Friday, April 18, 2014


Trying to capture a picture of Zach during a basketball is IMPOSSIBLE!  They are all blurry.  So, video clips will have to do.  He had a great time playing with his friends.  At times he was a bit of a ball hog, but they all are.  Everyone wants to be the hero, especially at this age.  It was fun to watch his intensity for sports and the need to win develop this year.  Zach is really intense!  He takes after his dad.  Justin was so proud to watch Zach be aggressive.  It must be a guy thing, because I am still at pass the ball, give the other player some space...I guess that's why I stuck with dance in the end.  Zach is still wearing the sweatband and still showboating with his dribbling the ball between his legs stuff.  Too funny!


Another year of gymnastcis has been completed.  I am proud of Kate for sticking with it even though she had moments of not wanting to go.  For her, gymnastics is still social, so if she doesn't know anyone she doesn't always feel comfortable.  But for me, as her mom, I see so much natural ability and flexibility, that when she has those moments I try to motivate her to keep going.  She loves it, you can tell, and by the video you can clearly see she knows what she is doing and is great little tumbler!  Teacher Jackie is tough, but its the tough ones that make a difference, and love what they do.  It goes without saying that we are so proud of Kate, and the reward is moving up to level 3!  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Let's Rewind...

Upon organizing my photos tonight I came across these great clips of Zach and Kate.  I believe it was two years ago, give or a take a month or so.  Too Funny!

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Tale of One Tooth...

So this is not so much a tale but this girl cracks me up!  This tooth dangled smack dab in the middle of her smile, for what seemed months, before finally coming out!    As you can see Kate was quite fond of this tooth of hers.  It tickles me to see her smile at herself in the mirror.  The selfies take the cake!  Thank goodness it finally fell out.  Now we get to enjoy her toothless grin for a while.  I had forgetten how fun this stage of life is.  

She is really loving learning how to read. And I love watching her read without her two front teeth!

Friday, February 21, 2014

It Finally Snowed!

February delivered the best winter storm.  The timing of it was a little off, ruining our plans to take my mom to San Francisco for her 70th birthday.  But if you know my mom, you know that her favorite thing is being snowed in and not being able to go anywhere.  Sounds bizarre but knowing how little snow we get here in Portland, and knowing that it doesn't stick around long, we LOVE whatever we can get!

The kids got excused from school 2 hours early, and the excitement continued for the next 4 days.  In some spots we received a trace of snow, and in other spots we received over a foot of snow from all the wind and snow drifting that went on.  After the first night of snow it cleared up just enough for little Ryan to experience his first snow.  He loved it!  Justin took him on the sled and he lasted for about 2 hours until he started to get hungry and his hands and feet started to get cold.  By the aftenoon it started to snow again and didn't quit until the next morning, so chances for Ryan to get back outside quickly diminished.  Zach and Kate were outside that entire first day sledding like crazy, building jumps, and playing with friends.  By the second day they were in and out.  The wind and snow combined made sledding a bit colder.

By Staurday night the freezing rain set in and the snow was covered in a sheet of ice.  Kate went out for some last minute sledding and ended up sledding down the hill with her face instead of the sled.  Ouch!!!  She and Justin thought it would be fun to create a dog pile with her and all the boys from the neighborhood on one tube.  The higher the weight the faster you go, well until somebody gets hurt.  It didn't stop her from getting out and sledding the next day though.  She is fearless!  What a fun weekend spent with the whole family snowed in! Oh and Zach discovered his new favorite sport, snowboarding.

For the record there is such a thing as cabin fever.  By about the third night we all were itching to get out.  The old saying that family are like fish, they stink after three days, is true. Hahaha!  We take for granted how convenient life is until snow slows us down.