Thursday, August 12, 2010

Summer Fun

This summer has been so much fun! I was hoping to keep the blog more updated but well, I have been too busy enjoying my summer!! That's a good reason, right? Let me share some of our summer adventures..

For 4th of July, we went down to the river for the day. We listened to the bands, took a train ride, threw rocks in the water, and ate lunch and ice cream. Later that night we lit off fireworks in mom and dad's backyard and had a bbq. We ended up watching the fireworks from the river on top of the Lampson building..we had a perfect view!

We did some scootin'...

Parker and Brady were in the Tiny Tot Olympics! Everyone won, of course! Callie was too young, but she snuck into a few events. We're flexing our olympic sized muscles in this picture.

We most recently took a trip to Mt. Hood, OR for a little R&R. It was amazing..totally what I needed! Cory, my Dad, and I were able to go whitewater rafting. Seriously people, if you have never done this or think it's too scary, you just HAVE to try it. While we were there we also went to the SkiBowl Adventure park which was also fun. We did an awesome zip line while the kids played in the "play zone" and Parker went on a kiddie boat ride. The wanted to ride the ponies, but when it came down to it..they both chickened out! There is tons of stuff for the older kids to do so I would totally recommend it if you have not so little ones. They have this HUGE slide (and when I say slide I mean it goes down the entire mountain) that we can't wait to hit in the future. We also did some fishing...but just caught a lot of sea weed. In the pic below I'm fishing at Trillium Lake..can you beat that view? I don't think so. This trip really inspired me to be more adventureous in my life and go outside my comfort zone! I can't say enough how lovely this area was. Most of the pics are on our other computer, so I'll post those later.

We've also gone camping at Lake Easton which was lots of fun too. We took the kids into Seattle to the Science Center and saw the dinosaur exhibit. Callie was a little nervous at first, but she got over it really fast and had a great time. We enjoyed fishing, campfires, smores, and watching the "squirrlies". Like all vacations though, it was over too soon!

Other updates are...I got a new car!! Yay!! The kids were getting a little too scrunched up in the backseat of the wagon so we sold it and bough a suburban! It's sooo nice and low mileage and I couldn't be happier. It's been a great roadtrip car with more than enough room. Of course my Dad helped hook me up!! If you need a car, go see him at Overturf. K, that was my little shout out to pops :)
Also, I became an Auntie again!! Melissa delivered a healthy, super cute, wonderful baby boy in June. Our little Lukey Loo is so sweet and doing great. Oh did I mention she barely made it to the hospital in time?! Like no time to start an IV, the doctor at the nurses desk delivered him, and she was just getting wheeled into the room when she was pushing. Crazy, right?! Wow. She's a champ! Anyway, Callie adores "baby" and is always keeping watch over him when he's around. We are sure blessed with all these babies!!
Is that enough excitement for 1 summer or what?! Now we are heading into the end of summer, but still have plenty of adventure left in us. We are getting excited for the fair and planning Callie's 2nd bday and Parker's 3rd. Oh and I guess Cory's birthday is somewhere in there as well as our 4 year wedding anniversary. Time to PAR-TAY!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Spring Fun!

This mother's day weekend was so fun! Gotta do a little bragging here folks, so bear with me. Cory made a couple awesome dinners for us. Friday was ribs with a homemade dry rub, potato salad and coleslaw both from scratch, and bbq beans with his own bbq sauce. Yum! Sunday we made steaks that were the size of my head! They were great!! I also got my sweet Mother's Day present..a steam pocket shark mop!! K, I know I get a little coo-coo about cleaning products, but have you seen the infomercial for this? It's just as good in real life!!
Another cool thing we did this weekend was head to Walla Walla for the balloon stampede. It was the first time we went, and it was so fun. We ate lots of fair food and looked at all the booths. Parker and Callie got to feed the race horses and go down the super slide. We watched to night glow where they light up the hot air balloons, and there was a fireworks display afterwards. Lots of good memories were made! I think we are going to go back every year.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Life Updates

Callie had her 18 month check up a couple weeks ago and Parker had his first dental appointment. They were both kinda crazy, but let's start with the Callie update...
My little girl is 21 pounds, 32 1/4 inches tall!! Crazy right? Dr. said he thinks she might be tall and skinny! She can't be from this family then, right?! Well, we do have some relatives on both sides with that kind of body type, so maybe she has some gene in there to get her going. He said she will probably be a taller than me. Won't that be weird? Other than that, everything was great. She got 4 shots..only 1 more at her next appointment and she's done till kindergarten. Wow.

As for Parker's dental appointment...well, let's just say he wasn't very cooperative. I had to wake him up to take him, which is never a good thing. He cried the whole time. At least the dentist got a good look at his teeth though. Unfortunately, he threw the dentist's tools at him, and threw the toothbrush at the hygenist twice. He wasn't in the best of moods. Everything was in good shape though, which is good news. He doesn't have in his very back molars yet, so those should be coming in sometime before he is 3. More teething? I thought I was done with that with him. Oh well! Good times ahead!!

Cory started baseball season, with their first game against Ike this weekend. They won 12-2! Yay! My mom and I (well mostly my mom) made Callie the cutest little orange and black flower pin to wear to the game, as well as a little hair clip. Gotta keep her lookin girlie, even during baseball games!

So with Cory working full time and coaching baseball, he only has 1 day off..Sundays. This means a lot of our home projects are kinda on hold for the moment. One of my main goals is to start taking before and after pics of our house so we can see all the hard we are doing is actually paying off. Callie's room is pretty much all done, so I will try to get pics up soon of that. My 2 main focuses right now are March for Babies and next up...planing my high school class of 2001's 10 year reunion! We will be having our first meeting coming up in April. Should be fun to get some of those memories flowing again!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

March of Dimes Gala 2010

Last night was the first time Cory and I went to the March of Dimes Gala. It was such an awesome event! There were so many diffent wineries there, as well as great food, raffles, and even a live auction! Cory and I both got to get dressed up for a cause that is dear to our hearts. Still no camera charger, so no pics to share, which I'm pretty bummed about. I think I'm going to have to break down and buy that camera charger after all!!

We were inspired by 2 parents who shared their story of their daughter, Kate. Some of you who do March for Babies may recognize their team, "Kate's Team", who always have the bright green shirts. Kate was born at 23 weeks and only lived for 3 days. It was such a touching story about how this family turned something so tragic into something to help other families and babies. Although that was a very emotional part of the night, there was a lot of laughs too. Cory and I are not wine people at all, so it was pretty fun to learn and try such great wines from the area. We had a blast at our table too. We are so blessed that Kate Lampson invited us..thanks Kate!!! I wished we could have stayed and danced some at the end of the night since there was a live band, but well, we all know how Cory doesn't mix well with dancing!

The most important thing I got from last night was not only how lucky we are to have 2 healthy kids, but it really motivated me to put in some extra time trying to build our family team. I know we can do it!! (This is where I'm going to try to getcha!) Please go to and just check it out. Even if you can't donate any money, you can at least join our team for the walk in April. Even if you were a healthy baby, you've had a healthy baby, or you are pregnant...what a great way to give other moms and babies the same opportunities!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Looking Back

So I dug up an old post about my 2009 goals...let's just say I was a little too ambitious at the beginning of last year. I guess that's what the New Year is all about though..having high hopes for all the possibilities that the next 12 months might hold. I just thought it would be fun to follow up on those 2009 goals...Here we go!

Books to Read

Beyond Belief:Finding the Strength to Come Back Finished it and it
s a great read for anyone that's known someone with an addiction

Life Under the Banner of Heaven Didn't read
Multiple Blessings I really didn't care to read this after the infamous divorce of Jon and Kate
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands Didn't read, but it's on my list for 2010 for sure! I love Dr. Laura!

Only met 1/4 in this group, that is terrible!

Family Goals

Start Movie Night We tried this but the kids are too little to watch, so it ended up being just Cory and I, but that's alright!
Eat dinner 5/7 nights together at home I would say this was a success
In warm weather, walks 2 x week Did it!
Have 1 family summer BBQ Callie's birthday was a BBQ, so I am counin' it!

Met 3/4..Go Family!

Financial Goals
Pay off 4 credit cards/debt
Establish emergency fund

Thanks to the sale of our house, we were able to meet both financial goals for 2009! So that's 2/2

Homemaking Goals
Learn to make homemade bread Nope!
Organize/fix up bedroom I got new curtains, new pictures Gotta do this at the new house now! But I did have it done at the old house.
Have all moldings done throughout house Did it! Well, Cory did.
Label kids clothing tubs,put away Clothes are put away, but not yet labeled Done/em>
Organize Recipes/Recipe storage Nope!
Grow a veggie garden Did it!

Met 4/6

Personal Goals

Workout 3 days/week
Lose 20 pounds
Get family picture done Did this!
Increase volunteer time with MOD

Met only 1/4. Boo!

Places to Visit

Oregon Coast yep, did it!strong>
1-2 camping trips family vacation in summer.
snowboarding trip in winter.
2 Mariners games Made it to 1, so I will take that..Callie couldnt make it so maybe this year!!

2/4, that's not bad!

Spiritual Goals

Church 3/4 Sundays
Participate in 1 volunteer project @ church
Post monthly devotional in kitchen,share on blog

I'm sad to say I didn't meet these goals. I was doing good the first half of the year, then tapered out..This is something I definately am going to change this year.

Met 0/3


I had a great year though, and I am very happy with what was accomplished for the year. We moved, which wasn't planned so that throws a wrench in things. Check back in, aren't you excited to see what my goals are for '10? Me too!!!!