Sunday, November 26, 2017

Fall Fly By...


 To be very cliche, Fall has flown by. Eva and Penny had birthdays. Halloween was great fun and Thanksgiving was awesome.
 Tormo's face pretty much sums up my feeling after this long Thanksgiving weekend. 
 Last night Penny and I continued our new Christmas tradition of making a Christmas pictures and framing them. 
 Tormo continues to be a good beast.
 But these beasts are by far my favorite. 
 We went Black Friday shopping and Penny found the Husky hat thing, and Eva already had the fox one.
 As I was cleaning out the garage I found this picture from probably 2002 when Katrina, Christopher and Caleb we so small. Now two of them are on their missions!
 On Thanksgiving day we went to the matinee of "Coco" and it was excellent... although my allergies were acting up. ;)

 This has been my new favorite pizza. The BBQ Chicken pizza with smoked Gouda cheese and fresh cilantro sprinkled on afterwards. I got the idea watching "The Pizza Show" on youtube. They visited the guys who started California Pizza Kitchen and showed how they made this their signature.
 Penny got Baptized. It was an awesome experience and I am so proud of her. She was so excited to do it and is so enthusiastic about the gospel.
 Kalynator also got baptized the same day, and then we made a ton of pizza's over at Ben's house for friends and family.
 Eva and Penny all ready to go.
 Here's Penny on her birthday. We went shopping and picked her up this big plushy pillow. Her name is Kelly. 
 I took these on the way into church one day. The Kentwood building has great trees with fall colors in the fall.

 Eva got hamster! It's name is Cosmo and he's a pretty good little guy. He's gotten away a few times, but we've managed to find him every time.
 Here he is on the way home from the pet store.
I finally put up a pull up bar in my garage. I got some 1" pipe from Home Depot and some floor flanges and screwed it into some of the rafters.
This is our Bishop (Porter's) little boy. I took this at the park on a random night were we saw them there and played a little baseball. 

Anyway, life is great and things are going well. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The last of summer 2017

 Here's a few things that have been going on over the past few months..

 We got a new kitchen faucet. Not really that exciting, but it's been a nice upgrade to the one we've had since we moved in. I got a good deal on it on Amazon and surprisingly it's not a piece of junk.
I cooked my first sous vide brisket. It turned out pretty well. It was slightly more done than I think I will make it in the future, but for my first try it wasn't too bad. 

I had it in the sous vide for about 40 hours...
 Then I smoked it on the grill for about 3 hours. 

Random pictures of the kids from the last few weeks.

 Right before school started for the kids, we went to the Great Wolf Lodge for a night and two days. 

The kids even got to do the Magi Quest courtesy of a bribe from Aunt KT for riding the Howling Tornado. 
Finally, we had our annual trip to Kalaloch. 












Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tall Timber Fishing Trip 2.0

This weekend Eva and I took a short trip up to Tall Timber Ranch to do a little fishing and have some quality time.

Getting ready to go...
success right off the bat...kind of.

Eva reeled this guy in.
 Hanging out in the camper.
 Close encounters with wildlife.
 Eva caught this huge fish all by her self. I was so proud.

 I caught this guy on the Saturday morning.
Overall we had a great time. Eva hurt her ankle on the first night and was kind of hobbled the rest of the trip so it could have been a little better, but the goal of quality time with her was met, so mission accomplished.
P.S. Eva's response to a "Would you rather" of having to eat hot sauce once a month or have an arm chopped off was pretty hilarious.
Dave



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Koa camping in Astoria.


 Earlier today we got back from a trip down to the Astoria KOA. Scott called me last week and said they had his in-laws cancel on the last minute, so there was a spot for our camper if we wanted to go, and since I had already been thinking about adding another trip this summer, I decided it was a great opportunity.
Loaded up for the trip down.

 Eva found a chess set in the camper and they also had some big outdoor sets at the KOA so we played a few games.

 We made s'mores on all but one night.

 Hanging out in the hammock with Eva
 Throwing the ball at Cannon beach with Tormo was one of my favorite activities.
 Eva having fun playing in the sand.
 More of Tormo at the beach...

 Hanging out with the crew at the dog park.
My new low calorie invention. Mac 'n cheese chili dogs.

It was  pretty great trip. I wish I would have taken more pictures of stuff like playing mini golf, doing tie die and the kids jumping on the air pillow but all in all it was a fun trip. (Minus an accident involving Tormo's leash and V's hand.)

Here's some other random pictures from the last few months since the previous post...

 Taking V out to Red Robin for her birthday.
 Going to Laser Tag on the 4th.
 Working on the fence on the 4th...

 I've recently been doing playing a bit of golf. Eva likes to tag along sometimes.
 Took the family and Kalynator to a Rainers game courtesy of the Boeing Company.
 Play date at the house.
 And more pictures from the golf course with Eva.