Friday, August 14, 2009

My apologies

Wow.  3 weeks since my last blog. I think that HAS to be a record. I’ll put the blame on Facebook. Since you can do multiple status messages through the day there, I’ve found its really taken the place of my innate need to share and the poor neglected blog is left unattended.

There is much to write about, and I doubt I’ll remember it all. The most exciting thing to happen over the past 3 weeks is that baby Elsa is walking! Yes, she has crossed that threshold where she is walking more than crawling. And she’s pretty darn good at walking too! The other day she walked around with the broom trying to sweep. Too bad that urge to help out disappears so fast ;) I need to catch it on video and will share it when I do.

The most fun thing we’ve done is our vacation to Loon Lake Lodge in Oregon. We went with some of Jason’s family and had a blast! We were there for 7 days, but also left a day early to break up the drive and took an extra day coming back for the same reason.

There was a quirky little farm by our cabins that the kids would play at. Ethan collected these feathers there.


Our wee little cabin…


Tyler and Elly. She adored him.

The younger set… Ethan, Elsa, Jaden and Gwen.


This peacock wandered from the farm through the campsite. Very tame animals around here (as you will see later).

We hauled Mom & Dad’s jetski all the way out there (and spent a late night before we left getting it fixed) only to find the battery dead. So David and Nicole swam it over to its slip. Long story short, we never used the darn thing and due to an unfortunate slip (literally), it will need some repairs before it is usable again. That was really the only bummer of the trip, not getting use that thing!


Elsa did not like how sand felt on her fingers, so she used this unique wrist crawling technique.


I just love the crazy pigtails

Ethan making a sand angel. You cannot imagine how much sand these children exuded on a daily basis.


The younger girls.


Elsa still didn’t like the sand on her hands, but it didn’t keep her from laying down and resting!


Jaden and Gwen became the best of friends. Aunt Nicole lifted them up on this giant stump.


Big brother terrorizing the girls.

Elsa was so tired every night… Here she is conking out on Grandma Karen.

This deer wandered through and actually ate a pancake out of Uncle Chris’s hand!

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The kids fishing with Grandpa Les

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Finally she gives in and goes to sleep…


Ethan and Gwen both caught fish, but they were thrown back. Just tiny little perch :)


Checking out the tube.


Love her scrunchy smiles.

The kids taking turns floating in the tube. No, we did not pull them, they just floated behind the boat.

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Elsa loved examining Grandpa’s boat.

Initially freaked out by the mysterious hand, but then she found him!


My water babies.


Exploring Grandpa Les’s boat.


I just love this pic!


This is what happens to your baby after a few hours in the water!


Right after we got home Ethan lost his first tooth! WE think he swallowed it because its not been found. In fact, he didn’t even know he’d swallowed it until Daddy pointed it out! He’s getting to be such a big boy.

We head out for another camping trip this next week and I’m looking forward to that one too. Over the past few years August has proven to the be the month where we are constantly on the go and it does get a bit exhausting but what great memories and times we have :)

All for now as I have dinner on the stove and Holly, Cian and Kadin are on their way to visit with us for the evening.

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