Because if you meet Flat Jared, you can’t get out of having your picture taken with Flat Jared!
First, to Mr.Brad Dunn, and all the nice folks at Parade magazine, who flew across the country and let me talk his ear off
And to Lindsay Cohen, Matt the cameraman, and KOMO 4 news for getting the story out there and helping to drum up more awareness and donations for Flat Daddies. Find the story here.


What an amazing response today!
I’m totally floored by the overwhelming show of support for our family, but mostly for all the men and women in the armed forces and their families. People are really wonderful and it’s so great to witness this firsthand. I hope that more people have discovered the fun and comfort a Flat Daddy or Mommy can bring to families.
First and foremost, thanks to everyone. I’m just a regular chick who has a regular job and a regular family(and an unhealthy cosmetics obsession) who decided to try and keep in touch with her husband while he was gone. The idea grew a little when I added our family, and a little more when I added our friends, and then, well, it looks like it’s taken on a life of it’s own. Life, ha, that’s a little joke there. Get it, because it’s a piece of foam? No? okay then…
I had grandiose plans of responding to each and every comment. As the hit count started rising and the comments were coming in faster than I could approve them I realized that might not be as easy as it sounds. I have a day off coming up soon and I hope to catch up then, so be patient with me and keep those comments comin’!

Soo…we were in this little article and even though it’s not on news stands until Sunday we’re already on the website and I’m noticing a lot more hits than usual. I figured it might be nice to have a few words for all the new folks dropping by.
But first, to our readers who have been here over the last 2+ years…Thank you. Your support and friendship has been a real joy for us, and I am so happy to have met you. I won’t forget you in the hustle of being momentarily popular, I promise. For our lurkers(and I know you’re out there, I check my stats) it’s been nice to have you sharing our lives as well. Leave a comment, we won’t bite. Much.
If this is your first visit to see Flat Jared, welcome! I hope you enjoy reading about all our adventures, and maybe even share adventures of your own. If you have some time, swing by the websites of our favorite causes, you’ll find them in the sidebar to the right. Deployments are rarely easy, but we try to keep the tone of the blog upbeat and supportive, please respect that when commenting.
It’s awfully scary having our family in such a huge spotlight, but if it helps ease the difficulty of even one family’s deployment then I guess it’s worth it.

(special thanks to Jami, Annette Lyon, Q Madp, and Parade Magazine!)

Veteran’s Day.
What more fitting of a day for RJ to finally be home.
Daily they toil for freedom and lay their blood sweat and tears at our feet. To all those who have served, still serve, and their families who serve behind the scenes, Thank You.
Please thank a Vet, everyday…
jared home

Flat Jared small-6
Our very favorite cousin and his amazing lady got married, and they asked FJ to be a groomsman. Jeff served as his legs when walking down the aisle, even though he was petrified. Pictures turned out fun and lovely, and it was great that he could be there, even from the other side of the country!
Flat Jared small-5

Flat Jared small-3

We had a pretty fun Halloween in our new home. We live in a great neighborhood for trick or treating and the weather was warm enough that we even went out without our jackets, I love it here!
Look, we found FJ’s twin!

There are a few pictures from our trunk or treat at church, but they are on our other camera and I’m having a little trouble locating the transfer cable for that one(Disorganized? Who, me?) so it might be a bit until you see those.

Yes, with summer quickly coming to a close and school and work we have been busy little bees. Here’s a quick glimpse at what we’ve been up to:
We went to a park at the beach. One of the things we love about living here is being so close to the water and so many amazing public parks.


It was windy and we couldn’t leave poor FJ all by himself, so he and Jason surfed the internet while I ran off to play with the kids.

We went to cousin B’s birthday(let’s hope I post the right picture this time):
And Eric got a little goofy, as he’s wont to do from time to time: