Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Renton River Days and the Circus

We had fun at the Renton River Days, a local festival.  It's a madhouse because they shut down streets so we decided to park at the community center and walk along the river trail to the park where it's held.  It worked out great.  It wasn't far at all and we didn't have to search for parking.

Then we went to the circus which is at the community center.  This is our third year in a row going and the kids love it.  It's the Wenatchee Youth Circus and these kids are very talented.  We got there early enough to sit in the very front.

Book of Mormon Stories Camp

Max was invited to be a part of a Book of Mormon Stories Camp that my friend was doing just because she's awesome like that.  They learned about Alma the Younger, Ammon, Samuel the Lamanite and the Helaman and the 2,000 warriors.  He loved being able to go.  On the fourth day, I went over and helped my friend lead the kids on a march to the park.  They waved their flags and marched like the 2,000 warriors.  They were darling.

Monday, July 22, 2013

A Trip Down Memory Lane

We have lived in Renton almost 3 years.  Tony has been done with school for almost a year and has worked at Boeing for almost 2.  I've been a stay-at-home mom for 4 years now.  Crazy.

On Saturday, after we cleaned all the sand off of us and packed up, we wanted to eat our dinner at a park so we could fill up our water bottles.  We decided we would be in Tacoma right at dinner time so we decided to visit a park that I used to take my boys to all the time.  We'd meet friends there and just play.  It's the perfect park for people with young kids. 

But first we drove through Poulsbo because it's a Scandanavian town.  We just took some pictures as we drove through. 

Then we drove by the old house, just for funsies.  Quick shot on the phone.  We have lots of memories in this house from visiting Tony's parents and when we lived there after they moved.  It was crazy to see how big the Poplar trees had gotten.
And then it was off to the park, the Tot Lot.  Max was so excited when we pulled up.  He said he had dreamed we would go back to this park, haha.  He also remembered that there had been a statue there.  So we did take a picture with the statue.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

My Xhosa Child

My last semester at BYU was spent studying abroad in South Africa.  I roomed with two other BYU students in the home of a Xhosa family.  I loved my experience there and one of my fond memories is seeing pre-verbal children clicking.  Xhosa is a language with 3 different clicks.  It was so cute to see a child practicing their clicks before they could say much.  Little J.D. is a clicker and it's really cute.  I also love his smile because he had a top middle and side tooth come in before his other middle and side tooth so two are longer than the others.  He's fun to watch!

Point No Point Beach

After the lavender festival, we planned to go to the beach.  Our first thought was going to the Dungeness Spit.  We contemplated traveling out to Cape Flattery but that would have been another 2 hours so we figured we needed to plan ahead to do that trek.  Then I remembered a beach recommended to me years ago and suggested that we try a new beach, just for fun that was kind of on the way back.  It was a beautiful day and the boys loved playing in the water, even Jason.  He is a little water baby, not afraid of the waves or anything.
This boy got sandy before we put his water clothes on, but he didn't mind.  He'd crawl out to the water's edge and dig, dig, dig and let the waves roll past him.



The boys found driftwood and said they were submarines.  Here they are floating them along.

What's a day to the beach without someone being buried?

Ryan wrote D-A-D in the sand.

We walked over to the light house.


The boys are climbing rocks and saying that they are the Statue of Liberty (I'm not sure where that came from, but why not?)

Here's a video of the boys playing.