I haven't really been writing about the things we've been doing for the past couple of months. It's been quite busy lately, with weddings, working weekends, holidays, and vacations. So, I'll give you all a little update on what we've been up to. Again, I'd like to add pictures, but we still haven't replaced our camera cord.
--July 4th in Portland and Camas, WA. We camped out at his aunt and uncle's house's front yard and enjoyed a laid back day before the fireworks at night. I did some flips on the family's trampoline to try to remember what it was like to be active. We ended our family reunion on Sunday at church with our own little testimony meeting and family pictures.
--My brother Craig and his family came up to visit us 2 weeks later up here in Brem Brem. Joanna and I went to the zoo while Craig and Graham proved their manliness hiking a big mountain in the Olympics. We took the ferry a couple of times across Puget Sound, where the kids had the time of their lives apparently with the wind in their faces and everything. It was too funny and too cute. I wish I'd had my camera. We went to Pike Place Market, which is a terrible place for a double stroller, the flagship Nordstrom store in downtown Seattle, and took the monorail to the Space Needle. We didn't end up going up, but it was ok just the same. The day after their family went back to CA, Braden, my nephew, asked his mom, "We go boat today? We go space needle?" So cute!
--Graham's cousin, Tyler, got married in Portland the next week.. to my sister's old roommate, America. I love weddings, so it was a fun day. It was a hot day outside, very hot, but fun. Also, we had some drama because Tyler didn't pick out a tux shirt for Graham, so he didn't have the correct shirt for some of the pictures. Why do these kind of things ALWAYS happen to us?
--We moved over the next couple of days to our new condo.. Same complex, same layout, and top floor with vaulted ceilings. Pretty sweet. Our landlord even let us paint our accent wall a matching green color. I love it. Oh, and FYI, don't let Young Men in your ward help you move. It's cheap help, but not good quality. Oh, and we spent about 7 hours cleaning our old place, making sure it was spotless.. And then we found out our old landlord was just going to let the place foreclose, so she didn't even care what it looked like. So we spent all that time cleaning when we could've been unpacking! Argh! Plus, our new condo's bathroom was disgustingly dirty when we moved in. Nice.
--The next day after we moved, we went camping with some buddies to celebrate Graham's 24th birthday. We went to a camping site near us, located on the Hood Canal. We had a blast. We played in the water Friday night during the sunset, and then we came back the next day to paddle in a friend's kayak and canoe to the other side of the water. I didn't paddle or anything, but let me tell you.. it was a long way back.'
--Monday evening I got home from work and discovered a piece of mail from US Bank saying we were negative $1300 in our account. Come to find out, they LOST a check that we had deposited a week and a half before, and never notified us. This was also the check that we'd been waiting for for months--the check from Graham's old boss. So, fast forward to 4 stressful days later... They tried to charge us for over $800 in overdraft fees for THEIR mistake. But, it has all been worked out, and we now are positive $1100 in our account. We will soon be switching our account to a credit union in the area.
So anyways, we're all moved in, mostly unpacked, and still getting used to the new place. Life is good, for the time being..
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