Thursday, August 14, 2014

safe and sound

She slept with us last night.  Just before 9:00 p.m Danny cam in to make a protein shake.  He had been mowing the lawn and picking plums from our next door neighbor's tree.  As he stood there, the door into our kitchen from our garage opened.  A man attempted to enter.  Danny yelled and began to chase him down.  Just as the man approached his car he pulled a handgun, shouted "do you want to die today?" and fired.  (Thankfully missed)

It was a crazy night of police statements, finger prints, eye witness reports (I hope Ryan and Shawn could sleep last night) and friends distracting our girls, neighbors walking over to check on us, other phone calls & texts, a priesthood blessing for D (thanks Tom)...and then we slept gathered as close as we could---grateful to be safe.  The man got away but this house is locked up tight.  He stole our garage door opener but it has already been changed.  Lock your cars, keep your garage shut...and lock your doors.  Be safe.

Saturday, August 2, 2014


Our annual DAVIS FAMILY CAMPOUT was held at Payson Lakes this year.
It is ALWAYS the highlight of Ellie, Kate and Sophie's summer.
Experienced but not necessarily pictured:

family + friends who act like family
floating on tubes
bike riding
tent sleeping
campfire s'mores
walking stick carving
dutch oven cooking
dirty feet + fingernails
spectacular star gazing
mudpie making
afternoon naps
dog walking
delicious food
waking to the sound of cows mooing
tie died t-shirts
braided hair
making new friends
a million memories

 We can't wait for next year!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


It was just he and I enjoying a quiet dinner alone.   The green beans at Sapa were as good as we remembered and we tried their pork dumplings...that were amazing!  As we ate Danny asked me my favorite memory over the last 19 years.  How could I possibly pick just one!?  I asked him, and he knew right away, "the moment we became parents."  Having three daughters did change everything.  

It only seemed fitting that we celebrate with them tonight too.  When we returned home they had made a "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOM & DAD!" poster.  We ate ice cream  and lit sparklers together.  These past 19 years have not been perfect...but they have been oh so good.  Here's to many more.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Oregon Coast

July 3rd - July 10th

Netarts Bay
Canon Beach
Short Sands Beach

You were EVERYTHING we hoped you would be!

Explorers- our family of 5, Sharon's family of 4 and Go Ute Nana

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

sea air

"I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh and free sea air was like a cool quieting thought."  -Helen Keller

I often saw her alone...digging in the sand, jumping waves, and running on the shore.  I would call to her to join us...and she sweetly declined.  Her contentment was tangible.  She played with the ocean like she would play with a friend.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

a friend

We met when I was 14.  I had just moved to Petaluma.  I didn't know anyone.  It was the summer before our first year of high school.  We met at church.  Attending the same church was almost all we had in common.  She was tall and I was short.  She was a gifted pianist and musician (still is) and I could make a mean batch of brownies from a mix.  She was an excellent student, and I unfortunately was very unmotivated academically.  We came from different financial backgrounds too.  As different as we were, she was always kind and always there.  She moved away our junior year.  She returned briefly our senior year.  I remember her sitting in the middle of the congregation at my farewell before I left for Argentina.  Since that moment we have corresponded through letters and emails.  When we decided to go to Oregon on vacation I emailed her, hoping she lived close enough that we could see each other.  She drove two hours and we met in Astoria.  It felt like we hadn't been separated for over twenty years.  She has two beautiful boys that she adores.  I am so grateful to haver her as a life long friend.  I hope we see each other again before we let another 20 years pass.

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July - Seaside, OR

Our Oregon vacation happened to fall over the 4th of July, my very favorite holiday.   We wanted to see the fireworks over the ocean and we picked Seaside as our perfect spot.  We were astounded at the sheer number of spectators!  There were campfires and fireworks being set off everywhere before the scheduled show began.  It was quite an experience...and honestly had a slight resemblance to a war zone.  What a beautiful country we live in...and what a delight to celebrate from sea to shining sea.