Saturday, August 25, 2007

Pastor's Conference at Echo Ranch Bible Camp

Last week Phil and I were able to go to a several day pastor's conference at Echo Ranch Bible Camp. The boys stayed home with friends from church and didn't seem to miss us much at all.
Here's the tiny log cabin we stayed in - it is the original cabin built by the man who homesteaded the 300 acres ERBC is built on.

One of the days we went on a beautiful 6 mile hike (much longer than we could have done carrying the boys...!) along the coast. We had to walk through shoulder high grass and cross creeks so we were very thankful for the rain pants and rain boots.

One of the creeks we crossed by trolley.

Another day we went fishing and I caught my first 2 fish ever! Reeling in fish was so much more work than I ever imagined!

The second fish I absolutely couldn't finish reeling in by myself so Phil had to help. But he's looking skeptical here because he wasn't sure he should be in the picture.

Here we are with friends we met at the conference, Travis and Jenny Reed. They are planting a church in Douglas (outside Juneau) called Crossroads. They were tons of fun to meet and hang out with!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

More from the police blotter...

These are more real entries from our local paper's police blotter:
June 14
A caller reported that there is an individual passed out in the bed of one of the fire vehicles. An officer informed the dispatcher that a training dummy was in the vehicle with its feet sticking out.
June 20
Dispatch received a call from an individual stating he was moving to Petersburg and wanted to live at the Police Department. The individual was told several times that he could not live at the Police Department.

In the series: "Obsessively Observant Petersburg Residents..."
June 24
A complainant called and stated a dog was barking and it was driving him crazy.
June 28
A caller reported that an eagle has been sitting in the same position for about 3 hours out in the muskeg. [what has the caller been doing for the past 3 hours?!]
June 30
A caller reported finding a pigeon on his or her back deck that is very friendly, thinks it could be someone's pet.
A caller reported seeing a male looking into the bushes.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sweet Baby

He won't stay little forever, so we have to capture moments like this...

Friday, August 10, 2007

Kisses from the Super-Grandparents

Going back in time

Now I'll start posting some pics from our last 2 trips - already almost a month ago!
First we went to China (already have some pics posted from that trip) and then stayed in Oregon for a few weeks.

One of the highlights of our Oregon trip was that Phil and I did a one night stay downtown Portland to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It was the first time we'd ever done that away from the boys! One of the things we did was tour the Portland Chinese garden with my uncle who works there and is a fabulous guide.

A fine day out

Finally we were able to get out on the water for perhaps the first and last trip of the summer. We'll see - maybe it will get easier now that we've gone out once. O is looking pretty grim in this picture because he'd fallen asleep (standing up) in the boat and was not happy to be woken up and told to "SMILE FOR THE PICTURE!"

The Wheels on the Bus

After refusing to wear a hat during our entire China trip, T is suddenly a hat fan. He wears this hat almost anywhere we go nowadays - and often likes to remind O to wear one as well.

Our most recent playgroup storytime featured several versions of the story/song "The Wheels on the Bus." Our fearless leader, Becky, also read a book I highly recommend called, "The Bus for Us." It's a great pattern book for toddlers - very fun to read. Then, the icing on the cake was a ride on a real school bus! The driver will never have such an adoring crowd of riders. The dozen or more toddlers shrieked and laughed and delighted in just about every moment on the big bus. Then, when he HONKED HIS HORN at the end of the ride, they all broke into spontaneous applause. A very good time was had by all.

I'm ready for a run, Dad...Are you?

More cooking fun!

You really should click on these pictures to enlarge them and see the full extent of the messiness on these boys...

Careful listeners will note that you are hearing the radio show "Car Talk" on in the background.

Before the clean-up...

Thursday, August 09, 2007

We love "Bah-pah and Al"

It seems our youngest has chosen the names Bah-pah and Al for at least 4 of his grandparent/great-grandparents. Think of it this way, guys - these names could be a lot crazier!

Monday, August 06, 2007


Check out the recipe for this fantastic and incredibly easy dirt cake here.

2 moms frantically (and fruitlessly) try to get all the kids in one photo.