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Tagged With: Children

The Great Kilted Run 2016!

Calling all Highlanders! It’s back! After a two year hiatus, the Great Kilted Run has returned to Seattle. Start warming up, iron your kilt, and get in the Highlands spirit for August 28th! This unique 5K is held in Magnuson Park near Sandpoint just north of the University of Washington. The Wild Smithberrys have run … Continue reading »

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The Owl Whisperer

Volunteering is good for the community and you. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  ~Anne Frank For the past month and a half I have been volunteering weekly at the Northwest Raptor Center in Sequim. In these weeks I have rocked owls to sleep, … Continue reading »

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Flying Solo but Not Alone

We leave for Annapolis, Maryland, Saturday! This will be a conflicting emotional trip for us. We bought four tickets to Washington D.C., but only three returning tickets to Seattle. We will leave Aaron behind to embark on his own adventure as a new Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. He is starting a life apart … Continue reading »

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Congratulations Aaron! (again)

A newly minted Eagle Scout! I remember Aaron’s first Cub Scout meeting when he was just seven years old. The old cliche, “Kids grow up fast,” is true. He has gone from a Tiger Scout all the way to the highest rank possible in Boy Scouts, the coveted Eagle Scout. The journey to Eagle Scout … Continue reading »

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Spotlight: Aaron

One more race… Leading at the half-way mark! Last Thursday, Aaron, our oldest son, competed in the district cross-country championships at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle. Between Oregon and Washington, the Pacific Northwest is home to some of the fastest runners in the country. His district is arguably the fastest in the state. Needless to … Continue reading »

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Horseback Riding the Cascades

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIJAH! Horseback Riding at Eagle Creek Ranch We have always believed that birthday should be about experiences, not objects. So, we usually try to find activities to give each other for birthdays gifts as a way to celebrate another age milestone. Our youngest son, Elijah, just turned 13 (another teenager in the family!). … Continue reading »

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The Seattle RV Show

Family Travel on the Open Road! This weekend is the Seattle RV show! Being avid “RV’ers,” we couldn’t wait to go. Summer is coming and we are anxious to get on the open road of family vacation (see our Oregon adventure or our Olympic Peninsula adventure) . We are on our third RV and thinking of … Continue reading »

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The Eagles Have Returned!

Bald Eagle Watching in Washington If you are looking for something to do during the cold, wet season in the Pacific Northwest of the United States but still want to get outside, then we found an amazing family adventure, Bald Eagle watching! Every year from about mid-November to late February along the Skagit River in … Continue reading »

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Autumn is Here!

“O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild, Should waste them all.” -Robert Frost   Today is the first official day of fall! Even if you did not know that yesterday was the autumn equinox, you can still feel that summer is quickly fading and … Continue reading »

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Victoria, BC

My Favorite Canadian City Canada is an immense country with much to offer visitors. The world’s second largest country by area is the ninth least populated, which provides for abundant room. Canada also boasts the longest shoreline of any country at over 151,000 miles of ocean front property. While the bigger cities of Montreal Ontario, … Continue reading »

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