Saturday, July 26, 2008

A fun weekend!

We started off with a family reunion last night (Friday). Unfortunately, I forgot the camera so I have no pictures to share. The kids had a blast and it was great to see family that we haven't seen for awhile. The reunion was at the Deming Logging Show. The girls were all over that place on bikes with cousins. Alyssa, our princess, was an absolute dust ball. We gave her a bath when we got home and the water was brown when she got out of the tub. Ethan was loving the playgrounds and being able to just run and play. His favorite thing was the big, dark tube slide. It was hard to get him away from it.

Today, we started the day out with John Deere days at NorthWashington of the local tractor suppliers here in Whatcom County. It was a lot of fun! They had great activities for the kids...train rides, bouncy "houses", candy scramble, peddle tractor pulls, and other activities; the Dairy Princesses were there; and free lunch for everyone! If you've never been to this must go next year. The kids even got to sit on the tractors. I remembered the camera for this event. See the pictures below.

Jason and I had a wedding this afternoon...I was coordinator and Jason played piano. It was a very nice short/small wedding. Jason was supposed to return back to the church for service tonight and lead worship but at the wedding, Pastor Craig informed us that he was going to have tonight's service outside and was giving the worship team the night off!!!!! So, now we will have family night...swimming in the pool (personally, I think it's too cold so I will be observing), light dinner, go for a little drive (we do have a destination so we aren't just wasting gas!), maybe do the fire pit and s'mores (if it's not too windy), and, if it is too windy, we will have a movie night with popcorn. Of course, we will have to get everyone to bed on time as we have church in the morning and need to be there a little earlier than normal. What a great weekend!

The famous "Kids R.R." was out at
the event giving train rides.

The kids had a blast...they were the
only ones in the bouncy "castle".

Ethan couldn't get enough of the big clydesdale and her baby.
He wanted in with them so Daddy had to hold him!

There was so much candy in the huge pile of hay.

Ethan loved to climb on the tractors and pretend to drive.

He even wore his John Deere hat for the event!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bubbles, Bubbles and More Bubbles!

Yes, that's right bubbles! Ethan got his birthday present tonight from "Uncle" Randy and "Aunt" Janice (Korthuis)...they've been a little busy building their new house and moving so they had to miss the party. Hey, we like to celebrate birthdays all month long! So anyway, his gift was...a BUBBLE GENERATOR! This thing puts out over 10 thousand bubbles in just a couple of minutes and Ethan just sits and laughs at it. He absolutely loves it! We will now be taking up stock in the bubble business. As I was sitting with Ethan watching the bubbles I had a thought (which is amazing since my head feels like it could explode right now)...okay, my thought...we need these bubble generators for weddings. I thought, how fun to see a bride and groom "run" through bubbles as they leave the church/reception hall. This would be the wedding coordinator side of me coming out. I see lots of entertainment coming from this great new toy.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Summer time fun!

What better way to spend a warm afternoon than in the pool and playing on the slip and slide. The kids are loving the swimming pool. Wayne and Weston spent the afternoon with us today and after naps we headed outside for some fun in the sun. Ethan and Wayne had a blast together on the slip and slide while the girls swam and swam in the pool. Needless to say, they are good and tired out tonight! After looking at the weather report, we will be spending lots of time in the pool again this next week. Come on over if you are needing to cool down!

Brenna and Alyssa in the pool...our little fishies.

Ethan and Wayne having so much fun together on the slip and slide.

Ethan thought he would use the spray as a water fountain. What a goof!

Wayne...basking in the sun after we turned the water off.
Weston hanging out in the shade...what a good little boy!! One of these days he will be out running around with Wayne and Ethan...oh what fun that will be!!

Friday, July 4, 2008

The party is over!

Wow! Who knew 3 year old could get so excited about his birthday?! It was great to have the sunshine come out as everyone was arriving for the party/BBQ so we were able to eat outside and enjoy the backyard and the kids were able to run around and play and burn off some energy. We made it outside long enough to eat and for Ethan to open his gifts before it started to get chilly so we moved inside for dessert. Dessert...there are some great pictures of this. Ethan loved the chocolate fountain and auntie made sure to document the event with photos. Oh he was a goof! Everyone had a great time and we were all able to relax and have a great time of fellowship. The kids were great. It was fun to watch them all play together.
Maple Bar donut/ this is the way to go! Justifies eating the leftover "cake" for breakfast!

It was great to be able to outside enjoying the fresh air!

Ethan was so excited to finally have his very own big boy soccer ball.

Fun new tractors from Eli and Maddy!

Look out world, here comes Ethan. The challenge will be teaching him to steer. He gave us all a good laugh...he kept running into things.

"Happy Birthday to you!"

The chocolate fountain...this little boy's favorite!! Do you think his mouth is just a little too full?

Yep! We saw this one coming and Auntie just had to grab the camera.

The kids having a great time together.

Weston had his own little party away from the bigger kids...he is going to be joining them soon if he gets those knees under him. He kept trying...he knew those kids were having fun and he wanted to be with them.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Our baby is 3....

Happy Birthday Ethan! It's hard to believe that it was three years ago already that Ethan joined our family. The time has gone by so fast. He is so full of energy and is constantly keeping us on our toes. His favorite characters are Thomas and Friends (trains) and Veggie Tales. He loves to watch Seasame Street, Curious George, Super Why and Word World. He is becoming one smart little boy. You never know what he is going to come up. We will post photos of this special day later when the partying is over.