Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Beach Towels!

We had a really fun package arrive in the mail last week.  My mom ordered all of the children beach towels!  They're so beautiful and fun!  We had to take some pictures to show you how great they are, Grammy.

You can't really see her name, but I love this towel.  Amelia adores it.  :)
Sting Rays for Calvin!

The towel holder decided he was missing out by not being included in these pictures.
Not that we're going to the beach.  But we've been visiting the local pool once a week and they will be so helpful.  Thanks so much, Mom!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pictures from Peter's Birthday (finally)

A favorite thing that he looks forward to is his birthday beer.  I got him something extra special to go with his birthday dinner.  (It was an organic chocolate stout)
We kept our tradition of doing a hunt with clues for Peter to find his birthday gifts (before dinner).  The kids have so much fun with this.  William always creates the clues.
Here he is finding a gift in the bottom of the chimney.
He found the one in the office, now he is reading the clue to take him to the next gift...

...which is in the dining room which is appropriately the last location so we can begin dinner.
But first we took a couple of birthday photos with the kids out on the deck.

Dinner was:  BBQ spare ribs, corn on the cob and cheddar biscuits.
Ben had fun printing off these photos for Peter, who is pictured in number one.  I'm not sure where he got the idea, but this was his contribution for his dad and it was pretty creative. 
Time to open gifts, starting with little ones from the little people.
I enjoy watching him interact with each of them and how he appreciates the things they give him.

Our older sons found a set of cigars and an airtight case to keep them in for a really good price and knew that their dad would enjoy that. 
Next is a gift from his in-laws. 
A big smile for the commentary that they got for him!  Thank you!

From all of us: a football...
...and a book stand for his desk.
He found this book stand on Amazon and had it in his wish list.  I ordered it and he just loves it.  I think you can tell a lot about Peter by the gifts he got this year.  They sum up his interests pretty well.
We made brownie ice cream sundaes for dessert, to finish the evening.
 No celebration is perfect, but in all it was a lovely time to celebrate the years that the Lord has given to Peter and has given to us with him.  What a blessing he is to his family.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Few Extras

A few weekends back we got to enjoy having a few extra kids join our family for a couple of days, while their parents went on an anniversary trip.
It was, in fact, 4 boys, which brought our boy total up to 9 for a few days!
We live really close to the river, so it's just a few minutes to this dock where they can reel in some fish.  One of the boys pulled in a nice one.

One afternoon, when swimming didn't work out, we all took a nice long walk on the Rails to Trails track that runs along the river.
Peter lined them up for a foot race.
First was some of the littles.
Then the middle boys.
At the finish line.  Looks like their friend, William won this one.
Last, the older boys.

 Elijah hadn't got a chance to run, so Jono came back and raced with him.  Too bad I cut off Jono's head in this picture.  They were so cute as they were running hard!
 There are 8 of the 9 boys in this picture.
 Bron had a good ride in the stroller, but people didn't forget her.  They brought her a flower and talked to her regularly.
 Snail sighting.
 We reached this bridge and turned back.  This little one is getting tired.
 A ride and a cookie helped on the way back.
 Jono was too big for rides, he spent the walk back taking care of the girls.  :)

 Were the kids more interested in the deer, or the deer interested in the kids?
 Watching a boat push a large load down the river.
A goose sighting and then we were done and on our way home.  What a fun time we had with these "extra" family members for a few days!