August 27, 2011

Wherefore art thou, sun?

Friday is Brian's day off so we loaded up the car and headed to Pacific City.  The boys like Pacific City because it has a HUGE sand dune that they like to climb.  Anthony timed himself from the spot we were at on the beach, to the top, and back down to us...9min 30seconds.  He must have thighs of steel!

According to it was supposed to be 80 and sunny at the beach with the marine layer burning off around 10am.  We got there and the marine layer was so happy to see us that he decided to stick around.  He finally moved along around 4pm.  No sunbathing for us!  We did get windburned though!

Well, hello marine layer!  At some point in the day, you couldn't even see the rock island anymore. 

The sand dune!

We played lots of baseball.  Brian showing Anthony how it is done!

Then switched to football.

Parker and Anthony in a huddle.  Anthony explaining what the next play was. Parker is skeptical.

The joy of tackling your brother in a game of touch football!

Lost the flip flop but not the touchdown.

Looks like Tyler has a new backpack!

I love the determination on Parker's face!

Anthony's version of blocking.

Umm, I think that's holding!

Game face!

View from the top of the sand dune.

Rock the hawk!

Jumping off the smaller dunes.

Trying to slide down the dunes with a board and a laundry basket.  Not very successful!

August 18, 2011

Take a hike

The twins and I went on a hike today while Anthony went golfing.  We drove out to the Columbia River Gorge.  Beautiful!  It was a 2 mile hike.  Straight up.  I read the 800 feet part but I was hoping they were just trying to discourage people in an overly dramatic fashion.  The twins flew right up it.  I on the other hand was a tad slower.  In my defense, I was carrying the back pack.  I have this compulsion to be prepared.  This is where my pessimistic view of life comes in handy.  What if one of us breaks a leg or falls down a hill and we have to stay in the woods overnight.  (In my mind, it is a given that all the other people on the path ignore us and our broken legs!)  So the backpack contained 6 bottles of water, Parker's Mountain Dew (maybe that was the key to all the energy), extra sweatshirts, a towel, my camera, tripod, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, wallet, keys, phone, sunscreen, granola bars, fruit snacks (to ward off the scurvy), Cheese-itz (for calcium to help heal the broken legs), energy bars, and chocolate cookies (because if you have broken legs and the people around you ignore you, you will need chocolate).

It was a beautiful hike and I got some great pictures.  I wonder if people ever get tired of looking at all my pictures.  I mean, really, how many flower pictures do you need to see!  God has such an imagination though.  It never ceases to inspire awe and I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of the things He has created!  So, here are more pictures for you to look at or not.  Your choice!