Life With 2 Kids

Rhetty Boy

It has taken a bit of adjusting, and we are by no means pros, but we seem to be getting the hang of having two kids! Rhett is almost 4 months old, and he has hit the fun stage. He's now a big ole' chub who coos, blows raspberries, drools large quantities, smiles, laughs, rolls around, grabs his binky, stands with help, and melts hearts! And he is an AMAZING sleeper! Kender was such a hard baby and didn't sleep through the night until he was almost 2 (and still sometimes wakes up at night), so we are beyond thrilled that Rhett has already mastered this skill. But alas, babies change... I'm sure sleep will be interrupted again once teething sets in full force, but we are enjoying this while it lasts!

Parental Visit

My parents came to visit us back in March, and it was so great having them here. My mom and I went to the Tea Room in Port Gamble, so naturally we had to take some pictures!

I love this one <3

My (Almost) Man in Uniform

As you may remember, Ryan and I have been going back and forth about joining the military for a long time. When we first got married, we almost joined the Air Force but then backed out last minute because we got pregnant with Kender and wanted to do ROTC instead. Our school didn't have Air Force ROTC, so Ryan started looking into law enforcement jobs and discovered that you need a degree if you want to get hired, so off to BYU-Idaho we went to finish Ryan's degree. Once Ryan graduated, we again started playing with the idea of the military, but this time it was the Army.

We moved back to Washington thinking that we'd join the National Guard when we got here, but never ended up doing that. Ryan worked several months of construction for his cousin while applying for jobs in law enforcement and healthcare administration. He applied to be a Sheriff's Deputy for Kitsap County in November, and in January was invited to take a physical and written exam for them. After that he was invited to an oral board (basically just an interview with some cops). We found out that he scored 17th out of about 30, so we thought that there was no chance of getting that job.

​After months of no offers, we strongly considered the Army again, and even met with the recruiter and got the OCS packet all filled out. Just as we were about to pull the trigger (again), Ryan heard from a very reliable source that it was likely that he would get the deputy position, but he had to be patient. So we decided we better hold off on the Army until we find out if the deputy thing will work out. Fingers crossed! Ryan has another interview tomorrow, and if all goes well he'll continue on to the next step of the process. We should find out within a month. I'm so proud of Ryan!

And Now For A Brief Intermission: Cute Videos of the Boys!


I have been going craft-crazy lately! I reupholstered our couch again, and then got hooked on fabric and started making clothes. So far I've made a bunch of shirts, skirts, a pair of leggings, and a ton of headbands from the scraps. I really thought I'd be tired of sewing by now, but luckily the magic hasn't worn off yet! I better make some more stuff before it does.

That's all for now!

- April

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