Saturday, September 29, 2012

catch up 2

Last catch up from Portland! The week before we left, some of my family came to visit.  My parents have been visiting Portland during August for the last while and this time my sister's family came too.  We got to spend a little time with them and it was such a good change of routine for me, plus it was great to see them.

We went to the Rose garden with them.  Here is Matthew playing in the water fountain thing.  He picked a few coins out and was excited he "found" some money :)

Here's Rose sitting by the fountain. She loved the water.

Hannah and Hailey loved running around and smelling different roses.  We discovered how different roses can smell if they are different types. 

We also went to the beach. We got up pretty early so while the kids played in the sand, dad took a nap on the beach blanket.

Angela didn't want me to take her picture, but I think it turned out cute.

Here's Matthew playing in the sand.  The kids all took their pants off because they got wet? I'm sure it made the playing more fun!

The girls digging holes that Logan loved to fill back in.

I love this picture of Hailey.  She thought it was so funny how Logan loved to fill in the holes.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

catch up 1

I still have some catch up from our last bit in Portland. We did some fun things that I didn't want to forget to document. 

First, a hike that I remember doing at least a few times growing up visiting family. It's called Multnomah Falls.  It is paved all the way up so we (Darrin) pushed Logan all the way up in his stroller. Here's a picture--we hiked to the top of the falls.

Logan relaxing in comfort...he didn't mind! :)

At the top

I took Logan to the Lloyd Center, a mall in Portland.  There was a mini splash pad there and although I forgot swim trunks for Logan, I let him play a little in the water.  He was very disappointed when we left.

One time I left a bag of cheerios on the couch. I didn't realize Logan could reach that far and this is what I found about a minute later. Oops

We went to a Koi fish festival.  Darrin likes these fish a lot and these ones were HUGE! He was quite impressed.

We went on an aerial tram over downtown Portland. It wasn't quite what I was expecting but the view was cool.  Looking out from the tram:

Another tram about to pass us:

Right before we left we went to a blueberry farm and picked 8 pounds of blueberries.  They were only $1 a pound since we picked them.  They were huge and delicious.  We froze most of them and we are about halfway done with our last bag :(


Saturday, September 8, 2012


change is the name of our game lately. We have moved yet again (the 3rd time in the last 8 months or so). Am I tired of packing and moving? Yes, definitely. But, I'm glad we are where we are (after some big attitude adjustments on my part). I feel like this is right for our family right now, but I am grateful it is temporary...wait, we have to move again?! Luckily this is a year-long residence. We moved from Portland, knowing we would only be there for 8 weeks for Darrin's internship.  Now, Darrin is officially a....


He started his Master's of Accountancy at...

Many may wonder where?! It is in Spokane, Washington (on the east side of the state). It seems as though he likes it. His classes are much smaller here than they were at BYU. There are even a few other former BYU students in his classes. Our apartment was a little shocking at first, but it feels much more like home now.  I  had to find an apartment online and I guess the pictures didn't exactly show its true colors. (it especially didn't show that all our neighbors smoke and we would be suffocated if we open the windows at night). But, after cleaning it up a bit and getting our things settled, things are looking up.  All I need is a friend or two :) 

Why Gonzaga you may ask?  
Anyone remember this guy?

Well, I guess he's a small part :) Also, Gonzaga's Accounting school is in the top 25, so it will be great for Darrin for jobs and such. 

One more exciting thing...Darrin officially has a REAL job! (not that his others weren't real, this one is just more permanent?) Starting NEXT fall, he'll be an accountant for...

WAY TO GO DARRIN!!! This is where he did his internship. So, come next fall we will be packing our things once again to go back to Portland. I really am proud of him!

Well, we don't currently have internet, but I'll still be posting, so see you soon!