Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Random January

Time to take down the Christmas tree!  Captain America showed up to lend a hand!

An American Girl hung around too.

We've been in Oregon for 9 1/2 years, and the absurdity never ceases to amaze us.  "Extreme weather" appeared under the same banner as 29 degrees, along with the headline of keeping your home warm.  Where Adam and I grew up, 29 degrees meant spring was on its' way!

Claire got Minecraft for Christmas, and almost everyone in the house became obsessed.  Whether playing himself or watching Claire or Adam do it, Henry is never far away from the tv if Minecraft is involved.

Harper likes to be fabulous even when asleep.

Tulle and tennis awesome combination.

About a week and a half after his 5th birthday, Henry lost his first tooth.  Slow down already!

Adam and I laughed at the weather forecast for "extreme weather," but we actually got snow.  Like 8 inches of snow!  It was wonderful!  It also meant that we were out of school for the better part of a week.  

It was great to see all of the snow forts and snowmen that popped up in the neighborhood.  

I was doing homework late one night and heard some noise coming from upstairs.  Since it was coming up on 11:30, I headed up to lay down the law and make sure whoever it was got into bed.  Turns out it was Harper, and the main reason why she wasn't in bed sleeping already was because her bed was so full of stuff that there wasn't any room left for her!

Sunday sillies.  

Reason Henry is crying:  He reveled in throwing three packs of playing cards in the air, and when we asked him to pick them up, he ran away scream-crying that it'll take forever, he's too tired, and it's just too much.

We had to take Henry to a doctor appointment at the children's hospital downtown, so afterward, we decided to try Bruder Nord, a Scandinavian restaurant.  The food was great, but the decor was also cool.  We were in this wooden pod thing - very modern and cool.

Monday, April 24, 2017


Every year since we've been engaged, Adam's mom has given us a Christmas ornament.  She asked us what theme we'd want, whether Santas, snowmen, reindeer, etc.  Adam picked nativities.  We've amassed a nice little collection, with Erin adding a couple and Adam and I picking up a couple of nativity ornaments here and there.  A few have come from other's travels to Europe, so I thought I should document one of our favorite holiday traditions!

2006-2009:  All of these were from Glenda

2010-2012:  The three in the middle were from Glenda.  The heart-shaped one they brought us from their trip to Italy.  Erin got the blue painted one for us in Germany.  I bought the one in the lower right from a Scandinavian store.

2013-2014:  Glenda bought us the 4-piece set and the white ornament.  Erin took a trip to Italy and got us the one on the top left.  She also got us the two pewter ones.  I actually found the circle one underneath an outdoor rug that was here when we bought our house.  It was like a gift from the house! 

2015-2016:  The top two were from Glenda.  Erin got us the light-up one, and Adam found the ball.

We look forward to seeing our new ornament every year, and now I have the past decade's worth documented!  We love our collection and that these decorations represent the birth of the Savior.

The Cabin

After Henry's birthday dinner, we headed up to the cabin for some snowmobiling.  The snow was deep and the sky was beautiful.

Adam got into his mountain man mode.

The men engaged in some fisticuffs.

Adam and I got some time out on the snowmobile, just the two of us.  We went out to Big Springs.

Adam kicked me off so he could take a solo run.  

The kids loved the snow.


After we all headed inside to warm up and have some lunch, Adam went up to the roof to help his dad clear some snow.  All of a sudden Claire yells "Dad fell off the roof!"  Claire thought it was hysterical.  At least there was a lot of snow to cushion the fall!

The kids had a blast playing in the snow.

When the only way to get in and out was by foot (at least for our non-4 wheel drive van) and the kids were exhausted after a full day of playing, a sled became the best mode of transportation to get everyone back to the car.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Henry Turns 5!

I can't believe this little bug is five already!  He is such a big kid (he weighs more than and wears the same size clothes as Claire, and is a good head and shoulders taller than most other kids his age), so sometimes we forget that he's just a young guy.  He is very stubborn, and while he is enthusiastically engaged in activities and tasks that he is interested in, the exact opposite can be said if he's not on board.  But he can be so sweet, giving spontaneous kisses, hugs, and snuggles, especially to kids younger than himself.  He loves to sing.  We love this sweet boy.

Enjoying some cousin time with Nels.

Star Wars Legos!

He got a Captian America mask to go with the shield from Auntie Erin.  He was so excited!

Happy birthday to our little man.

Henry's birthday questionnaire:

What makes you happy?  Mom
What is your favorite animal?  cats
What is your favorite thing to eat?   quiche
What is your least favorite thing to eat?  squash
What is your favorite thing to do?  Play outside
What is your favorite TV show?  Tayo
What are you really good at?   Writing my name
What is your favorite movie?   Into the Woods
What is your favorite color?  red
What is your favorite thing to wear?  Minecraft shirt
What is your favorite song?  Giants in the Sky (from Into the Woods)
Who is your best friend?  Gavin
What is your favorite thing to do with Mom?   OMSI
What is your favorite thing to do with Dad?  Day of Dudes (which always includes haircuts)
What is your favorite sport?  baseball
Where is your favorite place to go?  OMSI
What is your favorite book?  Minecraft books
What do you want to be when you grow up?  Miner (this is almost certainly based on his love for Minecraft)

Harper Turns 3!

We sure love this little girl, and we were excited to wish her a happy birthday.  But, of course, this little sassafrass decided to have so...