Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bridal Veil Falls

A couple of weeks ago my friend Laura and I took our kids on a little hike to Bridal Veil Falls. It was perfect for our little ones. Even Nora and Blythe (not quite two and barely two) were able to walk almost the whole way (about 3/4 mile round trip), but it felt more like a "hike" than a "walk". They had a great time throwing rocks in the water and watching the falls.
Nora's at the stage where she doesn't want to look at the camera unless it her idea. Zane is just leaving that stage, so this is the best picture I could get of the two of them.


Zane Turns 3 !?!

I can hardly believe my baby Zane is turning into a "big boy". Something happens when they turn three. I remember going out of town a few months ago and coming back. While we were gone a friends child had turned three and he just seemed so much bigger. Well, it's happened to Zane.

Well, I LOVE three-year-olds. They can tell great stories, have some reasoning skills and are just a lot of fun. I love hearing my kids practice things I teach them (at least practicing the good things). Zane tends to get frustrated easily. So I've tried to teach him that he "can do hard things." Yesterday he was trying to put something away and it was hard. I heard him say, "This is really hard. I can do hard things," and he did it! Some things do sink in.

For Zane's birthday we went "camping." We pitched our tents in Grandma and Grandpa's trees, built a fire, and had a blast. We told Zane he could invite a friend and he wanted to invite Boyd. We were happy to have Boyd's family with us. We love them.

The kids had a blast driving the battery operated cars, picking berries, playing on the play structure, and eating. I was surprised at how well my kids slept. Zane and Nora didn't make a peep and Anna only woke up for her middle-of-the-night-snack.

We were happy to have Grandma and Grandpa Pickup, Jessica, Jennifer and Aunt Brenda and her kids with us as well.

Helping Dad pitch the tent
Anna, Daddy, Zane, Annie, Grandma Opening presentsAll the kids wanted to help open the presents

Nora mooching off Brenda, Boyd and Grandma, Jacob, Aaron.

By the way, Boyd and Blythe really took to Ray and Lynnette and were calling them Grandma and Grandpa. It was pretty cute.

Enjoying s'mores

Fire truck birthday cake made by mom. A learning experience, indeed.

Nora and Annie enjoying cake and crowding Grandpa's lap.

One happy birthday boy!Picking raspberries

Pickup Reunion 2010

The first week in July we joined with Kevin's family for the annual Pickup family reunion. We started are rendezvous in Lincoln City where we rented a BEAUTIFUL home right on the beach. It was so nice to be able to just step out onto the beach and to watch the kids from our balcony. The house was absolutely beautiful and accommodated us all very easily. On the way to the beach Kevin, Zane, Nora, Anna and I stopped outside the Evergreen Aviation Museum for a break. They have a really great playground and some fun tanks and airplanes to see outside. We didn't have time to go inside (meaning we would have stayed all day--Kevin loves that place), but it was a nice place to stop and feed Anna and let the kids run around.
Once we arrived in Lincoln City we planned on just playing on the beach until we could get in the house, as it was still being cleaned, but the weather was kind of "iffy." We still took our chances and only got misted on a bit.

We had a great time playing on the beach, flying kites, eating good food, visiting, having a picture scavenger hunt and building sand castles.

Anna and Hannah--five months and three months
Zane, Nora, Jennifer

One of the activities was a "picture scavenger hunt." Each child in the family got paired with an Aunt/Uncle and we had to find a list of things, take a picture and the child had to be in the picture. Kevin and I were paired with Kade. He was so enthusiastic about it. I'm sure we had the most fun.

Playing on the beach. The house we stayed in is the big one in the background.
Zane was intensely working on his project.
Nora had a blast at the aquarium. She loved getting right up close to the creatures. Here she is trying to pet a snake.

We had a family work day with the goal of painting the fence. No small task considering the fence around this property. The Pickup's neighbor moved to Florida. They had this huge play structure that they needed out of their yard so they could potentially rent it. They were so kind to give it to Kevin and I and our family. If only we had a yard to put it in. For now it will happily reside at Grandma and Grandpa's. Some of the boys moved the play structure to the back yard while other painted the fence. Others tried to keep kids from touching the wet paint on the fence or took turns nursing the babies. We did manage to get almost the entire fence painted and mended in one day.

Why set up the slide? This is more fun.
Two of Nora's favorite things--sweets and swinging.

This reunion did not include nearly as much swimming. The water was just too cold for most of us wimps. We did have a couple of times where it was warm enough outside to make a cool splash feel pretty good.
Nora and Daddy in the pool.