Monday, October 25, 2010

Five Months...on Thursday

Greyson and Bentley are five months on Thursday and they are getting so big.

Just a brief update (in addition to their three month talents):

-they are both rolling from their backs to their tummy, if fact they are just rolling in general.. I will lay them on one end of a blanket and find them minutes later on the other end or even off the blanket near our table or recliner

-they are starting to really interact with one another by grabbing at each others faces and sucking on each others heads, hands, and feet

- they have had an increase in their vocabulary... especially Bentley, she already knows how to chew us out and use tone inflection to show us she means buisness

-they are both starting to laugh with the help of their daddy's coaxing

-good sleepers... most of the time!!!

-Bentley just cut her first tooth this past week

-Greyson loves to kick at everything it is so fun to watch and Bentley likes to flutter her hands

I can now say that I love being a mom. I have had so much fun getting to know Greyson and Bentley. They are so different and have such unique personalities. I look forward to the time that I get to spend with them and for the opportunities we get to develop together . At first being a mother was completely different then I had invisioned and more difficult than anyone could've described. Both Shane and I have been perplexed how these two babies continually suck the life out of us and we keep coming back for more. I guess that is called being a parent and it is all in the cards. As for me, I am proud of the my new skill set I am developing and although it isn't always measurable in terms of what I am used to, I will continue to make deposits in hopes of building some interest.

Round Two... Pumpkin Patch at Sauvie Island

I purchased my first groupon coupon in Portland (or every actually because I was unaware of the existence of groupon before residing in Portland) for the "Heart Maize" out at Sauvie Island because I hadn't got my fill of Halloween fun yet. So on Saturday we met my brothers Seth and Dan as well as my niece Amaris . We also met up with some new friends and their son. We took a hayride with the Bob stroller out to the pumpkin patch where my brother attempted to finish off the twins feeding. It was really nice... he just jumped in so Shane and I could go pick out a pumpkin with Amaris. The Pumpkin Patch at Sauvie island is huge and filled with an assortment of festivities. Amaris played for a while on the haystack and then we went to the farmer's market and stocked up on some yummy produce. Plus we purchased some pumpkin butter which was worth the trip itself. After everyone left, Shane and I ventured in the corn maze with the babes. Once again we lucked out with the weather, although it was raining on the way out to the pumpkin patch we hit a great pocket of time that it wasn't crowded and he weren't in the pouring rain.

Cute Greyson Pics

Round One...Pumpkin Patch Bend, OR

(I love that Shane and I are both smiling when we are supposed to have a serious face as we are "unsure" as to whether we will be getting good crops for the year...some posers we are)

My sister, Emily came to Bend for the weekend with her family from Enterprise Oregon where they recently moved. So we decided to join them and make a weekend of everyone visiting my parents. My brother Nicholas also lives in Bend with his wife Emily and son Kayden. Anyway we all went out to the pumpkin patch by Smith Rock for the afternoon and had a great time. We hit in a perfect day because it was cold and overcast but not so cold that it wasn't enjoyable but apparently enough to deter others.

Sporting their halloween pj's compliments of HONEY!!! Thanks for always spoiling the babes mom.

I love this picture of Bentley and Greyson... they look so tired but I love how they are snuggled together.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hiking with the babes

We live near Washington Park which has a huge trail system. So we have been going on several hikes to enjoy the nice weather. We have found that it has been a nice fix to the outdoors and there is quick access from our apartment. It takes a minimal amount of time and effort to pack up and drive to and we can load and unload easily as that has become more of a production these days.

Some Fun Pics...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Swifts in Portland

Shane and I ventured on a family date night with Greyson and Bentley to check out the Swifts. Some students in Shane's cohort suggested that we check it out as it only happens once a year during a few weeks in September. Several thousand migratory Vaux's Swifts descent into the chimney of Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. They continue their journey to Central America. So we made sure to follow the sidewalk on the side of the school were the chimney was visible to assure a good show.