Wednesday, July 14, 2010

{Family Reunion #1}

Last weekend we headed to Astoria to meet up with Trevor's family.  The kids have been looking forward to it for a long time!  Despite the unusually cold weather on the Oregon coast (which seems to find us whenever we visit the WA or OR coast), we had a great time!  We missed Trevor's sisters who couldn't come this year...but the brothers had a blast together.  These guys make me laugh when they are around each other. I especially liked the the dinner conversation about all of Tyler's high school shenanigans...good entertainment for all.  And the major competition attitude in board games and bocce ball.  Gotta love these guys. 

It warmed up enough to enjoy one day on the beach...even though you couldn't see the water because of the thick fog/clouds covering it.


Definitely a daddy's boy this one...

Addy and Carson along with Trevor, Todd, and Tyler braved the water.



Carson made 'sand beds' for Addy and Evee...resulting in sand in every crevice possible.  Addy and Carson loved playing with Evee.
See the sand on Addy's legs???
Uncle Tyler a big help with all the kiddos!

Loved spending time with this sweet boy..cousin, Owen.

Making Rice Krispy treats in the trailer.

Grandma Pettingill brought all kinds of goodies for the kiddos.

Ry watching Toy Story for the billionth time!  Evee joined in too.

Carson and Dallan had such a fun time together especially riding bikes and playing catch.

And, I don't know why we didn't take a group picture before everyone left.  Note for next time!  Such a fun weekend and never seems quite long enough.  Thanks so much for everyone traveling quite a distance (we had the shortest route this year).  And thanks to Trevor's mom for making all the arrangements...never an easy task! I love spending time as a big family group.  These trips are the highlights of the summer for my kids (and me too!)..being with grandma and grandpa, aunts, and uncles, and especially cousins ... it just wouldn't be vacation or summer without family around!

Monday, July 12, 2010

{4th of July Fun?}

The 4th turned into a major project weekend for us. We had a family reunion the next weekend, so we used the holiday for a little home improvement.  But we did squeeze in some fun too.




Yay for fireworks.  Our neighbors had major wow (insert 'illegal' here) fireworks. So we had a great show right from our driveway.  And we still had fun with our by far less spectacular ones. And this year was a big year for Carson because he became the official firework lighter.  After watching the neighborhood kids play with fireworks all week (and yes, unattended too...grrr...), he was counting down the days until he could finally light our own (supervised, of course!).  He was in heaven. Boys and fire...um...a little scary, but so cute to see him so proud and happy about it!


And the project....new floors in the kitchen, dining room, and pantry.  Love 'em.  And I love my husband for putting them in!


The kids had fun leaving messages behind on the old floor.  And please don't mock my sweet linoleum with blue diamonds and everything.  So happy to cover those up forever!





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