Sunday, August 20, 2017

Happiness and Tears . . . A 15th Birthday Tale

I looked at my husband yesterday, and through tears said, 
"Tomorrow we will have a 15 year old".
Time is such a funny thing, because, I swear, I remember being 15.
Like it was yesterday.
Studying for my permit test.
Starting my Sophomore year.
Like it was YESTERDAY.
I remember fifteen years ago.
Calling my midwife and telling her we were on our way to the hospital.
Walking the halls of the labor and delivery floor at Providence Milwaukie Hospital.
And then a few hours later, holding my tiny little 7lb. 6oz. baby girl.

And here we are, fifteen years later.
It simultaneously makes my heart burst with joy, and want to split in two.

My oldest baby girl, Happy 15th Birthday to YOU!

You are beautiful, smart, intuitive, organized.
You love hard, and are fiercely loyal.
You are dedicated, and hard-working.

And I am BEYOND excited to see where the future leads you.
Whatever your path, I know you will go far with God to lead your way.

Wishing you the very happiest birthday, and year to come!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Summer Recap ~ Family Reunion

Summer is zooming by way too fast, y'all!
We've been going, going, going since June.

And our favorite getaway every summer is
camping at Crane Prairie.

Most summers we make it over to Central Oregon twice.
First for my family reunion camp-out:

And then again with Jeremy's Mom for a nice, little girls getaway 
{plus fishing for Jerm}:

Poor Miss Tay was not feeling well the morning we left.
She has a super sensitive tummy.
We really can't travel at all without her getting car sick, and now she seems
to be sensitive to certain foods.
Poor Darlin'.

Sis and Kenners got to go out fishing the first day.

The rest of us girls got to hang around camp feeding these cute little guys,
and relaxing.

The sunsets while we were there were AH-MAZING.

We spent some time in the water,

And exploring trails on nature walks.
This little mama was so cute, parading her ducklings around.

Big Sissies are the best.
Always there to lend a piggy back when needed.

And there to share secrets.

And then, the morning we were preparing to head home, Kam went out fishing with Jeremy one last time.  And came back with this guy!  
The second biggest fish of the season at Crane Prairie!
I'm pretty sure her face says it all.
She was ELATED.
Sweet girl.

A quick group shot before heading home.

And that's that.
The end of our camping season for 2017 :(

What is your favorite summer outing??

Monday, July 3, 2017

Camping Prep

Well, it's less than 48 hours until we hit the road for our 
Heitmanek Reunion Camp Out.

I have 4,087 more trips to make out to the trailer, so I'm doing what any sane person would do:
And crafting.

Just wanted to quickly share the camp shirts I made for the little girls:

I made these for the big girls 7 years ago {insert bug-eyed emoji}!
You can see HERE

And now, off to the trailer!
Happy Summer!!!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Let's Flamingle!

Miss Tay has decided that Flamingoes are a new favorite, 
which pretty much sealed the deal for a 
Flamingo "6th" Birthday Party.
That was fine by me!
I have loved Flamingoes since I was a little girl myself.

It was just a tiny, little family party,
but that suited us just fine.

We decorated, and made yummy treats just the same.
Tay loved these little pineapple pops.
I used marshmallows instead of cake, and they held their shape great!
And for the pink pops, I used brownies ~ Makenna's favorite.

Wishes were made,
candles were blown,

Gifts were unwrapped.

And my littlest baby girl is now six years old :(

I need time to slow down!

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