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Happy birthday to our sweet Monkey Moo! Somehow you are 8 years old – did we enter a time warp when you were born?? Thank you Luca for bringing such joy into our lives. You are sensitive, caring, thoughtful, analytical, hilarious, creative, joyful, pensive, and exuberant! You love the earth and all it’s creatures, especially a certain black and white flightless bird in the antarctic, riding your bike through everyone’s yards in the neighborhood, details and facts about anything and everything, harry potter, the flash, spring rolls, pokemon cards, reading books, yelling loudly, playing your violin, getting lost in your imagination for hours, listening to all different kinds of music but especially classical and rock and roll, watching your baby cousin grow, and above all you love your family. We are so lucky to have you!
It was a much anticipated affair, three years in the making. After countless hours of watching her brother’s and sister’s classes, imitating every move they made, and asking repeatedly if she could have a turn, we woke up this morning with great excitement as we prepared to take Mia to her first gymnastics class!
Luckily her class is at the same time as Autumn’s, so big sister got to help out with lining up at the top of the stairs and getting through the group warmup.
She looked for me periodically throughout her class and flashed her biggest grin with all her teeth and two big dimples, gave me a thumbs up and blew lots of kisses.
Great job today, chickadee, we are so proud of you!
Happy birthday to our sweet little chickadee who turned 3 today! You are our firecracker, comedian, tornado, singer, dancer, actor, daredevil, doctor, and snuggly love bug. You shine brighter than the sun, you laugh about as close as one can get to a Dr. Evil laugh while still being completely adorable, you rush to give us anaconda squeezes as soon as we arrive home and walk in the door, and you poke your head around our shoulders to stare deeply into our eyes with pure love and wonder. You are exhausting while at the same time being a source of pure joy and delight, and all too often we have to turn our heads to hide a smile or a laugh when you should be getting a time out. Thank you for bringing so much color, and spark, and sweet, sweet love into our family. We love you to the end of the rainbow!
Today our little dragon turned 5! Autumn, you constantly amaze us with your beautiful brain and the depths of your thoughts and ideas. You come up with the most insightful explanations about the world around you and it is a delight to witness the inner workings of your mind. Our favorite example of late is your reasoning for the word “eclipse:” because it starts with an “e” and the moon clips onto the sun! Brilliant! At the same time we love how your brain can relax and let your creative energy flow into your amazing artwork. Whether you are painting with watercolors or drawing with crayons, your artwork seems to flow effortlessly from your fingers onto the canvas. Your endless drawings of our family are more precious than gold. We love that you love the planets and space, reading books, cooking, riding your bike, and radiohead. And it is so magical how you turn into a fish when you jump into water. Love you more than the multiverse, little dragon!
All kinds of budding growth happening in our backyard as spring transitions into summer
We were thankful to have nice weather for Easter again this year. Our day was full with egg dyeing, eating, hunting for eggs and chasing bubbles. Lots of family love to celebrate 🙂
First, the eggs. Careful!
This pretty much sums it up. My kids: crazies. Cousin Cora: cool, calm, collected.
Who doesn’t love chasing big bubbles outside?
Luca did a great job helping his cousin find the bubbles
Time for Easter baskets!
And of course, the egg hunt
“I found one!”
We tried to get the obligatory ‘cousins on a swing’ picture. As you can see, my kids were perfectly behaved the entire time.
And we ALMOST got a perfect family picture. I guess when you’re two years old the rules don’t apply to you.
Auntie Libby and Cousin Cora had better success with their photo shoot
Baby Bartel, soon to join the family in the outside world, enjoyed her Easter too
Take us out, Cora. Power to the flower y’all.
Ready for our spring break trip to Sunriver!
After a four hour drive (including vomit all over the carseat on the way over the mountain pass) we made it!
First thing was to test out all of our fun gear with a bike ride to the park
The next day we went to Mount Bachelor for snowboarding, sledding, and in Mia’s case, lots of snacking (see previous post)
After the inevitable exhaustion following a trip to the mountain with three kids, the following day we decided to keep it low key with some time at the swim center
We rode bikes everyday, rain or shine
We also explored the nature center
Luca was pleased to see a real red-tailed hawk, his school’s mascot
There is also a small observatory, and we were quite impressed with their set up and knowledgable staff. Chris and Luca went back the following evening for some night-time star and planet gazing. They could see Jupiter and its moons!
Although it was still pretty cold most of the time, it was actually quite comfortable in the afternoon sun. Mia tried out a bit of a nap on the deck.
Later in the week Grammie and Pop Pop joined us for a couple of days. After their long drive we decided to get the legs moving with a walk to the park.Autumn conquered the firefighter pole all by herself for the first time!
Then it was off to the local brewery for a yummy (and silly) dinner
The next morning started off with everyone’s favorite breakfast – Grammie and Pop Pop’s blueberry wafflesFollowed by a nice long bike ride along the Deschutes River
Two little munchkins snuggled quite cozily in the Burley trailer
The grandparents offered to watch the kids while mom and dad went on a date in Bend – woo hoo!
The next day we went on a hike along the Deschutes River to Benham Falls
And among all of the many fun things we did during our vacation, we also found plenty of time for silly snuggles and selfies
and the hot tub!
Our superheroes sped outside for some play time after it stopped raining.
The Flash checked things out in the neighborhood
Super Snowflake joined in on the action
Super Mia to the rescue!
Tired out after saving the day, our amazing superheroes head up to bed.