Life Lessons From 13 Year Olds

This is my first season head coaching Snoqualmie Valley Rec Soccer.  It's not quite what I expected... but this fall has been full of surprises on all fronts.  Nothing surprises me at this point. I coach 8th … [Read more...]

MSHS Football Game vs. Juanita Tonight

Tonight marks the final game of a three game home stand for the Mt. Si Wildcat football team and the beginning of the final stretch of the season.  MSHS faces the Juanita Rebels - who sit one game ahead in … [Read more...]

The Road Back Through Jordy's Eyes….

Writing sometimes soothes me.  Helps me sort out my thoughts.  Gives me some perspective.  I offered up this blog to my daughter and her friend if they ever wanted to write.  If they wanted to share with you … [Read more...]

King County Special Budget Meeting at MSHS Tonight

In preparation for a 2011 King County Budget that will include $60 million in cuts, the chair of the Metropolitan King County Council’s Budget Leadership team is encouraging the public to get involved by … [Read more...]

The Road Back – I Have How Much Homework to Make Up?

So here we are... on the road back to a "new normal" for our daughter... and we hit a road block.  That road block would be a mountain of make up  high school homework.  Of course, isn't it always in the honors … [Read more...]

Mt. Si High School Homecoming Game Tonight!

Yup, it's here.  The night of the much-anticipated MSHS homecoming game and half time show - complete with excitement and fireworks!  If you hear loud booms tonight - no worries.  It's just the half time … [Read more...]

The Road Back – Depression Is Part of the Normal Grieving Process

I learned something new yesterday.  It is normal for a teenager to go through some depression while grieving the loss of a close friend.  I think I always knew this.  So watching my grieving daughter the past 3 … [Read more...]

The Message of Cody Botten’s Life – Love

It was a beautiful celebration of Cody Botten's life yesterday afternoon.  The high school gym was filled with probably 1,000 people who all shared some connection to Cody's life.  The journey forward began … [Read more...]

Woodman Lodge Steakhouse- Restoring a Piece of Snoqualmie History

The current downtown Snoqualmie improvement project is an effort to remember our town's history while bringing its historic core to life again.  That is exactly what Woodman Lodge owner, Peter La Haye, did with … [Read more...]

Tanner Jeans Random Acts of Kindness Day

Christen Jeans's beautiful words on her Facebook wall this morning inspired me to encourage all of you out there to consider a random act of kindness today. Today would have been Tanner's 14th … [Read more...]

Botten Family Fundraiser Update – Thank You Oberlander Family

A huge thank you to the Oberlander family and Gateway Gas and Deli for their incredible organization and support of the Botten Family Fundraiser. The Oberlander's ongoing support of the Snoqualmie Valley … [Read more...]

In Honor of Cody Botten’s Life…

Just in case some of you didn't open this week's Valley Record lying on your driveway.....  The Botten family's letter to the editor was absolutely beautiful.  As the mother of their son's friend I will say … [Read more...]

The Road Back Update – Back to School She Goes

Fresh off her therapeutic pedicure Annie (and her green toenails) went back to school today.  Back to her friends who love her and give great big bear hugs. Her healing journey allowed her two "mom and me" … [Read more...]

The Road Back – Sometimes a Girl Needs a Good Pedicure

My husband had a "Yoda" moment this morning.  We let Annie take the day off from school today.  One day to get caught up on a week's worth of homework.  Everything was going according to plan when "Yoda" called … [Read more...]

Parenting a Teen Through Grief Follow Up

Are there any other Valley parents struggling with  their teenager's grief?  Am I alone in this healing journey?  Guessing not.  I just happen to have a daughter who wears her heart on her sleeve and is stuck … [Read more...]

Mt Si High School – It’s A Healing Process

Mt. Si High School experienced a tragedy this week that profoundly touched its learning community of students, staff and parents.  Everyone is struggling to process not only the loss of a special person, but … [Read more...]

Remember – Botten Family Fundraiser Starts Tomorrow, 9/17

Please fill up your gas tank this week at Snoqualmie Ridge Gateway Gas and Deli to support the Botten family during this difficult time.  5 cents from every gallon of gas sold from Friday, 9/17 - Thursday, 9/23 … [Read more...]

Parenting a Teen Through Grief and Loss

We stayed up late with our daughter last night.  She was sad and exhausted.  We were exhausted, but we sat with her and just listened as she talked..... I won't pretend to be an expert walking down the path of … [Read more...]

Mt. St High School Color of Support

I originally posted that the Cody Botten color of support for tomorrow was tie-dye.  My daughter and her friends informed me that Cody's grandmother has requested white be the color for tomorrow.... Keep … [Read more...]

Cody Botten – A Young Life Cut Short

There is not much to say.  It is with an ache in my heart and a lump in my throat that I am making a post I dread.  Cody Botten passed away today.  Please keep the family in your hearts and thoughts.  Please … [Read more...]