Our Family 2017

Our Family 2017
Halsy, Brooke, Cameron, Katey Jane, Landon, and Claire

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Its been a year......

    Its been a year since Halsy graduated from Chiropractic school and what a year it has been!! We started with 4 months of unemployment, followed by 2 months at the worst job EVER!! We are halfway through our 6th month at a new job and we are in absolute heaven! Halsy works at EmPOWERed Health in Clackamas and he works with another chiropractor that has been there for 12 years. She is awesome and we are so grateful. We have been in financial strain as you probably already know for years between school, no job, and bad jobs, and finally starting a new job.......but I am happy to say that things are looking up! There is light at the end of our tunnel and we have hope of actually bringing in some income.
    Well - let me give you a little history (if talking about money offends you or makes you squirmish - don't continue - I am just too excited not to share!) Starting this new job 5 months ago we were given a base amount of $1250.00/ 2 weeks - so $1094 was what we brought home. Which is like living on nothing. Halsy has been working so hard and seeing more and more patients each month. He gets loads of praise from his boss and co-workers and he has return patients that love him. So today he sent me this picture of his check!!

We've never had that much money in one paycheck in our lives!! We freaked out! So excited!! I am so proud of my husband! I am most happy that he is proud of himself! 

Of course all of it is going towards debts and replacing worn clothing, out of size shoes, new bedding, things that we've just lived with can at least be upgraded a little. But WHO CARES!! I am excited to have some moolah coming in and so blessed that we can work hard and earn what our family needs!!
  We are truly blessed

Monday, December 2, 2013

Landon is 15 months!!

Landon is growing so fast! He is still the happiest, sweetest, cutest, best baby EVER!

He is talking even more and it feels like he says a new word every few days! His new words are: MOMMY(changed from Mama), DADDY(changed from Dada), GG, GAMPA, PAPA, PIZZA, TEETHIES (for brushing teeth), I LOVE YOU (makes the sign too - so cute), NO-NO, BITE(when he wants some of what you're eating), TICKLE TICKLE, BALL, PEE-YEW-WEE (for poopy diapers), SIDE
(when he wants to go outside), DOWN, STUCK, OUT, OW(for hurts) & BOTTLE (pronounced DADOO). That brings the total to 24 words!! Holy Moly! He babbles full sentences when we talk to him - so cute.
  He is starting to make animal noises:
Donkey, Bunny, Cow, and Horse

He Loves to laugh and smile - he makes us all very happy.

We went to go see Dr. Palmer for his check up and here are his stats:
Weight: 22 lbs 5 oz (17th percentile)
Height: 31 inches (41st percentile)
Head: 19" (78th percentile)

He is a climber - we find him in the weirdest places with no idea how he got up so high! He loves to get on the table.

He has discovered the joy of the toilet and loves to fill it with copious amounts of toilet paper. I just love this phase.

We LOVE our Landon Man.

Cameron can read!!

  Cameron has been practicing and practicing and I must say he is getting quite talented. We have a book that we love, its the "Teach your child to read in 100 lessons" book. He really gets it and we LOVE watching his mind work. He gets so excited when he understands what he is reading too.

  He likes to pretend he can read all words so he carried around big books and opens them and scans pages and shouts words he recognizes to me. This time he was reading the Book of Mormon (don't get any ideas, this is a total fluke) and he was scanning the pages and began to sound out a word ..B..U..T...but.....BUTT? Then began hysterically laughing. Of all the words to pick to sound out - he picked "but". We laughed the rest of the night.

Being a boy rocks!!

I took the three boys (Jackson, Cameron, and Landon) for a walk while Katey Jane was sleeping. We were all getting cabin fever and decided to bundle up and get outta here. I just love boys. They look at the world so differently. Everything you find is either a gift for Mom or a weapon of mass destruction. We walked to see the horses and then decided to stop and play in the rocks at the top of our road for a while. After that we walked down towards the dead end of the road and the boys found big sticks along the way. They were playing power rangers and ninja turtles. Landon watched for a while and then picked up a stick, began waving it toward his bros and saying "hiya" "Hi-ya!". It was the cutest thing - manhood skills were already being taught from big bro to little bro. After fighting like ninjas we found mole hills and found that throwing dirt clods at a chain link fence was totally awesome. We did that for a while longer until my toes and fingers were going numb. I had to drag them back to the house, but after a promise of hot chocolate the rest of the walk was easy! We came back to the house and made yummy hot chocolate. We made a cup for Katey Jane and went and woke her up with a treat. She was a happy camper :)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

August 2013 - just realized I never hit "publish"

Happy First Birthday to our Landon!! I love the chaos of these pictures. Kids everywhere wanting to help open and play. Landon just is happy through it all - thats one of the many things we LOVE about him.
I know they're long, but its for the memories.

Apparently it was selfie day at our house.

Time out day - poor Cameron spent a lot of time there today.
Jackson felt like joining

Landon is so happy! He loves cars and trucks and he loves to swing at the park.

Cameron found the cranefly INSIDE the house. Of course he touched it and put it into a jar so we could keep an eye on it!

Playing in the creek!!

Kendra threw an awesome Wild Kratts party!! The boys had no fun at all :)

Picking out his birthday present from Papa and Grandma

Climbing apple trees and enjoying the spoils........its always easy to go up, but a different story on the way down. 

KJ loves to color! She is such an artist.

One of our favorite places in the summer is the Wilsonville WaterPad. We are a little obsessed and the kids always enjoy it!

Oh Wyah.......I love this girl.

The letter of the day is "P". "P" is for penny, pasta, peacock, and piano.

KJ was such a big girl helper bringing in the ketchup from the car!

Watching the concrete be poured on the driveway!

Falling off the monkey bars is a tiring experience.


Cutest Nieces.....

Tried out the new kids area a SkyHigh - it was ok, probably wouldn't pay to go back :(

Trying to squeeze every last ounce of enjoyment out of blackberry season!

Landon loves to ride on the Mule! He got to be a cowboy with Grandpa this morning.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

October 2013

On a visit to Target we stopped to try on some sweet halloween wigs. 
Kj wanted to be a witch! Oooooo so scary!!

We finally are getting a GYM FLOOR!! It was pretty amazing watching the entire process as they built layer after layer. The kids thought it was pretty cool too! I will post some after pictures soon, or you might just have to come see it for youself.........its pretty awesome!

 Cameron got his cast off!! This is him getting a post-cast Xray. There is still evidence of a fracture, but his arm is healing well. About 80% there and getting better every day. Little kids are amazing with all their healing powers. Landon was my buddy while all this was going on, he was such a good boy.

 Selfie. I've been a little off track on the weight loss train. I haven't purchased a ticket on the gain train, but I am maintaining and trying to find my motivation again. Still looking good and feeling good, just need to get movin' and work my way down to babymakin' weight. (I need to drop the lbs so I can have a healthier pregnancy this time around)

Pumpkin Patch 2013! Lakeview Farms is still our favorite and this year our cousins joined in the fun!  Of course the usual measurements and funny photos are part of the deal. Train rides, boat rides and hay mazes are so much fun!

 Pony Rides!

 Searching the fields for the perfect pumpkin.

 Landon kept taking off for the hills! He love the open space and tons of pumpkins!!

 Cameron found his pumpkin!

 Cameron and Daphne searching for their pumpkins. 
KJ found hers!!

 Family Photo - minus Halsy. Its such a bummer Daddies have to work so hard. 
We are grateful for our Daddy!!

Mis Padres. Love em'

Love my sister!
Playing by the pond waiting for the boat to arrive.

 My uncle John and Aunt Cheryl came for a visit and since we only see them a few times a year we had a brunch at Grandma DeLong's! We had so much fun catching up and eating yummy food!
KJ and Reese are starting to enjoy playing together. It is so fun to see those little blonde curly dolls run around together!


 Pre-Halloween costume try on day.
Pumpkin carving too!!

Getting a picture with each of them by their pumpkin was proving to be impossible.....so we gave up. 

The warmth of summer is almost completely gone. We are trying to hold on as long as possible!!
Playing outside on the driveway and riding bikes are a must before the rain comes.


Guess Finny B still needs a nap. We tuckered him right out.

I love this. Hopefully they still enjoy each other this much when their older. (Hey I can have hope) 


This year we had a Race Car Driver, a Princess Rapunzel (Tangled) and a Lion!! I took the cutest video of them in their costumes and Landon going "Roar!", then when I went to watch it, there was no sound. I almost cried. It was so cute..... :(

The boys had so much fun. Meg and I ran ahead with them so we could go fast!! We got tons of Candy!!

 and what is the best part of Halloween you ask? SORTING and EATING. We all got on the floor and dug in. Even Landon figured out tradition real quick!!

If you made it to the end of this post I think you deserve a prize.........
My sister won't let me post this on youtube, even though I think it has the potential to go viral...
Anyway - here ya go.