Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Goodbye August

August was a busy fun filled month. We were able to spend time with family, eat good food, stay up late and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. For me that's what summer is all about! I am not ready to say goodbye to summer and all the fun that goes with it! Here are just a few (o.k more that a few) pictures of some of our summer time fun! 
Sisterly LOVE!!
Another fun family wedding- this is Annie and Aaron, they got married in Seattle at the very end of July. I was able to go to their wedding and spend a few days visiting Jim and Marie and their family.
Jim and Marie and their children
We babysat Lacy for a few weeks. It was fun to have two beagles around the house. I got more exercise those two weeks than I did all summer. Lots of dog walks in the ravine in the early morning hours and then the dog park at night.

Mark having a nice afternoon nap at the cabin

Max wakeboarding
Playing the favorite game of the summer "Werewolves"!
Mark getting some air!
Sammy discovered the lake this year-One day he actually swam around between the docks with out holding on to anyone. Next year he'll love it!!
The usual "Dock Wars"
We have a picture just like this one every year (except last year when we didn't go) for the last 15 years! We love going to the cabin and are so grateful to Uncle Brent and Aunt Julie for sharing their little piece of "Heaven on Earth" with us every summer!!
Julie made Pie!
Max did too!
We had a little pie tasting event... Max's won!!!

Speaking of Max- He has been a major source of entertainment for the little kids all summer! At the beginning of the summer I was thinking that he really needed to go find some kind of a job, it wasn't too long after that I was very happy that he was around during the day. Shaina, Dallin and Sam won't ever forget this game... "Tree Man" Good Times!!!!
I LOVE these two crazy boys! 
Dallin at the St. Albert skate park.
I went down to Texas with Maryn to get her all set up in her new apartment. She is sharing a very tiny bedroom with her new friend/roomate Kaitlyn. We spent two days straight going back and forth between her place to Walmart and Target. It was very hard to say goodbye, but unlike a mission  we can talk, text, and skype anytime and she will be home to visit at Christmas! Speaking of missions, Russell is over the half way mark Yeah! I would post a picture of him if he's send home his memory card!!  Maryn started her Dental Hygiene program yesterday and is feeling quite excited, a little homesick and very HOT! 
The 28th was SHAINA'S Birthday! Mark took the afternoon off and we all went out to the splash park in St. Albert. 
Here is the "10 Year old" with her stack of birthday presents! She got a new chair for her desk, an ipod shuffle, a new board game, a wii game (from Max) and a Webkinz racoon (from Maryn)

This last picture is courtesy of Julie. They went out the back gate and did a little photo shoot in the ravine. When I asked Julie how it went she said "I don't know Shaina doesn't like having her picture taken" You would never know it... she's so dang cute!!
School starts tomorrow... I am excited but very sad to say goodbye to summer and to my kids... they DO come home at the end of the day, I'll be allright!!


Geri said...

I do NOT know where the summer went either! BUT I am very glad for the cooler weather we had yesterday! Your kids are growing up so fast and so beautiful! I tis hard to say good bye to them as they grow and leave! I only have two at home anymore! THAT is CRAZY! GREAT to see pics of Marie and Jim! It has been forever since I have seen them! THANKS! Remember we love you...and are looking forward to you coming to visit sometime!

cheetah said...

Karen, how fun! I love all the fun things you guys do together. The pie eating contest is my favourite.
PS i haven't been around to VT so no worries!! See you at school!

LindsayB said...

i think i should host a pie tasting contest, mmmmm. what a fun summer you guys had.

reddmummy said...

Karen, I always love seeing all the fun photos of the things your family is up to. It looks like tons of fun. I am really excited that school is starting (no more en masse grocery shopping!) but sad that we won't have any more lazy afternoons at the spray park.

Ashley Dawn said...

Is Maryn in Beeville? (I love that spelling - I even have a Saryn) I had two sisters-in-law that went there and loved it. It's a great program! Feel free to stalk my blog anytime. I'm so glad to hear that Mme Henry is such a great teacher. I felt very excited the second I met her, she seemed very on-the-ball and connected with her students right away. Thank you for letting me know she's in good hands. It was great to talk to you at the wedding. It's always nice to get to know people a little bit better...I might have to stalk your blog now...