Thursday, July 24, 2014

2013 pictures: part 3

We love summer!
I turned around and these two had stripped down and were climbing into the sink. I figured I was paddling upstream when I said 'no'. They won.

Playing in the cemetery after our walk down cemetery road. 

Someone didn't see my entire run. Thankfully she was comfortable.

Charlie's favorite part of the library.

Can't get enough of this profile.

Waiting so patiently for her turn to ride in the backpack and help dad mow the lawn.

Cute home in Sunnyside.

He begged to wear my shirt and insisted he needed a belt.  Pretty Charlie

We went thru a short stint of not wanting to take naps. Thankfully that ended. I had to get creative. We turned the pack-n-play into a fort, he crawled in, and was O-U-T!

Charlie heard the big trucks from the bathtub and insisted on running out to see what was going on.  Even though we thoroughly enjoyed watching the corn be harvested, we also thoroughly enjoyed having the corn surround our home. I always felt so exposed when it was time for it to come down.

The side field.

Sean and Charlie were in a parade. They went with the rest of the dental office. It was always a lot of fun watching them sing, dance, and pass out fliers. After this parade was over Audri just fell asleep in my arms. It's such a rare thing for her to do, that I soaked it up. I didn't want to put her in her car seat.

From May-October the rose bushes produced the most beautiful flowers and buds. I cut a fresh bouquet each week and never tired of having them around.

Proof that when mom is sick and can't get off of the couch, nothing gets done. Thankfully Charlie was happy to run around in the mess and buff. I hate getting sick as a mom. I used to enjoy it, somewhat, before I had little ones.

Sean made a cleaning appointment for me. I thought he scheduled it when he had a gap in his day and could watch the kids. Instead, I enjoyed multi-tasking. Thankfully they were well behaved! Sweet kids.

Playing at Bill's Berry Farm. 

Heading thru the cherry orchard at Bill's Berry Farm.

Again, at Bill's Berry Farm. My parents came down to see us and enjoy the harvest. We were very grateful they did. Sean was out of town for the day with the scouts, so it was perfect timing!

Pressing cider. YUM!! They also got to harvest some grapes to make grape juice.

Out for a Sunday walk thru the cemetery and look what we found in the rose bush.....such a perfect hiding spot!

2013 pictures: part 2

PNW beaches are fuh-reezing in mid April. Thankfully my dad has this fantastic blue jacket that I grab each time I am home. Charlie was just wanting to go run and play. Forget pictures, mom.
At home selfies. Proving to myself, in years to come, that I was able to get us all up and dressed. Love when they will sit on my lap together.
The tractor doesn't stand a chance. Thank heavens for hand-me-downs. This track is such a fun toy! Thank you Ethan Copeland!
When Grandpa Bruce comes, there is always a gift...or two...or ten. The kids will never tire of grandparent spoils. Charlie Crockett.
One night I walked into the toy room and shrieked. In the dark, this was not a pleasant encounter.

Brent and Erin Martin let us come shoot with them. I fell in love with a 9mm that day. This was also the first time we left Audri. The Watkins took the kids for a couple of hours-- they knew we needed a small outing. May 2013
Never leave brown sugar, or any kind of sugar, out. It produces tasmanian toddlers.
Sunnyside would get amazing storms. 
Hiking to Punch Bowl Falls.
We met up with Jason and Wendy's family as well as Phillip and Brittany's, for a three-day weekend in Portland.
Sean forgot to bring his pants, so I stepped in.
Charlieosaurus, the milkivore
There were three sets of missionaries that met in our building with us. We had them every six weeks for dinner and haircuts. Charlie was hesitant at first, but he ended up loving having them over. It was always an exhausting day/night, but was equally wonderful.
Charlie's a varsity rock-thrower.
Meeting dad for lunch
Sean got to present Phillip with his white coat. It was a pretty cool moment.
I was soooo excited to shop for girl clothes, that I may have gotten too many. This is such a cute dress, but she only wore it twice because it got lost in her closet and then was too small. Sad, but darling baby.
Such a good assistant.
We got this table from Jason and Wendy. They used it for quite some time. I was tired of the orange-y yellow-y wood. and decided to refinish it. It took forever, but I'm happy with the outcome. I ended up having the missionaries help with some of the sanding as they were waiting for haircuts. It was a wonderful trade.
I got out of the shower to see this-- somewhere there is a naked boy.
I needed reasons to get out of the house during the winter, and Charlie needed a way to release his supply of wiggles. Gymnastics was a perfect place for the merging of those two needs. He LOVED it! Too bad his coach (who was SO good with little ones) switched classes. The replacement coach was a big disappointment, so we quit. He still talks about coach Ava.
Water babies
Oh Charlie.
Hopefully we can keep napping until he goes to kindergarten. Naps are better than chocolate.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2013 pictures: part 1 (and a few of the tail end of 2012)

I love instagram. You can take a picture, post it, and it saves to your little album. No fuss, no  sloooooow computers, and you can do it one-handed in a parking lot with children napping in the back of your car. It's perfect for those who have very little time.

As I sort through our albums upon albums of pictures, I feel like I am falling further and further behind. I want to have our family journal caught up, and then keep it up to date. It's the easiest and most organized way for me to preserve what our lives are all about and what we love so dearly. These are pictures that start from the month before Audri was born (November 2012). Can't believe how little these babies of mine were. I love them. Each of these pictures were taken for some reason and I intend to journal about each of those reasons.
bowling at the Sunnyside bowling alley. Love that sweet face.
Mario lost half of his mustache, and Luigi is in overalls that are ten sizes too big, but they looked cute. We were at our ward's trunk or treat. Sean was helping out at one of the stations-- pumpkin bowling.
Charlie loved these jammies and boots. He loved all things tractor related. He'd say "tracos mommy, please!!!" I found these little John Deere boots at the goodwill in town. What a find!
Practicing for baby Audri to arrive.
Ready to go on our first outing. To the Weaver's house for a Christmas party. She was six days old.
A hands-on learner like his mama. After having a baby, I didn't really mind if he was painting himself, as long as I got to sit for a minute or two.
Such a pretty sleeper. This is one of my all time favorite pictures of Audri. She looks so sweet and feminine. We had just gotten back from visiting Sean's office and having her meet the staff.
Another favorite of mine. Sweet sweet profile.  I love her cheeks, turned up nose, curly hair and coloring.
Round two of body art. Again, I was just happy he was entertained.
Charlie knew what to do at dad's office. He'd jump into the chair, put on the sunglasses, and start to watch television. I assisted him with his dental bib.
Our push-up assistant. We'd head over the church to use the gym, as our own personal gym, a couple of days a week during the winter. We would bring Charlie's bikes and Audri would sleep in her seat. It was a win-win.
Our Sunday walks around Gary Martin's vineyard were wonderful. We were so happy when winter was through and we could get outside. These llamas lived next-door to us.
I loved looking down and seeing her as I was cleaning the house.
Loved the baby bjorn! If I could have my babies hooked to me all day I would be happy. Well, maybe if they were sleeping. 
Sweet moment. Sweet father.
Helping clean the church.
Love that she'd hold my finger. Just reminding me that she was there.
Sean had us stop this habit. I thought it was cute while it lasted.
I sent Sean to the grocery store with Charlie. They came back with this balloon. Charlie saw it at the checkout and Sean couldn't resist. He called it his 'piggie' balloon.
These two.... Reading Book of Mormon Stories together. We would make up stories about all of the pictures to help bring it down to his level.
I love cheeks!
Monkey see monkey do!

A favorite pastime. We would walk around the vineyard and find various irrigation ditches to throw rocks into. 
I can't believe he was once this small. Miss that little toddler.
Audri was a hit in my primary class. They all wanted to hold her. I did pass her around and she did fine with it. Here she is with Kaylee Condie.
This nap started with a fussy baby. Poor thing had a gassy stomach. Apparently this position was the cure. 
Loved dressing her up.
Proof there is a mom.
One of my favorite times of the year in Sunnyside. I loved seeing the freshly plowed asparagus fields.
Our traditional Easter Egg Hunt at the Kaptein's home.
Many of our friends from the Sunnyside ward. I love Charlie, Joey, and Cannon in this pic. 
Our favorite accessory. However, it has become more of a necessity than an accessory. Not sure what we would've done without this double jogger.
Sweet moment.