Monday, November 30, 2009

We took Keyton skiing!!!!

Grandpa Hansen's funeral was a crappy reason to be in Oregon, but early snow offered us the silver lining to take Keyton skiing for the first time. Keyton was pretty excited, especially about the goggles.

Who was more excited, Keyton or Grandpa Scott? It's hard to say.

Mt. Hood, good to see you again.

Oh man, he can carry his own skis! My son is an athlete.

Before we all even had our boots on--a painful process for all but more painful for some--Gpa Scott and Keyton were off.

Do you think they're talking about their feelings?

To avoid whine-when-my-parents-are-around syndrome, we all took off and let Professional Ski Instructor of America Natalie give the first lesson.

We rejoined them later for a run down the big hill--well at least the biggest hill Timberline has to offer.

The fresh snow was fun, but perhaps a bit of a handicap when you only weigh 35 lbs and have an edgie-wedgie on your skis.

Everyone wants a picture!!

Lunch, one more quick run, and we all left happy campers.

November 12, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dragons! Dragons! Dragons!

Grandma Banana made these intense dragon costumes for the kids last year for Christmas. It took Keyton almost a full year to warm up to the idea of actually wearing the costume but by the time Halloween rolled around he was all revved up to be a scary dragon.

We wanted the kids to wear the costumes for at least a fraction of the time spent making them so we went for not one but three days of costume fun, beginning with a visit to the castle (AKA Nick's work). They trick-or-treated around the office, interrupted meetings, and pulled books off shelves.

With Christina, Chief Clerk.

With spider man (Ethan), another co-clerk's son.

Costumes day two. This was the first year we took Keyton trick-or-treating. It was hilarious!

Keyton was so excited to get candy, he would forget to say thank you--despite our many reminders--instead bolting off front porches skipping and exclaiming "I got another tootsie roll!!!"

Houses that offered the entire candy bucket for him to choose his treat brought to light a design flaw, he couldn't grasp the candy with his big dragon mit. But that would keep him from trying and us from laughing. Lola stayed warm in the stroller but for the record she was there too.

As soon as he came home, he got straight to buisness.

Aw, sorting the candy. I think I'm going to cry, he's so old!

Dragon day three was part of a masked Halloween activity disguised as fantasy and pretend day at preschool.

With teacher Kalli.

And other preschool friends.

October 30, 31 & November 3, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009


K. wanted a mean-face jack-o-lantern, here he demonstrates the meanness.

October 31, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gramma Becky comes to town!

Gramma Becky came to visit. Yeah!!

Becky is the perfect grandma for a preschooler. She brought all sorts of projects to do with Keyton, which he loved. Cheese cloth ghosts.

We walked around downtown and went to the last day of the farmers market.

Little ghost windsock.

Keyton may or may not have frequented time-0ut.

No hard feelings though.

Q-tip skeleton.

Lola especially loved Gramma's long hair and glasses.

Woven place mats.

We tried our hand at family pictures.

Bigger windsocks.

We went to this cool quilt shop in this old church. I especially love how they lobbed the cross of the top of the building!

Keyton really got into the windsocks.

We had a soup-a-paloza while Becky was here--dining on soup four of the five dinners. Here nick prepares butternut squash soup which we got at the farmers market.

What a fun visit!

October 29 - November 4, 2009