Sunday, August 28, 2011

Staycation ;)

To start our vacation week we went with the Merrill and Collier families to the zoo on Mon.  It was so fun. The kids had a great time!  The animals were perfect too. We got to see just about everything in action.


The monkeys were SSSOOO loud!  They kept going and going.  Owen couldn't help but become one of them.

The snakes were pretty cool.  Nellie has been having horrible dreams about them so we made a point to see all the snakes we could and show her that they aren't that bad.

I think she was a little freaked out about the dinosaurs.

This is what I get when I say, "hey, can I have a good picture of you guys?"  Have to say it's not the best one ever...but funny.

Owen's first real train ride.  He loved it!  That's all he ever talks about.  

Samantha wanted to be brave and feed the birds.  She was a little scared when it landed on her but after that she did great.  

 Tuesday we went to the Evergreen Aviation Museum and Water Park.  HOLY COW!! If anyone reading this ever gets a chance to go, do it!! It was so cool.  The kids loved it and we did too.  The only thing that would have made it better was to have a sitter or a grandparent there taking pixs and watching owen.  I'm mad that I didn't get any pix.  After the water park, we drove to Depot Bay and spent the night.  Wed we got up and it was beautiful so we went to the beach.  It was windy but so perfect!  After the beach we went to the Aquarium.  It was the first time the kids had ever been there.  Right when we got there they were feeding the anaconda so we watched for a good half an hour.

All owen wanted to do was have a snack.

Men men men men manly men men men.  You know the song.  They had to see who could carry it over....

Patrick won!!

Girls building a castle

Done castle

Best one of the family.  Silly kids 

We got stuck behind these 2 for about 20 min.  

 After the beach on Wed we drove to Oxbow to meet up with the girls scout troop.  We got there at 7:30 and they closed the gates at 8pm.  We still have to get a few things at home so we grabbed a hot dog and went home for the night.  We came back Thur morning, ate breakfast, set up camp, men went fishing and the kids and moms went to the water.  We were at the river for the rest of the day.  It was so beautiful. There weren't that many people there so that was nice.  Again, I didn't have my camera with me but other people took pix.  We did see a lot of deer though and got pix of them.  We camped Thur night and came back Fri morning.
Joe Dirt wig lol :)

Work it!!

More from the zoo. 

Overall we had a pretty good week.  It was a lot of fun stuff packed into a few days but we got it all done and everyone was happy in the end.  So blessed to have great friends to do things with. I would bet it wouldn't have been as fun as it was without them.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Nellie has been doing puzzles for as long as I can remember.  At 2 and 3 she was doing 25 piece puzzles and at 4 doing 50, 5 doing 100.  She has mostly been doing 100 piece ones since then.  For Christmas she got this 500 piece Noah's Ark puzzle (  Just this summer she decided to start it.  She has been working on it for over a month and is this far already.  She won't let anyone help her and actually gets mad if you try to help.  Puzzles are really the only thing she will sit for a long time and do.  This one will be one that we glue and put on the wall.  She impresses me every day with what she can do.