Thursday, July 23, 2009

Newport Aquarium

So we stopped to get ice cream yesterday (delicious tillamook ice cream) and were asking all sorts of questions to the girl behind the counter about what there is to do in Newport, Oregon. She said you can check out the harbor or the lighthouses, go to the beach, or for a younger group I would suggest the aquarium. Little did she know what enthusiasts my family is about creatures and wildlife. So here are just a few pics to show just what little kids my family is when it comes to sea creatures and the aquarium!

Well if we aren't a big enough freak show, we decided to all line up and compare our, as Patrick would say, "freakishly long arms" to the wingspan of birds.

Tidepools are amazing. Lucky for us this was a touch tide pool with starfish, sea anenome, crabs, and my personal favorite the sea cucumber. There were about 10 other families that came and went while mine sat asking questions about everything from the bell jellies we found washed up on the beach to how starfish digest their food. We learned a lot and touched just about everything in the pool, lucky for us we have long arms... :)

The whole fam got to pet sharks and sting rays. I love the sting ray eyes, so cool looking. Just some more of life's little pleasures.

The Sharks - Patrick spent the whole time in the tunnel making whale noises. I have never seen so many weird looks, its not like he is easy to miss.

All in all our family had a great adventure!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Road Trip

So it begins...
The fam, all 10 of us piled in the Roper's (my brother in law's family) RV and headed to Oregon.

On the way we found this amazing slide. Two way slide and super tall. So awesome.

along with the best teeter totters I have ever had the privilege of mounting, and flying saucer too. Karlie and Shalie had to go on the same side to try and balance out my Dad, needless to say they fell off. What a blast!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pine Creek 2009

Pine Creek: Rappelling, Water, Cliffs, Singing, Boulders, Frogs, Lizards. Joy!

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Shalie and Karlie's birthday. Complete with awesome new glasses.

The pinata bash, almost caused the death of several small children, they were a bit over zealous to get candy and ran out too early, almost getting bashed in the head by whoever was swinging.

Luckily, no one got hurt.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July

Pretty much the 4th of July is one of my most favorite holidays ever!

Since the beginning of time, or my time at least, my whole extended family goes up to Bear Lake to celebrate. Boating, biking, tennis, tie dye, sailing, sand castles, beach, pool, sunshine, sunburns, card games, movies, food, fireworks, surfing, reading, frisbee, birthdays, family, fun! Yeah, doesn't really get better than that!

This year the crew at Bear Lake included

Martin, Shar, Madeline, Scout, Diane, Blaine, Richard, Heather, Tyler, Paige, Chris, Susan, Jose, West, Jaimi, Ali, Emma, Jeff, Melissa, Jake, Ashley, Dallas, Thomas, Heidi, Bryan, Nic, Bree, Ben, Keith, LeAnn, Spencer, Sam, Stuart, Paula, Alan, Jessica, Me, Patrick, Karlie, Shalie, Nathan, McKay, Karen, Steve, Alicia, Anna, Curtis, Jared, Jenny, James, Claire and of course Oma and Opa

All in all we had a great group and had a ton of fun!

The only sad part is that I had to come home today so I can be on time for work tomorrow :( oh well :) My mom and siblings are up there til next Saturday, I mean what would anyone do with 6 more days in Bear Lake anyway. I mean come on...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Feeling Small Again

Jessica's favorite thing to do when she is here on Sunday nights is to pull out all of the home videos. It usually starts out with her on my mom and dad's bed, but within about the course of a half hour the whole family is piled in my parents room on their bed. I know. It's amazing that all of us can fit, seeing as I am 5' 9" and only Nathan and McKay are shorter than me. Judging from the height of Patrick right now at a whopping 6' 7" (same as dad, though he would tell you that he is taller) I believe the chances of the two youngest boys being shorter than me are, well zero. I am destined to be the shortest person in my family, it is just a matter of time.

We currently rank in from tallest to shortest at 6'7", 6'7", 6'0", 5' 11.5", 5' 11", 5'10.5", 5'9" (me), and then Nathan and McKay (we haven't quite started keeping track of how tall they are). The funny part is that I wouldn't exactly call myself short around well any other family except mine. Maybe I'm wrong but 14 year old twin girls that are 5'11"+ are not exactly the norm. From videos of my childhood, to having younger sisters get taller than me, I'm getting used to feeling small again.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Jessica Black's Wedding

Here are a couple pics from Jess's wedding. Julie Anderson, Kathleen Reed, and I had a splendid time supporting our favorite bride! (keep in mind I took these with my phone...not too shabby)