I've been telling Sadie since we were in Oregon that I was going to be taking her 5 year old pictures but something would always come up to distract me. Well Monday morning Sadie wakes up and says "mom, today is the day you are going to take my pictures remember?!" Ummm, actually no I don't remember saying that but sure, why not?
Unfortunately a storm was coming so we were in a hurry to beat the storm and didn't get to do all the things I had planned. So maybe we will try again at some point. But she did a good job of cooperating which I was grateful for.
I can't believe this girls is already 5! To see more of her pictures visit my photography blog http://jennifershidelerphotos.blogspot.com.
Well we had a lot of fun the first week in Oregon and we followed that with another week of fun! We had a couple of days of swimming, another birthday party, and of course shopping!
I have been super lazy this summer and have not taken my kids to the swimming pool at all. We've been so busy this summer it has flown by without me even realizing it. School starts in 3 weeks! That just doesn't seem possible. But its true. So I'm glad we got to go swimming in Oregon. The kids had a blast!
Grace was ready to go!
Laila was posing for me! haha! I have several but this one was my favorite.
Slides are so much for entertaining than diving boards! These kids just kept going nonstop down the slide.
I love this one of James! He looks like he is surfing!
Both feet in the air!
Those are some wonky legs!
Pretty ladies! You can tell which one had been in Florida for four months, right?!
After swimming we had Sadie's birthday party a day early so that our cousin Ezra (who was leaving the next morning) could be a part of it.
I can't believe this girl is already 5! And starting kindergarten this year!
So happy to have some cousins share this day with us.
I can't remember for sure but looking at this picture I think she requested chocolate cupcakes with white frosting. Grandma made sure that happened for us.
I think she liked it! And I know she loved all her gifts! She got what she asked for and more.
And this is the only other picture I took the rest of the trip. Ezra with grandma and grandpa. (Do you see the smile on Grandpa?!)
Our summer started off with a bang. And it just kept on going right through the end of June. Now that July is here and half way over I finally feel like I have time to breath again...and maybe start blogging again.
In order to catch up I'll start where we left off. The Rollins family was here for a visit before we were going to head out on a road trip to Oregon to visit my parents. We had sick kids the whole time the Rollins family was here so we were a little worried we'd be dealing with it on the two day drive but we got lucky and no one was too terribly sick. (Just poor little Laila who really struggled to get over it). We made it without incident but by the end of the second day my back and rear end had had enough!
Our first big event while in Medford was watching my brother Tom in a Civil War reenactment. I've never been to one before and I have to admit it was kind of fun. My brother "got shot" and we were all so bummed but then we saw him army crawling away and cheered. It was silly but fun.
Coolest part though? I got to fire a canon! It was pretty awesome!
After the battle was over we had a picnic lunch and then we headed off because time was a wasting and we had things to do. i.e the train park.
Its hard to see but my brother Shaun who is currently serving a mission in Fiji came with us. :) Can you find him?
Who are those two hot mamma's? Oh, yeah, they are my beautiful, talented, smart, amazing sisters! :)
After the train park and pizza we headed home to my parents house and had a birthday party for my Grandpa. He got his own tablet!
My parents had seven children. All but one were in Oregon. (Shaun's head makes an appearance though). Of those seven children 4 are married and only Chris was unable to make the trip. They have 9 grandchildren with two more on the way and all of them were in Oregon as well. And we all stayed in the same house! Who knows how we all survived, but we did.
We kept ourselves plenty busy. I don't think there is one day that we ever just sat around and did nothing. It may not sound like a big deal but I live in the country, 20 minutes from the closest town, so we do a lot of just hanging out at home. It was a little overwhelming to be going going going all the time. But we made the trip count!
Monday night we had a family picnic at the temple and then Grandpa prepared a lesson for FHE for the kids about temples.
My niece Scarlet: the Ninja!
Next up was beautiful Crater Lake. There is nothing quite like it. This picture is totally unedited. The water really is that blue. Its amazing!
In case you are wondering why Sadie isn't in this picture its because she was off with her cousins exploring. We went in the evening so it was a little cool and the bugs were bad but it is always worth the trip to see it.
Well that about wraps up the first half of our trip. Second half to follow soon!