Thursday, July 31, 2008

Life is Good in Linda's Backyard


The Rogue River is a very popular place for water lovers. The water is warm and the scenery is breathtaking. I am a big water lover as are most of our family. Yesterday we went on a 75 mile trip on the river. It was so much fun! We rode on a jet boat that is able to run on water as low as 8 inches deep. It can really fly over the rapids. The trip down the river goes through what is known as Hellsgate a very narrow canyon. Several movies were filmed in the canyon, one of them being "The River Wild" a movie that I really like. One of our favorite activities on the jet boat are when we would spin 360 degrees. The whole boat and everybody in it would get soaked. There are several rafters on the river and they like to try to get us with big squirt guns but we would just come back up the river and turn right next to them and send a wave over them getting them really wet. We also had lunch at a resort along the way. Adam had a good time but he would not let Papa take his arms off of him. Every time Jack would try to lift up his binoculars to look at a bird Adam would pull his arms back down around him. This trip was very worth it and I would recommend it to anybody that likes fast boats and lots of water!

We saw lots of wildlife. Bald eagles, turtles, osprey, herrons, deer swimming accross the river and even a stuffed bear in the gift shop.

Cruising Through Northern California

With the whole family here we decided it would be fun to see more of the countryside. Medford is quite close to so many attractions. We rented a mini van and headed toward the California coast. The drive is so beautiful, along the way we drove around Redwoods National Park. The trees are so huge it is really so amazing to see them. We took a side road that was gravel and dirt that ran between highway 199 and Crescent City. We then drove on highway 101 down to Kalamath along the coast.

The Trees of Mystery had 50 ft statues of Paul Bunyon and Babe. Now who in the world makes a 50 ft statue of a bull that is anatomically correct. Jack was very careful when taking pictures to not show any of the bull's private 20ft parts. The weather was so wonderful. We were expecting it to be a little cloudy and cold but we lucked out and got sunny and about 75 degrees. We had a great time listening to music, singing and talking. Adam loved playing "try to get me" with the waves.

On the way home Jack decided that we would take a "short-cut". We took a wrong turn that took us from sea level to about 5,000 feet on very narrow and steep roads. We enjoyed it but Laura was a little nervous on those windy roads. We are relieved to say that the road did finally wind up where we wanted to be so it turned out being a good choice.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Lithia Park

We decided to take a drive down the road to Ashland. Ashland is famous for being an art community and having a regular Shakespear festival. We thought that might be a good place to people watch and maybe even spot some hippies. So... after a great lunch at Kaleidescope pizza we headed off to Ashland. Our favorite place there was Lithia Park. It is a large beautiful park with paths, lots of flowers, a playground, duck pond and a big stream running through it. They cemented in parts of the stream and surrounded it with large boulders so that kids can wade in the water.
Laura took Adam in the stream with her and they had a great time. Adrian and I had fun watching them. Especially when Laura, who was so careful not to get her capris wet, slipped and fell flat on her behind in the water.
The kids also had fun on the rock wall.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Medford Update

We are enjoying our trip so much. Mario and Linda are very good hosts (except they are supposed to let us do more of the work). Today we went to church, their ward is in Jacksonville a historic town about 10 - 15 minutes away. Afterward we went on a drive in the area to look around. Jacksonville is full of beautiful historic mansions that mostly are now bed and breakfasts. One seems to be just as grand as the next. The down town has all of the old fashioned store fronts with lots of galleries and restaurants. Adam enjoyed seeing the many deer that were just wandering around on the grassy hillsides--or down the streets.

Jacksonville has a really old cemetery so we drove around looking at some of the interesting headstones.

We also drove by the temple which is only about 3 miles from the Aguirre home.

And of course we took lots more pictures of Adam and Tyler!

Saturday was Adam's third birthday. Besides a brother he got a big boy bike. He was really excited about that. He also had a friend over and they broke a pinata. Life is pretty good when you are Adam.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

There's No Place Like Home

If you want to see a person that is quite nervous you should see a new dad holding his newborn for the first time or watch him try to figure out how to get the infant car seat into his car. Last night it took Mario and two of his friends about an hour just to get the base to the car seat buckled. Now I am not sure how long they were just talking (I mean planning), and how long they were actually working on the car seat. They were hard at work because today the baby got his first ride home. Mario is such a nice daddy that he wants to make sure that his family is always as safe as can be.

Tyler is all bundled up ready to go home.

What a blessed family!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What a Miracle!

Today was such a blessing, Tyler Joseph Aguirre was born to Mario and Linda. He made his appearance at 3:45 p.m. weighing in at 6 lbs 13 oz
His big brother, Adam was so happy to have a little brother to love. He even got to help get him dressed for the first time.I am a pretty excited Nana, but I will need to write more tomorrow when I am not quite so tired out.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Babies And More Babies

Friday night my sisters and I had planned a baby shower for Caitlin (Cat) my nephew’s wife. It was quite a big affair. Our family has quite a reputation of putting on some pretty great parties and receptions so we felt that we needed to live up to that reputation. We had about 35ish guests and of course tons of fancy foods to eat. We had some excitement when Pam decided to open the BBQ on the back porch (see Mike and Pam’s Blog for details) I do however need to add that in all of my life I have never heard Pam scream as loud as she did on Friday.

Jennifer made the cake; she was worried about it because she only had about a half hour to decorate it before leaving for work. Of course it turned out very cute and everyone loved it.

Karen planned some really fun games. One of the games you had to guess what was in the diaper. Each diaper had a different kind of melted candy bar. We got a kick out of watching people sniff and taste what looked to be a very dirty diaper.

Cat got so many wonderful things from all of her friends and family. I think she should be just about ready to have Logan. I think that our family is once again in the baby boom phase!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Lake Tapps

If I could image what heaven would look like I think mine would look like Lake Tapps. There is no other place I can think of that I would rather spend a day. The views of Mt. Rainier and the lake are breathtakingly spectacular. On Thursday Laura and I were invited to go with Laura and Braylee Gabel out on their boat. The weather was just perfect for a day on the lake. The water was pretty warm too. Our friends, the Edwards, have a great piece of property right on the lake. That is where we launch the boat. The feel of the fresh air on your face as you race along really does a body good. Laura is getting pretty good at the knee board and is even able to do 360%’s. I tend to be a bit of a speeder so my kids get a little nervous when I am driving the boat. For some reason they trust Laura Gabel more than their own mother. Hmmmm. Later on that day Daniel, a couple of his friends, Jack and Jennifer joined us for a bit of wakeboarding and tubing. I couldn't find my camera at the time so these pictures are from some previous trips to the lake.

By the way, I don’t know if you have noticed but my Laura lives the good life.