Attempting to Fish

First, Scott and I just died laughing over these photos of them in their fishing vests!!  They are Scott’s and his brother’s (we think) from when they were young and it’s hilarious to see Scott and Carter wearing them now!  It’s like the illusion of pouring the same amount of water in two different sized glasses, so it looks like one glass obviously must have more water, but it’s actually the same amount of water.  The vests are actually the exact same size, but it looks like Scott and Carter should switch because Carter’s is huge and Scott’s is so tiny!


Zellie and her obsession with rocks… It took us a long time to get from the car to the water because she kept getting so distracted!


So we attempted to go fishing the other day, and Carter was so excited to go, but as soon as he realized we were fishing on a beach, he lost all interest in the fishing and just wanted to play in the sand.


He turns 4 in a month, but he still has chubby baby hands and that makes me happy!


This girl loves stomping around in the water with her boots!


And the result of one person (me) wanting a photo and the other two being bothered by the excessive wind and finding a stick and dirt much more enthralling.  I still love it though!  And we had a great time at the beach even though we didn’t fish like we intended to.  That’s the beauty of adventuring with kids though, you go with a plan and the plan often changes but you just go with it and you still have a great time!

Playground Play

We LOVE being out and about.  The kids and I go out several times a week for adventures and boy do we all sleep well at night when we keep busy!  Last week we ventured out to a playground not too far away that we hadn’t been to in a long time.  It’s a part of a campground so it felt like we were tucked into the woods and the views of Mt Hood on our drive to the playground were amazing!


She’s obsessed with sticks now because Carter is!


We live in Oregon!!


I’m so proud of this kid and his willingness to try new and hard things.  Even though he told me that he would probably be scared to climb the jungle gym, we went right over and tried!  He was so excited about how high he had gotten, but he was also very intent on climbing down once realizing it was at the top haha.

He turns 4 in two months and part of me can’t believe he’s getting so old and the other part of me forgets he’s not 6 🤷‍♀️ He loves to sit down and read books together, he loves exploring and experiencing new things in nature, he has become quite the little swimmer recently, and he’s very excited for the new baby to come 😊 As he was climbing this jungle gym he says to me, “Mom! Are you watching? Aren’t you so proud of me?!” Oh Carter, we love you so much and are so very very proud of of you!!


Zellie is getting to be so very independent these days.  The stage of attempting to be independent is one of my favorites because I can just stand back and watch, usually getting to witness something hilarious happen as they try something new on their own for the first time.  Times like these where she wants to climb to the top of very high stairs on the other hand… I’m right behind her, trying to not scare her into to making a mistake and falling!


Carter’s version of “Blue Steel” messy face and all 😎 He thought it was so cool that he was blue while he was in the tunnel he actually requested that I take his photo! 😱 That never happens…


Over the last few weeks these two have become better buddies.  Don’t worry, they still get on each other’s nerves a lot too, but they are also starting to look out for each other and want to include each other in things. They want to sit next to each other when they eat (at least for a little bit!) and they almost never fight in the bath! It’s been so fun to watch their little bond grow and I’m excited to see what adding #3 to the mix will do!

4th of July Video!

I feel kind of silly dedicating a whole post to just one video… but like I mentioned before, I either take way too much video footage, or I take a ton of photos!  I’m still working on balancing the two 😊  So here it is, a whole blog post dedicated to just one video that highlights some of our 4th of July!  Thanks for humoring me as I work on trying to take more video footage and editing it!

Scott put in grass, we tried watering it

I don’t know if many of you know this, but Scott is really quite funny.  Well, to me at least.  He chooses to place high priority on things that I just don’t see as necessities, but by gosh by golly he will see to it that he accomplishes those things!  It is one of his qualities that I struggle with the most, but it also is a quality that makes me love him even more.


This particular thing that he’s placed a very high priority on is our “yard”.  He’s been talking for months about all the things he wants to do to our “yard” and I just nod and smile and hope he doesn’t see me rolling my eyes because I just don’t see why we need to waste time, money, and energy into making our weed lot into something different.  BUT, then he continues to surprise me by how much of a difference the little things he does makes and I really do love the effort he’s put into our little “yard”!


His most recent endeavor with the “yard” was putting in grass.  He came across someone giving away sod for free so he jumped on it.  I was a little annoyed and getting curious as to where in the world he was going to put that little amount of sod… Well one day he woke up early before work, and he took his lunch hour, to prepare the soil and lay the sod.  And believe it or not, it looks nice!


The poor grass has taken quite a beating since it was with the previous owner for a little while without care and it gets full sun for most of the day, but we try our best to water it three times a day and maybe our love for it will help it to be beautiful and full and green someday!


Earlier last week it was particularly hot so the kids and I went out after naps and spent a good 2 hours “watering” the grass.  I tried to let the kids just play with the water with a few reminders to try to keep the water on the grass, so hopefully the grass got enough water!


I love that series of photos and how they get closer and closer to the water until both of their faces are in it!


And Zellie is willing to try anything that Carter does so she obviously had to stick her head in the water too haha.


It’s supposed to be in the 90s next week so I’m sure we’ll be finding ourselves out “watering the yard” some more!

Independence Day Celebration 2017

We hope everyone had a fun 4th of July!  This year was probably my favorite 4th of July to date!  It was filled with so much food, so many wonderful friends, quite a bit of relaxing, and a really amazing fireworks show over the river.  Carter loved seeing “America” everything (anything that is red, white, and blue) and he had a blast all day long.  We started out the day by unveiling a pretty huge gift for our kids… it was a total accident that the unveiling ended up being on a holiday so hopefully they don’t expect big gifts every 4th of July!  We acquired a free play structure on Monday and Scott and I stayed up late into the night—flood lights, flashlights, and all—setting it up for the kids.  It was so fun to see how excited they were Tuesday morning to have a new giant playground in their backyard, but they were so sad to leave it for the festivities haha.  They got plenty of time later in the day to play on it though!


After attending a flag ceremony and breakfast, we headed off to the parade.  Carter showed very little emotion, but any time I asked how he was doing he got a big smile on his face and said he loved the parade.  This parade didn’t allow the entries to pass out candy, but a cop car went down the road a few minutes before the parade actually started and tossed out quite a bit haha.  Carter really loved the few pieces of candy he got!


He had is hand up the entire 45 minutes waving… The wave was very enthusiastic at the beginning and slowed quite a bit towards the end where he pretty much just held his hand in the air haha.


Zellie’s favorite thing in the parade were the horses!  There were a lot of horses too so she loved it.


After the parade we went to a friend’s house for a big BBQ.  They had so much good food, a bouncy house and a pool!  The kids were in heaven and I hardly saw Carter the entire time because he just ran off to play with his friends.  He came up to me every once in a while to ask for some water to drink haha.


Carter’s favorite was the bouncy house!  He didn’t try any flips or anything, but he loved running and bouncing around on it.


Zellie thought she’d try it out because Carter was doing it… she did not like it as much haha.  She had a little friend who was enjoying herself in the bouncy house though she she kept getting in and tried to like it!


After the BBQ we went home and the kids took naps while I just relaxed and Scott ran some errands.  It was a perfect break to a busy day!  We went out for fireworks in the evening and met our group of friends again in a giant field on the waterfront.  We played frisbee and football and made glow stick jewelry while waiting for the fireworks to start.

Carter had so much fun playing with his friends before and during the firework show and Zellie was getting sleepy so she was extra cuddly with Scott and it was adorable!  The fireworks were so good and they were such a perfect end to a perfect day!

I’ve been attempting to take more video recently and I’ve found that I either take a lot of photos, or I take a lot of video, but I don’t do a good mix of both haha so stay tuned as I work on editing the video because there will be a lot of fun stuff in it!

Thank you for being so great America and thank you to all those who have sacrificed for our wonderful country!