Saturday, October 1, 2011

One year already

Happy Birthday to our little Parkypants. He did get a bit partied-out after a while but had fun with balloons, singing and other typcial birthday celebrating. We love our little blonde boy, he is growing up so fast. He, like Ethan, seems to eager to do everything. They both keep us laughing, on our toes & amaze us with how quickly they catch onto things. Thank you for all the messages, calls & gifts. He's a well-loved little man.

Hugs & love from Georgia

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bouncing boys & bonding brothers

Ethan & Parker continue (for the most part) to enjoy their time together. It's fun to watch them interact & just be boys. In a little over 5 weeks Ethan will be at preschool each day. I hope it's a smooth transition & a new chapter that we'll each enjoy. It will be a change that's for sure. He'll be able to make more friends and I look forward to needing to find sitters less often. (At least I'll only need one watched when those instances arise). Not to mention, shopping, or going anywhere, with just one child sounds ga-lor-ious--done in a singing voice. I will miss my little buddy but am glad I'll have his brother's company for a while.

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July

This year for the 4th of July Tony and I spent it serving others. First in preparing both Tina and Claire to dress and enjoy the Rodeo which they went with Zeke, and a couple young boys that are also here visiting from Taiwan. They both loved dressing up a bit, and greeted Zeke with a "Yahoo" as they opened the door.

After many attempts of taking a picture of the four of us, with no luck, we settled with separate pictures with the girls.

Mollala Roundup. Both the girls had mixed emotions watching the clowns, and the bull riders. They felt part was very cruel to the bulls, and the others were crazy. I tend to agree. They did enjoy the horses per session.

After the rodeo they enjoyed a BBQ, and bonfire at Zeke's parents in Oregon City.
Tony and I attended a Veterans appreciation BBQ at the Happy Valley Church building pavilion. It was sponsored by our ward, but was a time that we could serve the Veterans, and show appreciation for the service they rendered for us. It was a very fun, yet full day in the sun. By evening we were all ready to call it a day, especially knowing Tuesday was a school & work day.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Family additions for the summer.

On Monday June 20 Tony and I received a phone call in need of finding a home for these two girls from Taiwan, for just a few days. They were to arrive on Tuesday the 21st, so the coordinator was in a hurry to find somewhere temporary for them. However the home they were to go to on Saturday had a change of circumstance, so we decided to have them stay with us until Sept. 29th.
Meet Yang Ssu Hsin (Claire, chosen American name) on the right, and Chen Ting Hung (Tina) on the left. We found after just a very short time, we have truly enjoyed there since of humor, willingness to learn, and dedication to speaking English while here in America; and they do it quite well I might add.
I think one thing we love about them both, is the fascination with the beauty around us, that we tend to take advantage of.
On the first sunny day, a couple days after there arrival, they noticed the roses in the back yard, so we went outside to pick some, but also to take pictures. Tina took many pictures, and has quite a talent for capturing its beauty.They have already enjoyed several outings with the coordinator, and we have many planned with them as well, so they can gain the most from this experience.

Rocky Butte was the setting for these pictures. Zeke Smith (the coordinator) was showing them the fort that existed in Northeast Portland long ago.

The Vista House allows a beautiful landscape of the Columbia River.
And Multnomah Falls is one of the great places to bring those visiting here in Oregon. I think the girls enjoyed it very much. They didn't however want to hike all the way to the top.

Monday, May 30, 2011

A Sobering Moment of Appreciation.

Today was a day to remember the many that have passed on, and appreciate what they stood for.
Tony and I started our day by going to the cemetery first to place a marker on dads grave, then onto the Willamette National Cemetery to see the sea of flags of the many in the military that have served our country. It was a very sobering feeling to drive through, and as far as the eyes can see there are rows and rows of flags by every headstone; thousands upon thousands of flags.

When our children were younger we would go and help place the flags. Scout troops from all over the Willamette valley volunteered for that special chance, or opportunity, then come back for the special flag raising ceremony, and the honor guard salute.
I think it sank deep in their hearts, and instilled a great love for our country, as well as those that helped to protect it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"55" years ago

This year for Tony's birthday he and I spent the weekend before at Long Beach Washington relaxing. I however forgot my camera so no photo's were taken. It was a nice getaway even though most of the time it was overcast. It didn't rain until Sunday as we were driving back to Portland. Sometimes its just nice not to have anything planned to do but relax. We walked, watched movies, played ping pong, visited with family, and loved the warm pool & hot tub.

On his actual Birthday we went to a new Resterant in Vancouver Washington called the "Grant House". It was a beautiful day, and fun evening with a wonderful man that has blessed my life for 36 years.
I love him more now than ever, and excited for the goals and direction we are working forward to together. "Happy Birthday"

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mothers Flower garden

Mother has spent this month working on her flower garden to keep her busy. This was taken on mothers day, and has doubled now. We need to figure out what craft, or activity she can do next before it gets anymore out of hand, but at least it has been very uplifting for her.
She say's she has a flower garden that never needs water, yet continues to flourish.
Pops, loves the bright colors, so this has replaced his Christmas lights that I put up at Christmas, and he didn't want them to be taken down, however the fire marshal had other instructions.