Monday, September 17, 2007

A dollop of our summer

As the weather has begun to cool down this week, I am thinking that it is time that I get caught up on our blog so I can move on to our fall fun. As I wrote earlier this summer our good friends moved in with us at the end of June. We were a full house of nine children (under the age nine) and four adults. This past week their new house was completed and they packed up all their belongings and moved out. The summer of 2007 will go down as one of noise, messes, fun trips, and lots of wonderful memories building our friendship with our friends. Some may be surprised to hear that we are all still great friends and our kids actually have begged that our friends would move in with us again. They loved having a constant playmate!

Here is a sprinkling of some of our summer activities:We had a fun and really quick trip to the Seattle Woodland Zoo with our Seattle Ditto cousins. It had been a long time since our kids had been to the zoo and everyone was a perfect age to enjoy our time there. Everyone's favorite animal was the monkeys!
Coop enjoyed several trips to the park. Yes, he still has a bottle but honestly he normally only has one around 6 am so he can fall back asleep for another hour or so. I keep planning to break that habit but neither one of us wants to give it up.
Tyler loved spending lots of time outdoors--biking, swimming (though he despised swimming lessons), skateboarding, collecting bugs, etc...
Following the Sherry Family tradition, many Sunday evenings at our house are often spent playing croquet.
The kids love Saturday morning bike rides to Safeway to buy a dozen donuts. They just wish Birch would take them every Saturday. Birch puts the youngest couple in the bike trailer and the rest ride their own bikes.
As you can tell, Nate not only loves riding his bike but he also loves baseball.
Alysee enjoying the summer sun on her bike.
Alex has become quite the good skateboarder. But...where is his helmet??
We had a great visual Family Home Evening lesson on "Putting on the Full Armor" of God. I think the kids all really got a great idea of what kind of armor they can put in each day to protect them from the evils of the world.
Alex turned nine years old at the end of July. He loved his new sunglasses and bat.
To celebrate Alex's birthday we went to a family family fun center and did the bumper boats and miniature golfing. We all had a great time together!
Coop loved putting the balls in and out of the holes.
Family shot miniature golfing.
Cooper LOVED Abby, the daughter of our friends who lived with us this summer. As you can see it was hard to seperate the two.
We had a great time going to two different Yakima Bears Baseball games with our friends. Coop enjoyed eating lots of food off of the bleachers--yum!
The kids spent endless hours outside riding bikes, playing in the jeep, and catching bugs.
Nate is quite the bike rider.
You'd think from this picture that Tyler enjoyed swim lessons.
One Friday night Birch and I thought it would be a fun and learning experience to take Tyler and Alex to a nice restaurant and work on our manners. Not only did we enjoy spending the evening with them but the boys impressed us with their nice manners.
Tyler had a great ball season on the Red Hawks team this year.
Alex relished each game day. Both Tyler and Alex loved having Birch as their coach.
The kids had the best time making and floating cucumber boats down the irrigation canal that runs along our property.
One summer morning I took the kids to a fun outdoor water spray park. They loved cooling off!
Nate and Chase (summer roomie) were either best friends or worst enemies. They were both jealous that their older brothers got to play on a "real" baseball team. They loved having access to all the baseball equipment, though.
Tyler and Alex not only love riding their bikes but they are also quite creative. Notice the helmet extensions they added.
About half an hour from our house a real mammoth is in the process of being excavated. We took the kids there to witness this cool event. The excavation site looked just like we were on the set for "Jurassic Park."
Students from CWU gave the tour.
It was really hot so the kids were a bit grumpy by the end of the outside tour. I thought it was such a cool--once in a lifetime experience.
Saturday, September 1st our family plus two other families all made our way to Boulder Cave. We had a great time and the kids were great hikers!
Nate was a great hiker.Since we had thirteen kids under the age nine with us we decided with would be wise to have all the kids hold on to a rope while we went through the cave.
Family shot looking into the bat cave. Alysee had a great time and collected several rocks to add to her "pet" collection.


Mama Nirvana said...

Wow! That's a summer you won't soon forget!


emily said...

How is it that you did so many things I didn't even hear about? I'd like to come to your house for a summer!

kg said...

Can we come move in with you? You always impress me with your creative ideas that keep your family busy and always doing "wholesome recreational activities"...super cool! Sara, do you ride your bike to get donuts too??

Ditto Family said...

Um, NO! Haven't ridden a bike since I was prego with Alex. I could use the excuse that I don't own a bike but then Birch would probably find a way to get me a bike if he new that was the excuse I was using. Really, I just love that it is a fun "Daddy/Kids" activity and then I get to take and extra loooooooong shower while they are away.

Ditto's said...

Just think of all of the memories you are making with the kids. You guys are great parents, love the pictures!

Cami said...

What great times you all had! You do some great activities.

Leah said...

Wow, I have to take a nap after seeing your summer! My favorite is the picture of you with your two big boys, kind of brought a tear to my eye to see how big they are getting.

meta said...

i love the collage of pictures and memories!! so fun. And croquet - our family favorite too!! POISON!

Steve and Rachel said...

Sara, your kids have the best smiles! I love looking at your blog, I know I have told you this before...but you guys are so inspiring to me!

robandsara said...

You have absolutely beautiful children. All of them are soooo cute! Little Cooper is a heart throb!

Lokks like you guys had the coolest summer on record. So many fun activities for your kids. That wsa brave of you to let your friends move in. What a house full! Sounds like it was fun for the kids to all play together, but I bet you were pretty exausted after it all.