Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Oregon State Fair

We went to the Oregon State Fair with Ty and Heather and met up with Bethany and her dad and Max. We were so glad we got to see Bethany and her happy baby while she was in town. Max and Brandon meet; Max was born 6 days before Brandon :)
Guess what Bryce's favorite part of the fair was.....riding the tractors, of course!

Summer Vacation: Round Three-Idaho

After visiting the family in Texas, we flew in to Idaho Falls to go to Burke's wedding is Rexburg! We stayed with the Adair's in Sugar City and had a great time with them. They watched the boys, so we were both able to go to Burke's wedding. We were also excited to see Darin and Shannon and meet baby Marlee! Here are some pictures from the reception. The happy new couple (we only stayed at the reception for a few minutes and we were too lazy to take Brandon out and put him back in his carseat, haha!)
Shannon and Marlee
Burns boys: Mo, Skye, Jeremy, and John
The boys hanging out the night before the wedding
These pictures were all taken on Skye's phone, so that's why they're a bit blurry.

Summer Vacation: Round Two-Texas

While Skye and I were in Mexico, the boys stayed in Texas with my family. They definitely were loved and spoiled ;)
Sarah was such a good mommy...
She had Brandon sleep on a mattress right next to her and would get up and feed him his bottles throughout the night. Thank you Sarah!
Bryce had a great time with Uncle Sam!

Bryce loves reading books with his Granny
The boys with Grandpa...
Sisters :) Brandon cuddling with daddy, watching the sunset
Rangers Game
We went to a RANGERS game together and had a lot of fun. Bryce made a new best friend "Nack" (as he liked to call Nick). Brandon chillin' in his carseat. I just love how he's sticking out his tongue.
Mom, Granny, and Skye Auntie Sarah and Brandon (still sticking out that tongue)
Always taking lots of pictures together...
"Nack" (Nick) and Sam
Bryce was completely worn out
Samantha and Rachel came, too!! Our amazing shirts
Thanks dad!
Brycie and Aunt Sarah
We had so much fun being in Texas and spending time with the family. We did miss Justin, who was working in Houston and Spencer, who is in the MTC!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Summer Vacation: Round One-Mexico

We have been saving and waiting all summer to go on a 2.5 week vacation from Oregon to Texas, then Skye and I to Mexico, and then towards the end to Idaho, finally ending up back in Oregon. Skye flew in on a friday night about 10 PM from LA where he had been doing a focus group for his masters thesis and he got home loaded the car and got a nap before we headed back to PDX at 3 AM the next morning, Saturday August 8 to catch a 6 AM flight to Dallas. The funny thing about this back-breaking trip we are about to highlight is that of the three legs of the trip they all had us traveling through Denver Airport, so we had 6 flights either in or out of that blasted place in two weeks time. It was crazy...

Here was one of the many transport methods derived, you should have seen some of the other options, had our camera not broken; the trip home had some record setting poses. We looked like a caravan walking through the airport. It was hilarious, yet exhausting...
God Bless Mexico, we had never been to the Riviera Maya before, so we flew in from Dallas to Cancun and traveled an hour south to Puerto Aventuras and this was the view from our sixth story room. The swine flu might have really affected some, and for that I am sad, but it allowed us to go on a two-year delayed Mexican honeymoon and it was AWESOME!

Just a bit nicer than our house, but them doing all the housekeeping makes all the difference
The catamaran was fun
Ocean kayaking at 8 AM, before it was 100 degrees
Snorkeling and swimming in the caves and caverns was great. The funny thing was that the water felt like ice and it was 72 degrees I believe. It was amazing how much the shade cooled things down and how clear it was.
Our trip to Tulum to see the ruins and bargain a bit was a lot of fun. Skye was perched up against a tree trying to get some shade and he noticed a tour guide with a BYU hat walking by so he grabbed him and we got a nice little VIP tour telling us all about the ruins in connection with the gospel; it was a really neat experience for both of us because we agreed that our faith isn't built on these facts, but adding fun facts to our existing faith is good to do.
We took an afternoon/evening trip into Playa del Carmen, where we partied hard...Actually we hit a lot of must's up in Playa. Becca got to bargain for her first time and she was really good at it. I think the guy started out at around 100 american dollars for this awesome dish she wanted and when she was done we bought two for 50 american dollars and gave one to her parents for watching our dudes for the week. She also got to experience her first authentic Mexican street car-style taqueria and it was excellent. Finally, I had to take her to a little bar, not your typical Senor Frogs where Americans are getting plastered, but to a smaller one and the Mariachi serenade was fun too. It was a special night.
Our last full day in Mexico, we decided to go to Cozumel which is an island about an hour from Playa del Carmen. We rented a moped and rode it around the island. For me (Skye), this was the funnest part of the vacation. No people, real beaches, aqua blue water, blistering sun, oh ya and did I mention NO PEOPLE. It was great, in fact, once we made it about 90 percent of the way around the island we decided to turn around and go back the other way to make it two laps, instead of one.
This was about 12 hours before it was time to go home...we were tan (Skye-sunburned), rested up (anybody with young kids knows what I mean-5 full nights sleep in a row-some kind of record), missing our boys (6 days was a long time), and broke (it was a good thing we were headed back to the family's house to eat their food and stay rent free because our two week vacation money was gone after week one)...but I can promise that this week was just what mom and dad needed to help us tackle work, school, thesis, church callings, parenthood and life for another year.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Little Update...

I have a lot of blog updating to do with vacations this summer, but all of the pictures I want to put up are on Skye's computer and he's not been away from it too often lately. And, while we were on vacation, we dropped our camera in the ocean and broke it. Now I don't have a camera to take the many pictures I like to take. So, I took some pictures on my phone and will get the other pictures up later. And hopefully we'll get a new camera soon.

As for the update on the boys...

Two nights ago, I was bathing Brandon and Bryce when Bryce pointed to the toilet and I pointed to his little potty and asked if he wanted to go potty. He again pointed to the big toilet and "told me" he wanted that one. I picked him up out of the bath and put him on the toilet (for the first time ever) and he totally went. This was a COMPLETE shock. I yelled for Skye and granny to come in and we all cheered for him, haha! I had no idea he was ready for potty training. Bryce is 19 months on Saturday. We'll see if it was just a fluke, but I have put him on the toilet twice since and he has gone both times.

Brandon is growing like crazy (I'm going to have giant boys-they are eaters!). We call him our angel baby because he is soooo sweet and sensitive and happy. When Bryce make sudden noises or is just being loud (which is quite often), Brandon will pucker his lip and start to cry. You just have to tell him, "it's okay" and he'll be fine, but it's really cute. We love to make Brandon laugh. He is so ticklish and our favorite is to kiss him under his chin and on his neck because he will start laughing really hard. We've started feeding Brandon rice cereal and have fed him some sweet potatoes baby food and he's doing pretty well. The first time I gave him some cereal he just pushed it right out of his mouth with his tongue, so I only gave him a few spoonfuls. Bryce was right with me and he grabbed the bowl of cereal, decided it was yummy, and proceeded to eat every bite...... showing his brother just how it's done.