Thursday, July 6, 2017

Amber Waves of Grain

"O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain.  America!  America!  God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea." 

I am loving the images from our annual, fourth of July photo shoot!  The girls were very cooperative, and I was very appreciative! Side note: McKinley is wearing a sailor dress from my childhood, given to me by my Grandma Campoamor.

Fourth of July Weekend

Our weekend was jam-packed with family fun!  To kick it off, we attended the St. Paul Rodeo & carnival on Friday night.  We enjoyed corndogs, barbecue, cotton candy, funnel cakes and burritos before taking our seats in the grandstands.  The atmosphere was electric, and the patriotism was heart-felt. The rodeo announcer prayed over the festivities, and every time the american flag passed by, the spectators would rise. Watching the cowboys ride the horses bareback was super impressive, but the girls really like seeing the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls do their trick riding and roping.  During a bathroom break, Dadda, McKinley & Tessa visited the Marine Corps booth and participated in the pull-up contest.  Dadda topped the leaderboard with 24 strict pull-ups, but McKinley wowed the crowd with her 6 pull-ups.
The next day we did some berry picking at Rowell's Brothers Farm, then took at trip to Erratic Rock State Natural Site in McMinnville.  It was a short walk to see the largest, glacial erratic found in the Willamette Valley. This boulder hitchhiked from Montana to Oregon, encased in an iceberg, via the ancient Missoula floods.  When geologists first measured the rock in 1950, it originally weighed 160 tons, but after public enthusiasm for the erratic soared, many visitors chipped away souvenirs, reducing its bulk to just 90 tons.
The morning of July 4th we returned to St. Paul for their annual parade.  The girls enjoyed waving to all the rodeo princesses on horseback, but were most excited for all the candy they collected.  That evening we joined our neighbors in the cul-de-sac for food, games, karaoke, and fireworks. McKinley  bobbed for the most apples (7), while Momma won the watermelon-eating contest.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.   Proverbs 20:7

Your godly life is a rich legacy for our girls and unborn son.  We love you!  Happy Father's Day to all of the amazing fathers and grandfathers in our lives.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pink or Blue?

Our anatomy ultrasound was last week.  We told the technician we wanted to find out the gender of our baby, but not right then.  So she sealed the revealing photo in an envelope to take home.  Our generous neighbors, Lisa & Sophie agreed to make pink or blue cupcakes, and we had a little gender reveal party, just the five of us, on the backyard patio.  I decorated with some precious momentoes from Benji's & my childhood, and the girls chose to wear pink or blue based on whether they wanted a brother or sister.

The cupcakes were so beautifully decorated!  Lisa and Sophie went above and beyond what I was expecting. 

I told Lisa & Sophie to dye the cupcake batter, but instead they left the batter white and piped colored frosting into the center.  It definitely added to the suspense.  Even when we unwrapped the cupcakes, we had to bite into them in order to find out the gender.

We were totally shocked.......

.........blue frosting!!!!!!!!

We're having a boy!

We are absolutely elated!  And while Benji & I were almost certain we were having another girl, the doctor kinda gave it away at our appointment after the ultrasound.  After hearing that everything appeared normal with our baby's anatomy (Praise God!), Benji asked Dr. Johnson if anything else "popped out" in reading the ultrasound. He responded, "Nothing, except what was between the legs." 

There were four things that weren't seen clearly during the ultrasound because baby boy was squirming up a storm: the nose, lips, esophagus, and the aortic arch.  But the doctor said it wasn't any cause for concern.  Our baby weighs 12 ounces and is still expected to arrive around Oct. 23.