Sunday, July 26, 2009

Over the river and through the woods...

it's off to Grandma's house we go.

Isn't the summer about visiting family and having fun together as a family?!! Last weekend we loaded up the car (again) and headed to Timothy Lake near Mount Hood to meet my parents for a little camping trip. For the past several years the kids, Birch, and Poppi have enjoyed a night or two of camping while the baby and I enjoyed a night of one-on-one time with Ami. This year Chloe and I joined in for the first night of camping. It has been a looooong time since I have camped. I was very grateful that the weather was warm, as that is something that is crucial to my happiness (especially when camping).
Chloe was a bit confused when we laid her on the ground in the tent and told her it was time to go to sleep. I think the only thing that saved us was that it was nearly midnight and she was quite tired. The next morning when she woke up it was funny to watch her get up and look around in a daze trying to figure out what was going on.
Since Chloe isn't walking yet the idea of her crawling all over the dirt wasn't too appealing to me since we were going to be leaving soon. She ended up having a ball having her turn at the wheel.
Before Chloe, my mom, and I headed to Corvallis, OR we had a little cherry pit spitting contest. Afterwards, the rest of the kids jumped in the lake and started their many hours of lake fun.
Alysee loved being Tom Sawyer on the blow up mattress that my dad brought up.
These two boys sure do love each other.
Coop spent most of his time "diving" in the water. Nate, Alex, Tyler and the big people played lots of water frisbee.
Poppi set up a good riggin' and Alex caught the one and only fish...a cute little rainbow trout. Poppi fried it up and only the brave sampled a morsel.
Always the entertainer, Poppi taught the boys the true way of doing the Maori warrior chant.
Later in the afternoon they all went to a little gas station and filled up on ice cream and had a great little hike to the beautiful Little Crater Lake.
This shot was taken near Little Crater Lake.
One night the bigger kids were helping get the fire started and Cooper and Nate decided that they wanted to make their own fire...out of dirt. Next thing Birch knew, Cooper was covered in dirt and ended up having an evening swim in the lake. Apparently Cooper didn't think that was too fun as the water temperature was a bit chilly as was the air. They all had a great time exploring and going on a little hike. Once we all reunited in Corvallis we headed to the fun outdoor swim pool/mini-water park. The kids look forward to going their each summer. We just had finished two weeks of swim lessons; I'm not sure if that is what made the difference but Nate turned into a little fish. He was thrilled to show everyone that he could swim. (I may or may not have a bit of a farmer's tan.) Alysee and Poppi had a wild ride down the waterslide. Chloe LOVES the water. In fact the last couple of weeks at swimming lessons were not too much fun for Chloe (or me). She was always crawling over to the swim pool edge and would turn around and then begin to back down into the care for it's depth. She loved having Birch toss her in the air. Ami, Alysee, and Coop had a great time going down the slide, floating in the lazy river (which really isn't that lazy when filled with a bunch of crazy kids), and watching Cooper practice all his bobs. Poppi and Coop turned into alligators; this totally reminds me of swimming with my dad growing up. Tyler couldn't get enough of the lazy river.

Chloe looked too darn cute to not fit in a little
photoshoot. Birch did an awesome job taking these pictures especially since Chloe is always on the GO. After church on Sunday Alex set up the croquet course. My dad loves to play croquet and this seems to go hand-in-hand with Sundays at my parents' home. Once dusk hit Sunday night my dad set up an outside movie theatre. Ami loaded the kids up with candy, popcorn, limeade, and a few other healthy snacks. We all enjoyed watching a good Sabbath movie under the stars. Alysee spent nearly every free moment catching frogs. My parents have a hot tub that primarily goes unused to humans but is the home to several frogs. Alysee is sure that she wants this picture blown up in her room so she can remember Jumpy, Green Speeder, and Climber.
A bunch of wild Ditto animals

Monday mid-morning we packed up and hit the road for the Portland Zoo. We bought a year's membership last year and it worked just perfectly to fit in another trip to the zoo just before it expired. Chloe is obsessed with animals right now and so we thought it would be especially fun. We were right; Chloe loved every hot minute of the zoo. She called everything a "doggy" and "ruffed" at each animal she saw.

After we had gotten our fill of all the animals we climbed back in the car and arrived home Monday evening just in time to finish off celebrating Alex's birthday (more on that to come).

We only wish our trips to Oregon weren't so rushed each time. We miss not being able to see good friends that still live in Oregon but love each moment that we do get to spend with Ami and Poppi. They always make us feel like a million dollars while we are there and leave the kids asking constantly when we can go back. Thanks mom and dad!!


Mama Nirvana said...

I'm crying tears that I didn't get to see you for a minute. This has been the most boring summer, especially July which left me lonely without a computer and Mike working 100s of hours.

I understand, though.

Your visits with your parents seem like so much fun. I love all of your pictures, and am feeling motivated to take the kids to the zoo.


emily a. said...

Where do I start? I want to go visit Ami and Poppi!

Glad to see that MY old shirt fits Alysee. Why did I ever buy that anyways? It looks real cute on her.

I want Chloe's outfit, especially the shoes from the photo shoot. Those were all so adorable. She's so stinkin' cute. She says doggie? So advanced.

You kept the swimsuit? It looks cute. Did you exchange sizes?

So so so fun. Can we come next year?

Matt's Blog said...

What a fun packed weekend! We so wish we could be closer with the Diddits! Cloe's outfit is so dang cute. We miss you guys!

kg said...

What a fun post! You packed it all in and I love all the pictures!

Dunstan Family said...

holy conenoli how did you fit all that in and remember it all. You are wonderful at taking pictures. SO how early do you take the kids camping???

Elyse said...

Looks like a blast =) Your parents are so creative and silly, must be where you all get it! Coop really looks like your Dad! (but with blonde hair) So fun! Really what summer should be like.

Leah said...

My favorite post yet. All the pictures are AWESOME!! Kenneth, I dub you the new family photographer. You're awesome. And they are all so fun too. I want to comment on all of them, but instead I will only say a couple.

Family movie theater-hilarious, love it

Mom's bangs-classic

Chloe-so freak-a-leakin cute

Camping trip-so fun, so jealous

Miss you guys!