Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Surf's Up...

Kate is loving dance! She auditioned for the Mini Performing Group at Elite and made it!  So we are jumping in with two feet this year to see if it will make or break her desire to perform.  And no, I am not like the Dance Mom's on TV.  I am very proud of her but am letting her take the lead!  So far so good.

This is a dance she learned this summer at her "Gotta Dance" camp.  It's so cute!

Lake Donnelly...

Another two years have past with another Thompson Family Reunion in the books!  This time we went to Lake Donnelly, which is still in Idaho, but just 15 miles down from McCall, where we used to go.  We divided ourselves between two houses and walked the path down to the lake daily to make it all happen.  We had been pretty darn spoiled with our set up in McCall, but the price and temperature of the water was more than right.  We even ventured off the lake, on my birthday actually, to test out the Gold Fork Hot Springs, and ended the day bridge jumping, which was also a new adventure for us all, especially Zach.  He was terrified but peer pressure eventually won, as he conquered his nerves and took the jump.  Confidence was built that day!   

Almost everyone was able to make it minus Aunt Britt and Maddi.  They were in NY!  Both Zach and Kate soaked in having endless cousin time, while Ryan experienced life at the lake for the first time, which included falling off the dock into the water. It never fails that at least one toddler finds their way off the dock. So Uncle Jeff became his fast buddy and our third set of eyes! 

Other notable memories were Kate and Brooke having sleep overs together in Grandma and Grandpa's room, Zach getting up on the wakeboard, even if it was just for a few seconds, and me learning to wake surf without the rope. Fun times had by all!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Summer Summertime...

Uncle Andy bought a boat this year! We spent a Saturday on Lake Merwin, in Washington, with them. I have to say that a boat is a recipe for lots of family memories, and Zach getting to wake surf with Uncle Andy will definitely be remembered.  We all got a chance to perfect our wake surfing skills.  And the best best part is you don't wake up sore the next day!  

We also went berry picking with Grandma!  Kate was a great picker.  Ryan on the other had, not so much.  He really enjoyed eating them though. He LOVES raspberries and as he plopped each one in he said "mmmmmmm..." And I learned something new about my mom.  She picked berries every summer for spending money as a kid.  

What's a summer without going to the pool right? Ryan really enjoyed his first summer of swimming.  And with Bethany Athletic Club under construction for a fire that happened in early spring we had the pool practically all to ourselves.

We Love the 4th of July...

Once again the 4th did not dissappoint.  We always look forward to this day because everyone is always in a good mood, and most importantly, the warmth and sunshine finally arrives to the part of the world.  

We spent the morning going out to breakfast to celebrate our good friend, Ellen Durrough's birthday.  Next stop was to Aunt Heather and Uncle Steve's for their annual neighborhood parade.  This year one of their friends fell on his bike and broke his femur! His shrill was so scary.  We saw the whole thing. Poor guy. So I guess something was a little out of the norm.  But good news, he is okay. Then we went back to our nighborhood for a picnic and waterslides.  We really have been so blessed to  live in such a great neighborhood where our kids have friends right ourside our door without having to arrange "playdates".  We ended the night with the family at Oak Hills for the big firework display. What a fun day!  The kids were so tired, they crashed, and so did we.     



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Westside Timbers...

To say Zach eat sleeps and dreams soccer is quite an understatement.  About two years ago Zach joined the Westside Timbers Soccer Club. It is a huge commitment as it is a year round program.  If what I have been told is true, I foresee lots of tournaments both local and long distance in our future.  

He tryed out, as they have the boys do each year, and Zach made the Boys U9 A team.  Romeo Salazar is his coach and he has been loving this team.  This year has been really fun to watch because you can tell the boys are really catching on to how the game is played.  All summer they played in several tournaments.   They placed second in a lot of them but won first place in two of them, the Cascade Challenge and the Beaverton Cup.  It was nice to have Grandma and Grandpa Marostica in town to watch Zach play in the Beaverton Cup.  There is nothing like re-living the soccer mom days with Grandma.  I think she is Zach biggest fan.  We are too, but she has us all beat!