My sister Doranda, her husband Bob and their baby boy Tucker came to visit for a couple of days. They are on their way to a job interview in Western Washington. We were so excited to have them here. Luckily we had great weather, we went out to eat, played games, went for a walk to the park. On Friday we had such a good time visiting, the kids came home from school and we were still in our PJ's. I don't think I have ever done that before.
It was so nice to see to many friends and family. Everyone was so nice and gracious. We had a fantastic time, except those couple of scary moments. Thanks to everyone who allowed to us to come and visit. We loved seeing you. That being said, we are so happy to be back safe and sound in our own home.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN! After quite an exciting vacation, we are on our way home. We drove most of the day Saturday. We got to Medford, Oregon pretty late at night and stayed with one of Jim's childhood friends, Todd Hakes. He was very nice to put us up. Eight extra people is a ton, especially when you are only used to one. The next morning we got up early and headed for Salem, Or. This is where my brother Nathanael and his wife Mary-Anne live. We joined them for the second time in two years for one of their family traditions. In between conference sessions they have waffles with ice cream, peanut butter, tons of fruit, and whipped cream. We had a fantastic time. We were happy that they were so willing to share their tradition with us. Our one last stop on our way home was in The Dalles, Or. There we met up with some of our old friends from Evanston, Wy, Ryan and Devona Case and their family. They had just moved to The Dalles a few months earlier. They had prepared a great big B-B-Q for us. It was wonderful! We finally made it home about 9:00pm.
We thought after Wed we were done with our near death experiences, but no. Today we went to see Jim's Grandma Bev again. While we were there Steve and Gina picked up Jarom and Amery to go shopping. While they were gone, the rest of us went with Grandma Bev's to the famous Neptunes net. We saw a whale on the way. On the way home, Dallen and Evan got out to play on the beach. Evan was burried by a huge wave and had to drive home in his underwear. When I did laundry, I found lots of sand in his jeans pockets. When we got back we all went swimming, except for Jarom and Steve. They went for a drive in his side by side (it is like a small jeep). While we were swimming, we got a phone call. It was Steve saying they had been in an accident and needed to go to the hospital. Gina took of to get them, and Jim and I got the kids out of the pool and situated. Then met them at the hospital. It turns out they were on a steep mountain. They turned wrong and ended up going flipping the vehicle all the way down the hill, 30 times. Jarom was fortunate. He just ended up really bruised and sore. He injured his foot pretty bad, he had to have it wrapped and be on crutches. Steve on the other hand, had 3 broken ribs, a bruised lung, he almost lost an ear (luckily they were able to sew it back on), his elbow had to be stitched, and he was very scratched and bruised up. We are lucky they are alive. Even know we hated to spend our last night in the hospital, we are counting our blessings this day.
Today was great. We spent time swimming and then had a B-B-Q. Jim's cousin Matt Goodson, his wife Wendy and their children came over. We hadn't seen them in a long time, so it was great. They hadn't changed at all, but their family was much bigger. Jim's dad and Gina made great food for the B-B-Q, that is their specialty!
Today was shaping up to be a great day, or was it? It started out great. The weather was nice and the kids were playing in the new jump castle that Steve and Gina bought for them.Then the kids worked for Steve picking up rocks out of the orchard. He pays really well! After that Gina (Jim's step mom), Amery and I went to get manicures, pedicures and out to lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. Can't get better than that. While we were gone there had been much excitement at the house. The boys were playing outside, trying to catch lizards. Ashton had gone to meet up with them. We think he must have been jumping around on the stones and didn't realize there was a 5 ft drop off into the pool. Anyway, Dallen, who had been playing quite a little ways away, heard a splash (I think it might have been Divine intervention), and ran up to the pool. He saw someone in the middle of the pool under the water. It took him a few seconds to realize it was Ashton, he immediately jumped in with his clothes on and put his arm under his arms, with his head up, just like a lifeguard, and swam him to the ledge. In the mean time, Evan ran up to get Jim. Jim ran down to the pool and jumped in (clothes, cell phone and everything). He got them out and all was well. Thanks to Dallen, he was truly a lifesaver!! We also went to Jim's Grandma Bev and Howard's house for dinner. It was great to see them too. They were great hosts.
Another day of driving. Our destination Somis, California, sounds easy enough. It took us forever just to get in the car and get on the road. After packing and getting everyone in the car we decided to take the kids to a place that Jim and I had gone to a few years earlier. It is a restaraunt just off the strip. You can get a 10 ounce sirloin steak, salad, choice of potato, and veggies all for $6.99. It was great. Our steaks were cooked perfect. The kids decided that might have to be one of our new Vegas traditions. Then finally we were off. On the way we decided to take a detour to see Jim's great Aunt Bernie. We haven't seen her in years and she lives in Yucca Valley. It would be a few hours out of the way, but what is another few hours in the whole scheme of things :) We were glad to have seen her, she is so nice. She was very glad to see us all. After that we were off to Jim's dad's in Somis, California. By the time we go there we were pretty tired and ready for bed.
Jim and I were married on August 31st 1991, although our relationship began long before that, but that's a whole other story. We have 6 wonderful children, 5 energetic sons and one beautiful daughter. Jarom is 16, he is a junior and driving. Amery, is now 14 going on 21. She is in 8th grade and has a great dog named molly. Dallen is 9. He has just earned his wolf badge in cub scouts and plays baseball. Evan is 7 and now in 1st grade. He also plays baseball and loves animals. Ashton is 4 and is a pretty easy going child. He wants to do everything his older brothers do. James Jr is 1 year. He is the best sleeper out of the six, and much happier now that he is starting to get around. Together, we have lived in California for two years and Wyoming for nine years. We currently live in Spokane, Washington, where we have been for the last 6 years. Jim has his own business, or should I say businesses. We love to travel and have company, so come and visit us :)