Sunday, July 25, 2010

My little protector...

Tonight, just before bed, the boys were downstairs playing when all of the sudden Andrew came charging up the stairs wearing this...
He struck a ready-to-attack pose and said,
"Mommy, did you see a dragon?"
I of course sent him after his unsuspecting daddy in the next room...
I love my boys and their active imaginations!

Fireworks...oh yeah, and baseball too!

Last night was Family Night at the Spokane Indian's game. We went with a group of friends and had a blast! I wasn't sure how it would go since it was hot and the boys have no clue about baseball (Sam kept on telling people at church today that he went to a football game last night) but, there were fireworks afterwards, so that made it all worth it! The first hour or so was miserable because we were in the direct sun, but once we were in the shade it was great. We were sitting down by the field right behind the away teams bench (dugout?) and right before the game one of the players called Sam out of the crowd and gave him one of their practice balls. He was sooooo excited!
Sam and Andrew had fun playing with their friends...
Danny and Jessi came too!The boys love anyone who resembles a superhero, so they were so excited to meet Recycle Man! Andrew was a little too shy for a picture, though.
Molly was showing Sam some cool trick with the straw, I never did figure out what she was trying to do!Here's the boys towards the end of the game, Sam was pouting about Andrew holding his baseball, he was a little possessive!Andrew, the crazy man...nice hair!
The girls! Abby was a trooper and didn't fuss too much, although all she really wanted was to get down and crawl on the bleachers.
The fireworks were fun and the boys loved them! Sam kept yelling, "Wow, they're so beautiful/exquisite/wonderful!" and various other exclamations of pure joy! It was very cute. We all got to bed way too late and were feeling the effects of that ALL DAY today, but it was worth it!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My PEEPS (notice the awesome shirts...)

Over Father's Day weekend (I know, that was almost a month ago....better late than never!) we had a family reunion with my mom's side of the family. All eight "kids" in her family were there with LOTS of their kids and their kids' kids. Of the 99 people in our family (starting with my Grandma and Grandpa Clark) I think that I heard that about 75 were in attendance. Not bad! It was fun to see cousins who I haven't seen in many years and meet everyone's kids. It was an action-packed couple of days!
The funny face group shot

My little family! The ribbons around the boy's necks were their medals from the family fun run earlier that day. They LOVED them and still wear them all the time!One of the nights we had a mexican themed dinner complete with two pinatas. Each of the kids got a chance to take a few swings. I love how focused Andrew looks!Here's Ela's turn with her daddy standing by offering encouragement!And the mad rush once it finally broke. There were quite a few bigger kids so my boys were on the outskirts of the mob, but Danny (my brother, in the striped shirt) was in the thick of it throwing candy to my kids to make sure they got some. What a good uncle!Saturday morning we had the First Ever Clark Family Fun Run/Walk/Ride. I was in charge of this event and it went great! We went on the Centennial Trail (there were courses marked off for 1, 3, or 5 miles) and was followed by a breakfast at the park. It was lots of fun and most people participated in some way!

Here's Andrew all ready to go!Some of the runners on the course. My brother and cousin took over pushing the stroller for me after about the first mile. Abby was the first girl to finish the 3 mile race, but only because she was in the stroller and finished just ahead of my cousin's wife :-)At the breakfast.. We went to the river at lunchtime for a picnic. The rest of the group went to Couer d Alene, but these guys needed naps, so we stayed closer to home. They certainly didn't feel deprived, though. They loved the river!

Good times and good memories. I'm so glad that we were able to do this, hopefully it won't be another 10 years before we do it again!