Monday, July 18, 2011

June June June June June


So waaay back in June, we did some stuff. 

As previously mentioned, we had Jane’s baptism, which, of course, meant Grandparents.  Grandpa Sherrill and Grandma Genie stayed with us for a few days before the baptism and we had a great time.


They got to witness the fun 2nd grade play that Jane was in, “Save the Plants”. 


Though we have seen it twice before with our other second graders, I still think it’s cute.  Jane was Marigold and had her parts well-memorized.  Between Emma and Gabe and their past parts, we could practically put on the whole thing in our living room. 

Jane loved her teacher, Mrs. Ota, and so did we.


Grandma Dorrie stayed after the baptism and got to visit Emma’s middle school for Parents’ Day.  It was fun to have Emma show us around her school—made me realize, again, how old she is getting.


Grandma Dorrie also awesomely babysat while Ryan and I went away for a much needed getaway to a little town an hour north of us, Sandpoint Idaho.  It was the best place to go because there wasn’t much to do.  We just slept and ate and watched movies and ran and hiked and played golf.  It was so so lovely. 

We stayed in a super cute little cabin next to the Pend Oreille river. 


It was the first time I’ve EVER played golf and I was surprised at how very much I liked it.  Ryan’s the most fun to play games with---just competitive enough to make it fun, but never irritated or stressed out. 


We hiked a gorgeous trail called Gold Hill.  It was fun and peaceful…even when a huge thunderstorm hit.  This is what we looked like before


and after the hike.


The only problem with the weekend was when we returned and Grandma said, “Um.  Before you go downstairs…”

There was a HUGE town yard sale while we were gone and my kids were participating on our street while Grandma monitered in and out of the house.  Except while she was chatting with her sister and my kids procured a couch.


Yeah.  A couch.  With huge rips and detached upholstery. It was FREE from our neighbors and, before my mom even knew what was going on, it was being transported into our basement. 

Upon arriving home, and hopefully without crushing their excitement, we explained that we couldn’t fit it in our house and that they would have to disposed of it by paying dad to take it to the dump….or by returning it to our oh-so-generous neighbors.  They opted to go the returning route and are, sadly, back to being a 3 couch family.

The last week of school was a huge bummer weather-wise.  Field days were rainy, though Gabe did the Romney name proud by capturing the Musical Chair prize, beating out 40 kids.


We are really talented at shoving people out of the way so we can get the last of anything around here. 

Poor Faith and Seth came along while I worked my shift.  Hopefully the Tigger hugs warmed them up.


Gabe (seen here running the Goodbye Gauntlet) had a great end of the year, receiving his citizenship award, along with a few other awards. 


We were really proud at how he involved himself in activities and sets goals for himself.  His swimming has been a great experience for him and he’s got some medals to prove it.


Continuing the theme of Rain Wrecking Stuff, Ryan’s work pays for a fun family day at the local amusement park.  It looked like this for about 1 hour of the day…


and then like this:


  We left after 4 hours.  It kind of sucked.

Good thing we ended the month with a trip to Sunny Northern California.  We stayed with both California Grandparents and took advantage of all of the amenities. 

Good places to eat:


Grandpas who teach how to putt:


so we can get holes-in-one:


Grandma Nut’s fabulous pool:



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And the ALWAYS popular game, Jump The Hose But Don’t Slip And Get Knocked Unconscious:




We lucked out because Ryan’s sister Brooke planned her trip at the same time and we LOVED getting to hang out with her and Spencer and cousins we don’t see enough.

I also got to hang out with some old high school friends at Tammy’s parent’s pool.

It was a perfect visit…fun stuff for the kids to do so that we could chat without them bugging us.  Tammy is super fun with anyone’s kids and they had lots of fun goofing off in the pool.


Great picture to end on, huh?  We are LOVING summertime THIS MUCH around here.


Lauren in GA said...

I LOVED your take of, " We are really talented at shoving people out of the way so we can get the last of anything around here." being the reason that Gabe was victorious. Go, Gabe!!!!

So nice that you had a getaway with Ryan. I loved the sweet thing you said about hime being fun to play games with because he is not too competetive and never gets irritated.

I know this is corny to say but I love your bathing suit. And lady, you look fantastic...even soaking wet.

Nurse Graham said...

Whew, that was a lot to do in June. It looks like it was a great month, in spite of the crappy, cold weather we had for most of June.

Brooke said...

It was so fun to be with you guys!
It just made me wish we lived alot closer. Hope the rest of your summer is great. love you all!

Tammy said...

I had so much fun seeing you! I love the pic of us jumping in the pool being goofy. Your kids are living proof that there are well behaved, sweet, innocent, kind, obedient, loving children in the world. I am always impressed by your kids. Such fun!!!