Monday, July 28, 2014

Big Weekend!!

We had a busy weekend. 

On Friday John, along with Matt, Erik, & Brian, had a great time at Brew Fest downtown, while the kiddos stayed over at Linda's and I went on an all night de-cluttering kick, cleaning the girls room, among other parts of the house.  I sure know how to live it up on my big night with the house all to myself!  But it's always such a good feeling to get it all back in order, love that!  

We had to get up early, and after breakfast together, the boys (John, Matt, Erik & Greg) headed out to Washougal National motocross racing event, and I headed to Jessica's to help her move. 
 The truck she got was cracking me up, it was HUGE.  I think we could have had a dance party in there after all the stuff *magically* got in there.  By the way, hiring movers is BRILLIANT.  

A big thank you to Linda for watching the kiddos and keeping them so well entertained all day!! 

We worked, and didn't stop until 3am, but we got EVERY SINGLE BOX unpacked, the place looks amazing!  Just need to hang a few pictures and it will be done!  Yay!!

Here's a shot from the track, this is how close John was to the race!

Pretty cool!!

On Sunday, after church I took the girls swimming.  Norah was so funny when we got there she just starts walking towards the pool and I say "Wait, Norah, did you forget something?"  She goes "Oh no, my goggles!!"  Um no, your LIFE JACKET!!!  

Once I put it on she just ran into the deep end with zero hesitation and jumped in.  So brave!
 The most impressive part was Ava though, she swam all over that pool with no life jacket!  She dove for toys, swam back and forth across the deep end, she never once made me question needing to save her.  She is a little fish!!  I was so proud of her!! 

We got home and I left to go help Jessica shop for a few things, while I was gone John took Ava to the park and taught her to ride her bike with no training wheels!!  Big day for our little girl!!

Here's a little video.  Little miss Ava is growing up, and we couldn't be more proud of her!! 
Great weekend!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Date Night

Here's a few more shots from our date night last week to Benihanas.  These are the ones from my camera : )
This will also be my final catch up post, as I have been not taking many pictures in an effort to get all caught up...yay!

Love these guys and Benihanas!  So much fun to go together!!

Church Playdate

Here's some shots from our CCPDX playdate we held on Tuesday.  This was our best turn out yet!  Of course it didn't come with out a few little snags, the park we had organized to meet up in had a group of adults holding a meeting in a very dry fountain.  Back in the carseats and several phone calls later we rerouted the people meeting us and moved the party down the road, to a fountain that was on.  : )

It all worked out!  I love downtown, so fun!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Total Randomness.

 Life has been busy. I am so far behind on my blogging that I'm just going to do a little phone picture dump, in no particular order...

 This is from a recent beach trip where my mom and her siblings got together with their cousins.  It was really fun.  We had dinner over at a beach house down the street and it's garage was stocked full of fun things, a pool table, ping pong, air hockey, darts, you name it!  The kids loved it!
 We rented a kayak on D Lake and a big group of us got to go out together, the kids loved that too!
 Check out all the fish!

 We got to meet up with Gail for s'mores too!  The kids were a little crazy and emotional but we still had a good time. 
 On the way home from the fire I was carrying Norah when she said to me "You know mom, some people don't have legs and they can't walk." I smiled at her and said "Yes, and some people do have legs, should they walk?"  She thinks on this a second and then says "If we see a person without legs you should set me down, I will walk and you can carry them, OK?"  hahahaha
 We love Linda!
 So pretty on the beach!
 I adore this picture of my mom with the girls!
 Here we are all ready for a date night to Benihanas for my birthday, Erik, Tiffani, Brian & Heidi joined us too, so fun!  This is the day we kicked off our big no kids weekend! 

 The next day I got to go Kayaking with my mom and a few of her friends. 

 It's pretty much my favorite thing to do.  Tricky to get to go when I have the kiddos so I HAD to take advantage of this rare Friday afternoon! 

 We even saw a deer cross the river!!

 So cool!
 That night John and I went out again, to Newport Bay this time...
 We got cute little updates here and there of what the kids were up to, they went camping in an RV with Linda in Cannon Beach.  It even had a pool!

 Linda said by the end of the trip everyone at the pool knew them, they called them "Crazy Baby Diver and Underwater Girl"  Cute!
 We are super excited there is a baby on the way, my brother Chris and his wife D'Auna are pregnant!  Yay!!
Here's Ava with the little Big Sister to be.  This was taken at Alayah's 3rd birthday, so cute!!

So I'd love to say that catches everything up, but no, we are getting closer though...  : )

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hiking with my love...

John & I have gotten so many great opportunities to spend time together lately, it's been awesome!! Here are some photos from our hike the other day...

 Latourell Falls

 Bridal Veil 

 Cruz Room

 Our second happy hour view...PCG
It was a fun filled day where we hiked a few different areas and hit up two happy hours, doesn't get much better than that!  : )