Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"The Circuit" Boulder-ing Gym

 Today we met up with our friends, Erika and Kim and their kids. First we met Erika at the gyum that opened recently for climbers, both serious and casual.
 You had a blast. It felt like a steep price at $12 per kid (but I didn't have to pay for me, so I was a lot happier).
 They were all about safety, particularly in the more adult filled zone.  They made sure there was always an adult on the same floor as the children and no running or anyone below or in front of anyone. People were super nice.

 It was freezing inside the building for those of that were not climbing, but you S, came to me and told me that you were too hot. My conclusion is that they keep it that cool for the climbers and don't worry too much about the people watching because it is not possible to please both--so focus on the payers (unless it is watching parents then they have to take their own advice and bring a coat).
    Toward the end you were playing "Agents of Shield" and you each had a name.  R was Agent Flare, A was Agent Fury, S was Agent 5, B started with Agent BushMAN, and T was Agent Tommy.  Later T, you and B were vying for the name Wall-E.

I overheard A saying with his spy gear from the $1.50 happy meals on his face and arm, "We've got to evacuate the building, Flare!"  It was hilarious!
Then, when we were leaving you all told me that it was your favorite part of the whole trip. Hooray!
K, you went down the slides several times and then snacked on all the freeze-dried blueberries in the bag.

Then we went to Erika's house and you played while Kim did the Mommy's nails.  My nails now have a cute lacy look that I love.

Monday, December 29, 2014


Today we went to Tualatin and went to Cabela's for our first time.  I had heard about the huge fish tanks with rainbow trout.  But I was surprised to see all the stuffed animals--like the goats that you see all along the ceiling-ish area.

But way better than that was seeing our friends Kim, S, and L.  It felt so great to be our old friends.

You thought the camping gear was the most interesting thing.  You pretended to have a tea party with the coffee cooking gear--which seemed huge with tiny cups.  S, you got a coat (which they originally overcharged us for, but then amended the price at the register--thank goodness because the return line was very long--normal post-Christmas returns and exchanges).

You loved seeing the live fish and being amazed at the actual size of the animals posed around the store.  R, you looked at all the guns--but only touched one momentarily.

K, your favorite was when we stopped by the plush toy animals.  You loved the dogs, turkey, trout and moose.  You sat in the stroller. We were in there for about 45 minutes looking around and enjoying the place.  I think next time we will take daddy.

Then we went to Kim's house for caramel popcorn and you guys played while I got to talk with Kim--which we all enjoyed.  S, you wanted Kim to teach you to sew.  I got some jamberry nail covers and K, you tried to commandeer all off L's favorite toys--which he would not allow--after all they were his favorite. But it made me smile.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dad!

I love you! I love how the videos in this video show how involved you are!  You love your family so much!  I am so thankful you are my dad!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

This is at our friends' house.  Thank you, Cristina!
This is at Erika's house.  I am so thankful for this breaks so we can catch up with friends! Thank you, Gweny for watching the kidlets while I went to the eye doctor.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


 Which do you like?  I couldn't find anything that I absolutely loved, but these were the runner-ups.

 Which one do you like?  Daddy smiled at this and said, "Well, if you don't like them then you can order some ones that you really like for cheap off of zenii optical.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Kit Update

You were thrilled today--R, S and T that you got to give out three of the six kits that we made last week.  We decided to look in the places that we can normally find at least one or two Homeless Folks.  We first met one in the out-of-business Kmart.  He was holding a cardboard sign and seemed very grateful.  Second was a lady kiddie-ish corner to the first guy. She had a bicycle with a little trailer attached that was packed with stuff. You, R and T got out to give it to her.  T you waved your arms and jumped and said, "Merry Christmas!"  The last one we gave to a guy less than a block away from the other two, right outside of McDonalds. I've seen him there a few times.  He said, "God bless you. Thank you."

As we pulled away, I just felt like we are so blessed.  I wanted those dear people to be able to get back on their feet and to be able to feel like valued members of society, that they are.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas from the Primary

  Sister Sabin is our ward Primary Chorister.  She loves the children so much!  She had them dress up as Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels, stars, wise men and bell ringers (not pictured).

 The Jr. Primary were so dear.  You should have seen the way they took care of baby Jesus.
And the grand finale of Primary (after they'd each put away 2 chairs)--S, you tried to be the first.  Sister Naegle made these fabulous sugar cookies. . . and all the children rejoiced--especially you S, T and R.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Service Friday

 This is us eating some amazing apple pie that W's assistant gave him for us. Yum and thank you so much!
 Daddy helping you practice is a great service.  Do you know how lucky you are?  Whenever Daddy practices with you, you bounce around the house happy as a lark afterward.
 S, you got an award for being really good in class a lot.  We were able to take that award and go out to dinner. Your meal was free--which is a service to your parents.
Yes, this photos is messy, but I love the feelings portrayed. T, you love your little sister so dearly.  You know how to get her to laugh and your learning when she doesn't want to picked up or played with to just let her play by herself.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Humanitarian Kits

For Family Home Evening this week, we made these kits for the homeless.  Where we live tends to have a lot of homeless people.  Our family has a pretty strict no-money give out policy. But we do like to give food.  One of our friends used to be homeless here because of misplaced trust.  He had to live out of his car for awhile and it sounded really tough. But he has some great stories about people that reached out at the right times.  He was eventually able to get back on his feet and get to his daughters like he wanted.
 K, you thought holding still for a photo was ridiculous, but I just wanted you to know that you were there.
Inside the bags are apple sauce, peaches, tissues, toothbrush/paste, gum, crackers, water, hand sanitizer, hand warmers, socks, and a Book of Mormon with a testimony inside.  I hope they help someone!

In Brooklyn, we didn't have room to carry all this with us (unless it was for you dearies), but we tried to always bring extra granola bars which we gave out often.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


 My goal this week is to catch each of you in the act of serving.

You T, decided to share your yogurt with K.  Love ya!

Monday, December 15, 2014

R's Band Concert

 R, you had your second band concert.  You were so excited. This is your good friend, J.

 You forgot to tell me that you could have worn a white shirt and that you needed to wear a red shirt (five minutes before you were supposed to be there) and so we went with this red one.  I think you could have also worn black.
 K and I got there with you.  K had enough sitting in one place by the end of the first song.

 Daddy, S, and T, you came after the jazz band played.  Afterward S, you were such a sweet sister and helped you, K, climb up and down and up and down the stairs.
If the videos didn't work, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de0LbS0Iau4&list=UUXM-qfzQV6N5xY1ckMlC8NA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JY6b4rQBKs&list=UUXM-qfzQV6N5xY1ckMlC8NA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DTfsF6b3Jo&list=UUXM-qfzQV6N5xY1ckMlC8NA