Monday, July 11, 2011

Trip to Oregon

We went to visit some of our friends and go to a wedding in Oregon back in June. We had a nice trip and got to check up on our rental house. We first went to Portland to visit Ty and Heather! It was especially fun to see Heather's cute prego belly. She's due the end of September. Heather teaches preschoolers and she takes them on fun trips and, because of this, she's a pro at navigating the zoo to see all of the animals. So, on Saturday, she was our personal tour guide at the zoo.

Bryce comparing his arm span to the wing span of a bald eagle... 

We really do find tractors everywhere we go...

Thank you Ty and Heather!
After the zoo, we ate some lunch with Ty and Heather and then, headed down to Independence. Our friend, Celia, had a beautiful wedding and it was fun to see so many of our friends there.

One of the highlights for Bryce at the wedding was driving a Model T Ford! Brother and Sister Henich hosted the wedding at their pavilion and drove the bride up in this car. As soon as Bryce saw the car, he said he wanted to ride in it. Once the reception was underway, Sister Henich let Bryce "play" in the driver's seat and then, he went for a spin with Brother Henich. What a happy boy!  
After the wedding, we stayed the night with our friends, Paul and Alex. It was fun to have Bryce see his friend, Gianna.
Here is a picture of Giana and Bryce at Bryce's 1st birthday party (Feb. 2009). I can't believe how bald these two were!
Then, here is a picture of Bryce and Giana (with Grandma) before or after story time at the Monmouth library (around 2 years old).
And, here they are now...our 3-year-olds! They were so happy to see each other. They are both very strong-willed and independent, and it was funny to see how similar their personalities are. They attempted to sleep together, but it didn't last long... 
And, I didn't get a picture of all of us, but I took this video during family scripture study that captured a glimpse of everyone. Paul and Alex have two girls, Giana and Sonoma.  

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Our Budding Photographer

Over the past few months, I've noticed pictures like the following will appear on my camera every now and then...

 And, just in case I wasn't sure who has been taking these pictures, here's a little piece of evidence...

And, here's a picture of our little budding photographer...
This is Bryce on his tricycle in front of our neighbor Philip's house. We have a rule that he's allowed to ride to Philip's mailbox and back to ours whenever we're playing in the front yard. He's getting to be a pro and LOVES riding his bike.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

Over Memorial Day weekend, Grandma, the boys, and I headed to Uncle Craig and Aunt Teri's house in Vale for Friday night and then went to Burns Saturday through Monday.

It was our first time going to Uncle Craig and Aunt Teri's house and we really enjoyed staying with them; they spoiled us and it is beautiful where they live! When we first got there, the boys saw a few buckets of toys that Aunt Teri had set out for them; they ran right to them and started playing. The toys were from when Becky and Adam were little kids (who are now in their 20's). How cool is that? 

Brandon flying the helicopter...
 Bryce really enjoyed playing with this barn and seeing how much he could cram in it.
Bryce was attempting to open the door to the porch and then, Brandon wanted to try. Brandon is in the stage where he copies every word and every move that Big Brother makes.  :)
 Aunt Teri and Grandma in the kitchen chatting while Aunt Teri made an amazing taco/chili soup dinner.
Next door to Uncle Craig and Aunt Teri's home is a one-room schoolhouse that Aunt Teri has been teaching at for almost 20 years and she was sad to say that it just shut-down this past year. So, with this school being right next to their house, you just walk out the door and there's a playground. The boys loved having Uncle Craig push them on the swings.
After playing on the swings for a bit, Uncle Craig took us for a walk around some of their land. The boys loved that there were school buses at their house.
On our walk, Uncle Craig spotted some owls in a tree.

Then, we went to see Uncle Craig's bikes. The boys were loving every minute ...
Aunt Teri kept teasing Uncle Craig by saying that he's preparing for being a grandpa. haha. They are expecting their first grandbaby later this year. 
Here is the adorable, picture-perfect school house.
Brandon and Uncle Craig walking back to the house...
Isn't this just beautiful? I loved the view.
Once we went back inside, we played with toys again for a bit.

 Then, we got jammies on and had storytime.
 Saturday morning before we left...Aunt Teri, Grandma, and Me... 
I didn't really take many pictures in Burns, but I did get these of Sheyanne with Brandon and Pedro with baby Kasyn (Amaya's baby that we met for the first time) at Glory Day's Pizza!!