Pumpkin Patch 2013

We went with Grandma and Grandpa to a nearby pumpkin patch…the same one that Danny and I used to go to as kids on class field trips.

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I think we hurried along the loose tooth that Owen has been working on for the past couple of weeks.P1160863



It was a gorgeous day!

Grace’s First Hunting Trip

Danny took Grace on her first hunting trip. They went out one afternoon and stayed out until just after dark.

There was bird watching, apple eating, hiking.

But the only large animal they saw said “moo”.


I noticed an unfortunate discrepancy in my posting…I posted Grace’s Third Grade picture last year, but I didn’t post Owen’s Kindergarten picture…Oops…Fortunately, that is the only mistake I made all year:)


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Owen Kindergarten

Owen has done an amazing job transitioning into a full-day of school. He is at Pre-K in the morning and Kindergarten in the afternoon.

He is a good friend to everyone. He is nice to people, and very empathetic. He knows his letters and is reading very well.

He always has a smile on his face. The comment that I get most about this one is how happy he is.

He is full of energy and has a hard time sitting still. Owen is my deep thinker and often asks me questions about God while we are driving to school.

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The game was on late last night and the kids didn’t make it through the whole thing. I snapped a quick pic before they headed off to bed.P1160855

The Ducks had another amazing game. Mariota rocks!


#2 University of Oregon Ducks – 62
Washington State Cougars – 38


Go Ducks #6: Poor Puppies

I am getting farther and farther behind posting these “Go Ducks” posts…My goal for next week is to post it before the weekend is over…

So we had an extra dog in the house for the Duck vs. Huskies. Daisy’s brother Bert stayed with us. He was quite happy, as was Owen.
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And Owen and Bert. We couldn’t resist…That is a really big smile on Bert’s face…He wears the “O” well, doesn’t he?

Here’s to another 10 years of dominating those dirty dogs…

#2 University of Oregon Ducks – 45
#16 University of Washington Huskies – 24

Go Ducks #5

A bit late on last weeks “Go Ducks”…

The game was away and it was nice to enjoy the game in comfortable, dry seats…


And we’re getting excited for this week’s Game Day at the Oregon vs. Washington game in Seattle…GO DUCKS!!

#2 University of Oregon Ducks – 57
University of Colorado Buffaloes – 16

Go Ducks #4: Soggy Anniversary Edition

Danny and I celebrated our 11th Anniversary yesterday.  Eleven years ago we planned our wedding for September 28 because it was a bye weekend and there would be no game conflict. This was the first time since then that a game has fallen on our anniversary day. Danny’s grandparents had tickets to the game but gave them to us due to the weather forecast for a massive rain storm that was supposed to hit right at game time. And for once the weatherman was spot on.

We arrived early so that we could walk around and look at some of the recent changes to the stadium. There was just a light bit of rain as we walked around. Nothing major.

The giant “O”, there is one on either side as you walk up the steps into the stadium. P1160730

When you look more closely, you can see that it appears to be made out of many little people. Possibly tops of trophies?

Along one side of the stadium there are posts for each game played. They have the opponent and the score. The color of the posts depends on who won the game.

The last few years have been good to us…

There is a beautiful waterfall with the “O” on the back of the jumbotron behind us.


We saw the players on their way to the stadium and I got a picture of Owen’s favorite, De’Anthony Thomas (second from left).
They are a blur even when they are walking, they are that fast…

Warm-up before the game. This was the last picture that I got because of the “rain”.

Once we were in our seats the torrential downpour started. It may be sacrilegious to even mention that there was really rain in Autzen Stadium. But I think the secrets out. It rained so hard there were moments we couldn’t even look up at the field because we were being pelted so much in our faces. We were the first seat in the row and there as a waterfall running down the steps beside me.

I must admit, we left at half-time. The score at that point was 41-3 Ducks ahead and we were soaked. We were not alone in the mass exodus of the stadium.

Here is a shot during the game from Brian Davies of the Register Guard

#2 University of Oregon Ducks – 55
California Golden  Bears – 16

Tree Climbing – Owen

Owen loved the tree climbing. His was different than Grace’s in that he didn’t have to do much work. The guy at the bottom did all the work for him. He loved the height and liked just dangling up there.








Tree Climbing – Grace

Back in June we were able to go to an “open house” at Green Island which is part of the McKenzie River Trust. Danny, the kids and I went with Danny’s Grandpa who had actually worked on the land as a kid. It is not open to the public often so it was nice to get to go and walk around. One of the “attractions” they had was tree climbing. Both kids were excited to get in on the action.





Grace did pretty well. She had to work to climb the tree using her feet and the harness to climb. I think she got a bit scared as she got up higher and then was a bit too shy to tell the guy that she was ready to come down. But it was all good…Glad that she tried it!

First Day of School 2013

Grace and Owen started a new school year last Tuesday. This first day was particularly significant for us because at the beginning of the summer we moved. The kids started at a new school and you can tell by the looks on their faces that it was quite exciting. I am so proud of these two. There was minimal worry. They were full of confidence and excitement. It has all gone very well so far. They both love their teachers and have found friends in their classes. Neither really missed a beat. They are amazing…

Owen has transitioned very nicely to first grade thanks to being in a full day last year between Pre-K and kindergarten. Grace is a big fourth grader and has done so well with all the change!

And the sweetest thing? Notice that in the pic below they are holding hands. They love each other, spend a lot of time together and watch out for each other. After an entire summer of being together all. the. time. I am so pleased.

First Day