Monday, April 27, 2009


Over the last few days, Gavin has become enthralled with basketball. I'm sure it helps that our neighbors have a basketball hoop, the Portland Trailblazers are in the NBA finals right now and Chad is watching the games, and someone gave us a children's inside Nerf basketball hoop and balls a while ago. Gavin keeps asking to go downstairs and watch basketball. He loves dunking the Nerf balls into the hoop (which is situated below his eye level :) ). He wants Chad to do free throws. Some of the funnier things we heard today are:
"second free throw!"
"dunk it!!!" (as he slams his 2 Nerf balls through the hoop)
"go watch basketball! TV! controller!" (referring to the XBox controllers downstairs)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

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We made it down to Woodburn today for the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. Gavin's favorite pastime was running around the garden area and smelling all of the tulips! We had a good time enjoying the sun and the amazing flowers, and I had a little time by myself to take some photos.

Smelling the Flowers

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Saturday, April 18, 2009


Chad: Okay, Gavin, it's time to pray. Dear Jesus...
Gavin: Thank you.... day... see Grandma... cook....
Chad: In Jesus' name...
Gavin: Amen!

Translation: Thank you for today, that I got to see Grandma and that I got to "cook." Amen!

(Our "usual" prayer is: Dear Jesus, thank you for mama and daddy. Amen! We probably use this one once or twice a week, but usually we thank Jesus for specific things that happened during the day. This is not the first time Gavin has picked out something by himself to thank Jesus for, but it's the first time he's done the whole content of the prayer by himself.)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Few Photos

It seems like as Gavin gets older it gets more difficult to take photos of him - mainly because the light-to-movement ratio seems to be getting much smaller. I.e. - I need enough ambient light to get a fast enough shutter speed that it doesn't matter that he's running around all the time. But, we can't really go outside (at least without another adult with us) because he moves fast enough to make me nervous that he'll go in the street or get into some other kind of trouble while I'm taking 2 seconds to look through the viewfinder, focus and get the photo. And inside there's so little light that I can't get a reasonably fast shutter speed to keep the photos from being blurry. Thus enters the off-camera flash that I've been wanting to try out now that I know a little more about photography. Chad helped some on Monday with moving it around and getting Gavin to do fun things and I fired away. Here are a few photos that I really like out of the batch.

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Socks and Shoes (v2)

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