Sunday, May 21, 2017

Carrigan's birthday

I am so behind in blogging, life has been eventful, but I would be remiss if I didn't take today to write about Carrigan's birthday party that we had last weekend.  It was supposed to be at a park by our house, but the weather was terrible so we moved in into the church building.  Despite the poor weather, everyone we invited showed up and that we had a full house for our princess themed party.

No party would be complete without party games.  We played "Tangled in Tangled's Hair" where partners took turns mummifying each other in yellow crape paper.  We played "Poison Apple Hot Potato" where after falling dead the princesses were awoken with true love's kiss (a Hershey's Kiss).
We played "Fairy Godmother May I?" (think Mother May I) and "Pin the Kiss On the Frog Prince" (think Pin the Tail on the Donkey).

After games we had snacks and a pinata.

We wrapped things up with presents and cupcakes.

It was the perfect princess party for the perfect, pretty princess.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Father's and Son's

Last weekend was Father's and Son's.  Jeremy offered to do the blog, but I felt like Carrigan deserved a birthday blog all to her herself last week so I told him he could do it today and get me off the hook on Mother's Day.  I call that a win-win.  So now, without further ado, here is Jeremy.

This year we had Father's and Son's campout at the same place as the last few years, Camp Meriwesther.  Camp Meriweather is one of Oregon's hidden gems.  It is a Boy Scout camp right on the Oregon coast.  I found out this year that some philanthropist donated the land to the Boy Scouts and they can use it as long as the land is used for a Boy Scout camp.  If it is ever used for anything else then the land reverts back to the philanthropist's family.  It is prime real estate so I hope the Boy Scouts continue to use it as a camp so we can continue using it.  I mean look at the views!

On Friday, Merrick and I were the first to arrive.  Friday was rainy off and on.  When it was not raining the boys were by the lake trying to capture salamanders.  Later we cooked hot dogs over the fire and had s'mores.

At the lake there were a bunch of row boats and canoes on the shore and Merrick begged me take him out on the lake.  We are not allowed to use the boats on the lake because of liability reasons.  The people who run the camp get really upset when people use the boats and they are like ninjas.  You can not see a single person the entire time you are there and as soon as you get in the boats five of them show up to yell at you.  So, I told Merrick that if he woke up before breakfast was being prepared I would take him on the lake.  He woke up at 4am and I told him that was to early so he luckily went back to sleep.  Then he woke up at 6:30am.  No one else was awake yet so we snuck down to the lake and hopped into a canoe.  It was perfect.  We have done this before and this lake is one of my favorite places in the world in early in the morning.  There was a cool mist coming off the lake and the sun was just coming over the trees.  It started to sprinkle on us while we were out on the lake and then it stopped and we were rewarded with this awesome rainbow.

After breakfast we hiked down to the beach.  That is another awesome thing about Camp Meriweather.  About a quarter mile from the lake is the Oregon Coast.  The kids ran around in the water, looked for sea shells, and played games.  I had to drag Merrick off the beach and we were the last ones to leave the camp.

Of course, we had to stop at the world famous Tillamook Creamery.  Tillamook, Oregon is about 20 minutes away from the camp and this kid loves his ice cream.


Father's and Son's is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  With it being Mother's Day I would be remiss if I did not mention the mother that makes Father's and Son's possible.  I am so grateful and lucky to have Sarah in my life.  She is a great wife and mother and the woman of my dreams.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Carrigan's 4th Birthday

This has been a busy week.  In addition to work, school, baseball, dance, and piano we had Father's and Son's campout (more on that next week) and the highlight of the week, Carrigan's 4th birthday.

Thursday was Carrigan's big day.  We started the day with preschool (in an amazing birthday outfit she picked out for her special day) where we celebrated with friends and cupcakes.

After preschool I put Carrigan in charge of the day.  She chose lunch at McDonald's so she could get a happy meal and play on the playground.

Lunch was followed by playing at the park, sliding down slides, blowing dandelions and then ballet...pretty much the stuff of every 4-year-old girl's dreams.

That evening (after Carrigan's favorite dinner of potstickers) we had Nana, Papa, and Grandma Great over for cake and presents.

I think it was a pretty special day for our favorite CC girl.  We are just so happy to have her as part of our family.  We love her so!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Baseball, Baseball, and More Baseball

I feel like all we did this week was baseball.  Merrick had three games this week and given that two of those were played in the pouring rain, that was plenty.  He is doing a great job learning to play all of the positions.  This week he had some great plays at first and third and even got to try his hand at catcher.  Carrigan has been a great sport about braving the rain to watch her brother.

Maybe it was all that braving of the rain, but after a week that has been all about Merrick, Carrigan has decided to get herself a little attention by coming down with a fever.  We had a rough night last night with some really fitful sleep.  She seems to be feeling better now but she and I are laying low today, playing hooky from church, and watching The Little Mermaid.  She is adorable even when she is a sickie.

Hopefully no one else gets sick because we have a busy week coming up with Carrigan's birthday and the father's and son's camp out.  I better go round up some vitamin C for us all.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


For any of you that I am on Facebook with this will be a bit of a repeat so forgive me.  Friday was a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  Those are a rarity lately. (Our friend said yesterday "I don't know why people are complaining about the weather.  It has only rained twice, once for 45 days and once for 35 days.")  Anyway, Friday it was 70 degree without a cloud in the sky and we decided to seize the opportunity to go to the park and let Carrigan have an early birthday party with her cousins before they leave town for two months.

We went to what is affectionately known as "The longest slide park" (it has a crazy long slide carved into the side of a hill) for some sliding, swinging, playing, presents, and of course cupcakes.  Even though it was a few weeks early, I know Carrigan was really excited to get a chance to celebrate with her bestie cousins and now she is even more excited for the main event coming soon.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter 2017 (plus some baseball)

I am a little premature on this post since Easter is only about half was over, but our Easter celebration started yesterday and I already have so much to share so we are forging ahead.

The fun began yesterday morning at the City of West Linn's Annual Easter egg hunt.  I may have mentioned this in past years, but it is a mad dash across the football field to grab eggs that lasts about 30 seconds.  The kids have a blast though and never want to miss it.

After the hunt Merrick had his first baseball game.  He did a great job and had a blast.  He got an out while playing third base and got a hit every time he went up to bat without having to use the T (they get five pitches from the coach and then have to switch to the T).  Carrigan enjoyed the sunshine and entertained herself while doing her best not to watch baseball.

We finished the day at the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minnerals.  They were having a "thunderegg extravaganza".  For those of you who don't know about Oregon's state rock, the thunderegg, they are ordinary looking rocks on the outside with really cool minerals, crystals, and agates on the inside.  At the museum they had plastic eggs around the property.  If you found an egg of each color you could trade them in for a thuderegg which they would cut open for you.  It was really fun to do something so out of the box.


This morning the Easter bunny stopped by our house and left toys, clothes, and candy galore.  He is always so good to us.  After taking a peak at all the goodies we headed off to church to be reminded of the true meaning of Easter. 

In a few minutes we will head to Nana and Papa's house for another egg hunt and dinner.  It has been a memorable Easter and one that makes me grateful for all my blessings, particularly my Savior and my family.