Friday, January 31, 2014

YW Manicure Night

Manicure night at mutual, the activity for girls ages 12-18 (in our case 14-15) and their leaders.  Lately you have loved making the rainbow loom anything.  You were so excited to be able to give one to your teacher, S.  These photos show only you, but the young women were also there. I haven't posted them because I have not gotten permission from their parents yet to do so.  

Manicure night was a huge success.  Sister G had us to her home and she had you do an orange sugar rub--to get off all the old skin by rubbing on a halved orange and then scrubbing your hand with a mixture of sugar and oil.  Then you went and watched a youtube video of how to do a hand massage.  Then you got to carefully, and with Sister G close by, dip your hand into warm (not hot) wax and cover them with the special plastic to conserve moisture. 

You loved it. You felt like one of the YW and they were so sweet and kind to you.

T and S were there too, playing with the toys from the Glaziers.  They had cats that you loved watching, T and a marble run which you thought was great!

I am so thankful for the YW and as always, for you!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tigard's Best Kept Secret . . . Unplugged

A wife and a husband had a dream and created this wonderland for their kids and other children to enjoy, Jenni and Tommy's Kids Unplugged. It is similar to a touch and feel children's museum. They have a preschool. You all said you wish you could have gone there.  There were several rooms with toys, things to ride, slides to slide down and a little ball pit.
It was $5 a kid or $40 for 10 (kids--or future visits).  Guess which we got.

They even have a special art room and woodworking room (for a few dollars more), which I want to try next time. Tommy, the man in the name of the place--is a woodworker and did a lot of the decorations on the walls--it looks amazing.  There is also a community exchange where you can bring the clothes you or kids have outgrown or will not use and switch it out, if you wish, for other things that you can use.
 They had a wall with maps so you could could write down the places you have lived or have been. S, you made sure to write down your name on NY.

 They have a room for dress-ups (which for many children is their favorite room).

You and your friends loved, loved, loved the bean pit--better than a sand box or any kind of rocks or beads. Such a great idea!  You laughed so much searching for treasure, attempting to hide under the beans, and feeling them between your fingers.  You had friends with you for a play date, S and they loved it too! P, their mom was so fun to talk to.  My day had been less than stellar and talking with her and seeing your smiles really made me begin to feel better!  Thanks P!
We will be going back. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Someone is 8 Months old . . . a little while ago.

 I love you, darling girl.

 Little K, you are adored, appreciated and needed.
 You have gotten to be so ticklish, smiley, and you can sit up by yourself.  You love to see your siblings laughing and hopping, it makes you giggle.
 You can crawl across the bed if you feel so inclined,or roll--but you usually choose to crawl--but not without howling at the injustice of not being carried. But the moment you are picked up you smile like it was all part of the ploy.
 See this is how you are adored when your cousin, N tries to hug you.  She's such a sweetie!
People come to me wherever we go, people always say, "That little baby has some siblings that love her!"  They are right!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Idaho Christmas Day

I know Christmas was almost a month ago, but I finally found all the photos.  You probably get by now that I love you and our family! I feel so grateful for the opportunity to go see our extended family.  You had a glorious time!
 This year was the most serious I have ever seen you take Christmas.   You were so excited that you could hardly sleep and finally went to sleep around 11 p.m. and then you were awake at 2 and 4 a.m. After 4 you did not go back to sleep you stayed awake until everyone was awake.  We all got up and said a prayer of thanksgiving and then unwrapped the presents.
We had a great time talking, laughing and then we went and saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I was treated like a movie star for a few minutes. :)  Heehee.  What a great family!
Note:  the sun had not even risen when I took these photos. 
Uncle Jeff with his new-to-him camera. :)  He was snapping photos everywhere.

Tualatin Wildlife Refuge

The other day, K you woke up earlier than usual--in time to see S, R, and T off to school. So we hopped in the car and zoomed to the Tualatin Wildlife Refuge. We arrived and it was so quiet. I was absolutely amazed at how incredibly blessed I am.  I was feeling a little down and then I was able to go for a walk and enjoy the amazing beauties that are near me. It was so quiet and almost all I could hear was the geese honking overhead.

See if you can see the animals in the photos.

I obviously wasn't going for a glamour shot above.  But I did push the stroller up that hill, twice--baby steps to hiking. The day pictured above and the next day with a couple of dear friends (the sun peeking through the trees was shot on the second day).

I realized as I walked and breathed in the quiet that  the Lord really knows what we need.  We have been given so many opportunities for growth and it is up to us to make the best of them.  I just felt overwhelmed with gratitude for the marvelous blessings.  The song "How Great Thou Art" popped into you moved forward in the stroller.  You were so dear and slept during both walks.

As some of my greatest blessings, dear ones, I want you to know--I love you!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Christmas Eve in Idaho

Look at beautiful Grandma and handsome Grandpa!  So wonderful!  Thank you for the wonderful time!
A pink tree is a tradition. I grew up with this tree and almost all those ornaments.  My mother makes it feel so special every year and she and my father put that tree up together with the greatest of care.  We may have that tradition in the future. :)
For the first time in several years we were able to spend Christmas at Grandma's house.  It was so fun!  We had a blast spending time with them.  You went sledding with grandpa and played in the snow every day. Grandma and I went Christmas Eve shopping while you went bowling with Grandpa.  I was having so much fun that I didn't take too many pictures. I was just trying to soak it all in and take mental photographs.  It warmed my soul to see J and my mom and dad.  At one point my mom and dad were sitting up on their bed laughing together and I gave you, K, to them to watch for a few minutes while I did something. Their faces were so cheerful and happy, I really wished I had a camera right then.

 Grandpa was so fun and played with you and you sledded down the deck.  It was delightful!
We did our regular Christmas traditions and we sang together--which I always love.  You loved playing and telling everyone about Portland and your school.  K, you charmed everyone with your smiles.
 Real men help around the house, without complaining--thank you W!
 Uncle G and Aunt M were so dear.  Poor N had a cold and every photo I took of her turned out blurry, but she was adorable and wanted to give K hugs hugs hugs. :) What a darling!
 K, it took you a little while to warm up to everyone the first night we were there, but by the second day you were happy to be held by the dear people around you.
S, you spent as much time as you could outside. Look at those pink fingers--you were out longer than the boys and you were incredibly pleased at all the snow.  You even danced outside with your bare feet for awhile (much to my chagrin).