Wednesday, September 30, 2009

First Day of School

The leaves are changing, the kids are back in school, and I am still getting used to a quiet house. I miss having the kids around all day, but they are enjoying school.

Benjamin started preschool this fall. He loves it, and he is excited that cousin Hailey is attending with him!
He only goes twice a week, but it is strange not having any kids home on those mornings.
Emilyanne and Elisabeth are still attending the Japanese immersion school.
1st grade
4th grade
Leilani started middle school this year (6th grade). She is still doing Japanese, and has started band (playing the French Horn). She didn't have the "right" backpack to start school, but thanks to Grandma she has the "perfect" one life is great!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Labor Day Camping

We did our biannual camping trip at the coast for Labor Day weekend. We had some wet weather, but there was sun too. We took a hike up on the sand dunes during one break in the rain. The cousins were having a good time with each other.
Leilani is really enjoying holding babies lately (although Travis does not think he is a baby!)
We climbed up the sand dunes...
all the way to the very highest point...
and then ran down the sand dunes...over and over again!
The puddles were fun to play in.
The kids also enjoyed riding their bikes and scooters around.
These talented riders could even do it on one leg :)

We played tether ball - which really gets your heart rate going!
They jumped out of swings...
and had a fun time together at the playground.
The guys had a hard time keeping the fire going sometimes, because of wet wood and rain.
We did our annual trip to the beach on the way home from camping. If you look behind the kids, you will see a sea lion that was on the beach (it is not dead, but it was acting sick)
Everybody had a good time playing in the water (except my husband, who had to go home and work at a gymnastics' fundraiser bbq - what a nice dad!)
They jumped over the waves,
and ran away from waves,
and got knocked over by waves! It was a good weekend. We got a little wet, but we had a lot of fun.