on a Spider (motorcycle) adventure and stopped by to say hi, it was really good to see them.

After they left, Andy and I went back to the hardware store with a huge shopping list. We came home with all kinds of fun stuff for projects. We hung up a few new lights and started taping rooms off to paint.


We went to our new ward for the first time. One of the things I love about the church is that it is the same no matter where you go. People were friendly, we are hoping to make some new friends soon. One couple in our ward lives down the road from us, they were very sweet and brought us some cinnamon rolls. I honestly can't remember the last time I had a cinnamon roll, they know the way to make a pregnant lady happy!


We did some serious painting in the bathroom, it looks so good! We just need to make a few touch ups and hang all of the fixtures back up. I'm getting excited to have one room done!

We went hiking up in the Thurston Hills in the afternoon. The trail isn't groomed, so it took a little while for us to find the trail head. The hike was beautiful! Lots of green! We loved standing out on the cliffs and looking out over the valleys.

Lush and green.

Andy & I.

Made it to the top!


Baby made it too!

As we were coming down from the trail head we could hear a strange noise. Andy asked me what I thought it was and I said, "It sounds like someone is skateboarding." My guess was way wrong, it was definitely not someone skateboarding! As we came around the bend we could see a small cloud of smoke. Andy said, "That's either someone's house or the forest is on fire."

It was a wildfire. We watched the firetrucks, news crew, and helicopter arrive. It was sad to see the forest burn but at the same time it was really neat to watch the helicopter bring in water and dump it on the fire. We got sprinkled on a few times. The news crew interviewed Andy but they didn't put him on the air, he was a little disappointed.

Camera Man.

For some reason, danger seems to follow us. We are really glad we choose to hike on the other hill and not the one that caught fire. We are counting our blessings over here.