Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Special Weekend!

Last weekend we dedicated Merrick at church. They call it a 'baby dedication', but it's actually a parents dedication... We get the chance to ask our community to help us raise our kiddos the best we can, to know the Lord. It's been really cool for Ryan and I to talk about how we desire to raise our boys and what an incredible privilege it is that God has entrusted us with these little guys. Parenting is so hard, but it's the biggest sense of freedom and peace knowing that we do our best, and at the end of the day they are God's and He is in control.
Grandpa Bob and Grammy made a special drive to be with us and celebrate this handsome big boy...
And of course his handsome big brother! Weston was very excited to be on stage for Merrick and he actually lasted longer than I thought :) The sun even peeked through the clouds so we could walk up the street for a yummy breakfast. It was a great day!

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Although this is our least favorite day to celebrate, we embraced Weston's love for dressing up and headed down our block to say hi to all our wonderful neighbors with our friend Kaitlyn dressed as the cutest little monkey. West was so into it, yelling before he even reached the door. Merrick would not have anything to do with a costume. But he sure was on a mission to follow his brother and Kaitlyn everywhere. Now that they're in bed, the candy gets sorted, hidden, trashed, and of course eaten by me!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

What a weekend... and it's only Saturday!

We had a special visit from 'Grandma Leah' and her grandson Dylan, aka 'Woody' yesterday. Leah is so wonderful to come visit us. She and her husband are dear friends and mentors to us. We met them when we moved to Los Angeles as newlyweds over 8 years ago and we still get to see them! Weston and Merrick adore them too, and their little dog Chelsea.
West and I had a very special date today. We spent time together mesmerized by Disney on Ice! I didn't realize how much I would enjoy this; all the old Disney movie characters and the new ones combined with music was quite a show.
Can you tell he had fun?!

Mt. Tabor

Last weekend we finally ventured up to Mt. Tabor to do some exploring.
Somehow in the three years we've lived here, this was our first time. It is beautiful and only 10 minutes from our house! There are all sorts of trails around the mountain and three water retention ponds. The view is looking west towards the city. You can't see it here, but there is a stunning view of downtown from the top of the mountain.
It felt so good to get in one last sunny and sort of warm, hike before the weather really starts changing... boo...hoo...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Going for a ride with... Grammy!

Oh, how we LOVE our time with Grammy. She came down for the weekend and it was so wonderful. It's the first time I haven't worked on a Saturday in a long time and being with my family is so much better! Ryan and I spent Saturday together rafting for his birthday celebration on the White Salmon river and Sunday we all went to the pumpkin patch together. Dressed for mud, we climbed up towers built of hay, rode a little 'cow train', ate fresh corn on the cob and spent an hour lost in the corn maize... Weston and Merrick were troopers.
Come back Grammy, please come back!

Monday, October 4, 2010

"Cheesy" afternoon with Popsicles!

Merrick is quite verbal now, and will definitely let you know what he wants. At least twice in a day he holds onto the freezer drawer screaming 'po sil' (popsicle)! It's his favorite afternoon snack... and sometimes 9am, 5pm... depends on mommy's patience that day.
These two are quite the smile provokers. This morning Weston grabbed his hat and said 'Mom, I'm wearing my beanie because I'm a big fisherman and I'm meeting up with Jim.' I have no idea...?
I pray for these two boys to compliment one another as they grow, really like each other, lift each other up when they're down, have fun, grow up sharing a special relationship with their dad and to know how much the Lord loves them, and made them perfect for His plan. Please let His will be done through our family for his glory :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday night campfire!

One of our summer projects was to transplant a ton of plants, clear the mound of dirt they were in, level it and make a patio for the fire pit (Ryan did most of it). It has been so much fun with the boys to have a special 'bonfire' together.
Weston's always in character, finding ways to utilize anything.
And this guy? He is such a stinker! But very, very snuggly. Love him.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The blessing of Grandparents!

We feel so happy that our kids have grandparents. Not just the kind who's picture hangs on the wall but grandparents who truly want to be an active part of our boys' lives. And how awesome is it for Weston and Merrick to have three sets of grandparents?! Plus a few more who may not be actual family, nevertheless, love our boys like their own. This weekend Grandpa George drove all the way down here to spend quality time with the boys, give me a much needed break and cooked us one of the best meals we've shared in a long time. Thanks Grandpa! With Ryan traveling A TON we really need to be intentional with family time. Grammy sent us out to Seaside for a couple of days to get away from the busy city and gaze out at the ocean. It's amazing what the ocean, sand, and sun can do for an anxious mind. Well, it is the Oregon coast so maybe not as much sun as I'd like. But the boys were loving every minute of the pool, Daddy, and managing to squeeze sticky sand into every body part. Do you think pictures like these will prove to the boys how dramatic they were even as infants? In an instant it turns from happy, best friend play to a scream which makes you think someone is being tortured. All in all, I'd say we had a pretty great time together. Thank you so much Grammy and Grandpa Bob!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Busy week!

It has been one busy and exciting week around here! My little ninja works very hard at his costumes...
Then we snuggled 'Bear', my friend's 6 week old baby. Weston was really into holding him and did a great job.
Weston's first day of PRESCHOOL! He woke up Tuesday morning, came running upstairs and said 'Mom, I'm so excited to go to school today! I would really like to wear something nice.' He picked out his outfit and insisted on buttoning his shirt all the way up.
He did great, but Merrick did not like leaving him at school. He cried and pointed to Weston's car seat. Well, only a few hours of being apart and they're back to being silly brothers.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


After Ryan and I got back from a phenomenal weekend running in the Hood to Coast relay, we got to spend the whole afternoon with some of our family! We rarely get to see Auntie Em, Uncle Rob, Maleah, Kalin and Hailey, (they're all the way in Louisiana now), so it was a very special day.
With the extra bonus of Meme and Papa who were kind enough to drive for umpteen hours to see us.
Merrick's expressions are never disappointing with these horrified faces for family photos :)
Weston works very hard. Any given day he could be a fireman, motocross rider, super hero, astronaut, or bull fighter. Today, he's our knight (with goggles).