iPad, Teddy, and dining outdoors. This is the life.
I met a puppy version of my recently, dearly departed Maxwell. It was love at first sight.
Sometimes my Pops works late, and Moms just doesn't feel like taking me home and making dinner. On those nights, we go out to dinner. Our usual favorite haunt is Papa Haydn's.
HAVE YOU SEEN THEIR DESSERT CASE!?! Yummers.
What chocolate cake?
My Auntie Feather has been telling my parents about her neighborhood's 3rd of July party since I was a baby (coincidentally, she moved to this neighborhood the same year I was born!)
This year was the first time we actually checked it out though, and boy was it great! Her other nephews, Adam and Nate were there (I hadn't seen them since October 2011) and we started our evening together soaking in the pool. From there, we had dinner and sparklers in the backyard. We finished the night going to her neighbor's yard where we watched an amazing fireworks show put on by a pyrotechnic-licensed neighbor across the river. It was professional-grade-awesomeness.
Showing off my dog-paddle-with-a-life-vest swimming skills
Nate helps out
Adult supervision required
Auntie Feather with the assist
Another 4th, Another Old Navy pic. (See also: MILESTONES page)
Tanks (whilst enjoying a bagel)
Distracted by Flarp. Sticky, noisy Flarp.
Smoke bomb. Yell-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Took a houseguest's dog for a walk. In my PJs. That's how I roll.
So nice of our neighbor to coordinate his Ferrari with my jammies
My buddy Landon's birthday gives new meaning to the words PARTY BUS
Cupcakes. Don't Mind if I DO.
After a fun fourth, we packed up our car and headed to Central Oregon. Pops signed up for a multi-gun challenge with his boss, and we all headed east.
Moms and I got to spend lots of quality time together while Pops was out on the range. We went to SHARC, we went on a hike, I rode a pony, and we watched Pops and his friend for a stage of the competition. I was also spoiled by Pops' boss and his wife, who had us over for breakfast one day AND an exclusive 3D viewing of "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."
Alone in the car with Moms for over 3 hours makes for one Saucy O-Mo
Enjoying a little iPad time at the Brewpub
Blowing Mr. Scott and Miss Bridget a kiss
Swim gear, check. Ready to hit SHARC.
Taking in the scene
Floating on the Lazy River with Moms was the highlight of the day for sure
Haha. Who am I kidding? This smoothie was the highlight of the day.
Pops & I: Golf Ball Hunters
At the range: Eyes and Ears required
Waiting for Pops to start his stage
I could get used to this life
Lava Lands Hike--starting with the loop around the top
Sadly, the fire tower was closed to visitors
Nice try with the Selfie, Moms
Halfway around the loop
I Feel Pretty...Oh so Pretty...
A quick stop at the Visitor's Center, and a purchase of some binoculars
C'mon Old Lady, Keep UP!
Up on the rocks
Ride the Pony!
I wasn't old enough this time, but someday I'll be back to ride those pretty horses
Moms decided it was time to get my hairs cut. That's fine and dandy, but I must be bribed.
On this night, I was able to talk her into Pizza Schmizza and FroYo. Sucka!
Chillin in the Batmobile
Pops helps me make a BIG bubble
The day after Bubble Fest, we took a Field Trip to Sauvie Island.
It was a beautiful, sunny day that started out with a family breakfast at Pops' favorite spot.
Then Moms accompanied me and my friends on the field trip. We picked peaches and berries and flowers. It was a very productive day.
I guess I was a little bit tired that morning
With my pal Landon in the bus!
Helping Moms with her wagon
Raspberries. Or Blackberries. Either way: Yum.
Blueberries. Also: Yum.
Less helpful once the wagon was full
The end of July meant the end of my days in my pre-school classroom. I moved on to the pre-K room with my buddies who'd headed there a bit earlier than me.
As excited as I was to be with my crew again, I was sad to leave this class. It was a great year, I had great teachers, and we were all a little emotional at my "Gradulation" ceremony (as I called it).
The two videos are long, but c'mon: how many gradulation celebrations will I have in my life when it's just me being honored?
Trying to keep it together while Teacher Kathy reads what my friends said about me