I just can't get over how much Sadie looks like her Daddy!
You can't really see her chin dimple in this picture... but it is there!
Her favorite was the "Puffer" Birds! She was giggling, pointing and calling out "splash-splash" as she watched the birds play in the water. I think she could have stood there all day, if we would have let her.
She got to see Sea Lions, Otters, Starfish, Jelly Fish, Humuhumunukunuku Apua'a and other tropical fish, Tiger Fish, Eels, Turtles, Sting Rays and Sea Cucumbers as well. I am sure I missed something, but that is all I can remember for now. Plus we visited the Under-Sea Gardens with Sharks. She had a great time in the dark under the water. She even had to check the map to make sure we were still on track. :)
(I think she may have been trying to figure out how to get back to the Puffers!)
Upon leaving the Under-Sea Gardens, you exit into a small Gift Shop (convenient for the Aquarium) and Sadie found the stuffed animals, which she has taken a real shine too in the last month or so. Anyway, she proceeds to want to pick up everything and gently lay it on the ground... turtles, sharks, sting rays, jellyfish, etc... that is until she found the Puffer Bird. She picked him up and bolted for the door! She must really love those birds. Lucky for her, her Daddy is a push over and can very rarely say no to this little face...
In all fairnesss... Who could?? Really??
So she got to come home with her very own stuffed Puffer Bird.
I know that Lantz, Grandma Cook and I truly enjoyed watching Sadie at the Aquarium. She ran from one exhibit to the other with a huge grin on her face and laughing all the way. There were a few times she got over excited and would trip and fall in her rush to see the next thing. We can't wait to take her to the Oregon Zoo in a few weeks!
He has had a hard time turning 40. But we made it a nice weekend. His parents were able to fly up and join us for this special birthday. We rented a lovely home on the coast that was able to comfortably accommodate us and both of our parents. Sadie even slept in a "big-girl" bed. She will not sleep in a pack-n-play so we just let her sleep on the twin bed in a room near ours. It had beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding mountains.
We were able to spend 4 days and 3 nights. We enjoyed eating in, visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory and Newport Bay Aquarium. (Pics of that to follow soon.)
We watched a little "Look Back" video of what was happening in 1969 on the night of his birthday after Sadie went to bed. He was spoiled and got home made ribs, fresh corn on the cob, and a chocolate cake with my special chocolate cream cheese frosting! He's lucky I like to spoil him! Unfortunately, the cake must have looked too good, since I forgot to take a picture. I remembered about the time we all finished our piece. :)
Sadie LOVED helping him open his presents! :) She is such a cutie! She has no idea what he is opening, but her little expressions says that it is exciting!
So I am a bit of a slacker. Her birthday was a few weeks ago, but I have had issues getting the photos off the camera. We had a very low key event this year for her birthday. We invited the next door neighbors and close by family. The only real splurge was her cake. Her Grandma Cook made her a great Barney Cake.
Lantz and I hit Toys R Us at the perfect time during a sale and was able to take advantage of some great bargins and get her an art easel, art pad, chalk and crayons. She has enjoyed this everyday since her birthday. She loves to color!
She was not too sure she enjoyed being sung "Happy Birthday" to, but she did like her cake. She knew immediately that it was Barney! Kuddos to Grandma Cook for doing a great job!All in all I think she had a great day! She had lots of fun opening presents and playing with her cousins. It is amazing how fast they grow up!
I wanted to get a tricycle, we have all been looking for weeks! Even our neighbor has been helping search, but I could not bring myself to spend $50 + on a trike that she would ride for one summer. Well... today, Lorinda, our neighbor, came running over right after she got home from work to let me know that she saw a little bike for sale and a yard sale about 2 miles away. So... Grandpa and I loaded up Sadie and went down to take a look.
She LOVED it! She broke into tears when I took her off it to load it in the truck and come home. She cried almost all the way home. As soon as we got her and it out of the truck, she was all over it. She calls it a 'cuck' (her version of truck) which right now anything with wheels is called a 'cuck'. If you ask her which is the car, tractor, motorcycle, she can point them out right, but when you ask her what they are, she says 'cuck'. So I guess she has a new 'cuck'!
We had a great time at the Coast for our Memorial Weekend. We headed out on Saturday morning and came home late Tuesday morning to avoid the traffic. We were able to rent a little house just a block away from the beach. We had lots of BBQs on the deck, and family breakfasts in the mornings. We played at the beach, visited the outlet mall, and wandered little trinket and souvineer shops. We were able to go out to a fancy place for Seafood, and hit Pig'n Pancake for breakfast on the morning we were heading home.
Sadie slept in a "big girl" bed for the first time. She absolutely went biserk when we tried to put her in her pack-n-play, so I just pushed the full bed that was in her room right up next to the wall and rolled some blankets up to put under the comforter to create a barrier on the other side. Not that I expected this to keep her in bed, she is just a mover and a shaker when she is sleeping and I wanted to make sure she knew she reached the end of the bed. She did tremedously well! I thought for certain it would be a nightmare keeping her in bed, especially at nap time, but she stayed in bed even in the morning and waited for someone to come and get her.
We hit the beach a few times and got Sadie her very own sand bucket and shovel to play with. She loved digging in the sand!! It was a little chillier that we expected and somehow, her jacket that I had grabbed before we left, did not make it into the car. So we bought her a new jacket at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Lincoln, City. It is two sizes too big, but I figured I would prefer it to fit this fall and perhaps even next fall. Roll up the sleeves one time and viola!
Well... we have moved out of our first home. (Pictures are on a slide show on our blog) It was sad to leave, but we have already started browsing for our next home. Considering it took us over a year to decide on our first home, I hope we have started early enough. :) Right now, we have moved in with my parents. With the housing market being what it is, we did not want to look at new houses until we sold our own. And now that we have, we want to wait for the housing market to STOP dropping. It is expected to drop another 10% + so we want to wait and get the best price possible. For now, we all seem to be getting along living with Grandma & Grandpa. Sadie has turned into a Grandpa's Girl during the day. In fact the other day she was a bit sick and took her nap with Grandpa in his lazy boy. Anyway, there are a few great things about it. I no longer have to clean up after dinner... that is Grandpa's job. I just get to prepare the meal and then Lantz and I start Sadie's bed time routine after dinner while my Dad cleans up. Yay! I love to cook, I have never enjoyed the cleaning up afterward. And my Dad hates to cook, but does not mind the clean up part. So best of both worlds. Plus if Lantz and I want to run an errand while Sadie is napping, there is someone always at home on call. :)
We miss our home, but we are looking forward to our next one. And the new home owner's are just like we were when we bought it. So it is nice to leave her in good hands.
SOME of the Cousins....
Saxon, Bergan, Abbey and Ashley...
DA' BOYS! Lantz and his brothers....
From Left to Right (oldest to youngest)
Lantz, Brett, Weston, Devon and Vincent...