Sunday, January 3, 2016

Sledding into 2016...

The Pacific NW has had some pretty good early snow storms and I couldn't let the Christmas Break end without giving my kids a real snow experience.  Ryan is a little older too so I figured he could handle the cold for a couple hours. It was defintiely cold, but we all survived and loved it! We invited our friends the McCauleys and Dorroughs to come sledding with us.  We first attempted to go to Ski Bowl's Adventure Tubing Park, but it was so crowded, so we headed up towards Timberline and found a little spot to park and sled through the trees.  The Snow was so deep but after a few runs down the hill, and a few tracks created to walk our way back up, we were set! We ended the day with a gorgeous sunset and burgers and shakes from Calamity Jane's...Yum! What a great way to kick off the New Year!

And who would have a thought two days later we would end up getting a small snowfall here in Portland.  Church got cancelled and everyone stayed home and played.  Ryan loved getting pulled around on the sled.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Ryan is 3!

Ryan you are 3! You bring so much happiness to our family.  Life would not be the same without you.  You are obsessed with excavators, love the movie "Dick es smoly"(Despicable Me), Mighty Machines, Mc Donalds, Subway and your big brother and sister.  you are a pleasant good natured little guy with lots of charm which makes it really hard to say no.  You still won't give up your bottles and are no where near being potty trained.  Definitely the 3rd child! Happy Birthday "Bubbarooskies"!

For your special day we took you to Portland's Playdate PDX to burn some energy.  After, we took you to Subway for your favorite Turkey and Cheese sub.  Later we had family over to sing to you and eat cake and ice cream.  We ordered you the coolest cake from Bales.  You couldn't wait to get it out of the box! Grandma and Grandma Marostica gave you a v-tech construction car set, Grandma and Grandpa Thompson got you a new helmet for your bike, and we got yout squids to scoop up with your excavators and a bulldozer.  






Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Dear Santa...

Since we missed seeing Santa at Lock Lollyland this year we headed down to Macy's a couple days before Christmas to make sure Santa knew exactly what we wanted for Christmas.
Zach asked for a hoverboard
Kate asked for a gymnastics bar
Ryan asked for an excavator and dump truck



Sunday, December 13, 2015

How are you 11?...

 Dear Zach,

I think it's time to start celebrating your half birthday.  Because no matter how good our intentions are to make your birthday special, there always seems to be this think called LIFE that gets in the way of making your day extra special.  This year your birthday fell on a Monday which meant school,. then basketball practice, so all we had time for was a late dinner at Si Senor, thank goodness Nate and Dylan could come to make it a little more like a party. And its a good thing they brought out warm churros for dessert because we didnt even have time to blow out candles on your cake!  That go postponed until Wednesday after your school choir performance.  Remember that thing called really got in the way this week, but you are so sweet and didnt make a fuss. I think the sweet gifts you received trumped any thought of a ho hum family birthday year.  

You love Soccer and are reallly good at it. You excel at Math in school and pride yourself on being pretty good at the rest too! The Rubiks Cube is your latest addiction and you can be found most mornings on the couch checking out the latest sports news on ESPN. You are sweet and a pretty great big brother to both Kate and Ryan.  I can give you a lot of jobs(garbage, shower with Ryan) and do them all willingly, for the most part.  Zach we love you and we love being your parents.  You make us so proud!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Our Charlie Brown Tree...

 We could not have hit better weather the day after Thanksgiving for venturing out to find our perfect tree! The hunt was so hard.  All of the trees were so dried out and half dead from the extra warm spring summer and fall we had this year in the NW.  But after searching for about an hour we found THE one! Justin cut it down and we loaded it into Grandpa's truck.  We also located the perfect Charlie Brown Tree, giving proof of how hard the selection was this year.  Lets hope next year is better.  

Normally we see Santa too, but since it took so long for us to find a tree, by the time we were done, Santa had gone to lunch. Boo! And the Ducks vs. Beavers game was about to start so we left in hopes that we would see Santa another time this month.