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.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

New Years

Date Night
Tara and I went on a date and she suggested we go to a vegan restaurant.  I'm not really into that, but went along with it.  Tara ordered the Eugenewich sandwich, and I got a tempeh chipotle wrap.

The smile on Tara's face didn't last long. The food was so greasy that within a half an hour after eating it she (and I) weren't feeling so hot anymore.  We went to see the new Thor: Ragnorok movie afterwards, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but she walked out of with 15 minutes to go.  I blame the food.  She blames the endless movie battles. :)

On New Years Eve we invited the Yorgesons and Hallocks over to our house.  We played the New Yorker game, while the kids had fun playing together. The next day we went with the Yorgeson's to the Oregon coast.  It was around 50 degrees (F) there.  Amazing weather for Jaunary.  The kids had fun looking for agates and building a fort.  Nova run too far into the water and got knocked over by a wave, so I had to run in and grab her before she got swept out.  Not ideal, but at least she was alright. 

Rainbow Looms
Aria has gotten back into making bracelets again with her rainbow loom.  Zade has too.  

On Saturday, we went biking as a family along the path near our house.  It was around 50 degrees again.  Lovin' this January.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Holidays 2017

Zade and Ryzen's killer fort

I went up to Vancouver, Canada to do a research presentation at the University of British Columbia.  Here's a neat picture of a light display outside my hotel room. 

Hauling in the big tree

Aria was in the Nutcracker as a sour patch kid (i.e., dancer).

Aria and Tara went to the Lindsey Stirling concert in Eugene. They loved it.

We played the jelly bean game with Dane's extended family. Zade had terrible luck and continually drew the nasty flavors.  Lots of fun. :)

Tara's sister Shara came to visit, and the kids had fun playing together.

We took a short trip to Sunriver near Bend, Oregon. It snowed right when we got there. Here's the crew hanging in the hot tub.

Throwing Snowballs

Tubing down the hill.

Playing basketball in the pool.

Painting arts & crafts.

Roasting S'mores in the fireplace!

Skiing at Mt. Bachelor (just those pictured though. Dane the little ones stayed home and played in the snow).

Sledding down a Wanoga Park.

Ice skating. Yep, a great trip.

When we got back we made some cranberry orange bread!

On Christmas Eve Zade convinced Tara to pull out his other loose front tooth, much to Dane's chagrin.

And Christmas morning did not disappoint...

Christmas afternoon my parents came over and joined us...

for some Rock Band!  Grandma C. even joined in and sang  Piano Man.

The very next day Aria decided her new parakeet was lonely, so she got it a friend at the pet store. She named the birds Marco & Polo.

A few days later the Caulder cousins came and spent the night. A fun filled holiday season!