Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Oliver!

Today Oliver turned 6 years old! I can't believe how old he is getting. I remember when he first came home. He was such a cutie! 

We blew up a bunch of balloons for him the night before, and he was so excited when he saw them in the morning.
 

For his dessert, I made cupcakes with smiley faces.
 
 
 

 He was so excited to blow his candle out.
 

It was so awesome watching him open up his presents. 
 

Oliver, I'm so thankful that God brought you into our family. You have brought us so much joy, and I can't imagine life without you. I can't wait to celebrate many more years of your life. Happy Birthday!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Good to be Home

After our two week road trip, we are finally home. These past two days were filled with around 21 hours of driving. Our dad had dinner waiting for us when we got home. I love my family and this wild adventure we went on. Thank you to all who put us up, and to all the amazing people we were able to visit with. And thank you to God for bringing us home safely.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Visiting with Grandma and Grandpa

Another stop on our trip was visiting our grandparents. It was so great spending time with them. 

Playing games is always a favorite. 
 
 
 
 

We ate plenty of ice cream and popsicles. With temps over 100 degrees, it helped cool us down.
 
 

Thank you so much Grandma and Grandpa for having us for a few days. Thank you for the great food and swimming. I can't wait until next time!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Underwater Pics

I had a lot of fun taking pics of the kids swimming. Nolan and Dennis especially loved being photographed.

                
 

Oliver really impressed us all during the visit at our grandparents. He finally learned how to jump into the pool and not be afraid. Before, he'd always look like he's going to jump, and then quickly get in the pool by hanging off of the edge. It took so many tries though, as he would continue to turn while jumping and look like he was hitting his chin on the edge. Thankfully he never did. It took bribing him with a popsicle to jump correctly. After that first time, he wanted to jump in again and again and again. Way to go, Pooter!

After jumping in, he was fine with going down the slide and going under the water. Here's a pic I took as soon as he went under. I love his smile! 
 
 

Sveta even took a pic of me. 
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Seeing Caleb Again

This morning we left our aunt's house, and headed up to visit some more people. Everybody was really looking forward to seeing Caleb again. We ended up meeting at Costco for pizza and churros  

While making the long drive, we stopped at a fruit market that had a bunch of free samples, from blackberries, peaches, figs, and strawberries.
 

 Dennis, Oliver, and Nolan wanted a pic with this sign.

We are staying at our grandparents house right now. The kids love the pool, especially since the temperature is over 100 degrees!
 

I wanted to get a pic of the boys, but right as I was taking the shot, Caleb got pushed in. :)
  

 Caleb, you are such an awesome big brother. You have a great sense of humor, and are so much fun to be around. It was so great hearing about what God's doing in your life at college. I miss you, and can't wait to see you again soon!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Spending Time with Adam

Adam is such an amazing big brother. While the girls were at the shower, he watched all of the kids at the house where he's staying. All of them were so excited to see him again! Afterwards, he came back to our aunt's house with us and spent Sunday with us. Oliver wanted some cuddle time with Adam in the morning. So sweet!

After breakfast, before it got too hot, all the kids went to the park. They did obstacle courses, played catch, and climbed trees.

After the park, Adam treated us all to Rite Aid ice cream.

We got home, had lunch, hung out for a bit, and then Adam treated the older kids out to Starbucks.

Thank you Adam for everything! It was so great seeing you again, and I can't wait to see you for the wedding. You are awesome, so talented, smart, and a great role model. I miss having you around.