Really? August already? So much for the grand ideas of hitting the gym everyday this summer, or getting those home repairs done in July. Well, we can scratch one task off the to-do list. Blog update!

The family had quite the busy month of July. We started out with a bang—visited our dear friends Matt & Alisha in Kalispell, Mt. for the 4th of July. If I had the opportunity of owning a vacation home, Kalispell/Whitefish area would definitely be in the running. Did some mt. biking, volleyball, saw the BEST home fireworks show ever and got to reconnect with some great folks. Before we went to Kalispell, we stopped in Spokane to see Lisa’s grandparents. It was the first time they got to see Jack in person. I always love visiting there…it’s not every day that you get to hang out with a very energetic 90 yr. old man and his 94 yr. old bride.

Our weekdays/weekends consisted of a ton of swimming at the pool and the occasional bike ride on the Spring Water Trail. Allie is really getting the swimming thing down. Making some good kicking movements, and even held her breath underwater for 7 seconds. She probably won’t be the next Michael Phelps, but she’s progressing. As for Jack, he could be the next Phelps, as well as the world’s best pool-drinker-guy. That kid loves to put his face in the water. We also did a hike up to the top of Multnomah Falls. First big hike for Allie and Jack. Allie did extremely well, and Jack stayed buckled in the whole time.

Next was a camping trip to Wa. and then a quick stop at Cannon Beach. It was great to spend time in the middle of nowhere, zip-lining through the woods, then catching a beautiful Oregon Coast sunset. Special thanks to the Sorensen’s for hosting us at the cool logging camp site, as well as the Adam’s for the hospitality at Cannon Beach.

Finally wrapped up July with a trip to the Nikkei Legacy Center in downtown Portland. It was amazing to read about the stories of the Japanese Americans (Nikkei) in Portland during WW2 and the detention camps. We even got to see a family friend’s name in a roster for the Expo center holding area. She and her family lost everything and then were placed in the Minidoka camp in Idaho.

Jack’s been doing pretty good with his mobility and sounds. He’s got the scooting-thing down, now on to crawling. For sounds, he’s got mama/baba down and is working on “N” and “H” sounds. Overall, making some progress with the speech, but we still have a ways to go. He’s also eating solids really well. We do get the occasional food up the nasal cavity and he doesn’t like that too much. In a few months he won’t have to worry about that; the palate surgery will be here before we know it!

Overall, we’re doing well and very grateful for all God has given us. How can we not praise Him for His goodness, mercy and grace?

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