Thursday, January 30, 2014

Portland Babies

I got to take a trip out to Portland to visit the new babies. When I was in Bend this summer, I just missed Charlotte's birthday, so she was a whole six months old and I'd never met her. Sweet Norah was just under four weeks old when I got there. It was so lovely to snuggle them. My kids were super irritated with me that they didn't get to come, but it was nice that I didn't have to compete with them for baby time. :)
Speaking of my kids, Addy held down the fort and all the kids were stellar in my absence. In fact, they did better than they do with me there. They even all got the flu while I was gone. I really missed them and now I miss my nieces, nephews and my siblings and parents. Why is this country so big? 

I captured this photo of Mt. Hood out the airplane window. Isn't she glorious?

This is Maggie and Aaron's little one - Norah.








Maggie is such a natural mother, but what else did we expect.






Charlotte is Monte and Hillary's. She is happy and sweet and everything I hoped she would be. And more. She even fell asleep in my arms three whole times. I may or may not have spoiled both little girls with lots of holding and snuggle time.






Jadon really wanted his scootering captured. He's an amazing kiddo.


Pierce and Rueben couldn't be more opposite, but they both decided they didn't want their photos taken; that was mostly Pierce's idea.












The adults had a nice visit in the evening, thanks to the electronic babysitters.











Wednesday, August 28, 2013

back to school and the end of summer

One of the things on our bucket list was build a fort on a rainy day. We had a thunderstorm last Saturday, so we built a fort and watched Wizard of Oz. It was awesome and the kids want this on the bucket list for next year.



a few randoms - Henry's fortune cookie said, "You will make a name for yourself." I find it easy to believe this will be true.

School started today. I will miss afternoons like this.


Two days before school we went to the zoo. It happened to be the worst day to visit the zoo because we had a very heavy rainstorm that morning and all the animals were "put away." We made up for it by getting Dairy Queen after. The matching shirts are to support some friends who are doing an adoption fundraiser.









Someone said this to me the other day, “The kids go to school this week; are you excited?” I responded, “No, I’m one of those weird parents who likes to be around my kids.” I like to hang out with my kids; we like the same foods, the same games, the same activities, the same movies. My kids are my jam. I hate school. Some of you are wondering why I don't homeschool my kids - I hate teaching and that's not fair to my kids because I'll make them hate learning. I wish my kids could just be ignorant - not really. but I miss them.


11th grade!


she's excited about 6th grade!



4th grade!