Saturday, August 29, 2009

Can You Tell I Have a Paper to Write?

Since this is the last week of this term for me, and I have a 15 page paper to write, I decided it was the perfect time to update my blog. As you can see, I've pretty much caught everyone up on what we've been up to this summer. Have a look!

Jugglers





videoOur boys are quite amazing with their juggling skills. Everyone is bowled over by their ability, and they've done a couple of gigs already. They want to get street performer's licenses. Here's a video of David juggling rings. He's up to six now, and is hoping to get clubs next.

Santiago




This is Santiago, our donkey. We got him a couple of weeks ago, and everyone likes him. He is very mild-mannered, and loves kids. He'll play just like a dog. He doesn't run, unlike a horse. He doesn't eat much, either. We told Jessica that he's her ride to seminary, but I don't think she's going for that. All the kids have had turns riding on him. We're hoping to eventually get a cart that he can pull around. We don't have the sheep anymore, so this is a more low-maintenance alternative.

Camping at Mount Blue
















Reunions














These first two pictures are at the Atwater reunion. The first one is of most of the youth age kids having a paper airplane throwing contest. The second one is of the tent that we used. You can't really get a sense of how big it was from the picture, but it was about 60 feet long. The floor was made of pallets, boards, and rugs. There were several tables set up during the day, and people laid sleeping bags out at night. It kept the mosquitoes out and let the cool air in. These last three pictures are of the Dow reunion. Uncle Lew will celebrate his 80th birthday in October. Aunt Helen and Aunt Alice are 95 and 98, respectively. The last one here shows Zack and Ruth's garage, which is pretty darn nice inside.

Thomas at 8 Months






Although you can't tell from these pictures, Thomas now has three teeth, with a fourth on its way. He has recently learned to stand up to things. If I remember right, that's a little younger than most of our other kids. He actually learned to sit himself up and pull himself up to standing in about a 10-day period. Whenever there's an open door, he makes a bee-line for it. He's in the process of teaching himself how to climb stairs, but we try to discourage it at this point. He's never gotten past the first stair so far. Daddy is his favorite person, it seems, because he crawls to him with a vengeance when he gets home and cries when he leaves.