Monday, April 16, 2012


Ok folks, I realize it's been 6 months since my last post, I fully and totally admit that I've been a terrible blogger. I have no excuse, I've been lazy. I have A LOT to catch up on, Thanksgiving, Christmas, pretty much January through March... but first things first! I couldn't miss the opportunity to tell the world that my sweet little boy is three years old (and I'm only 4 days late).

My baby boy is 3, I cannot believe it. THREE-YEARS-OLD!! How is it possible? It's gone way too fast, sniff, sniff. Little Brother is growing up so fast! Miles you are a true joy in our lives. You make us laugh on a daily basis with your funny little personality, shaggy hair, skinny little body, belly laughs, and sideways glances. You are the perfect combination of naughty and nice. We adore you kid! Happy Birthday to you. I am so proud to be your mommy.

For your birthday party this year, you wanted Scooby Doo theme. You invited all your friends (most of your friends are very pretty little girls) and you had hot dogs and french fries at your request!
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011


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We had a great Halloween weekend. The kids were SO excited to wear their costumes and actually lucked out and had a few different occasions to show them off. We went to Ava's school's Harvest Party on Friday, then on Saturday took off to Portland for the Toy Story 3 show of Disney on Ice. The kids LOVED it, I honestly got choked up seeing the excitment on their faces when the show started. It was awesome. Then on Monday, we took the kids over to our annual Halloween party at the Vigelands. The kids made out like bandits trick-or-treating. I only wish I hadn't forgotten my camera!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


We Did It! 26.2 miles in the BAG, baby!

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We did it alright, and I've got the blisters to prove it. Guess I should have put some band aids on my feet like Galen did with his nipples.

Photos By: Thanks so much Shawn!

Monday, October 24, 2011


Ahhhh...I love the Oregon Coast. I love any coast actually but the Oregon Coast is really one of the very best. We were lucky enough to get away for a long weekend in Manzanita. Everything about this stretch of coastline is incredible. We had such a fantastic time at our crazy little Blyth-Grout-Porter family reunion. We really do have the best families ever. Thanks so much to my Mom and Dad for housing all of us in the huge Old School House. There's something about the ocean that just does something to my soul. I love it. I love that my dogs love it. I especially love that my kids and their cousins love it. I would give just about anything to live on the beach (though Bend aint too bad either)... DSC_4512 DSC_4508 DSC_4481 DSC_4502 DSC_4505 DSC_4507 DSC_4533 DSC_4534 DSC_4537 DSC_4560 DSC_4566 DSC_4580 DSC_4573 DSC_4584 PA080009edit PA080003 DSC_4604 DSC_4612 DSC_4627 DSC_4637 DSC_4645 DSC_4653 DSC_4635

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cabo Hace Mucho Calor En Septiembre!

En Fuego. Mui En Fuego. I know, I'm not very good at Spanish, I'm actually asking Galen how to spell Spanish words as I write this. But that's how I felt in Mexico last month. It was fricken HOT. So hot that I hardly remember most of the trip. Yes, that's right, I hardly remember the trip at all because in order to cool myself down in the oppressive heat I was forced to hydrate myself with copious amounts of Dos Equis and Margaritas (what? Have you heard what's in the water there? Yeah, I knew, but that kinda backfired on me after we got back. Note to self, you can get Montezuma's Revenge from the ICE they put in your drinks. Wish I would've thought of that and avoided the accidental "cleanse" I experienced when I got home...but you don't want to hear about that do you? No, I didn't think so, back to our HOT vacation, not to be confused with anything HOT associated with my bowels). Other than the sun turning us into complete alcoholics for the week (don't worry folks, the kids were safe and sound at Babbie and Papa's house in Bend), we had a total blast. We fished for tuna in very rough seas, took in a snorkel (eh-hem, okay who am I kidding) a BOOZE cruise, hung out in the pools, even took in a wedding! Colin's new bride Kelly was beautiful, and I'm so happy to have her in the family. We're looking forward to many more vacations with this crew! But maybe if we do Mexico again, lets go in December, K? P9170099edit P9170042edit P9170107 P9170138 P9170139 232323232fp73435_nu=3286_5_4__3;_WSNRCG=36_395327232_nu0mrj P9140011 P9160019 P9160027 P9160028 232323232fp73468_nu=3286_5_4__3;_WSNRCG=36_3966_9232_nu0mrj