Sunday, June 2, 2019

May 2019

Zade had a piano recital out at Camp Harlow.  He played really well.

Tara's parents came to visit, and enjoyed some quality time up at Hendricks park. 

Afterwards the crew enjoyed some ice cream at Prince Puecklers. 

They also headed out to the coast and visited Sea Lion Save.

The boys also did a jog-a-thon at school.  Ryzen notched 1.5 miles in 15 minutes and Zade logged around 4 miles in 30 minutes.

One evening Aria and Zade amazingly decided to put off their eternal feud, and joined forces and made dinner for the family.  It was their idea, so who knows how they made it work.  The meal turned out great.  

Our house had some wood rot and the paint was starting to peel, so we finally hired someone to help us take care of that.  It looks much better now. 

A wild young mallard decided to hang out with our ducks for an evening.  It was fun to see the ducks pall around with it. 

The boys also just finished up Spring soccer.  They played on different teams, and both did very well.  I was pleased to see how much they're progressing. 

Greg and Margaret Hansen invited us to come and join them at a concert held at Mike and Julie's house up in Lowell Oregon.  The view from the house was beautiful.  We got to watch a concert by Beth Wood.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

April 2019

At the beginning of April we ordered 4 freshly hatched ducklings, which the kids are really excited about.  Aria's duck is named Brownie (a golden layer duck), Zade's duck is waddles (a white layer duck), Ryzen's duck is Ninja (a Rouen duck), and Nova's duck is Splash (a Welsh Harlequin duck). Each are female and should lay a ton of eggs when they grow up.  We've been surprised how fast they're maturing already.  Within a few weeks they were full grown, and now they've almost got all their adult feathers.

Here are Aria and Ryzen with his little duckling:
We had to keep them under a heat lamp for the first few weeks to keep them warm.

They already love playing in the water. 

The cutest thing about these little ducks is that even though they're all different breeds, they treat each other like family.  Here they all are nestled down together in our garden.

Tara and I celebrated our anniversary at a fun little restaurant near the Hult Center.  Afterwards we went to see a magic show, which we really enjoyed.

Tara's Bday
We celebrated Tara's special day at one of her favorite restaurants: Red Lobster.

Dance Recital
Nova and Aria had a dance recital, which was Nova's first ever.  She spent most of the performance just standing around.  Fortunately, Aria's performance was a bit more active. :)

Aria's Bday
Aria celebrated her birthday with some of her friends from dance (Emma & Alicia). 

After the kids enjoyed the annual Easter egg hunt, they put on the new Sunday clothes Tara got for them and we got some nice pics.

During the past 4-6 weeks we've had a lot of things break.  At Zade's birthday one of the kids ran into one of the cupboard doors, which had been left open by a child, and it got torn off.  We hired someone to mow our lawn and they drove our riding mower into a tree and ripped the bagging unit off.  A portion of our garage door fell off due to corrosion from the prior owner's cat urine. Our fridge broke and flooded the kitchen floor, thereby ruining it.  Here's the kitchen floor after the boards were torn out.  The list goes on...
While these kinds of things just happen in life, it seems like the timing has been a little less than ideal.  Right now I'm teaching an extra course at work, which is taking up a lot of time, and I'm also coaching Ryzen's soccer team, which requires me to leave early from work.  I'm also now having to take Aria to her new school (Twin Oaks), so I get to work late.  Busy busy times.  With that said, everything is working out, so we just have to keep our heads up and be grateful for the blessings we do have.

Dance Competition
This past 6 weeks or so Aria has been in several dance competitions, most of which were held up in Portland.  She also participated in one in Eugene called "Turn it up". Her performance was very well received and she received several awards, which she is very excited about:
- Standing Ovation award - which is the highest level you can get for a solo performance (out of 4 categories within a division)
- Top Soloist award - which was awarded for the best soloist for the beginner division, which encompasses all girls who are in their first year of competition.
- Love of dance award - which was given for her enthusiastic facial expressions during her routines.

Here she is with her haul:

Tara's parents were visiting from Utah and got to see her perform as well, which was an added bonus.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

March 2019

Ryzen has been in a Saturday basketball camp this winter.  He's really enjoyed it.

Aria and her friends had a cupcake party.

Here's just a cute candid moment when all the kids were on the couch, and we grabbed a camera, and had them look up.

Aria's been working on her needle.  She's made some great progress:

I took the kids out bowling one night to give Tara a break.  We put up the bumpers and the kids had a great time.  Of the kids, Ryzen got the high score.  He was really excited. 

Kari and Nate invited us over to their new place.  It's beautiful.  

 Nova and her friend Emory are in a dance class together.  They enjoy it, although it's clear they're often in their own world. 

Tara took Ryzen skiing for the first time.  They took the bus up to Hoodoo and enjoyed the day there.  Ryzen fell a lot, but had a good attitude.  After a while he started to get the hang of it. 

He especially enjoyed the snacks, including the hot chocolate. 

This month we've had some nice weather, and Nova enjoyed spending time on her tricycle.

Zade celebrated his Bday with some of his friends, Porter, Macy, and Brendan.  At his request, it was Star Wars themed.  

The next day we went up to the Temple.  The kids got to play at the Allen's house and we enjoyed a session there.  Afterwards, we took the kids to the temple grounds (at least the ones who weren't too grumpy to get out of the car).  

Spring Break
Tara wanted to make sure we had a memorable Spring Break, so she planned a trip up to Sunriver.  We rented a house there and Kari and her family joined us.   

The house had a bear theme and was loaded with stuffed animals.  

It also came with a hot tub, which the kids loved.  

One day we went sledding at a local snow park.  The next day Tara took the kids skiing.  It was Gena and Audrey's first time.  They had a blast.   

Another day we took the kids tubing down Bachelor.  

The kids also enjoyed spending the afternoon at the water parks at Sunriver.

It was a good family trip.  But it was also good to get back home and get back into the swing of things.