Sunday, March 26, 2017

Snow Day and Sledding

Back in January, we had a few snow days.  We got lots of snow, and the boys had a lot of fun sledding.  We were off from school and made the most of the fun.  We didn't have to go anywhere, so we stayed home and enjoyed it.  Here's a look back.





Thursday, February 23, 2017

Celebrating Christmas Part 3

When we got back home, we celebrated Christmas one more time with our cousins who live in our neighborhood.  We met them and had a nice dinner together, and then we let everyone open presents. It felt like we had really spread out Christmas this year.  Even the kids kept asking, "Are we still celebrating Christmas?"  It was a fun way to spread out all of the fun Christmas cheer during the holiday season.  This was our final celebration.  Then we moved on to the New Year!





Monday, February 20, 2017

Saying Good-bye to Palm Springs

We had a nice time while in Palm Springs.  Not only did we celebrate Christmas there, and visit Joshua Tree, we did some other fun things.  The boys enjoyed swimming in the heated pool.  Jeff and I got to do some morning runs together.  We went out to dinner at some of our favorite places.  I was able to visit with my Aunt and Uncle.  And I was also able to visit with a good friend of mine who drove up to see me from San Diego.  We also celebrated Grandpa's birthday.  It was a fun trip!

Dinner at Kobe's


Grandpa's Birthday




Sunday, February 19, 2017

Joshua Tree

While in Palm Springs, we took a day to visit Joshua Tree National Park.  The boys were so excited and really looking forward to climbing on all of the big rocks.  They had also filled out their Junior Ranger Booklets in hopes of fulfilling the requirements and getting their Junior Ranger Badges.

We got up early and drove out there.  It took us a little over an hour to get there.  The first thing we did was stop at the Ranger Station and listen to one of the Rangers give a talk about the park.  That was one of the requirements for getting the badges.  After that we drove around and stopped at one of the many viewing areas.  We hadn't even gotten a mile into the park, and the boys were already enjoying walking around and climbing on everything.  Next we stopped at a hike and walked around. Later we had lunch.  We kept driving and stopping at a few more places, although we didn't have time  to stop at every one.  At the end of the day, we stopped again at another Ranger Station and the boys were sworn in as Junior Rangers and got their badges.  Then we headed back to Palm Springs.







Saturday, February 18, 2017

Celebrating Christmas Part 2

On Christmas Eve, we flew down to Palm Springs.  We met up with Grandma and Grandpa Youker and Aunt Cheryl.  We drove to our rental house and got settled.  The next day was Christmas.  We had a few presents to exchange.  Then we went and had a nice brunch at a nearby hotel.  It was sunny, and we enjoyed being with each other and celebrating Christmas together.







Saturday, January 28, 2017

Celebrating Christmas Part 1

This year, we celebrated Christmas in stages.  First, of all, we were going to be gone for the actual Christmas Day, so on the night before we left for our vacation, we opened our Christmas gifts that we had received from our family in Cd'A.  My parents and my sister and her family had sent us some presents, so we opened those up before we left.  It was fun to begin celebrating a couple of days early.  The boys enjoyed receiving some fun games and other fun gifts.  Thanks to our family in Cd'A!




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Zoo Lights 2016

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is going to the Oregon Zoo and seeing the zoo lights.  Every holiday season, they put up lights around the zoo, they stay open later into the evening, and people come and view the lights.  They also have a zoo train that you can ride that takes you around the zoo to look at the various lights.  So we bundle up, because it's usually quite cold, and went for it one evening before Christmas.  We rode the train and had a fun time walking around looking at the lights.