Thanks for being patient with me and this blog! In some ways I am more "off the grid" here than I was in Bolivia! We don't have internet at our house and it isn't easy getting online at the coffee shop, so this blog has gotten very neglected! I am also finding that moving a family of eleven for the fifth time in about a year and half has been almost my undoing! I feel like all I do is pack and unpack, organize, sort, get rid of things, and then do it all over again.... Okay, enough about that, on to the blog for February. It is mostly going to be pictures with a bit of commentary...
The first place we stayed was at Uncle Tim and Aunt Diane's house. How peaceful it was. Each night for the first few weeks we were home I remember thinking about how quiet it was. No dogs barking, horns honking, or loud parties... ahhh, just quiet!
Because Uncle Tim, by nationality is full Dutch, Aunt Diane decorates with cute Dutch items. These wooden shoes fit Paula perfectly. I thought she was sooo cute in them!
|Paula my little Dutch girl!|
|So many treats, so little time!!!|
|Chris and Lisa and family... Uncle Ben on the far right playing|
|Clancy holding Peter, Kevin (adopted from the Ukraine, 2011)|
|Emily chilling with her cousin and good friend, Ericka|
|Music, always music!!!|
We actually took a short three day trip over to my parents house. They were actually gone during the time we were there and our time was "top secret", so that I could spend most of my time in my mom's giant soaking tub! It was a much needed break. While we were there we celebrated Clara's 11th birthday for the first time! You will see that we celebrated it a couple more times, before it was all said and done!!
|Happy Birthday, Clara!|
Next on the schedule was Booher Family Reunion at the Oregon Coast. We spent four days with most all of Rudi's family. It was a blessed time!!
|Mud masks for the acne prone!!!|
Kenneth and Emily
|Rudi and Emily jamming with Uncle Chris|
|Happy Birthday, Clara|
At the family reunion with the
special cake Aunt Diane made!
|Rudi's youngest brother Gabe with|
his wife Mandy and Troy, their
|Aunt Des reading to some of the little folks.|
|Clara and Jessie making|
butterfly pancakes together.
Can you tell those two are related?!!
|The amazing Oregon Coast|
|Aren't we pretty?|
|And from another angle!|
|These two did A LOT of dishes.|
Uncle Ben and Rudi
|Hiking with Uncle Chris.|
|Rudi looking dapper in his hat!!|
|David with Daddy|
|Oregon Coast Lighthouse|
For reals it is that beautiful!
|L.to R. Jessie, Leah, Dwight, Meriwyn holding John, Eric holding|
Rosie, Haddie, and Robert
Our next stop was over the mountains to visit my side of the family, or at least some of them! We were able to spend several days with Grampa and Grams. It was a blessing to rest there with them. They really pampered us taking us out for a hike and out to lunch one day. We also celebrated David's fourth birthday and Clara's 11 birthday again with them!
|Happy Birthday, Clara!|
Grams, Grampa, and Clara
|Peter meeting his Uncle Dwight, my|
brother just older than me!
|Happy Birthday, David!!|
|Loving' that dog!|
|Sisters out for a hike together!|
|Peter loves to hike too!|
|Rudi and I with my parents Paula and Burnell!|
|Ruth looking so sweet!|
|Family picture by the river!|
|"Time to eat, Daddy!"|
|All you can drink Root Beer...yumminess!|
|L. to R. front row: Burnell, Chance, Ruth, Clara, and Liberty|
Back row: Myles, Emily, Grampa, Grams, and Clancy
What a handsome crowd!
|We enjoyed lots of this... SNOW! This is the first time|
our little ones have ever seen snow!
|Cousins, our new best friends!!!|
David with Clayton (also adopted
from the Ukraine by Chris and Lisa)