Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wrapping up Summer 2016

We wrapped up our summer with one more trip to the beach with Daddy

Let me just say this little one is busy busy busy!

We continue to love our sweet kitten Daisy.  Almost every morning I find her snuggled up with Sadie on the couch and any time Sadie's sad she goes out looking for her kitty to snuggle with.  We love our Daisy and she loves these kiddos though they haul her around in some of the most uncomfortable looking positions!

This summer the kids participated in Vacation Bible School once again and even Cooper got to go, though he was a little bit too young, thanks to Mrs. Vanderstoel.  He was sooooo thrilled and still talks about what he learned and remembers many of the motions to the songs they learned during the week.  This is a picture from Crazy Hair Day!!!

We also love our time with Great-Grandpa during the summer.  He comes up every summer for a few months and I can't say enough how much I enjoy watching my kids get to know him.  He is so wonderful to spend time with them and in the absence of my Dad I feel all the more blessed that they have the opportunity to get to know and spend time with him.  Wyatt is already scheming about watching Cubs games with Great Grandpa!
 Cooper and Great Grandpa

We also spent plenty of time being silly and Wyatt is the chief of all silliness in our house!

 And finally as the summer was about to wrap up and we were about 2 months from adding baby number 5 my crazy husband decided to demo our upstairs bathroom.  I'm starting to think he likes the pressure.  At the end of my pregnancy with Hazel it was the kitchen and now here's our newly demoed bathroom. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pacific City

I'm not sure how it is that I am nearly a year behind but it's time to work on catching up!!

 These are pictures from last summer when we made a trip to Pacific City with Auntie Kendra, Grammy, and Auntie Amy and her kiddos.  The kids love the beach and always have such a great time though we don't get there nearly enough.

We are so thankful for the investment Auntie Kendra makes in the lives of our kiddos.  She is always willing to come and play which is an unbelievable blessing when your arms are as full as mine and when there just never seems to be quite enough to go around.  It makes trips like this and many of the other fun memories we make possible.

Wyatt, Cooper, Payton, and Auntie Kendra

Miss Hazel

These kids LOVE the sand!!!!

Cousins: Sadie, Hazel, Payton, Cooper, and Wyatt

Cooper tends to be a little less sure about being covered in sand but still having lots of fun!


Autumn and Hazel

Saturday, October 8, 2016

It's A ...

We did our gender reveal during our 4th of July celebration since we already had the whole family together.    We've never done it this way before but it was a lot of fun.  The kids actually wanted to wait to find out what we were having but when the day came and the balloons were in the box they were soooo excited to find out.  Sadie was voting for a girl, the boys were voting for a boy, and Daddy was pretty confident that it was a boy because he'd peeked at the ultrasound.  Naughty Naughty!!! However to his complete shock IT'S A GIRL!!!  

So as far as the reactions go Brandon's was the best.  His was in complete disbelief.  He immediately wanted to see the ultrasound.  Sadie was Soooooo excited, Wyatt I'm not sure, and Cooper's response I believe was "nuts it's a girl"  I unfortunately missed watching most of the reactions because I was so busy watching Brandon's, but I'm with Sadie, thrilled to be having another little girl.

 Mommy made the fatal mistake of letting the kids each have a balloon outside.  Not sure what I was thinking because it only took maybe 30 seconds for Cooper to let go of his.  Then we had to talk the others into letting go of theirs because otherwise everyone was just to sad.  If I remember correctly Cooper and Autumn were sad, Sadie pouted, Payton was mad, and Wyatt surprisingly didn't seem to care.

Oliver and Uncle Andy!


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Our First Camping Trip

We took our first family camping trip/vacation this June.  We took the kids up to a little zoo in Bandon, Oregon and then camping at Sunset Bay. 

We had mixed feelings on the zoo in terms of it being very small and a little sad for the animals, but it was definitely a hands on experience that you wouldn't get anywhere else and the kids loved that.  They really were able to see up close and even handle some animals that they normally wouldn't.

Holding the ferret

Petting a skunk

 Petting a fox

Saying hello to the lama

Hazel was mainly interested in the goats and especially the baby one she found.  She kept trying to feed it rocks.

 Saying hello to the reindeer

Petting the baby bear cub

Then it was off to try out our first time camping.  The kids' camp chairs were a big hit although I'm pretty sure they only sat in them for a matter of minutes.  The rest of the time was spent folding them up and down and rearranging them around the fire pit.

Our giant 12 person tent which we mostly filled up.

Playing while Mommy and Daddy worked on dinner.  Well mostly Daddy... It was Mommy's job to keep Hazel away from the fire and from banging her head while running around the picnic table and I assure you it was the harder of the two jobs. :) 

 Smores before bed

 And a game of poker with Daddy

We obviously have some work to do on our poker faces.

 Morning hot chocolate for the kids and coffee for Mommy and Daddy after surviving our first night.  The kids did well other than the exploding glow stick at the beginning of the night and Hazel.  Hazel ended up sleeping in our bed most of the night which was entertaining although not very restful.  Brandon will tell you he observed quite a few poses throughout the night including stink bug, drunk man, 

 After breakfast we hiked a nice little trail across the street from our campground that overlooked the ocean and then after packing up our campsite we drove down to the beach to play for a bit before heading home.