Thursday, July 3, 2014


We have now hit the three week mark of our time in Albany.  We have had many adventures as a family, and a few adventures without dad (silly adventures like me locking us out of the house without a phone or keys, and changing my first flat tire without Brad).  We have enjoyed exploring lots of different areas of Oregon.  This weekend we went to Newport.  Newport is an ocean side city about an hour away.  We went there with the hopes of seeing a crab for Ellie's birthday, but we got stuck having too much fun at the beach so we didn't have time to explore any tide pools.  We did see some crab shells and legs left along the beach by the seagulls who must have had a delicious lunch.

Ellie and Christian's first experience with the ocean

Ellie's quote "I love to see the ocean! I hope I can see it again another time some day"

Christian's favored activity on the beach was picking up sand and rocks and plopping them in the ocean.  He could have been occupied for hours.

Ellie's favorite activity was using drift wood as a drawing stick to draw pictures in the sand.  She can't wait to go back to the beach have more fun decorating the beach with her drawings.    

Dipping toes in the ocean.  

the family on Moolack Beach 

The ease of flying a kite on a windy beach was pretty amazing.
We also celebrated Ellie's birthday this week.  We enjoyed a nice day just sticking it close to home.  During the day we went to the park and fed ducks with a friend from Ellie's primary class.  We decorated a cake during Christian's nap time, then opened presents and had cake when Daddy got home.  Ellie had a super fun birthday and has really enjoyed all of her gifts.
Ellie has always loved parrots, but with having recently fed and held parrots at the zoo, she had to have nothing but a parrot cake for her birthday.  

A ballerina umbrella Ellie got for her birthday so she can better enjoy the Oregon weather.  She has used it to set up a beach in the front room this week since there has been a lack of rain. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Oregon: Week 1

We drove into Albany Oregon 1 week ago today to meet our new home.  After driving from Utah to Oregon 3 times in a month, Brad decided that this time we are here to stay!  We love the little house we are renting.  Thanks to Milly, Rob, and Terser we are mostly unpacked and getting settled.  We love our new ward.  Everyone has been extremely inviting.  As it turns out, our new bishop is a friend of my sister Kristi from Ohio (cannot lie, we're a little intimidated about being compared because Kristi is pretty amazing).
Anyway, in our first week here Brad passed the NAPLEX!!!! Now he only lacks the Oregon MPJE (law exam).  Also, we have picked strawberries in a pick your own berry patch, made jam with those strawberries, visited family in the nearby area, and gone to the Oregon Zoo!!!  Oh, and spent many hours in the back yard playing on the swing set.  Thanks Grandpa Hooper!
We do miss Utah, but we are very happy to be here and excited to see what this year will bring.

 This is basically our entire house in Milly's garage.

 Our new home!!!

 Picking strawberries!!
They are going to call us when blueberries are ready!

 Christian's boy side of the room they share.

 Ellie's girly part of the room.
By the way, Brad built that fine looking bed.

 Our kids were very careful to differentiate the cheetahs from the leopards from the tigers.

 Everyone's favorite part was feeding the parrots.

Chris was a little timid at first, but will not stop talking about how the bird stood on his arm.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wrapping Up

We are on the countdown to our move date, and we are wrapping things up in Utah.  Less than 2 weeks until we haul our lives to Oregon.  Brad is taking the moving truck to Oregon NEXT WEEK!  It is hard to believe.

As I said, we are wrapping things up here in Utah.  We signed our papers yesterday to close on our home, so as of tonight it is officially no longer ours.  That is hard to believe as well.  We have been living with my parents since mid May.  Ellie and Christian love all the fun activities that come along with living at Grandma and Grandpa's house like playing with their fun toys, helping Grandpa in the garden with digging and planting, and sharing a room downstairs in their house.  A couple weeks ago, we sat down and wrote down some of our favorite memories of the house and tried to write down the many improvement projects Brad and co. have undertaken.  The list was not short...

We also went over to the empty house last week, the day before we thought we were going to close and took a bunch of silly family photos.  I just wanted to share a few.... or a lot.
 in the family room downstairs

 Downstairs bathroom

 crawl space

 Downstairs bedroom


 Brad attempting to teach them how to plank in the living room.

 The kitchen desk

 The kitchen sink

 Christian's bedroom

 Master bedroom

 upstairs bathroom

 the coat closet

Our first home

We are also trying to wrap up loose ends with our doctors in Utah, so today we visited my OB doctor and Christian's allergist. Christian is still allergic to peanuts and tree nuts as we have known for over a year now.  We recently added kiwis to his allergy repertoire after an eventful birthday on Conference Sunday.  We also requested to have him tested for shellfish since we will be an hour from the coast.  We are glad we did because we get to add lobster to the list as well, so we will just be avoiding shellfish all together.

As for my doctor visit, I am now 14 weeks along.  Baby looks healthy, and there is a good chance we should expect a new brother come November 23.  My gut said boy, but I never really trust my gut, I guess I should. We are very excited to add another rambunctious boy to our family, and now the boys will outnumber the girls.

Brad is also trying to wrap up everything with school.  His grades were posted last week which gave him authorization to take all his lovely tests.  He has signed up for 2 of the 3 exams he has to take in order to be licensed in Oregon and Utah. Tuesday he took his law exam, and we just found out today that he passed.  Phew!  One down, two to go.

Still so much to do before our Oregon adventure begins.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Christian Man

Christian Man had his second birthday over the weekend.  That boy is growing up.  His vocabulary is really starting to take off, and I find it very amusing to try and interpret his choppy sentences.  Brad and I have both said that we never really had this toddler talking phase with Ellie, so it is fun to experience it.  We decided to go to the Hill Aerospace Museum in Roy on his birthday.  He is a big airplane fan.  Any time we are outside, and he hears a loud noise, he searches the sky until he finds the plane.  We invited cousins over for hot dogs during the first session of conference, then we headed to the museum.  Christian and all his cousins loved running from plane to plane at the museum.  It was so nice that there were so many planes outdoors where they could just run and have fun.  We came home and had cake while watching the next session.  What fun.  

The cousin's eating a typical 2 year old's favorite food: hot dogs, jello, and juice.  

All the cousins lined up for a picture.  This was a difficult undertaking with all the excitement of aviation around them.

Ellie and Ainsley.  Oh those girls... they were great a posing for their picture.

Christian also invited Uncle Mikey and when he wasn't running from plane to plane outside, he wanted to be carried by Uncle Mikey.  
These two guys are best buds, and they were so much fun to watch in the plane museum.
When I asked Christian what he wanted for his birthday a week or so ago, he said "birfday candles, blow away!"  So it wasn't a surprise that the candles were blown out before a proper picture could even be taken.
Our happy family
(note from Brad: Who can name the two planes behind us?
Arguably the two coolest airplanes ever!)

 I love this picture of Christian.  He got the McQueen car for his birthday a year ago, but his genes just would not allow him to use use it to its full extent.  Around the end of January, his legs were finally long enough to reach the floor and now that car just zooms around our tile and laminate floors on a daily basis.  He loves it.
 This is how we found him the other day... in his boat... no pants...
(PS This is his favorite shirt.  He calls it his "mush-sash" shirt.)

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Semi-annual post

It's here!! What is becoming our semi-annual blog post has finally arrived.
Not a whole lot has happened around here.  Brad is still in rotations, Teri is still working with gross holes in people and the kids are growing fast.
Here is a quick photo recap:

Hello Kitty costume from Halloween
 Panda Bear
 Gingerbread House made at Grandma and Grandpa Winter's annual Gingerbread Party
 Prepping for the cold

 Christmas Morning

 The lawn mower that he now calls a vacuum.
Princess Bike.  She has already made major improvements on the bike despite our ice covered sidewalk.  
The most desired gift from Santa was an Ariel shirt.  She put this outfit together by herself.  She insists on wearing flip flops in the house even in the dead of winter.  Sun glasses are a frequent accessory as well.  
 The redecorating of the Christmas tree on New Year's Eve.  Anything she could find in her room was free game for the event.  We had multiple ribbons from her dress ups, a slinky, a toy microphone, stuffed animals and a few other miscellaneous items. 

We had a great Christmas and New Year's.  Brad had two weeks off from his pharmacy rotations, and I had a lot of time off of work, so it was a great holiday with lots of time together as a family.  Brad is back into rotations this week and I am back to my normal work schedule next week.  I have great goals to keep the blog better updated, but we will see how that goes.  Until next time!