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Our Move to Washington

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S: March - December 2011

FC: Our Move to Washington | 2011

2: Our move to the Pacific Northwest was very unexpected.Thankfully,many hidden treasures awaited us.


4: We arrived in Washington the last week of March. Ryan had already been at work for a month. After a couple nights in the TLF, we finally made it to our new yellow house! An enticing back yard, attractive neighborhood, close to church and school: many positive factors. We knew we were facing a lot of home improvement projects, but the house had a lot of potential and we were more grateful than ever for Ryan's handy-man skills! We were also glad for wonderful neighbors, fresh mountain-like air, and lots of adventure waiting to be discovered!

5: Ryan's work at Camp Murray Great people to work with who were very welcoming to Ryan and kind to our family. | Ryan's co-workers coordinated with me to surprise him with a special treat for his birthday, which included his favorite: sour cream coffee cake! The first week of school, courageous Brooklyn decided to join the school production of Robin Hood in which she played a skunk!

6: Danny turns 2! | We left the boxes and went to the zoo! That evening Danny could not get enough turns blowing out his candles!

7: One of our first weekends in WA when we probably should have been unpacking, we accepted an invitation from Andy to his daughter's birthday party at the children's discovery museum in Olympia..the kids had a great time!

9: Getting settled seemed to take forever! Usually we are quick at unpacking and getting comfortable, but because the house needed so much initial cleaning and repair, the moving-in process continued throughout the entire year.

11: EASTER | happy | Spring Time

12: Latin's Cider Mill and Farm

13: Easter weekend Saturday: a very crowded Easter Egg Hunt, a sweet experience holding Spring baby animals, and hands down the best apple cider and apple fritters we've ever tasted!

14: Delicious, authentic Gyros right by the Puyallup Farmer's Market.

15: 5 mile drive around Point Defiance, and Taste of Tacoma

16: During the spring and early summer, we made great use of our zoo pass. Another fun afternoon was due to the the lure of Mt. Rainier calling us to come see what the majesty was all about! We took a drive until we could at least get a better view and our fist pictures of the "snowy mountain" as Rachel calls it! We tried to get outside whenever the sun shone; it was actually quite a rainy Spring! | A belated birthday cake!

18: What a lucky Mother I am! My 4 Precious Children bring me great Joy.

20: Our fist company was the Monsons! We were so glad they made time to stop by on their way to their new home in Singapore.

21: Seattle! | We enjoyed our first visit to the Space Needle and Pike's Place Market, a session at the Seattle temple, and a boat ride to Tillicum Village: fun intro to local history, outstanding salmon and a walk in the woods!

23: The Monsons left the weekend before Father's Day and took Alex with them to Utah for BYU basketball camp. We followed about 2 weeks later to join everyone for the O'Brien family reunion. Alex LOVED camp, and we hated to have fun in WA without him, but there were many enjoyed outings in both States.

24: Our Dad is the BEST!

25: Happy Father's Day

26: A surprise note in our egg carton one day led us to our first "June Jubilee" at Wilcox Farms to see where our eggs come from!

27: We love fresh food from Washington!

28: O'Brien Family Reunion: A grand moment as we celebrated Grandpa's retirement, and our Liechty men in successive rank from 2nd Lt. through Lt. Col.

29: Pioneer Park, 4th of July fireworks, and lots of fun with cousins!

30: Summer Time!

32: so many

34: Summer time fun! Searching for frogs in the backyard, helping Dad wash the car, Father-Son camp-out, berry picking and even more berry buying, and when Ryan left on a weekend TDY we also took off to visit Russ and Tonilyn and Chrissy in Spokane!

37: A Snoqualmie adventure! Old Pacific Northwest Railroad depot and train ride, the beautiful falls, and of course some refreshing ice cream to top it all off!

38: August: We flew Aunt Mia in to stay with the kids so we could enjoy a get-away to Seattle. It was fun to show Mia some of our favorite local places: Bradley Lake, the Tacoma Zoo, Steamers Cafe, and of course a stop at Picha farms for some fresh summer berries!

40: ANNIVERSARY | Our 13th

41: { | { | LOVE

42: We loved our overnight trip to Seattle! The city has such an interesting history which we learned about on an underground tour and a few leisurely walking tours. We enjoyed the local salsa dancing in the evening and were thrilled to chance upon Pike's Place Chowder!


45: What a celebration line-up! First we went to The Sound of Music Outdoor Theater in Leavenworth, woke up in the hotel to presents followed by a round of mini-golf, savored a delicious Italian lunch with Eis for dessert, stopped by a fruit stand for fresh peaches, and drove home for delicious bolognese! Brooklyn also had a special lunch date to Olive Garden, right after getting her ears pierced!

48: And of course the most important event of all: a beautiful baptism day! Russ and Tonilyn drove over to join us, and after the baptism we headed to Mt. Rainier for a gourmet picnic and scenic hike by the river!

53: We have a nearby market store called Tacoma Boys which carries a great selection of local produce, fish, jams, etc. One day I discovered a Marionberry Pie in the frozen section, which came in a very attractive box from "Remlinger Farms." We followed the enticing map through some beautiful farmland and ended up having a wonderful day at the Farm! I loved the market cafe lunch, and the kids loved the animals and the rides!

55: Mom's Birthday! Dad was so sweet to take the day off work so we could have some family fun! Sadly, he hurt his back the night before in basketball, so we decided on Northwest Trek so he could ride the tram and leisurely walk through the woods. Mongolian Grill for dinner!

56: 3rd and 4th grade already! Alex and Brooklyn love Zeiger Elementary! And Rachel was thrilled to begin preschool with Mom, Danny and Broden.

57: Dannny's afternoon naps often led to late nights. When Ry and I carried on with dishes, etc, Danny finally decided he would just tuck himself our bed! | Rachel packed her lunch box for school! Clearly she thought of everything!

58: We took a whirlwind trip to Utah for Kathleen's wedding. We were so glad to be there, but came home really wiped out. We arrived late Thursday night after driving 14 hours straight, and managed to pack in a full day on Friday: a beautiful start with a hike to Timp Caves, followed by a picnic lunch from China Lily, dropped Alex off at Grandpa Liechty's to learn about the clock repair business, accomplished several errands, then met Baka and Papa for dinner. Saturday was busy with the wedding, starting early in Salt Lake. We squeezed in a stop at the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point before giving our loves and goodbyes at the wedding reception, then began the journey home, stooping in Boise for the night at 2a.m. But the pictures say it all: a trip well worth it!

63: Thanksgiving Point

64: Timpanogos Caves

66: Fall is so much fun! Pumpkin patches, apple orchards, cinnamon treats, and gorgeous colors. We love it!

69: Trick or Treat

71: We had a unique Halloween experience: we walked as a family for trick-or-treating to every door in the quiet neighborhood. Only about half answered, and we were the only people in sight! But it was fun and the pumpkins came home full!

73: October 18th: The one year anniversary marking the day our lives had a big change: goodbye Active Duty AF, and hello: something new!We had much to celebrate as we felt very humbled for a good home, quality employment, the safety of each other, and the beauty of WA surrounding us.

75: A Day to Give Thanks

76: Baka and Papa arrived the day after Thanksgiving. Since the sun was shining we headed straight for the Christmas Tree farm and found just the right one! Saturday we went to the Air and Space Museum, then Pike's Place for lunch: Beecher's Mac 'n Cheese and Pike's Place Chowder.

78: Congratulations, Major Price!

79: The purpose and highlight of Baka and Papa's visit was Ryan's promotion ceremony. It was really a special day, and once again we felt humbled by so many continued blessings.

81: J O Y


85: ~Goodbye, 2011~ We welcome 2012 with gratitude and hope, ever thankful for each other and our happy lives together!

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