Friday, January 21, 2011

Trey's Birthday Cake Celebration

Grandpa Bend had called weeks in advance asking what kind of cake Trey would like for his birthday celebration. I told him anything chocolate and chocolate! Grandpa Bend found the greatest baseball cake ever. Which part of the cake did Trey choose to eat? The LARGE baseball made out of frosting. A child of after his mama's heart!

Check out the size of that piece of cake!

A family tradition Derek loves to participate in: Derek will play the birthday person "Happy Birthday" on the piano. Usually this is done over the phone, but, because we were in town, we were there to witness the personal concert!

Thanks Grandpa Bend for making Trey's 5th birthday so special! As you can see, he loved his cake.

Father's Day

Father's Day was extra special this year. I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate Father's Day with not only the father of my children, sweet Justin, but also with my own Father! After church (while I was out in the hall with a loud Tian, Trey got up with the rest of the Primary children and sang in the Musical number. I was shocked.), my dad made a wonderful dinner (yes, he made dinner on Father's Day. That's how he likes it!), the boys shot ground squirrels, and Robert treated the boys, AND myself to a tow truck ride.

Trey and Tian waiting for dinner. Unfortunately, Trey doesn't look too happy about the menu item!Tian could barely contain himself when he saw Uncle Robert driving down the driveway in his tow truck.

Trey and Tian LOVE standing on the back of the tow truck as Robert raises and lowers it.

Justin was playing with my telephoto lens and caught Cooper pointing at a bird.

Yes, Trey is in his longjohn underwear!

I love it here.

Bend Airport Days

For Father's Day, Trey's 5th birthday, and just BECAUSE, we went to Bend, Oregon for an extended weekend vacay! We left early June 19th and made to Bend JUST in time for their Bend Airport Days. I honestly had never been to the airport; mainly because I had never rented a chartered plane! Although this weekend was supposed to be in celebration of Trey's birthday, this little adventure was actually for sweet Tian, who has LOVED planes for quite some time!

Tian was in heaven, and so was Trey and my youngest brother Derek. Tian road on either Justin or Grandpa Bend's shoulders most of the time and loved pointing out all of the planes!

Here's to our fantastic day at the Bend Airport!!!

(the first two pictures are some of my favorite planes out on display. I loved, LOVED the red planes, and, for some reason, the brown striped planes struck a chord with me.)

(Tian on top of Grandpa Bend's shoulders.)
So, about 5 minutes after looking at all of the airplanes, something caught Justin's eye. He began inquiring information from a man under a covered tent. As I got closer, I realized he was buying tickets for a helicopter ride. He, Derek, AND Trey all took a helicopter ride. I don't know how I remained calm for the 10+ minutes they were in the air. Justin did admit he was a bit nervous when he met the "pilot" who was dressed like a skater and could be 20 at the oldest.

Luckily, they made it to the ground safely, and I began to breath normally again!

Trey was talking a mile a minute when he got off the helicopter.

Tian directing the tour! Actually, he was pointing to this gigantic plane that had flown in from out of state. The plane was featured in several movies. (I wish I could remember which ones!)

There was a sweet gentleman standing beside his plane. I had wanted to take some pictures of Tian next to a plane for his 2nd birthday party invites (the theme: planes, trains, and automobiles!) and not only did the man let Tian pose next to the plane, he let Tian AND Trey get inside the plane.

And, because Tian is just so stinkin' cute, the Bend Bulletin (notice my blog name is VERY similar to the newspaper in Bend?! ) photographer snapped some pictures of Tian WHICH landed him on the front page of the Sunday paper! (And if you were beginning to think that was me in the picture below with the camera, I will in form you that the person below is a MAN!)

After our day at the airport, we went to Pizza and the boys played in their indoor playland!