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. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Floating, Camping, and watching the Eclipse

Floating the Willamette
After work one night in August we went and floated the Willamette River. We put in our raft at Island Park and got out near the Rose Garden across from Valley River Mall.  It was a great float.  Aria didn't feel terribly safe and spent most of the time barking orders at Tara and I to row faster, and we pretended she was Captain Hook.  There were a couple places on the river with some small rapids, which evoked opposite reactions from the kids. Zade loved it, and Aria didn't.

We spent Sunday Night at my parents house in Corvallis, and watched the Eclipse with them in their backyard.  Since their home was in the path of totality, we thought it would be a better place to watch the Eclipse.  Up until the moon fully covered the sun, the eclipse seemed a bit overrated.  However, for the 1.5-2 minutes of totality, it was awesome.  At that point we took off our solar glasses (since you couldn't see anything through them) and could see a glowing ring around a black dot.  The sky looked like it was twilight, even though it was just around 10:20am, and the temperature had dropped dramatically as the eclipse began covering the sun.  Aria began doing cartwheels and Zade and Ryzen began running in circles celebrating.

Family Camp
We went up to Big Lake near Hoodoo for a family camp.  Tara took the kids up for the first two days while I worked and I came up for the last 2 days.  

Aria loved rock climbing.

Tara talked the kids into burying Ryzen in the sand.  He loved it.

Check out this sweet action shot.  Aria's arrow is in mid flight. 

Aria also got way into paddle boarding.  She eventually went out by herself for over an hour.

We drove a short bit and hiked around Sahalie Falls.  It was gorgeous.

Even though there was a forest fire burning near Sisters, most days the air cleared up and we were able to have fun with the kids outdoors. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017


A bunch of tiny flogs live in a plant right outside our front door.  The kids love them!

We've also been having fun picking all the wild blackberries that grow throughout Eugene.  We went on a fun bike ride by the Willamette river, and picked a bunch.

Afterwards we got ice cream at Prince Puecklers, a local gourmet ice cream shop.  It was delicious.

Tara has read a lot of books to the kids over the summer, but one that they enjoyed more than others was Captain Underwear.  Zade and Ryzen felt inspired one day and decided they would masquerade as that crusader.

Aria and Zade also went to Camp Harlow this past week while Dane was away at the AAA Annual meeting in San Diego.  They had a great time.