Monday, April 23, 2018

Tulip Fest

It has been four years since we visited the tulip fields at Wooden Shoe Farm.  It was a fun, little outing for our family, and everyone else's family in Oregon! I think we spent more time in our vehicle slowly entering and exiting the farm due to the high volume of people getting outside on our first warm & sunny day.  The fields of tulips were breathtaking!  Though, note to self: next year we're coming back during the middle of the week, no matter what the weather is.

Tulip Festival 2014

Tulip Festival 2018

Yes, the girls are eating smores. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Easter 2018

He's not here;
He has risen.
Luke 24:2

We celebrated our first Easter as a family of six.  We told the Easter story using Resurrection Eggs on Good Friday and then rejoiced on Sunday morning that we serve a risen Savior.  The girls, including Tessa, sang two songs on Palm Sunday: Your Name and How Majestic is Your Name.  Infact, Piper & McKinley were chosen to sing in a trio with McKinley's friend, Sela, during one of the songs.  Benji and I were so proud of them!  They worked so hard practicing their lyrics and choreography.  On Easter Sunday, Landon sported his first suit and tie.  He looked so dapper!  After church the rain held out in order for the girls to do an egg hunt in our backyard. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Catching Up

Gosh, another month and a half has passed since my last blog post.  Winter has come and gone.  Gramma & Grampa have come and gone.  Easter has come and gone.  The CrossFit Open has come and gone.  Landon's half birthday has come and gone.  And now we're on the verge of wrapping up our homeschool curriculums.

I never missed an opportunity to throw Bubba in his snowsuit in order to capture some pictures of my crew in the snow!

I love how Piper is holding Landon's hand as she waits patiently for her turn to hold him.

Tessa even had a turn holding brother!

McKinley is wearing one of my childhood dresses.  I distinctly remember wearing this dress when I was in third grade, singing "I love to go a wandering..." with Drew Byrne in our school's talent show.

Striking a pose after church.

Piper made a volcano out of modeling clay when we were studying the letter "V" as part of the MFW Kindergarten curriculum. 

These "Crown Jewels" were made when we were working on the letter "J."

Although he appears happy, he seldom enjoys his tummy time.

He does, however, love his Sophie the Giraffe toy!

Grampa meets his only grandson for the first time, when him and Gramma come out for a quick visit. 

Proud Grandparents.

Grampa & Landon are severely outnumbered.

McKinley helped me capture this shot.  She was holding him in place, and after she quickly let go, I snapped the picture before he fell over.

Saturday, February 24, 2018


I went a little crazy with the camera while we were up at Mt. Hood!  It was Landon's first time seeing snow and seeing the mountain, so that was pretty special to us.  We rented a condo for a couple nights in Government Camp and felt so blessed that Ahmma & Dumpa wanted to join us.  Dadda and the girls had just enough snow for some inner tubing at Summit Ski lift. We also enjoyed the all-you-can-eat buffet at Timberline Lodge.  But my favorite part was dressing Landon in his snowsuit and winter hat to snap some picture of him.

Dumpa aka The Baby Whisperer could always get Landon to coo.

We couldn't see the mountain, and it was super windy.

The morning we left, Mt. Hood was out in all her glory.