Sunday, April 1, 2018

Spring Break

For Spring Break this year we headed to Florida, where we got to spend time with Tara's parents and siblings, and my sister's family.  Here are some of the highlights. 

Orlando Temple
On Sunday we found a church near the temple and took the kids to see the temple grounds.  It was beautiful. 


One of the kids favorite rides was "Atlantis" (pictured in the background).  There were hardly any lines the day we went and the kids went on it over and over again.

Probably the best show we saw was the dolphin show.  My favorite part was watching one of the trainers have two dolphins push him around the arena, with one of his feet on each of their noses.  As they went around the pool they spun like a corkscrew.  It was pretty amazing.

We also went to the killer whale show and sat in the splash zone.  Ryzen got a little more than he bargained for. :)

Stephen talked Tara and I into going down one of the big water slides at Aquatica.  It turned out to be more fun than it looked, and Aria and Zade went down it too. :)

Everyone enjoyed going down the lazy river.  

Busch Gardens
The kids favorite ride was the serpent ride (shown below).

Discovery Cove
Tara and Zade did a dolphin encounter, where they got to go dolphin-back-riding.

Here's the moment I caught Tara cheating on me. :)

The rest of us just snorkeled around the water in our wet suits.

Epic McD
We found what is apparently the largest entertainment McDonalds in the world.  It was over two stories with a huge play place.

Disney Springs

Pirate Cove Mini Golf

Zade's Bday
We couldn't help but celebrate Zade's Bday again. :)

Tara and I went to the Melting Pot to celebrate 15 awesome years of marriage. 

Gator Farm
We then drove up from Orlando to Jacksonville and visited my sister Annette's family. They took us to a gator farm.  

Apparently there are albino gators.

Here's where the feeding frenzy happens. But to stoke the fire, they began feeding rats to the gators.

Mindler's Beach
We also went to the ocean near Jacksonville.  The water was somewhat warm, so the kids enjoyed going boogie boarding.

Back in Oregon
For Easter the kids found their baskets and then went on a hunt for Hershey's kisses. 

They then began feasting on their candy as we watched General Conference. :)

Other Misc. Photos.

Here's Tara with her little Subway buddy. On a weekly basis they head over there and "eat fresh". :)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Late Winter fun

UO Acrobatics & Tumbling Team

We went as a family to the acrobatics meet, since Aria loves it.  While there, we ran into her friends.

Warm February Bike Ride

Tile Demolition

Wood Floor Install... Tara's dream comes true

It only took 10 years, but Azure finally let Tara hold her. :)

Our mini snow day... didn't last long

Wings and Waves with the cousins

Off the Waffle... first time as a family, and it was amazing

Zade's Bday at Brick Builders Lego Store...

Complete with lightsaber battles

Blue tooth controlled Lego droids

Sugary goodness

And Star Wars trivia

Not to mention a Lego Assault Walker, built by the master builder himself... Big Z.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Warm Winter

Beautiful Sunset in our backyard

Sprinkling System
During the hot, dry summer, the trees and grass in our yard tends to struggle.  So we decided to give them a fighting chance by putting in a sprinkling system.  Here you can see the trenches where the pipes are being laid.

Aria's Birds

Oregon Zoo
Tara took the kids up to the Portland Zoo.

Zade & Macy at Carly's birthday party

Playing at the Park

Portland Temple
Tara and I went up to the temple, and the bishop, his wife, and the youth watched out kids.  It was great!

Spencer's Butte
Since the weather has been unseasonably warm for January (~50-60 degrees Fahrenheit), we took the kids out for a hike.

Dress Up

Ryzen's Race Track
Ryzen is becoming a little builder just like Zade.

Zade's Trap
Zade concocted a clever trap to catch anyone who tries to get to his fort.