We recently returned from a relaxing, mini-vacation to Sun River. We rented a house on Rogue Ln. that had a dramatic, vaulted ceiling in the living room with a fireplace stove pipe that went all the way to the top. This was our first trip where Tessa didn't have to sleep in a closet or a bathroom; she actually got her own room. Originally when we planned this trip, we envisioned lots of swimming at the SHARC, but also lots of playing in the snow. We ended up swimming only twice, and had just enough snow on the deck to build some snowmen. Tessa was so fearless in the water! She tried to imitate everything her sisters were doing, including jumping off the side of the pool into the water and practicing her swim kicks. McKinley and Piper did a lot of bike riding, and one morning after Tessa's morning nap we took a walk along the Deschutes River while trying to keep up with the girls on their bikes. We also went ice skating before leaving Sun River. I can't believe how quickly the girls picked it up, especially Piper. This being her first time on skates, she quickly learned how to balance by herself and pick herself up from the ice after falling. I was amazed. After about thirty minutes of holding their hands, they decided they no longer wanted my help. Overall, it was good to take a break from our normal routine and get away as a family. And only in Oregon can you swim, play in the snow, ride bikes, and ice skate in one trip.
One of my favorite pics from the trip!
Mt. Bachelor is behind the Deschutes River.
Tessa tries to join her sisters in building snowmen.
So, while the Northeast is getting dumped with snow storm after snow storm, we are experiencing the exact opposite: record high temperatures, record low snow accumulation at Mt. Hood, and record low rain fall. Last month there were days where it felt like summer, hence we coined the month of February ~ Februly. It's been awesome for the girls….trips to the park, riding bikes, and playing in the cul-de-sac. The cherry blossoms and daffodils are in full bloom. And our blueberries are even starting to bud. Crazy!
Despite her expression, she loves to swing.
Piper has graduated from her balance bike to a bike with training wheels. Here, she rode the loop around Tom Gail Park all by herself for the first time.
There's my little climber.
The girls are sitting in front of one of the many indoor gardens on display at the Home & Garden Show in Portland.
McKinley, in all of her wisdom, told me to grab my camera and take a picture because there were "three girls sitting on the fire place in jammies." She knows me too well!
I took my valentines out for an extra special lunch date to a restaurant of their choosing. Actually, I gave them three choices: Dairy Queen, Wendy's & McDonalds. They picked McDonalds because they "wanted to play." They wore their new, heart shirts from Gramma & Grampa, and I even put on some make-up. Such a fun date!
The girls decided to be ladybugs one day, and Tessa thought is was hilarious.
The girls let me take their picture after our Valentine's Day date to McDonalds.
Momma's little kitchen helper has become quite the little climber.
Another photo-op after church. The girls are wearing Momma's old dresses. McKinley's dress happens to be a favorite of mine from my childhood with its delicate crocheted collar and red heart fabric. It's been sitting in the girls' closet since before McKinley was born, and I have often thought that it would be a long time before McKinley would fit into it. Boy has time flown by because it fits her perfectly!
The girls found a game they could all enjoy together….catching butterflies in the Elephant Game.
So we've been having some crazy, warm weather for our typically cold and wet winter. Temperatures sometimes reaching the low 60's. Pretty crazy, huh? One afternoon we decided to head to the water tank for a family work-out sesh we like to refer to as the water tank repeats. From bottom to top, the gated road up to the tank is roughly 400 meters long. After a warm-up jog to the top, we would begin our sprints at the gate with one girl waiting at the finish line and the other about 100 meters ahead of the start line. It turned out to be a fun game for the girls, trying to beat Dadda and then cheering for Momma as I was always the last one to finish. Our repeats were only 100-200 meters long, but man, pushing a stroller and a 20 lb baby up a mid-grade hill is tough!