An Outing To Lake Oswego For Haircuts And Fun:
After we got home from the 4th of July festivities on Whidbey Island, we decided it was time for some summer haircuts!
After they were done, they changed into swimsuits so they could walk around and explore Lake Oswego a little bit, on their way to a fountain.
Daddy did a great job of getting them to pose for photos along the way.
Interpretive poses inspired by the sculpture.
Goofy girls with cute short hair! Thanks for the haircuts, Auntie Katie!
Hard To Believe, But Ryder Is ONE Already:
Ryder’s birthday was the same day as the girls’ haircuts… and although I have looked many times, I can’t find any photos of his party. I know we were there, I know cameras were being used, and I am pretty sure I even saw some photos at one point or another. But it could easily be that we forgot our camera, Annie was using hers, and I saw the photos on her computer where they still live to this day. I suppose I can add a few if I ever track them down. Instead, here are a few of my favorite photos of Ryder from June – pretty close to his July 9 birthday!
That’s our happy boy!
He LOVES an audience. This was the end of the crawling/pulling up on furniture phase. He got a lot of applause out of that act, but pretty soon he was getting everywhere on those cute little feet!
His expressions keep us laughing. Being around him just makes you feel happy.
Even our little ball of sunshine gets worn out sometimes. Happy birthday, buddy! Your adoring fans can’t wait to see next year’s performances!
Rope Tricks and Kids’ Books:
On one legitimately hot and sunny July day, we saw an outdoor performance by “Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein” at one of the local libraries:
He does all different kinds of rope tricks and magic tricks and tells jokes, and somehow in the middle of it all, he manages to keep books and reading as the underlying theme of his act. He was great! Thanks to Anne-Marie and Nick for the invite!
A Few Random Things That We Took Pictures Of:
I do like to take photos of our garden and the things it produces… for example…
… these gorgeous golden and red beets. They were delicious roasted. Too bad our efforts at re-planting failed utterly after this first harvest. We are determined to figure out a better spot to grow beets next year. Yummmmmm.
I have known for years that Keith can find all sorts of ways to occupy himself at Lowe’s…
…having two sidekicks only expands the time! Thankfully, I was not on this trip, so it didn’t matter to me how long they stayed, and they had a great time. They might even have come home with some of the items on the list.🙂
This photo just plain amuses me. It is also a good reminder of the girl’s first time attending VBS – Leah is wearing the “Panda-Mania” shirt that everyone received during Riverwest’s ninja-themed week. Cade and Callum attended as well, and all four of them loved it, they were playing ninja games non-stop and constantly saying, “Remember when…” and “That was so funny when…” The skits that involved “Nin-Jo” were a definite highlight – I even stayed to watch a few of them because the kids were raving about them so much. They were right, Nin-Jo was hilarious. Besides a great week of fun, games, and getting completely tired, they learned a lot of cool new worship songs and Bible verses, and it was obvious to me that everyone who volunteered really cared about the kids in their group. I have great memories of attending VBS as a kid, and also of volunteering, so it was fun to see that carried on for my kiddos. They are already excited for next year!
Another Fun Trip To The Farm In Scholls:
The Smiths made their annual trek to Oregon from Alaska again, and we were happy to join them for an evening of fun out at her grandparents’ farm in Scholls. It’s another one of those same-and-different outings every year. This time…
…the littlest girl was a lot more interested in the biggest girl…
…the henhouse and chickens were still a main attraction…
…Nea was still the “baby” of the group, but more than capable of keeping up with the big kids in every possible way!
It’s still hard to tell who has more fun on the tractor rides – the kids or Papa!
Hmm… do you think these two are related?
What about these two?
There is still no way to escape from Grammy’s without some sweet treats being handed out.
Maybe that’s okay – since we use dessert time as an excuse to line them up and take photos.
Serious about those last delicious licks at the bottom of the bowl.
There is a great berry farm across the road from Jessica’s grandparents’ place… and it just happens to be owned by a friend of my dad’s. It’s a small fruit-growin’ world, I tell ya.
Time for the ride in the trailer – being pulled by the BIG tractor. Thanks, Great-Grandpa!
They love it!
The one thing we did not do at Grandpa and Grammy’s was swim. It was a bummer to the kids, but the pool is not heated and neither was our weather. NO THANKS. Swimming in cold water on a hot day – maybe. Swimming in cold water on a cool day is not something any of the parents were willing to do, the children’s disappointment notwithstanding. Grammy always keeps the invitation open for us to come out “anytime,” and I told her we would be happy to – after a couple of weeks of warm enough weather to heat the water a bit! Sadly, during the almost-summer of 2011, that never happened. But hopefully the tradition will continue next year and we can swim to our hearts’ content.
Time Away, Just For Me:
Although I don’t have any photos of it, a personal highlight of my July was the chance to have a mini-retreat, just to get away and have some unhurried God-and-me time. Kristi and I both went – we stayed overnight at a wonderful bed and breakfast place out in the country, and had a quiet, reflective day hosted by Paula Gamble. Her ministry is my soul reFresh, and I am thrilled that she is doing what she’s doing. She hosts different types of retreats throughout the year, among other things. Definitely worth checking out if you are a person who ever feels stressed and/or disconnected from yourself or God.
Beautiful Photos Of Other People’s Memories That I Enjoy, Too:
I very much like these next two photos – from a raft trip that (thankfully) did not even include me!
Our friend Tracey of dragon boat fame, and of course, our Serena. Love.
Serena with someone who resembles the adorable little 8-year-old Serena started mentoring (what feels like) a few years ago. But since this photo was taken in the summer between her freshman and sophomore years of high school, I apparently lost track of a few years in there somewhere!
Mommy And Girls On A Fun Little Date:
One of the final fun events of July was the girls’ first ever trip to a movie theater! They were showing the Ramona and Beezus movie, which we watched at home on dvd for Leah’s Ramona-themed 7th birthday. The girls really enjoyed seeing it on the big screen. I wanted a little photo to document this fun “first,” which doesn’t seem like too much to ask, right? Right, uncooperative older sister? I wish she would have re-enacted the “happy ending” part of the movie, not the sisters-being-disagreeable-with-each-other part!😛
There we go!
One of my favorite memories from our movie theater trip was the discussion we had about “theater snacks.” I have always been one to bend the rules a bit and sneak candy in, which I was actually perfectly willing to do with the girls as well. I gave them the whole run-down about how snacks at the theater are super expensive and they really don’t want you to bring your own snacks in, but it’s kind of sneaky/fun. My little Leah Just and True could not quite wrap her mind around this whole idea of sneaking snacks. Final decision: “I don’t think we should do that, Mom. It’s like lying. It will feel too guilty. We can just eat our candy at home after the movie.” Of course we can.
So we did!