January 24, 2017

Oregon Trail

We hitched up our wagon and headed to Oregon! Luckily for us we aren't pioneers and our "Oregon Trail" took about a day total and we had plenty of good snacks and sat on our butts the whole time and no one died of typhoid fever.  Ha ha. 

Ironic that this trailer is called "Wanderer Wagon".  Here we are "wanderers" looking for where we want to live in Oregon.
Primarily we are staying in Salem, Oregon so Brent can do a 5 week rotation out here but while we're here we will hopefully do some job hunting along the coast for when school is done this summer.  
I'm posting pictures on Instagram of our adventure but I'll do more journaling on here documenting it all and what not.

1/20/17...Today we embarked on phase 2 of our adventure (phase 1 was moving from a small 3 bedroom house in TN into a one bedroom basement apartment in UT). Phase 2 is taking the bare minimum of what we need for the next 5 weeks and fitting it all into this 34 foot trailer which we will live in, in Salem, Oregon. The roads haven't been great and the truck and trailer gave us a few hassles as we  got started but we're making it! Luckily we traded vehicles with my Mom so I'm not in a mini van, I'm in an SUV instead. Also the truck we're borrowing from my uncle got new tires put on it this morning.  We've made it to Meridian, Idaho without having to use chains.

1/21...Still in route to Salem Oregon for Brent's rotation. This morning we had to make a pitstop in Baker City, Oregon. It turned out to be a really cool little town. The Oregon Trail Diner caught our eye and we just had to go there for breakfast. The whole feeling of the place was so friendly and everyone seemed to know each other because it was this town that hasn't changed in the last 30 years. It kind of reminded me of diners you see in movies. And the waitress made our hot cocoa pretty dang awesome. She calls it her "oh my gosh hot chocolate". The whole town is covered in snow and everyone was just driving on top of the snow. Not a single plowed road. It reminded Brent of Sweden. It really cheered us up too. Brent and I didn't get great sleep due to some issues with our heater last night as we slept in a Walmart parking lot in Meridian, Idaho. Freezing cold with only one blanket makes for very little sleep, so we needed this fun diversion that the diner provided.

Crappy phone pictures, but man there were some pretty scenes as we drove across Oregon.

Almost to our final destination. We have made a lot of pitstops along the way. The pooping on the side of the road one was especially fun for Griz. Ha ha. Maybe it's because I'm not in the same car with the boys but they seem to be having a lot of fun together on this trip. We don't have a DVD player with us this time around so they're having to keep themselves entertained the old-fashioned way. I think there has been less fighting, but maybe that's because Sanna and I are in a different car.

Sanna has been doing better today than she did yesterday. She was Miss cranky pants yesterday for sure. Today she's been happy about 90% of the time when I took when I took a picture of her she said now will you take one of you? She sure loves being with her mommy. I don't know why, but she prefers me for some reason which can be really frustrating for Brent. I'm doing my best to try to get her to ask Brent for things or be nicer to him in general. He is the nicer parent anyway so it's kind of funny that she wants me.

We arrived in Salem around 3:30 or 4, and Brent got straight to work (in the rain) getting the trailer hooked up.  I got straight to work getting everything put in it's place so the kids could play Legos.   Their play area is tiny but they had good attitudes about it.
Brent and Griz left for Home Depot to pick up some supplies we didn't have that we needed to hook up the water and sewage or whatever.  Brent continually amazes me with what he is able to figure out and do.  If it were me I'd throw my hands up in the air and say, "welp guess we won't have running water!" but he makes it all work.
We discovered two leaks in the plumbing. Both around the toilet area.  It made for a very stressful couple days as he figured out the problems and how to fix them.

To help relieve some of the stress from setting up the trailer we just knew we had to go to the coast for church on Sunday.  It was a must.  We were a little late because Brent was trying to fix the leaks before church.  But the Lincoln City Ward was really nice to us and then afterwords we drove straight to the ocean. Man were the waves raging! It was awesome! When we first got to the ocean it started raining pretty hard.  We drove around for a bit finding a better ocean access. And boy did we find one! You can drive straight down onto the beach! It was the best!!! And bonus, the rain stopped and a beautiful rainbow appeared.
While we waited for the rain to stop though we were throwing goldfish crackers to the seagulls. It is so funny what the kids find entertaining.
Luckily I had brought their boots and the boys had a change of clothes (their clothes they had worn before their showers before church were still in the car) so Sanna was the only one who didn't have warm clothes. So I stole Griz's sweater and put it on her and tucked her pretty dress into her tights.  It worked!
 These kids love the ocean as much as their daddy!

And enough of my phone pictures... luckily we brought along THE camera!

The seagulls were standing there waiting for more goldfish just staring down Chico in the car.  He was scared to come out, I think he thought they were going to attach him.  He's seen too many movies, ha ha.

This picture of Griz is awesome but makes me shutter too. He is too brave.

Some of those waves were so big, Chico was just SO sure one was going to be a tidal wave. Ha ha.  They were out on the rocks closer to the water and got a surprise larger wave splash up on them. It was funny.  They also found a hermit crab shell which they were way excited about.
When the boys feet and legs were too wet and cold to keep having fun we finally headed home.  We got a little lost (due to us thinking we knew the way, ha ha) so it took longer but the scenery between Salem and the Coast is just too darn beautiful to complain too much about getting lost.  We're just in Heaven being out here again.  We love it so much.

January 23, 2017


Something about losing a bunch of weight triggered this desire in me to start doing my makeup a bit more.  Ha ha.  I remembered that my sister in law Heidi was really good at makeup and even does the contouring stuff I keep hearing about and seeing online. I asked her if she could show me while I was in Utah. She brought her stuff out and spent a long time telling me about the makeup and applying it.  I think it turned our really great!
Brent thought so too and he got out the camera and took some pictures of me.  Heidi got stuck with holding the backdrop (aka blanket) for these pictures.  Brent's so talented with lighting.

After he finished taking pictures I asked him to shoot another one to show my weight loss.  I've lost about 25-30 pounds (it's hard to tell exactly because I've gained muscle for sure)
This is what I wrote about it on Instagram:

A little over 4 months ago I changed my eating habits and started exercising regularly. I have lost nearly 30 pounds in that time and am now addicted to exercise and clean eating. It feels so good to be back to the weight I was before I had kids. It also feels good to be stronger physically than I have ever been before. There were a lot of reasons I wanted to make this change but one major reason was because I hope we will be able to get pregnant again. As time goes on, I don't know if the Lord has that in mind for us or not but if he does my body is ready to carry one of his children again and I would be honored with that privilege. In the meantime as we wait to see if it's in the Lord's plans or not, I'm excited to train for an Olympic length triathlon and some backpacking trips this summer!

 And Heidi took a few on her phone that I liked...

First Part of January

We've been watching a lot of movies this Christmas break... catching up the kids on some of the classics... Clifford, Home Alone, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and more... one we hadn't watched yet was Rocket Man!
So we went to the Maynes's and watched with them. That was a lot of fun.  Chico laughed SO hard.  It was fun watching him watch it.  Christa was playing around with the camera while we watched it, here are a few of her pictures.

There was a cousin birthday party to celebrate too later in January! Such a fun time! Steve, Heidi, and John came which made it all the more fun. Once again I borrowed these pictures from Christa. Thanks!!!

Looks kinda like Griz was eating blood.

I was in a bit of a dangerous spot getting caught in a bit of the crossfire between Dan and Steve.

SOmetimes Jack reminds me a bit of Griz so it was cute seeing them play together.  Not sure they actually had fun, maybe there was a miscommunication there about the rules. Ha ha.

This is huge... Sanna is making progress with their dog.  She has even touched him!

And now some cell phone pics:

We got the kids snow clothes that fit them and they've spent so much time out in the snow this January. It's been awesome.  Even a few neighbor kids came to play.

I got the kids new goggles too, such a silly girl.

With these new goggles we finally went swimming again.
Phone didn't have a fast enough shutter speed for jumping in pictures but they still look kinda cool!

The kids had a blast at the pool and we even had Brent with us which made it even better.  They jumped a million times.  Griz off the high dive of course.  Chico preferred the lower jump. I don't blame him!

Dang Facebook shows video recipes all the time on my feed. One time Brent was sitting next to me when I saw a tutorial about making pretzel dogs.  He told me he really wanted me to make them.  I decided to give it a try and they were AMAZING>>>

And now for our real camera:

We were sitting and chatting with Ellen after we had eaten the pretzel dogs and Brent commented how nice she looked and went and grabbed the camera and started taking pictures.  I got stuck holding the backdrop. ;) (aka a blanket)

We had Taran with us. Doesn't he look great?

And later downstairs Brent and the kids weren't done taking pictures.

I think Bubba took this one...

I like this picture because it shows real life.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day started quite early at the Hatch Household... Apparently having the tree right in their room was too exciting. Alvin came in our room at 2:00 am informing us that Santa had come and wouldn't leave us alone and woke up all his siblings by 3:30 so we let them look at and play with their santa toys for an hour and then I made them all go back to bed for two more hours and yet they still weaseled me out of bed by 6:00. Stinkers.

Brent bought the kids special rocks in Moab on the move out here.  He had them pick them out and then tricked them saying he couldn't buy them and sent them to the car where I was waiting and then he bought them anyway and hid them in the car.  Kids were pretty ticked off when it happened and pretty happy to receive them for Christmas!

Daddy was sick so no pictures of him.

Christmas was on Sunday this year so we had to get them ready for church after opening presents.  We were a little late of course too... not sure why since we were up SOOO early. Ha ha... oh yeah I remember. It snowed a BUNCH during the night. It took a while to dig out. :)

After church we recovered a bit and let the kids play with their toys and ate upstairs. THen we went to my mom's to open presents and eat monkey bread. Then we went to Grandma Coy's for her annual Christmas party.  It was fun but being there makes me miss grandpa every time.

I feel like I'm forgetting something so Brent fill me in where I"m forgetting.