Monday, August 31, 2009


This last weekend Christie and I took the girls (Leah, Ruth, Noel and Sydney) to Idaho for Grandma Longs 80th birthday party. We left Friday afternoon and trekked the 6 hours to Nampa.

It was a nice weekend. The party was fun and everyone was there (minus Gerry). The girls had fun playing with cousins and we had a good time catching up with the family we dont get to see very often.

On sunday morning We took the girls to Raging Rapids, Idahos huge water park. Ruth stayed with Charlie because she was not feeling very good. But Christie, Noel Sydney, Leah, and I enjoyed a few hours of Idaho sun and Fun.

We headed back Sunday night. I was a fun, busy weekend. That will take a few days to recover from.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Saint Helens

On Monday (Aug 24 09) Adam and I hiked to the top of Mount Saint Helens. It was a lot of fun, but quiet challenging. I have been walking with the girls several times a week this summer to try and get ready for the trek, but this hike kicked me in the tail. It took us five hours to hike the five miles and 5000 feet of elevation, and 3 hours to come down. It was an amazing day, clear and warm. Awesome. One mountain down man more to go. Check out the photos and videos on our flickr page.

St. Helens Photos on Flickr


Saturday, August 15, 2009

We participated in our first race today. It was a 3k for race for
courage. It was to raise money for the guy at work whose son died of
cancer last month and whose wife is going through it as well. There
were four hundred participents. It was fun.

Leah is ready for school. We got ALL her school supplies early this
year. Phew! And we were able to find a backpack that wasn't a hundred
pounds. Last year we went late and found a few left over supplies. She
is so excited to get back to school and in the third grade!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Leah made cupcakes for us tonight. She went crazy with the frosting.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Ruth is being very cute right now. She came back from my parents and they borrowed our car seat. The car seat was in the living room floor. She had to sit in it and be buckled. She whined so I tried to unbuckle her but she squealed so I left her buckled. Now she is requesting her blanky, binky, and stuffie. So now her and I are watching food network. Me on the couch and her cuddling her bedtime gear , buckled in her car seat. Too cute.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Fair

The Girls and I went to the fair this last weekend with Christie and her kids. It was a fun day of rides, food and screaming. Screaming? Yes, terror, horror and even some blood. After standing in line for half an hour to enter the fair, we thought we would go see some animals before the rides were open. There was this exotic animal exhibit in on of the buildings,. I had a back entrance near us that led us down a 30 foot dark corridor to the wonder of lions, snakes and even sharks. We were excited, but only made a few steps in. Ruth and I headed first down the door when we heard screaming. We turned around Leah, Noel and Sydney were screaming, panic in their eyes as they tore their way through the exit. When I made it our Leah was scraped and bruised, Noel stood searching for a safe haven in the open fair and Sydeny was held deep in Christies arms. An over inthusiastic fair worker rushed over and they explained to him and to me that when they entered the dark hall a Goblin of shear terrror peaked his head out of a neighboring haunted house exit and stared at the girls. After several calls, visits with TWO fair directors, a trip to first aid, and two free ride passes (est value: $60) The fair people finally released us to enjoy the rest of the day. I mean released, they did not want us to leave upset and I assume, ready to sue. But the rides opened and the horror was soon forgotten. The girls, however, would have no discussion of taking another look in the dark room. Wild animals or not. That dark creature of the night would be no doubt lurking in the shadows. Awaiting a nice little morsel, at least that is what was written in the eyes of these three girls.

But to see some of the fun and excitement enjoyed on the rides of the Clark County Fair 2009. Stop by our flickr page. Iphone photos and videos.