Sunday, November 5, 2017

October 2017

Ryzen kept asking Tara to let them make Halloween cookies, so she indulged him. :) 

Aria loves cuddling up with our cat Mira in her bed every night when she reads.

Thistledown Farm
We took the kids out to a local farm to get our pumpkins this year.  We enjoyed a horse drawn hay ride out to the pumpkin patch, and quickly identified the pumpkins.

Tara and I got a baby sitter and went on a date.  As part of it, we went for a walk along the creek to the west of our house for the first time.  It was quite pleasant. 

Nova loves hopping on swings on her tummy and gliding away.

Now that fall has arrived the kids had fun raking up some of the leaves and stuffing their shirts.

Aria is way into tumbling and loves to practice her moves in the house, on the trampoline outside, or at Get Air.  Tumbling is currently her passion. She recently master doing aerials on the tramp and is very excited.

Tara went with Zade on a field trip for school to a pumpkin patch. 

Tara took a run by the Willamette river and caught this great picture of white geese in the trees. She also got several other nice shots of the changing leaves. 

At Bethel Park, Zade had fun making a Halloween sand monster.

Tara dressed up as a witch for a Halloween party. 

For Halloween, Zade decided to be a Dementer from the Harry Potter books, Ryzen was a shark, Aria was Lizzy Hearts from Ever After High, and Nova was a cat.

I usually do all the pumpkin carving, but Zade was old enough this year to try his hand at it.  He really wanted to carve a skull design, and after I helped him get started, he knocked out most of the rest of it by himself.  I was impressed with his diligence.  Aria wanted to carve a cat, but lost interest after around 5 minutes. :)

Here's the fam at the Trunk of Treat. 

On the actual day of Halloween, we took the kids out to the Allen's neighbhoorhood and went trick-or-treating with Gianna, Sonoma, and Rocky.   The neighborhood was really well decorated, and the weather was perfect.  The kids had a great time, including Nova, who I carried from door to door so she could keep up with the older kids.  

Monday, October 9, 2017

Family Photos 2017

Here are various other photos from the past month or so.  

Aria and Zade started school at Meadow View. Aria had hand, foot, mouth sickness, so she unfortunately missed the first day.  Here's Zade at his new school. 

Fortunately, the next day Aria was able to make it.

We hiked Spencer's butte as a family. 

Ryzen with Aria's hamster Maple.  

Nova snacking away.

Visiting the coast with my sister Kari's family.

Hanging out at the Corvallis Fall Festival.

Aria doing an aerial at Get Air.

Celebrating my mom's birthday at our house. 

Nova tripped while running in the house and broke her arm just above the wrist.  It never really swelled, but after a week, when we were trying to put on her clothes she would yelp when we'd touch that part of her arm, so we knew it was more than just a strain. 

Tara went hiking with Michelle Asper,, Carina Hallock, and Lauren Yorgeson. Here's a view from the top of Spencer's Butte.  

The lovely maple tree in our backyard. 

Nova playing on the swing set in the backyard.

We signed Zade up for soccer again. He's been very aggressive and runs non-stop on the field. In his first 4 games, he's scored a total of 3 goals.  I don't think I ever scored any goals during my entire childhood. :)  He enjoys playing soccer. 

The wild turkeys in our yard, that drink from the water we set out for the feral cats.