Monday, July 25, 2011

summer fun with visitors

Wow, 2 weeks fly by like that when you never have to go to work, huh?

1. Peace Corps friends visited.

We arranged a couple marriages. Seriously, how cute are these kids?

We also established which kid is taller. You make the call.

2. We partied for Aunt Katie's engagement to the Ricker. Thanks to Wendy, we have a photo.

Aaaand a silly one.

3. The Volz family was just in town. Fun times by the hotel pool, sleepovers with Grands and Aunt Erica. A little extra sleep for Dad.

4. And did you know you can use Jenga blocks to make a rocket?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Whidbey Island...ROAD TRIP!

Fun times driving up Sat. and down Sunday. Saw Sarah's aunt Billie and her husband Leo. Great fun, we boated, drew artworks inspired by the beautiful treeline, rode 2 ferries, learned carpentry (who say and 5 year old can't use a saw? or that an 8 year old can't use a power grinder?) and ate at the Centralia Burgerville twice!

Here's proof of most of that. I can provide receipts for the rest. We're back in Portland for the next 3+ weeks. Excited about Volz family visits beginning this weekend. Lots of trips to the park and library (but not the pool--highs in the low 70s all week. Wah wah, I know) to keep the boys entertained. And of course, more blog updates.

Peace and love only/always!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Silver Falls hike

Today was a beautiful day for a hike. So we drove down to Silverton for some Mexican food, then hiked at Silver Falls State Park. We breathed DEEPly.

This next shot commemorates the 19 years of love I have felt for Sarah since 1992, when we met, and when we last walked through this park together.

Check out little Buddha:

What a couple of hams!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Busy month, OK?

No point making excuses for the delay. Here's some photos of summer vay-cay.

We spent 6 days in Bend (central Oregon), enjoying perfect weather and the pool.

and biking...

and hanging with cousins...

and getting our eyes checked!

Lots of playing in the park, reading library books, drinking out of water fountains (my favorite thing about the USA), eating avocados. We have patronized several food carts already, including one selling Kobe beef corn dogs. (Yes, they were awesome). Fireworks tonight, only 1 very minor burn on Gary's finger. So worth it. Sarah got the boys to yell "freedom" every time they chucked a little Pop-It into the street. Take that, King George!

Might hit the Gorge or the beach later this week. More photos to come. I promise.