Saturday, May 29, 2010

Our 1st Adventures

Our first weekend we decided to go to the Sturgeon Fish Hatchery, which is 4 miles up the road. There is a dam there too, but it started to rain past our comfort level so we just headed home after. Colin slept the ENTIRE time...score! And Graham absolutely loved it!
Graham loved feeding the fish. These are small rainbow trout.
This is a sturgeon. They are ugly! but HUGE!!!! I didn't know fish could get this big and not be sharks. They have one names "Herman" that is 83 years old, 10 feet long, and 450 lbs!!! I was shocked when I saw him. We didn't get a good picture to get the full effect, so you'll just have to come see for yourself. Graham kept calling them sharks.
Graham was a bit scared at first. He wouldn't take his eyes off them to look at the camera.
Seriously, my new favorite color is green. Know why?
Our neighbors gave us their double stroller, for which I am sooo grateful.
Part of the hatchery. There were no fish in there during this season.
So that was our first weekend. Today we went "to town" and saw Shrek 4. It was ok. Graham wasn't as impressed and I understand why the reviews were so bad, but I don't regret seeing it. We really wanted to go see "How to Train Your Dragon" but it isn't showing around here anymore. Monday Jon has off, which has never happened. His brother, Danny, wife Annarose and their little girl, Tula, live in Eugene. It is only 2 1/2 hours away so they are coming out to visit. I am very excited for familiar faces. I don't know what we'll do here to entertain them, which means we'll have more fun coming up with our own ideas. Nonetheless I know Graham will be excited. I can tell he definately misses his friends, cousins and grandparents. He talks about his friends Bracky, Mason, and Josh back home all the time. He asks for his cousins Tess and Lexie often. He wants to call Grammy all the time. Bless her heart I love her, she talked to him for about an hour the other day. He didn't want to hang up and kept bothering me to call her back for an hour, so he stole my phone, ran into his room, somehow called her and said "Hey, what are you doing?". How could I be mad? He misses his Nana too. Every older woman figure he sees he has to stop and strike up a conversation and then wants them to hold him and not leave. It's starting to be sad.
Through it all we are having a blast and loving it here. Already I have been thinking of when we return to Utah I will be sad. I know I will miss the beauty of the landscape here and just the love for the outdoors and things to do. I'll just have to be less of a homebody when we move back. We miss and love all our friends and family and welcome any who want to visit. I'll be better about blogging than I have because this is our only connection to our world back home. Love you all!

Week 3

I changed Colin for bed and he was so tired he fell asleep on the floor like this.
My cute little Graham being a puppy with Colin's beanie on.
The 3 most handsome and loveable boys in my life!
We only brought the bare essentials to live here, so here is our elegant dining room table. Graham loves the "newness" of our place and plays trains and cars in his double-sliding closet.
Cute Colin...his neck is normal again. It started sagging to the side again when we arrived but is fine now. He has his own room and we are sleep training him. Day 1- good. 2-awful, Jon gave him a TON of baby food and it was only his 2nd time and woke up with the worst saddest tummy ache. This is day 3. Look at that face!!! I just love him!!!
Our adventures have begun. Week one went by so slowly. I did find out the little town has a playgroup and went and got to know some ladies in town and kids Graham's age. (Thank heavens!) It is weird not being in my Utah Bubble, but I have to say I don't miss it. It is really nice having Jon home at night and on the weekends. I started to cook a lot and even cooked a little bit of fish, which I'm not too keen on. Yes it was only canned salmon, but it's a start.
Our ward here is amazing. Last week in church Jon was in excruciating pain. I felt we needed to go to the ER. He said his back had this stabbing pain inside, but it wasn't muscle. Luckily a TON of people came to our rescue. One lady I have never met took Graham home with her, the RS President led us to the hospital because I didn't know where it was. We were there for 3 hours and found that Jon was passing a kidney stone. FUN! They gave him morphine and fluids and gave him a CAT scan. We found he only had one and passed it while we were at the hospital. I was just so relieved he was ok. He has been perfectly fine since. Oh the adventures here! My next post I'll tell you what we have done the last few weekends.

Monday, May 24, 2010

We made it

So yes we made it here. We are actually living in Cascade Locks, which is in Oregon, because I couldn't find a place closer to Jon's work. It is very small. We have like 3 places to eat, 2 gas stations, and NO stoplights. Haha. I have to say though I love it here. It is so amazingly beautiful. The first few days my eyes couldn't take it all in. There is so much to do here. As we drove on the 84 we passed like a hundred state parks, so we will just hit a new one every weekend. More posts to follow...