Sunday, July 27, 2014

Torin is most definitely well fed!

Torin is easily our biggest (almost) 2-month-old!  We've come to a few conclusions about chubby babies:

Chubby babies are happy babies!

Chubby babies are also good sleepers!  He has been sleeping really well at night, at times sleeping 6 straight hours!

Chubby babies are difficult to not want to kiss on the cheeks!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Let's go for a walk

It was a beautiful night so we figured we'd bring the entire crew for a walk.  Everyone wanted to be touching the stroller and helping push baby Torin.  Torin loves being outside and looking around.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

40+ pounds of berries

We have had a great season for berry picking this year!  Over the past few weeks, we've picked over 40 pounds of berries, including blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and marionberries.  Earlier this summer, we picked 15 or so pounds of strawberries.  Honestly, we probably would've picked more if our little picker helpers were more agreeable (and helpful!). 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer days at the park

We have had a beautiful Oregon summer and have taken full advantage.  With our current family situation, we haven't been able to do as many hikes or short trips as we have done in previous years, so instead, we've spent lots of time at parks playing.  We have had lots of lunches and dinners at the parks.

We have enjoyed playing games like basketball, tennis, and cornhole and

playing on the slides and tire swing at Memorial Park

Torin has also love his sibling time at the parks.

We have also spent time at Atfalati Park playing basketball and tennis and playing on the playground equipment.  And running away from dogs!

We love our Portland summers!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The bedtime "norm"

Occasionally when we have a babysitter, Jacob decides he is really sad and misses mom and dad.  One time, when Ashlyn was babysitting, she came up with a solution, effectively putting a 'shrine' of Jacob's favorite things next to him.  Here's an example of one shrine we saw.

For a long time, Liam has had trouble staying in his bed to go to sleep at night.  Most nights, he falls asleep in the crib.  This solution will eventually not work since the crib is now Torin's (or will be once all the summer vacations are over!)  Finally, we threatened and had to follow through with taking away his bed.  He ended up sleeping on the floor.  It worked for a day or two.

Claire sleeps in odd postions.  She almost always has her head covered up and/or wrapped tightly in blankets.  Often, she is right against the edge of the bed.  One Sunday morning, I woke her up for church, and she had a great big line across her forehead where she'd had her head resting against the edge of the bunk bed's guardrail!  Who knows how she sleeps this way, but it is definitely how she's slept ever since she was small and would stuff herself face first into the corner bumpers of the crib!

Bedtime is still a challenge, especially with Kate and Liam, and has been for months.  We are hoping they'll grow out of it soon since our main form of 'punishment' (having to go to sleep in Torin's crib) will not be an option soon!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Fun 4th of July weekend

We decided to go on a family hike in Tryon Creek.  Kate and Liam really wanted to have backpacks just like Jacob and Claire - they looked kind of silly as hiking backpacks! 

We hiked down to a couple bridges over the creek.  It was fun to look at the trees and the way the trees bent and twisted toward to sunlit openings in the thick forest.  Kate and Liam loved the view from the bridge.

We made lots of stops so that everyone could get into their backpacks for their snacks.

We decided to try making ribs on the grill for the first time.  We used a yummy rub and Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce.  They were delicious, and it went well enough that we'll try again!

1 month old

This sweet little boy is 1 month old today!

He is so good-natured and easy going.  It is a joy to hold him and to watch him.  He definitely notices when Dani is present because he will start looking for her when he hears her voice, and once he finds her, his eyes will follow her around the room.

It is hard to believe he's already a month old!

Friday, July 04, 2014

4th of July

There were face painters and the kids all chose their own designs.  Whereas most people got flags, fireworks, or other 4th of July related face paintings, the kids all went outside of the standard and were thrilled with the result.  Claire got a dolphin; Kate became a kitty cat; Liam got a rocket ship; and Jacob got a pair of light sabers.

The snow cone machine was a pretty big hit.  Kate has a new habit of taking a few bites of her dessert and deciding she is done.  Liam and the other kids finished theirs!

Liam and Jacob were looking pretty fierce with their face paintings and snow-cone stained shirts!

After lunch, we spent some time in the bouncy houses and in the pool.  We didn't get many pictures, but it was especially nice to have a little kids pool that was shallow enough for Kate and Liam and all of the young children.  It was fun spending time with friends and their families.

That night, we decided we would try going to downtown Portland to see some fireworks.  The entire time, Claire was pretty nervous about the sound.  We ended up on the east side of the river, north of the fireworks.  We brought a blanket, glow sticks, and popcorn to eat while we waited for the fireworks to begin.

We had a great setup for the entire family.

The view of the city was spectacular.  One day, we decided it would be fun to have a boat on the river for the fireworks show.

In the end, the location we were at was less than optimal because there was a huge tree that obscured our view of about 1/2 of the fireworks, but we enjoyed it and will try again in the future!

Loving baby Torin

We love Torin!  Jacob and Claire frequently ask to hold him and snuggle with him.  It is gratifying as a parent to watch the oldest take an interest in caring for him.

Torin is a very healthy little 1-month old.  When he was first born, Jared commented on his sweet and peaceful demeanor, which, 1 month later, he definitely still has.  He doesn't seem to get rattled by (or even notice) the noise and occasional chaos that surrounds him!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Water park days

We spent a warm Friday evening at the water park in Wilsonville for dinner and some fun.  The kids spent nearly the entire time in a big water fight.  One of the ward members became a soaked target when his wife told the kids to shoot him.  The kids walk all around the water feature and often find little friends to involve in their games.

Afterwards, we wrapped everyone up for a photo shoot.

Claire was a little too worried about a little boy walking near their water gun stash to participate in the photo shoot!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Reading time

Kate loves bringing books for Dani to read after her naps.

How can you possibly resist this face and those eyes?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Little Bumbo Baby

Jared put Torin in the Bumbo for the first time while he and Jacob played a game.  Poor Torin is so floppy in the Bumbo!  Hopefully he will love being in there because it is such a nice place for him to be!