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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!
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.
It was Autumn’s dinner theater. This year’s theme was Country Fair Jamboree! She has been practicing for so long and knew all her songs and dance moves. It was pretty amazing to see her perform.
Our entire family was ready and won the blue ribbon for best dressed!
Autumn had a special singing and dance solo, the barnyard boogie, that we’ll post later once we get the video.
There was an auction for the special painting project her class made.
I put Luca in charge of the bidding paddle soooOoo we came home with it
and a giant balloon cow.
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!
Family trip to Mt. Bachelor today
Warm-up snack. So many snacks! (great tip Tami ❤️)
Luca is all set and very excited to ride the chair lift.
Luca shredding the gnar
Silliness in the sled
Some more snacking
Autumn getting in on the action
A great day at the mountain
P.S. I also found out on this trip that apparently my snowboard gear is considered “vintage” 😁
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.