Thursday, August 21, 2008

Anniversary #9--At the Mariner's Game!

We went to a Mariner's game this year as a combination Anniversary/Justin's 30th Birthday. I got tickets in the Diamond Club section, which is the first 8 rows behind home plate. Included in the tickets was dinner before the game as well as snacks and drinks during the game. It was a once in a lifetime experience to be so close to the field that you could actually recognize the players by there faces, not just by the big screen in center field announcing who is up to bat. And, to top it all off, the Mariner's won!

On the ferry over to Seattle.

Beautiful Mt. Ranier in the distance. It was a gorgeous day.

Before the game view from our seats.

Looking into the Mariner's dugout.

Self-Portrait of us in our seats.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Crow Butte Vacation 2008

This is the third year that we have taken our vacation at Crow Butte Park on the Columbia River in Central Washington. We spent two wonderful weeks there with the Hill Family. Elijah went in the tube by himself for the first time on this vacation, Micah took a ride with me on the tube (he saw everyone else going and made it very clear that he wanted a turn also), and Isaiah tried skiing! We explained to Isaiah that the skis were longer than he is tall and that they were a bit too big for him, but he was determined to give it a shot. I was so proud of him for trying.

Here is Isaiah hanging out on the beach looking so cool with the goggles on!

Playing in the sand. Micah looks like a little beach bum.

I love this picture of Elijah digging in the sand.

This was Elijah's first time on the tube by himself. He was willing to go because he had the goggles on to keep the water from spraying in his eyes. I think he looks like a little aviator!
Micah's first time on the tube. He almost fell asleep during the ride.

Justin was able to get up on the wakeboard and had a lot of fun on it. You can see that the water was pretty nice on this day. We had a few days of bad wind, but we also got a few days of beautiful water and sun.

Isaiah's Skiing Sequence
1. Paul helping Isaiah with the skis.
2. Isaiah just starting to be pulled in the water.
3. Look at the deterimination. His tips are still up...
4. ...and now he's a torpedo.
When I asked him what happened, he told me that he was trying to turn like Mr. Paul did (on a slalom ski) and when he tried to turn his feet came out of the skis. I told him that maybe he should just work on going straight for now and we can work on the turns later!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Chase Morris

My intention today had been to post an update to our adventures this summer, but with limited time I wanted to post this picture of the boys and I with Chase. As many of you know Chase, Justin's brother Chris' only child, has been battling cancer off and on for four years now. Last summer he was given a prognosis of 2 months to 1 year to live. Last night at 10:30 we got a phone call letting us know that Chase had passed away. Please continue to pray for the family as most are not believers. It is very hard to know what to say and how to best show Christ's love.

I will post an update on our summer adventures in the near future.