OH, man. Lots of stuff going on around here. This week we have been hanging out with my aunt, uncle & cuz visiting from Southern Cal. They are so fun we drop everything to spend as much time as we can with them! On Thursday we went for a hike at Silver Falls. About 2 hours after we got home, we saw a tornado warning for exactly where we had been hiking! A huge thunderstorm hit our neighborhood and went from sunny to practically hurricane weather in about 5 mintues. It was crazy! Glad we made it out to the falls when we did.Also, last week while I was up in Beaverton for the Cousins’ Closet consignment sale, I got my hair cut. It’s a little shorter than I expected, so it will be just right in about 2 weeks. 🙂

But the big news in our house is that we got a new mini-van. OH yes. We are now mini-van owners, and proud of it, thankyouverymuch. Trent and I have paid our dues, by driving old cars (his is the same since college!) for several years. We’ve been saving our pennies to pay for as much with cash as possible, and re-working our budget to finance the rest, since we’ve never had a car payment. Trent, bless his heart, is a VERY. THOROUGH. Consumer. We began the research/shopping/buying process in January-February, and I’m still in shock that he was able to pull the trigger. For months he could quote all kinds of statistics about new and used Siennas and Odysseys, and we finally got an offer we just couldn’t refuse. It has some bonus features that we didn’t need, but sure are loving! But the best part is just the extra room and space, especially when we go camping or on longer trips. Fun stuff!

Also huge news is that Sydney is crawling! She took her sweet time and I’ve loved having her non-mobile for longer than Carson was. But we are very proud of her and it’s fun watching her get around the house and figure out her new-found freedom.

So, that’s the news around here! We have lots more videos that I hope to post soon. Happy June, everyone!


  1. What fun! And let me be the first to say congrats on the mini-van. We have one too – and we’re loud and proud about it! I love your hair – it’s very cute – and that video of Sydney is awesome. I’m glad you made it out home before the storm hit… I love thunderstorms. From inside my house. Love all the updates!!

  2. What fun! We have also been having crazy weather around here too. I’m glad you didn’t get caught in a storm. I love the short hair and I love the mini van. That is Kipp’s dream car!! I can;t wait to go for a drive soon!!
    Way to go Syd!! You are such a big girl!

  3. yeah on the minivan. glad he pulled the trigger. there is nothing better than being a mini van owner. i don’t care what people say about my van. 🙂 but i have to draw the line at mom jeans. hehehe.

    LOVE syd… but i was kinda hoping to see video of trent crawling…

    seeing trent’s cameo did make me realize we need more videos of the mommies and daddies. cause i miss you guys too!!!

  4. Well well well.. welcome to the minivan club. Such stigma is attached to it, but may I just say, that when you enter into the club, you will never want to leave. Now you HAVE to go for #3!

    Hope to see you this summer!

  5. Oh my goodness! First of all, I’m sorry…I haven’t checked my phone in a few days!!! I’m so happy for you guys and your minivan!! WOOHOO! It’s awesome! I was going to call you yesterday, but I’ve been blessed with a bad head cold. Nice timing! Anyhow, I was a little out for the count yesterday.

    But SECONDLY…YAY SYDNEY!!! What a cutie. I can’t wait to see her in action in person. 🙂

    Love you guys!

  6. Very nice. That hair will be great for summer and keeping up with Syd. You’re in trouble now 🙂

    Yeah, I’m not gonna join the mini van group. I’m wanting a mini coupe. we’ll see.

  7. Loved this whole post! Fun for a crawling girl, and this will make her seem immediately ‘old’ as she will figure all kinds of stuff out that you didn’t know she was putting together in her pre-mobile state!

    Also, cracking up about the VERY. THOROUGH. comment. Aris is the same way. We bought our van a couple of years ago, and we’d been talking about it for a few years before that. Knowing that actually making the decision could be tough, we negotiated a fair deadline. He could do all the research he wanted to before that date, but by that date, we would be purchasing something. It was lovely–he had his time to do all the research, and on that date he chose…exactly the van that my research (limited to re-sell value and friends’ opinions) also settled on. Classic!

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