14 August 2012

Moments



Yesterday we got back from the "Curry's California Adventure" and it definitely was an adventure.  Let me tell you right now - Disneyland is hard with 4 babies under 9 months.  More importantly though, Disneyland is FUN with babies.  We didn't all get into the park together very often because nap schedules/baby needs were so different but I think we all had a good time with our little three day park hopper passes.  

My huge regret is that we never got a big family picture in front of the castle.  We got family pictures at the beach though and I think they are going to be awesome.  They were certainly a lot of fun to take and I can't wait to see them.

My little baby turned 6 months old right before we left and after I put him down to bed I spent a good chunk of the night looking through pictures of his tiny baby self.  I love looking at Baby B pictures - but that night I became a little bit of a mess looking through the pictures of his early months.  I may have even cried (shhh) because oh my goodness that child is growing up much too fast.  He is at an incredibly fun stage right now and still super cuddly (thankful for that!), but if the rest of his baby life goes as fast as the first 6 months he will be out the door before I know it.  If I had the chance to choose one time in my life to freeze and stay in forever this would be the time.  I've felt this way before though and I'm sure I'll feel it again as he grows and as we add more to our family but right now I just want things to stay the way they are.

  I may not be able to freeze time but I can capture little perfect moments that I never want to fade from memory.  Pictures, video tapes, journals, letters - I'm capturing memories more than I ever have before. I have a horrible memory so it's absolutely necessary.  This vacation did not disappoint in the "moment-catching" department.

Some memories I am dropping into my pensieve:

Seeing all the of the little baby cousins together and seeing Grandma and Grandpa with all of their grandchildren.






The only pictures we got of them all together were the family pictures we took on the beach.  I have a feeling they are going to be pretty cute!




B seeing the Pooh characters for the first time 
He must have recognized them from his stuffed animals because boy was he excited - out of control excited.  The moment he saw Tigger he was squealing and talking and squirming around trying to reach him.  That baby had to learn patience though because the line for the Pooh characters is a little long.



This is B's deliriously happy face as he looked back at Tigger.  He is speaking/singing to him.


He didn't want to let go of Pooh

B meeting Mickey and Pluto

He really liked these characters as well but seemed a little more excited for the Pooh characters.


Watching B completely wide-eyed on the rides
His favorites were Small World and the Little Mermaid ride.  I don't think he knew what was happening on Dumbo.



         

 Playing around in the pool
Chris and Tasha bought a little floaty boat that the Bugs LOVED.  He had so much fun in that thing.





Going to the beach for the first time as a little family of 3 
Bugaboo would smile and laugh at the ocean and stomp his feet in the wet sand - too cute.








Those chubby feet are the yummiest things on earth.  

Oh, and I never ever want to forget this sleeping angel face:


02 August 2012

Nature

We've had an Olympics filled week this week.  I'm obsessed.

We've also had a nature filled week.  It has been good to get away from the constant coverage.

There is this tiny nature preserve near my parent's house. It's a little swampy area full of cattails, bugs, and adorable itty-bitty frogs - not exactly what I picture when I think nature preserve but it is pretty nonetheless.  

Ryan rode a bike for the first time in who knows how long and we pushed B along in his new stroller.  He loves looking at leaves so he was kind of in leaf heaven for 10 minutes.

  
Walks are one of the reasons I love warm weather.  Notice the warm in that sentence - hot weather is not my thing.  Maybe Texas will be nice and change climate regions or something before we move there.

Anyway - isn't B cute in his little sunglasses?  They even have a monkey on them.  Monkey sunglasses for a little monkey.

This week we also finally went to Multnomah Falls.  This is one thing I have been wanting to do for a while.  I lived in Oregon for close to15 years and never went - just drove by it a gazillion times.  My dad informed me that he has never been though and he has lived in Oregon almost his whole life.

It's the tallest waterfall in Oregon - can you tell?





 B loved looking at the waterfall - but mostly at the leaves.  He did an excellent job in his carrier.  I'm excited for future hikes with this little one.

We also stopped at Wahkeena Falls, about a half of a mile away from Multnomah Falls - I had no idea this one even existed.  It was really pretty - not as tall as Multnomah, but still beautiful.  Poor little Wahkeena Falls gets overshadowed though - hardly anyone was there.





tiger bum

 B was so content snuggling daddy and started getting really tired.

He wouldn't sleep though so we took him out of the pack and Ryan carried him up a rather steep mile hike to my favorite falls of the day...






Fairy Falls - gorgeous!

 It isn't very big but was well worth the hike.  I've been in a huge waterfall mood lately and read about this one before we left.  I like the name too - Fairy Falls - it sparkled (probably because of the fairies)

How cute is this baby's smile?

Group shot (ignore the washed out/weird lighting)

We ended the hike with a view of the Columbia Gorge.  B was out like a light by this point.  


I love Oregon.