Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This is God. Today I will be handling All of your problems for you. I do Not need your help. So, have a nice day. I love you.
P.S. And, remember... If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do NOT attempt to resolve it yourself! Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. I will get to it in MY TIME. All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.
Great plan, dear Master - thanks!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
As Matt and the boys were playing around, they start getting into a friendly argument. Matt poses in his best boxer's stance and says:
"You wanna brawl?"
"Daddy, that's what covers up your ni%%les!"
Is this kid watching Showtime after we go to bed, or what??
Pretty soon we heard:
"Jake, I said drop!"
"JAKE - Drop the undies!"
"I tooted in those, you know!"
"You know I tooted right where your teeth are, don't you?"
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We went to the Pacific Ocean. Since it is a forever drive away, we drove on two separate days, stopping at a theme park along the way to break up the ride. It proved to be a good decision. The theme park wasn't fantastic, but having a break from the driving was. On a side note - if you live in an area in which the drive to Enchanted Village and the drive to Silverwood are approximately the same - choose Silverwood every time and twice on Sunday. Choose Enchanted Village only one time, so that you will appreciate how good it is at Silverwood.
Anyway, here is a photo montage of the highlights of our journey. It makes me tired just looking at all of them.
There was crabbing - lots and lots of crabbing. We made a "Crab Pot" style meal that you would've been so proud of, Jane! BTW - has anyone ever tried Spot Prawns before? I guess the are indigenous of the Willapa Bay. If you have a chance, they are beyond fantastic. Very similar to lobster - yum, yum, yum!!Sightseeing - including a lighthouse tour. This was one of the most interesting points of the trip.
Wreck #1. Also the mark of a good vacation - when you have to label whether you are viewing carnage from wreck #1 or wreck #2. As Colton put it, he was trying to land a wheelie on his bike, and before he knew it, the bike was heading North and he was heading East, and they separated. Ouch.
One of many photo opportunities - an old tree root washed ashore at Horseshoe Bay.
Chance ready to dare the waves on the rocks below the driftwood. About 1 minute after this picture, the waves were crashing against the rocks and splashing him from head to toe!
Playing in the biggest waves at Twin Harbors. This also turned out to be the best treasure beach, and kept the whole crew entertained, searching for agates for hours.
The Go-Kart races.
Wreck #2. Daddy consoling Colton after another banged up lip and a mild case of whiplash. I'm sure when the Go-Kart worker guy signed in for his shift that day, he didn't plan on saying, "Remember, there's no bumping allowed. I don't need another bloody lip on my shift!"
My love letter in the sand at Washaway Beach. "I love you until high tide . . . ."
Another photo op with my parents at Washaway Beach. They got to join us for the last few days of the trip, and I think had a great time.
Matt and Colton flying the kite one last time before heading home the next morning.
And, finally, my beach sunset. This was on the last night we were there, and it was the first one we had gotten to see all vacation. This is picture 27 out of about 75 or so (ish). I'm a sucker for sunsets.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
So far, things are pretty well under control, but it may be just an illusion of check marks and strike-throughs.
We've been having a countdown when I wake the boys up in the morning. I thought it would help them want to get out of bed. Not so much. Who wants to get out of bed in the summer? They want to get out of bed on vacation day, not 4 days before!
So, this morning, I ask - who knows how many days until vacation?
Colton - ZERO!!
Oh crud. That's gonna be a downer.
Mommy - Nope, buddy, but you're close. Just one more day!!
Colton - Yeah!
Mommy - How many more days at Tina's until vacation?? (They love Tina's, but hate that they have to wake up early and go so that I can get to work on time)
Colton - One!
Mommy - Right! Tomorrow you can sleep in. Okay - how many Rice Krispy Treats do I need to make before vacation?
Colton - Ten Thousand!
Mommy - How many s'more's bars?
Colton - Ohhhhhhh, Ten Million! (These are his new favorite - thanks Cali!)
Mommy - Yikes! How many cookies?
Colton - Ten Hundred!
Told ya. An illusion of check marks and strike-throughs. Because, the job of 1,000 chefs has just been added to my plate, to be completed by tomorrow. Wish me well.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
There was some worry about 4 RV air conditioners running on our residential electrical circuits, but Mother Nature was kind to us, providing gentle breezes in the evening hours and cooling off the sleeping areas with great ease.
I think it was one of the most relaxing "camping" trips we've had in awhile. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and the company was 2nd to none. Here are some pictures of our fun activities:
Making a current in the swimming pool - fun stuff!
Cousins - what a cute bunch!
Homemade ice cream, relaxing on the deck, and visiting. Heaven . . .
Throwin' some shoes.
Fishin' for polliwogs & frogs.
Sleepin' in the tent (all the kids that wanted to made it all night!!)
Slip n' slidin'
Great picture, Makenna!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
A few days ago, they were getting ready to swim after Matt had picked them up. So, they all got their swimsuits on and went outside for some splashing, thrashing fun.
We have a ladder that goes into the pool - kind of an upside down V shape - so you climb up on the outside, then down on the inside to the water.
The kids love to jump off the top of said ladder.
And so, there was much jumping and cannon-balling and twisting.
Colton - Daddy, watch this! I'm going to jump from the very tippy top one!
Daddy - Okay buddy, I'm watchin'.
Colton - But, Daddy, you can't jump in from the ladder - you can only step into the pool.
Daddy - Why can't I jump from the ladder?
Colton - 'Cause you're half-chubby! It would splash too much :-)!!!!!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Good for you - but that's not me. Not me at all. I'm more the, well, if they're asking that price, it's probably fair, and they wouldn't knowingly make us pay more than it's worth, and we should probably just pay it and move on. Strong and courageous, I know. Please, call me next you're headed car shopping, I'm a real asset.
And, you know how they say that opposites attract? Which would mean, in this instance, that one person in the marriage would be the hard-core negotiator and one would be the meeker person in the situation.
Yeah, we didn't get lucky on that part either. Matt's not too far from me on this one. Which is why our latest RV deal went something like this . . .
(Names and amounts are unrealistic, to protect both the innocent and the naive)
So, you're asking $2000?
What's your bottom dollar - how low will you go?
pause - for courage, not for effect
Well, we've looked up the book value, and noticed it's only about $1500. Can we meet somewhere in the middle?
We can meet at $2000.
Okay then, $2000 it is! Thanks for the great deal!
Yeah, we're good. And I use that we very loosely. Because I did none of the talking in the above hypothetical conversation. I am silent, even in the fake one.
I said less in the real one.
But, I was a strong supporter - an everlasting comfort in our time of need . . . . . or something.