Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Back To Our Roots

Although the timing wasn't ideal with just having returned from Vegas/Spokane we spent the next two days at home mowing the lawn, doing laundry, and packing AGAIN for well anticipated trip to Corvallis.  The Corvallis LDS Stake was celebrating their 50th anniversary with a salmon bake, drama production, and visiting with old friends.  I was extra brave and drove all the kids down by myself since Birch had to stay and work.
We had great weather all week and enjoyed a day on the Santiam River.  We had hoped to go to the coast but it was gusty and cold there so we decided to party it up on the river.  Everyone had a great time floating down parts of the river.  It's so fun having Seth, Caroline, Tommy, and Cali back in the states!

TJ, the river rat
Poppi helped the kids catch some big crawdads.
Nate, Tommy, Alysee
Cali, what a cutie pie!
Emi and sweet Hazel
Tyler, Tommy, Nate, Alysee
Alex
Hazel
Gotta love my Seffers!
My mom and dad whipped out their dutch oven and roasted up some delicious hotdogs. 
Cali
Saturday morning Birch flew into the Eugene airport to join us for the weekend.  You can't really tell but this is Birch and his buddy Mila.  We had a great afternoon at Otter Beach waterpark.  It was so nice to be together as a family for the last few days of our trip.
Chloe loved time with Ami!
Ami spoiled Chloe with a super amazing princess outfit for her birthday.  She bought a dress from a consignment store and then added the frills, wand, tiara, and super fancy jewelry.
Ami worked late into the night at finishing her masterpiece.
For me this trip was really special because I was able to spend some time with dear friends from many moons ago.  I was reminded how lucky I was to have such great friends in my high school years. I only hope that my kids are as lucky as me! 
It's always tricky balancing time between family and friends when visiting Corvallis.  What a treat it was to spend a couple of hours with my bestie, Kimberly.  We spent many hours walking in our youth solving the world's problems and supporting each other in our dreams.
So wonderful to just pick up where we left off!  We are miles apart but our hearts are still close.
FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT
The morning before we left we were lucky enough to experience Kimberly's photography talent first hand.  I remember when Kim got her first camera and used to shoot for the high school yearbook.  So fun to be the ones behind the lens!  I was surprised how stressed I was about putting together our outfits.

























Ahhh...I just smile when I look at our pictures.  They are plastered all over our walls so I get to smile often!

On the way home we took a pit stop at the Portland Temple.  Birch and I were married here so it holds a special place in our hearts.

Monday, July 22, 2013

While mommy and daddy are away the children must play

Emily and Ryan drove our kids to Spokane from the family reunion to join cousins for the week while Birch and I were in Ceder City and Vegas.  We're sure lucky to have five families willing to divide and conquer!  I know it was no easy task feeding and toting around all these kids (plus their own) and Birch and I are SO grateful!!! 
And let me tell you...the kids had the BEST week EVER!!!  They all love their cousins SO much and their Aunts and Uncles made each day so fun.  They all came home five shades tanner after all the lake fun that they had all week.  Tyler and Alex were able to spend two days with Grannie.  They loved helping her with some projects since she was still recovering from her bionic hip and spent the evenings playing games and eating good food.
 
 Chloe was even able to spend the day with the Andersens for Sage's birthday.  My dad was up visiting for his high school reunion so Chloe was extra lucky!
 Alex turned fifteen year's old on the last day in Spokane.  Everyone treated him like a king!  He was lucky enough to spend the day at the lake.  Annie makes the most amazing cakes and certainly did not let anyone down with her double layer chocolate sprinkle cake.
 
Alex is pretty darn awesome!  He is smart, good lookin', thoughtful, and spiritual.  The ladies love him and he loves the ladies!  (You should check out all his pictures from EFY -- a girl snuggled in tight under his arms in EVERY picture.)  He is tall in spirit and stature.  

LOVE THIS KID!!!

From Vegas we flew back into Spokane on Saturday night.  Uncle Logan and Uncle Ryan were so awesome and brought the kids to us at the airport in the van so we could hit the road. We arrived home around midnight -- just in time to catch a few zzz's before a crazy Sunday.