Saturday, April 19, 2008
These are some belly dancing butterflies.
Here are our tree hugging friends beginning the parade
Here we are.
It wouldn't be a Bend community event without seeing a few people we knew like a couple families from our ward watching the parade, and a colleague of Brad's and his daughter also in the parade.
After the parade there were a bunch of booths set up in the park with eco-friendly companies. We got some cool information, Ethan had to (of course) enter a drawing, and the kids made pinecone bird feeders. So... HAPPY EARTH DAY!
What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Elise came to us at the perfect time. I will always remember that she was born on a Friday because Brad had a big test on Thursday and at McGill they always got the day after the test off, which meant that Brad didn't miss the test, or any school because we went in to St. Mary's hospital (in Montreal) around 5am Friday morning. I remember thinking as I was going, how perfect it was that I had ironed Samantha's dress for church already, which is odd because I usually don't iron until Sunday morning :D They watched me for awhile and then decided to induce me because she had stopped moving. She was born around 11 am that morning, 5lbs 4oz, just as healthy as could be which was remarkable since she was 4 weeks early.
One of my fondest memories was on Saturday at the hospital when our friends the Jarvis's, the Glowa's and the Salmon's all saw fit to visit me, all 10 of them (unbeknownst to the other) at the same time, just as they released Elise from the special care nursery. It was so amazing to me that I had such a wonderful family of friends encircling me, since my own family was thousands of miles away. We have always been so blessed with good friends that were close as family. Again, it is one of my most treasured memories.
Elise was a very colicky baby. Here is Benji trying to hold her "just right" and do "the dance" (about 3 months old in this pic)
Elise didn't get her first real hair cut until Kindergarten, here she is bald and beautiful around 15 months old.
Once her hair started coming in it was super curly. 2 1/2 years old.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Elise. She learned to ride her 2 wheeler when she was only 3 years old. In Dedham the kids rode their bikes everyday (since all there was to play on was asphalt) I LOVE the goggles! She thought she was pretty hot stuff!
Elise has always had a tender heart and wants those around her to be happy. We are glad she is a part of our family.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday afternoon we decided to head out to Smith Rock (30 min North) since Brad hadn't been there yet. "They" claim this is where the sport of Rock Climbing began (http://www.outbackchannel.com/climbing/srtv/1986/index.html).
I thought it was cool to see this guy's shadow move up the wall with him
It really is an amazing place. It is like it was dropped by the Gods in the middle of ranch land.
Abby and Elise tested out their skills
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Maggie, a full-blooded wolf, and Abraham, a dog/wolf mix, were pretty imposing. Very friendly, but people were still a little skittish about getting close to them. After a little while, we saw that they were just softies (albeit with a lot of large teeth) that wanted to sniff everybody. Some people got licks on their faces. Ethan and Elise were able to pet them, but for some reason the wolves were more interested in bigger people.
At the end of the presentation, everyone tried to get the wolves to howl. Abraham was tempted, but unfortunately we weren't good enough:
All in all, it was a pretty cool event. It's not everyday you get to touch a wolf. Ethan saved some wolf fur, and I'm sure they'll remember it for awhile. If these people come to your town, I'd definitely recommend it. You can see their work at http://www.missionwolf.com/index.asp.
Anyways, that's my post. We'll see if Tracey lets me guest blog again. I'm just dying to do a movie review!