Thursday, June 28, 2007

Silver Falls State Park

We decided to go do something fun during one of Benson's days off this week. I mean it had been a whole week since we had gone on a family excursion so we thought it was time. We went to Silver Falls State Park. It took us about an hour and a half to get there. We had lunch at the park and then headed off to see the falls. There are a total of 10 falls but some of them require more walking then are kids were up to. We saw 4 of them. This first picture is of Jeremy crossing a bridge. He didn't want to step on any of the gaps. It was really funny, he was totally talking to himself through the process. He was concentrating so hard. This is South Falls. This waterfall drops 177 ft. It is the first one we walked/hiked to. It was really cool to see. You even get to walk behind it. It made me think of riding the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland. You know, when you go behind the waterfall and everytime you do the guide makes a big deal about seeing the back side of water? If you don't remember that then it has been too long since you went to Disneyland last.
Here we are seeing the "back side" of water.
This is Lower South Falls, it drops 93 ft. It was about a mile from the first waterfall. You have to go down 185 stairs, which meant we also had to go back up that many stairs. But we did it. Brooklyn was a trooper. Jer got to ride on Dad's shoulders, so Benson was also a trooper.
This is on the other side of Lower South Falls. You also get to walk behind this one.
Here is our third waterfall stop. This is North Falls, it drops 136 ft. You also get to walk behind this one.
Our last waterfall, Upper North Falls. It was really pretty, then again they all were. I loved the way the waterfall reflected in the pool of water but was broken up by the rocks.
Benson and I want to go back when we can do the complete hike which is a total of almost 9 miles and then a 2 mile walk along the highway back to where the car is parked. Although the kids were really good I am not sure they are quite up to hiking 11 miles yet. I was pretty impressed with how much Jeremy was willing to walk. On parts of the trail we were able to push the umbrella stroller. At one point we had to walk up a big hill and Benson was pushing Jeremy and he fell asleep. I thought it was funny all of the energy it was taking for Benson to push Jeremy up this hill and Jer had to nerve to take a little nap.
We had a really fun day as a family. Of course we had a few moments of whining and complaining but not enough to ruin the day. And of course we used the threat of not getting ice cream if they didn't stop which straightened them right up. They both really enjoyed seeing the waterfalls, that made all the hiking worth it for them.




strawberry picking

Last Friday we went strawberry picking with some friends. The kids had a great time. It was the perfect day for strawberry picking. After we picked strawberries our friends came over and we went swimming.
Brooklyn, Shelly, Nicole and HeidiJer is proud of his hard work.
Brooklyn with her friend Heidi


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Mt. St. Helens

During one of Benson's days off we went to Mt. St. Helen's. Benson had been wanting to go since we moved here. It was really cool to go and learn more about the volcano. We stopped at a few of the visitor's centers. We learned a lot and the kids had fun running around.
Brooklyn with Mt. St. Helen's behind her. She is standing in front of a tree that was destroyed from the blast.
A view from one of the visitor centers.
We were driving along and Brooklyn yelled out that she saw a cloud that was red, yellow, green, and blue. Of course Benson and I looked at each other and thought she was crazy. So I looked out the window and realized she really did see a rainbow cloud. It was very cool.

This lake was formed by the blast.




Friday, June 22, 2007

my fish

We went to the pool for the first time on Tuesday. The kids had a lot of fun playing. It is really nice because there is a pool that is only 2 feet deep so I don't have to hold them the whole time. The kids had a blast. Brooklyn and all her mermaid parts.




Jeremy from head to toe!








Thursday, June 21, 2007

Jer's Birthday Bash!

Jeremy got a lot of fun new toys. He was so excited he couldn't decide which toy to play with. So he just started jumping from toy to toy. We also had a little birthday party for him at the park. We invited some of our friends. The kids had a lot of fun. Brooklyn said it was the best birthday party ever. She loved that she broke the pinata. We will have to get one for her birthday too.Jer hugging Brooklyn after opening her present.

Blowing out the candles!

Jeremy had fun hitting the pinata. He didn't quite understand why he was able to hit it though. Brooklyn is the one that broke it open. She has gotten very strong.
Jeremy proud of the candy he got.



Friday, June 15, 2007

My baby is 3 years old!

Well I cannot believe that my baby is 3 years old. Jeremy is very adventerous and has been since the day he was born. When we were supposed to leave the hospital he decided he wanted to spend a couple nights in the NICU. Ever since then he has kept me on my toes. He is all boy and I love having him around. For as rough and tough as he can be he is also very sweet and loving. I just wanted to share a few pictures of Jeremy that I love. Of course it is not all of the ones that I love but I would never get this entry done if I put them all in.
We finally get to take our baby home!
Brooklyn holding Jeremy and showing him pictures of the family.
So sweet!
This is the day he was blessed. The blanket is one of the ones that my mom has made for him. I love it.
Playing around!
Eating his first birthday cake!
All smiles as usual.
Jeremy dug out this empty container of pudding from the garbage and licked it clean.

Jeremy with Great Grandpa Jeppson when he came to visit us in NY.
Palmyra, NY at the Smith Farm
Daddy put Jeremy in the pot again.
Daddy and Jer
Jer loves his daddy.




Thursday, June 07, 2007

Just like Barry...minus the 'roids

Last Saturday was Brooklyn's last t-ball game. After the game they had an ice cream party and they were awarded trophys. Brooklyn's coach named her the "Outstanding Defense" player of the season. He said that no matter where he put her, she would always do the right thing. We are very proud of her.
Brooklyn getting ready to hit after a long, hot inning in the outfield.


It was really fun to see her run to the bases. Once she arrived on base, she would lead off and wait for the ball to be hit by the next kid in line.
Brooklyn was told to play catcher during one of the innings. It was the first time that she had ever played that position. It was fun to see her learn new things.
***Editor's note: Benson assumes full responsiblity of the title of this post. Michelle stands firm in her support for Bonds and his efforts to beat Aaron's record. I just like to hassle her.