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. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

February 2019

Tandem Bike
For Christmas, Tara got a Tandem bike, which I finally got around to putting together.  :)  It should be fun.  

UO Acro & Tumbling Meet
We took the kids to the Acro meet, which Aria in particular loved.  These athletes are incredible.  Aria tells me that's something she wants to do when she's in college.

Afterwards we got to go down on the floor of Matthew Knight arena, where the acro team signed Aria's poster.

Aria then busted out some of her own moves before we headed home.

Couples Classic Race
Tara talked me into joining her in a couple's 5K race here in Eugene.  I only run once a week, but I thought it was worth doing to see how much I've slowed down over the years.  Back in high school I got a 17:15 when doing a 5K.  This time, I was definitely much slower, as expected.  I ended up a a 21:32, which works out to a pace of around 6:57 per mile.  Given my age and how little I train, I was okay with that.  Tara got a 25:23, but afterwards said she pushed herself too hard, and her lungs really hurt.

Within 36 hours she came down with the flu, which knocked her out for over a week.  Several days after Tara came down with the flu, Zade and I got it too.  It was a nasty one.

Date Night
Roughly a week later, Tara and I went to the musical Evita.  Or should I say "Opera".  The music was really dissonant and we could hardly understand anything that was being said, since all lines in the play were sung.  We also got a text from our babysitter saying that Zade had thrown up.  That was the last straw.  We only made it through the first half, and then threw in the towel and left.  That's definitely a play I will never check out again.

Tara decided to take Zade up skiing to Hoodoo.  She'd never been there before, but since there was a ski bus they could take, she took advantage of the opportunity.  It was really snowy up there, but they both had a great time.

On Monday, February 25th, we got the largest snowfall in the Willamette Valley that I'd ever seen in the 25+ years that I've lived here.  We don't even live in the hills, and we had roughly a foot of snow land in our yard.  Two days later roughly another 4-6 inches fell.  It was crazy.   The kids had a wonderful time playing in the snow.  I spent most of my time shoveling out our forever long driveway. I shouldn't have sold my snowblower when we moved from Pennsylvania.  :)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

January 2019

Lion King
Tara got tickets to see a lot of Broadway shows this year at the Hult Center.  She took Zade to go see the Lion King.  They both really enjoyed it. 

Aria loves dancing, and has been working on getting her "needle" down.  She's making great progress.

Fun with Cousins
The kids had a day off school, so Aria insisted we have some of her cousins over for a sleepover.  Dean and his parents came up for dinner, and then the girl cousins stayed the night.  Good times.

Lego Competition
The local Lego store called Brick Builders held a competition this month where kids were encouraged to build monsters.  Zade decided he wanted to make a shark, and it turned out pretty nice.  Regardless whether he wins, he had a lot of fun building it.

Young Womens
Tara serves in the Young Womens organization in our church, and got to go ice skating with the youth.  She loves ice skating and had a great time.

Making Cookies with Grandma
Aria had a dance performance, so my mom came up to watch.  She arrived early so we could make cookies together with the younger kids.  And of course, we made pumpkin chocolate chip!