My very talented photographer friend (http://www.shondabarlowphotography.com/) came across a new must-have prop when she went antique shopping. She wanted to give it a test run - she just needed a cute-one-year-old-boy to fit inside...hey! I have one of those! I think it turned out perfect, even if he wouldn't smile.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I don't know where the last 3 months went...mostly baseball is to blame. But for anyone who really follows my blog - rest assured I haven't gone permanently missing (like some people we know - jyl - not to mention any names). But now that we're not spending every night of the week eating dinner out of a bag, spitting (or swallowing as my little ones do) sunflower seeds, and cheering on our older two ball players - I actually think I miss it! - and I actually have enough time to download pictures off my camera and blog. Because I like to slurp my blog into a book at the end of the year (my version of scrapbooking) I have posted the things we've been up to (besides baseball) in seperate posts. So keep scrolling down a ways! You even have to click "older posts" to get to page 2! And don't worry, I'll post end-of-season baseball pictures shorlty after the end-of-season parties are wrapped up! Now we're enjoying long summer days swimming at grammy's, working in the yard and soaking in summer - until football starts the second week of Aug! Welcome to my world.
Posted by Mandy at 11:16 PM
After months of baseball and a slew of cold, wet weather, we joined my sister and her family in a trip to Black Butte to finally kick off the summer. We didn't include a whole lot of patriotic celebration (some BBQing a a little lesson in the hottub about our amazing country), but managed a lot of biking, swimming, tennis and relaxing - what we do best at Black Butte Ranch. The older kids loved that we let them go do some activities themselves - kids becoming independent can be a great thing! Besides Luke getting sick, we had a great time with our raggedy bunch.
Posted by Mandy at 10:59 PM
Friday, July 16, 2010
Me and my cowboy
Our adult cart
The youth were divided into groups of 8-10 per handcart with one girl and one boy per handcart acting as a "ma" and "pa" to simulate family life along the trail. The leaders were bringing up the rear with our adult handcart - which consisted of an amazing group of people I now consider great friends.
Posted by Mandy at 10:22 PM
Thursday, July 15, 2010
One of God's tender mercies found it's way to us recently. It helped us remember what really matters most and gave us a sweet opportunity to enjoy the love that exists in families.
After years of suggesting and asking, my 90 year old grandma finally moved to Portland 8 months ago to be closer to us - her family. She lived alone in an apartment in a retirement home and all of us grandkids and greatgrandkids had the occasion to visit or talk to her much more frequently than years prior. She had been doing quite well for her age, and then we all noticed her beginning to grow weaker and frailer - just about the time my parents were scheduled to leave on a 2 week trip to Europe. Wanting to put my parents at ease while they were away, my sibling and I made a schedule and the once frequent visits turned to often and then to daily. Pretty soon those daily visits involved helping her with every task of daily living. We could tell that her time on earth was drawing to a close. And as her need for help grew more and more, our love for her did too. My parents made it home in time to see her through her last weeks, but honestly, I am grateful for their time away. It required me to step out of my "busy" life for a while and just serve. And that serving was my tender mercy - those hours of cooking, dressing, cleaning for and helping grandma to bed were some of my hours best spent in my life this far. Serving someone out of love truly does lift you and strengthen you. In a matter of days after my parents return from Europe, she fell into a deep sleep and never awoke. I love this lady. I am grateful for the chance to serve her and have that love deepen. I am grateful for the fond moments I can reflect upon while I wait to see her again someday.
We took the trip to the Tri-Cities to hold a funeral for her and it was touching to see our children look at Great-grandma during the viewing with smiles and good memories in their hearts.
Her passing helped refine even more the love that I have for all the wonderful people in my life.My amazing Father - I just LOVE him.
Posted by Mandy at 11:54 PM
Tyler was very excited to get baptized and had a very special day. His grandparents from Florida and Aunt & Uncle from Tacoma even made a trip to Oregon to be there for him. After a morning of baseball games, we switched gears and prepared for his big event. The baptism service was memorable as the power went out in the church half-way through. It was very nice, even in the dark! A day we hope he will always remember.
Posted by Mandy at 11:27 PM
Tyler turned the BIG 8! It is a pretty big birthday at our house since it is the age to get baptized in our church and start cubscouts. This kid just loves any reason to party. So party we did.
Posted by Mandy at 11:14 PM
My little sister is really crafty and sometimes she lets me in on a fun project. We had both been wanting to make a birthday banner - so we did some blog surfing to find the perfect design to "copy", took a stressful trip to the fabric store together (aren't all trips to the fabric store with kids stressful?), and found an afternoon to craft away.
Posted by Mandy at 11:03 PM
Half of our crew headed to Provo, UT and celebrated Memorial Day weekend cougar-style. We had heard about the BYU Fathers & Sons basketball camp being great - so Bart and our oldest two set out to decide for themselves. ZERO disappointments! They spent 4 days sleeping in the dorms, eating in the Cannon Center, meeting new friends from all over the country and playing every kind of sport imaginable. They have decided that not only is this camp worth two thumbs up, but that it will become a Dickson family tradition every year. (In 7 years when Luke is old enough to join in...that works out to be a good deal for mom. A weekend all to herself! Of course I'm supporting this new tradition.)
Posted by Mandy at 10:30 PM