Sunday, August 26, 2007
Andrew and the kids building a sand castle on the beach at Ocean City, MD. It was so fun to leave D.C. and get to a REAL beach in only 3 hours! The water was almost warm, and Clark couldn't get enough of the waves. He would get toppled over and over again, and as we'd go out to rescue him, he'd just spit out the salt water, and run right back toward the waves! John was content to eat popcorn on the shore, while Faith and Grant tried out the boogie boards. Just so much fun!
Grant on the boogie board. He'd get hit so hard with the waves that his "floaties" would come off, but it didn't slow him down a bit! He got so that he could ride the waves in all by himself, smiling all the way!
After the beach on Friday night, we went to Dunsters for burgers and ice cream. The kids were so hungry and the ice cream tasted great!
This is the Crab Shack, run by a mother-daughter team. They were so nice to us, and we got some authentic east coast seafood! Great fun!
Faith and John outside the Crab Shack where we ate lunch on Assategue Island, MD. We did a quick getaway with the family, leaving around Noon on Friday and returning late Saturday night. This Crab Shack was really authentic, and the kids ate Calamari (don't worry...we didn't tell them what they were eating), crab cakes & the ever-popular fish n' chips. I was proud of them for trying it all. And despite the dive-like appearance of the place, we really enjoyed ourselves!
Saturday, August 4, 2007
We loved spending a day with Jeff and his girlfriend, Jen. The kids obviously felt comfortable around them, and we've learned that Faith has a "thing" for TALL guys. She wanted to be held by Andrew Israelson, Jeff and anyone else over 6 feet tall! We'd better watch out for those basketball players who might start making stops at our house!
So, here you go. My first post was a disaster, but at least you can see some of what we did while in Utah. Both families have ALL the pictures, but this is just a taste. We will update weekly on this site, and hope that you will comment and keep us updated with your family!
Faith and I went with Joanna, Abbie and Mimi to have breakfast with the Disney Princesses at the Center Street Theatre! What a great use of $14! We met and took pictures with ALL of the princesses (except Sleeping Beauty - they said she was sleeping). The girls were in heaven, hardly sitting in their seats from excitement. After breakfast, they performed all the hit songs from Disney movies, and the girls couldn't get enough! As each song would end, Faith would say "It's not all done, there's more!" At the very end of the show, she said "Can we watch the whole thing again?" Definitely a hit!
This is the BEST picture of the Croshaw cousins. 7 children under 8 years old definitely left it's mark on G & G's house! We know that Sophie can smile! Isn't she beautiful?
We just spent the whole month of July in Utah! Every day was filled with adventure, fun, and very few responsibilities!
Let me try to summarize our fun week by week:
WEEK 1 (July 2-9): The Rich Family spent the week together at a condo in Deer Valley. Just being all together was quite a feat! Mindy & Jeff came from Thailand, Jesse took a week off EFY and Laren missed work just for us!
We watched the Fourth of July Parade in downtown Park City, went swimming at the incredible pool in Kamas, played Bowling, Golf & Tennis on Jesse's Wii (Nintendo), had a professional picture taken of the family, and just played a LOT. The uninterrupted time was just priceless and our kids will have memories of that for a VERY long time!
WEEK 2 (July 10-15): We got to know our Croshaw cousins again! Emily, Spencer & Jeff came up from Las Vegas, Suzy & Nels from Cedar City and Laurie & Fred from around the corner. Who knew grown adults could have SO much fun with a kiddie pool & a slip-n-slide? I haven't laughed that hard in a LONG time! We fed each other chocolate pudding, launched water balloons, played soccer on the church lawn and ate some DELICIOUS food!
Mom & Dad Rich took the whole group to LAGOON! Being there as a Mom was very different than when I was there as a 17-year-old daredevil! I DID go on the new rollercoaster "Wicked" and liked it a lot more than I thought I would! At the end of the day, we tearfully said goodbye to Mindy & Jeff's family, heading back to Bangkok.
We finished out the week with the Croshaw Family Reunion at the Church camp in Heber City. Listening to the barbershop quartet while enjoying nature was wonderful. Andrew shared his presentation about LaMont Croshaw and everyone was in tears! Being in the mountains was a great reminder that kids hardly need a thing to have fun! Up there, they were perfectly happy to wander through the woods with a stick and some rocks! Oh, I am just so blessed to be a part of this family - they are such choice people and I hope I can become like them someday.