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Sunday, October 24, 2010


One of the many joys of having a backyard is to finally have the room to get some fun toys. I have always wanted one of these...

Fun eh!

(Yes my children are outside in their pajamas, it's our backyard!)

Look at Zoe's skill! She learned to flip so quick.

Come jump with us!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Baptisms, Birthdays, First day of School and Other Adventures

We had quit a busy summer and early fall. Soon after we had settled in to our new home in Wenatchee we had the opportunity to attend our sweet nephew Matt's baptism. We were so grateful to be able to attend such an important occasion in his life, and we are so proud of his choice.

This is Matt and his dad Uncle Brent who Zoe and Tate adore.

Greysen turned 1 in August. He is such a sweet and funny boy. He lives life with reckless abandon which at times has resulted in tears, but also resulted in walking earlier than any of our other children. When he first started walking he would stand up at the couch to get his balance. Throw his hands in the air, and take off across the floor at a run. Squealing and laughing for about 5 steps and then crash to the ground. So much for slow tentative steps.

Look at those sweet curls.

He likes to press his nose right up to the bars of his crib so he can watch for us through the door.

We have a picture just like this of Tate at the fair.

Cool dude!

Grey went with us on his first bike ride. The helmet was not his favorite.

He decided bike ride time was nap time.

Thankfully he was strapped in!

First birthday also means first haircut...

He looks suspicious...

He was not a fan of the haircut. Ben had to work pretty hard to keep him distracted and still. The only thing that worked was chocolate birthday cake (mixed with hair clippings)

Yep, that sums it up!
Zoe had her first day of school. She was very nervous and had an upset tummy all morning but was of course very excited about her new outfit.

Her classroom this year is in a portable.
She ended up loving her teacher and making many new friends.
She did come home concerned one day because one of her friends was french kissing her boyfriend on the bus. Ben and I were both holding in our shock and trying to stay cool. She went on to say that she knew she wasn't ready for those types of things and was looking for friends that shared more of her interests. She also mentioned that a boy had tried to hold her hand on the bus but she didn't let him. Needless to say she doesn't ride that bus much anymore. Thankfully the following day she came home and told me that she found a friend that was interested in science like her and they spent the recess looking for varieties of bugs. It is so scary to be facing these types of challenges already. I am so thankful for her little sharp analytical mind that allows her to see past the pressure from her peers. I hope that can hold. I am grateful she feels comfortable talking to us about these things.

Greysen discovered corn on the cob.

Tate started soccer. He doesn't look too thrilled in this pictures but he actually really loves it and has a natural talent for it. His lean little body is quite speedy.

So adorable!

We had the chance to go to Silverwood for the first time this summer. It was a long drive but a lot of fun.

This was a train ride where we unexpectedly experienced a "hold up" (well maybe not too unexpectedly) It kinda stressed Tate out and Zoe and I got soaked.

Ben Zoe and Tate went on the bumper boats. Here is Ben trying to include me in the fun. Isn't he so thoughtful!

Zoe loved this ride and got into battles with total strangers.

Ben went with Zoe on her first field trip here in Wenatchee with the boys to learn about salmon.

Zoe creating her own salmon.

Greysen trying to run from the salmon. Or maybe just trying to get away from Zoe.

Zoe's class

Who is that fish baby?

Two stories about Tate:
First for the penny...He thought it would be interesting to stick a penny between a plug that was plugged in and the outlet. All we saw was a big flash of fire and the lights went out. When the confusion passed we discovered the penny still lodged in the socked with two notches melted out where the prongs touched it. Miraculously, Tate didn't even feel a shock. He received quite an education about electricity that day.
The second story happened earlier this week. Tate had gone on a play date with a friend to the park. When I got home that night he complained that there was an owie on his bum. I took a look at it and found a small scratch on his right cheek. I cleaned it, put medicine on it and a band aid more for his emotional well being than physical. A few days later I asked if it was better. He said no, so I checked it again. Now it was raised and inflamed. It was evident that there was something in it. Surgery commenced with me playing the role of surgeon. After some slight poking around I discovered the sliver and began to pull it out. It was huge more than half an inch long! Don't ask me how it got in there! I guess I can add bum surgeon to my list of qualifications.