Monday, July 27, 2009

Camping Crater Lake style!

Our trip to Crater Lake finally happened. We had been planning it for about a year now. We went down on Wednesday morning and came home Saturday. Much fun was had in those 5 days. Please join me as we journey through our week.

These first three pictures were taken up at the Rim Village area, before we were dirty from camp life.
Ryan looking up a little annoyed that Jeremy is in his spot on Dad's shoulders.

Beautiful Brooklyn Jane posing for the camera.

Me with my JaneDoe!

This picture is about 15 minutes after arriving at our camp spot. Oh, it's going to be a long week...
...but I came up with a solution. Instead of "tummy time" we had "tent time." Poor little Ryan in baby jail. For the most part he had fun playing in the tent or van with the kids. Ryan was only in the dirt one time and that was when we first got to camp. I couldn't handle anymore then that. It actually worked out well. The kids kept him entertained. He also had chair time, backpack time, nap time, and of course mommy and daddy time.
Here is said backpack time! He actually loved it. Anything to be in the middle of the action.

During one of Ryan's naps we were a little bored hanging out at camp and the kids were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Williams. So we played Survivor: Crater Lake. Each of us had to pick a stump to stand on and whoever outlasted the rest of us earned cookies. Benson took pictures and also stood in as the narrator. So here is Benson standing on his stump...
Brooklyn on her stump...

and Jeremy on his. He was bored and was trying to stay entertained. I was on a stump but really didn't like any of the pictures of me.

As Benson said it, "It was a blistering hot 78 degrees, barely above the temperature in your house. The survivors haven't had anything to eat for 5 minutes and they have been standing on their stump for an amazing 30 seconds"....and so on. We had a good time. Well all except Jeremy. He kept saying it was boring and switching stumps, but yet he thought he was winning. Benson was the first one out by pretending to be off balance and then really was. I was the next one out by trying to help Jeremy and lost focus, Jeremy was never really in it, and that leaves Brooklyn as the sole survivor. Way to earn your cookies Brooklyn. Nothing will phase her when there are cookies to win. (Jeremy had cookies too, it was just easier that way!)
The next five pictures are from our little hike up the Sun Notch trail. It was only 1/4 mile up. A short hike for some great scenery.
The gang minus Scott, he was taking the picture.

Our little family

Keep this picture! Apparently Jeremy and Nicole proposed to each other in the car before this hike. We will need this picture for their wedding video.
A picture of Phantom Ship. Apparently it is equivalent to a 16 story building. It looked quite small to everything else around. But it was pretty cool.

A waterfall along the road.
Heidi and Brooklyn playing solitaire back at camp.
We hiked up to this watch tower to see the sunset. But there were too many mosquitos at the top so we hiked back down before the sunset. We still did have a great view of the sunset though. So all's well that ends well. If you look really hard you can see the tower at the top. It was a .7 mile hike up.

A view from the top,
another view,

and the view of the sunset back at the parking lot.

The next day we made the 1.1 mile hike down to the water. There is only one hike or place that you can reach the water. So we hiked down and then had to make the 1.1 mile hike back up. I carried Ryan down and Benson carried him back up. It was a killer on my knees, but I am glad I didn't have to carry him up the hill. It was 700 feet down vertically to the water, which is equivalent to a 65 story building. The kids did amazing.

We should have brought our swimsuits but somebody told me we wouldn't need them. I won't mention him by name but I will tell you I am married to him. The water was cold but not freezing. It was also very clear. It was amazing.

I love this picture of the water. You can see the rock in the water. It was so pretty!
The last morning we were there Benson and Scott hiked up to the lookout at Mount Scott. The highest point in the park. It was a 5 mile round trip hike. Too much for the kids. They said it was very cool and Benson brought back a piece of pumice rock for the kids.
We also had a lot of fun hanging around camp and the camp fires. After we put the kids to bed us adults would stay up and talk and laugh. We definitely made some great memories. I hope the kids will remember it. We had so much fun. I hope you had fun going on this little journey with me.
Oh, I didn't remember there was another picture. Well isn't it pretty!

Lumberjack Jeremy

A few weeks back we went to a lumberjack show. A town close to us had their annual Territorial Days. Benson read in the newspaper about it and we decided that Jeremy would love it. It was kind of fun to watch. Luckily it wasn't too hot of a day. We stayed for 3 hours and Jeremy wasn't ready to go. But the rest of us were done. We had a good time.





Thursday, July 09, 2009

Independence Day








We had a great day! The fireworks were awesome. We sat out on our deck and watched all the fireworks throughout the neighborhood. Washington doesn't have firework restrictions. So we had a full on fireworks show in the neighborhood. Kathi, Ashli and I kept commenting on how amazing it was. It was one of the best fireworks show I have ever seen. And what is better then fireworks with some Tillamook ice cream. It was wonderful, right Ashli!?!

Happy Birthday to me!

You know how you read all those blogs where the husband writes something really nice about their wife for their birthday, well apparently my husband isn't going to do that. Not that I thought he would, it's not really his thing but I thought maybe for the big 30th birthday he would. Oh well! So I will post about my birthday. Kathi and Ashli came here for the holiday (4th of July not my birthday) and luckily my birthday is close enough to a holiday that we have family here to celebrate with me. We had a good day, went shopping, hung out, and ate way too much food. I gave myself the day off (it turned into the weekend off.) But good food and family, you can't beat that. Jeremy made me a bracelet for my birthday and Brooklyn's gave me lots of little things she had made or collected. She wrote me a very nice letter and read me 3 stories about love. She is so sweet.

Summatime


Last Thursday the kids and I went to Tualatin to see some friends. It was a hot day so we planned on going to the Wilsonville Fountains for a little while. Unfortuanetly we didn't get to stay there too long because of other commitments but it was enough time for the kids to have some fun. Thanks guys for having us and thanks to Shelly and Tiffany for my birthday presents.

Last T-ball game

I've realized how far behind I am on posting pictures. These pictures are from Jeremy's last t-ball game back at the beginning of June. As you can tell it was not a very warm day. Jeremy got to play catcher, which he loves.

Ready to field the ball. Can you see the dirt on his knee? That is from him sliding into home. I love it!
Getting ready to run.
Jeremy's very favorite, hitting! Of course that is everybody's favorite.
We can't wait for next year.

Follow the gray bricked road....

So I had mentioned to Benson that I wanted to put stepping stones between the front and back yard. Well Benson asked if I would want pavers because then he could pracitce and make sure he would be up for doing a paver patio next summer. I said that would be awesome and he got to work. I had no idea how much went into putting pavers down. It is quite the process. First he had to dig out the dirt a few inches, then put rocks down, then sand. After that you have to make sure it is all level and pound it all out, and then finally the pavers. It turned out really nice. I love it! Now if we only had to money to do the patio this summer! We are going to do a patio off next to the deck so we can put a table out there. I guess there is no rush since we don't have a table to go out there yet either! HaHa!

Before...
during...

and after!
I absolutely love it. Benson did a great job. It is so fun to see Benson's handy work. He is so talented. I am glad that we have a place for him to finally do some of those handy man things!


















Random Ryan

Ryan loves that he has discovered how to blow bubbles with his spit. I will try to feed him and he will stop me because he will realize he has enough saliva to blow bubbles. If you look close you can see one of his many bubbles that he has blown.
I got Ryan this little car at a garage sale. It is one of those toys that my kids have always wanted. So when I saw it at a garage sale down the street from me I had to get it. Ryan has shown a little interest in it. I am sure as he gets older (like when he can walk) he will love it. I wanted to put this picture on here because if you look close Ryan is licking the steering wheel. So classic.