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Year: 2015

RV Trip #1 – Columbia Riverfront Park – Woodland, WA

Our first time taking the RV out!

On 11/12/15 we bought our first motorhome, a 2007 Four Winds Hurricane!

Traveling the country in an RV has been a dream of ours for some time. So we’re pretty excited to finally have one!

Right now we’re on our first trip. The pictures below are from the campsite we were at yesterday, Columbia Riverfront RV Park in Woodland, WA.

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The Three Little Munchkins… And Me! 

It was time to get some new pictures of my kids. Loretta is getting to be quite a good photographer. We all had fun (except Lily was kinda crabby about it). I love watching these 3 grow up:) 

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Playing in the Water at Holley Park

This morning I woke up and was just sitting down to eat breakfast. When I got a text from my sister Loretta and my other sister Chloe handed me the phone. (Of course she read the message before handing it to me.) While I am texting Loretta back saying we should go to the water park in LaCenter, Chloe says “You guys should go that water place in LaCenter.” And after I send the text Loretta texts back and says “I was just gonna say the same thing!” So we all share the same brain.

Anyway. That is where the A idea for going to this park came from.

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Emma Singing “I’ve Got a Dream”

Josh let Emma use his headphones so she could listen to some music. He is a good daddy, he knows Disney songs is the best Pandora station for 3 year old girls. Emma started singing along and it was one of my favorite things.

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I love my Emma Grace! Just keep singing you cutie pie 🙂

Pip’s Doughnuts with Auntie Connie and Uncle Bruce

My aunt and uncle came to visit and stayed with us for a week and half. We had so much fun with them.. I felt like I was the one on vacation. Here are some pictures of our adventure to Pip’s Original Doughnuts in Portland, OR.

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Emma’s 1st Hockey Game

So last night I took Emma to her first hockey game! We picked up grandpa at the car lot and the 3 of us drove down to Portland to watch the Winterhawks play Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals vs Kelowna.

She did so good and I’m glad I took her. She had a blast and loved the fact she could yell and scream and not get in trouble. Plus, she liked to watch the mascot, Tomohawk, run around the rink and do funny things. It was like Where’s Waldo for her… she would scan the arena looking for Tomohawk and get excited when she spotted him.

I bought her a bag of caramel popcorn and a water and she was so happy. She ate the whole bag all the way to the bottom where she actually chewed some seeds, which made her cry for a second.

It was a great experience! I’m blessed to have kids who love me. And I’m grateful I can do things like take them to hockey games. Life is good!



Lincoln City & Sunriver Vacation – April 2015

It’s Thursday, April 16 and we just spent the last 6 days on vacation! Last week Lacie suggested we go visit my grandparents (aka “Nana & Papa”) and also go to the beach. So I called them and found out it was their 52nd wedding anniversary and they were headed to Lincoln City for the weekend! We asked if they wanted to just meetup at Lincoln City and they said they’d love to.

So I got all my important work done early last Friday and then we packed up and headed to the beach. It was a 2-hour drive and we arrived in Lincoln City around 4:00 p.m.. Loretta, Henry and Gunner came down with us too. And we all stayed in a little beach house Lacie found on VRBO. Here are some pics:

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Benjamin Samuel Monen is Born!

Benjamin (Benji) Samuel Monen was born on February 7, 2015 at 4:48 a.m. He was 9.0lbs and 22 in long. Here’s a photo from the day he was born:

Benji's birth


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