Thursday, August 19, 2010

Our days of fun in the Northwest were coming to an end... but before we headed back to Portland, we made a stop at Great Grandpa Keith and Great Grandma Jean's.
To say Merrick liked the boat ride is an understatement. He wouldn't get out. We sat in the boat for so long after our ride around the lake, he loved it.
Eli and Marin were able to come play one last time too (boo... hoo...). What a treat to be by the lake on these hot summer days. Love it! If the valley was sunny and warm even a few more months a year, it would be such a wonderful place to live. I am no amateur, the summer is beautiful, but don't be fooled, Winter is rough :)
Of course one more evening with Grandpa George, Merrick is his biggest fan these days.
It all comes to closure with a very late bedtime, beautiful starry night, roasting marshmellows with Grammy and Grandpa Bob by the fire. What a treat! Thanks everyone for hosting, playing and making our visit so incredibly special! Can't wait to see you again.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Daddy's Family

As if our week could get any better... We finally get to see Auntie Em, Uncle Rob, Maleah, Kalin, and Hailey! All the way from Louisianna.
Gubby and Gramps were so great to host all of us. Meme and Papa were there to play with all the kids too! Merrick took awhile to warm up as you can see...
After about 60 seconds Weston was head over heals for Hailey and Maleah, not to mention the excitement of playing Legos with Kalin.
What a special day. Wish is happened more often because we have so much fun together. Although it just wasn't the same without Daddy. We miss you Dad and can't wait to see you soon! Weston said a million times on the way home 'Mom, what a great day. That sure was fun!' Even though he acted like he was being tortured in the photos.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A day on the farm

The Dow's farm is a place I spent over half of my childhood. Taking my boys out there brings back so many great memories. Like being so scared of the big, old barn at night, watching calves being born, stumbling upon a bull in the midst of a field and sprinting through gigantic corn stalks to escape, listening to the coyotes at night, and spending time with the Dow's. My boys LOVE it out there. The barn is now empty, except for little critters who now call it home and an owl we intentionally quietly crept up on. He lives at the very top of the barn and flew right over our heads once he noticed us. It was so cool! I could not get Merrick off of the 4-wheeler. I put a little helmet on him and took him for a ride, he was so excited!
I didn't get any photos with the cows or fields, but it is absolutely beautiful, almost makes me want to live on a farm... almost. Thanks Auntie Kim for sharing your photos!

Skagit County Fair

It was so special to be with my family! How could I be in my home town and not take the boys to the fair? Livestock, rides, country singing cowboys, kettle corn, and tons of friendly faces, what little boy wouldn't enjoy this?
Spencer and Weston were so excited to ride the dragon. I try so hard to remember their faces these days. They're so pure, sincere, and truly joyful experiencing all of these 'firsts' as they become big boys.
Merrick did not want to leave the animals. He is definitely in the phase of mimicking every animal sound, most words, and very opinionated about what he wants.
Auntie is a must when you're out and about with kids. She is so good with them; playing, helping, loving them, and they love her!
Weston still favors the carousel. He loves this thing, and this particular one was extremely fast, kind of scary in my opinion, but he didn't seem to notice.
And they're on again... no off again... on again... the intense relationship of best buds. It's so hard to be 3 1/2. Thanks Grammy and Grandpa for a special day together!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


After arriving at Grammy's house we were ready for some fun... and it has been one busy, beautiful week! Weston loves to snuggle Maggie Dog, she's one of his best friends.
I don't know how my Auntie Ann does it, but she always finds Weston the best costumes. His dress up collection is pretty cool, mostly compliments of Auntie Ann. She also has tons of rescue figures and superheros at her house for the boys. Thank you Auntie Ann and Uncle Jerry for the yummy crab!
Who better to share a delicious meal with then Spencer, Grandma Joyce, Grandpa George and loads of other family. What a day!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Summer fun

Last weekend we celebrated at our church's summer baptism and BBQ. They had everything to keep the whole family smiling... Weston chose to have this painted on his face all by himself. Merrick loves slides, although he wasn't too sure about the bouncy part of it. The weather is just beautiful. We really had an amazing month of sunshine and warmth!