Sunday, June 3, 2018

May 2018

On May 5th Zade chose to be baptized!  He was baptized in the Danebo building in Eugene, OR. 

Tara and I went with Greg & Margaret Hansen, and Brent & Nicole Seipert to a small folk concert by Ellis Paul up in Lowell, Oregon.  The house only held up to 50 people.  It was a neat, intimate venue.

Tara and I took the kids on a bike ride, and rewarded them for going with milkshakes.

Tara and Aria went to the local high school production of the Addams Family.  They both enjoyed it.

Hendricks park was in full bloom so we went there with the Yorgeson's and enjoyed seeing all the Rhodies.

The kids buried Zade in the sand park.  Good times.

Aria and Zade's school held a jog-a-thon.  Each of them ran 10 laps around the track to raise money for their school.

Tara and I have spent the better part of the last year cleaning up the large garden bed by our driveway, which was loaded with blackberries and fireweed.  Eventually we've been able to setup 10 garden beds with blueberries, strawberries, grapes, watermelon, pumpkins, cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, sunflowers, etc...  We've also planted a lot of plants in a ring around it, including azaleas, rhodies, a Japanese Maple "Goodblood" tree, a pink dogwood tree, and a quad tree with 4 different types of fruit.  It's been a ton of work, but the garden is starting to look respectable.

Tara took the kids to the mall and got some ice cream... I'm envious. :)

Over Memorial Day Weekend, Tara and Lauren Yorgeson planned out a camping trip for our families at Sunriver.  We hiked to the Lava River cave.

Here's the campsite, where many a s'more was roasted.

We also hiked to a nearby waterfall.  Nova woke up from a nap right before we went and showed her appreciation.

Zade's school did an art show, where the kids got to show off their cool artwork. Zade painted this picture of our cat Azure chasing a hamster.

Aria and Zade's school also had a carnival.  

Despite how much sun we've been having for the past few weeks, the rain came out during the carnival.  But we were rewarded with a spectacular rainbow.

The picture doesn't do it justice, but it was a double rainbow.

For a date, Tara and I went to the Whitacker neighborhood and ate at the Pizza Research Institute.  I ate a curry califlower, apple, and gouda pizza.  Amazing.

We then hit the rose garden at Skinner's Butte.

Aria had her year end dance recital at Lane Community College.  She was very excited. Here she is backstage.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

April 2018

Easter Egg Hunt
Kari and Nate's family came over and we did an Easter Egg hunt with them in the backyard.  The kids gathered over 50 hard boiled eggs. It was quite the treat.  

Rise of the Garden
We have officially started the garden.  Here's Zade planting some thornless rasberries we purchased.  In addition, we've planted blueberries, strawberries, snap peas, red peppers, and hope to plant some pumpkins and corn soon. 

It's been a major undertaking getting the garden to this point.  We've been doing a ton of weeding to clear out all the prior plants that used to be in the garden area. 

Spring is officially here.  A few pictures from our yard.

Aria celebrated her Bday with some friends at USGA, where they enjoyed doing some quality tumbling.

Here's her new dance/tumbling leotard.  She's excited.

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". :)