Christmas Card 2015

Wow, well we apparently haven’t done a great job at posting on our blog since last year since the last time we posted was our Christmas card in 2014! It’s been the fastest year of my life and that’s proof!!

Here’s what we wrote and the pictures we shared in our Christmas card this year…


Hello Friends and Family!

Our hearts are full this bright and joyous season. We are warmed by the excitement our little ones have as they look wide-eyed at decorated Christmas trees and point to the bright lights that line Main Street here in Moscow, Idaho. We feel blessed that our daughters remind us of life’s beauty & wonders.

This past year we sold our house and moved into an apartment to save money for sabbatical. It was hard to leave the only home our three babies ever knew and the memories we made in the past 6 years, but we are beginning to enjoy the simplicity of living with less and looking forward to this next phase in our lives. Mike is still making arrangements with host universities, but we will most likely spend half the year in New Zealand and the other half in a Spanish speaking country. Brooke and the girls started learning Spanish once a week and are already enjoying the influence of a new culture.

Hannah (age 6) loves gymnastics, singing, dancing and playing the marimba. Her biggest accomplishment: learning to read. Kaiya (almost 5) likes to watch documentaries on PBS because “everything is interesting to me” including the history of the Incas and fishing shows.Eilee (age 1.5) loves to smile when people say her name (in all its variations). Her favorite pass time is dancing with her sisters or snuggling with her mommy.

Here are some pictures we included in our Christmas card to show some high-lights of our year…

finishMike, Hannah and Kaiya completed the Moscow Parks and Rec Triathlon! Kaiya was so proud of herself to compete and get her first-ever medal!

IMG_2350Picture of our beautiful girls smiling together during our family photo shoot this summer.

CDA_girlsBrooke and the girls out by Lake Chatcolet exploring the great outdoors just 45 minutes from our home in Moscow.

And just for fun….

Lowry Soup Capture We call this photo “Lowry Soup” a picture from the Lentil Festival in Pullman in August🙂 (we didn’t actually include this in our Christmas card, although I wanted to!)

Love from us to you!

Eilee, Brooke, Kaiya, Mike and Hannah

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Cultural Competence in Teaching Personal Safety and Child Protection

This is a great resource for keeping kids safe that I learned about through my job…KidPower. I bought the KidPower comic book for my girls and they’ve already learned alot about how to stand up for their own boundaries and keep themselves and each other safe.

Very interesting article as well about similarities in cultural differences.

Our baby #3 at two weeks old!

We need to apologize to all our family and friends for taking so long to post pictures of our newest addition to our family. Our difficulty naming her really threw us off. During this photo shoot, when Ella was 2 weeks old, and still unnamed, we just called here “Sweet-heart, Baby and My Love” Now, introducing Baby Lowry girl #3- Eleanor Alberta Skye Lowry – in all her glory! We call her “Ella SkyeIMG_3760Here are some of our favorites shots from a photo shoot our friend Nita took for us! IMG_3788-002 IMG_3828 IMG_3795 IMG_3811-011 Continue reading

Moscow’s Renaissance Fair 2014

One of the best things about Moscow is the “Ren Fair – Moscow’s Celebration of Spring,” each year at the beginning of May.


This year some highlights were the May Poll, the kid’s stage, the ropes course, the arts tent, the awesome vendors that come from all over the nation to sell their goods, the yummy ethnic food vendors, and…..Fairy House creation station. Hannah spent a couple hours making multiple fairy houses under the trees in East City Park.

Here are some pictures of her fairy house and some others she liked (she actually had me take pictures of each one she was so thrilled with it all).



Hannah and I created this one together. It was a really fun thing to do together🙂





This was a clever idea, dried orange peels for little mushrooms!




This Fair House was a joint creation by Hannah, Kaiya, Dad and Mom.





Kaiya made this flag at her Gold Mountain pre-school. It was flying high at the kid’s sand-pit at the Fair.

And of course, last by not at all least, is the dragon that is there every year and was created for the parade. It’s up for the kids to run through it’s body for the whole fair. It’s magical for sure. Mike and I comment every year that this fair has been created by all the hippies in town. We can’t help but wonder if it will continue when all the hard core hippies of Moscow pass away. They make Moscow the magical and colorful place that we love so much.


Why I don’t need a pregnancy test to know I’m pregnant

Right after my first month I start to notice the following and connect the dots….

  1. I get a weird zit on my face somewhere
  2. I find myself nauseous if I lay on my tummy to sleep
  3. I can’t get comfortable in bed and I realize I have 5 pillows and Mike has 1
  4. I wake up gagging from a horrible smell, and then realize it’s my own breath!
  5. I wake up in the middle of the night itchy all over, especially my lower legs!
  6. I wonder why I’m getting up  to go pee in the night again and then realize it’s every 3 hours on the dot. Seriously annoying!
  7. I find myself protecting my stomach (from accidental bumps from the girls, getting in and out of the car etc.)
  8. I get really cold really easily and shiver alot
  9. I  can sleep for 12 hours straight (except for getting up every 3 hours to pee) and still crave more sleep
  10. Then “morning sickness” hits….who ever named it morning sickness by the way?? It’s 24/7 sickness, like having the flu, a stomach ache and mono at the same time
  11. My friend catches me in the Co-op drinking three different tummy drinks all at the same time…a “good belly” probiotic juice, a “momma Chia seed” drink AND Keifer
  12. I pep-talk myself past a guy who’s shirt says bacon strips 5 times….”it’s ok, don’t read the shirt, keep breathing and just keep walking….”
  13. My nose suddenly has super capabilities so that wherever I go, I try not to smell anything. Everything smells repulsive, from the food wafting out of someone’s house as I walk by, to walking into a restaurant or grocery store
  14. Nothing sounds appealing to eat so I find myself in a constant state of torture….I know I need to eat every hour so I don’t feel so nausious that I can’t eat, but I can’t find anything I want to eat that doesn’t make me feel nausious at the thought of eating it. Bread – nope, candy – nope, fruit – not usually, chips or anything deep fried – gag me. The only thing I enjoy eating on a regular basis is milk.
  15. For the only time in my life I want to drink multiple glasses of cows milk a day, and night (helps with the nausea, especially at night)
  16. I have the weirdest, scariest and most vivid dreams, like I’m in a movie theater…and I hate scary movies!
  17. I start asking questions like “why is God so mean?” and “why can’t the men at least feel a little sick too?” and “If people felt this sick in real life they would be in bed all day!”
  18. I look around my totally messy house and find I don’t care. It’s called survival mode…just take care of the critical
  19. I keep looking at the calender wondering how quickly 3 months can pass
  20. Tears come to my eyes as I thank Mike for all his help as I’m fully aware I couldn’t do this on my own

Yup, this is an official announcement :)…

Lowry Baby #3 will be born if things continue to go this well (hopefully better than these first 3 months) around August 10th 2014.

Our girls are thrilled at the thought of having a baby in our house so that makes it great. We had a dance party when they found out because they were jumping around shouting and hooting for joy! Meanwhile Mike and I would look at each other and get weepy. This pregnancy was not planned and was a complete surprise so it’s a sudden mental shift to think of all the myriad of effects this little one will have on our next year.

We don’t know the gender yet but the ultrasound showed healthy baby this week so that is always a wonderful thing to see!