Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
All the kids (except the littlest, 1YO Charlie) got a new kite. Keeli had a great little kite that didn't need any assistance getting into the air. Michael and Bailey chose pirate kites. Rikard had a colorful tree frog with long legs as the kite tails. Tatum and Madison had butterflies (see photo above). Jesse had a horse kite with a 25' tail. Although they were all running wild on the beach they never tangled kite strings.
Rick bought himself a small stunt kite and had a good time learning to fly it. He had an admiring audience and when I took over and continuously crashed the kite they made fun of me.
Then it was time to return to camp, get some scrum-dilly-uptious steak and pepper sandwiches made by my brother and - of course - s'mores for dessert. My new invention called for a Resses Peanut Butter Cup in my s'more rather than a little piece of plain chocolate. This is Michael and Bailey's favorite part of the day.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Then we stopped for a view to the north.
Our first stop of the day was the Tillamook Cheese Factory. It was a great tour! We watched as 45 pound blocks of medium cheddar and pepper jack cheese being cut into "loaves" and packaged for retail sale. Tatum and Rikard had a million questions about how the factory and production line worked. Keeli napped through the entire tour.
After learning how cheese is made, it was off to the line for FREE SAMPLES. The extended Lyons clan (my parents, Bailey and Rikard) positioned themselves well. Just as they arrived at the front of the line, the hostess dumped new bags of cheese samples on the trays. Apparently, there were no bad samples.
Then, we had a free hour or two to squeeze one more vacation memory into. It was off to the next scenic wonder.
We drove from Tillamook toward the coast and visited the Cape Meares Lighthouse. The walk down to the lighthouse offered several places to view waves crashing against the rocks, ocean going birds and some great rocky landscape.
Then we hiked to the Octopus Tree. This is a very interesting site, the tree is larger than you can imagine and the Native American folklore surrounding it is very interesting.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
My dad checked his primary vacation goal off his list and took Sadee for a walk along the beach.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
It was a beautiful day, blue skies and warm breezes. The day ended with the kids and Sadie playing in the Columbia River, collecting rocks, throwing rocks, getting wet and working up an appetite.
While we were all talking to 'Topher, Sadie got a bit jealous over the lack of attention. Usually there is at least one adult and five kids willing to throw her ball, take her for a walk or scratch her ears. Dejected, she went to a secluded corner of the deck and promptly pouted.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Rikard completed Kindergarten this year with near-flying colors and will advance to the first grade in the fall. The school sponsored a little ceremony during the last week of classes.
The kids performed three songs they learned during the spring quarter. Afterward their notebooks, journals and diplomas were prepared to take home.
He has done really well and is a math whiz. He can quickly add single digit numbers without manipulatives or pencil and paper. He is also a good reader, but needs some encouragement to read a book on his own.
Rikard is anticipating 1st grade, most noteably getting to ride the school bus to and from school, getting to eat lunch at school and having more than one recess.
It was the final day Tatum would visit Classroom 8. She had a fantastic year and is doing exceptionally well in reading, enjoys math and finished her cursive training booklet the afternoon school was released. She has been working to complete her math workbook and has a stock of reading books for the summer.
On the final day of school, she earned a handful of awards for most book reports done, hours read, perfect attendance, etc. She also presented a poetry book she wrote to her class and visiting parents.
She is looking forward to 3rd grade and is counting the days until she learns who her new teacher will be.
Keeli did her part and showed up to Rikard's graduation in fine style. We expect nothing less from the diva of the diaper age.
They rented an out-of-the-way cabin near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and had a family reunion style weekend event. Althought it looks nice in the photo, by mid-afternoon the sky had darkened and it was raining. The wedding was moved indoors.
Once the appointed wedding time rolled around, I was the official photographer. The only reason they hired me was the fact that Kara, a fairly accomplished photographer, couldn't take her own wedding photos without them missing that little "something" that makes wedding photos beautiful.
Obviously Shawn wasn't dressed for the big occassion at the time this photo was taken. He did don his silver shirt and shined boots in time to exchange vows before their families.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
He turned 6 years old today. Over the past year he has accomplished so much. He is very active in his martial arts class, he will advance to 1st grade in the fall, he learned to read and excels in math.
We had a very traditional celebration at home with our family. We enjoyed ice cream cake with a superhero theme, a few blazing candles and a little bit of off-key singing.