Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Beach

This past weekend we went to the condo for the weekend. It is so peaceful and quiet there. I love it. It was a great little getaway, and I can't wait to go back in October. The weather was a little weird, so we didn't do too much playing on the beach. We still had fun at the indoor pool, and when the weather decided to cooperate we went on a hike to check out the lighthouse.

Below is what it looked like the majority of Saturday, it didn't clear up until after about 4, blah. It was super windy too.

My little goober-pies. These little turds make my day...everyday.

This is an out of the window shot while driving down the strip in Long Beach. The wind was perfect for flags and kites.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Orcas Island

For the 4th of July weekend we went to Orcas Island to visit my brother Tim, Nicole, and their two kiddos. It is a bit of adventure to get there, but we were inventive and the kids played in the trunk while we waited for the ferry. Sophie was so happy to get out of her carseat!

Leify is a lucky boy to have so many people around him that take enjoyment in him and are actively involved in his life. Uncle Tim is no exception. Leify talks about him all the time...and well, Nicole is his 2nd Mom (sometimes I think he likes her more than me ;)), he adopted Aubriana's name for her, Mamasita, but he called her "Mamaseepa" ;) And, of course, he adores his cousin "Aubrinana". It makes me so happy to see the special little friendship they share. That doesn't mean that they don't have their share of scraps, but in the end there is nothing but excitement when they see each other...followed by screaming 5 minutes later. Ha.
Taking a close look at a crab he found...

Aubri came to check it out too...

My two loves. Have I said on here that I am pregnant?! I don't think I have. Well, Sophers is going to be flanked by two brothers. That makes her Daddy more than happy. She'll have a watchful eye on her...always. 3 kids 3 and under?!? Maybe that's why I haven't mentioned it on here...I am trying to avoid it ;)

Leify has been a weirdo about pictures lately...this is him saying "Boogers". Ha!

Sister needed to see the crab too.

Apparently she didn't find this funny ;)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Moses Lake

On June 12th my oldest Nephew Ashton graduated High School. Gosh, that makes me feel old. I remember when he was born...I was 6. I used to pretend I was tired, and go to bed early; I would go in and look at him, in a non-stalkerish kind of way, lol, I was just in awe over his baby-ness...again I was 6. I loved him. (still do). He was the cutest, chubbiest baby ever.

I made him a lei out of dollars bills for him to wear while he walked...turned out pretty cool.

I can't take any credit for the idea of this pic. My Dad just could resist putting Sophers in the vase. I was a little hesitant at first, I was worried she'd fall down inside! Ha! But, doesn't she make a cute flower?!

While we are on the subject of feeling old, here is a picture of Sophie with my nephew Cody's daughter Taygan. She is a darling little girl, full of smiles and personality. I look forward to her and Sophie having the kind of relationship Leify and Aubriana have. Cousins are so fun!

I just couldn't resist this one. Leify has been such a weirdo lately about having his picture taken. Ding-a-ling.

Silver Falls

We went and explored Silver Falls State Park in Silverton, OR over Memorial Day. Neither of us had ever been. We will go better prepared if we choose to go again. The scenery is gorgeous. Leify was feeling a little under the weather so we didn't get to explore as much as we would have liked, but it was still fun. He wanted to be carried the entire way, he says, "put me to the ceiling, Mom." Which is code for he wants a ride on your shoulders ;)

The trail we went on started off with this view. We were in love.

Sophie is just like her older brother; if she's outside, she's happy.

Leify did get down occasionally, he couldn't stop the explorer within.

It was such an COOL experience walking behind the waterfall. I felt like I was in the movie, "Last of the Mohicans." Got a little wet, good thing we all had our waterproof windbreakers!

Pictures like this make me feel so very blessed. I have an amazing, supportive, brilliant man for a husband. Then to sweeten the pot I was gifted with two precious babies who call me the best name on earth, Mom.

I love my little Leify Cake. He makes me laugh everyday. He is so sweet with his sister, I love to watch them play, and hear the cute little giggles Sophers has for him.

Dozer Days

Phew...This was awhile ago. When both Leif, and my Mom were at of town me and the kids stayed with my Dad. It just so happened that, that was the weekend of Nutter's "Dozer Days". My cool Dad took off from a shut down, and helped me out with Leify. There was no way I was going to be able to do all the stuff Leify would want to lugging around the Loafer Pies ;)

He waited in line patiently for his turn, and then walked right up and got on the operators lap. Not even a second glance was thrown in my direction. Two boys in front of him chickened out at the last second and went crying back to their parents....not Leify...he's a seasoned professional. ;) He even tried to work the joystick out of the guys hand, he was sure he knew what he was doing!

Leify and my Dad were able to take a ride in this dump truck, Leify talked about daily for weeks, and still brings it up every now and then.