Sunday, July 30, 2017

California fun!

We have had a few lovely weeks visiting Grandma and Grandpa in Fresno.  It was just us the first week and then Mom joined us for the second.  Week 1, I was in zoo camp and had a fantastic time, I made some fun friends on the very first day and learned all sorts of animal facts that I share occasionally (do you know about bird feet?  What about blue feathers?)  
 Owen spent the first week at camp Grandpa who took him and Uncle Ryan to Yosemite!
 Uncle Ry and Owen spent a day hiking lower Yosemite falls, both claim it was the toughest hike they have ever been on!  They also stayed at a cool hotel, got upgraded to their nicest room and were able to pan for gold, practice archery and eat barbecue.

 I took my last year of swim lessons.  Jan Thomas is closing its doors after over 60 years.  I feel so lucky that I was able to learn from them, they are the most positive and focused teachers ever!!

 I did awesome this year, all of my strokes have been really good, I am getting better at just turning my head for a breath for crawl.

and this year I learned how to tread water!  I am a champion!!!! Thank you to all of my wonderful teachers and especially Analise who I had for two years now.  

Evening games included a bit of spot-it and dominoes.  
Plus we got to spend several afternoons at the Vans  pool, they are so awesome to host us (a lot!!!)  We love swimming!  We also got a nice evening with Auntie Donna and Uncle John.

We had a great evening filled with food and fun! 
Grandma and I did Vacation Bible School which was so much fun during the second week.  I LOVED all of the songs plus I got to learn how to sew and we used neck ties to make this awesome apron!  It is not the first time I used a sewing machine but it is my first solo project and my biggest project ever, it turned out really well!  Owen did River camp this summer again and had a great time meeting back up with his friends Alex and Sam.  

 We have been watching Chef's life with Grandma and Grandpa and they tried the unlikely combo of pepsi and peanuts.  Now we don't get a lot of pepsi, but just had to try it!

Turns out Owen doesn't like plain pepsi... but pepsi and peanuts ... YUM!

Thank you so much Grandma and Grandpa for a great few weeks and for taking really good care of us!  I hope you have a good recovery and it's nice and relaxing, I know we increase the activity level just a little bit... Love you so much!
 Today Dad and Owen worked some on the garage, while Mom and I celebrated Alice turning 10!!
 It was an awesome tie-dye party and we wore our colors well!
Happy Birthday Alice!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Off to Fresno

Grace and I spent the beginning of this week enjoying our last few days at home with Mom and Dad before heading down to Clovis to visit Grandma and Grandpa for two weeks.  We walked down to Woodstock on Wednesday evening for ice cream at Cloud City.

Over the weekend, Grandma flew up to Portland.  She's flying us down for our visit.  

Meanwhile, Dad and I went to the kayak fishing tournament Dad was running in Depoe Bay, Oregon. I got to help Dad man the weigh in station where all the contestants weighed in their fish.

Here are the first and second place winners with their two biggest fish (lingcod).  Each fish weighed over 20 lbs.

Dad and I didn't get to fish in the tournament, but Dad did get to take me out fishing in the ocean for the first time.   I wasn't sure I liked the bumpy waves, but once I started catching fish, I really had a lot of fun.

We caught a bunch of different fish.

Here's my flounder.  

My biggest black rockfish.

My very slimy cabezon.

I'm also working on my various fish holding pose facial expressions.

On the way back to camp from fishing we stopped at a hamburger shop that makes burgers just like those at In-n-Out in California.  It was pretty good and the even wrote my name in the fry sauce.

After Dad and I got home from the fishing/camping trip on Sunday Grace and I flew off to Fresno with Grandma.  

Sunday was also Mom's birthday.  Happy Birthday

After we left, Dad and our friends Robyn and Val took Amy out to dinner at a new Thai restaurant.

Hopefully Grandma will help take some pictures this week, because Mom and Dad are still in Portland while Grace and I are in Fresno.  If not, the blog might be a bit shore next week.

Sunday, July 09, 2017


 We have managed to pack a lot in a work week!  Dad took us out for our first berry picking adventure of the season.  We have done pretty well in our yard, but when it comes to seriously putting away some of summer's bounty we have to explore a bit more far afield.
I helped get our blackberry jam started.. it is our favorite!  
For the fourth, we went to the local blues festival on the waterfront.  It was a prefect day for sitting in the grass and listening to music  and exploring the booths. 

 We lasted for the peak of the day before heading home.  Owen was set on carving his watermelon into the shape of an octopus.  Not a bad job!
 We had a perfect dinner of brats and elote (some yummy mexican-style corn with cheese and chili)

I had zoo camp with E. all week, we had a great time hanging out, and even worked in a few sweet play-dates this week
 J and O got one as well, they made a cool video involving army guys, blocks and a remote control car....
Had a fun afternoon at the noodle luge (and if you can try Umi noodles... Made in Portland...They are super yumy!
 Plus... a noodle luge!!! How could we pass it up?

 We got to show off our chop stick skills and then ate great noodles that the local miso maker dressed beautifully for us with all sorts of delish toppings.

 Saturday Dad went out on the ocean and brought home a beautiful king salmon!  It as so yummy!  We spent the morning back in the berry fields... blueberries are coming on and we managed to come home with about 13 lbs.
Owen had a sleep over last night with a friend and had a blast sleeping in the back-yard.  We had a good morning and headed out for a japanese tour of Beaverton with lunch at Oyatsumpan and shopping at Uwajamaya.  We headed home and tried (unsuccessfuly) to temper Owen's most recent chocolate batch.  Luckily the bark turned out okay but the bars and the bowls that Owen wanted to serve pudding in were super streaky.    Mom went out for Karaoke with her lab and friends, so that meant that I got 3 days in a row with movie nights!!  

Pshew, seems like for a mellow week we managed to fit alot in!