S: Abanto Family 2011
FC: Abanto Family Adventures | "The family is one of nature's masterpieces." George Santayana
1: Sledding in Sunriver| January 2nd
2: The museum is always an interesting place.
3: HIgh Desert Museum, Bend , OR | January 9th
4: The Butterfly exhibit at the High Desert Museum was Amazing!
6: January 10th Baby Maeli Marie Ku'uipo was born and we finally got to meet her. Lilli and Marlei thought she was the sweetest thing ever. They will be great cousins.
7: Making Faces | January 10th
8: Amy's House |February 7th | Hanging with Amy and the Reillly's
9: Three Rivers School, Winter Concert | February 8th Nic played his concert beautifully and even had a solo! We are so proud of him and his musical talent!
10: Mt. Bachelor Field Trip | February 18th
11: We got to snow shoe at Mt. Bachelor with the 2nd grade class!
13: "I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars." Walt Whitman
14: At the beginning of the day Marlei wouldn't get on the skates, then she finally did. Lilli was hesitant too. But as you can see, Ray and Nic had no problems playing limbo on the skating rink. Not to mention, Ray wanted a skate party for his next birthday!
15: Rylan's Skate Party | March 6th
16: Spring Break Vacation, Bandon to Portland, Oregon | March 20th to 25th
17: "Look Deep into nature and then you will understand everything better." Albert Einstein
18: Bandon Oregon Lighthouse | March 21st
19: Rocks off the coast of Bandon | March 21st
21: Exploring the beach in Bandon is a favorite past time. We really love the beach here. Maybe one day we can live here? The dunes are beautiful and the rocks are fantastic. Lilli found a fabulous walking stick and looked like she was going to hike for miles.
22: Downtown Bandon Docks and Beach | March 21st
25: "All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was." Toni Morrison
26: Drift Wood Hunting in Lincoln City
27: Lincoln City, Oregon| March 23rd
28: "The entire ocean is affected by a pebble." | Blaise Pascal
29: "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." | WIlliam Shakespeare | Beachcombing for Glass Floats
30: Happy Birthday Lillianna! | March 24th
32: March 24th & 25th After our fun on the beaches in Bandon and Lincoln City, we spent two days in Portland at the Chinese Garden and OMSI.
33: Playing around at the OMSI museum. The kids enjoyed the Egypt exhibit and the kids exploration room the most. Definitely a must see on a trip to Portland!
34: OMSI was a blast! | March 25th | Lilli had an amazing birthday too!
35: Bouncing off the Wall |April 3rd Lilli's Birthday Celebration Since family weren't able to meet us at the coast, we all celebrated at Bouncing off the Wall for Lilli's 8th Birthday.
36: Tower Theater | April 23rd Pirates of Penzance Play at the Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon Nic played a Pirate and he got to dance with a girl :)
37: Earth Day | April 24th
38: Renaissance Fair |May 25th Nic portrayed and researched the inventor Leonardo Da Vinci. | "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Leonardo da Vinci
39: Spring Concert |May 26th Lilli got to play the xylophone in Delta Queen, one of the three songs her class performed.
40: Kid's Day in May | May 28th
41: Spending the day volunteering in the freezing rain and snow!
42: Dance Recital | June 5th The Sunriver Dance Academy's recital themed Big Top Ballet Lilli and Heidi posing before the big show! Lilli never seems to be nervous! | "Come fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!" William Butler Yeats
44: Our Silly Pets | June 26th George pretending he's sleeping and Belle turning away from the camera at the last second! | Did Marlei take these pictures? She has an obsession with the camera. She finds Ray's camera and runs around the house taking pictures. These came from his camera.
45: Rhythm on the Range, Sunriver Resort | July 2nd Day one, we braved the heat and lack of customers to run the craft booth at the music event for the resort, in the name of New Generations. At least the face painting was free!
46: It was really hot, but we got to play on the golf course all day, chase Marlei and listen to music!
47: DAY TWO, RHYTHM ON THE RANGE, SUNRIVER | July 3rd
48: "The language of friendship is not words, but meanings." Henry David Thoreau
50: Benham Falls | July 4th This year we started a hiking tradition with Amy and Michelle's families. During the summer, we try to hike as many weekends as we can. This year we avoided 4th of July events and spent the day hiking.
53: Anne's Butte | July 16th We hiked the butte behind Amy's house with 11 kids and a dog! (Not to mention 2 husbands)
55: Paulina Plunge | July 23rd We hiked the plunge with Michelle, Amy, Sue, Mackenzie and Lauren's families. It was so hot, the water was so cold, and we got so wet! Marlei loved playing on the "island" with rocks and Nic slid down the plunge. a few times The best part was watching all the tourist groups come in. Do they realize this is free?
59: Balloons Over Bend | July 23rd Making it out to see the balloons light up over River Bend Park is a highlight of the summer. Watching the balloons and playing in the park is exhilarating. Plus, we get to ride in them! Nic ran into a couple of his friends at the park, so we didn't see him much ;)
60: Wickiup Lake | July 30th
61: "Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." Ralph Waldo Emerson
63: Happy Birthday Marlei! 3 years old | August 10th
64: Oregon Zoo, Portland | August 13th For Marlei's 3rd Birthday she wanted to go to the zoo.
66: Portland Rose Garden | August 13th
67: Marlei and Lilli enjoyed running in the roses in the garden. It was amazing the amount of flowers we saw. Marlei sort of decided she didn't want to listen... in true 3 year old fashion she ran down the rows of roses in her pink dress. Lilli tried to catch her, but wasn't very successful. We rode the train from the zoo to get there. We 've never done it before, but we are sure planning on doing it again.
68: Smelling the Roses | August 13th "In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous." Aristotle
70: Oregon Water Wonderland Boat Dock | August 15th
71: Messing Around with Mud
72: Tumalo Falls | August 20th We walked to Happy Valley and back with Michelle and her kids. It took us almost the entire day and we didn't make it back to the car until after 6 pm. Marlei fell asleep while walking back and mom had to carry her on her front pack to keep Mars from falling off.
76: Marlei played around with the chair for awhile and Nic actually smiled for a picture. | Aunt Tara's House | August 27th
77: After playing around at Tara's house, having dinner, and Marlei doing dishes, we drove home to an amazing sunset. We saw lights coming through the clouds and a great shot of Bachelor.
78: Fort Rock Park | September 9th
79: Pirate Park | September 10th | River Bend Park | September 17th It took forever to get one picture of these guys! | Pirate Park | September 10th | River Bend Park | September 17th
80: South Twin Lake Hike | September 24th This was a nice hike. We walked around the lake and then played some at the end. Not a difficult walk, Marlei walked almost the entire way. We found a make shift fort about halfway around the lake.
81: Happy Birthday Hollyn and Deacon | October 8th Deacon turned 5 and Hollyn turned 2. Jenny created an Angry Birds themed party! Hilarious, the kids even played the game "in real life." There was also a fabulous bounce house that was hard to get Mars out of.
82: Shevlin Park, Bend | October 9th This has quickly become one of my favorite parks. It's a great place to explore the river and skip rocks. Of course, this day Marlei wasn't interested in cooperating, but who cares? We didn't make it to the end of the trail this hike... but we vowed to next time.
85: Shevlin Park Revisited | October 22nd 10
86: Sisterly Love at Shevlin Park | October 22nd We stopped at a fallen log to snap some portraits of the girls with the beautiful Aspens in the background.
87: We went walking with the Fanchers. The kids had to stop at all the water spots, including jumping along the logs and rocks.
89: And we finally made it to the bridge at the end. It rather looks like a fairy tale lane. Of course, we were tired to we turned around and walked back. The girls both fell asleep int he stroller on the way back. One day we will walk all the way down the lane.
90: Halloween Harvest Party | October 29th | We carved pumpkins, bobbed for apples, dressed up, and watched Harry Potter VII until after midnight!
92: Nic and Claire (his girlfriend). Mom made Nic pose with her at least once. | Aunt Britt and Tara came to our party. Brittany was a kitty, just like Mars. | Daddy thought it would be great to be a god. So he dressed up as Buddha. | Marlei and Aunt Kitty, er Brittany.
93: Marlei Kitty, Mommy , and Lilli the Witch| October 31st
94: George looking at the snow, WTH? | November 6th
95: First Snow | November 6th
96: Thanksgiving | November 24th
97: Salt Creek Falls (and Max) | November 25th
98: Mommy & the girls learning how to ice skate for the first time.
99: Sunriver Ice Skating Rink | December 9th
101: SUNRIVER DANCE ACADEMY WINTER RECITAL | December 14th
102: HIGH DESERT MUSEUM | December 17th
104: Kael's 3rd Birthday at Pappy's Pizza| December 20th
105: Pappy's Pizza with Santa | December 20th
106: Smith Rock, Terrebonne, Oregon | December 24th
107: The natural BEAUTY of Smith Rock was an amazing sight on Christmas Eve.
108: "Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings." Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
109: Our Christmas Tree | December 2011
110: Our House| Christmas Morning 2012 I think everyone got a little of what they wanted this year. Nic got some great Beaver gear, Lilli got jewelry and clothes (every girl's favorite), Marlei got dolls from Santa, and aunt Britt got footsie pajamas :) As usual, Aunt Tara stayed the night, grandpa and Britt joined us at 6:30 am! Daddy made breakfast, and all was well with the world.
111: We finished our holiday by spending Christmas Night at Aunt Sheri's/ Seeing all our relatives is fun and we got to eat some fabulous food. n,