Thursday, May 15, 2014

Meanwhile,

Uncle Seth left on his mission on May 6.  He made it to Chile, and is studying the gospel and the Spanish language according to Chileans.  We had a family hangout the night before he left, after he was set apart.  He is going to be an amazing missionary.  
Our friends, the Christensens, came for a summer internship.  Their big boys, Grant and Max, are on Jared's soccer team.  We are going to be spending a lot of time with them this summer.

After they arrived, they took a quick trip to Portland to visit Cambell's grandma.  While they were gone, we went to Ikea for a few things that we needed.  That place is a maze.  After meandering through the showrooms as quickly as we could, we hit the restaurant before we got a cart and grabbed our items.
 It was a relatively quick trip to Ikea.  Including driving time, it only took us 4.5 hours.
This is why we only go to Ikea once every five years.  The kids held up really well, and I got some benches and a bookcase that we needed.  

Eloise finally has enough hair to pull it all into one ponytail.
 This means that it is also long enough to braid.
 Eloise is very patient with me as I learn to braid very fine hair.
 Our neighborhood had a cinco de mayo party that we didn't attend.  Since none of the kids in the neighborhood showed up, there was a pinata waiting for a less rainy day to break.  Our neighbors brought it to our driveway to break it.  And then two of the kids cried when it was broken.  Maybe we should have let them hit it longer before we broke it for them.

I got a trampoline for Mothers' day/my birthday.  I love it so much.  I just wish I didn't have to share it with all of these little people.
 The kids would be on it 10 hours a day if we let them.

In other news, our car does fit six carseats.  Rebecca and I took the children to the farm park while Todd and Cambell used their car to drive to their Seattle office.
 It was a tight fit, but it was a really fun trip to the farm.  We even brought the dog.
 

 The weather has warmed up again for the week, so we put on our naturalist hats and went to Juanita Bay Park to look for wildlife.  We were not disappointed.  We saw ducklings, red winged blackbirds, a bald eagle, robins,
 a dozen turtles, and Rebecca and I saw a muskrat or something like it swimming under the boardwalk.
 Jared brought some notebooks, pencils, and a field guide to the Pacific Northwest.
 When we were done walking the park, we sat down in the shade and the kids wrote/drew pictures of things that they saw.

 I predict that we will be seeing a lot of this as the summer goes on:

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