Saturday, September 29, 2012

Oregon 2012

It's pretty sad that we only make it to Oregon about once a year. I absolutely love it and there are always a few must-do's every time we go. This trip ended up pretty different than past trips, though. First of all, uncle Cameron came home from his mission so it was pretty fun to see him again and hear his homecoming talk in church. 

Second, we flew there! There's some definite perks working for an airline and flying is right there at the top. We had no problems getting on any of the flight and the kids had a fun time. Leyla even had to sit by herself on our first flight and she did amazing, no problems the entire flight. It was so nice to not be in the car the entire day to get there and back home. 

Third, the weather was pretty amazing and didn't rain a single time while we were there. The kids loved that they could swim at Grandma Ned's pool, we've definitely never been able to do that in the past. 

 Fourth, Nick and I got the chance to head to Seattle over night with some friends. We did a lot of walking around the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center, the waterfront, and Pike's Place Market.  Best of all, though, we hit up a Mariners baseball game where I scored a foul ball! It was a great little getaway and super fun to see our friends Chris & Jayme again. 

At the Pacific Science Center they had a butterfly house that was filled with beautiful plants and flowers and tons of butterflies. It was so cool to see them flying everywhere around you, I loved it.

As if that weren't enough highlights from the trip, here's a few more.

Leyla cut some chucks of her own hair earlier in the year and it just wasn't growing in very well so aunt Ash gave her a super cute new 'do, she loves it! She was actually crying this morning because she thought her hair was getting too long again. Thanks Ash for both our awesome hair cuts!

We got some Chipotle to-go one evening just in time for this cute girl's soccer game. She did awesome, way to go Eliza! All the kids had so much fun playing together, it's really too bad we live so far away and don't get to see them often.

Had fun hanging out at Grandma and Grandpa's house. We're certainly out growing our vacation room there, if we have any more kids we're going to have to find a new place to stay!

One night we drove over to this old school in town to see quite an amazing site. Thousands of Swift birds fly in every night and funnel down into the school's chimney. It was so cool to watch, I definitely recommend it.

Tillamook ice cream and cheese is always a hit...

...along with a stop at the beach, of course.

Oregon 2012 was certainly a hit! Now that we can fly maybe we can get there more than once a year, fingers crossed.

Second Grade

Even after such a great summer we were all ready to get back to school and back to a regular routine. I wish, more than anything, that they could be in the same class. They specifically asked not to be in the same class but it would be so nice for them to be doing the same homework, going on the same field trips, returning library books the same day...convenient stuff like that. And one of these days I'll even remember who has what teacher. They're such smart boys, I hope they'll always like learning and have a desire to do well in school. If only we could get rid of the behavior problems and it would be quite perfect! That could happen, right?

Remembering Summer

We had such a great summer! I was really nervous when school was coming to a close, our apartment is so tiny and all I could imagine was constant fighting and boredom day after day all summer long. Thankfully, we came up with a few solutions so that we would always have something to do. Between the Pass of all Passes, the library, a membership to Discovery Gateway and movies in the parks we had summer covered. It was nice to be able to get out of the house so much and always have something to do if we wanted. I think the kids had a great summer, too.


 New bikes

 New parks



 Having fun together



 7 Peaks

 Learning to catch

 Yummy food

 Bike races

 Work parties


 Swimming every week

 Selling lemonade

 Lots of reading

Lots of sleeping


Here's to an amazing summer!