Monday, June 30, 2008

Memorial Weekend 2008

We had beautiful weather for Memorial Weekend this year. I was so afraid that it was going to be cold and rainy, but it wasn't! Hurray!! We slept warm and dry as we camped at Honeyman Park with family and friends.
Dad treated us to his yummy campfire cooking, along with all the food prepared by Mom, Kim and everyone else.

The kids liked to be able to "graze" for food whenever they wanted to.
The kids had a good time riding scooters and bikes in front of our campsites. We camped in a new area this time (which for the record, I really liked...but I don't need electricity like most of the campers with trailers and motorhomes do), which had a hill in the roadway that made riding bikes fun and exciting. There wasn't as much traffic, so I didn't mind them playing in the street!

Leilani broke my mom's little "big wheel" bike, but I think the kids had more fun pushing around the broken wheel than they did riding the bike!
We played at the playground a lot.
Benjamin was perfectly willing to let himself be buried.
Then my kids all decided to jump out of the swings. Believe it or not, Elisabeth was actually the first one to do it and then her older sisters followed suit. I got some great pictures, and thankfully nobody broke anything!

Benjamin had to try too, of course, but he didn't get much air :)
We went to a couple of nature lessons put on by the rangers (might as well learn while you play, right?) This one was about beavers. Leilani is examining a beaver skull, I think.
This is the beaver fur.
They made beaver masks with the help of some parents (I was impressed that my brothers took the time to come and share the event with their kids)

In case you haven't figured out, I LOVE to take pictures. I really need to get a digital camera, because I burn a lot of film! So I borrowed my mom's camera a lot during the weekend. I wanted to see what kind of bubble pictures I could take of the kids while they were playing with bubbles.

We also climbed the sand dunes with the kids.
Even both very pregnant women!

Everybody in my family is used to me sticking a camera in their face, so they all endure my endless photo shoots with patience (at least to my face). The kids are even getting trained to pose for me without question, but this shot took the help of all the parents! After the grandkids shoot, Brooke was in the mood to pose for me. This is unusual, because she usually hides from me, so I took advantage and got several cute shots!

My mom and dad surprised us and came up on the dunes also.

Dollar store plastic horses and dinosaurs keep the kids entertained for hours.
We were able to get a family shot after church on Sunday. We sure love our traditional Memorial and Labor Day camping trips!
On the way home we stopped at Heceta Head beach - another tradition.
Grandpa and I took a bunch of pictures. I just realized that I don't have any of his...I guess I will have to ask him for copies.

It was kind of cold at the beach, but my kids wouldn't have missed it for anything. It was low tide, so they played in the caves and the tidepools and had a great time. We are already looking forward to Labor Day!

p.s. Kelly, I need your email address so that I can send you your pictures.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

4th Grade Track

My mom keeps telling me that I need to update my blog. Easier said then done. I have a million things to do, and only one me to do them! I can't blog while Alan has the kids like I used to do.

Leilani had her first track meets this year. In 4th grade they get to compete in track and field events against other schools. The district track meet was canceled due to lack of planning, so our school held their own 4th grade track meet.

Mom, Dad, Grandma Bevans and Benjamin were there to cheer her on!
They eventually scheduled a track meet against Corridor 4th graders.
Leilani kept trying to do a forward roll over the high jump. It just wasn't working (kept knocking down the ribbon), so she was finished with that event quickly.
She excelled at the long jump. I imagine doing the gymnastics vault probably helps her jump like that.
She took first place by jumping the furthest.
This is her relay team. They didn't win anything, but they had fun.
Alan worked at the track meet, and Grandma Bevans, Mom, Elisabeth and Benjamin came to cheer her on.

Unfortunately, Benjamin was not on his best behavior. He kept wrestling Elisabeth to the ground...
and then he sat on her and wouldn't let her get up. She was mad that I wouldn't help her up, so she wouldn't look at the camera for the picture. He definitely holds his own with his sisters!

Friday, June 20, 2008

A Handful of Haircuts

Since I had the camera in the car already, I decided to take pictures of our mother/daughter haircut appointment. My sister, Kim, thought I was out of my mind to be taking pictures, but she just doesn't understand the need to record little events in our lives! :)
Kim got to be the first in the chair.
Hailey decided that she needed her hair done too.
The beautiful finished product.
I was next, and they made sure I was going to get my picture taken too.
I went a lot shorter in preparation for the Missouri heat and humidity this summer.

Mom waited patiently through our haircuts until it was finally her turn.

Hailey thought it looked fun to have a towel on your head...
so she wanted on too!
We enjoy visiting with Shawn as she does our hair, and it always feels great to walk away looking fantastic!