Our first Summer Vacay of 2017!

Ah. Summer. How we have missed you!
Sunshine, sleeping in, pool days, and nothing to do. It doesn't get any better then that. 

We decided to kick off our summer break with a little vacation. We drove to Central Oregon and stayed at the Sunriver Resort. It was ah-ma-zing! I can't tell you enough how good it was to spend so much time with the family. My husband works 6 days a week, 12+ hours a day running and managing his business. So to be able to spend 5 days together with him was such a blessing. 
We got so much sun, spent at least 5 hours a day at the pool, and ate so much good food. 

-We stopped by the ice cream shop every day after dinner-

-William loved this treasure chest I got him from Melissa and Doug
he kept hiding it and going back to find it over and over again. Such a great water toy. 

-Emily, always the big and protective sister. 

-Taking mom's "mandatory" 10 minute break, drying off and reapplying sunscreen. 

-Trying to get this little guy to take a break was a bit more challenging. Especially when daddy took him to the deep end and he would always attempt to run off and jump in. 

-So happy these three have each other. Playing together, fighting together and then playing together again. 

-Sunriver village has a great toy shop, which we stopped by after dinner almost every day. 
Yeah, the kids got spoiled this week. 

-Memory game and lunch. I don't know how she always wins!

-Ice cream every day-

-Out shopping for some souvenirs-

-So happy-

-Out to dinner with the family-

-We clean up nice after all day at the pool-

-my darlings

-A trip to the horse ranch-

-Nico loved the pony rides, he was so gentle with the pony. 

-Happy girl, she loves horses-

-Beautiful memories made to last a lifetime- 

Thanks for visiting, 

Weekend trip to the Oregon Coast

Last weekend we went on a little getaway to the Oregon Coast.  We went to Lincoln City (off course) and stayed in our favorite beach house. It was Ah-Ma-zing!
The weather was great, the food was perfect and most importantly it was so nice to get away from everything and spend time with our family and friends. 

The kids had an amazing time playing with their cousins, I had a wonderful time catching up with my sisters, and even had some me time. My younger sister got me up before everyone else was up and we went on a jog on the beach. Now if I got to go on a morning jog on the beach everyday, I would like jogging a lot more. It was perfection. 

It was so great to kick off our "summer" with this little trip. Technically school isn't over until the end of June here (those darned snow days extended our school year) but we are planning to squeeze in as much fun as we can. Hubby and I talked about doing a summer bucket list, everything we want to do this summer. I think it will be a great idea. 

Here's a few photos from our trip. 

Thanks for visiting,

Strawberry Picking

Hello my dears, It's been a while. 
We have been so busy with life lately, that I am shocked it is June already. Ahh!! I still can't believe it! School will be out in two weeks, it is hot and sunny out, and everything is in full bloom here in the NW.

We went for a drive to the countryside today. I love the rolling fields and hills. It always makes me want to move out there. Strawberry u pick is open! Yay! The kids and I love picking berries. 
Not only do we have fun, make memories but we also come home with some delicious berries to eat and bake with. 

I am so excited to see what else this summer brings. 

Thanks for visiting, 

Easter 2017

This year, Resurrection Sunday was very special to me, more meaningful because I finally understood the ultimate price Jesus Christ paid for us. 
As some of you may know, I have been attending BSF bible study and we have been studying the gospel of John this year. I have read the bible from cover to cover before, but to take time to study one book for 9 months in meticulous detail was very eye opening to me. I learned new things every single week, and that is a lot to say because I grew in a Christian family, but I learned more in the past few months then I did in my whole life. 
I think this is because I approached bible study with a open heart. I admitted to God that I don't know everything. I admitted that I am confused and I need guidance. Once my heart, eyes and ears were open for the truth, He began to show me and guide me. 

The words: Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)  had new meaning to me. I saw that in this statement Jesus declares the reason for His birth, death and resurrection - to provide the way to heaven for us (sinful humans) We could NEVER get there on our own. No amount of good works & keeping the Commands (laws) could ever get us into heaven. I felt instant relief after finally understanding this.  Before, I wasn't sure weather or not I was saved, because I never felt that I was good enough. 
But through bible study and the group of amazing, God fearing women, God showed me that I am human. I am never going to be good enough. That’s the whole reason He died for me. He became the ultimate and final sacrifice for my sins as well as yours.

On Easter, we celebrate Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, as well the complete verification of all Jesus preached and taught during His three year ministry. If He had not risen from the dead, then he would have just been considered another teacher or rabbi. However, His resurrection was proof that He really was the Son of God and He had paid the price for our sins. 

On Saturday we attended a Easter service, where the pastor preached about the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I couldn't help but nod and smile as tears filled up my eyes. I felt the Holy spirit working and I was so thankful to finally get it. I finally understood everything Jesus did for me. As people may say, It finally clicked. During the worship songs, I couldn't keep the tears of joy from flowing down my face. I was so thankful for everything my God has done for me. 

On Sunday, We had an easter egg hunt for the kids (the eggs were filled with some coins //for their piggy banks// and some chocolate coins) I also bought them metal buckets (which will be used for berry picking this year) which I filled with some chocolates and small gifts. I know this is completely unnecessary and has little to do with the true meaning of Christ’s resurrection, but Holidays bring us together. We have time off work and I love organizing and prepping fun things for us to do. I loved seeing the joy on their faces as they ran around outside.

Thank you so much for visiting.