Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Serpentarium & Road Trip to Oregon

This week Heather and I took the kids to the Serpentarium in Lodi. SO many snakes, lizards, and spiders. Some were HUGE. The kids spent about an hour wandering around.
The turtles were a hit. They had baby turtles too, so tiny and adorable.
And then some HUGE gross creatures!
We talked the employee into bringing out a snake, Giada enjoyed petting it and then making me pet it too. I don't mind that, but the spider room gave me the creeps!
Later in the week, we were off to Oregon. My cousin Christi MacLaggan was getting married in Eugene so my mom and I decided to take the kiddos on a road trip since the boys couldn't make the trip with us. First stop Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Thanks Shively family for dinner, vino, and a fun night.
Conner was avoiding my camera, but I got this cute one!
Giada was testing out the "Handy Manny" tool box and came across these safety goggles!
Conner wanted to hold the baby..
And Jane too! Thanks again Jane for the visit!
We then drove up to Eugene, many beautiful sites along the way and the kids were GREAT on the drive!!
We decided to rent a house with some other family members for instead of a hotel. Super fun, huge 3 story house by the college and walking distance to everything we needed - restaurants, ice cream and more!
Giada enjoyed Uncle Chris's new sandbox at the house while we visited with family at the rehearsal dinner.
Her new thing is to lay next to Gino and request a photo.
Over and over....
My cousin Corrie and I are the same age and grew up together. We got to see them every summer as they live in Austin, TX. Her daughter Carmen was born on 7/4, and Gino 7/19....so these 2nd cousins are a couple weeks apart and enjoyed meeting one another.
Almost every time I asked her to smile for a photo this weekend, this is what I got!
We found lots of parks to play in...
Gino all dressed up in his tie for the wedding! We never got a group photo at the wedding, guess my mom and I were too busy herding Giada and visiting with family.
The wedding was at a beautiful winery about 15 miles outside of Eugene. The decor is below. My uncle Chris works for Fall Creek World Famous Blueberry Farm/Nursery so those were incorporated in a few places!
Blueberry Jam...yummy!
Amazing view from every angle.
The newlyweds - Christi and Tyler Harris

Giada spent a long time picking up all the flowers after the ceremony.....
and throwing them in the creek/water fountain. We didn't stop her, it occupied her for quite some time!
Again....a smile pic...

When it was time to dance she held this little boys hand and they were so cute just frozen not moving while everyone danced around them. Cousin Drew would come over and dance with her for while and then back to hand holding with Hayden. Giada had the best time with cousin Drew...more pics to come.

Family pics...my mom with 5 of her siblings...Ran and Chuck couldn't make it.
Mom and Mickey
MacPac from Texas
MacPac from San Diego

Not sure why Corrie or I worried about what to wear for the wedding, when you have this huge pack covering your outfit!

On the way home we drove the whole way in one day. It was a 13 hour day, again kids were awesome. We came a different way down and stopped in Ashland. Fun town! We stumbled on this awesome park with a water area for the kids to play, ducks and jungle gym - she was a happy girl. After a 3 hour stop, with of course more ice cream...we headed home!

Thanks mom for a fun trip!

1 comment:

Mettler's said...

Wow! Just got caught up on your blog! ...Am currently wiping the tears from my eyes because I just read your post about Gino. You guys are such an incredible family...you amaze me. What a little fighter Borax is! :) Oregon, the wedding and the house look beautiful!