Mary Poppins, Step in Time

Seeing Mary Poppins on Broadway was a truly magical experience. This was the kids' first broadway and they loved it. We did the trip to Portland and back in one day and I don't know if that part is recommended, but it worked. We had dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory down town. We enjoyed the culture and the company immensely.


Elijah's 6th Brthday

Elijah, the 6-year-old. It sounds so grown up. Here he is at his swimming party held at the Blankenship's. All family along with his friends: Sabin, Crosley, Riley and Derrick were invited. It was a great turn out and we BBQ'd poolside. It was a warm high 70's day and the water was more the 80 degrees. Elijah chose a Tom and Jerry party theme with a cool cake topper. He got lots of great presents including lots of lego sets, and a brand new bike and helmet.


Father's Day Cave Adventure

On a sunny hot Father's Day Sunday we set out to explore some caves. We went to Boyd Cave off China Hat Rd. with flashlights in tow. Elijah was our fearless leader and Corinne navigated the rocks rather well with the help of her dad. Ruby was a good little baby in the front carrier and slept the whole time.


June Camping Trip

School got out and we headed straight out to our favorite camping spot near the metolious. We enjoyed the company of our friends the Chenowths and Grandpa and Grandma Hocker came up for the day on Saturday. All the usual festivities took place: ladder ball, scout lake, the fish hatchery, ice cream at Camp Sherman Store, s'mores by the fire and even a game of Farkle when it rained the last night. The kids loved to play and explore. They found a fallen tree with roots shaped like a deer with many antlers and called it the "antler hill". It was Ruby's first camping experience and she did great.

A pile of soaked clothing after Elijah fell in the creek.