Some Favorite Songs . . . We've got too many to list here

Thursday, September 25, 2008



And the last one because I think it's cute!!! This was probably one of Azure's first tastes away from mommy milk.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Miles Johnson - LEED Accredited Professional!!

I'm a little late on this post but here goes. On Aug. 28th, Miles took his LEED Exam after studying hard for just under 2 months. And I am pleased to report that he passed!!!
For those of you who don't know. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a rating system developed by the US Green Building Council that certifies buildings as either certified, silver, gold or platinum based on their environmental and sustainability achievements. A LEED certified building is one that has achieved enough points because its design and construction is environmentally friendly and "Green".
Miles is now a LEED Accredited professional which means that he is a professional consultant for the implementation of the LEED process. It basically says that Miles can oversee the construction process of a LEED certified building and assist in the building receiving certification. This is a big deal for Miles because the construction industry (especially in the northwest) is continually demanding more and more "Green" buildings. So Miles being a professional in that area sets him apart for some prestigious career opportunities.
We were so proud of Miles when he passed. Very few people pass this test the first time they take it. It is a very difficult exam. Miles says he doesn't know of hardly any one who has passed on the first try. You have to score a 170 out of 200 to pass -about an 85%. (the test was multiple choice/multiple answer). Miles scored a 180.!! He is now 1 of about 10 LEED AP's in his office of 200 plus employees. We are so proud of him.
On a side note, this is just another example of Miles studying skills. He is the best student I've ever known. During school he would leave early in the morning and stay late into the evening so that he wouldn't ever have to bring his homework home. He would always tell me he didn't do good on tests he would take during school but his scores were always in the A range. On this test he was really worried he wouldn't pass but I secretly knew he would . . . and with flying colors.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Oliver's visit part #2

We made a trip to Longview Washington. This a VERY pretty town. We went to feed the ducks at Lake Sacajawea or as they call it "the city’s crown jewel"
Oliver thought this was a needed picture since we both "wrap" our babies.
Kenya drinking from a fountainOliver and Kenya. Kenya was hard to keep motivated, he wanted to play with rocks the entire time. Oliver didn't exactly tell me how much we would be walking. There are 3.5 miles of trails and we walked at least that far. All the way to the end of the lake and back.

Kenya kept sitting down to play or would try to take off and pet dogs. Oliver and I walked ahead and told Kenya we were leaving. Kenya said "bye" We hid in a bush for a few minutes and Kenya didn't even care we were gone.

As we said before Kenya loves to hang.
So I have been thinking that the first part of Azure's life she will have pictures of being in the wrap and maybe a few with her head out. BUT I can say she is always happy when we are out and about.... It's not like I am putting her on a leash, which you will never see me do!

Playing down town
Look close Kenya was screaming!!!! He wanted to walk, and was not in the mood for more pictures.
The lake
Feeding the ducks

We had fun walking along looking for frogs, turtles and ducks. There was tons of dogs walking around... BIG SURPRISE. Kenya got into a bad habit of running up to random dogs and trying to pet them. Sometimes you can tell when a owner doesn't want you touching their dog. They might even walk faster but Kenya will try to chase them down until he gets to pet the dog.

I have now successfully taught him, when you see a dog you have to ask the owner if you can pet the dog. IF they say yes, hold out your hand to let the dog smell you and then you can pet them. I am scared a day will come where he runs up to a dog and gets bit, so as soon as I see a dog I make sure Kenya is at my side.