S: McAlmonds: August- November 2011
BC: "Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family" -Anthony Brandt
FC: August | September | October | November | 2011
1: August 2011: A Day at Graham Oaks Nature Park
2: OMSI: Narnia Exhibition with Kerry and Adrian
3: A day of discovery and fun- August 3rd, 2011
4: Girls Weekend at the Cabin
5: August 5th and 6th to celebrate Amy's birthday and over 20 years of friendship
6: A mid-August trip to Seaside was just what we needed to get some sunshine and have some relaxation.
7: The weather was mostly perfect for our four day stay at Big Blue. We played in the ocean, had a picnic on the beach, went to the aquarium and made s'mores.
10: F O R E V E R | We all love staying at Big Blue- with a firepit in the back for a BBQ and close enough to the boardwalk to take our bikes.
11: Kayleigh 8, Trent 6 and Kassidy almost 3.
14: We even saw the annual Salt Works re-enactment which happened to occur on the only cold, windy day of the trip.
16: Swinging | Biking | Splashing
17: Tumbling | Kite Flying
18: A last minute decision to move bedrooms ended with a 2 week long project to move Kayleigh into the old playroom (with a queen size bed), Trent into the craft room (with the loft bed) and Kassidy into their old bedroom. This gave Mom and Dad a new office! It was a LOT of work- but everyone seems happy now.
20: Happy 3rd Birthday Kassidy Ann!
22: Special guests for the Dora event were Blake, Riley, Olivia, Catherine, Liam and Ian from school, our neighbors Carena, Daniel and Alex and our family including the Petersons.
24: "The kids played well and everyone loved the cake Grandma Jacque made.
26: She had a wonderful party and received many great gifts including Dora dolls, some new outfits and books.
29: It's hard to believe our angel is already 3 years old!
30: August 29th 2011 Kassidy Ann is 3 years old! We celebrate at Red Robin and with gifts at home.
32: The crane was over the skylight! | Stairs!
33: Backyard work: 2011 | A busy day in August when the concrete was finally poured for our new patio. It was crazy to see the big trucks and cranes over the house! Very exciting to see them work- Kassidy was intent on supervising. It will be so nice to have a level area in the back to play!
34: The new backyard patio and stairs were perfect for water fights on a rare hot day in Beaverton.
35: A sunny weekend in August was just perfect for practicing our bike riding and just being goofy.
36: A surprise visit to Enchanted Forest before school made everyone smile. | Rides
38: A late summer BBQ for friends- Helen, Pat, Heather and Lauren also served as another celebration for Kassidy's birthday.
40: Kayleigh- 8 is heading into 3rd grade with Mrs. Lamey.
41: Trent- 6 is off to start 1st grade with Mrs. Nelson. Kassidy- 3 is just excited to wear her new backpack with the kids.
42: 2011 First Day Of School
44: September was a busy month for Trent as he joined the Boy Scouts and had a play date with Connor to help him celebrate his birthday.
46: A sleepover with Heather always brings a smile
47: October began with Kassidy's Brady Bunch obsession- especially with Cindy's hairstyle
48: A sleepover with Isabella and time with the Girl Scouts kept Kayleigh busy!
50: Fun family photos to begin the spooky season
53: Baggenstos Pumpkin Patch: 2011
55: We went with the Muenters and the kids had a blast on the tractor and the hay bales.
56: It was a short ride out to the pumpkins to find the perfect one
59: But in the end the best animals on the farm were ours!
61: October 15th: 2011- A Bridal Shower for Brittney
62: A great reason to bling!
63: Presents for the pretty!
64: Chehalem | Harvest Hoedown Dance | Isabella and Kayleigh
66: Follow the Yellow Brick Road...
67: We had a great turnout- over 60 people- including Katie/Jesse (eggs/bacon); Matt (Elf); Julie (Gypsy); Amy & Jack (Pirates); Pat/Helen (Star Trek); Katie (witch); Faith (angel) and Ingrid/Liam (Devil and Lion)
69: More guests: Kathleen/Amanda (Grim Reapers); Amanda/Allison (Pirate Queen and Harry Potter); Tanya/George (Witch/Doctor); Heather (Ladybug); Breauna/Connor (Witch/Mummy); Matt; Ciera (red/black witch); Edd (Pirate)
70: Clockwise from top: Heather, Pat, Kurt, Helen, Mike, Matthew, George, Wayne, Rebecca, Sam, Carey, Ingrid, Julie, Amy, Nate, Patty, Edd, Matt and Christina | Clockwise from top: Amanda, Liam, Jack, Connor, Trent, Lyndon, Jenna, Grace, Heather, Emma, Lauren, Kassidy, Isabella, Kayleigh, Ciera, Piper, Katie, Faith and Hannah
71: ... and the winners are: Best Costume: Matt the Dollar Tree Christmas Elf Best Couples Costumes: Pat & Helen Robinson Best Adult Pumpkin: Heather & Kurt Muenter Best Child Pumpkin: Isabella
73: Others: Sam/Mike with Lyndon & Piper, Monica/Kira, Julie & Jenna, Patty/Isabella & Wayne and Lisa, Katie & Jon Davidson
74: Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!" - Dexter Kozen | Halloween Night 2011 Kayleigh (8) as Pirate Queen; Trent (6)as Winged Dragon and Kassidy (3) as SuperGirl
77: Trick-o-Treating and time with family
78: I LOVE YOU NOT ONLY FOR WHAT YOU ARE, BUT FOR WHO I AM WHEN I AM WITH YOU. | Shelby & Brittney's wedding Rehearsal: November 10th
79: Time at the church tired out the ring bearer who fell asleep at dinner afterwards
80: THERE IS ONLY ONE HAPPINESS IN LIFE, TO LOVE AND BE LOVED.
81: November 11th, 2011 The Wedding of Shelby & Brittney Rokicki
82: It was a beautiful event. We were honored to have the kids be a part of the wedding- Trent as the Ring Bearer and Kayleigh & Kassidy as Flower Girls. Trent and Kayleigh were awesome, but Kassidy wasn't as keen to stay on alter and ended up sitting with us. It was wonderful to see friends and family celebrating Shelby and Brittney's new life together. However Trent was tuckered out and fell asleep shortly after the ceremony.
83: "IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO SAY 'I LOVE YOU' BUT A LIFETIME TO SHOW IT." ~TERESA COLLINS
85: I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER
86: Morning After Breakfast: November 12th Some family/friends present included Tristan and Olivia, CarolLee, Tom/Miriam, Joe/Sunny/Tiffany, Shelby's Mom/Dad and Mike/Laura with their new puppy
87: Jacque and Russ hosted a morning after breakfast for all the family in town- a great time to talk and meet new family members.
88: Thanksgiving 2011 in Morgan Hill California
93: We are always thankful to spend time with the Greubels in California!
94: We give thanks for a healthy, safe and happy family.
95: It's fun to dress up and have a fancy photo shoot!
96: We are also grateful for spending time with family | Adam- 4
97: C R A F T S W I T H A U N T I E | Nickolas - 11
98: We got to start the Christmas season early with an early present exchange and decorating the tree after Uncle Scott had to fix the "Mufassa incident!"
99: A Christmas Tree Festival was a fun night out.