Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Another trip to Bend!

Thursday morning we packed up the car and headed to Bend...excited to get away from the unusual August rain. We had a relaxing trip despite the fact that Sienna is teething...AGAIN! She's been teething almost non-stop for over 2 months and now has 14 teeth! If we can survive the next 2 teeth (her 2 upper eye teeth) then we should have a teething break for another 10 months or so (when her 2 year molars should make their appearance). YEA! This was our first trip since Brayden started sleeping in a big boy bed and since we weren't too sure how Brayden was going to do sleeping in a sleeping bag, we decided to bring his pack 'n play, just in case. Brayden ended up doing great, even though the first night he kept falling out of the sleeping bag (it was a sleeping bag and air mattress in one). After that first crazy night, we decided to drain most of the air out of the mattress and he slept like a champ the next 2 nights! I was so proud of him!

Grandma & Grandpa bought a fun new toy for Brayden to play with...Wedgits! They came with a picture book with different design ideas and I'm pretty sure that Brayden made every single design about 50 a few original creations of his own. Besides "fishing", the Wedgits were all he pretty much wanted to play with.
Of course no trip to Grandma & Grandpa's house would be complete without going "fishing"!!! Brayden fished in the pond (as he likes to call it) for a few minutes. For once the kids didn't pay too much attention to the "pond" while we were visiting.

The other best fishing spot is what used to be the dog yard (when I was growing up) and is now known as the courtyard. There is another fountain in the back corner of the courtyard that we fish in. Chris came up with a game several visits ago where we all (except for Grandma!) take turns attempting to cast the fish into the water. What silly games we come up with to entertain ourselves...and the kids. haha!
Brayden and Grandpa fishing together! (You can see the fountain in the far right corner)
Even Sienna was interested in fishing this time! Of course, it took all of Brayden's willpower not to rip it out of her hands....well, willpower and the threat of being put on time-out!
The Chairs
As usual, Sienna entertained herself by playing with the plastic chairs while we were outside enjoying the nice weather. She tried stacking them...
But she couldn't figure out how to get them turned the same direction...
So she decided to line them up instead!
This picture doesn't really show how funny this was, but, we were all at the other end of the deck enjoying the shade while Sienna was just sitting in her chair all by herself! She looked so bored and lonely sitting in the chair.
I guess she got tired of sitting by herself because she decided to rearrange the chairs...again!
I'm not sure what she was trying to do, but she ended up getting the chair stuck in her shirt!
Since Sienna is too young to play with the Wedgits, she stuck with the Legos that we brought with us. I'm not sure what our kids would do without Legos!
Both kids love to red books. Sienna will sit on our lap all day long and bring us book after book if we let her.
As I mentioned in a post a couple of months ago, Sienna does not like to get dressed. I'm not sure what her deal is because she's fine once her clothes are on. One night we were getting the kids ready for bed and she refused to get her pajamas on. She is definitely our wild child! Maybe she'll change her mind this winter when it gets cold! Sienna loved riding the 4 wheeler around the house...this was the first time that she could actually push herself around using her feet!
I'm pretty sure that Grandpa would have yelled at my brother and me for doing this as kids, but I guess grandparents let their grandkids get away with more! ;) The kids had fun spinning around in circles while sitting in the chair together. They even appeared to hold hands...maybe that was out of fear of falling off! I was a little worried that they had just eaten lunch but Grandpa didn't seem too concerned!
The best part of the whole trip was our night at the Pine Ridge Inn. We left the kids with Grandma & Grandpa and headed out before lunch on Saturday and didn't return until lunch on Sunday. It was an extra special getaway because this is where we stayed the night we got married. It was also exactly 7 years ago (to the day) that Chris proposed. It is hard to believe that our lives could change so drastically in 7 short years! I'm not sure that either one of us could have predicted that we would have a 1 year old and 2 year old 7 years later. In fact, if someone had told us that we'd be parents of a 1 & 2 year old, I'm pretty sure we would have laughed at them and told them that they were crazy. Of course we love our lives, even though it is a bit crazy at times. The Pine Ridge Inn hadn't changed much since our wedding...the rooms looked exactly the same and we still had a pretty nice view of the Deschutes River from our balcony. The major difference was that the pine trees had grown quite tall over the last 6 years and really limited our view of the river. They also built a bridge that takes away from the overall quality of the view. Here is the view from our room, which just happened to be right next to the honeymoon suite that we stayed in last time!
Here is a picture of the same area of the river from our honeymoon suite in July 2002!


Catrina said...

Ahhh...the beloved Macnab fishing fountain! A trip to Bend isn't complete without it!! Ha! I love it!