Saturday, September 17, 2011

the making of the swing

I thought I would show you how it was all put together.

First digging the holes.  This is where we put Jeremy and Ryan to work.  They had to stay out there until the holes were completely dug.  No eating, sleeping, or stopping!  They worked day and night!
 Then Benson and I leveled the post and cemented them in.
 Benson cut off the tops to the height that we wanted.
 Then we put the cross beams up and Benson screwed them together. 
 Ryan enjoying the swing.

our home grown pumpkin

We decided to try to grow our own pumpkins this year.  We got one and it was very exciting to watch it grow.  It is so fun for the kids (and us adults) to watch our garden grow.  Yes, all of these pictures are of the same pumpkin but everyone needed a turn holding it and getting their picture taken.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

First day of school

Absence makes the heart grow fonder!

Today was the first day of school around this neck of the woods.  It was sad to see them start another year but I really did enjoy the peace and quiet!  I made the kids a fun breakfast this morning.  Brooklyn's had 2 eyes at one point. 

 I cannot believe how old Brooklyn looks.  I don't think I am ready for her to grow up.
 Jeremy with his friend Dylan.

 Jayden was super excited about starting preschool.  He wanted to salute for his picture.
 Ryan wanted in on all of this picture taking.
 Not only was it the first day of school but it was also the hottest day of the year.  So as a suprise we had ice cream sundaes for them when they got home.  They thought that was pretty cool.

The kids had a great first day.  I am so glad.  I am looking forward to a great school year!

Ryan's birthday

I know we celebrated Ry's birthday at the beach house but I can't not do anything on his actual birthday.  The Williams had invited us to their house for dinner and we did a little celebration there.  We had a lot of fun.

 The dad's decided to have a friendly game of tetherball.  They were both out of breath when they finished.  It did last quite a while!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011


As some of you may know, we have Benson's great nephew, Jayden, living with us for a few months.  His mom is in the Navy and is deployed currently.  So Jayden is staying with us and has added a lot more craziness (good crazy) to the house. 
Ryan and Jayden, they are either the best of friends or driving each other bonkers!  Here they are with our first vegetable from the garden.
 Benson's newly finished swing.  Everyone wanted to sit with him.
 My good friend Melinda invited us to Yale Resevoir to spend the day.  Once it warmed up enough the kids had a great time playing in the water.

 I also babysat our good friends Dylan and Camdyn this summer.  Here are all the boys trying to stay cool by playing in the hose.
 The finished swing!  I absolutely love it.  I wrote on facebook that I can't decide if I want to swing on it or sit back and stare at it.
 We also went down to Tualatin one day to pick up Brooklyn from her 2 night sleepover with her good friend Heidi.  We spent a few hours at the Tualatin Commons.
 Brooklyn and Heidi

 We ate outside most of the summer.  This night Ryan decided that sharing his dinner with Sarge would be a good idea.
 Jeremy helping Benson unload wood from his Jeep to work on another project.  He made a planter box.
That was our August in a nutshell.  It was crazy but a lot of fun.  I can't believe summer break is over.